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294 Junior Leagues
At the end of the Millennium, the Junior Leagues celebrated their Centennial by recognizing their achievements and building for the future. Leagues throughout California were recognized for their domestic violence initiative by the California Association of Non-Profits Public Policy Excellence Partnership Award. AJLI co-chaired the U.S. steering Committee for the United Nations' International Year of the Volunteer with the Points of Light Foundation. As part of the activities, President Vicente Fox recognized the junior League of Mexico City's members for their "high level of social leadership and human equality".

Through the early part of the 21st century, Junior Leagues continued to provide comprehensive programs designed to meet the needs of women, children and families in their communities. From Winston-Salem and Washington, D.C. to Oakland-East Bay, Junior Leagues forged partnerships to promote children's literacy. The Junior League of Tulsa, OK created a Life Skills program for the homeless and Leagues in L.A. and Chicago developed initiatives to prepare community members for board service.

To help Leagues become effective volunteer organizations of women who lead in the growth and development of their Leagues and their communities, the Association launched several programs, including the Healthy League Initiative, designed to help Leagues assess their strengths and weaknesses, and the Junior League PR/Marketing Campaign, which featured a universal brand identity. By 2004, more than 80% of Leagues had adopted the "Women Building Better Communities" tagline.



The Junior League of Sioux Falls is committed to supporting the development of women in our community. To assist young women as they pursue there university education, the League awards a Memorial & Tribute Scholarship in the amount of $500. Click here to learn more and to view the application form

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

2009 Award Recipient: Rachel Sustad



• Held two fall informational open houses
• Sold-out attendance at September Norwalk: The Furniture Idea event with the store donating $1280 to JLSF
• Premiered the Pumps, Pearls, Purses and Pajamas fundraiser and netted $13,000 with 250 attendees
• Ten new members completed provisional training and became active members with four more in progress
• Dawn Stenberg attended AJLI President-Elect training in February 2007
• Lisa Jervik and Peggy Duenwald attend an Organizational Development Institute in March 2007
• 18 members volunteered for the 2nd Annual Kids in the Kitchen in March 2007 and worked with approximately 60 children
• Held a spring wine and cheese social
• Project Research and Development submitted three projects for member voting (The project which was overwhelmingly voted in was cancelled due to programming changes in their organization)



• Cookbook Premier Event held October 14, 2004
• Showcase Home Fundraiser Event held at the home of Pam Nelson and Mike Childer
• December celebrated "25th Anniversary of JLSF"
• Done in a Day Committee assisted in the "Garage Girls" and built a garage for a Habitat House
• Membership Development conducted a "Replace Yourself Campaign"
• Project application form developed
• Nancy Olsen nominated for the YWCA Leadership Luncheon
• Enabling Funds given to:
    1. Easter Seals of SD - $100
    2. Lutheran Social Services - $100
    3. Family Services Inc. - $100
    4. South Dakota Parent Connection - $100
    5. HelpLine Center - $100
    6. American Services Inc. - $100
    7. Big Brothers/Big Sisters - $250
    8. YWCA - $50
    9. Ronald McDonald House - $500
   10. Rape and Domestic Abuse Center - $500
    1. JLSF Child's Voice Endowment and Child Abuse and Neglect Education Awareness Program.
• Kathy Luke Leadership Sioux Falls representative
• President's Aware recipient - Angie Gulbranson
• Unsung Hero Award recipient - Jennifer Edwards
• Spirit Award recipient - Jenny Tiehen


• Midwest Leadership Conference held in Sioux Falls hosted by the Junior League
• AJLI representatives Pam Mosley and Jean Lupas visit JLSF
• Renae Pekas attends Leadership Sioux Falls
• Refugee and Immigrant Project submitted for an AJLI BMW Award
• Enabling Fundgs given to:
1. Children's Medical Library - $500
2. Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition - $250
3. Ronald McDonald House - $350
4. St. Francis House - $341
• President's Award Recipient - Amy Kusmak
• Spirit Award Recipient - Kathy Luke
• Unsung Hero Award Recipient - Jen Larson
1. Refugee Women's Association Project Extension for 2003-2004


• Booming Bargains made $13,818.94 with 690 customers
• JLSiouxFalls.org web site developed
• Cookbook Taste Testing Events begin
• President Carol McGinnis attended the AJLI Fall Leadership Conference in Pheonix
• JLSF participates in Target Days in December
• Rolling Readers continued from January 14 through May 13
• Ad Hoc Committee formed to look at a part-time employee
• Cookbook pledge drive packet mailed to members
• Pam Nelson and Emily Bartels attend ODI in Fort Worth, Texas
• Kim Steinke nominated for the Mankind Award.
• Amy Kusmak nominated for the YMCA Leadership Luncheon.
• Projects:
1. Extension of Education & Training of Refugee Women
2. Extension of Children's Studio
• JLSF participates with HelpLine Center in the Spirit of Volunteerism Event.
• Spirit Award Recipient - Lori Dolan
• Unsung Hero Award Recipient - Emily Bartels
• President's Award Recipient - Nancy Olsen


• JLSF Leadership Sioux Falls participant Carol McGinnis
• 22nd Booming Bargains $13,286.68
• The last hour of Booming Bargains was open to refugee and immigrant families to shop.
• Younkers Event $890.00
• Enabling Fund Recipients
1. St. Francis House $500
2. Meals on Wheels $300
3. SALSA Program $300
4. 2001 Sioux Empire Water Festival $300
5. National History Day Event winners from Axtell Park Middle School $400
6. HELPLine Center Spirit of Volunteeris Event $200
• Nancy Olsen and Carol McGinnis attended the AJLI Fall Leadership training in San Antonio, Texas.
• Kyle Greenfield and Carol McGinnis attended Joint Board in Fargo, North Dakota.
• Carol McGinnis attended President-Elect training in Atlanta, Georgia.
• Jill Pierce and Melissa Anderson attended AJLI ODI in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Carol McGinnis and Melissa Anderson attended AJLI Centennial Annual Meeting in New York City, New York.
• Training & Education Committee established Provisional training on PowerPoint
• Done in a Day Committee provided volunteers for Christina's Smile and Target Days.
• Done in a Day Committee hosted two Mentor Mom baby showers in November and April.
• Done in a Day Committee handed out winter wear at the Banquet on Make a Difference Day.
• Done in a Day Committee lined up bingo at the Southridge Nursing home.
• 2001 items were collected by the Done in a Day Committee for Children's Studio, Refugee and Immigrant women, Christmas in April families and Mentor Mom baby showers.
• Three women were selected by the Done in a Day Committee as Christmas in April recipients.
• Nancee Sturdevant nominated for the YMCA Leadership Award.
• Small focus groups were held in April facilitated by the Education & Training Committee to find out what the membership interest is.
• Small Group opportunities setup by Education & Training:
1. Wine tasting
2. AAA travel seminar
3. Social Dance
4. Scrap booking class
• Membership Development recruited 19 new members
• December meeting 9 Provisionals became Actives
• May annual meeting 13 Provisionals became Actives
• Spirit Award recipient Cathy Krueger
• Unsung Hero Award recipient Amy Olson
• President's Award recipient Pam Nelson
• Projects for 2001-2002
1. Done in a Day - 3rd year
2. Children's Studio - 3rd year
3. Training & Education Refugee and Immigrant Women - 3rd year
4. Rolling Readers Impact Study


• Strategic Plan 2000-2003 finalized
• JLSF Leadership Sioux Falls participant Michelle Schuerman
• Received CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN Award sponsored by the South Dakota Coalition for Children
• Spirit Award recipient Shelli Goeman
• Unsung Hero Award recipients Jeanne Johnson and Susan Sabers
• President's Award recipient Nancee Sturdevant
• 21st Booming Bargains net $14,767.82
• Projects 2000-2001
1. Done in a Day
2. JLSF Children's Studio
3. Training & Education Refugee and Immigrant Women
4. Rolling Readers Impact Study

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