Women’s Equality Day – August 26, 2017

The Junior League of Louisville is a proud sponsor of this years Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2017 presented by the League of Women Voters of Louisville!

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On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street

What: Honoring the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, when women won the right to vote. FREE and open to the public. Music & Refreshments.

Agenda
Welcome: Dee Pregliasco,

President, League of Women Voters of Louisville

Film: ONE  FINE DAY

Guest Speaker: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State

Special Recognition

Guest Speaker: Bobbie Holsclaw, Jefferson County Clerk

Suffrage Song

Film: VOTES FOR WOMEN

Group Discussions: Update Declaration of Sentiments Marsha Weinstein, Past President, League of Women Voters of Louisville

Call to Action

Closing Song: I am Woman, sung by Sarah Striers

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Ashley Cassetty

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Ashley L. Cassetty, Board Member 2017-2019

Ashley L. Cassetty loves being a member of JLL! She currently co-chairs the Centennial Committee and is serving a second year on JLL’s Board of Directors. Ashley moved to Louisville from Bowling Green, Kentucky for college 12 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in History and Humanities from the University of Louisville, and a Master’s in Science for Business Communication from Spalding University. For the past nine years, Ashley has worked at nonprofits committed to addressing housing and social services, and she is currently the Director of Community and Donor Engagement at New Directions Housing Corporation. Ashley has been married to her husband Christopher for ten years, and has a five year old ball of quirky energy named Sophia. Ashley loves all types of music, politics, traveling, Lilly Pulitzer, and bourbon. This is her 6th year in League, and she looks forward to the next six!

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Sarah Wunderlin

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Sarah Wunderlin, Board Member 2017-2019

My name is Sarah Wunderlin and I am excited to serve the Junior League of Louisville as a member of the Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term.

I am a Louisville native, and professionally work in the nonprofit sector, my current position is Director of Annual Giving at the Archdiocese of Louisville, where I am responsible for the administration of the Catholic Services Appeal.

I joined the Junior League in the fall of 2012, as a way to meet more people in Louisville and expand my leadership skills. During my time in the League I have served as the Fundraising Research and Development Chair, The Meeting Planning Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President of Fundraising and the Vice President of Fund Development.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time with my niece and nephews as possible, training for half marathons, entertaining family and friends at my home, and spending time with my pets, Fritz (a yellow tabby with an attitude) and Dog Kent (a 8 year old deaf beagle).

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Ria Chandler

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Ria Chandler, Board Member 2017-2019

Ria Chandler currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee and on the Board of Directors for JLL. She is a Louisville native and a proud alumni of Louisville Male High School. She attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Currently, Ria is a Program Assistant Senior at the University of Louisville. She loves reading, volunteering, and traveling when time allows. Joining Junior League Louisville in 2014 has been one of the highlights of her life.

Junior League of Louisville: Great Beginnings

No image better symbolizes the Roaring Twenties than the flapper, recognized by her bobbed hair, scarlet lips, and fringed skirt barely covering rouged knees. Equipped with a ready-to-party attitude, she smoked, drank, and necked with handsome young men driving roadsters. She created a language and style all her own and changed forever how women acted, thought, and dressed.

If the flapper appeared giddy, so did the times. F. Scott Fitzgerald estimated that “the whole upper tenth of a nation was living with the insouciance of a grand duc and the casualness of chorus girls.” A growing middle class enjoyed the materialistic rewards of Model Ts, refrigerators, and radios. The Great War was over and a revolution was underway in the U.S. as well as the Soviet Union. “The war tore away our spiritual foundations and challenged our faith. We are struggling to regain our equilibrium,” a self-confessed flapper wrote in OUTLOOK magazine in 1922.

“In accepting membership in the Junior League a woman steps forthwith into the wider citizenship of her city…It is only as we add our contributions of service that we can be rightly said to have won our final citizenship papers.”
-Dorothy Whitney Straight

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First Junior League of Louisville Board of Directors –  1921-1922

Catherine Burge Helm, a Junior League of Louisville Founding Member recalls:

“The world of our youth was not as full of problems as the world today; our lives were much more sheltered, and comparatively few of us were college graduates. However, there was a need for volunteer service in our city, and the Louisville Junior League was formed when I returned from visiting boarding school friends in Poughkeepsie where a Junior League had just been organized. A group of about ten of us met at my mother’s house in the early summer of 1921 and made up a list of nearly a hundred members which included my sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph D. Burge, who had been a member of the New York League, and Mrs. Elliot Callahan from the Milwaukee League. Two members from two other leagues was a requirement to procure a Charter.  Mrs. Elliot Callahan was our first president and Mrs. Joseph D. Burge assumed the office several years later.”

The Junior League of Louisville’s legacy comes from this small group of 50 women who in 1921 strategically linked vision, social capital and trained action to address needs and challenges in the Louisville Community.  These women did not set out to change the world, only to improve the lives of women and children in Louisville by tackling issues that faced our community.

We have come a long way since 1921 but the same fact remains…the Junior League of Louisville is a catalyst for change. #IamJLL

 

Leadership Spotlight: Nominating Director Heather Kolasinsky

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Heather Kolasinsky is currently serving as the JLL Nominating Director.  She joined the league in 2011 shortly after moving to Louisville and has served as provisional advisor, chair of Bloom Boutique, Member-at-large, AVP Fundraising, VP Fundraising and member of nominating committee.
By day Heather is Senior Counsel for Humana, serving as a member of the litigation and investigations team with a focus on electronic discovery, information governance, cybersecurity and legal operations.   She earned a BBA in Finance and a JD and MBA from The University of Memphis and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Outside of work and JLL her other main role is mom to a 4-year old daughter with a healthy “fear of missing out” aka FOMO and has been married for 16 years to a man that is a cross between Phil Dunfee and Albert Einstein.  She also has 2 insane dogs that are loving destroyers of anything clean and orderly. On top of all of this she also serve as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was previously on the Board of Lakeside Swim Club, DanceWorks and Memphis Area Legal Services.

“I am proud to be able to work with so many ladies that care about making our community better. If I ever have free time (or win the lottery), then I want to start a non-profit that provides pro-bono legal services to drag queens.”

Leadership Spotlight: Board Member Ashley N. Duncan

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Ashley N. Duncan, Board Member 2017-2018

Ashley N. Duncan is a Louisville native who has been employed at the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) since the age of 14. Ashley currently serves as a Director of Diversity and Inclusion.  Ashley earned her Masters of Science in Business Communication from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.  Ashley has worked in every department at TARC and prides herself on knowing the company as a whole.  Ashley has been a volunteer with The Junior League of Louisville for 4 years and is currently serving as a board member leading the Voice and Choice Membership Rollout Team.

Ashley has recently joined the Louisville Metro United Way Board and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board.  Ashley enjoys working with children as well as teaching the importance of cultivating diversity in the workplace and in the community.  Ashley has been married to her best friend Desmond Duncan, for over five years, and has one daughter, Mckinley Grace.

One of the many philosophies that Ashley lives by is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi