The Junior League of Phoenix, Incorporated is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Preview is an online newsletter published 10 times a year by the Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. 

08/23 - Super Saturday I
09/03 - September GMM
09/07 - September Social
09/27 - Super Saturday II

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The Junior League of Phoenix would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of past JLP members.

Krissy Likos, an active member of the JLP, passed away on July 29. She was 44.

Patricia Newman Rummage, a sustainer, passed away on July 8. She was 93.
Marilyn (Cambier) Martin, a sustainer, passed away on June 19. She was 85.
Susan Chase Koerner, a sustainer, passed away on May 16. She was 40.

Condolences to Sustainer and past president, Nancy Hurley, on the passing of her brother, Daniel H. Schoedinger, on July 27.

Anne Hoffman

Sustaining Director at Large
Tasha Sharp

Sustaining Director at Large
Beth McRae

Active Director at Large
Jennifer Elser

Active Director at Large
Jennifer Holsman-Tetreault

Angie Cassavant-Lawless

Director of Finance
Annette Tanori

Director of Operations
Lara Lennaman

Director of Operations 
Lara Lennaman

Administrative Team Leader
Cassie Cooper

Membership Team Leader
Jennifer Carusetta

Community Team Leader
Bianca Cords

Training & Promoting Voluntarism Team Leader
Pamela Salter

Communications & Marketing Team Leader 
Kelly Kaysonepheth

Finance Development Team Leader
Jill Kipnes

Grace Gaabucayan

Development Manager
Ashley Bunch


Provisional Chair
Jennifer Clausing

Nominating Chair
Carey Anthony

Jennifer Plumb
Thank you to our Preview sponsors!

Catherine Nelson


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2014-15 JLP Publications Committee

Kathy Beaver - Chair
Amy Barton - Vice Chair
Britni Jensen
Jessica Lewis
Lauren McKeon
Natalie Varty

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Letter from the President 
Welcome to another exciting year in the Junior League of Phoenix!

We have a lot of fabulous things planned and I can't wait for you to be a part of it. The more you put into the League, the more you get out of it - so I look forward to seeing all of you at our meetings and events! 

We're tackling some big strategic ideas this year, including looking at our fundraiser portfolio and where we can be more efficient in making and spending our funds; transitioning to our Board structure that has split governance and management activities so that we can offer more meaningful leadership opportunities and run our organization more efficiently; and assessing our membership satisfaction, League requirements, hours, etc to ensure that our members are happy and fulfilled with the JLP!

In addition to these items, we will of course have another year filled with training, volunteering, and FUN!

Your JLP happiness starts with you. Let's come together as individuals with our own backgrounds, reasons for joining the League, aspirations, etc. and become part of something greater--part of the collective that is the Junior League of Phoenix. There's a great video that AJLI produced a couple of years ago, and it begins by saying "It started with a woman..." In the case of the Junior League, it started with Mary Harriman who had a vision for how young women could come together and affect change. This vision is still core to the Junior League, and one that inspires me. I encourage you to think about what you can do to start this year; being enthusiastic in a new leadership role, creating a new idea for how your committee can meet its goals, forming a new friendship...the League is a great place because of each of us coming together, with all our different strengths and abilities, to accomplish something great together.

Anne Hoffman
2014-16 JLP President



A signature program of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP), ROCKETS (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science), recently won the 2014 Association of Junior Leagues (AJLI) Award for Community Impact. Phoenix was one of 10 leagues to be recognized at AJLI’s awards ceremony at its annual conference in May. The Community Impact Award recognizes outstanding programs that have created long-lasting measurable results that illustrate the Junior League tradition of achieving significant community impact through thoughtful collaboration.

Since it began in 2010, ROCKETS has hit several milestones including increasing its membership and community participation; branding itself in the community; creating a credible seminar for teachers; attracting funding support and delivering a high-quality science and math skills program to thousands of children. In addition, it has enabled the JLP to deepen one of its most important partnerships with the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which it helped build and where it now maintains a ROCKETS classroom. Last year, ROCKETS had 62 teachers register for the Teacher Launch Seminar, saw over 300 volunteer hours at its events, and worked with over 2,000 students at 8 major events.  
With the Community Impact Award recognition, JLP received $10,000 to further strengthen ROCKETS and leverage the program for years to come. 

"We are so thrilled to be chosen for this award from over 293 Leagues based all over the world,” Anne Hoffman, JLP President, said. “It is such an honor for the Junior League of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun! There are more than 155,000 members of Junior Leagues internationally, and the almost 1,000 women in the Junior League of Phoenix have worked hard and should be proud of the difference we are making in this community."

Please visit the AJLI website to view this prestigious award announcement:
JLP is in our final year of our three-year partnership with the Changing Lives Center / Phoenix Rescue Mission. The Changing Lives Center for Women and Children focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and abuse for vulnerable mothers and their children.  We’ve participated in amazing events at the Changing Lives Center – fall harvest carnivals, Santa and holiday festivities and a spring field day. The children at Changing Lives Center were also thrilled to have attended JLP’s 2013 Touch a Truck event, thanks to generous donations from our JLP members.
This year, the JLP Rescue Mission committee will be hosting four events at the Changing Lives Center. Additionally, we would like the children to have the opportunity to attend Touch a Truck again. Through our events, we will continue to impact our community while promoting JLP's focus area of building a healthy Arizona.

For more information, contact Chair Debi Birch.

Notes and quotes:

In addition to all the fun we’ve had at the Changing Lives Center, we received feedback from the Center that our work has positively impacted the lives of the mothers and children with whom we worked: 
“The children were able to experience new ways of learning and bonding with their moms through outdoor physical fitness activities.  The Junior League really helped to strengthen the mother / child relationship by using fitness games and activities . . .  I feel that the Junior League of Phoenix had a lot to do with reinforcing a love for physical fitness.”   
- Valerie, Changing Lives Center Child Development Director
“After I participated in the first Junior League event, I had so much fun with my children. I wanted to learn about other activities that we could do at home. So I stated volunteering with the Changing Lives Center children’s development center – I am having so much fun and so are my children. My children love to see me in their classroom – they feel so special now.”
-  Julie, Changing Lives Center Mother

Summer is in full swing, and Kids in the Kitchen is busy preparing for another great year of “Building a Healthy Arizona!”  This coming year we will embark on an uncharted opportunity—creating monthly nutrition lessons for awesome members of the Thunderbirds Branch of Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley in Guadalupe. Lesson topics will cover Fruits and Vegetables, Balancing Your Meals and Days, Healthy Alternatives and the Science of Exercise. These lessons will measure the impact on students’ learning over time, and each lesson will include a healthy snack and exercise portion. In addition to the lessons, we will continue our tradition of hosting two large Saturday events at the Thunderbirds Branch of Boys and Girls Clubs of East Valley, will host booths at Touch a Truck and the ACT Kids Health Fair, and will engage provisional members in our St. Vincent de Paul events. We thank the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation for its generous support, and we can’t wait to get started!

Mark your calendars and join us for a series of special events throughout the year geared toward raising money for the Junior League of Phoenix.
October 15: Kendra Scott Gives Back Winter Launch, 5-8pm, Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott will be debuting her Winter 2014 collection during this exclusive event. Enjoy delicious sips, sweet treats, and of course, jewelry from 5-8 pm at their location in the Scottsdale Quarter!
Shop from her kaleidoscope of beautiful jewelry infusing vibrant, hand cut gemstones and her Color Bar™, an innovative experience that allows jewelry customization. Featured on the pages of leading fashion and lifestyle publications and television outlets, Kendra Scott is a favorite for all women
Spring 2015 (date tbd): The White Party, 6-9pm, Casablanca Lounge
The White Party is the chicest party of the year! In addition to the spectacular rooftop views and live musical entertainment, guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers and leave with a special gift.
May 6: Sip and Shop Social, Phoenix Country Club
Shop unique vendors before and after the May GMM. It's a great time to purchase gifts for the mom's, dad's and grads in your life.
Year-round: Staycation at the Fairmont Princess
But you don't have to wait for these dates! Support the League all year when you book a stay at the Fairmont Princess. Receive 20% off their best price when you use the online promo code PTJL. Plus, a portion of your room charges go back to the JLP.

The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Board of Directors.
·  Foundation Board
  • Officers:
    • Sara Mayer (President)
    • Margaret Moody (Treasurer)
    • Cassie Cooper (Secretary)
  • Directors
    • Devon Vero
    • Deb Michaelsaki
    • Lauren Dunning
    • Ashley Bunch
    • Nance Harris
    • Maria Cody
    • Jenny Elser
    • Jeanne Figueroa
    • Jenny Holsman Tetreault
    • Brandi Hunt
    • Sarah McLeod
    • Gilda Kemp
The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. established The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation as a separate entity supporting our same Mission. After many years of service to our area, the JLP Foundation will serve as a support organization to The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. in the years to come. Your generosity will fund the future collaborations and programs that have defined The Junior League of Phoenix and strengthened our community for more than seven decades.

To support the foundation please visit

What is it?
A feature on the JLP Member Facebook page highlighting one of our extraordinary donors every day!  Please visit at

Why are we doing it:?
Our donors are the backbone of the Junior League – without them we cannot fulfill our mission.

How can you participate?
Every member of the can show a donor they appreciate them. Like the post. Share the post. Like the donor’s Facebook page.

Going out to dinner, getting your hair or nails done? Participate by supporting one of our donors and tell them the Junior League of Phoenix appreciates and values their support.

What will patronizing our donors accomplish? 
Donors will know that the Junior League of Phoenix appreciates our donors and we have a lot of spending power in the Valley. 

When we go back to the donor to ask them to support our fund raising events again, they will know that their donation served a dual benefit!  They supported a great cause AND they gained new customers.

What's the best part of the Days of Gratitude?
Let’s go to dinner, drinks, shopping and talk about what we love about the Junior League of Phoenix!


The Junior League of Phoenix is hosting its annual Touch-A-Truck event. Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery and to meet the people that build, protect and serve the Valley communities. Vehicles on display will include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and much more! The event also features area mascots, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and a bazaar of local vendors.
Saturday, October 18
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Paradise Valley Mall (SE parking lot by Sears)
Purchase tickets online, $5 for individual or 5 for $20

We are still in need of sponsorships, trucks, and sunshade tents, so please pass any contact info to

The 2013-2014 Strategic Planning Committee is pleased to announce the approval of the 2014-2020 Strategic Plan by the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The Committee members spent a year identifying the key strategic issues of JLP and creating this plan. Thank you to the following committee members for their hard work on the strategic plan.
The Committee
Sara Mayer – Chair
Anne Hoffman – President Elect
Lara Lennaman – Communications VP &
Director of Operations Elect
Jill Kipnes – Development VP Elect
Kathleen Beaver – Finance VP Elect
Blair Coe Schweiger – Training VP
Jenny Holsman Tetreault – Community VP
Tasha Sharp – Sustaining Member
Kelly Yunis – Membership VP
What is Strategic Planning?
Strategic Planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy.
JLP and Planning
The planning committee spent the year reviewing data, developing the core essential focus areas, and creating measurable items.
The Top Three
The plan is designed to guide the JLP from 2014-2020 in three key areas:
  1. Implementation & Continuous Integration of the Governance and Management Structure
  2. Financial Responsibility & Sustainability
  3. Membership Growth and Retention
How we will achieve the plan
The Board of Directors is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan and will form committees to create solutions to achieve the plan.
Over the next year, the strategic plan will be rolled out to various committees and will seek information and feedback from the membership. We look forward to sharing the plan and vision with the League.
Come out to the first JLP social event of the year

"Party on a Bike" spin class!

Where: Madison Improvement Club
3802 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
When: Sunday, September 7 at 12:30pm
Details: $5/person
Deadline to sign up: August 30

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(Leaguers in Need of Kindness and Support)

Do you know a fellow JLP member who may need a little extra support or assistance? Are you aware of someone who has a sick child or a serious illness or death in the family? The League truly cares and wants to help. Please contact us now by submitting the form below.
We are also looking for volunteers to help the Hospitality Committee deliver meals, shop or drive JLP members to doctor's appointments.
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