September 2020 Newsletter
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President's Message
Training News
Community News
Finance Development News
Communications & Marketing
Civic Impact

09.10 | New Leaders Training - Level 4
09.12 | 1st and 2nd Year Active Training
09.13 | Virtual Cookie Decorating Party
10.10 | City of Phoenix Food Day & JLP HealthFest
11.07 | Touch-A-Truck 
Welcome to September!
September is always an exciting time for Junior League of Phoenix. We traditionally host our first General Membership Meeting of the year and members look forward to getting together and reconnecting after the summer. This is also the time when our calendar starts to fill up with committee meetings, community shifts, trainings, socials and fundraisers. And while things do look very different this year and we are still meeting virtually, we continue to move our mission forward. Our members are getting creative when it comes to preparing and planning activities this year and are making sure that we are still able to make an impact. Look for information on our upcoming Phoenix Food Day & HealthFest community event and our Touch-A-Truck fundraiser; both have pivoted to drive-through events.
We are ecstatic to have 100 women joining us for our provisional class this year! Even during a pandemic, the provisional team is working hard to prepare these new members for their active JLP membership, give them opportunities to get to know each other and share our mission and our legacy in the community.
Junior League’s specialty is offering unique opportunities for personal growth through comprehensive leadership development and training, community service, and lifelong connections.  By welcoming all women, our organization thrives through its membership’s diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences. 
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and learn more about what we are doing to make an impact. I also invite you to visit our newly designed website at to stay up to date with everything JLP!
Jennie Elser
President 2020-2022
The 2020 Provisional Class kicked off the year with the first Super Saturday on Aug. 22 with guest speakers and trivia. Provisionals learned more about JLP thanks to guest speakers President Jennie Elser, Executive Vice President Elizabeth Goldstein, VP of Community Kristen Leonard, Rummage Chair Erica Gallo, Donor Relations Chair Jordan Bublik, Touch-A-Truck Chair Amy Heiserman, St. Vincent de Paul committee member Megan Hannon and Fundraising Treasurer Melissa Watson. 
Learn how JLP Toastmasters is relevant in today's virtual world. From social connection to career oriented practices, JLP Toastmasters will help you gain confidence, grow your tribe of impactful women, and help you be prepared for our new virtual world!

NOTE: JLP Toastmasters is open to all women, not just JLP Members.

Upcoming Meeting Dates on Zoom:
Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 -10 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 21, 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Email Nelly Perumean at to receive the Zoom link
September is Hunger Action Month, when people all over the United States stand together with the Feeding America network to fight hunger. It is a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis — and dedicate ourselves to a solution.

Junior League of Phoenix's Focus Area is Fighting Hunger in the Greater Phoenix Community. Our work this year with Harvest Compassion Center and with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul aligns directly with the focus area and the goals of Hunger Action Month.

During the month of September, we encourage you to learn more about the work we do with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and Harvest Compassion Center and donate to our Fund the League and Care for the Community campaign to help us further our work in this area. Don't forget to share our social media posts on this topic, as we all work together to pitch in for Hunger Action Month. By acting, we can end hunger one helping at a time.
Junior League's partnership with Harvest Compassion Center is off to a great start! We are excited to continue to grow our relationship with HCC and are so excited about the Sept. 3 grand opening of the West Phoenix location.

JLP provided $15,000 of funds to assist in the opening of this new center, will be providing volunteers throughout the year, and will also be assisting in the new Kids Corner at this location.

JLP Healthfest will be back this year in partnership with City of Phoenix’s 8th Annual Food Day.

We are excited to announce that this year will be a drive-thru event on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Cartwright School District & Community Garden.

Members of the community can register for a pick-up time here to drive up and collect a goody bag. The bags will be filled with information on health and wellness, including physical activities for children, gardening demos, health vouchers, food baskets, and cooking recipes. We look forward to a great event helping the community.

R.O.C.K.E.T.S. Teacher Launch will continue its partnership with CREATE at the Arizona Science Center for 2020-2021. We will host an entirely virtual seminar in early 2021 (exact date TBD). A virtual event opens up attendance to all educators throughout AZ and does not burden them with traveling to downtown Phoenix. CREATE is launching a digital STEM platform soon with virtual STEM lessons, parent portal and plenty of curriculum to help educators navigate virtual instruction. We are grateful to Junior League of Phoenix Foundation for the grant this year so we can continue to impact educators and students throughout AZ.

Fond Remembrances

We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of JLP Sustainer Emeritus Betty Olwin and JLP Sustainer Patti Cleary.

Patti passed away on July 19, 2020. Her full obituary can be viewed here
Virtual Cookie Decorating Party
Sunday Sept. 13
 2 - 3 p.m.

For this fundraiser, JLP is partnering with a local Mesa company, Smith-o-lator Cookie Shop, who will be teaching a live class through Zoom to lead us through the basics of cookie decorating!

Each registration will include a cookie kit consisting of 6 cookies, icing, and a live virtual cookie decorating class. Tickets to this fundraiser are available for a donation of $35 for one kit or $60 for 2 kits. Cookie kits must be purchased by Thurs., Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. for either local delivery or pickup from the baker in Mesa. Local (contactless) delivery is FREE, and will be done by JLP members.

Support Junior League by attending this “sweet” fundraiser with the whole family!

This year, we are taking the "Touch" out of "Touch-A-Truck."

Please join us

Nov. 7, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Tickets will be on sale soon; check our website for details!

JLP Member Crystal Huggins is also the owner of the much-beloved "The Modern Betty," a bakery based out of Gilbert. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crystal and her husband pivoted right away. Not only did they move their cookie business online, but they began 3D printing masks for healthcare workers. The masks were given to frontline workers for free, and since March, The Modern Betty has printed 400+ masks. They are now offering the masks to the general public, as well, for a $10 donation.

Learn more in this article.
JLP members continue to have ripple effects in our community. Sustaining Member Sheri Lemmond was recently appointed to the Scottsdale Leadership 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

Learn more here.
JLP Member Jessi Wright was recently nominated for an ATHENA Award. The ATHENA Award, an internationally prized honor, recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in professional leadership, community service, and mentorship of future leaders. Each year, the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA Awards highlight three women at the top of their field who demonstrate inspiring leadership within their industry, mentor women throughout their career and act as dedicated community servants.

Jessi is also a valued member of the Volunteer Action Committee for Junior League of Phoenix this year!
Submit Your Civic Impact stories!
Call for Board Members!
Ever thought about sitting on a non-profit board? Interested in fundraising for the mission of the JLP? Looking to enhance your resume? Submit your resume to be apply for the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Board! We will have three positions to fill for the 2020/2021 administrative year.

Details: - Resumes are due by Friday, Sept. 5 to 
Questions? Email

To learn more about the Foundation visit our website at
Our Mission

Junior League of Phoenix 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.

Board of Directors

President – Jennie Elser
Sustaining Director at Large – Blair Coe Schweiger
Active Director at Large – Tameka Fox-Hartman
Active Director at Large  – Shannon Larson
Active Director at Large –  Kellie Martin 
Secretary – Lisa Donahue
Director of Finance – Christina Coyne
Executive Vice President – Elizabeth Goldstein

Other Appointed Leadership

Nominating Chair – Kris Noeker
Bylaws/Parliamentarian – Elizabeth Benoit

Management Team

Administrative Vice President – Danielle Arsenault
Membership Vice President – Teresa Neilson
Community Vice President – Kristen Leonard
Training Vice President – Cindy Brown
Comm. & Marketing Vice President – Laura Sharp
Finance Dev. Vice President – Jennifer Hoegger
Treasurer – Danielle Woolen
Development Manager – Stephanie Viboch

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