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: 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

Leadership Spotlight: President Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad

Each Friday we will be spotlighting the current leadership for the 2017-2018 Junior League of Louisville Board of Directors and Executive Management Team.  This will be a great way to get to know each leader a little bit better!  Hope you enjoy hearing about all the wonderful things the JLL Leadership does not only for Junior League but the community as well!

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Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad, President 2017-2019

Originally from Pikeville, Kentucky she moved to Louisville in 2005 after attending Morehead State University and starting her career in Los Angelos.  Leigh Anne currently works in marketing for MetroPCS and loves that both with the Junior League and her career she has opportunities to give back to the city she loves. Leigh Anne loves animals and has a rambunctious 13 year old beagle, Sophie, and sits on the board at Alley Cat Advocates.  She has been married to her husband Greg for almost 8 years. In their free time they love to travel and explore.

Leigh Anne’s favorite memories include attending her first AJLI Annual Conference and watching in awe at all the powerful women committed to making their communities better marching in representing their home league and a DIAD at a walk for the Down Syndrome Association of Louisville in her provisional year. She had the pleasure of making smiles by “spray painting” the kids hair before the walk. Leigh Anne is looking forward to the next two years and all the positive impact the women of the Junior League of Louisville will lead.

If you wold like to learn more about the Junior League of Louisville please visit www.juniorleaguelouisville.org.

Junior League of Louisville announces it 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Executive Management Team

The Junior League of Louisville (JLL) announces its 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Executive Management Team. This team of women will lead an organization with 96 years of service to Louisville Community.

The Junior League of Louisville strives to make a difference in the community by promoting the potential of women through voluntarism and leadership development. The organization’s Board of Directors and Management Team is chosen from its membership of over 500 professional, compassionate women and will lead the organization for a twelve-month term beginning June 1.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

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President – Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad

Treasurer – Bridget Dale

Secretary – Jessica Dunleavy

Executive Vice President – Courtney Carter

Board Members

Ashley Cassetty, Ria Chandler, Ashley Duncan, Sarah Wunderlin

Nominating Director – Heather Kolasinsky

Sustaining Director – Michelle Black White

Community Advisory Board Advisor – Hala Ziady

Strategic Advisor – Mary Ellen Weiderwhol

100 for 100 Advisor – Angela Champion Sprowl

Centennial Celebration Advisor – Cindy Adelberg

As a group, the Board is responsible for governance and management of the organization, ensuring the League’s adherence to the Junior League mission, vision, and strategic plan as well as ensuring that the organization has adequate resources to fulfill its mission and goals and executes prudent financial oversight, ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place and that the League responsibly budgets, invests and uses the funds at its disposal.

2017-2018 Executive Management Team

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Executive Vice President – Courtney Carter

Vice President of Fund Development – Kathryn Wickenhauser

Vice President of Finance – Carrie Sheffield

Vice President of Community Impact – Genevieve Montgomery

Vice President of Communications – Abbie Gilbert

Vice President of Engagement – Emily Turman

Vice President of Membership – Olivia McKinney

Vice President of Leadership and Training – Kim Ryan

As a group, the Executive Management Team focuses on strengthening the JLL’s impact through its day-to-day initiatives. It develops and executes programs and activities aligned with the strategic goals of the organization as set forth by the Board of Directors.

During the past year, JLL has invested over $55,000 and approximately 28,000 volunteer hours in the Louisville Community. The Junior League of Louisville is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

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Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Junior League of Louisville hosted it’s Annual May Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which was sponsored by Kosair Charities.  The event celebrated the accomplishments of the League for the 2016-2017 year, which included another successful year of service and leadership.

The League inducted the 2017 Spring Provisional Members into active membership and recognized those women who have completed 6 or more active years of service into Sustaining Membership!  Awards we also presented to members and community partners for their service and support during the League year!

Awards and Recipients

Community Partner Award
Wave 3 News and Jefferson County Public Education Foundation
This was presented to these community partners for their continuous support and work on Imagination Library Louisville.  This award is presented to a corporation or community organization that has shown tremendous support to the league and its mission.

Outstanding Provisional Award
Brittany Laderer
This award is presented to a provisional class member in recognition of outstanding individual or team leadership skills shown while completing the Provisional Course.

Member of Achievement: JLL Leadership Award
Abbie Gilbert
This award is given to a committee chair that takes an active role in developing leaders by serving as a mentor, motivator, and delegator. This member has executed her position gracefully and to the best of her ability.

Member of Achievement: Pia Posadas Miller Personal Development Leadership Award
Laurel Mallory
This award is given to a member who takes the initiative to go above and beyond her committee and membership responsibilities. This member exhibited a great can-do attitude, has taken thankless jobs and has risen to the occasion when called upon..

Member of Achievement: Community Leadership Award
Barb Shirkness
This award is given to a member who has demonstrated her leadership skills in the Louisville community in non-profit organizations whether serving on a Board or as a dedicated volunteer.

Community Outreach Award
Lauren Coulter
This award is presented to the member who has exuded the mission of JLL to provide service to the community and training to JLL members.

Philanthropist Award
Sarah Wunderlin
This award is given to a member who has significantly increased the bottom line of the organization. From securing donations to ensuring a JLL fundraiser is successful, this member has helped to provide the JLL with the financial resources it needs to carry out its mission.

A League of Their Own Award
The Blooming Deals Committee
This award is presented to a committee that personifies team spirit. This committee has worked together effectively throughout the year and has met all challenges head on to successfully accomplish their assignment.

Member Enhancement Award
Tracey Snow
This award is given to a member who has significantly improved the quality of membership for her fellow members.

For more information regarding the Junior League of Louisville please visit our website!

Junior League of Louisville Helps Students Make a Lasting Impact

On May 22, members of the Junior League of Louisville assisted 5th grade classes at Carter Traditional Elementary School in a “graduation” event, celebrating the students’ transition from elementary to middle school. Each 5th grade class will paint their handprints on a wooden bench to remain at the school. The benches will be a symbol of how each student has left a lasting impact on the school and encourage them to go out into the community and make a difference.

The Junior League of Louisville also donated over 300 school supplies as well as approximately 150 t-shirts and 75 school uniform polo shirts to the school through Agape North, a company that donates school apparel for each screen printed or embroidery item sold. The matching donation was made possible by the sale of Junior League of Louisville apparel during the 2015-2016 League years.

The event is one of the Junior League of Louisville’s many “Done in a Day” community service events. The Junior League of Louisville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This event aligns with the JLL mission of training future leaders and supporting the current community initiative of early childhood education and mentor-ship.

Leadership Development Training

Leadership Development Training – Discovering the JLL’s Rich History of Leadership and Service

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One of the cornerstones of Junior League of Louisville’s mission is developing effective volunteers through a variety of formal experiential training.  A member’s placement on various committees is where she gains hands-on training. Whether that focus is on marketing, fund development, finance, event planning, or more, the skills developed “on the job” are transferable to other volunteer efforts, as well as members’ professional lives.  Our goal is to build on members’ strengths, and empower them to be more effective in their community, professional and personal endeavors.

This weekend mark our Annual Leadership Development Training for all the incoming Junior League of Louisville Leadership!  It was a wonderful time for our members to discover the rich history of leadership and service of the Junior League of Louisville, improve their leadership skills and connect and develop relationships with other Junior League of Louisville Leaders.