The leftover Halloween candy is slowly disappearing much like the leaves and it’s time to start gearing up for the holiday season. Whether it be supporting us during #GivingTuesday, putting a "Smile" on our faces by choosing to benefit the Junior League with your Amazon holiday buys, helping out at a Done In A Day (or how about a Done In Your Seat?!), or making a holiday craft with your League friends- there are plenty of ways to celebrate this season. Additionally, I look forward to see you all at our upcoming GMM when we will have the opportunity to  learn about how those in our community, notably Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and Spectrum’s Executive Director, Mark Redmond,
are helping to address the need of affordable living in this state that we call home. As always, it’s a joy to serve this League with y’all! I’m so excited about the work that we have done this year and the work to come (including digging into the strategic plan)!

Yours in Volunteering,


Mary-Katherine Stone
JLCV President
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Save the Date: November 30th is #GivingTuesday

The Fundraising and Finance Committee along with the support of Communications and the Diaper Bank Committee are working together to make #GivingTuesday 2021 a success! JLCV has done some truly amazing things through our various community projects, including the Diaper Bank, our new work with Spectrum, and much more. We encourage all Junior League members to support #GivingTuesday. More information for how to support as a member will be provided at the November GMM.

Friendly Reminder for the Upcoming Holiday Season: Use Amazon Smile to Support JLCV

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same shopping experience as, but with a benefit to the Junior League. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of qualifying purchases to the League when you shop and select JLCV as your charity of choice. If you haven't yet registered, please take a moment to visit JLCV's page at

Thank you, 

Katie Bensel
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The Board would like to thank Sarah Lenes and Amanda Herzberger for joining us at our recent meeting to talk about the process JLCV used to create its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, as well as how the League has successfully and unsuccessfully leveraged that plan over the last several years. As a next step, the Governance Committee will be planning a workshop for the January GMM to engage the full membership in a SWOT analysis to identify our strengths and weaknesses, possible opportunities and potential threats. We will use the results of the analysis to identify key themes and goals. Each committee will be tasked with demonstrating through their budget proposal process for FY23 how they propose to address or reach for those themes and goals in an intentional way
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 Fundraising/Finance Committee.

The Fundraising/Finance Committee provides oversight of all League finances and fundraising efforts. Members of this committee take a leadership role in generating the income necessary to fund our projects and programs in the community. This year’s Fundraising and Finance Committee is made up of Katie Bensel (Treasurer), Jessie Robinson (Treasurer Elect), Jessica Ralston, Kate Hampton, Jennifer Greenwood, and new members Olivia Taylor and Mary Seller.

One of the largest responsibilities of the Fundraising and Finance Committee is organizing and leading the league fundraising efforts. These fundraising efforts include community nights with local restaurants and our annual Giving Tuesday Fundraiser.

Giving Tuesday is coming up soon (November 30th!) and the Fundraising and Finance Committee has been hard at work developing all the necessary resources to make this day a success. It is important to remember, though, that one of the key components of League Fundraising is the help and support of all League members to spread our message, and encourage those they know to support our fundraising efforts, so our League can continue to provide helpful resources to our community.

As a member of the Fundraising and Finance Committee, your job does not revolve around numbers. While there are plenty of numbers for those of you who enjoy a good spreadsheet, what really matters is a willingness to work together as a team to achieve amazing results for the League as a whole. We are always looking for individuals who love to think outside the box and get creative when it comes to raising funds for our League! So please, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Katie and Jessie about their roles and the Fundraising/Finance Committee.

Thank you,

Katie Bensel
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Happy November! 

The holiday season is upon us so that means it is time to mark down the December holiday party on your calendar. It will be Sunday, December 5th starting at 3PM, hosted by the lovely Sarah Aceves at her home in Waterbury. This will be a fully vaccinated event. Please keep an eye out for further details as we get closer to the date!

The new member class had a successful night of organizing and packaging dropped off donations at the Diaper Bank this past week. A big thank you to Cathy Foutz for leading this for us and teaching us more about the history of the JLCV!

Other reminders include upcoming socials: 
Friday, November 12th from 5-6PM at Drink in Burlington led by Kim Bleakley. Come join us for a Happy Hour social at Drink downtown and kick start the weekend!

Sunday, November 14th 2-4PM Holiday Crafting at Katie Bazzano's house in St. George! Come join us for an afternoon of light crafting to get into the holiday spirit with drinks and light refreshments provided! 
Thank you, 

Katie Bazzano
Membership VP
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A Conversation with Lt. Governor Molly Gray and Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

“Affordable Housing at the State and Local Level”
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Kestrel Coffee Roasters
47 Maple Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

Join us for a special November General Membership Meeting. We will be hosting a conversation between Lt. Governor Molly Gray and Mark Redmond, Executive Director, Spectrum Youth and Family Services on the topic of Affordable Housing in Vermont at the state and local levels.
Housing insecurity is at an all time high across the nation and here in Vermont. According to local reports, production of new housing units in Vermont has fallen sharply, creating a supply and demand imbalance.
Spectrum Youth and Family Services has been offering shelter and support services to at-risk and homeless youth since 1970. Meanwhile, federal coronavirus relief funds are being allocated to help address Vermont’s housing crisis at the local and state levels. 
Lt. Governor Gray and Executive Director Redmond are uniquely qualified to address this critical issue impacting Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens. Be sure to join us for this important discussion!
Thank you,

Claudia Lovell Tetreault
Training Chair
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Name and preferred pronouns: 
Blair Knowles (she/her)
Williston VT
JLCV Position/Committee: 
New Member

Why did you join the JLCV? 
JL felt like a natural fit to me as I already enjoy community service, group structures, and networking. I hope through JL to further expand my connections with like-minded women. I have many colleagues through my work, as a 4 year member of the Williston BNI chapter, and through teaching 2 yoga classes a week with Sangha Yoga. That said, with our first baby on the way (due in January!), I am in a season of life where I would like to form more connections specifically with women and families. JL feels like the right fit for these networking goals!
Tell us about the position(s) you hold in the League. 
Being brand new to the league, I hold no positions and look forward to learning from the many ladies that make this organization run. 
What's your favorite JLCV memory? 
I enjoyed participating in my first diaper repackaging this past month. Its energizing to watch how much can be accomplished in a short time with a good system in place and many helping hands. 
What have you learned from being in the League? 
At work, I am usually in the leadership seat. I am enjoying starting in a new organization where I am very much a follower and am looking forward to finding where I can best contribute and fit. It’s inspiring to watch and learn from new leading styles and energies.
What are some other activities you do outside the League?   
I teach a few yoga classes, run a “mom and pop” real estate brokerage in Williston, entertain my aging and new to VT parents, and I try to get outside as much as possible with my husband for the usual VT fun; hiking, biking, running & a little skiing. 

We are piloting a new Done In Your Seat (DIYS) remote volunteering option. Since this is our first DIYS, we would appreciate any feedback. Please sign up on the calendar - 2 members at ~2 hours each.

The primary goal is to complete a workbook with updated Vermont Legislators by County and then by member constituent, as of October 2021. If finished, secondary goals include completing a secondary tab mapping all DB partners’ legislators. Information and resources are located on the JLCV Google Drive.
The Advocacy Committee has been hard at work to find a long-term solution for diaper need in Vermont. One option is to prepare a bill to go to the legislature in 2022 regarding creating a working group to study diaper need in Vermont, as well as other possibilities. Representative Ann Pugh was gracious enough to review the bill with them last week and they will be meeting with some more legislators in the coming month. Stay tuned for more updates and to find out how you can help soon!
There are diaper repackagings on Saturday, November 13th and Monday, November 29th to get ready for Giving Tuesday on 11/30! Please sign up on the website or ask Amanda or Jessica if you would like to stop in another time.

Thank you to the New Members who completed a repackaging last week! We truly appreciate your hard work!!

Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on November 30th! More information to follow about the different ways to get involved.
Meals for Spectrum: Thank you all for volunteering to cook for November 1st and November 15th. We will be adding more meals in December and January. If you and a group you want to prepare a meal with have a specific day that works for you, let me know and I will sign you up. Otherwise, look for opportunities in December!
Thank you,

Karen Spach
Community Projects VP
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Communications VP

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PR/Social Media Chair

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Newsletter Chair
Thank you,

Sarah Aceves
Communications VP
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