October 2014
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.
In a recent Letter from the President that announced Patricia Simmons as Sustainer of the Year, we mistakenly wrote, “Patricia is married to the love of her life, Jim Simmons, who she met on a blind date in 1973.” Patricia’s beloved husband passed away on Aug. 7, 2013. We apologize for that error.

10/12 - JLP Hike
10/15 - JLP Kendra Scott Event
10/18 - Touch-a-Truck
10/25 - RPM Spin
11/1-11/25 - In-Homes

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10/11 - Phoenix Day
10/14 - Fresh Express
10/15 - Feed My Starving
10/18 - Touch-a-Truck

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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
Director of Operations
It Starts With One  
Many of you are accustomed to seeing a letter from the President in this space of The Preview. With our new split governance and management structure, Anne and I decided it would be nice for our Members to see a letter from our Director of Operations every so often so that you have the opportunity to receive both inspirational and operational letters. This month is the first of these occasions.
To successfully change an organization, you must first change the individuals, because they are the organization. Leading Strategic Change by J. Stewart Black and Hal B. Gregersen teaches lessons around this concept, and I too believe it is the key to the future success of The Junior League of Phoenix. From our new governance and management structure to the implementation of our new Strategic Plan, there is a lot of change going on in the JLP.
For us to move the organization, we each need to play our part. We also need to be patient, as our success won’t be overnight. But with some persistence and action on each of our parts, we’re going to do great things. You may be thinking this is so big, what can I do to make a difference? We need to start by not trying to move the mountain. Keep it simple. Regarding our strategic plan, we need to make improvements in money and fundraising (or money) – just think M&Ms. Regarding our new structure, just look forward.
What can you do? 
Do one thing at a time:
  • Make connections
    • Invite the lady you sat next to at the GMM to do a Community Impact shift with you
    • Invite the lady you met at your Community Impact shift that lives down the street from you to cocktails
    • Go to one of the socials, even if you don’t know anyone else who signed up
  • Take the survey on member hours
  • Ask your employer to purchase a table to the Valley Impact Luncheon, and ask the lady you enjoy working with (who you also think would be a great Provisional) to sit at the table
  • Identify something your committee can do that would benefit M&Ms and START doing it
  • Identify committee work you’re doing that doesn’t benefit M&Ms and STOP doing it
  • Celebrate your success
If each of us does just one of these things, or one of these things each month, we’re going to move that mountain.
Best Regards,

Lara Lennaman
Director of Operations, 2014-16
The Junior League of Phoenix


The October 1 General Membership Meeting will be the last GMM of 2014. November will feature in-homes and there will not be a meeting in December. The next GMM will be Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Highlights from the October GMM include:
  • Sara Mayer, strategic plan advisor and president of The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation, on the JLP 2020 Strategic Plan, where she outlined the three strategic initiatives for JLP: (1) successful implementation of the new governance structure, (2) financial responsibility and sustainability, and (3) membership growth and retention. Her presentation included a video pep talk by Kid President, which was both funny and inspirational.
  • Upcoming fundraisers were highlighted by Shannon Larson, chair of special events, for the October 15 Kendra Scott event; and Wendy Brooks, chair of Valley Impact Luncheon, for the November 15 luncheon event.
  • The community program of the month was presented by Michelle Moore, chair of Fresh Express. She discussed the successes of the program to date including how it recently won the Crescordia Award from Arizona Forward at the 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. The annual awards ceremony is Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability.
  • A presentation was made by Bianca Cords, community team leader, and Jill Kipnes, fund development team leader, about how JLP fundraisers are directly connected to the community impact potential of the JLP.
  • Jennie Elser, director at large, presented the Membership Survey. If you did not have an opportunity to complete it at the GMM, please complete it here (members only, please).
Congratulations! CAUSE FOR APPLAUSE accolades went to:
  • Gretchen Kinsella, chair of Touch-A-Truck, for her commitment to growing the second-annual fundraiser, to be held on October 18. An excerpt from her nomination: “She is putting a lot of time and effort into making this a very successful, and profitable, event for us. I am lucky I get to work with such a dedicated woman and hope that I get to work with her again.”
  • Christian Bills, chair of Phoenix Day, for her efforts on this new community partner program of the JLP. An excerpt from her nomination: “Off to an awesome start as the chair of our new Community Partner Program, Phoenix Day. Christian has a positive attitude and strong work ethic. She and her team executed a successful Second Saturday nutrition and exercise event that had 5 times as many kids attend as Phoenix Day's last event.”
  • Sustainer Jen Deines for her work on a successful sustainer welcome brunch. . An excerpt from her nomination: “Jen has hit the ground running this year with the Sustainers. She and her Vice Chair, Meagan Goddard, hosted a brunch last month welcoming the sustainers to the 2014-2015 JLP year. The food was delicious and the company fabulous.”
  • Rachel Brandon, social coordinator on the Membership Team, for her planning of JLP social events. An excerpt from her nomination: “Thanks to the Social Team, we are going to have a lot of fun during the upcoming JLP year!  Keep up the great work!”
JLP presented a $2,500 check on October 9 to UMOM, New Day Centers to support damage repairs caused by recent storms. From left: Bianca Cords, JLP community team leader, Anne Hoffman, 2014-16 JLP president, Karen Fletcher, UMOM chief development officer, Lara Lennaman, JLP director of operations, and Kelly Kaysonepheth, communications and marketing team leader.


The Junior League of Phoenix is proud to announce a $2,500 donation to UMOM, New Day Centers. The Junior League of Phoenix is dedicated to providing service and support throughout the Valley to positively impact the lives of families and individuals every day. This specific donation will aid in repairing damages at UMOM caused by flood damage from recent storms.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. UMOM provides a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality childcare, and education they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave.
UMOM estimated $100,000 in damage from nonstop rain in late September that left several inches of water on the ground, which seeped into rooms on the bottom floor during the night. Damage also includes a completely ruined elevator and a partial roof collapse of the child care building.
The JLP’s donation will be matched by The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, which has offered to match any donation made up to $100,000.
“The Junior League of Phoenix has been a supporter of UMOM for several years.  We have worked closely with them on several community projects and consider them a strong partner,” said Tasha Sharp, JLP Board Director. “The Junior League was heartbroken to see the damage done by the storms a few weeks ago to the shelters. UMOM has helped so many in our community; we knew it was our turn to help UMOM. The Junior League is thrilled to donate $2,500 to help recovery efforts.”
F I N A N C E    D E V E L O P M E N T    N E W S


The Phoenix Fire Department has partnered with the JLP at our October 18 Touch-A-Truck event and will offer free car seat safety inspections from 8 to 10 am. Don’t miss out on Touch-A-Truck! Purchase your tickets and join us for the fun.
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

Questions? Contact
The Valley Impact Luncheon will be held on November 15 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. Here are 10 things you need to know about the event:
  1. Dr. Victoria Maizes, our keynote speaker, is an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine. She is executive director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, which was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.
  2. The Valley Impact Awards will honor three distinguished community leaders and pay tribute to our Sustainer of the Year.
  3. This is the sixth year of the event.
  4. Previous keynote speakers have included Laura Ling, Cindy McCain, Allison Dubois, and Barbara Barrett.
  5. Sean McLaughlin of CBS 5 News is on board as the Master of Ceremonies.
  6. A Silent Auction at 10:30 a.m. precedes the noontime luncheon. We are looking for sponsorship and auction items for the Silent Auction. Please contact Wendy Brooks. Sponsorship levels include a variety of benefits, including tickets to the event, advertising opportunities, Rummage VIP access, and JLP swag. Access the sponsorship packet here.
  7. Community programs will be present to demonstrate how supporting the Valley Impact Luncheon benefits JLP programs.
  8. The luncheon raises awareness of JLP initiatives and our focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.”
  9. Honorary Chair, Ann Denk, is a past president of the JLP, and an active community leader in Phoenix.
  10. Tickets can be purchased here.
Join The Junior League of Phoenix and Kendra Scott on October 15 for the Kendra Gives Back Winter Launch event. Enjoy delicious sips, sweet treats, and—of course— jewelry from 5-8 pm at the Scottsdale Quarter location!
Kendra Scott will be debuting her Winter 2014 collection during this exclusive event, where a portion of the proceeds from that evening’s sales will go to The Junior League of Phoenix.

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.

Voting has begun for Best Annual Charity — Vote for Rummage!
Every year, AZ Foothills gives Arizona residents a chance to decide the best of the BEST in the Valley, and we need your help to repeat as Best Annual Charity for our Annual Rummage Sale!
The Annual Rummage Sale is entering its 78th year and is one of the longest running charity traditions in all of AZ! This one-day sale raises close to $100,000 each year for needed local community programs that impact children and families in Maricopa County AND provides high quality affordable merchandise to our local community that needs this service!
To vote: click here. Then, enter your e-mail address and password to sign in. Choose the Rummage Sale and click the Vote! button. It's that simple. Each e-mail address is given one vote per day, per category.
Vote every day through November 30. Thank you for your vote and help The Junior League of Phoenix!
C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S


The JLP's community partnership with Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle kicked off this September with two successful community impact events. At these September events, the JLP, together with Fresh Express, helped more than 100 Arizonans build a healthier life with fresh produce, fun produce bingo games, and educational handouts. In the month of October, we are looking forward to working with the Fresh Express mobile food bus at Touch-A-Truck, at the Phoenix Food Day Festival, and at our two monthly community impact events. Look for opportunities on Digital Cheetah.


Kids in the Kitchen to Introduce “KITK in a Box” at an Upcoming Event

KITK’s excitement about our expanded partnership with the Boys and Girls Club continues to grow! On October 16, KITK will be introducing ‘KITK in a Box’ to the Guadalupe Branch. This is part of our expanded monthly, after school lessons with their kids.  Curriculum has been developed for each of the five lessons. Each lesson has been designed to provide hands on learning and will provide KITK with measureable results! Here are our exciting lessons:
  • Lesson 1: Balanced Meals for Balanced Health
  • Lesson 2: Fruits and Veggies
  • Lesson 3: Smart Servings
  • Lesson 4: Snack Attack
  • Lesson 5: Media and Cultural Influencers
Sign up for a two-hour shift on Digital Cheetah.  All shifts are from 4:30-6:30. Dates are October 16, November 13, January 13, February 12 and March 19.

Provisional Group Gears Up for KITK Event at St. Vincent de Paul

On October 14, the provisional group for KITK will be setting up fun and educational booths in the Dream Center at the Family Dining Room of St. Vincent de Paul. The St. Vincent de Paul Family Dining Room is open to all families in need of nutritious meals. Dinner is served by volunteers at  family tables to provide a restaurant-style dining experience and helps makes it possible for St. Vincent de Paul able to serve over 1.2 million meals to hungry families and individuals each year. Booths will feature activities like trail mix to go, sugary drink game and spin the wheel challenge and resource station! A HUGE thank you to the provisionals who will be leading this event: Michelle Stetler, Bethany Diaz, Maria Waer, Ericka Nicholes, Christina Lawson, Kendra Movarek, Jennifer Lange, Brenda Lee-Harrison, Melissa Mosley, and Lisa Stewart; with Renae Townsend as their advisor.


Phoenix Day provides quality education for children up to 5 years, and youth development programs for school-age children. In addition to early childhood and youth development programs, Phoenix Day offers preventative health programs for families in our community’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, which, many times, are also recognized as food deserts.
There will be several events that JLP will be co-hosting with Phoenix Day. Our largest event will be, Nutrition Night, a sit-down meal for the families of the community. Nutrition Night is a Spring version of the well-known annual holiday celebration, Stone Soup.  We will also be promoting healthy lifestyle choices with an educational “Second Saturdays” series! Please look for Community Impact volunteer opportunities in Digital Cheetah.

ROCKETS held its first program of the administrative year at the October 3 First Friday event in the JLP Classroom of the Children's Museum. The theme for October focused on "fun and fitness" and there were four stations promoting healthy living. ROCKETS will host another event there on November 7.


JLP had an exciting night with the families at Phoenix Rescue Mission–Changing Lives Center at an Arizona Diamondbacks game on September 16. The families made signs and cheered the Diamondbacks to a 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants! The excitement included one grand slam home run that had everyone on their feet! Thank you to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the generous donation of tickets and to the JLP volunteers who were able to join us at the game.

Phoenix Rescue Mission families will be attending the next JLP events at Phoenix Day and Touch-A-Truck. The Phoenix Rescue Mission Cookie division will be selling cookies at Touch-A-Truck.
M E M B E R   U P D A T E S

Sustainer News...

The Sustainer Member Committee welcomed more than 20 sustainers to the Kick-off Brunch at JLP Headquarters on September 13.  Although the group was very mixed with new, transfer and long-time sustaining members, they all had one characteristic in common: a love of Junior League! Members spent the morning socializing and planning social events for the year.  We are all looking forward to a great year!  Please contact Jen Deines if you would like to add an event to the Sustainer Social Calendar.

Conferences and Meetings...

On September 11-13, the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) Fall Leadership Conference took place in Nashville, TN. Anne Hoffman, president, Lara Lennaman, director of operations, and Kelly Kaysonepheth, communications and marketing team leader, attended for JLP. Kelly was also part of a panel discussion on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives for Junior Leagues worldwide, where she presented about our award-winning ROCKETS program.


From left: Kelly Kaysonepheth, Anne Hoffman, and Lara Lennaman at the 2014 AJLI Fall Leadership Conference.
From left: Sarah Brown Crank, Cassie Cooper, Alley Babij, Bianca Cords, Sara Mayer, and Jessica Warren Eldridge at the 2014 Arizona Leadership Forum.
On September 19, corporate, philanthropic, and government leaders from across Arizona gathered together for the 2014 Arizona Leadership Forum. Speakers included Seth Godin, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Fred Duval, and many other esteemed Arizona leaders. The event discussed empowering and positioning the nonprofit sector as a leading driver in economic development, positive social change, and enhancing the quality of life for all Arizonans.
“When people who care do what matters, the whole world changes,” Seth Godin said in his keynote address. In attendance for JLP included: Cassie Cooper, administrative team leader; Jessica Warren Eldridge, chair of Kids in the Kitchen; Sarah Brown Crank, member of the Member Training Committee; Alley Babij, sustainer; Grace Gaabucayan, treasurer; Bianca Cords, community team leader; and Sara Mayer, strategic plan advisor and president of The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation.

Job Moves...

Congratulations to Stephanie Bracken, member of the Media Relations committee, who recently joined the City of Phoenix as a public information officer.


Sarah Metz, treasurer for Special Events, and her fiancé, Travis Alexander, were engaged on July 19. An April 11, 2015 wedding is planned at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Farrah Hauke, member of the Web & Social Media committee, and her fiancé, Barry Graham, were engaged on September 12. A summer 2015 wedding is planned.

Baby News...

Sarah Boddy, placement assistant on the Membership Team, and her husband, David, recently welcomed Leighton Jane Boddy on June 9 at 9:11 p.m. Leighton weighed 7 lbs and was 19 inches long.
Kelsey Guthrie, logistics chair on the Administrative Team, and her husband, Ryan, recently welcomed Mary Helen Guthrie on May 6. She weighed 7 lbs, 16 oz, and was 21 inches long.

Do you have member updates?
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U P D A T E S   &   R E M I N D E R S

The JLP took over Madison Improvement Club on September 7 for our first social event of the year – Party on a Bike! If you missed out, then sign up for our TWO October events. “Building a Healthy Arizona” starts with each of us. Open to ALL league members, sign up is available on the Member Calendar in Digital Cheetah! Come out for:
  • A JLP hike October 12, 9 am. We will be hiking the Kiwanis Trail at South Mountain. This will be a fun and easy hike – so bring your family and friends along!
  • Another spin on October 25 at 11:30 am. The class is in North Scottsdale at RPM, 20831 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255, for $10.


A great way to support the JLP is to allocate your United Way donations. Please consider JLP and our focus area of Building a Healthy Arizona, when you're making United Way contributions for the upcoming year (Account Number: 0306 / Mesa United Way Number: 2520).


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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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