Warm greetings and welcome to November!

We are moving full steam ahead in this Junior League year. I love how there seems to be nothing stopping our members from volunteering and making a difference in our community. You all are terrific; thank you for all of your time, energy, attention, creativity, compassion, empathy, grit - wow, the list goes on with all of your incredible talents. Let's keep the momentum going.  

Chronologically speaking, we have a great community night happening at Chipotle tonight.
Keep in mind that anyone may have their meal count - they just need to mention the Junior League so spread the news of it happening around. See more below.  

Also, we have a training coming up for our General Membership Meeting next week that you do not want to miss. Our speaker, Tom Myers, will lead us in a discussion on highlighting our individual skills so our organization can excel together. I hope you all can feel enriched by the content of this training. We will be meeting in Zoomland and in person at the Elks Club. Please register on the Member Portal and as attendance is taken, please make sure Melanie Severo knows you're there.

Last month was our first meet up at the Elks Club location and we were really impressed with the huge space and cleanliness of everything. We all wore our masks and we were so grateful to be together. Keep in mind that your Board of Directors is working very hard to keep on top of the pandemic and all CDC guidelines so that we can serve you, our members, and keep you safe. If you have any questions or thoughts around the COVID guidelines, please email me. I would be happy to discuss.

Yours in Volunteering,


Becky Monty
JLCV President
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Save the date!

We are tentatively planning our holiday party for Tuesday, December 8th from 6-8PM at the Elks Club. Please note this new date is a departure from previous years when we have held this party on a Sunday. We are looking into catering and will be adhering to all CDC guidelines similar to what we do at our GMMs. A Zoom option will be provided for anyone who would prefer to attend virtually instead of in person.
Agnes Kuo                                                  Amy Sheridan    
Brittani Mulholland                                       Jennifer Greenwood    
Veronica Nardone                                       Kathleen James
Larissa Woods                                            Katelyn Shea
Jessie Robinson                                          Jessica Ralston
Philadelphia League                                   Portland (OR) League  
Kate Hampton
Fort Myers League
Thank you,

Aimee Stephenson
Membership VP
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We will have a training opportunity at our next GMM on November 6th that addresses team building with Tom Myer. See below for information on the training and Tom's biography.

Why do some teams fail while others prevail? Forbes Magazine analyzed that question and determined that the three main reasons teams fail are:

  • Opportunities to build trust are passed by
  • Incentives favor individuals over teams
  • There is no open discussion about team dynamics
There is another important reason. Often people are not aligned with their skills and their passions. 

As working remotely becomes the norm, teams are under increasing stress to perform. Character and competence are difficult to communicate virtually and trust can easily break down. Traditional opportunities to bond over lunch, travel, or in-person meetings are increasingly rare. And yet, an energized, motivated team member can transcend these obstacles and lead their teams through difficult times to achieve unexpected success. Their job satisfaction can influence the efficiency and effectiveness of teams and create lasting positive impact on an organization’s bottom line. 

Looking at case studies from the Cleveland clinic, and drawing on years of experience with appreciative inquiry and strengths-based team building, Dr. Myers will walk us through tools and trends to help individuals identify their core strengths and passions. We will explore ways to shape teams that can build resilient organizations. 

After nineteen years, Thomas (Tom) Myers, recently retired as a full Professor and Endowed Faculty Chair at the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. His work included applying strengths-based approaches to his teaching and he developed courses in business, entrepreneurship, international marketing, global strategic management, leadership, organizational development, and oversaw the Business School's internship programs.

Currently, Tom teaches the Purpose, Meaning, and Happiness course at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, and is Co-founder of the SyncWave Group, LLC., a consulting firm with a focus on higher education. As a social scientist, Tom's research involves Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and management applications of Jung's 'Synchronicity Theory' (meaningful coincidences).  

Tom serves as a founding board member of Reef Renewal, USA and the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont (providing mentoring and scholarships). He lives in Jericho, VT with his wife, Julie, and they have two sons: Will (24) who just returned from an overseas deployment with the U.S. Army, and Charlie (22), currently a junior at Furman University.  

When not working, Tom enjoys biking, birding, cooking, fly-fishing, coral restoration work, and technical scuba diving (Global Underwater Explorers--GUE)). 


Claudia Lovell-Tetreault
Training Chair
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First we vote, and then we eat

Come to Chipotle TONIGHT to support the Junior League! 

Whether you’re stress eating or celebrating, spread the word and place your order -- JLCV is hosting a community night at Chipotle TONIGHT from 5-9pm!

Tell the cashier you’re supporting the Junior League to make sure that 33% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to Junior League of Champlain Valley. You can even order take out and still support the Junior League by using or the Chipotle app. Just enter the code "6G9HGE2" before checkout in the "promo" field.

Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Address: 580 Shelburne Rd, Burlington, VT 05401-6904

Chipotle Flyer

Save the Date: December 1 is #GivingTuesday

The Fundraising Committee and the Diaper Bank Committee are partnering up to make #GivingTuesday even more special. Not only do we want to encourage financial giving, we want to celebrate the fact that we’ve given out more than 350,000 diapers (and counting) this year! We have so much to be proud of and a great message to share. Details will be coming soon.

Thank you,
Jenn Papillo

Hi all,

Even in the COVID era, there are still so many options to volunteer

At the Junior League Headquarters

Come help package diapers and prepare for diaper distributions. Upcoming dates include Nov 7, Nov 16, and Nov 30. Watch the event calendar and Facebook as more times are set up. You can also come in with your family unit – just contact Amanda or Jessica to set up a time. 

In the Community

The annual Turkey Round Up is happening Nov 21 and 22 at the Feeding Chittenden Food Bank. It’s a great way to assist while safely out in the community.


We are redecorating a room in the Ronald McDonald House. Attend the kickoff call on November 12 at 7:30 pm to find out more about how you can help from afar with the project. There will be in-person opportunities as well once we have all the pieces in place. Dial in and get your Chip and Joanna Gaines on!

Thank you,

Karen Spach
Community Projects VP
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Amanda reports that our new distribution total for 2020 is now 347,481!!!

Several Parent-Child Center representatives from around the State picked up some 35,000 diapers on October 21 alone. We continue to see a huge demand, and are starting to develop an advocacy plan for the 2021 State legislative session, as well as developing a calendar of monthly distributions for 2021.

We have also been in touch with DeePT on their annual Diaper Drive for COTS, and are temporarily housing a donation to that effort from Seventh Generation. Jason Fitzgerald at DeePT is confirming COTS’ needs, but is anticipating that diapers beyond that and their storage capacity would come our way. He hopes to include the JLCV in his PR work, highlighting Diaper Need.

A new Re-packaging session has been set for Saturday, November 7, 9:30-11:30 a.mPlease sign up!

We are to receive a large order from the National Diaper Bank Network before press time, so there are a lot of diapers to label or repackage. Members are also welcome to come in individually or in small family groups on their own time, following the COVID-19 guidelines.

Please check in with Amanda or Jessica if you would like to do so.

Thanks everyone,

Cathy Foutz
Diaper Bank Committee 
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Hi All,

I have recently taken on the role of social chair for the remainder of the year. Before getting started, I was hoping to get some input from folks to see what everyone is comfortable with in terms of social events.

If you have a free minute, please fill out the doodle poll! I'm hoping to gather this info by the end of this weekend so I can get to planning. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Thank you,

Katie Bazzano
Social Chair
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For those who were unable to attend the live website training, we have a recording available for viewing. You will see that there are a few outstanding questions members had, and I will be in touch soon with those updates.

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: 0.dQcK=E

Send it our way!

Email Sarah Aceves
Communications VP

Email Tanya Tran
PR/Social Media Chair

Email Lyndsay Ogden
Newsletter Chair
Thank you,

Sarah Aceves
Communications VP
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