December 2019 Newsletter
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12.07 | JLP Foundation Donor Engagement Party
12.07 | JLP Toastmasters
12.11 | Social Spin Good Event
12.12 | Sustainer Holiday Potluck
12.12 | Campfire at McCormick Ranch
12.14 | Ryan House Holiday Party
12.14 | Borderlands Produce Rescue - East Valley
12.16 | Dillard's Holiday Escape Night
12.16 | JLP Toastmasters

12.21 | Borderlands Produce Rescue - Phoenix/Arcadia

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill    

To all our members, supporters, and fans,

I am thankful for your kindness, time, talent, treasure, sage advice, sweat, and tears that you have happily given to the Junior League of Phoenix.  I am most humbled by all that we have accomplished these past 85 years and this past year in particular and look forward to what we will achieve in 2020. 

May your holiday season be filled with peace, magic, gratitude and joy, and shared with loved family and friends. 

Warm Regards,

                                                      Wendy K. Brooks
                                                      President, 2018-2020 
The Junior League of Phoenix is a long-time supporter of the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a “home-away-from-home,” keeping families together and close to the medical resources they need thanks to the outstanding commitment of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Members of the Junior League of Phoenix volunteer their time to prepare and share a meal with the residents of the Ronald McDonald House, thereby giving them the gift of a home-cooked meal.

New JLP Mentorship Program

Develops Member Skills

Junior League of Phoenix's Community Leadership Outreach team started a Mentorship program this month. We are looking forward to watching the growth and development of our members through this new program.
Our Provisional class of 150 members has been busy this year!! See what they have been up to in our latest blog post here.
Start the next decade off strong! Join us for an upcoming JLP Toastmasters meeting. Remember, it's more than a speech club! To get more information and attend a meeting, email: 
Upcoming Dates:
Sat. 12/7 @ HQ, 9:30 AM
Fri. 12/13 Holiday Party, 7PM - Email us for the address (member home)
Mon. 12/16 @ HQ, 6:15 PM
Sun. 1/12 @ HQ, 9:30 AM
Mon. 1/20 @ HQ, 6:15 PM
Attention Arizona Pre-K to 8th grade teachers!

The JLP’s ROCKETS Teacher Launch, a STEM professional development seminar partnered with AZ Science Center’s CREATE Team will be held on Feb. 28, 2020.
Through the ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar, more than 100 preschool and early elementary school teachers in Maricopa County participate in a full-day training seminar that provides non-stop, hands-on science activities. Teachers are empowered to find creative ways to integrate science into their daily lesson plans. The seminar brings science, math, and reading skills to an estimated 1,000+ children per year - making a lasting impact on student’s education for years to come. This is the first year we have a formal partnership with Arizona Science Center's CREATE team and will be offering a full day of continuing education credit. Teachers all receive a full day of CE hours, classroom science kits, breakfast, lunch, parking, and the opportunity to win prizes like classroom field trips.
Breakfast, lunch, classroom kit, parking and a full day of CE credits provided. Email ROCKETS with any questions.

Thanks to the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation for sponsoring this event!

JLP Members Making an Impact

Junior League of Phoenix members have been all over the Valley collecting turkey donations for St. Mary's Food Bank throughout November. We continue to fight hunger and food insecurity through our monthly Community Impact Shifts.
Kids in the Kitchen November Update

KITK-Monthly Lessons had the first annual Fall Fest at Homeward Bound on Friday, Nov. 8. We had more than 70 residents of Homeward Bound join us for dinner, games, and fun for the evening. The 17 families enjoyed Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls for dinner, played Food BINGO, and the kids played carnival games while JLP member Deborah Stewart Weaver spoke to parents about healthy eating. We wrapped up the evening with make-your-own parfaits. At the end of the night, we were able to provide the families with a brand new set of pots & pans, tons of kitchen utensils and toys for the kids. Our goal was to be able to set the families up for success to talk about healthy eating and provide them the resources to do so.
Dillard's Holiday Escape Night

'Twas the night before the holidays and all through my dwelling, I had too much to do and my shopping list was swelling. I grabbed my car keys, which had been flung over there, In hopes that Dillard's could solve my holidays needs with flair! The clerks were ready at their tidy counter, With free shipping and free gift wrap for this encounter! And my friends and I toasting at the hot chocolate bar, To our successes and how lucky we all are!

Friends, you need a holiday escape! Let Dillard's solve your holiday stresses with a very special JLP holiday shopping night. For a $10 donation to the Junior League of Phoenix, Dillard's at Fashion Square is giving each of us a night of free shipping, free gift wrap, free hot chocolate and a free dessert bar to help us solve our last minute gifting needs! And for every purchase you make during our event, Dillard's will donate back to JLP.

So that's FREE shipping, FREE gift wrap, AND donating back to the league? WIN-WIN-WIN! Do good, have fun, and solve all those last names on your list. Remember to bring extra for the amazing raffle items. You don't want to miss out on the fun!

Additional Details:
When: Dec. 16 at 5:00 pm
$10 Tickets
Ticket Sales end Dec. 14
Purchase Tickets

The Junior League of Phoenix 7th Annual White Party Presents “A Red Carpet Affair” in honor of our 85th Anniversary!

Grab your friends, family, and significant others and let's paint the town RED! This is one party you won't want to miss!

Early bird tickets are on sale now through Jan. 1, 2020.
Pricing increases after Jan. 1, so don't wait!!

Early Bird Pricing: $65 individual / $120 couple
Regular Pricing: $75 individual / $140 couple
Purchase Early Bird Tickets Today!
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In Remembrance

Clare Abel
1955 - 2019

Junior League of Phoenix member, Clare Abel, passed away at her home in Phoenix on November 4, 2019 while surrounded by her family. Clare grew up in Pennsylvania but graduated from Texas Tech University. She was a graduate of Arizona State University law school and was a trailblazer for women in the law. She was also very proud of her work as part of the Junior League of Phoenix.

Through her battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, her tenacious, courageous, and unyielding personality persisted. Even on lower-energy days, she was able to muster her favorite words, "I love you."

Read Clare's complete obituary here.
You're invited to a new holiday event!

Join the JLP Foundation for festive fun in Paradise Valley. Buon Natale, a night in Italy! Kick off the holiday season with Italian cuisine from POMO and Meat the Ball, cocktails, wine tasting, pianist, street performer, and "Frank Sinatra"!

Learn more about how your support of the JLP Foundation helps develop women in leadership and benefits Valley children.

Don't miss out! Buy your tickets today!
Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 day of event/at door
Event Location: The Home of Kimberly & Chris Guimarin
Purchase Tickets Here!

Support the JLPF and make your Birdies for Charity® Pledge Today!
Help support the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation by making a pledge in the Birdies for Charity® competition! Birdies for Charity® is a pledge drive for local non-profits in which they seek pledges based on the total number of birdies made during the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open. To pledge, each person assigns a monetary value to the number of Birdies, for example $0.01 per Birdie would be a $15 pledge if there were 1,500 birdies during the Open. 

What is a Birdie? A “Birdie” is a score of one stroke better than “Par” for any hole on the golf course. “Par is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole.
How to make a donation
  1. Go to and click on the “Donate” button
  2. Fill out this form and send to
All donations must be made no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.
Our Mission

The 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 – Wendy K. Brooks
Sustaining Director at Large – Nancy Roach 
Active Director at Large – Tameka Fox-Hartman
Active Director at Large  – Michelle Van der Werf
Active Director at Large –  Kellie Martin 
Secretary – Lisa Donahue
Director of Finance – Le Kaysonepheth 
Executive Vice President – Annette Tanori
President Elect – Jennie Elser

Other Appointed Leadership

Nominating Chair – Amanda Heitz
Bylaws/Parliamentarian – Kelly Yunis

Management Team

Administrative Vice President – Danielle Arsenault
Membership Vice President – Elizabeth Goldstein
Community Vice President – Kristine Thompson
Training Vice President – Cindy Brown
Comm. & Marketing Vice President – Laura Sharp
Finance Dev. Vice President – Emily Duarte 
Treasurer – Rebecca Michalove
Development Manager – Megan Wotton
Management Assistant – Kristie Shah

2019-20 JLP Member Communications & Marketing Committee

Shelly Myers - Chair
Micaela Cheatham - Vice Chair
Kat Burgers
Meredith Busch
Franki Colbert
Megan Crone
Stacey Fergelec
Emily Keim

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