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This upcoming weekend is Tulips and Juleps. It is an Art and Gift market located in Louisville, KY. There are over 65 vendors that will be displaying their artwork and gifts for you to shop. There will also be a silent auction during the event. This is an event you cannot miss!

When?  

Friday March 10, 2017 4pm – 8pm

Saturday March 11, 2017 10am- 4pm

*Juleps After Dark 5pm-9pm 

Sunday March 12th, 2017 11am-2pm

Where?

Slugger Field (401 East Main Street)

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Courtney Carter | #IAmJLL

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We love to hear from our lovely members and this week is no different. Courtney Carter is up this week and she’s talking about balance, community, and training: just a few things she is learning through Junior League.

When and why did you join JLL?
For fun! I joined the League in the fall of 2008 to meet new people! I showed up to orientation not knowing anyone. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and made some great friends that morning.
What was your favorite project during your time with the League?
Urban Garden! Specifically, the garden at the Home of the Innocents. Cultivating and creating this garden with the children was such fun. Getting to share with them the yields and watch them learn and understand the larger scope of “where food comes from” was really enjoyable.
What have you personally learned/gained while being involved in JLL?
Balance! I learned (still learning) how to manage a calendar, how to prioritize, and how to evaluate how I want to spend my personal time.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
Training! I think the most impactful way JLL contributes to the Louisville community is through our training. The League not only trains us to be better volunteers, but it gives us the tools to make us better employees, citizens, and advocates.
What were the community initiatives during your time with the League?
Be Fit Be Fine! Education!
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
Across the board! I am most looking forward to seeing how our education focus will reach all avenues of our community. The Research Task Force has worked to evaluate the needs in our community and how our members can best fulfill those needs. The combination of servicing our membership and our community will prove impactful on many levels.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
Great things happen when you surround yourself with great people! Joining the Junior League allows you to challenge yourself in ways that your professional or personal life might not. The League opens opportunities and allows you to try new things, all while being supported, motivated, and mentored by an amazing group of women!

Meet Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad | #IAmJLL

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We are so excited to hear from Leigh Anne this week on the blog. Leigh Anne is an asset to Junior League of Louisville and she gets it done! Thankful for you Leigh Anne!

When and why did you join JLL?
I joined in 2009. At that time I was looking for some balance outside of work. I worked really long hours and wanted to feel like I was contributing something to make the world a better place.

What was your favorite project during your time with the League?
We have had several programs and projects that I have enjoyed. However, the thing I have enjoyed most about the league is it has given me a place to grow personally and professionally. It has been a great safety net to build leadership skills. It has made me a better employee, volunteer, friend and wife. For that I will forever be grateful.
What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?

So many things. I have learned to juggle multiple deadlines, manage and lead a staff of volunteers, to be a more compassionate person, a better listener and so much more. Being a part of the league made me more secure in who I am as a leader and a person.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community? I think one of our biggest assets in our trained volunteers. While we plan and participate in many community programs within the league the majority of our volunteers also volunteer outside the league. Many organizations and our city are a better place because of the trained volunteers of JLL.
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community? This is a great opportunity for us to make a lasting impact in Louisville. I think we have the opportunity not only to develop programs but educate our members and community at large about education short falls and how we can improve those. Knowledge is power and those who are well informed are more likely to take action.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them? To borrow a line from Nike, Just Do It! You will not regret the time you put in. Just like anything else you get what you put into it. I have made good friends, learned more about Louisville than I would have on my own, been inspired by sustaining members and current members. The League reminds me daily that there is a lot of good in the world and for that I am thankful.

Meet Liz Hack | #IAmJLL

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Liz Hack answered a few questions for us about her love of the league and what it is about Junior League of Louisville that she loves most.

When and why did you join JLL?
I became an active member in 2013.
What has been your favorite project during your time with the League?
Since 2013, I’ve really only been part of one committee, the research and development committee. We have been charged with researching what our League members want the next big thing to be. Through the commitment of the committee, we’ve learned that our members want to focus on education. It’s been very engaging and rewarding to both research what the needs of the community are and match them with the interests of the members.
What have you personally learned/gained while being involved in JLL?
One of my life mottos is, “Learn something new each day.” Through JLL, I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. Through JLL, I’ve strengthened my skill to actively listen to others. There are so many talented and smart women in JLL that I’ve learned or gained something from just by listening and engaging with them in planning, etc. Because of my involvement with JLL, I’ve been able to connect with other community organizations to grow my network of contacts both personally and professionally.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
We are a strong, community-based group of women who want to positively impact our community. There’s no way we can’t impact the community with that type of passion motivating each of us. From the little things to the big data numbers, JLL impacts the community. The members are “on the front line” tutoring students, beautifying our neighborhoods, encouraging reading, empowering girls, and the list goes on and on. We are part of what makes Louisville the Most Compassionate City in the U.S.
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
There are so many opportunities for our League members to engage in the education initiative, from partnering with groups like United Way, which is always looking for volunteers to support their education programs, to developing our own programs for reaching STEM and the arts. I also think there’s a huge opportunity to provide more education/training/leadership opportunities to our members, things like women in careers, retirement planning, finding the right master’s degree program, etc.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
I tell them that the League is a great place to learn about the community and how to get involved with your community. The League also tries to fit into what works best for each of its member’s life. For me, my personal and professional life has gotten really hectic with life changes and professional growth. The League understands that and has worked with me one-on-one to make my League life fit my life.

Recipe Memory

With Derby right around the corner we all feel a little nostalgic about our favorite derby memories. Food always plays a role and this memory from sustaining member Jennifer Kramer takes the cake.

“One of my favorite recipes in Bluegrass Gatherings is for Bourbon Balls in the “Lilies for the Fillies Cocktail Party” menu (page 46). I love this recipe because my mother submitted it at my request, as I grew up helping her make this candy every Christmas.
I had never made my mother’s Bourbon Balls recipe from start to finish by myself, but I needed to make a batch during the testing phase of our cookbook. I was so excited to make them as my parents live in Arizona now, and I don’t often get to indulge.

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While my mother’s Bourbon Balls are a little time-consuming to make, they are SO worth it. I now make several batches every year at Christmas to give away and serve at parties, and I make them at Derby time as well. They are a great hostess gift, too!”

Thanks Jennifer for this sweet reminder. Share your favorite memories too! We can’t wait to hear about your memories on our Facebook page.

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Let’s get to know this months #IamJLL feature, Meaghan Marrett Gift. Meaghan opens up about what she loves most about the league and how she continues to serve Louisville through Junior League.

When and why did you join JLL?
I joined in spring 2009. I had been back after college for a few years and felt I was in a bit of a rut. I saw Junior League as a way to expand my horizons. It allowed me to meet new people while making a positive impact on my community.

What’s been your favorite project?
This is a tough question for me. I find the most enjoyable projects to be the ones that have our members working most directly with those we are serving. I’ll never forget helping girls pick out their prom dresses at Bloom Boutique or having a toddler climb in my lap and start playing with my hair when I was reading a book to a group of children at Family Scholar House. This year, I volunteered at the two newer community projects and felt those were great! At the Girl Scout shift where I volunteered, we were teaching second graders about being responsible pet owners with the help of dogs from the Humane Society…does it get any cuter?!

What did you personally learn while being involved in JLL?
I have gained a lot of leadership skills. As a provisional, I remember looking at committee chairs and board members and being so impressed by their ability to get things done. When I got the call asking if I would chair a committee for the first time, I remember feeling nervous about how I would do. I got the same advice that so many of us have, that “this is a training organization,” and “you can’t break the League in a year” – and they were right. When I was asked to serve on the board, I had those nervous feelings again, but they weren’t as bad this time because I knew I had grown in my ability to lead, and I had all kinds of support from those who had served in my role before and those who were serving with me on the board.

How do I feel JLL impacts the community?
My thoughts on this have evolved quite a bit over time. For the first few years in JLL, I would have said our main impact is through the work we do with our community projects. While I still believe that is part of our impact, I also feel that the training we provide to member on topics such as to how plan a project, how lead a committee meeting, how to serve on a board, etc. creates an even greater impact. All of us will choose to become a sustainer at some point, but with those skills, we can continue to create positive impact in our community.

What were the community initiatives during your time?
“Be Fit, Be Fine” was our community focus when I first joined. It created great projects such as a partnership with JCPS to teach kids about healthy eating and exercise and Urban Garden, which was a long-running JLL project. After “Be Fit, Be Fine,” we didn’t have one main community focus. I am looking forward to what is to come with the Issue Based Community Impact topic of education. Adopting this will allow us to better focus our efforts in the community to have a greater impact.

With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact,what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
I was so glad when the topic of education was chosen. It goes along with much of what we have always been doing but also allows us to create new programs with a specific focus. I see us working on projects that address topics that one would traditionally think of with education, like literacy, but the topic of education extends well beyond what happens in a classroom. We could go in so many directions and impact people of all ages.

If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
I’d tell them that JLL really has something for everyone. Some people join to meet people, some join to volunteer in the community, and some join for the leadership training. Regardless of why you joined, I’d encourage any new member to try variety of activities the league offers. In my six years, I think I have been on committees in almost every council. Having a positive experience means going beyond your comfort zone – volunteering at a shift even if you don’t know someone, choosing to go to a meeting at place you’ve never been, or even putting your name in for a leadership position even though it seems a little scary.

Meet Michelle Black White | #IamJLL

We are excited to get to know Michelle a little bit better! Michelle works with W by Worth and has been with the league since 1994. Read below to hear more about her #IamJLL journey.

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What was your favorite project during your time with the League?

If I can only choose one project as my favorite, it was being a part of the Splendor In The Bluegrass committee. It was truly an all-hands-on-deck project for the League and I loved gathering groups of friends to test and rate recipes for the book. A personal highlight after the book was published was having my recipe submission (my father’s recipe for Grits Gruyere) included in the AJLI cookbook, The Junior League at Home.

What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?

The League has taught me many things but learning how to effectively lead and work with groups of volunteers is the skill that I use the most. I currently serve as a board member for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, interim CEO for Gallopalooza, a Stylist/Agency Leader for W byWorth, and as a volunteer in my sons’ school, and I use the training and skills from the League daily in each of these roles.

How do you feel JLL impacts the community?

The League has impacted Louisville in so many ways by providing leadership, volunteers and funding to create solutions to fill needs within the community. I am amazed at how many organizations we have touched over our 95 years.

If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
I cannot imagine not being a part of the League. I cherish the friendships I have made over the years and love staying connected as a Sustainer through the monthly book club.

I know that if I ever move away from Louisville, contacting the League in my new hometown will be one of the first things I do!