January 31, 2011

What is SPAC?

Posted by Summer Brill, Web Marketing Assistant Chair/Social Media 2010-11

Have you been wondering, What is SPAC and what do they do? There is a great article in connected on the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) website that answers just that. It is informative and inspiring!

In a nutshell, here’s a few facts from the article:

SPAC stands for State Public Affairs Committee

SPAC represents more than 11,000 Junior League Members of 16 Junior Leagues in California

SPAC’s goals are to “serve as the voice of the women and children in the communities they serve by introducing and supporting state legislation that improves the lives of women and children in the communities”

California SPAC’s current and recent initiatives include:

Efforts to erase food insecurity and improve the nutritional content in school meals in California through advocacy of provisions of the federal Childhood Nutrition Act designed to remedy these issues and co-sponsorship of state legislation which encourages more schools to provide students with breakfast so no child is hungry while learning.

Encouraging the state’s “amazing women,” including League members and non-profit community partners, to apply for appointments to a state board, commission, or agency in the new gubernatorial administration.

Sponsorship of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 105, which designates May as Perinatal Depression Awareness Month in California, and encourages formation of a taskforce to further research the causes and treatment barriers of depression afflicting expecting and new mothers.

Visit the AJLI article here to read about the work of SPAC in other states around the country.

Wondering how you can participate in SPAC’s activities? Participate in “There Ought to be a Law”. Submissions are due February 15th, 2011. For more information and to download the submission form, visit the SPAC section in the Member Area of our website, or click here.

If you are not a Member of The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula and would like to learn more about joining, visit our website here.

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