#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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JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: St. Paul’s Senior Services

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St. Paul’s Senior Services offers a solution for nearly every senior at any stage in life. Since 1960, St. Paul’s Senior Services, a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, has been dedicated to serving the physical, spiritual, and social needs of San Diego seniors. With a reputation for excellent care, St. Paul’s Senior Services offers independent and assisted living, a skilled nursing community, respite care, a managed medical program, a senior day care program, child care, and an intergenerational program. Having younger generations interact with seniors is proven to have a beneficial impact on everyone involved.

At St. Paul’s Villa, the assisted living and memory care community in Bankers Hill, members of Junior League San Diego (JLSD) have volunteered to assist senior residents in a variety of arts and crafts projects, from creating Mother’s Day cards to participating in thematic activities surrounding Valentine’s Day and more. Residents look forward to seeing the many smiling faces of the JLSD members and having the opportunity to sit and chat. The interaction between JLSD members and seniors offers a meaningful connection.

Some seniors may choose to, or be unable to, venture out into the community and having regular interacting with vibrant youth who are respectful and engaging improves their social well-being, facilitating happiness in their hearts. Each generation is able to learn from one another, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. Typically, one JLSD member will interact with two or three residents at a time, providing quality moments. Seniors at St. Paul’s Villa assisted living, and memory care look forward to the time they get to spend with the members of JLSD.

 

Jackie Gutierrez

Communications Specialist

St. Paul’s Senior Services