leaguehighlightsA Mid-YearReviewDear Friends of the JLNVB,February 19, 2016I am so proud to be able to share with you thehighlights from our 90th year as a leading women’svolunteer organization in South Hampton Roads.This year, we were honored to be selected byCoastal Virginia Magazine as one of Hampton Roadstop 50 non-profits. In November, past presidentKirkland Clarkson, daughter of our founding member,Mrs. Lawrence F. Tucker, spoke to us about our historyand legacy. I am honored to be able to follow in herfootsteps as well as all of yours to continue to moveour mission forward. So many exciting changes havehappened this year as we continue to evolve and grow,but what remains is our commitment to the community,our camaraderie and the impact we continue to makethrough the women we have empowered.Hanan Mitry, President withCorinne Powers, Community VPSincerely,Hanan Mitry2015-2016 PresidentThank you to our sponsors!Your generous support enables us to continue to provide meaningful impact across theSouth Hampton Roads community.
Administrative CouncilFrom community partners to local legislators, the General Membership Meeting (GMM)schedule has been both exciting and informative this year! To recap:In August an “unofficial GMM” was held at Keagan’s Irish Pub at Virginia Beach Town Center.We kicked off the year with a cake and toast in celebration of the Junior League of NorfolkVirginia Beach, Inc.’s 90th Anniversary.Communications CouncilTo help you stay informed, we’ve implemented several new communication tools this year!Over the summer, the JLNVB started using an email system, called MailChimp, for all ofour weekly and Sustainer blasts. MailChimp helps us create clean, professional emailsthat can be viewed from your computer, tablet or phone! MailChimp also allows us to trackreadership, noting when and how often members are viewing their emails. This helps us tailorthe information to meet your needs!The September GMM focused on a community roundtable where several of our communitypartners in the area gave presentations about their respective organizations.In October, we were pleased to host Lieutenant Governor Ralph S. Northam as a specialguest speaker. The membership also had the opportunity to learn more about the JLNVB’srich history through an interactive trivia game.Once again in November, cluster meetings were held at the homes of various Sustainers,which took the place of that month’s GMM. Members learned about the nominating processand worked together to draft a personal and authentic message about the JLNVB. We’dlike to extend a special thanks to all of the Sustainers who graciously hosted the clustermeetings: Martha Goodman, Ginger Van de Water, Mary Denny, Stacy Long, Jane Short,Bobbie Gribble, Sherri Stein and Najwa Knox.The December holiday social was held at 1608Craft House in Virginia Beach. The event, whichwas attended by over 100 members, Sustainersand their guests, was a great opportunity to take abreak, share some holiday cheer and toast to themany accomplishments of the past year!In January, we welcomed a new year focusing onwomen’s health and fitness! Our GMM speakersincluded Dr. Kristina Kratovil of Executive InternalMedicine and local fitness expert, Jim Whiteof Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios.Stay tuned to our website and Facebookpage for exciting GMM updates.In August, we launched a new JLNVB website. This was a huge effort, years in the making!Our new site streamlines our information, allowing stakeholders to quickly find out aboutvarious topics including: how we impact the community, how to buy fundraising event tickets,how to become a sponsor and who to contact to join the JLNVB.The revision of our website launched a rebranding effort. We’ve embarked on the task ofupdating all communications materials, including our “Why JLNVB” membership brochure, tocreate a cohesive look across our materials.We’ve increased our use of social media for both internal and external Junior League ofNorfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. needs. The JLNVB has a Members Only Facebook group wherewe can quickly share information about volunteer hours, social events and fundraising!This helps our membership stay informed with up to the minute posts. We’ve leveraged ourexternal Facebook page, a place for community partners, donors, members and Sustainersto view and share JLNVB information.You may have seen the new red Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. tent andtablecloths, both great for raising awareness of the JLNVB. We continue to refine ourexisting communication tools and look forward to delivering timely, actionable information oneverything itiesHighlights
Community CouncilDuring the first half of the year, JLNVB members dedicated over 1,000 hours of volunteerservice to the South Hampton Roads community! We have established new partnerships withGirls on the Run South Hampton Roads, Roc Solid Foundation and the Virginia CooperativeExtension. We also reenergized long time relationships with Park Place Child Life Center,the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, St. Mary’s Home and YWCA South Hampton Roads.KING’S DAUGHTERS MILK BANK AT CHKD: We commenced our second year ofproviding Saturday drop-offs for donor mothers in support of the King’s DaughtersMilk Bank at CHKD. Due to the popularity and increasing demand by donors, we haveexpanded our outreach to two weekend pickups each month since October 2015.We have trained 15 new volunteers, attended three large community events in partnershipwith the Milk Bank for promotional purposes and have collected a whopping 11,107ounces. The amount collected from October 2015 until now is just under our totalcollection for the entire last year.LITTLE HANDS, BIG DIFFERENCE: In November, we held our 5th annual LittleHands, Big Difference (LHBD) at Pembroke Mall in support of the Mayflower MarathonFood Drive. This drive is hosted by 106.9 The Fox and WNOR 99 and benefits all ofthe area food banks. This year’s LHBD event wasco-sponsored by Farm Fresh with a gracious 2,500grant that allowed us to expand our format to a“Day of Gratitude.” All activities focused ongiving back to our families and to areas of needin the community. The children compiled 325toiletry kits that were later donated to theUnion Mission in Norfolk, collected over 1,500 and 45 boxes of food donations frommembers, created squares to be sewn intoa gratitude quilt, wrote thank you cards andhad a Farm Fresh nutritionist on site to teachkids about healthy eating during the holiday.In the future, we look forward to continuing tobuild this new format into a signature JLNVB event.GIRLS ON THE RUN: JLNVB ladies supported 35Girls on the Run Snack Fairy drop offs to the girlsof Larkspur Middle School in Virginia Beach andLake Taylor Middle School in Norfolk. In December,through the GOTR Running Buddies Program, 29JLNVB ladies served as a running/walking partnerand cheered on the girls while they completed their5K race at the Virginia Zoo. Thousands of peopleacross all of Hampton Roads were in attendance,and we look forward to participating in the springevent located in Virginia Beach!MAKING A DIFFERENCE: JLNVB ladies havededicated many hours to other projects this year,such as tutoring and dinner drop off, providingcooking lessons to older children on the weekendsand donating over 2,000 in school supplies for thechildren of Park Place Child Center in Norfolk.Our Kids in the Kitchen Committee dedicated numeroushours to reviewing and writing a new curriculum for the mobileKids in the Kitchen program. After the new year, these ladies will be participating in multipleevents with the Kids Café at the Foodbank and the Boys and Girls Club in Berkley.Additionally, we’ve built outdoor playsetsand remodeled rooms for children withcancer with the Roc Solid Foundation,assisted in the setup of the new YWCAoffices and secured three shifts amonth at the Foodbank for qualityassurance assistance. We look forwardto continuing to serving the communityand honoring the legacy of the itiesHighlights
Fund DevelopmentOur Special Events and Ways and Means committees have partnered together to secure eventsthat have provided both social and donation opportunities for JLNVB.Membership CouncilWasserhund Brewery in Virginia Beach gave us the opportunity to be their Cause of the Monthin December. For the entire month, they donated a portion of their proceeds back to the JuniorLeague of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. In total, approximately 2,344 was given back to the JLNVB.In September 2015, the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach,Inc. welcomed a large Provisional Class of 44 after a very busyand highly successful recruiting season. This talented group ofwomen selected to work with Catholic Charities during theirHoliday Gift Drive, providing many items to families in needat Christmas. These ladies also organized and promotedour Annual Blood Drive for the American Red Cross ofSoutheastern Virginia on January 30, 2016. This year’s drivecollected 126 units which means we helped save 378 lives!The JLNVB was voted A. Dodson’s (a local boutique shop) Round Up Charity of the Month inJanuary 2016. Anyone who shopped at one of their locations around Hampton Roads was askedto “round-up” their purchase to the nearest whole dollar. This amount was then matched by A.Dodson’s and donated back to the JLNVB.The Transition group (Transfers, First Year Actives and returningmembers) is also large this year with 10 Transfers and 17 FirstYear Active members. This group meets for socials and trainings thathelp support their growth and transition into the JLNVB.We hosted our second annual Brews and Beads event on February 9, 2016 at Pleasure HouseBrewing in Virginia Beach. This Mardi Gras-themed event provided a social and fundraisingopportunity for the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc.Supplying our members with training opportunities continues to be a priority for memberengagement and satisfaction. To support this endeavor we provided the following opportunities:In November, we partnered with a new wine bar, Tinto Wine and Cheese, etc. Tinto donated 25for every wine club membership purchased by a JLNVB member (or family/friend). In addition,Tinto hosted wine nights every Monday in November, generating 500 for the League!You may have heard that the Kroger Community Rewards Program now includes the JLNVB as acommunity partner! Simply register your Kroger Plus Card on their website and a portion of whatmembers spend will be given back to the JLNVB. For more information on how to register yourcard, visit https://www.jlnvb.org/kroger.Successful cookbook sales were held at Simply Selma’s during their Holiday Open House, FarmFresh and Smithfield Farmers Market.SCAVENGER HAUNT: Our second annual ScavengerHaunt was held on October 24, 2015 at Town CenterVirginia Beach garnering almost 2,550 for JLNVB!Scavenger Haunt is our Halloween-themed scavengerhunt where teams race to complete clues. We hadclose to 80 participants at the event that culminatedwith an after party at Keagan’s Irish Pub. We hope tobuild on this event in 2016, select a new location andcontinue the haunting good time!TOUCH-A-TRUCK: Save the date! Our 4th Annual Touch-A-Truckwill be held on April 30, 2016 at Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake.Touch-A-Truck guarantees to be truckloads of fun. For moreinformation and to purchase tickets, please visit jlnvb.org/touch-a-truck!SEPTEMBER 2015: We sent the President and President-Elect to the Fall Leadership Conferencein New Orleans, LA.OCTOBER 2015: Three JLNVB members attended Fall ODI in Seattle, WA.JANUARY 2016: President-Elect, Lily Hsu and President-Elect- Elect, Heather Cohen attendedthe Winter Leadership Conference in Austin, TX.JANUARY 2016: Two members attended the Winter ODI in Miami, FL.Locally, we provided the following trainings:JANUARY 2016: Lost Boy of Sudan, the story of a SouthSudan genocide survivor making a difference in HamptonRoads.FEBRUARY 2016: Are You Making the Right Ask, strategiesfor successful fundraising from JLNVB Sustainers BrooksLively and Ashley Gentry.FEBRUARY 2016: Professional Image and Etiquette, apartnership with Nordstrom helpingus put our best foot forward.In addition to the fundraising events, the Special Events Committee organized several JLNVBevents for members to attend such as: Opera in the Park, Wine Down Wednesday at Twist MartiniBar and Movie Night at the Zoo. These events allowed members an opportunity to socialize andget to know one unitiesHighlights
1925 Society1925societyThank you to our 2015-2016 supporters:LEAGUE LEADER: 500 AND ABOVEChristy Hamlin Orianna McKinnon Corinne PowersLEAGUE ADVOCATE: 250 - 499Madeline Finney Suzanne Franklin Debra Griggs Lily Hsu Mary LouisConnie McKenzie Hanan Mitry Allison Rachel Carin Schneller-Carr Kathy SheltonCora Tower Virginia Van De Water Lynn M. Winter Lauren WolcottLEAGUE PARTNER: 100 - 249Linda Bamforth Cindy Black Marian Breeden Linnea Carlsen-MelvinSusan Colpitts Tara Corrigal Dennis and Courtney Davio Gaye DealMary Denny Blair Ege Emily Harkins Filer Bev Graeber Amy Lynn HarmanRachel Jiral Amanda Lloyd Stacy Long Jessie Markley Shannon MillerMartha Raiss Margaret Ray Christa Ross Deborah Russell Melissa SteadmanLinda Spruill Carol Temple Gay Ware Betsy Williams Dixie WolfLEAGUE FRIENDSCinda Ayers Sarah Baker Erin Bunton Stephanie Buxton Jessica ClarkErin Clements Heather Cohen Jane Edwards Kelly Fuller-SchumacherAllie Funk Katie Gribble Sophie Gustafson Melissa Hamann Jenine HarlandSoraya Harris Erika Head Gloria Hill Lauren Kincade Shelbi MacKenzieShannon Miller Annmaire Pagel Erin Rice Abigayle Rosa Shannon SadlerKathryn Smith Maryann Smith Elizabeth Upchurch Amanda UptonRenee Walker Ali Wells Tiffanie Williams Emily WoodleyThank you so much to all of our 1925 Society Donors!The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia BeachP.O. Box 956 Norfolk, VA 23501 [email protected] www.jlnvb.org www.facebook.com/JLNVB