#dearjlsd: Natalie Sollock

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

I joined the Junior League for two main reasons; I wanted to make new like-minded friends and for professional growth. Already, Junior League of San Diego, has opened the doors for both of these reasons and so much more. I have learned an incredible amount about human trafficking and San Diego’s efforts to end this. My heart floods with the need to help this cause at every meeting or training I attend. It is a beautiful passion that JLSD shares and has fired up inside me.

I am meeting some amazing women from a wide scope of interests and not only has JLSD introduced me to these ladies but also taught me more about myself as an adult acquiring new friends. I’ve never been good at finding a date, much less organically finding a new friend. Going JLSD has given me the opportunity to share an experience with other intelligent and inspiring women who I want to be around. There is a certain bond that comes with this experience that gives the basis for something to grow. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow a friendship with these beautiful women.

Second, I work for a small family business that looks big on the outside but is actually very small on the inside. I have 3 male coworkers at my office and work directly with a male manager of our San Diego location. While I know they respect my position as a leader, I do have to “lean in” so to speak or my voice gets lost. For full disclosure, we have 4 strong female managers at other locations and my boss is a strong female leader, I just work more closely with the men in my office. Junior League has given me the opportunity to meet other professional women, share challenges and successes in the workplace, hear some inspiring women in power speeches, and even join professional development training events. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to grow professionally because of JLSD programs and connections.

I have already gained so much in my provisional year and I am excited to see where this journey takes me!

Natalie Sollock
Provisional Member, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Rachelle Le Blanc

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

You create a space for opportunities, growth and development while serving and giving back to the community we love – San Diego!

I am thrilled to serve as the 2018-2019 Junior League of San Diego’s La Jolla Food and Wine Festival Chair! In this placement I have felt engaged, fulfilled and captivated.

Our leadership team – Marcy Lanoue, Gretchen Hopper & Bri Maheu have taught me how to be resilient, keep organized & lead an energetic team. I’m truly grateful for their friendship, humor & devotion to JLSD! We have built life long friendships, engaged the community & have had a lot of fun doing it!

I’m impatiently & eagerly looking forward to the La Jolla Food and Wine Festival on May 11, 2019 & can’t wait to see everyone there!

https://www.jlsd.org/foodandwine/

Warm Regards,
Rachelle Le Blanc
Food & Wine Festival Chair, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Kym Singer

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

I first joined this fabulous league back in 2014. I joined because I was searching for ways to get involved in the San Diego community. At the time I was working remote and missed the connection of people every day. Having been one to grow up in a household that was always supporting foster youth, I was also yearning for ways to give back. When I learned this league was available to me, a place to meet like- minded women and support youth in San Diego I knew immediately this was a win/win. What I didn’t know was how much this league would change me, as a woman, as a leader, and as a human for the better.

One of the first events I ever attended was Day of the Races. I connected with a couple of ladies in my provisional group and we decided to go together. I had no idea at the time that one of those ladies would become a lifelong friend. She has since transferred back to her hometown but we are still in contact to this day. She introduced me to her friends, her fitness regime, her favorite spots in San Diego, and things which have continually inspired me.

After my provisional year I joined the community council. I was immediately amazed at how incredible so many organizations in San Diego are in working with youth. After joining TAY Task Forces I applied to be a chair. My favorite memory was our 5K walk and Rally for Homeless youth which the league partnered on with quite a few community partner organizations. We worked hands to create this event which is still in existence today! The walk started at the JLSD house and ended at TAY Academy where we had political speakers, youth inspiration and news crews attending. Hearing the youth speak to the public and knowing our league was helping warmed my heart in ways I can’t even explain.

There are so many reasons I love JLSD. But seeing women I am fortunate to call friends give back, and hearing first hand that it is helping is overall one of the greatest feelings there is.

Kym Singer
Membership Services Council: Membership Programming & Special Events- Co-Chair, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Angel Roy

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

I hope I’m a lot like you when I turn 90.

I hope I encourage others to grow and lead.

I hope I make time to give back to my community and the underserved.

I hope I advocate for and support policies that will better our future.

I hope I welcome the opportunity to unite people of different backgrounds together over common interests.

I hope I train others to make them stronger individuals and community members.

I hope I build a home that serves as a base for important discussions (and wine).

I hope I introduce people to their forever friends.

And I would say I hope this is your best year yet, but I know the best has yet to come.

Love,
Angel Roy
Third-year Active
Nominating Committee, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Laura Fox Holloway

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

Giving back has always been in my heart, but I didn’t know what that truly meant until I joined the Junior League of San Diego. My sister, Kim, had heard about the Junior League and had plans to attend a new member orientation meeting. She invited me to come along and I’ll always be grateful that she did.

What I would realize over the years that followed would be that JLSD would offer the most fulfilling opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the community I always knew I wanted to serve, but didn’t know how until JLSD showed me the way. Some of my favorite memories are making holiday crafts with the seniors of St. Paul’s Senior Services, organizing a lunchtime learning event for low-income children through Kids in the Kitchen at Olivewood Gardens, and supporting local non-profit Uplift through their annual gala.

JLSD would also give so much back to me, such as leadership opportunities, professional development, and the best friends who would be there in the good times and the hard times.

JLSD, you’ve been the ribbon that tied my hopes and dreams together to make me who I am. Thank you – I love you!

Laura Fox Holloway
Training Development & Evaluation Member, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Lindsay Pfeffer

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

You are my everything; my one true love. You have been there for me when I needed you most, but more importantly you have been there for those who need it far more than I can ever imagine.  You are something I hold dear and feel lucky to have graced. You are my friend, my inspiration, my muse.  A force that is seen with awe from all that I encounter and a role model for my family to come.  You are all that is still good and selfless in this world and for that I am honored. Your mix of strength, wisdom and undying effort is what I will always strive to replicate throughout all time.  Thank you for being the spark behind a movement of everlasting change and the one real thing that completes me.

XOXO Binghampton’s Mom,
Lindsay Pfeffer
Community Vice President-Elect 2018-2019

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#dearjlsd: Andrea Myers

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

When I joined the League, I expected to get the opportunity to volunteer and maybe meet a few friends. I have been surprised and inspired by how much more that I have received in return. It is not an exaggeration to say that the leadership skills, personal connections, professional development, and lessons learned have been game-changing for me. When I look back at my professional career, my opportunities to serve on other nonprofits, and even my social connections, I see the League running through almost all aspects of my life. I love the League!

My varied experience, serving on almost every council has given me so many opportunities. Now, co-chairing the restoration of 210 Maple has been the opportunity of a lifetime. (Or at least my lifetime, as I hope the plans we put in place will survive for many decades to come). The scale of this restoration, fundraising, and effort to reengage our Sustainers has been historic and challenging. But, if my experience in the League has taught me anything, it is that I am up for the challenge.

Like so many of our members, the past, present and future of our League are ingrained in me. I am continually inspired by the smart, strategic-minded women that I have had the pleasure to serve with. I truly believe that our League can continue to leave our mark as a highly visible organization of trained women professionals capable of accomplishing a lasting impact. And, I am looking forward to the opportunity to help shape the League’s vision for the future, while building upon the legacy of the great leaders preceding me. #whyijlsd #dearjlsd

Andrea Myers
210 Maple Restoration Project Ad Hoc Board Member, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Kelly Harris

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

JLSD has meant many things to me throughout the years, and I am so surprised to find it constantly changing. In the beginning, it was a fun way to meet like-minded women and find new opportunities to volunteer, but my interests and priorities have changed so much as my JLSD career progresses. The learning opportunities I’ve had could not be found anywhere else. I got into leadership very quickly (as a 1st year active), and have held a leadership role every year since I started. Being in leadership, I think the exciting parts and learning opportunities of JLSD are always changing depending on the position you’re placed in.

When I was a treasurer for Food & Wine, I learned so much about the inner workings of both Fund Development and the League as a whole, and it fascinated me. When I worked with Provisionals, both as a mentor then as a Provisional Co-Chair, I was incredibly lucky to help shape our newest members and I absolutely loved it. I learned very important lessons about leadership among large groups and how to work with different personality types. Once I joined the Nominating Committee, I saw the League in a completely different and unexpected way, and learned so much about having to have hard conversations and how to manage expectations etc. Now, I am the Nominating Chair and also sit on the Board of Directors and Executive Management team, and it amazes me that I’m still learning so much, after 6 years.

JLSD has been such an incredible learning opportunity for me in life, both personally and professionally, and I am so thankful that I found the League. I’ve created friendships that I’ll probably always have, in fact 2 of my Bridesmaids are also in JLSD, but more than that, I think I’ve grown immensely in ways that I could not have foreseen when I first heard about this organization. I’m so grateful for the opportunities that the League has given me for personal and professional development, I love our volunteer opportunities, and the connections I’ve made have been life changing.

As I reflect on what this organization has accomplished over the last 89 years, I am amazed and humbled. As we move into our 90th, I am so honored to have played even the tiniest role in helping create what JLSD is.

With Love,

Kelly Harris
Nominating Chair, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Bri Maheu

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

When I joined Junior League back in Denver it was to gain friends and learn more about the beloved city. Over the years, and through my transfer to San Diego I have genuinely enjoyed meeting more new people, volunteering, and fundraising. I owe the League a lot, as I have gained 2 wonderful roommates over the years.

Heather Albin and I lived together for almost 3 years and I watched her relationship with her fiancé go from their first date to their engagement. I have had the opportunity to learn so much from Heather and our families have bonded and become close over the years, celebrating holidays together like Christmas Eve and Hanukkah. More recently our families joined together again to support me and Heather at the Junior League of San Diego Gala. Not only did we have the opportunity to share this moment together, but we also honored a very close friend and past co-worker, Poppy Fitch with the Spirit of Community Award.

Nights like the Gala put into perspective why I love this League. Friends and family have always been a huge priority of mine and the night of the Gala my Junior League life and personal life came full circle!

Love,
Bri Maheu
Vice President of Fund Development, 2018-2019

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#dearjlsd: Heather Albin

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

Seven years ago I met my first professional mentor. From the start it was clear that civic engagement was a value we both shared. During this time she told me about the Junior League. She had joined in Washington, D.C. and transferred to San Diego, meeting an amazing group of women. The conversation resonated with me, but it took me two additional years to join. It was the best decision I’ve made in the past five years.

Junior League of San Diego (JLSD), entered my life at the perfect time. I was looking for ways to learn more about San Diego, my new home, and meet like-minded women that I could call friends. This happened simultaneously.

After just one year in JLSD I had made lifelong friends. Over the course of the past five years we’ve shared countless memories including two weddings, welcomed a baby, at least six vacations, Friendgiving and more. In addition, one of these women became my first roommate after college, opening her home and family to me. These women lift me up every day and I’m so grateful to have them to lean on.

Secondly, JLSD has made me a more informed and engaged community member. Through Public Policy Institute and volunteer opportunities, I’ve learned so much about the issues facing the San Diego community. I had the privilege of leading Public Policy Institute in its inaugural year, and through that process developed the necessary skills to advocate effectively on causes most important to me. This has inspired me to more actively engage at the local political level and bring more awareness to important causes like human trafficking, even if only through my own personal and professional circles.
I want to end with my favorite JLSD memory. The 2018 JLSD Gala brought together my personal, professional and JLSD life in one evening. One of my current mentors, Dr. Poppy Fitch, shared her inspirational story and research on transitional age foster youth in higher education as part of the evening’s program. In addition, my parents joined for the night and were so inspired by our work, that they donated to our cause at a level that I know will have a significant impact and finally I got to see the hard work of a lot of my great friends come to culmination in the actual event. It was an amazing, inspiring evening that reminded me #whyijlsd.
With love,
Heather Albin
Member Marketing & Boutique Sales Chair, 2018-2019
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#dearjlsd: Marcy Lanoue

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

 

Although, I am a transfer to the Junior League of San Diego, I was able to quickly acclimate to our community and our mission. Through wonderful committee work and being surrounded by lovely, motivated women, I was able to feel like I was “home”. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms.

Time and time again, I am proven that the Junior League of San Diego is unstoppable. As I spend more time with strong women who balance careers, family and our work, I am amazed and reminded that we CAN do it all. We can make a tremendous impact on our community, through ideas, commitment and empowerment. I look forward to contributing many more years to the league.

P.S. The Junior League of Tampa – thank you for establishing my league foundation. You were my first love, without you, I may not have had the opportunity to be exposed to such great purpose.

With gratitude,
Marcelline (Marcy) Lanoue

Fund Development Council: Food & Wine – Co-Chair Elect, 2018-2019

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#dearjlsd: Nina Nguyen

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

The Junior League of San Diego has allowed me to give back to the community as well as create friendships with women alike.

I am proud to be part of fulfilling the mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and creating community impact through the effective leadership and action of trained volunteerism.

-Nina Nguyen
Fund Development and PR Marketing Member

 

 

 

 

 

#dearjlsd: The Lunch Bunch

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

Dear JLSD,

We have a group of five women that have been meeting for lunch once a month since 1992. Several of us were on the Fashion show committee. We all met as members of JLSD. It started when we realized four of us had October Birthdays, we made the fifth person an honorary Libra. We have shared many life experiences both high and low in the past 27 years. It is a true testimony of friendship!

Love,

The Lunch Bunch members…Tracey DeBello, Diane Archambault, Cindy Cavignac, Bobbie Quick and Gayle Hom

 

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Photo 21 years ago at a baby shower at the University Club given by the gals for me.
Left to right Tracey DeBello, Cindy Cavignac, Bobbie Quick, Diane Archabault and Gayle Hom
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Tracey DeBello, Gayle Hom and Diane Archabault
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Bobbie Quick, Gayle Hom, Cindy Cavignac, Diane Archambault and Tracey DeBello

 

 

 

#dearjlsd: Julie Erickson

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

Dear JLSD,

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your organization. The past four years have been a wonderful experience. I joined the league for two main reasons, the first to get involved in the community in which I live, and the second was to meet new like-minded people and establish connections in friendship. I received everything I was hoping for and then some!

JLSD has taught me how to be a volunteer. Surrounded by so many wonderful do-gooders, I am inspired to do more, give more and be open to new and different opportunities to get involved in the community.

Through the League, I have been lucky enough to meet so many warm, genuine, kind-hearted and strong women who are eager to get to know new friends and be a friend. I can honestly say, the circle of women I surround myself with on a regular basis are members of the League.

I look forward to being a part of JLSD for many years to come!

Love,
Julie Erickson

Marketing & Sales Council: Mission Based Marketing- Member, 2018-2019