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June 2021 Newsletter

Message from the President
Dear Community Leaders, Friends, and Supporters, 
 
I have the honor of serving as JLT’s President for the 2021-2022 League year. I would first like to recognize and thank you for reading our messages for almost a year! Your support allows us to expand our goals and make meaningful changes in the lives of children and families through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. I would also like to thank our Immediate Past President, Samantha Sexton, for not only instituting this newsletter but also, gracefully leading our League through one of the hardest years in league history. 
 
What an exciting time for the JLT. While the pandemic has forever changed us, it served as a catalyst for many to focus, reset, and make sure we keep our sights on what matters most, personally and professionally. 
 
As we look towards the 2021-2022 League year, we are excited to embody our mission by celebrating our theme for the year - #MassiveAction. I hope this theme prompts consistent servant leadership both internally within our membership and externally with our partners. I hope it inspires dreams of what we have yet to accomplish and sets the stage for the important work that lies ahead.
 
This year marks the Centennial year of the Association of Junior Leagues International. With over 100 years of the Junior League in the rearview mirror, the JLT plans to support the opportunity for a “once in a lifetime” reflection on the power of our collective legacy.
 
Each month, I hope to speak on a theme. With the Summer season in full swing, League activity slows down a bit, so I wanted to use June to CELEBRATE all our achievements as we close out the end of the 2020-2021 League year. You will find many reasons to celebrate below. 
 
I hope this newsletter continues to bring exciting and inspiring content because our work does not only impact our Members. It impacts our community. If you would like more information about partnering with or supporting JLT as this fiscal year unfolds, please contact me at president@jltallahassee.org. We cannot do our work without the support of our community. 
 
Katie Britt Williams 
2021-2022 JLT President

2021-2022  Leadership Gears Up for A Year of #MassiveAction

Last month, our incoming Board of Directors and Management Team gathered at the FSU Reservation for team building activities to connect and #LeadOn as a collective force for social good. Our leaders are ready to kick start the 2021-22 League year to raise awareness to community issues affecting Tallahassee through effective fundraising, JLT signature projects, and strategic partnerships with Big Bend Homeless Coalition’s HOPE Community and Capital City Youth Services (CCYS).

May Celebration

JLT closed out the league year with our annual May Celebration, which installs the new officers and honors our volunteers and community partners for their diligence throughout the year. This year, JLT installed 54 new members to active member status.

Sustainer of the Year: Stephanie Shumate

Active of the Year: Nicole Okken

First Year Active of the Year: Christine Dusome Parsons

New Member of the Year: Ana Ortega

Committee of the Year: Public Affairs

Superstar Committee Member of the Year: Janaye Pieczynski, HOPE Committee

Sharon Ewing Walker Spirit of the League: Hillary Crawford

Marsha Click Legacy Award: Courtney Thomson

Community Service Award: Olivia Bushardt

Community Partner Award: Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

President’s Award: Reopening Task Force

JLT also recognized our members who participated in several training certifications throughout the year. This year, 23 JLT members completed the Leadership Development Training, 18 members completed the Civic Engagement Training, and 28 members completed the Public Affairs Training. 

JLT Supports HOPE Community

JLT members have been hard at work this past month with projects at Big Bend Homeless Coalition's HOPE Community. In May, volunteers helped the children make cards for Mother's Day, created grab & go craft bags filled with DIY musical instruments, and collected items to get the kids ready for summer camp. If you would like to join JLT in supporting the kids at HOPE Community, consider purchasing summer camp items. Donations may be shipped directly to HOPE Community, 2729 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. 

To learn more about how JLT is supporting mothers and newborns in our community, please watch our Mother's Day video, which highlights our newborn starter kits created for our youngest residents at HOPE Community.

JLT supports UPHS Virtual Conference
Members tuned in virtually to moderate sessions covering a variety of community issues at this year’s United Partners in Human Services (UPHS) virtual conference. The Junior League of Tallahassee is a proud member of UPHS and looks forward to supporting productive dialogue that fosters community growth and helps support children and families facing food insecurity and housing instability in the Capital City.
Learning Never Stops!
JLT helps WFSU with Summer Challenge
JLT helped WFSU pack 1,000 goodie bags filled with educational materials for children across Leon County. These bags were distributed across all libraries to make accessible to children and their families wanting to participate in WFSU’s Summer Challenge. To get involved, learn more here.
Meal Service at Capital City Youth Services

Let’s taco-bout how much we love our friends at Capital City Youth Services (CCYS)! Among the many services offered to our Jill Pope Community Partners, one regular activity our members support is meal prep and service for the youth residing at the CCYS campus. 

Since 1993, CCYS has worked with homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth to alleviate issues and strengthen families. Learn more about this Jill Pope Community partner doing amazing work with youth and families in our community here.
JLT Teen Board Member Awarded
Miracle Network Leadership Award

Tallahassee local JLT Teen Board Member, Jamie Knoxx, was awarded the 2021 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award. Jamie was among 27 other students to receive this award out of thousands of graduating seniors who participated in the Dance Marathon this year.

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is an international movement involving over 400 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools across North America that fundraise for their local Children's Miracle Network. Students involved in Dance Marathon gain valuable skills in fundraising, peer management, delegation, and philanthropy! 

In addition to her involvement with Dance Marathon, during High School, Jamie was on the Honor Roll at Leon High School and was involved with the Student Government Association, an Intern at FSU's Museum of Fine Arts, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Mosiac Art and Literary Magazine, and a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee Teen Board. You can read more about the Miracle Network and Jamie's involvement in the Tallahassee Community here

Support JLT! 
Partnerships, Sponsorships & Donations
To aid us in our mission of improving the lives of children and families in the Tallahassee area, JLT relies on the generosity of sponsorships and donations to enhance our community impact. When an organization financially supports the League, we support the organization in return by valuable recognition and exposure to both our members and the general public through online and in-person channels. The League consistently fosters strong partnerships with our sponsors, and we would love to work with you or your organization next!

To learn more about how you can become a JLT Sponsor, please click here to review our sponsorship or email Nicole Okken at sponsorship@jltallahassee.org for more information.

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