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Junior League of Long Beach
Community Newsletter    
March 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, 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
President@JLLB.org   
JLLB's Especially Me! Program Event on January 30th a Huge Success with More Than 100 Girls in Attendance


JLLB President Elizabeth McCann instructs a group of 5th grade girls on areas such as self-esteem and assertiveness.

The Junior League of Long Beach's Especially Me! program event held at Washington Middle School in Long Beach on Saturday, January 30 attracted 105 girls from the community to this one-day session. They were instructed, assisted and supported by 45 JLLB volunteers.

Especially Me! is an interactive workshop designed to teach 5th grade girls the skills they need to be happy and confident, to make good decisions, to be assertive, to express themselves, and to have a strong sense of self. "This year's Especially Me! event in Long Beach received the highest number of girls in attendance with our program," said MayLynn Salley, Community Impact Committee Chair-Elect. "It was truly rewarding to see the girls starting off in the morning as individuals and finishing in the afternoon as a connected group."

The girls participated in a range of activities throughout the day including classroom learning sessions, a dance activity led by Hillary Nystrom and an Anti-Bullying Empowerment Demonstration conducted by Pamela Sepulveda, LCSW, Community Outreach Director at Casa Youth Shelter.

On February 20, JLLB hosted its Especially Me! program at Avalon School on Catalina Island.
Join Us for JLLB's 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen Healthy Eating and Exercise Fair Coming Up on Saturday, March 12!
 
The Junior League of Long Beach’s 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen, a healthy eating and exercise fair, will be held Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park located at 1950 Lemon Ave. in Long Beach. Our organization, in partnership with Healthy Active Long Beach, is expecting around 1,500 children and their families to enjoy more than 30 interactive and informational booths relating to health, fitness, and nutrition.
 
In honor of National Nutrition Month, there will be professional chefs giving away snacks, young performers providing live entertainment, a mobile unit on site for free health screenings, fitness demonstrations, hands-on activities and more at this FREE event.

For more details about the 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen event please visit our website. Local businesses and organizations who would like to participate through cash contributions and raffle items should contact Voula Contos at (206) 250-7888 or KITK@JLLB.org
Purchase Your Tickets Today for JLLB's 5th Annual LUNAFEST® Film Festival on Sunday, April 10 at the Art Theatre of Long Beach
 
Tickets are now on sale for the Junior League of Long Beach’s must-attend 5th Annual LUNAFEST® Film Festival! The event will be held on Sunday, April 10 at the Art Theatre at 2025 E. 4th Street in Long Beach. A hosted reception will start at 10:30 am and feature small plates and libations from local eateries, opportunity drawings, and a silent auction. Showtime begins at 12:00 pm and there will be a Q&A panel with two LUNAFEST filmmakers immediately following the screening. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior League of Long Beach and the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets can be purchased here.
 
“We are very excited to host our 5th Annual LUNAFEST® here in Long Beach! Each year it is so wonderful to see our community come together to support these important causes and celebrate women in film,” said Ashley Hopkins, 2016 JLLB LUNAFEST® Film Festival Chair. “We are so thankful to all of the local businesses and to the many volunteers who have helped to bring LUNAFEST® to life once again. We expect a sold out event this year.”
 
Many thanks to our 2016 LUNAFEST® Film Festival Sponsors to date:
 
Blue Moon Sponsors
The Weiss Family, In Honor of Karen B. Weiss
 
Full Moon Sponsors
Dahlia, a Lingerie & Bra Boutique
JLLB Sustainer Council 2015 – 2016
 
Harvest Moon Sponsors
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, 70th District
 
Crescent Moon Sponsors
Janis & Richard Kleinberg
JLLB's Pillars of the Community Program 

The Junior League of Long Beach’s newly-launched Pillars of the Community program is a wonderful way to give to the Junior League and be recognized among others in the community who also believe the investment is valuable to our members as well as the community we impact through our Confidence & Me, Especially Me!, Kids in the Kitchen and Advocacy work.
 
“Sadly, I lost my mom two years ago, yet the relationships I have through the League, and the feeling of achievement and impact that has been possible through our community work, have become my most cherished possessions,” said Alexandra Weiss, JLLB Fund Development VP 2015 – 2016. “I am committed to JLLB and believe it's important to invest financially so we can continue to impact our communities for the next 85 years! That is why my family and I have created a $10,000 giving challenge between now and May 31st. We hope this will challenge others to make a meaningful investment, regardless of the size you are able to give.”
 
Please click here to access our Pillars of the Community giving program. Remember, any gifts that come in through this program from now through May 31 will be matched up to $10,000.
 
Thank you to our 2015 - 2016 Pillars of the Community donors to date:
 
The Weiss Family 
Grocery Outlet
Bess J. Hodges Foundation
Lynton and Trinka Rowsell
Long Beach Community Foundation
Rachel Schwenn
Lesley and Bob Boyer
JLLB Sustainers Are Making a Difference in Our Community: Spotlight on Barbara K. Wendel and Tammy Newland-Shishido 

 Barbara “Barbie” K. Wendel joined the Junior League of Long Beach in 1985. Her numerous involvements both as an Active member and as a Sustainer illustrate her enduring commitment to the League. She chaired the Children’s Dental Health Clinic project and then went on to serve on the Clinic’s board for seven years.  She was also an active member of the Training Team and was the chair of the Facilitator Core. Barbara participated on two Executive Boards as Membership Vice President and as Administrative Vice President.

Barbara's other charitable activities include a major involvement of more than 20 years in two community organizations, both in a board member capacity: The chapter of the American Red Cross that serves the greater Long Beach, Rio Hondo and South Bay areas, and Hotline of Southern California.
 
Barbara won the Junior League of Long Beach's Helen D. Newcomb Leadership Award at the organization’s Annual Awards and Installation Dinner last year on May 20 at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. She is currently the Sustaining Advisor of JLLB's 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors.

 Tammy Newland-Shishido is the Operating Principal of Keller Williams Realty with over 350 agents who sell residential and commercial properties from Los Angeles to South Orange County. She believes in giving back to the community and has been a volunteer for more than 26 years. Her focus is with special needs children. As a Junior League of Long Beach sustaining member she has worked on California public affairs issues.
 
She is the 2016 Steel Magnolia President and serves on Orange County Association Realtors as a Director, Task Force Chair and Budget/ Finance Committee, Local Government Relations and Strategic planning member. As a Leadership Long Beach Alumni, she has served in many leadership positions including State Public Affairs Chair for the Junior League of Long Beach and was elected as the Chair for California advocating on children's issues.
JLLB Members Were Front and Center at the 2016 Youth Exploitation Safety Symposium on February 20 at Long Beach City College
 
JLLB members were out in force at the YESS Event with 20 volunteers including, from left, Paula Barrow, Jaylene Westfall, Virginia Zart, Allison Anderson, and Jessica Widdup.

The Junior League of Long Beach was well represented by its 20 volunteers at the 2016 Youth Exploitation Safety Symposium (YESS) on Saturday, February 20. The volunteers worked in areas including the attendee registration and media tables and JLLB’s community outreach booth, where visitors could learn more about the League’s efforts in the community, as well as write positive messages on “leaves” to add to the branches of a tree painting on display.
 
The second annual YESS event, hosted by the Long Beach Unified School District and the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, was held on Saturday, February 20 at Long Beach City College and attracted more than 500 attendees and participants. The free event – designed to facilitate the discussion of child exploitation prevention methods – featured a series of presentations and workshops for parents, educators and youth grades 8 to 12. More than 40 agencies consisting of government, non-profit and faith-based organizations offered resources and topical information at booths and tables.
 
City of Long Beach Councilwoman Stacy Mungo (District 5), also a JLLB member, made poignant remarks on stage at the start of the event. She was joined in opening comments by U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, State of California, 47th District; City of Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson (District 9); Long Beach Police Department Chief Robert Luna; and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, California State Assembly, District 70. Opal Singleton, President and CEO of Million Kids, gave the keynote address.
 
The Junior League of Long Beach is a founding organization of the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force and last year published a 25-page Resource Guide for Service Providers in the Greater Long Beach Area in collaboration with the Task Force.
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