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Junior League of Pasadena Installs New Board of Directors

Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:08 am
 
Back row (L to R): Barbara Baptie, Melissa Keeslar, Hannah Palmer, Catherine Welch and Robyn Grandy. Seated (L to R): Carmelita Bouie, Victoria Williams, Kristen Schwarz and Mary Sugano

On May 23, 2013, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. (JLP) held its Annual Meeting, which welcomed new active members, honored current members’ achievements and installed its new Board of Directors. The JLP celebrated being recognized by the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. for its Membership Development Program and promised to continue to increase the organization’s reach and effectiveness through its strong commitment to projects and community partner collaborations for the 2013-2014 year.

Through JLP partnership programs such as the CAMMY awarding-winning art program My Masterpieces, which bridges art and education between the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), Pasadena Educational Foundation and its museum partners.

Trained JLP volunteers serve as art docents leading morning art tours through the city of Pasadena’s various collections of public art installations, showcasing public art to classes for all 2nd grade students attending PUSD schools. JLP volunteers also function as “Family Literacy Coaches” with the Early Readers’ Book Club in partnership with Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, which instills a love of reading in preschool children, and helps parents, many of whom are English-learners, become more proficient in engaging their children in the reading process at home. Both partnership programs demonstrate the League’s dedication to increasing the reach and effectiveness of its mission statement: “Promoting Voluntarism, Developing the Potential of Women and Improving Communities.”

The JLP’s theme for the 2013-2014 year, “It Begins With You!” helped set the tone for new President of the Junior League of Pasadena, Kristen Schwarz’ remarks. “It has been an incredible year much to the credit of our outgoing President, Sandy Roberts! As a membership-run and membership-driven organization, I am thrilled to announce our focus on the member for this year, especially as we welcome an exceptional group of new leaders on our Board and Council”

Other new Board members include President-elect Kristen Todd of San Marino; Community Director Hannah Palmer of Pasadena; Finance Director Mary Sugano of Toluca Lake; Fundraising Director Catherine Welch of South Pasadena; Marketing Director Carmelita Bouie of Pasadena; Membership Director Leah Mason of Pasadena; Program Development Director Robyn Grandy of Pasadena; Recorder Jennifer Lee of Sierra Madre; State Public Affairs Council (SPAC) Senior Representative Victoria Williams of Pasadena; Sustainer Director Barbara Baptie of Pasadena; and President’s Assistant Melissa Keeslar of Pasadena.

Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Pasadena is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective leadership of trained volunteers. The organization believes that nurturing children through family support builds a stronger community. Past projects have included Madison Elementary School, Kidspace Museum, and the Pasadena Senior Center.

To receive further information, please contact the Junior League of Pasadena at (626) 796-0244 or visit their website at www.MyJLP.com.

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