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October 2011

Greetings from the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC). Our JLC year is off to a healthy start and we are excited to tell you about the many ways in which we are making a difference in the Charlotte community.

Sincerely,
Katie Zeok, President
Whitni Wilson-Wertz, President-Elect
Shannon Vandiver, Community Impact Manager
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.

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The JLC would love to capture your feedback on what a JLC partnership means to you or your organization. Please take a moment to click on this user friendly link with a computer that has a camera and microphone. The recording will be emailed to the JLC after you hit the send button. Thank you and happy recording!

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Continuing partnerships with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Carolinas HealthCare System and others, JLC volunteers spent four Saturdays in August and September providing 748 immunizations to 421 children and 1,250 health, vision, dental, hearing and developmental screenings to 337 children at Big Shots Saturdays and Kids HealthLink events. These events help ensure underserved children in our community remain healthy and stay in school.

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An Adventure in Leadership

On September 24, the U.S. National Whitewater Center played host to a day of adventure and learning for 42 girls from the KIPP Charlotte Girls Leadership Program (GLP). GLP, created by the JLC in partnership with Athena’s Path and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of Davidson College, empowers female students at KIPP to see themselves as future leaders and equips them with skills necessary to achieve their goals. Seeking to overcome their fear of heights, the GLP participants learned the importance of teamwork and communication on low and high ropes courses at the Whitewater Center. Ascending to walk across a wire suspended 33 feet off the ground and then repelling down transformed their anxiousness into enthusiasm. When their feet finally hit the ground, they could not contain their excitement.

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Helping Make Ronald’s House a Home

The JLC is proud to be a supporter of The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. Our JLC volunteers have been busy giving their time making the House a home for those in need of the sanctuary it provides. To welcome the House to Charlotte, the JLC made a $10,000 capital contribution to sponsor The Junior League of Charlotte family lockers.

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! FASHION!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Belk SouthPark Mall

Click here for tickets!

Tickets are going fast for our LIGHTS! CAMERA! FASHION! signature fundraiser event sponsored by Belk. The 2010 event attracted a sellout crowd and raised more than $40,000 to benefit the JLC mission. This year's event will include 2 fall runway fashion shows, live entertainment, a 20% discount on purchases made during the event, a Belk gift card, Red Carpet Giveaway tickets for chances to win top prizes, a Diamonds and Champagne toast for an opportunity to win a .75 carat diamond pendant necklace, special guest appearance by renowned fashion designer Karen Kane and much, much more!

To find out more about LCF! visit the JLC website.

Learn About Your Child’s Peer Group – Thursday October 6

On Thursday, October 6, join the JLC as we host Michelle Icard, founder and program director of Athena’s Path, for a discussion about the sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, and always fascinating components of adolescence. Michelle will share some of her best strategies on how to dodge the eye-roll and on how to help your child avoid the pitfalls of gossip, toxic friendships, exclusion, risky behavior and the pressure to conform. This free event is open to the public and will be held at 7pm at the JLC Building at 1332 Maryland Avenue in Charlotte. For more information, contact Margaret Rudisill.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event – Tuesday October 18

The JLC WearHouse, in partnership with Charlotte Radiology, is conducting a free and open to the public breast cancer training event on Tuesday, October 18, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The importance of early detection, self-breast exams, mammography and general breast health will be discussed by guest speakers Dr. Laura Danile and a breast cancer survivor. After the program, stick around for treats and a special sale in support of breast cancer awareness! The JLC WearHouse is located at 1117 Pecan Avenue in Charlotte.

The Face of Charlotte - Cultural Cultivation – Monday October 24

The JLC is pleased to invite you to a free and open to the public training session conducted by City of Charlotte Specialist and JLC Member Gayle Butterfield. Come gain insight into the face of Charlotte and the intricacies of the community we partner to serve. The event will be held Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the JLC Building. See the JLC website to register.

Highlighting the Human Trafficking Problem

The JLC’s committees on Advocacy and Public Awareness and State Public Affairs provide education on matters related to our community investments, empowering the JLC to act as a catalyst for change. In September the JLC hosted United States Attorney Anne Tompkins for an enlightening discussion about the realities of North Carolina’s ranking #8 in the nation for the problem of human trafficking. In 2011-2012 the JLC will also focus on issues important to our community including school nurse shortages, children’s dental health, child nutrition and the important role of the Guardian ad Litem program.

HEALTHY Applause!

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) selected the JLC as the recipient of its 2011 Vision Award for the JLC’s Healthy Child Initiative (HCI). Launched in 2006, the HCI focuses on childhood mental, physical and dental health and on fostering the development of long-term solutions and approaches in the Charlotte area. The Vision Award was presented to the JLC at the 89th annual AJLI convention in Philadelphia on May 14, attended by delegates from 292 Junior Leagues from the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK.

McIntyre and Robinson – Leading the Way

JLC sustainers Jane McIntyre and Sally Dalton Robinson were named to The Charlotte USA 20: Celebrating Dynamic Women. The Charlotte USA 20 highlights leaders in their field who are making a recognizable impact toward improving the lives of others and fostering growth and advancement in the Charlotte community. Congratulations Jane and Sally!

We’re not ALL business . . .

JLC Third Thursday Socials are open to the public and are a great opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. In October and November:

October 20, 7 p.m. at the Salon (The Village at South Park Mall):

Join JLC members and guests for a night of food, drinks and pampering at the Salon.

November 17, 7 p.m. at ChezElle (532 Governor Morrison Street, Charlotte):

CheZelle is hosting JLC members and guests for a night of shopping at this beautiful and luxurious boutique. A perfect opportunity to purchase holiday and New Year’s attire!

About the JLC

Our Mission:

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Arming Our Community with Leaders:

The JLC provides trained leaders to serve on community boards. JLC members serve on the boards of Thompson Child and Family Focus, Alexander Youth Network, the Women's Impact Fund, The Arts and Science Council, KIPP Charlotte, Teen Health Connection and many others. To contact the JLC regarding your board vacancy, send an email to Stephanie Simon.

Enabling Grants:

JLC Enabling Funds are used to respond to short-term or immediate financial needs in situations where volunteers may not be necessary or appropriate. A limited number of these small monetary grants are available in each JLC year. Click here to download an application for JLC Enabling Funds.

Join Us!

The JLC welcomes you to discover the power of volunteering. Interested in making a difference in the Charlotte community through voluntarism? In connecting with strong, talented and civic-minded women? We are currently welcoming new members and have a sponsorship pool available. Contact Nicole Baldon or visit the JLC website for more information and to RSVP for one of these upcoming workshops on JLC membership:
• October 5, 2011 at 7 p.m. – at the JLC Building
• October 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. – at the JLC Building

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