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:
|AB 9||Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this|
|AB 27||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)|
|AB 67||Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony|
|AB 507||Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth|
|AB 766||Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education|
|AB 900||Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation|
|AB 1227||Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school|
|AB 1375||Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location|
|AB 1406||Gives matching grants for homeless programs|
|AB 1495||Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation|
|AB 1520||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.|
|AB 1567||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|
|SB 225||Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.|
|SB 230||Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense|
|SB 245||Health education provided to foster youth through case plan|
|SB 270||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.|
|SB 597||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).
Shauna Sliwkanich and Brandi Cropper
JLSD 2017-2018 Legislative Liaisons
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
Tracy Achten Jennifer Burton
Virginia Chambers Lisa Cobble
Nicole Crosby Natalie Hunter
Sarah Rechif Dayana Silva-James
Provisional Rising Stars:
Emilie Brooks Rachel Grover
Olivia Huie Sally Johnson
Hannah Kropf Allison Lojek
Katie Morel Darlene Robetcky
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!
Have you been wondering why Junior League of San Diego’s Membership Connections has had a million awesome events? Kate Jackson is the answer!
Kate Jackson has planned bingo, brunch morning hikes, the upcoming Temecula Wine tour and much more. Thank you, Kate, for giving us so many fun opportunities to come together.
Junior League of San Diego is excited to announce that Elise Fornaca has been selected as our Volunteer of the month.
Ms. Fornaca has been such an invaluable member of the Food & Wine committee, serving both on the marketing subcommittee and now the procurement committee. She’s gone above-and-beyond when it comes to identifying diversified revenue opportunities and has been a pleasure to have on the committee.