Junior League of Racine 2011 Scholarship

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published in The Journal Times – January 18, 2011

Junior League of Racine

RACINE – The Junior League of Racine will award a $2,000 scholarship to a Racine high school female graduating in the spring of 2011 that has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism. The Junior League of Racine is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. By publicly recognizing and rewarding an excellent volunteer, the Junior League applauds volunteerism in the community and hopes to encourage other young women to become committed to volunteering. The scholarship applications will be judged on volunteerism in the community and will not be based on financial need.

Applicants must plan to attend a four year accredited college or university, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and be a Racine County high school student. Scholarship applications and guidelines are available at www.juniorleagueracine.org and at all Racine County high schools and certain youth organizations. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 25.


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Focus on Community celebrates 30 years of service to Racine County

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As Appeared in the Racine Journal Times January 31, 2011    Posted in Local on Monday, January 31, 2011 6:44 am Updated: 6:48 am.

RACINE – Focus on Community staff and volunteers invite the Racine community to help celebrate 30 years of excellence from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Johnson Building Commons, 555 Main St. Refreshments will be served and a short presentation will begin at 6 p.m. to honor past accomplishments as the organization looks towards the future.

In 1978, The Junior League of Racine conducted a needs assessment to appraise community problems, needs and resources. A plan to discourage youth alcohol and drug abuse was seen as a top issue, “urgently or definitely needed” in Racine County. After a great deal of research, study and planning, the Junior League decided to begin a county-wide council to increase public awareness, to provide prevention education, to advocate for quality treatment, and to provide information and referral services. Focus on Community (Focus), formerly the Racine Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, was established in 1980.

Thirty years later, Focus on Community is a leader in the prevention field in Racine County and the state of Wisconsin. As youth are exposed to more outside influences, the need for prevention education has never been greater.

Focus is the only agency in Racine County dedicated to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATODA), and its diverse staff provides a wide range of prevention services to youth and families. These services include prevention programs, information and referral services, and community-based prevention initiatives aimed at creating healthy environments.

For reservations to attend the 30th anniversary celebration, call Focus on Community at (262) 632-6200 or go to www.focusracine.org.


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Junior League to host 'Holidazzle' shopping event

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MOUNT PLEASANT – The Junior League of Racine will host Holidazzle, a holiday shopping event, Friday, Nov. 12, at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St.

The event will feature more than 25 vendors to help shoppers find something for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

The first Holidazzle will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an admission fee of $5. Refreshments will be sold.

The evening event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar and a raffle.

Tickets will be sold at the door and online at: http://www.juniorleagueracine.org

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Junior League of Racine 2010 “Volunteerism in the Racine Community” $2,000 Scholars

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With nearly 3,000 services hours performed during High School and earning the highest GPA in her class, Yijing “Jean” Xin from The Prairie School was chosen to receive the Junior League of Racine 2010 “Volunteerism in the Racine Community” $2,000 Scholars

JLR is proud to award the 2010 Volunteerism in the Racine Community $2,000 Scholarship to Yijing “Jean” Xin, a talented graduating senior from The Prairie School who embodies the spirit of every Junior League member around the world. Two excerpts from Jean’s essay reveal the depth of Jean’s compassion for others. First, “Volunteerism is both a cause and effect of a flourishing community. A community is more than just a group of people living in the same geographical location –it is a group of people who care about each other.” Second, “Volunteerism, overall, is humanity. It means that we have the capacity to care and to give back. It means we are not content to rest on the laurels of our blessings, but would rather see others offered the same opportunities we were. Volunteerism means that we want life, not just a living.” Jean will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts to pursue a degree in Biological Engineering with a minor in Economics and/or Management. The JLR and entire community wish you great success!

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Junior League Supporting YMCA’s Fatherhood Initiative

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RACINE/The Journal Times – The Racine Family YMCA will enhance its ability to target and serve teen fathers with the Nurturing Fathers curriculum and the other aspects of the YMCA’s Fatherhood Initiative with support from the Junior League of Racine.
“The Junior League has great foresight in choosing to support issues surrounding teen fathers as one of its focus areas,” said Ahmad Qawi, YMCA Community Development Program director. “If teen fathers understand the importance of their participation and how to participate with their children right from the beginning, they’re children will grow up more likely to succeed.”
This partnership of the Junior League and the YMCA will be a year- long effort to find, teach, support and encourage teen fathers through a variety of workshops and classes, as well as through recreational opportunities for themselves and for them to participate in with their kids.

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Junior League Helps Bring Holiday Spirit to Kids Cafe’

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Kids Cafe Christmas Party
PAUL SLOTH paul.sloth@journaltimes.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Children talk with Santa Claus Wednesday, December 16, 2009 during the Kids Cafe Christmas party at Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N. Memorial Drive. The event was organized by the Junior League of Racine.
RACINE – Isaiah Nesbitt traced his hands on green construction paper. Then he gathered a stack of paper and carefully cut out his tracings.
In the basement of the Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N. Memorial Drive, Nesbitt, 11, glued his construction-paper hands to a piece of paper to make a Christmas tree decoration. At the same time, his brother, Jaylen, decorated a Christmas tree cookie, well, three to be exact, complete with frosting and sprinkles. He ate a few, but carefully folded one up in a napkin to take home to his dad.
The brothers usually spend Wednesdays at the church, which hosts the Kids Café program weekly. Most weeks, Isaiah, Jaylen and their other brother, Bryce, come to the church for tutoring help with homework, to play games and have a hot meal.
This Wednesday was a little different. When Isaiah and his brothers arrived, they were surprised to see a pile of presents near the front of the room.
“This is the first time I’ve been here for one of these parties and I think it’s really cool,” said Isaiah, a sixth-grader at Gilmore Middle School. “It’s really good that they do this for us.”
This year marked the second annual Christmas party sponsored by the Junior League of Racine. About 15 members of the club and their family members volunteered to throw the party for the children.
In years past, the club has organized Christmas parties for other community organizations, but chose Kids Café again this year because of the number of children they can reach, said Carolyn Heifner, a Junior League member who helped organize this year’s event. The group donated all the supplies used for the party. They also donated money to purchase presents for the nearly 90 children who were expected to attend Wednesday’s event.
On most Wednesdays, Chuck Tyler and the people who volunteer to help with Kids Café, try their hardest to connect with children by helping them with their homework. As Tyler sees it, it’s an effort to keep as many children as possible on the right path.
This year’s Christmas event was yet another example of the important work volunteers do in the community, Tyler said. He was happy that the Junior League was willing to spend some time getting to know the children he works with on a weekly basis.
Before the children sat down for dinner and before any presents were handed out, Santa Claus paid a visit. The children cheered as he walked into the room. No sooner had he taken a seat then children like Tanjany Lewies, 5, began pelting him with questions.
“Does (Mrs. Claus) make good cookies? Does she got a hat like you?” she asked before inquiring about Santa’s appearances elsewhere around Racine. “My friends say they saw you at Walgreens.”

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JLR Past-President, Liz Powell, Named 2009 YWCA Woman OF Distinction

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MOUNT PLEASANT – Eight women will be recognized as Women of Distinction at the 21st annual Women of Distinction dinner sponsored by the YWCA of Racine. The event will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Roma Lodge , 7130 Spring St.
Women of Distinction, a nationally established YWCA award, is designed to honor women who are committed to creating strong, sustainable social change through passion, insight and leadership. The YWCA of Racine is aligned with the national YWCA which is celebrating 150 years of empowering women and eliminating racism. More than 150 Racine County women have been honored in the 21 years the YWCA of Racine has celebrated this event.
This year’s recipients represent leadership in many facets of the Racine community. The 2009 Women of Distinction are:
Karen Bayer, profession/business category. As executive director of Leadership Racine, Bayer has encouraged and influenced people of all races and backgrounds to become community leaders. Bayer also serves on the Racine Parks Commission.
Mary Helena, woman of courage category. A freelance performing artist/storyteller, Helena uses her artistic gifts to give others courage and guidance in their lives and to increase understanding of diversity in our community.
Nancy Holmlund, human rights category. Through more than 30 years of teaching eighth-grade social studies at Starbuck Middle School and her involvement in the Racine Interfaith Organization/WISDOM, Homlund has influenced many people young and old to find their voices and express their wishes to decision makers.
Stephanie Nistler, Young Woman of Tomorrow category. Stephanie Nistler, a June graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, is often caregiver for a mother and brother with serious illnesses. At school, she maintained a 3.60 grade point average, played golf and ran track, and contributed at least 200 hours of community service work.
Elizabeth (Liz) Powell, youth education category. Powell has dedicated thousands of hours of volunteer time to efforts that would improve quality of life and education of Racine’s youth. Through more than 11 years of involvement in the Junior League of Racine, and with the Women’s Resource Center, Cops ‘N Kids, and other organizations, she has championed many successful youth-focused programs.
Bailee Sliker, Young Woman of Tomorrow category. Sliker, a June graduate of Case High School, is called an exceptional leader in academics, volunteerism and in sports by the high school instructors and counselors who nominated her for this honor.
Melissa Warner, environmental category. Warner serves as an advocate for the environment through her leadership in many organizations. She directs Weed Out! Racine, an organization to reduce invasive species of plants in Racine. She is a member of the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative and writes for their newsletter.
Nancy Wolf, arts & humanities category. Wolf has served as a docent with the Wustum Museum-Racine Art Museum for more than 25 years, where she has shared her vast knowledge and love of the arts with countless school children. She has taken an active role in numerous non-profit organizations’ efforts, including Wheaton-Franciscan Health Care, Racine Zoo and many others.

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Junior League at this summer’s “Eat Right Racine Event” in The Racine Post.

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League Serves

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Nine years ago, my employer suggested I become more involved in the Racine community. I did what a good employee does, and got involved. A co-worker had a friend in the Junior League of Racine, which brought back distant memories of League since my mother was part of the organization when I was a young girl. I joined the League in 2000.
They say change is the only constant, and the Junior League of Racine is not exempt from that. As easily as I write these words of change, I also reflect on what has not changed about the organization – its vision of focusing efforts that benefit the well-being of children and providing a legacy of trained volunteers to the Racine community.
As I reflect on the organizations we’ve done work with this year, including Chuck Tyler’s Kids’ Café and Cops ‘N Kids, as well as the $12,000-plus that will be distributed to organizations including Cribs for Kids, Racine Heritage Museum, Racine Zoo, Sparkplug Tutoring and YMCA, I smile knowing that the time I spend with the women of League not only helps people in Racine, the place I call home, but also creating lifelong friendships with women who feel as passionately as I do about serving out community.
To the active members of the Junior League of Racine, thank you for your friendship, dedication, diversity and passion to help make Racine a better place. To the woman who started the League back in 1916, and to the current sustaining members, thank you for the legacy you have created. To women in our community who are considering joining our ranks, I look forward to meeting you!

Heather Dickert

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2008 Donations

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The Junior League of Racine was pleased to donate $12,740 in 2008 to the following organizations impacting children in our Racine community.

The Junior League was pleased to make the following donations in 2008:

1. Provide $3000 to the Racine Heritage Museum for manipulatives and interactives for their revamped 1850’s to 1870’s and Maritime exhibits, which open in February 2008.

2. Provide $2900 to the Women’s Resource Center to sustain their Family Enrichment Program for one year.

3. Provide $2600 to Margaret Ann’s Place in Racine to sustain their “Peer Support Program” monthly meetings for one year. Margaret Ann’s Place is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the distinctive needs of grieving children.

4. Provide $1500 to Youth Connections to allow them to offer their “Woman Talk” outreach program for girls age 17 and under at the Racine County Juvenile Detention Center. The mission of Youth Connections is to provide leadership, advocacy, and education related to adolescent pregnancy, parenting, and prevention.

5. Provide $1500 to Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast – Racine Service Center to support the Zink the Zebra Outreach program. The Zink the Zebra program promotes understanding and respecting differences.

6. Provide $1240 to Racine Family Literacy for their Family Field Trip Program.
The funds will provide additional enrichment activities through community field trips to children and parents of approximately 50 families.

In 2007 JLR provided $9000 for construction of a play area at HALO, $8000 for the Racine Public Library’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of the nation’s first pre-school story time, and $1000 for construction of a rain garden at River Bend.

We are also currently accepting applications for Special Aids Grants and our annual $2000 Junior League Scholarship. Information about these can be found on our website www.juniorleagueracine.org.

These funds are in addition to our many and continuing volunteer commitments including Cops and Kids, Kids in the Kitchen, Salvation Army Community Meals, Bethany Apartments, and Next Generation Now.

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