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Cultural Event a Hit with Family Literacy Program

Members of the Junior League of Greater Alton joined a GED class at Lewis and Clark Community College, Tuesday, June 21, for a Cultural Food event to coincide with the students’ lesson.

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  • Appetizers – Asian – Chinese dumplings and Thai iced tea
  • Main Course – Mexican – Chicken soft tacos and homemade guacamole with Mexican soda (Jarritos)
  • Dessert – Italian – Cannoli and Italian soda (San Pelligrino)

“Cannoli were the biggest hit. The shells were provided, but the students prepared the creme filling and filled the shells themselves.” said JLGA Project Coordinator Beth Wiemers. “All of our cultural tables had flags from their country and other cultural items displayed, and recipes for each item served were passed out to students during the event.”

JLGA has chosen to work with L&C’s Adult Education department to help promote Family Literacy in the Greater Alton area. Learn more about the ongoing project and partnership at http://juniorleaguealton.org/community-impact/current-projects.

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We Must Become the Change We Wish to See in the World

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Laura Inlow

When I think about why I joined the Junior League of Greater Alton a little less than one year ago, it was because I wanted to give my time and talent to help make our community a better place.

But it’s not all donating money and volunteering time–it didn’t take long to realize that with JLGA, members have the opportunity to get back what they put in, in the form of life changing experiences and leadership training and development.

A first year manager of a Media Relations/PR department at Lewis and Clark Community College and a grad student in Organizational Leadership, the opportunities presented by JLGA couldn’t have been more perfectly timed for me. Sure, I have a lot of irons in the fire, but League meetings have become my refuge, my guilty pleasure, my oasis on the second Thursday of each month. 

This year–my first full year in League–is also my first on the Board. As Secretary, I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.’s Organizational Development Institute in Houston, Texas, last weekend. The experience changed the way I see League and talk about League with friends, and made me so proud to be a part of something so special. So now I want to share that with you. 

Whether you’re already a member or considering becoming one, know that the key is becoming the change we wish to see in the world, or more specifically, our community. What I mean by that is we have to open ourselves to learning about the true needs of the Greater Alton community, and be willing to invest the time and energy it takes to learn and train ourselves to become the best possible leaders we can be. It’s what makes League so fabulous. We’ve been empowering women to lead since 1901.

You see, achieving real, lasting, community-impacting change requires leadership, strong and true. That’s why when you participate in one of our fundraisers or community events, you’re not only helping our direct efforts to tackle community issues like hunger and illiteracy, you’re helping to engage the women of JLGA–local women–to keep positive change rolling for decades to come.

And we need more women to join, because the more women we engage, the better our capacity for direct volunteerism and fundraising, but also the deeper the impact we can achieve.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning what we’re all about–please contact our new member committee chair, Nikki Fiedler, at nikki.a.fiedler@gmail.com. We’re in the middle of planning our new member mixer (details TBA) and would love for interested women to come by and see if JLGA is for them.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to become a part of something special, and to meet the best group of women around 😉

Hope to see you soon!

Laura Inlow
JLGA Secretary 2016-2017
Provisional Class 2015
lminlow@gmail.com

 

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Share What You “CAN”!

The Junior League of Greater Alton, in partnership with Quality, is inviting the community to share what you “CAN” at our Summer Food Drive.  The drive will be held at the Quality dealership located at 1620 East Homer Adams Parkway, Alton.  We will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on Saturday, June 25th from 9am-4pm. Our goal is to fill the bed of a GMC Sierra with donations.  All food items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Quality will have sweet summer treats – and, all donors will be entered in a drawing to win 6 tickets to Raging Rivers WaterPark. Quality will also generously donate $2.00 to JLGA for every donor – helping the mission to improve the lives of women and children in our community!

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Congratulations to our “Women of Distinction”

Junior League of Greater Alton is honored to congratulate active member Tawnya Hooper and former member Stephanie Monroe.  They have been chosen as YWCA 2016 Women of Distinction.

WOD_LOGO_COLOR-freshThe Alton YWCA Women of Distinction event is designed to honor women who, through their boundless commitment to the community through their service to others and through their compassionate leadership, help improve the quality of life for everyone in their communities. The women honored at this event represent the diversity of women’s interests, talents and achievements.  Since 1991, 241 area women of all ages and from all walks of life have been recognized as Women of Distinction.

Both Tawnya and Stephanie embody the spirit of community, giving and service.  JLGA is honored to have these extraordinary women as part of our League family, and sincerely congratulate them for their achievements!

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Thank You for Supporting “Uncorked and Uncapped”

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone who helped support the “Uncorked and Uncapped” wine, beer and spirits tasting held Saturday, March 12th at Jacoby Arts Center.  This annual event is always a fantastic time and all funds raised go right back into our community.   A special appreciation goes to our 2016 table sponsors:

If you couldn’t join us this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

The Junior League of Greater Alton is a not-for-profit organization of local women that has been promoting volunteerism since 1952. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by JLGA throughout the year are used to fund projects/agencies supported by Junior League, including Lewis and Clark Community College’s Family Literacy program, which assists parents in attaining their GEDs, career exploration, parenting workshops, family visits with literacy activities, library events and support services; the OASIS Women’s Center, which provides shelter and support for battered women and/or homeless, chemically dependent women and their children; Riverbend Headstart, which provides early childhood education for children living in poverty or who are challenged with special circumstances; and the Riverbender.com Community Center, which provides a safe environment for middle school and high school aged children to interact and learn

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Get “Uncorked & Uncapped” with JLGA March 12

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton is excited to announce the date of its annual wine, beer and spirits tasting event, “Uncorked & Uncapped,” to run from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton.

“Last year, despite a snowstorm, the event was very well attended and supported,” said event chair Abby Lett. “We are excited to host the event again, and are looking forward to an even more successful turnout. It is a wonderful evening, and the proceeds of the event will help fund Junior League’s mission to support women and children in the River Bend area.”

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes tastings of various wines and beers, plus two vouchers to sample spirits. Delicious hors devours will be provided, and a cash bar is also available. Participants must be 21 to attend.

Buy tickets from any Junior League member, or purchase them online now.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Lett at abby.lett2@gmail.com, or by phone at (636) 541-6128.

The Junior League of Greater Alton is a not-for-profit organization of local women that has been promoting volunteerism since 1952. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by JLGA throughout the year are used to fund projects/agencies supported by Junior League, including Lewis and Clark Community College’s Family Literacy program, which assists parents in attaining their GEDs, career exploration, parenting workshops, family visits with literacy activities, library events and support services; the OASIS Women’s Center, which provides shelter and support for battered women and/or homeless, chemically dependent women and their children; Riverbend Headstart, which provides early childhood education for children living in poverty or who are challenged with special circumstances; and the Riverbender.com Community Center, which provides a safe environment for middle school and high school aged children to interact and learn.

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Turkey Ball Raises $2,511 for Boys & Girls Club of Alton

IMG_9708 TOURNEYOn Saturday, Nov. 14, our 2015 Provisional Class hosted the JLGA’s first Turkey Ball Kickball Tournament at Gordon Moore Park in Alton, and raised $2,511 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Alton.

The funds raised will help to provide additional scholarships for the before and after school programs at the club.

The kickball tournament was just one part of this year’s provisional project. The ladies also hosted a Dining Out For A Cause event at Mike Shannon’s Restaurant on Nov. 18, and collected feminine hygiene products from members at JLGA’s Christmas Party. The items collected were donated to the Alton Boys & Girls Club for young ladies in need of such items.

Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to these projects’ success!