Thursday, October 29, 2015

Annual Halloween Party a Highlight of Horton's Kids' Fall

The Horton's Kids Halloween party was held on Oct. 25, in the Cannon Caucus room in the U.S. House of Representatives. The kids arrived in costume and were ready to party, excited to snack on pizza, brownies, lemonade, and of course, candy!

The Horton’s Kids committee decorated every inch of the room, and were dressed to play the part. The party included cupcake decorating, face painting, coloring, a toilet paper “mummy wrap,” a candy jar guessing game, a candy corn relay and a candy toss. In addition to the stations set up for games and activities, there were a few special events, including a costume parade along a real red carpet, a "Thriller" dance lesson and an all-out dance party to the kids’ favorite songs. There were smiles, laughs, squeals and frosting-smeared happy faces everywhere.

The parties thrown by the Horton's Kids committee have a special place, as they provide the kids with a safe space in which they can let loose and just be kids. 

For more information about Horton's Kids, visit the "Where we Volunteer" page on JLW's website or contact the Chair of the Horton's Kids Committee, Jennifer Choudhry.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Junior League of Columbia Needs Your Help!

The Junior League of Columbia, SC is collecting donations for victims of the devastating flooding that has affected their area. JL Columbia President Kim Leighton wrote the following note to let us know how your League can help:

Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We have many members (Provisional, Active and Sustainer) who have lost everything…and over 100 who have some kind of damage to their homes. We are in the process of checking on our most vulnerable Sustainers and plan on helping all of our members who have been affected during this extraordinarily difficult time. The devastation here is unimaginable.
We are pulling together, and my prayer is that the Junior League of Columbia will be there for our community in the days, months and years to come. This will be a long recovery process, and we are in it for the long haul!

We have secured a wonderful retail space, generously donated by EDENS, to accept all of the donations coming in (mostly from other sister Leagues). If you are interested in donating to help the victims in Columbia, details can be found on our website. We are accepting goods and monetary donations and have volunteer opportunities for Junior League members.

We are so grateful for your support, and we ask you to direct any Leagues interested in donating to our website in order to help the good people of Columbia, South Carolina. The Junior League of Columbia will be there for our community as we have for the past 91 years. I am available if you have any concerns or ideas or questions about what specific items/products are most in need.

Thank you.


Kim Dickerson Leighton
Junior League of Columbia, Inc.

This post was originally written and distributed by AJLI

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Are You in the Holiday Shops Know?

Are you in the know about the 57th Annual Holiday Shops events? In addition to general shopping,
this year's Holiday Shops will host a variety of events for Junior League of Washington members and the wider community! The JLW invites YOU, and those you know, to attend one (or many) of the festive events Nov. 5-8, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. Funds raised from Holiday Shops support improving the D.C. community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers and the more than two dozen grants awarded annually to local nonprofits.

First up is the 57th annual Holiday Shops Grand Opening on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of holiday shopping, door prizes and glitz, with makeup artists from Neiman Marcus on hand to offer tips for a beautiful holiday look. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served throughout the evening. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door.

Friday holds two fabulous events starting with the Holiday Shops Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Sustainers can enjoy two hours of private shopping and a brief program to highlight the continual success and achievements of JLW's sustaining members while partaking in mimosas, coffee and a light breakfast. This year's breakfast will also feature door prizes! Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Be sure to purchase your ticket(s) soon as this event tends to sell out in advance. Members may also purchase "Sustainer Host" tickets for $100, which includes one ticket to the breakfast and two shopping tickets.

Friday afternoon Holiday Shops’ newest event will be introduced: the Women’s Leadership Luncheon. Join from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. to celebrate female leadership with a unique opportunity to learn from, and be motivated by, an esteemed panel of guest speakers. The panel will be moderated by NBC4's Angie Goff and panelists include:

• Cathy Merrill Williams, Washingtonian Magazine
• Bhavana Boggs, Ritz-Carlton
• Kelli Richardson Lawson, JOY Media Collective
• April Young, Hercules Technology Growth Capital

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

Saturday night JLW will host the hottest holiday party of the season, The Junior League of Washington Soirée from 7 to 11 p.m. The black-tie optional event features signature cocktails, carving stations, delicious hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment! Tickets are $100 advance and $125 at the door.

Sunday is fun for all! Be sure to bring the family out for The Junior League of Washington Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children's entertainment and crafts will be on hand to keep the little ones entertained while mom and dad have a chance check some Christmas shopping off the list at the Holiday Shops’ merchant booths. Special guests include Santa and Mrs. Clause, both of which will be available for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Tickets are $25 per family.

Sound too good to be true? Purchase your tickets before it is too late. Tickets for all events can be purchased here.

The Holiday Shops Committee, and Junior League of Washington, thank you for your support.

Monday, October 12, 2015

JLW Connection/Book Club Kick-off Event to Feature Author Tom Rath

Best-selling author, Tom Rath, will join the Membership Outreach Committee as a featured guest at this year's JLW Connection/Book Club Kick-Off event on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
His latest book is “Are You Fully Charged? The Three Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life." The book is being made into a feature-length documentary that will be released later in 2015 and focuses on key elements of energizing work and life through personal stories and interviews with the world's leading social scientists. The film features a company in Minneapolis, Minn., where employees work on treadmill desks; a church in Chicago that gave members $500 to spend on others; and the co-founder of the Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, that has helped thousands of low-income students go to college.

Rath is a researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health and well-being. His book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0,” was the top-selling book in 2013 and 2014 worldwide on His recent bestsellers include “Strengths Based Leadership,”Wellbeingand “Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes.” In total, his books have sold more than six million copies.

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of Huffington Post, said “Are You Fully Charged?” is, “An essential book for anyone wanting more out of life.” The Washingtonian stated, “Fortune 500 leaders look to him as one of the greatest thinkers of his generation.” And Forbes noted, “Rath's book is to bestseller lists what the Big Dipper is to our night sky. You can't miss it.”

In addition to his work as a researcher and author, Rath serves as a senior scientist for and advisor for Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership and well-being. He also works as a scientific advisor for Welbe, a startup focused on wearable technology.

This year's kick-off event will feature a panel including Rath, D.C. fitness expert and Food Blogger Kaitlyn Wozniak and a local food blogger. The event will be held at Hunton & Williams, located near the Foggy Bottom metro station. Food and beverages will be provided, and women are invited to meet their group members and plan their club's first official meeting. If you are interested in registering for the Connection Club and Book Club Kick-Off event, please RSVP here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Connection & Book Clubs Kickoff Event!

Are you looking for a fun and new way to meet and connect with women in JLW who share similar interests? The Membership Outreach Committee is organizing another year of Connection Clubs and Book Clubs to provide League members with a social setting to have fun, meet new women, form connections based on like activities and read new books!

The survey to participate closed Monday, Oct. 5; however, those that bypassed the deadline and are still interested in the clubs can contact the Membership Outreach Committee or attend the kick-off event to be placed into a club. The kick-off event takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Hunton & Williams (2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Blue, Orange and Silver Lines, Foggy Bottom Metro) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Participating JLW members are invited to meet and greet group members (and other women of the League) and plan their first official meetings at the kick-off event at Hunton & Williams (2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Blue, Orange and Silver Lines, Foggy Bottom Metro) on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This year the kick-off event will feature a panel including a short pre-screening of author Tom Rath's new movie "Fully Charged" on how to create a balanced, D.C. fitness expert Kaitlyn Wozniak and a local food blogger.
To register for the Oct. 13 kick-off event, click here.
For additional information, contact

Once participants are placed and clubs are formulated, groups will be assigned a liaison from the Membership Outreach Committee who will assist with the initial communications for the club before it becomes self-sustaining.