S: J W L 2011 - 2012
BC: 2011-2012 | Created by Leslie Barrineau, Historian
FC: 2011-2012 | Junior Welfare League of York County
1: Stephanie DiStasio JWL President 2011-2012 | The mission statement of the Junior Welfare League of York County is indeed an accurate depiction of the organization: The Junior Welfare League is an organization of trained volunteers... The women of the JWL are extraordinary individuals that divide their time between careers, family and other charitable causes as well as direct service to the York County community through JWL volunteering. They vary in age, career path and family composition; however, they all share the devotion to this organization that has had an incredible impact in our community for over 73 years. The Junior Welfare League is committed to serving and improving the quality of life for people living in York County... One of the distinct differences between many other charitable organizations and the JWL is that our membership focuses on actively serving through our time and talents in the community. Hours of service often go under-reported because giving of ourselves is in the fabric of who we are as an organization of women. The diverse offerings of volunteer opportunities vary from fundraising, to direct hands-on community service, training, financial management, membership services, marketing and strategic planning analysis. The committee system utilized by the JWL is well constructed and efficiently implemented. The Junior Welfare League of York County is dedicated to focusing on advocacy, health, education and awareness of issues for children... Our active membership numbers and hands-on involvement of sustainers are growing. This is in great part to our commitment to working in partnership with community agencies, sponsors that support our mission, and the obvious impact we are having in York County. Our vision of serving children has expanded as we have come to understand that even when we serve with agencies who provide support and assistance to adults our community we are ensuring that York County continues to be a place where the social, emotional and physical development of children is a priority. The purpose of the Junior Welfare League is exclusively educational and charitable... The JWL has donated in excess of $1 million dollars over the past 11 years, although I believe the gift of our incredible volunteers is one of the greatest contributions to the community. As the 2011-2012 JWL President, I would like to thank the membership, leadership and the Board of Directors for making this year a success in financial development as well as community impact. The many hours of planning that will serve the League in future years is a beautiful legacy from this year’s board. Further, we are grateful to our generous sponsors for their support and our community partners for their collaborative efforts. It has been an honor to serve as President of an organization such as the Junior Welfare League of York County, and I thank you for this opportunity. Respectfully Submitted, Stephanie DiStasio
2: 2011-2012 JWL Executive Board From left to right: Amy Hudson, Treasurer; Laurie Veale, Director of Finance; Lauren Powell, Past President; Stephanie DiStasio, President; Tracy Vann, Vice President; Laura Lengers, Recording Secretary; Leigh Anne Estes, Corresponding Secretary
3: 2011-2012 JWL Board Front Row, Left to Right: Lauren Powell, Amy Hudson, Laurie Veale, Tracy Vann, Stephanie DiStasio, LieghAnne Estes, Mimi Goodner, Leslie Barrineau, Laura Lengers. Back Row, Left to Right: Dawn McGarity, Susan Miskelly, Jenifer Crawford, Clair Britt, Janelle Hicks, Elizabeth Rouche, Suzanne Merritt, Molly Halfacre, Kimberly McIntire, Heather Abrams, Heather Spittle, Melissa Faile, Laura Ullrich, Beth Rose, Katie Stegall, Jennifer Valek, Leigh Threatt, Jennifer Childers Not Pictured: Jennifer Carlisle
5: The 2011-2012 JWL year kicked off with the Summer party. It was a casual gathering of socialization amongst JWL friends.
7: A Night of Dancing, Friends, and Summer Fun!
10: The 2011 Provisional DIAD Project
11: Before | After | Every year the Provisional Class of the Junior Welfare League plan and implement a project called “Done In A Day.” This year’s Done In A Day (DIAD) project benefited Family Promise. This League year DIAD was held on the first Saturday in November. JWL members spent 7 hours at Family Promise beautifying and equipping their grounds and playground. The DIAD project was funded solely on donations from JWL Members and Sponsorships from Wal-Mart and Duke Energy. The Provisionals planned, implemented, and ran a very successful project for Family Promise. The Ladies of the JWL updated the outside play area and beautified the grounds. This included installing a permanent basketball hoop in the parking lot, adding play equipment to the playground, staining the swing set, picnic table, and porch swing, adding wood chips to the play area, and planting flowers and shrubbery around the building. These were all items that Family Promise asked for in their grant request. A Thank You Ad ran in the Herald on the following Saturday thanking our Sponsors and promoting the JWL. CN2 news came out and got footage of JWL members at work and interviewed one Provisional about the Project.
18: TIN Twice Is Nice | The TIN had a complete make over in 2011 under the direction of Kimberly McEntire, the TIN chair. The shop quickly transformed from shabby to sheik in a matter of days. It couldn't have been done without the generous donations from a handful of JWL members and friends for which we are so thankful.
19: BEFORE | AFTER
20: Through served placements, quota donations, and shopping at Twice Is Nice, our dedicated members can be proud of their accomplishments this year, and the impact they have made on others lives.
22: The First Annual JWL Gobble Wobble 8K and Fun Run The Junior Welfare League introduced a new and exciting fundraiser this league year – the first JWL Gobble Wobble 8K and Fun Run. The race was held on November 19, 2011, in Rock Hill. The certified 8K course included a scenic route through historic portions of downtown Rock Hill, Winthrop University, and surrounding neighborhoods. The fun run, designed for young children and families, included a half-mile loop starting on Main Street and ending with a balloon and crepe-paper finish line. We had 104 runners in this year's 8K, including several JWL members and sustainers, and raised over $1000. Proceeds from this year's race benefited Girls on the Run of the Tri-County. The money we raised will help fund their scholarship program so more elementary girls can benefit from Girls on the Run’s program, which is designed to promote positive self-esteem and athleticism. Elementary students involved with Girls on the Run helped man a face-painting table for the fun run participants and also helped cheer on the 8K runners at the half-way point water station. Participants in the fun run donated over 10 bags of food to local charities. The General Fundraising committee worked diligently to make sure that this first race was professional by having a clearly marked certified course, number bibs and timing chips for all 8K runners, numerous JWL members and police officers posted throughout the course, and professionally designed t-shirts with our adorable turkey logo designed by Clint Faile. We received lots of positive feedback from participants about our first Gobble Wobble and are looking forward to making this an annual event for Rock Hill and the surrounding area. General Fundraising Committee Members: Heather Spittle, Chair Jennifer Carlisle, Vice-Chair Alana Charlton Kay Faulkenberry Sarah Gedney Page Hinton Stephanie Thompkins
26: Two of our own crossing the finish line. Above: Tracy Vann, JWL V.P Left: Stephanie DiStasio, JWL President
27: In the winner's circle
34: Spring Fling The annual Spring Fling Party for the York County Board of Disabilities & Special Needs was held at the New Horizons building in York, SC on 4-1-12 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. The BDSN provides services to people in York County with developmental disabilities as well as autism and head and spinal cord injuries. The party was held in honor of the program participants and was successfully celebrated by all attendees.
38: JeWeL Spring Market and Celebration Party April 12-14, 2012 This year's JeWeL was a huge success thanks to the hard work of all our volunteers, especially the JeWeL board and committees. For the second year, JeWeL was an official event of Rock Hill's Come See Me festival. We had a great turnout for GNO (Girls Night Out), held Thursday April 12th. The market was held on Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th, with the Celebration Party following Saturday evening from 7- 11 pm. In just two and a half days, we were able to raise a total of $35,000, which benefited Rock Hill Parks Foundation to fund the new College Downs playground.
39: Shop Till You Drop! Thursday, April 12, 2012 Heavy appetizers, wine, and cupcakes made for an extraordinary shopping experience at the 2012 G.N.O.
54: Raffles and Live and Silent Auctions
55: Heads or Tails
57: Grapevine Fundraiser JWL members and friends joined the Grapevine of Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC for a glass of wine at 2 sponsored guest bartending events! A few of our very own JWL members participated as guest bartenders serving drinks from 5pm-10pm on both occasions. "Size did matter" as guest were encouraged to TIP BIG, because the money earned in tips went directly to the JWL for outreach in the community.
60: An evening of reflection and celebration for the past year's JWL accomplishments
68: The Fruits of our Labor...
69: ...that lead to The College Downs Playground Dedication
74: We were honored and humbled to announce that the total funds raised in the 2011-2012 JWL year pushed the JWL's cumulative donations in York County to over $1,100,000!
75: J.W.L. Prayer of Service We pray that we may never be so tired that our small world is all we ever see; or so supremely satisfied that what we are is all we want to be. Give us the joy of filling someone's need; make us gracious followers; make gracious those who lead. But more than all, we pray that through the years, we will remember that there are always new frontiers.