Junior League of Long Beach
Community Newsletter
May 2016
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Welcome to the Junior League of Long Beach's Community Newsletter featuring news items, updates and information about upcoming events.
As an organization, we have launched more than 60 programs within the community and continue to find new and innovative ways to make an impact. Our members are comprised of diverse professions and unique perspectives, and yet we all share the same goal – to create a brighter future for our wonderful city.
The Junior League of Long Beach is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Thank you for supporting the Junior League of Long Beach and taking the time to learn more about our organization, mission and members!
Elizabeth McCann
President 2015-2016
Junior League of Long Beach
JLLB Honors Member Janis Kleinberg with Its 2016 Helen D. Newcomb Leadership Award

The Junior League of Long Beach selected long-time member Janis Kleinberg as the 2016 honoree for its Helen D. Newcomb Leadership Award.  She will receive the award at the organization’s Annual Awards & Installation Dinner this Saturday, May 21 at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach.

For the past 20 years, this prestigious award has been given annually to a Junior League of Long Beach member who embodies the organization’s mission and serves as a mentor and role model to others.  In 1931, Helen Dutton Newcomb served as the first president of JLLB, which at that time was called the Junior Charity League.

Janis joined JLLB in 1983 and has been a committed member for 33 years.  During her active years she served on numerous committees and was chairperson of several of them.  As a sustaining member she has continued to be active serving on multiple committees and has been an advisor to many committees including the Lunafest Film Festival Committee which held its recent fundraising event at the Art Theater in Long Beach. Janis says, “I believe in the Junior League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”

In addition to numerous volunteer activities with JLLB, Janis was also selected for her selfless giving of time to a number of causes. Her commitment to voluntarism is evident by her extensive involvement throughout Long Beach.  She has been helping to better the community through her fundraising efforts, mentoring students, and commitment to causes she’s passionate about. She embodies compassion, humility and honesty – all good traits of an effective leader and advocate. Born and raised in Long Beach, Janis and her husband Richard now live in Rossmoor.  They have one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Take a Tour of JLLB's Newly Redesigned Website
The Junior League of Long Beach website recently went through an upgrade! “The new design is clean and simple and allows for prospective members to easily find information on joining our organization, supporters to easily donate to our programs, and community members to know what activities, events, and announcements we have to offer,” said Meghan Guggenheim, JLLB’s Website Management Chair. “We’re excited to share this updated site that better reflects our strong and long-standing commitment to the community.”

The front page now features JLLB current news highlights and articles with links to connect to other pages on the website, along with JLLB’s blog, The five main sections on the site are:
  • About: Who We Are; Our History; Vision, Mission & Values; President’s Message; Board of Directors; Member Spotlight; and AJLI.
  • Community: Advocacy; Confidence & Me; Especially Me; and Kids in the Kitchen
  • Support: Annual Giving; Employee Matching; Endowment Gifts; Lunafest; Planned Giving; and Pillars of the Community
  • News: Communications and Media Contact
  • Contact: Addresses; Phone & Fax; and Email
JLLB ’s Mission Statement is also prominently placed throughout the site, along with its Impact Statement: The Junior League of Long Beach will work with community partners in Long Beach to combat bullying through character development and life skills programs for 5th to 8th graders and their caregivers that encourage relationship building and respect for self and others.

Please check out our new site at the same address: We look forward to connecting with you soon!
JLLB's Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival Event Is Once Again a Big Hit!

Photo courtesy of Ryan Lacorte Photography.

The Junior League of Long Beach entertained more than 350 guests last month on Sunday, April 10 at its 5th Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival held at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. Celebrating the empowerment of women in their communities, the film festival featured six short films made by, for and about women. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. The event also benefited the Breast Cancer Fund.

JLLB President Elizabeth McCann made opening remarks and acknowledged all who were involved in organizing this year’s LUNAFEST event, including Chair-Elect Summer Smith, who was working on behalf of 2016 Event Chair Ashley Hopkins, a brand new mother. President-Elect Virginia Zart moderated a Q & A panel with two of the LUNAFEST filmmakers, which took place directly after the screening. The filmmakers were Sarah Feeley (Raising Ryland) and Anna Schumacher (Finding June). Fund Development Vice President Alexandra Weiss acted as MC throughout the event.

California State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (70th District) also made opening remarks on stage. At a pre-screening reception, guests socialized and dined on eats from local restaurants, sipped wine and champagne, and vied to win enticing opportunity drawing and silent auction prizes. A big thanks to all of our sponsors and donors whose tremendous support made this event possible! For a complete list of 2016 LUNAFEST sponsors, please visit our website.
JLLB Outgoing & Incoming Board of Directors and Annual Dinner
JLLB’s Annual Awards & Installation Dinner on Saturday will honor Janis Kleinberg, 2016 Helen D. Newcomb Leadership Award Recipient; the Outgoing & Incoming Board of Directors; Virginia Zart, the 2016 – 2017 President; and the 2015 – 2016 New Members.

2015 – 2016 Board of Directors
President:  Elizabeth McCann    
President-Elect: Virginia Zart
Treasurer:  Maribel Mullery
Executive Secretary:  Annie Patno    
Community Vice President:  Ashleigh Ruhl     
Fund Development Vice President:  Alexandra Weiss
Membership Vice President:  Amy Jennings
Nominating Chair:  Cara Lies
Sustaining Advisor:  Barbara Wendel

2016 – 2017 Board of Directors
President: Virginia Zart    
President-Elect: Christie Bettendorf
Treasurer:  Aly Sheridan
Executive Secretary: Ashleigh Ruhl         
Community Vice President:  Paula Barrow
Fund Development Vice President:  Lynda Miller
Membership Vice President:  Tara Escobar
Nominating Chair:  Heather Brel
Sustaining Advisor:  Christine Manvi
Meet The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities. In 1921 the Leagues joined forces as an association, which is today known as The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., (AJLI) in order to bolster their power and amplify their voice through shared knowledge and common causes.

As a member of AJLI, the Junior League of Long Beach joins over 290 other communities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain. AJLI’s member leagues encompass more than 155,000 members worldwide. In particular, AJLI offers guidance and assistance with League governance, financial and business management, communications, strategic planning, membership development, fundraising and community impact.

They also provide online learning opportunities, including interactive online training, self-paced learning modules, and webinars. And every year, AJLI hosts leadership and governance meetings including Annual Conference, Fall Leadership, and Winter Leadership, and provides training through Organizational Development Institute Conferences (ODI).

This June 3 – 5, ODI is being held in Houston, Texas. JLLB encourages members considering leadership positions to attend an upcoming ODI conference. For more information about AJLI, visit their website or email
JLLB's 2016 LUNAFEST Women in Entertainment Q & A Interview Series
In connection with its recent 5th Annual LUNAFEST event, a film festival highlighting women filmmakers, the Junior League of Long Beach created the 2016 LUNAFEST Film Festival Women in Entertainment Q & A Interview Series. In the series, JLLB members who are making a difference in their community interview women who are making a difference in their area of the entertainment industry.

"Real women are making a real difference in the world, whether it’s in the nonprofit arena, or in the entertainment industry, or in any other place where there is constructive change," said Elizabeth McCann, President of the Junior League of Long Beach. "It starts with a positive attitude, a new idea, a friendly gesture. Then from there, in the spirit of our Q & A Interview Series, together we can all change the world.”

The seven interviewees – a studio animation producer, two filmmakers, a film commissioner, book author, sign language interpreter, and stage rentals sales manager – discuss what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry, who inspires them, and what advice they have for women (as well as men) starting out in the industry.

Two of the interviews were filmed. The video shoot took place in March at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, with JLLB President Elizabeth McCann interviewing Jacqueline Carroll, who is the Head of Sales at Thunder Studios, and JLLB Sustainer Janice Merriweather interviewing Jann Goldsby, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter who works on the set of the TV show Switched at Birth. Special thanks to Thunder Studios and Curt Norris/media for their generous donation of services.

Several JLLB members worked on the interview series project. They include Lynda Miller and Rachael Rifkin (PR/Content Creation), Lety Martinez (Social Media/Distribution), and Meghan Guggenheim (Website Management). All seven Q & A interviews in the series are posted on and the videos can be viewed on the Junior League of Long Beach 2016 YouTube channel.

From left, Elizabeth McCann and Jacqueline Carroll at Thunder Studios.
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