Tuesday, September 24, 2019, we had our 2019-2020 Kick Off Meeting!
This was our first official bilingual meeting. Due to growing number of Spanish speaking members, and as an effort to promote inclusion and diversity, we are making all public events bilingual.
Read more below for highlights from the meeting, as well as reports and plans for the year for each of our Programs.
We are looking forward to another fun and productive year, challenging ourselves to grow and learn how to better serve those in need in our community—and having lots of fun in the process. Please visit our Junior League Internal page for more details on upcoming meetings and member events.
Bonnie Gosler (Newsletter Coordinator) and Sara Partida (Translator)
Our next General Meeting
Thursday, October 17
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please come join us as we welcome our special guest speaker, JL member Kimberly McDaniel, who will share with us her own inspirational story on living with and surviving breast cancer. And please wear PINK to show our solidarity with our breast cancer warrior sisters.
Highlights from the Meeting
At the general meeting, we had a fun activity where all our volunteers were divided into small groups. They were able to sample a bit of each of our programs and talk to program directors about what each program entails. See below for more information about each program and what they have in store this year!
Membership fee increased to $1,250 pesos. You can pay at the October General Meeting. The last day to pay is the October 31.
This year will include a T-Shirt members can wear as volunteering uniform.
Membership Requirements: Reminder that all members are (a) required to pay their dues by October 31st, (b) required to volunteer for a minimum 2-3 hours monthly in any of our programs, (c) asked to sell a minimum of 2-4 tickets to our fundraising events, and (d) asked to donate or arrange for the donation of 2 bags of items to our Casi Como Nuevo Store.
Casino Night and Auction on November 8
November 8 is our Casino Night and Auction in Puerta Las Lomas. There will be a Silent Art Auction. Tickets will be for sale at the October meeting. It’s a super fun event!
What We Do: We provide a healthy meal to mothers and young children in the San Juan Ocotán community. We provide fun activities for the kids and a specialist delivers a short educational talk to moms. We partner with companies like HP, Amdocs, and Oracle.
Program Directors: Rita Chehabeddine and Pilar Ortega
Program Location: Every last Thursday of the month, 4 to 7 PM, in San Juan de Ocotán church
What We Do: Our volunteers work with toddlers and small children with a fun music class at a local orphanage (Sueños y Esperanzas), guided by a professional music teacher. The goal is to provide special attention, human contact, and encourage emotional intelligence through music.
Program Director: Caroline Valdez
Orphanage Visits: Every other Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Casi Como Nuevo
What We Do: Our store sells second hand clothes, shoes, books, toys, baby gear, and household items to the local community of Chapalita. It helps promote the REUSE culture by extending items lifespans. We take all donations and we do pick-ups. Volunteers can show up any time the store is open and help sort and price donations.
Program Director: Elsa Escoto
Store Hours: M-F, 10-2 PM
Mi Bebé y Yo
What We Do: We visit 2 or 3 hospitals to deliver Welcome Packages to new moms and their babies and accompany them in this special moment. The package provides important items in the first days of the baby’s life and a little something for the mom, too.
Program director: Liza Rojas
Hospital Visits: First Tuesday of the month,10 AM to 12:30 PM. They meet at our Junior League Office.
What We Do: We help young girls get a jump start in their professional career by providing them with tools and skills such as preparing a CV, getting ready for interviews, and how to dress and act professionally. Our newest program will start this year!
Program Directors: Wendy Olvera and Kim Mc Daniel
Program Schedule: Set according to specific needs
Done in a Day
What We Do: Twice a year, we partner with an AC in our community and we focus on a problem that can be solved in a day. We have helped Operation Smile, Techo, Las Patronas, FM4, Hospital Civil, to name a few. A Big Impact in a Small Amount of Time.
Program Director: Mayra Hernández
Program Schedule: Set according to community needs