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Greetings Fellow JLCV Members:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 League year! As we enter our second League year with our fully operational diaper bank in our own headquarters, I am continually in awe of the hard work of the women in this League! Several years ago, the idea of operating in our own space was just a dream and somehow the ladies of this group made it happen! I am so excited to see what this next year brings. I hope everyone has a wonderful, restful summer and look forward to seeing you all at our first General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th!

Nicole Breslend
JLCV President
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NOMINATING & PLACEMENT
All JLCV members have now been placed in a role or in a committee for the 2019-2020 Junior League year. If you’re not sure of your placement, please feel free to email me or check the slate here.  According to our bylaws, we start our new placements on June 1. Of course, most of us won’t become active in our roles until fall. In the meantime, I encourage you to check in with the member who held your position this past year for tips and transition. 
Charity Clark, 
Nominating & Placement VP
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*Monica McFarland is the incoming Nominating & Placement VP. 
Contact Monica 
NEW MEMBER RECRUITMENT
This summer, be on the lookout for announcements about new recruitment events in August! Our New Member Chair for next year, Aimee Stephenson, will also be reaching out to you individually to ask for new member referrals. 

Contact Aimee Stephenson
Aimee Stephenson
Recruitment VP
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DIAPER BANK UPDATE
Since last November we have distributed 65,118 diapers to our (currently) six partners. So far, we have always been able to accommodate size requests and hope to continue to be able to do so -- especially with the smaller food shelves who have limited storage space. Diaper drives and our box at Healthy Living have brought in almost 13,000 diapers (a few more are happening right now). Nearly 10,000 diapers have been donated by individuals or through our Amazon wishlist.
Visit the JLCV Diaper Bank Amazon Wishlist
Now onto the really exciting news:

We were blown away to receive word last week that the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) wants to donate 256,000 diapers to our operation free of charge! Our friends at the Vermont Foodbank have generously agreed to receive and store the donation while we work to secure funding for additional shelving. (Ladies...we're going up!). This donation will allow us to shift our volunteer capacity from bringing in diapers to growing and sustaining our operations as well as working on important advocacy initiatives. There are some repackaging events coming up in the next few weeks as we work towards our July distribution so please see the DIAD section or JLCV calendar to learn about those and sign up.

Next year's diaper bank committee met last week and generated lots of ideas for growing and improving our operations. We will get to work on a training manual and standardizing our systems so that anyone can lead a repackaging night. In addition, we brainstormed outside groups to approach to do repackaging events -- if you have ideas let me know. 

In addition, with help from Lindsay and Nancy, we've set up a separate monthly Diaper Bank Newsletter that will begin to grow our list of outside volunteers. It is clear that for this operation to be sustainable we need more hands on deck -- and while hopefully some volunteers will grow into league members this gives opportunity for anyone to join us for one shift or many. Please pass along to any local friends and family you think might be interested in volunteering, a sign up option will soon be available on JLCV.org! 

Thank you all for your continued support!

For questions or more information, please contact Diaper Bank Chair,  Amanda Herzberger.
DONE-IN-A-DAYS (DIADS)
Hello JLCV Members! I am very excited to step into the role as DIAD Chair. I will be researching ideas this summer and will post ideas on Facebook to gather member interest. In June, Amanda and I will be meeting to discuss DIADS and Diaper Bank Repackagings to make sure our calendars align and do not overlap. Stay tuned for some fun DIADS this fall!

Here are the dates for our Summer Diaper Repackaging Events:

Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. 
Location: 3060 Williston Road, Suite 4, South Burlington
Click here to register. 

Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
Location: 3060 Williston Road, Suite 4, South Burlington
Click here to register. 

Date: Tuesday, July 9th
Time: 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. 
Location: 3060 Williston Road, Suite 4, South Burlington
Click here to register. 
Jill Everett
DIAD Committee Chair
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You shop. Amazon gives to JLCV!

Did you know? Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to JLCV.  AmazonSmile has the same products and prices as Amazon.com, but by completing your purchase from smile.amazon.com, you will be supporting our organization. 
  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select "Champlain Valley Junior Service League Inc" to support.
  4. Shop as you normally would! 
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Have you visited the AJLI website lately? 

From online learning resources and  professional development opportunities, to  information about the national Junior League centennial in 2021 and the AJLI online shop (including a place to purchase League cookbooks from around the country!)--the Association of Junior Leagues International website is full of excellent and useful content. 
 
JUNE FEATURED MEMBER
Carrie Mortensen 

Why did you join the JLCV?

I moved to Vermont with just my Jack Russell terrier and was working WAY TOO much and having a really hard time meeting people.  I had tried a few other avenues for meeting people and nothing really seemed to work out very well. When I saw the Sip 'n See invitation on Front Porch Forum, it seemed like something I should check out.  I've always felt it was important to help others and if I could develop some friendships and network while making a contribution to the local community, it seemed like a good fit.


What's your favorite part of being in the league?

My favorite part of of being in the league would be the great feeling and satisfaction you always have after the completion of an event.  Whether attending a social, community project or general meeting, I always feel better on the way home than on the way there (usually tired and worn out).  Sometimes a social or meeting with like-minded, encouraging, professional colleagues can be just what you need after a long, challenging day and who doesn't feel better after contributing to a project that is going to benefit others?

What are some other activities you do outside the League?

Work keeps me pretty occupied and traveling a lot so with the little disposable time I do have, I enjoy spending time with my dog Riley.  Last fall, I acquired a "rescue" Morgan horse that I named Lucky.  I tend to be found with one of them when I have any spare moments!  I also enjoy attending horse shows, craft fairs, and museums.  I love to check out all the stores for shopping, too.


What brought you to Vermont?

I relocated from Kentucky to Vermont in August of 2016 to serve as the Executive Director of the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc. located in Shelburne.  It all happened very quickly and I moved without ever visiting the Green Mountain State. I rented my first house in Vermont off Craigslist from 15 hours away!

What’s your go-to restaurant?

Being single, I don't go to a lot of restaurants on my own.  However, I LOVE the pineapple chicken at Chef Leu's in Shelburne.

What are you passionate about? 

I had to think about this for a bit.  At first I wanted to answer all the things I love or enjoy but then I realized those are indeed "interests" but questioned whether they brought out the passion in me.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I get most passionate about doing the "right" thing over the "easy" thing, standing up for people who can't stand up for themselves, speaking out when it's not easy, and growing outside my comfort zone which most of the time I absolutely hate but make myself suffer through anyway!
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