Warm greetings during this time of year when the ground turns white and the air turns brisk. I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season spent with those you love and that you continue to find space for light and joy as we move into this new year. As always, there are plenty of opportunities for involvement with the League this month including plenty of socials, volunteer opportunities, and a done in your seat training (that I strongly recommend). Please also be sure to mark your calendars for this month’s GMM on January 11th which will be held virtually. This meeting is particularly important as we will be voting to ratify the spending budget for ARPA funding related to diaper bank expenses.
It was my hope that we could continue to gather and be in the physical presence of one another in a shared space, but due to rising numbers of hospitalizations and COVID cases, myself and the board feel that this is the safest decision. As always, we will continue to re-evaluate and monitor the ever changing situation of this pandemic, but for now, I look forward to seeing your smiling faces on my computer screen.

Yours in Volunteering,


Mary-Katherine Stone
JLCV President
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Hi all, and happy New Year!

To kick off 2022 our new members finished up their first committee placements from the fall and have all transitioned over to their new assignments. They are looking forward to getting more hands on learning and what their new committees contribute to our League!

We also have the following socials planned for January that you can register for on the member portal!

Saturday, January 15th at 10:00AM at Purple Sage Salt Cave in Essex! Come join us for a 45 minute relaxation and detox session in the salt caves. Cost is $25 per person. Please sign up by January 10th so that a reservation can be made. Please reach out to Kim Bleakley with any questions!

Saturday, January 22nd at 9:30AM on the Jeffersonville side of Route 108 aka the Notch Road. Kick off the new year with some exercise for a hike/snowshoe up the Jeffersonville side of the infamous Notch road that is closed to traffic during the winter. Please reach out to Katelyn Shea with any questions!
We have a little over four months until the JLCV 2021-2022 year comes to a close. Active members are encouraged to please log into the member portal to check the progress of your membership requirements (on your member homepage below announcements). There is still ample opportunity to fulfill them.

As a reminder, active members are required to attend four (4) GMMs and one (1) training event, fulfill six (6) volunteer hours (most DIADs count as 2 hours), participate in the JLCV's annual fundraising event, pay annual dues and participate in committee placements for the next League year.

If you have any questions or concerns about your member requirements, please reach out to Cassie Gendron.

Name and preferred pronouns:
Cathy (Foutz) she/her

Durham NH (home of UNH)

JLCV Position/Committee:
Community Projects/Diaper Bank

Why did you join the JLCV?
(I can't remember...) I did join eons ago to do good community service work with like-minded women. I re-engaged when the Diaper Bank came along as it was such a unique project, filling a huge need. 

Tell us about the position(s) you hold in the League. 
I HELD the positions of Co-President, co-chair of Research & Development, New Members, Nominating & Placement, Community Projects...but now as a Senior Active the last few years, I don't hold an Administrative position. 

What's your favorite JLCV memory?
VERY hard to choose! I still love Camp Knock Knock (am still the Volunteer Coordinator if anyone is interested), but I think the Ice Shows in 2001 and 2004 were my favorites. SO much work, but a lot of fun in the end. 

What have you learned from being in the League?
Another too-many-to-say. How to be an effective volunteer, how to be in leadership roles as a volunteer, how to motivate and keep-satisfied other volunteers. 

What are some other activities you do outside the League?
As you all may know, I'm a grandmother now and LOVE spending time with Hallie - and my three sons when I get a chance. I love the ocean! I still ski and take long walks as much as I can. I continue to run the Make-A-Wish All-Star Hock Classic each June and work on Camp Knock Knock, and I was privileged to have helped with the Travis Roy Wiffleball Tourney each August. And despite COVID, I enjoy traveling to visit with friends and family in other parts of the country. 

Thank you, 

Katie Bazzano
Membership VP
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Starting January 1st, Katie Bensel will be stepping down from the role of Treasurer, and Jessie Robinson will be serving as Treasurer for the remainder of the 21-22 League year, as approved by the Board of Directors. Jessie will continue to serve as Treasurer for the 22-23 League year as if she served the entire year as Treasurer-elect. Thank you to Katie for her service as Treasurer for the past six months!


A vote to ratify the spending budget for the $82,000 ARPA funding will be held at the January GMM.

  • Purchase of Diapers - $75,000
  • Rent and Administrative Costs - $5,600
  • Transportation - $1,400

***If you will not be participating in the January GMM, please submit your vote by email to prior to the meeting.


Important Tax Information

Per AJLI, dues paid by members to JLCV are tax-deductible, since JLCV is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN:03-0317619), provided that a deduction is only allowed to the extent the dues paid are more than the value received in exchange. Dues paid by new, active, and sustaining members in 2021 were $135, less any scholarship received (if applicable). Contributions made to the Diaper Bank and the Annual Fund are also tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor when preparing your 2021 taxes. If you need a copy of your dues invoice or gift acknowledgement paperwork to substantiate payment, please contact Jessie Robinson at


December was an incredibly productive month for the Fundraising Committee, starting with #GivingTuesday, and continuing with the receipt of multiple year-end gifts. We raised $9,350 from Giving Tuesday and $2,100 in year-end gifts, bringing our total raised in December to $11,450! These donations will go towards the Diaper Bank and our other community efforts. Once again, thank you to all our members for making December such a successful fundraising month!

Thank you, 

Jessie Robinson
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In lieu of a full membership training at the January GMM, the Board recently completed a SWOT analysis training led by former member Sarah Hackett-Dalgleish and will be working on the committee level with members to better assess our current standing and develop clear priorities for the coming league year. We will also be developing a questionnaire to solicit individualized feedback from both active and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners.
Members are encouraged to view the first 30 minutes of the training (up until the Board engaged in a practice problem), which is available HERE, in advance of conversations at the committee level. Training credit is available to those that watch the on demand session – simply email once you’ve completed the session.
Questions can be directed to Executive Vice President / President Elect, Jenn Papillo.
Our League is a member of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). We want to make sure you feel connected to all of the work happening across the 295 Leagues. Each month we will strive to provide an update on current initiatives being led by AJLI.
We are excited to update you on the work AJLI has been doing since early fall in response to member feedback, including feedback from JLCV, on its initial proposal for a revised mission statement. AJLI expects to be releasing the next iteration of the draft mission statement to leagues by mid-month, which we will in turn share with you all. Mary Katherine and I will be participating in a series of Delegate Dialogues with AJLI leadership to learn more about the revised draft and the mechanisms within which JLCV can and must play a role in moving this initiative forward.

Questions can be directed to Executive Vice President / President Elect, Jenn Papillo.
Thank you,

Jennifer Papillo
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Each month the JLCV newsletter will feature a different committee or chair position to assist members both new and old in understanding the League and all its moving parts. This month's spotlight is on the Diaper Bank Committee.

Who We Are 
The Diaper Bank Committee (part of the community projects committee) works to keep the JLCV Diaper Bank running and the diapers being delivered! Jessica Rossi & Amanda Herzberger serve as co-chairs for the committee and under them most actively are Senior Active Cathy Foutz, Sustainer Sarah Lenes, and Community Projects VP Karen Spach. 

What We Do
Operations at the Diaper Bank are driven by monthly distributions which typically happen the first week of every month. About every six weeks a UHaul is rented and driven down to Norwich for distribution to our Southern Vermont partners. Various roles help drive diaper bank operations.

  • Diaper Drives & Donations -- Coordinate drives with local businesses and child care centers providing needed materials and collecting donations at the end (or finding a time to meet at the bank for drop off)
  • Agency Partner Management -- Communicate with agencies, send reminders about distributions, receive orders, answer questions, and share updates
  • Distribution -- Staff monthly distributions and communicate inventory needs for ordering
  • Inventory Management -- Assess stock to make sure all diaper sizes are available for monthly distributions. Place orders with our suppliers and coordinate with Finance team to ensure budget stays on track
  • Finance -- Work with the Finance team to identify and apply for grant opportunities, develop budget and track expenses
  • Advocacy -- Work with our partners in the Vermont Legislature to further long-term Diaper Bank goals. This year, we will assist in shepherding a bill through to establish a working group and create a permanent solution for diaper need in the state

How YOU Can Get Involved
Keep an eye on the League calendar for Diaper Bank repackaging and distribution opportunities. If you're interested in getting more deeply involved with the work of the Diaper Bank, get in touch with Amanda or Jessica. If you ever want to come in to help with diapers but the repackaging events do not align with your schedule or you want to try to bring in family or a group to volunteer, contact Amanda or Jessica. They can try to organize a time that works to let you into the Diaper Bank and to provide information on what needs to be done. 

  • Distributed 824,225 diapers in 2021! Let me repeat - 824,225!!!!!  
  • 46 DIAD and DIYS volunteer opportunities, including diaper repackaging, diaper distributions, clothes sorting, Spectrum meals, Ronald McDonald House Room redecorating work, and updating the Vermont Legislature database. 
  • Advocacy work on diaper need/funding opportunities with the Vermont Legislature - big props to Amanda Herzberger, Charity Clark, Lindsay Cahill Lord for getting this moving.
  • Updated community projects page on website (thank you Holly Peterson)
We're starting to look ahead at funding opportunities for this year -- if you hear of any grant opportunities please share them with us.

The bank is quite full, so if anyone is able to come in with friends or family to do some work please get in touch:
  • January 6- DIAD: RMHC Redecorating Planning Meeting (Zoom)
  • January 12 - DIAD Diaper Repackaging 
  • January 24 - DIAD Diaper Repackaging
  • January 29 - DIAD Diaper Repackaging
  • More Spectrum Meals, dependent on level of interest
  • Advocacy task force within the JLCV

Look ahead on the calendar for upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. Both in-person and remote options are always available.

Thanks for all you do! Please do not hesitate to contact me with suggestions.

Thank you,

Karen Spach
Community Projects VP
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Newsletter Chair
Thank you,

Sarah Aceves
Communications VP
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