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.
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).
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
- Membership Council
- 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
- Fund Development
- Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
- Ali Head, JBBB Chair
- Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
- Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
- Finance Council
- 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 Malphurs, Training Council
- April Joy Galka, Training Council
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
What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.
Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)
This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.
Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:
- Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
- Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
- Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.
All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.
Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf
JLSD’s Charter Day luncheon brings together League members of all generations and friends to celebrate the JLSD’s rich history of work serving the San Diego community.
Join us Sunday, March 12th at Paradise Point Resort and Spa’s Sunset Ballroom for the 88th JLSD Charter Day celebration luncheon.
Guest Speaker: Gayle Wilson, former JLSD President (1978-1979) and First Lady of California (1991-1999), a remarkable woman, community activist and a career volunteer.
Tickets: $40 includes lunch, complimentary parking, and no host bar. Boutique with JLSD items featured from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed 12:00 to 2:00 pm by the luncheon and guest speaker.
It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?
JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!
Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.