Monday, August 18, 2014

A Mid-Summer's Afternoon Potluck

Almost 100 JLW New Members of the JLW 2014-2015 class met their Advisors at the New Member Potluck. As the first official event of the New Member year, New Members, Advisors and Board Members mingled at JLW Headquarters. Begun only seven years ago, the New Member Potluck has become a JLW institution and this year did not disappoint.

Ladies munched on an array of dishes they’d provided while getting to know fellow New Members and Actives alike. Heather Foss, New Member Committee Co-Chair, welcomed attendees followed by a series of introductions from members of the Steering Committee.

New Members were able to get more familiar with Headquarters. The weather was beautiful and everyone was able to enjoy the JLW back patio. Based on this years’ Potluck’s success, this promises to be a strong New Member year!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Not the Same Old National Book Festival

New venue among changes coming to this year’s festival

This year, the 14th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, August 30, and JLW Members and the public can expect some changes from years past. Whether you are a book lover or someone who would rather just see the movie, this year’s festival has something for you.

Sign up for a volunteer shift today. 

What’s different?

The venue: Sunscreen and ponchos are no longer needed as the festival moves indoors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The continued success of the festival – last year’s event brought more than 200,000 attendees to the National Mall – and new National Park Service rules for use of the Mall made the Convention Center the best choice for this year’s festival.

Evening activities: Not a morning person? This year’s festival will go from 10 AM to 10 PM; however, JLW shifts end at 6:30 p.m. Among the new nighttime offerings is “Great Books to Great Movies,” a pavilion with a panel discussion and screenings about film adaptations of the classics.

International Pavilion: Authors from around the world will gather in one place at this year’s National Book Festival.

Culinary Arts Pavilion: Expect cooking demonstrations and talks from author-chefs like Carla Hall, Cathal Armstrong, and Daniel W. Thomas in the new Culinary Arts Pavilion.

Learn more about these changes at

What’s the same?

The focus: Celebrating a lifelong love of reading and promoting literacy remain central to the Festival.

The lineup: An outstanding lineup of award-winning authors will present readings and signings, including Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott, and many others. Find out more about the lineup here:

The volunteers: The Library of Congress counts on JLW to provide outstanding volunteers, and as always, we need your help. Sign up for a shift today to help make this year’s festival the best yet. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Connect with the JLW!

Social media allows the JLW to spread its message of promoting literacy and keep its more than 2,000 active members connected. As an important part of the JLW's communication strategy, the JLW uses social media to highlight its impact in the community, showcase special events, and support its community partners. The JLW strives to harness technology across various media platforms to meet our members where they are today. For this League year we'd like to increase our social media presence by encouraging all JLW members to follow the JLW on Facebook and Twitter, tweet, retweet, "like" posts, join our groups, re-pin, and share our blog.

Here's the official JLW Facebook page.

The JLW LinkedIn group for professional networking.

And of course, the JLW Twitter feed.

Check out our Blog as well.

We also have a Pinterest page that we hope to expand this year.

Please join/follow us on social media. Have a great idea for a blog post? Feel free to offer suggestions and contributions by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Congratulations to JLW Community Partner CFLS!

Congratulations to JLW community partner Community Family Life Services on being named the 2014 non-profit of the year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. 

Community Family Life Services has provided housing, case management, employment counseling, mentoring, youth development, and emergency services to low-income and homeless families since 1969. Since its inception, the organization continues to expand its impact and now services over 1,300 people each year. This year, CFLS was featured in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy-Greater Washington as one of the best community-based non-profits in the Washington region. This distinguished honor is awarded to charities that display the highest degree of excellence in terms of financial sustainability and overall impact in the community.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sharing Our Story... Strengthening Our Community by Jennifer Hemingway

Women have so many more ways to serve as leaders in their community than in 1912 when JLW opened its doors. I am thankful to the 15 women who answered nominatings call to serve on the JLW board of directors for the coming year.

Cameron Gilreath, President-Elect; Catherine Smith Blakely, Secretary; Brooke Horiuchi,  Treasurer; Kelly Wilson-Pisciotta, Vice Treasurer; Deidra Lemons Johnson, Communications and Public Relations Council Director; C. C. Christakos, Community Affairs Council Director; Kim Tuomey, Adult Community Placements Council Director; Biffy Cathcart, Childrens Community Placements Council Director; Genevieve Moreland, Cultural Community Placements Council Director; Amanda Walke, New Membership Development Council Director; Elizabeth Keys, Membership Development Council Director; Crystal Jezierski, Nominating Chair and Board Member;  Kristen Anderson, Strategic Planning Chair and Board Member; Jan Abraham, Sustainer Chair and Board Member; and Anne Riser, Ways and Means Council Director.

We are fortunate to be joined at the Board table by Maria Estefania, Parliamentarian; Maria Marks, Deputy Parliamentarian; and Katherine Gensler, Recording Secretary.

We are ready to continue the great leadership JLW has enjoyed for more than a century.

During this next year, we will focus on “Sharing Our Story…Strengthening Our Community.” Sharing the story of why we continue our membership will help us connect with each other and find that internal sense of community. As we begin our 102nd year, it is important that we share the story of our work to strengthen our community. Sharing our story will help ensure the financial support necessary for us to expand our reach. 

Early childhood literacy is a component of our focus on literacy that is especially important to me. Some of my first volunteer experiences in the community were at the Umatilla Public Library. I planted bushes with my dad around a restored train caboose that would serve as the childrens reading room and as a middle school student I re-purposed my Halloween costume (a witch that featured green hair) to read “Green Eggs and Ham” to elementary students. Through the Junior League of Washington, Ive developed my potential as a community leader through the refurbishment of two middle school libraries, organization of reading materials for DC Public Librarys Adaptive Services Division, and funding of young poets through a targeted grant to the DC Creative Writing Workshop. Im blessed by the many Junior League friends Ive met along the way.

As a relatively new mom, I have experienced firsthand the benefit of daily reading to my son and taken comfort in the magic of a library story hour. Our public libraries expose children to books at a young age while at the same time giving parents some well needed support and encouragement. My training in the Junior League provided me with the experience needed to serve as Treasurer of District of Columbia Library Foundation Board of Directors, sharing the gift of literacy with District children. It is my hope the League will expand on its governance training this year and develop the next generation of League leaders for service on the JLW board as well as key non-profits in our community.

Your board of directors is excited and prepared for its placement. We are mindful of the rich history of the Junior League that will guide us as we continue to develop our potential as women leaders, promote voluntarism, and improve our community. Thank you for your membership and your commitment to our mission as we begin our 102nd year.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fun! Fun! Fun!The Junior League of Washington’s Children’s Trunk Show is Saturday, March 8th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Crystal City. Bargain shoppers will love our quality pre-owned children’s clothes, furniture, high chairs, swings, toys, books, and maternity gear. Tons of brand new Lansinoh products too! Our “quality corner” features new children’s items and gently used designer children’s clothes. Fun for the whole family with entertainment, drawings and lite refreshments. Tickets $10; kids are FREE. Cash or check only for purchased merchandise.

Bring an unopened package of disposable diapers or baby wipes with you and receive 1 free drawing ticket.
Proceeds from the sales at Tossed & Found go to support the mission of the Junior League of Washington, including our focus on promoting literacy in the Washington area. For more information, visit

Metro accessible (Crystal City stop - blue/yellow line) and free parking! 251 18th Street, South, 8th Floor, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Support the JLW Mission All Year Long!

This past year at the Junior League of Washington, we have all accomplished so much in living out our mission of developing the potential of women, improving our community, and providing trained volunteers.  I hope that you all are as proud of all of the League accomplishments as we are at the Annual Fund.  One great way to continue supporting this mission is through your donation to the Annual Fund. Annual Fund is the League’s way of continuing to raise funds in support of our mission, outside of our dues and events, all year long.   

The great news is that there is still time to make your tax-deductible Annual Fund donation and to celebrate at our March 6th Sippin’ and DIPpin’ event! Our event’s name is a reflection of our commitment to DIP Develop the potential of women, Improve communities and Provide trained volunteers.  Donate $25 or more to earn a Membership Credit and to join us for a fun evening at JLW HQ on March 6th from 6:30-8:00.  This awesome event will include beverages to sip, nibbles to dip, speakers (including our own JLW President Shiela Corley!), and the chance to win raffle prizes. One of the raffle prizes is valued at over $700! RSVP here. Hope to see you all there!