February 22, 2011

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley to Carry School Breakfast Program Legislation bill

By Cat Carlton, Senior SPAC Delegate 2010-11

Julia Brownley, an outstanding Assemblywoman who has been very
successful in improving the lives of women and children through
legislation in California, is going to carry our 2011-2012 sponsored
legislation bill on the School Breakfast Program, AB 839.

If you would like to track this bill’s progress, can use the link
below (type 839 in the space and hit enter). While you are there, we
encourage you to sign up for updates that can be emailed to you as the
bill progresses through legislation.


To learn more about the JLPA-MP State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), click here.

February 15, 2011

What do the Grammy's and JLPA-MP have in common?

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

Did you catch the Grammy's Sunday night? I LOVE the Grammy's and get so excited the week before. I love the anticipation of what the artists are going to wear, who they are walking the Red Carpet with and what silly questions they will be asked by Ryan Seacrest and Giulliana Rancic.

But the best part of the Grammy's for me, is the entertainment. Not just any entertainment, but the unique pairings of artists on stage putting on an incredible show that you will see no where else.

Where else will you see Nora Jones, John Mayer and Keith Urban sing Dolly Parton's Jolene, or a Legend such as Bob Dylan sing with two contemporary Jam Bands (Mumford & Sons and the Avett Bros), or Cee Lo sing a profanity-filled song with actress Gwyneth Paltrow and backed up by the Muppets? Only the Grammy's.

But what does this have to do with the League? In my experience with the League over the past three years, I have been amazed at the diverse backgrounds of the women in our League and how these collaborations work like no-where else I know.

Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to work and become friends with other stay at home moms, lawyers, real estate agents, teachers, money managers, entrepreneurs/small business owners, writers, photographers, stylists...the list goes on. Women who are married, single, divorced, with children, without, in the process of having children...Yet, given all of our diverse interests, family status' and occupations, we all work together towards a common goal to improve the Community we live in. We do it with cooperation and passion that I have not witnessed in any other organization that I've been a part of.

I renewed my Membership online last night, and as I did, I reflected on the League and how it has enriched my life from a personal and professional perspective. I can now count many of these incredible women as my new friends (who I run into all over town!). Not only that, over the past three years, I've gained experience organizing and putting on both small scale and large scale events (soup to nuts), running meetings, presenting to large and small groups, and implementing a social media marketing program. I gained all this experience while being a Stay at Home Mom!

I've had a wonderful experience in the League these past few years, and I look forward to what’s to come!

To learn more about the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, visit our website here, or "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jlpamp

February 08, 2011

Provisionals Start "Working Within the League"

By Caitlin Johnston, Provisional 2010-11

Back in September at our Provisional Retreat our large group of nearly 60 women was divided into small "mentor groups" with an Active Member serving as our mentor to help us navigate through our first year in the League. I joined the League by myself and when I walked into the meeting room at the Menlo Circus Club I was more than intimidated. There were women at my table who were years into their careers, married, and on their second or third child. I was 25, single, only two years into my career, and a bit worried that perhaps I had made the wrong decision and joined the League a bit too early. That all changed when I learned that I would be paired with five other women that were all around my age and who were in similar stages in their lives. It was amazing to have a group of friends from the outset that I could relate to and consult about issues with men, work, housing situations, and what League commitments we still needed to fulfill as a Provisional. As I gathered with my mentor group, our mentor Lauren Case announced that our first task as a mentor group was to plan a Provisional Meeting. I remember thinking to myself "What?? I have been a member of the League for less than two hours now, I have never attended a League meeting, nor do I know anything about setting a meeting agenda." Then it occurred to me that this was exactly why I joined the League. It was to receive training and to develop my skills so that I could become an effective leader in the community, the workplace and in life. It was then that I felt confident in my decision to join the League this year.

In November my mentor group hit the ground running, and we started initial discussions about the Provisional Meeting that we were responsible for planning in January. The theme for the meeting was "Working Within the League" which would serve as an introduction to the various committees within the League. To me this was perhaps the most important meeting because it would help Provisionals have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each committee prior to our decision for placement in the spring. We chose to feature three committees--Communications, Member Resources and Nominating--and a representative or representatives from each committee would have 15 minutes to give an overview of the committee and also give a little plug for why Provisionals should choose their committee over others. We requested a powerpoint presentation from each presenter, which our mentor group reviewed prior to sending it to the PR Committee for final approval.

It doesn't seem like a huge undertaking, but this assignment required a lot of timely correspondence and organization in order to ensure that each speaker was confirmed, briefed and prepared for the evening of our meeting. We were also responsible for organizing a Done-In-A-Meeting Project which would help to support one of the League's community projects and also offer some time for the Provisionals to do a fun activity and mingle. Our project was to cut out eyebrows for children's masks which would help foster children at Fostering Families to express their emotions within a fun and safe environment.

Each member of my mentor group was assigned a task to prepare for the meeting, and we allowed ourselves two months of preparation since our meeting came soon after the holidays. With the support of Jovita Honor, our mentor Lauren Case, and the rest of the Provisional Committee, our meeting turned out to be a great success! We had all of the ingredients of a well-run League meeting, and I felt that as a group we had produced something that we could be proud of. It was clear that our hard work and preparation had paid off, and there was a new degree of confidence among my mentor group that we had achieved our first real League accomplishment and we were ready to be Actives and take our leadership to the next level.

If you would like to learn more about joining the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, visit our website here.