On behalf of the Junior League of San Diego Board of Directors, I welcome you to our 89th year as one of the finest, and most deeply-rooted, organizations in southern California.
Since 1929, the Junior League of San Diego has identified underserved needs in our community, developed solutions to meet those needs, and created positive change throughout the city. We have addressed challenges ranging from literacy to domestic violence prevention to childhood obesity, and several organizations that were created through JLSD’s efforts—including The Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego—continue to serve the community and operate as self-standing entities, supporting our rich legacy of leadership and vision in San Diego.
Today the Junior League of San Diego has over 1,000 members and continues to dedicate tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service to our community each year. For the past five years we have focused our efforts on supporting transition-age foster youth (TAY) as they move into independent adult life. The 2017-2018 League year will see our fourth annual Solutions Summit—an outcomes-focused two-day conference that brings together more than 50 community leaders for discussion and active problem-solving surrounding the challenges facing our TAY population—as well as several other community initiatives in this area. JLSD also will continue to strengthen its advocacy efforts surrounding human trafficking awareness and prevention as this modern day slavery epidemic continues to plague San Diego TAY and our community as a whole.
The Junior League of San Diego is fortunate to have a passionate and diverse membership of women who are embracing these challenges, building partnerships and inspiring shared solutions in our community. We are disrupting convention, changing the conversation, and bettering ourselves for the betterment of society, which is why it is my great honor to serve this organization and its members as JLSD’s first two-year president. Now in my second year of this leadership journey, as I continue to find myself surrounded by the best and boldest female leaders in San Diego–the real wonder women–I am more energized than ever to continue our critical work in the community.
There are many exciting initiatives on the horizon for the Junior League of San Diego, including even more impactful training opportunities for the community leaders of tomorrow and a large-scale restoration of our historic headquarters in Bankers Hill, so I invite you to join us a member, donor, community partner or supporter as we continue our work to promote voluntarism, improve the community, and develop the potential of women.
The Junior League of San Diego is hosting the second annual Gala at Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, November 4, from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
Come dressed in black-tie attire or Mad Hatter formal costumes as you venture down the rabbit hole to enjoy champagne and cocktails, gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions. A speakeasy with special entertainment will be available to a select number of guests, and all are invited to kick up their dancing shoes to live music from the CalPhonics under the night sky.
This magical tea party evening will raise funds for the league’s mission based programs to support San Diego’s youth transitioning out of foster care, combat human trafficking in San Diego and empower women to become strong volunteer leaders in the community.
The Junior League of San Diego donated over 20 gowns to the Miramar MCAS Ball Gown Giveaway on August 15th, with seven members volunteering to help military spouses find the perfect dress for the upcoming Military Ball. Hosted by the Marine Corps Community Services Miramar, there were hundreds of dresses for the Miramar ladies to chose from, ranging from cocktail attire to big-skirted ball gowns, to wedding dresses.
With 315 attendees, the event was so popular that although it opened at 6PM, a line began to form as early as 3PM. Groups of 40 ladies had 20 minutes to “shop” and try on dresses at a time. By the end of the evening, 150 ball gowns and 15 wedding dresses were given away. Ten vendors (Smashbox, Bellus Academy, Estée Lauder, Clinique, and more) provided a beauty expo. A DJ spun tunes, and a photo booth and many opportunity prizes made for a fun, and exciting evening for all the military spouses!
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JLSD’s Day At The races event had a sellout crowd with 160 members & guests in attendance! It was a beautiful afternoon at the Del Mar track, with Membership Connections hosting several contests throughout the day: Best Hat, Most Dapper G
Gentleman and Best Dressed Couple. There were prizes and some of the winners were escorted down to the winners circle by League President, Rachel Thompson, to congratulate the winning jockey after the 8th race of the day, which happened to be named for the Junior League of San Diego. After the last race, some attendees enjoyed the free show by Ludacris on the Seaside stage. We’re already looking forward to playing next year’s 70th annual event!
What we do: JLSD supports bills that relate to women and children, foster youth and anti-human trafficking. To become law, each bill introduced by a legislative member must move through both houses – the Assembly and the Senate – and be voted to pass at each step (specific committees, fiscal committee, and the house floor). If passed by both houses, the California Governor can then either sign the bill into law, or veto the bill. JLSD’s Legislative Liaisons write letters of support to the author of the bill, as well as each committee that the bill passes through, asking for their vote of support.
We have a team of 16 JLSD members who volunteered to help us with support letters throughout the summer. We are currently working to support the following 17 bills:
Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this
If an offender rapes someone who is not able to give consent, whether because of disability, intoxication, or unconsciousness, bill wants to classify as a violent felony (rather than the current serious felony)
Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony
Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth
Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education
Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation
Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school
Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location
Gives matching grants for homeless programs
Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation
Aims to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 20 years by adopting a framework for continued investment in programs and approaches that have been researched and proven to impact poverty in the most cost-effective ways.
Require County Welfare Departments to coordinate with California State Universities and community colleges to improve access that foster youth have to campus support programs and resources
Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.
Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense
Health education provided to foster youth through case plan
Require a hotel or motel that provides lodging services in the state to train its employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Adds victims of human trafficking to the list of people eligible for the Safe at Home program. The Safe at Home program provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to eligible people. Safe at Home program participants can use their confidential address for numerous services: petition for a confidential legal name change, confidential voter registration, confidential driver’s license and vehicle registration.
If you are interested in supporting any of these bills – check out their status by looking up the bill number on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ . If you are interested in personally supporting any of these pieces of legislation, please reach out to the JLSD Legislative Liaisons for more information on how to lend your personal support (outside of the league).
Although the Junior League of San Diego’s 2016 – 2017 Year has come to close, we would like to, once again, formally recognize those individuals who were announced as annual award winners at the May General Membership meeting.
President’s Award – Virginia Chambers
Spirit Award – Lindsay Pfeffer
Leadership Award – Melissa Davies
Spirit of Volunteerism – JLSD Sustainer Barbara Kramer
Executive Management Team Star Recognition
Becky Coulter, Provisional Chair
Kelly Johnson, Provisional Chair
Tracy Mitchell, Membership Connections Chair
Jennifer Kutzke, Membership Connections Transfer Coordinator
Community Outreach Council
Melina Flanders, Solutions Summit Chair
Emily Pickering, TAY Outcomes Task Forces Chair
Holly Nicoll, Impact Committee
Erin Swift, TAY Outcomes Task Force Committee
Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
Ali Head, JBBB Chair
Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
Lisa Norris, F&W Treasurer
Elle Masri, Finance Council Member at Large
Angela Venuti, Marketing & PR for Fund Dev Chair
Libby Lopez, Social Media Chair Elect
Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera, Publications and Website
Sheridan Mulphurs and Julie Montgomery have spearheaded the new “Active Member” Mentor Program within Junior League of San Diego (JLSD).
After spending countless hours researching other League’s programs, they created a detailed program designed for JLSD to further support and engage first through third year new actives. These two ladies have been instrumental to the Training Council and the League! Thank you!