Monday, February 23, 2015

President's Blog: Take 2!

This year, we have been working hard to reach out to JLW members to see how we can make their time with the League as rewarding as possible. One way we’re doing that is by listening to what you, our membership, thinks about the JLW’s many efforts through the Annual Membership Survey.

By simply taking 10 minutes of your time and filling out the survey you’ll be providing the League with valuable information that will be used to further enhance your League experience for years to come.

You might wonder why some of the questions are the same as in years past.  This is because we need to track responses from year to year so as to gauge our progress on how the membership feels the JLW is progressing within its three main goals as outlined in the Strategic Plan: Building Community Impact, Building the JLW Brand, and Building an Internal Sense of Community.

Please, help out the JLW and take 10 minutes and fill out the survey so we can hear what you have to say about your JLW experience. #JLWlistens

Monday, February 16, 2015

President's Blog

The work that our League does would not be possible without members like you.  Your role within the League from volunteering at National Book Fest, to working with our community partners, and everything in between is what makes the JLW possible.

That’s why it’s so important we hear from you via the Annual Survey – tell us what you think the League is doing well and what can be improved – so that we may continue to fulfill our mission in everything we do while making your experience the best it can possibly be.

The Annual Survey is used each year to track our progress on core strategic goals of the League. To ensure that we are able to serve our members effectively and meet our strategic goals, we ask that you take the survey by logging in to and you’ll find it on your member home page (or click the link above!)

On behalf of the entire Board, we appreciate your taking time to complete the survey and all that you do for the League.

Thank you!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bubbly With the Board

On January 12, 2015, the Junior League of Washington’s Membership Outreach Committee and Board of Directors hosted its fourth Bubbly with the Board (BWTB), a panel event designed to provide league member with an open forum to communicate with JLW leadership. More than 50 women attended.  

Women were welcomed to the Loughborough Room as champagne bottles popped and guests mingled and enjoyed the spread of food. At 7 p.m. attendees took their seats, as a panel of JLW board members, including President Jennifer Hemingway and President-elect Cameron Gilreath, began answering pre-submitted questions about: how to become more involved in leadership opportunities; maintaining a work/life/volunteer balance; the leagues positive impact on other area’s in the BOD member’s lives; and more.

“The Membership Outreach Committee sees this event as the perfect opportunity for members and the board alike to learn from one another in an intimate setting. The responses the board members provide are very candid, and that can also be said about the questions submitted. Both sides benefit from their attendance,” said Miranda McDaniel, chair of the Membership Outreach Committee.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Out: Kids in the Kitchen – March 7

Did you miss out on the fun at Kids in the Kitchen in January?

Don’t worry – you have a second chance to join The Junior League of Washington for a free day of food, fitness, and fun on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at the YMCA National Capital, 1771 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.
If you like fun, kid-oriented exercise classes like Zumba…

If you like tasty and healthful snacks…

If you like fun arts and crafts, games, and getting your face painted…

And if you like free stuff – like goodie bags, raffle prizes, and more…

Then you will want to be at Kids in the Kitchen on March 7. We hope to see you there.
We’re also excited to have back for the third year in a row the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Mobile Dental Van – a truck that will provide free dental screenings for its visitors up to age 12.  

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Literacy Lab Winter Fun

Gingerbread men, snowman bookmarks, and holiday cards! The Literacy Lab Committee had a great time working on these crafts with the kids at the DC General homeless shelter during our winter holiday celebration.  The event was held in mid-December and focused on reading as well as holiday fun.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Literacy Lab Committee, we partner with the non-profit organization, The Literacy Lab, to assist with an early childhood literacy program for young children in two DC area homeless shelters.  The program is called Ready to Read and focuses on helping young children develop and practice early literacy skills.  During a typical session, JLW volunteers spend time reading, writing, and playing educational games with the children. When the committee began in 2012, we worked with kids in the DC General homeless shelter on Saturday mornings.  The program has since expanded and now the committee provides volunteers for Wednesday evening sessions at DC General as well as Saturday morning sessions at the New Beginnings shelter in Columbia Heights.

Our December holiday party gave the committee members and the children an opportunity to celebrate the season and participate in activities that we don't do during our regular weekly sessions. The most active part of the evening involved three craft projects.  With the help of JLW volunteers, each child had the opportunity to make and decorate a snowman bookmark, frost a gingerbread man cookie and make a holiday card for their family.  When the crafts were done, we read a holiday story and sang a few rounds of Christmas carols. Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells were particular favorites.  At the end of the party, each child had an opportunity to pick out books of their very own to take home with them.
The entire evening was gratifying and fun, and it was great to watch the kids carefully pick out their books and make their crafts. We're all looking forward to the next holiday event in February!

Friday, January 16, 2015

How the JLW Got ‘Kids in the Kitchen’

On Saturday, January 10 the Junior League of Washington’s (JLW) Community Events Planning
Committee held the first of two Kids in the Kitchen events for 2015. Over 100 DC-area children
– more than double last year’s attendance – visited the Children’s National Medical Center’s
Washington National Diabetes Care Complex for a day of energetic exercise, wholesome
cooking lessons, fun activities, and crafts.
 Highlights of the day included Zumba, which got kids on their feet for some moving and 
shaking. Cooking lessons with local chefs let kids put on their chef’s hats for the day: Black Restaurant Group showed them how to prepare delicious but healthful quesadillas, and
Lindamood-Bell helped kids make tasty fruit and yogurt snacks.

One of the biggest hits of the day was the Build-a-Bug activity: FRESHFARM Markets brought
fresh fruits and veggies for guests to decorate like caterpillars, puppy dogs, and scary monsters –
a souvenir to remind kids that healthy foods can be fun.

Kids also had the opportunity to get creative and hands on, making pasta necklaces with
children’s author Joy Papini, getting their faces painted by talented JLW volunteers, and sampling banana bread from the chefs at the Mayflower Hotel. Other activities taught kids how to “dress up” water to get your 8 glasses a day, and how to make smart decisions about food –
“eat this, not that.”

Thanks to all of our wonderful guests, generous sponsors, and welcoming host, the Children’s
National Medical Center, for helping make Kids in the Kitchen the success that it was. And a big
thank you to our nearly 70 JLW volunteers who braved the cold weather to provide more than
240 volunteer hours in service of this great event.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bright Beginnings 5K, Register now!

Put your feet in motion at the Bright Beginnings 5K on March 7, 2015, for homeless children and families in DC.

Run, walk, join stroller brigade, or be a virtual runner!

All proceeds from the 5K directly support Bright Beginnings’ programming that prepares young children for kindergarten and helps their families get back on their feet.

Get registered now (here)! Prices go up on January 15!

Can’t make it on race day? You can still help by making a donation (here) to Bright Beginnings.