Junior League of Omaha 2000s

2000 Projects included Race for the Cure, Read with Me, Lydia House, Eating Disorders, Seasonal Calendar and Camp Fire Boys & Girls.
Fundraisers included the Jumble Shop, American Girl Fashion Show, Market Days and Nebraska Foundation Directory.
Established the Junior League of Omaha website www.juniorleagueomaha.org
Received "Make a Difference Day" Award from USA Weekend and the Fremont Tribune for the Seasonal Calendar - WIC Baby Shower.
Approved Race for the Cure Outreach project for 2001-2000.
Community Assistance Grants awarded to Precious Memories Child Care, Open Door Mission, Fontenelle Nature Association, Girls Inc. "Kid-Ability," Partnership In Aging and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Approved and awarded eight $1,000 volunteer scholarships to graduating Omaha high school seniors.
2001 Projects included Read with Me, Race for the Cure - Community Outreach, Lydia House - Life Skills, Camp Fire Boys and Girls - I am Peer Proof and Seasonal Calendar.
Fundraisers included the American Girl Fashion show, Holiday Mart, Jumble Shop and the Nebraska Foundation Directory Booklet.
The new projects approved for the 2002-2003 year were Bright Spaces and Youth Emergency Services.
Community Assistance Grants were awarded to the Nebraska AIDS Project, This Side Up Campaign, Monroe-Meyer Institute and American Lung Association.
Three scholarships were awarded for students demonstrating outstanding Community Service.
Seasonal Calendar was approved as a permanent project.
Collected donations to assist with the victims of the September 11 tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C.
Corresponded with sister Leagues directly affected by 9-11.
Negotiated and signed lease extensions: five years for Headquarters at 608 N. 108th Court and three years for the Jumble Shop at 3038 N. 90th Street.
Designed and began implementation of the new image campaign.
Drafted a new strategic plan.
2002 Projects included Bright Spaces, Camp Fire Boys and Girls - I am Peer Proof, Read With Me/Sustainer Project, Seasonal Calendar and Youth Emergency Services.
Fundraisers included the American Girl Fashion Show, Holiday Mart, Jumble Shop and the Nebraska Foundation Directory Booklet.
Back to Sleep and the Signature Project Task force were approved as new projects for the 2003-2004 League year.
Community Assistance Grants were awarded to the Douglas Historical Society, Visiting Nurses Association, Family Services, Reach Out and Read and the Easter Nebraska Office on Aging/Partnership in Aging.
Approved and awarded four $1,000 scholarships for students demonstrating outstanding community service.
Developed and implemented Point System.
Created Strategic Planning implementation plans for four focus areas: Fund Development, Image Campaign, Signature Project Task Force and Training.
2003 Projects included Bright Spaces (final year), Back to Sleep (first year of a two- year project), Quick Response Team (ongoing) and Signature Project Task Force (one year project).
Realized revenues from the following fundraisers: American Girl Fashion Show, Holiday Mart, Jumble Shop, the Nebraska Foundation Directory and the Fund Development Campaign Drive.
Approved the following projects for the 2003-2004 League year: Heartland Literacy and the Signature Project which focuses on Childhood hunger and nutrition and the Foodtastics program.
Community Assistance Grants were awarded to the Compassionate Friends ($1,000), Girls Inc. of Omaha ($1,000) and Together Inc. ($1,000).
Approved and awarded three $1,000 scholarships for students demonstrating outstanding community service.
Passed a resolution stating changes in the goal and future of Holiday Mart.
Restructured Board of Directors to delete the Strategic Planning Chair and responsibilities would be given to Executive Board.
Restructured Annual Active Awards and implemented Women to Watch. Recipients were Lesley Brandt, Lori Meier and Lisa Russell.
Conducted Strategic Planning session with Board of Directors to update 4 areas of emphasis and create new area of focus: membership.
The Publications Committee created and implemented a "stand alone" Annual Report to be sent in May.
Celebrated the 85th Anniversary at a December Birthday party at Joslyn Castle. Invited guests were the founding three members' relatives and the guest speaker was Jean Gallagher Day. Each month historical articles were written in the “JLO This Month” celebrating our history and successes.
2004 Accepted the Governor's Point of Light Award in January of 2004.
Projects for the 2004-2005 year included Back to Sleep (final year), Done-In-A Day (ongoing), Heartland Literacy (first year of three year project), Project Development (ongoing) and Signature Project HIP Kids (first year of ongoing project).
Approved Dance Without Limits, an after school dance training program for grade school children in at-risk areas, as a project for the 2004-2005 League year
Educated membership on purposes and goals of the Junior League of Omaha Foundation. Membership approved a $100,000 donation to the Foundation.
Realized revenues from the following fundraisers: American Girl Fashion Show (ongoing but first year of expanded shows, boutique, vendor booths and auction), Toast to Omaha (inaugural year of fundraiser intended to honor community institutions with which the League has partnered), Jumble Shop, Nebraska Foundation Directory and Fund Development's Annual Fund and Campaign Drive.
Members of a Finance Ad Hoc committee hired a certified public accountant to create the general financial books and prepare payroll and payables for the League and develop new procedures.
Re-instituted and conducted Past President's Luncheon on November 4th.
The Training Committee implemented training programs at all general meetings on varied topics from self-defense, League history (Mary Maxwell) and Lively Omaha (Connie Spellman).
Community Assistance Grants awarded to the Children's Respite CareCenter ($982.43), Voices for Children ($1,058), Tsunami Victims ($1,000) and Precious Memories Daycare.
Approved and awarded three $1,000 scholarships for students demonstrating outstanding community service.
Awarded Annual “Women to Watch” awards to Kristin Lewis, Lisa Gravelle and Beth Greiner.
Instituted Leadership Lessons presented at each Board meeting and re-communicated through Council and Committee meetings.
Changed phraseology of League "Obligations" to League "Engagements." Engagements were tracked. Accomplishments in completion of specific financial and participation goals were communicated to membership.
2005 Projects included Dance Without Limits (1st year of a three year project with a $1,500 budget), Done-In-A Day (ongoing with a $1,725 budget), Heartland Literacy (final year with a $300 budget), Project Development (ongoing) and HIP Kids (second year of ongoing project with a $30,000 budget).
Conducted the most successful Annual Fund drive to date raising $3,445 for the general operating fund. This was the first year that the Board and Management had a goal of 100% participation.
Realized revenues from the following fundraisers: American Girl Fashion Show (ongoing but included a League sponsored boutique for the first year), Toast to Omaha (second year of fundraiser intended to honor community institutions with which the League has partnered), Jumble Shop, Nebraska Foundation Directory and Fund Development's Annual Fund Campaign Drive.
Held Past President's Luncheon in November and secured underwriting for the event.
Approved $9,980 in Community Assistance Grants to Big Brothers and Big Sisters ($1,000), Chicano Awareness ($1,000), Girls. Inc. of Omaha ($1,000), Greater Omaha Community Action (GOCA) ($1,000), Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy ($890), Open Door Mission ($1,000), Ronald McDonald Care Mobile ($1,000), Royal Family Kids' Camp ($1,000), Youth Leadership Omaha ($1,000) and American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Efforts ($1,000).
Approved and awarded three $1,000 scholarships for students demonstrating outstanding community service.
Awarded annual “Women to Watch” awards to Brooke Gravett, Sheryl Orlich and Jennifer Zatechka.
Fund Development initiated a new League Cookbook to be published in November 2006.
In conjunction with AJLI and with the support of the Community Council planned and executed the Kids in the Kitchen event on April 29, 2006.
Oversaw the creation of a new League website that will allow for a "members only” section, online payments, dedicated HIP Kids pages and enhanced content.
Welcomed the Holland Center for the Performing Arts to Omaha by providing a $5,000 underwriting gift, provided more than 40 volunteers to the Day of the Arts, and held the 2006 Toast to Omaha at the Holland Center.
The HIP Kids committee provided a booth sponsorship ($1,000) for The Literacy Center of the Midlands, 2nd Annual Read and Romp event.
The Marketing and Public Relations committee secured the Junior League of Omaha in the Metro Monthly Event Book.
The HIP Kids committee provided a t-shirt sponsorship ($5,000) for the All Our Kids Race.
The HIP Kids committee co-sponsored bookmarks with HIP tips to be used in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program at the Omaha Public libraries.
2006 Projects included Dance Without Limits (second year of a three year project with a $1,500 budget), Done-in a-day (ongoing with a $2,550 budget), and HIP Kids (third year of our ongoing signature project with a $30,000 budget).
Received the Child Savings Institute A.W. Clark Award in November 2006.
With Fund Development Committee, produced and marketed the Toast to Omaha Cookbook. First printing: September, 2006 – 10,000 copies. Second printing: February, 2007 – 5,000 copies.
Represented the League at the first ever Crave Event and Buy the Big O Show to promote League and Cookbook.
Inaugural class of the Leadership Academy.

Approved $11,000 in Community Assistance. The following organizations each received a $1,000 Grant: Christ Child Society of Omaha, Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), Good Neighbor Foundation, Brook Valley School, Very Special Arts Nebraska, La Casa del Pueblo, The ARTery, Ollie Webb Center, Inc., NOVA Alternative School, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council of Greater Omaha, & PTI Nebraska.

Awarded AJLI and US President’s Volunteer Service Awards at the Annual Meeting. Gold Award: Linda Chloupek, Debbie Hart, Tracy Kempkes and Christine Nikunen. Bronze Award: Brooke Gravett, Courtney Dunbar, Julie Mowat and Jen Bartelt.

Collaborated with the Omaha Community Foundation and other Non-Profits to host the Movie Premier of the Ultimate Gift.

2007

Projects included: HIP Kids, Dance Without Limits (final year), Done-in-a-Day (ongoing).

Fundraisers included: Toast to Omaha, Jumble Shop, American Girl Fashion Show, Toast to Omaha Cookbook, Metro Magazine/ASID Designer Showhouse.

Community Assistance Grants were awarded to: Mid-America Council - Learning for Life, $2,000, University of Nebraska Omaha -It’s a Girl Thing, $1,100, Omaha Children’s Museum - Care Free Kids, $1,660, Douglas County Health Department - HUGGS, $2,000, Child Saving Institute - Life Skills, $1,944 and United Methodist for Mission and Justice - Growing Up Garden, $1,296.

Approved and Awarded (2) $2,500 Scholarships

Made financial contribution to Von Maur Shooting Victims’ Fund.

Toast to Omaha partnered with One World health agency to provide a joint fundraiser for the JLO and the Dental Van provided by One World.

2008

Projects included: HIP Kids, Done-in-a-day, Family Works. Fundraisers: Toast to Omaha, my closet, American Girl Fashion Show, Toast to Omaha cookbook and the Fund Development Committee’s Annual Fund Campaign.

Awarded $4,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors  for outstanding community service.

Awarded President’s Awards to Jennifer Alloway, Courtney Dunbar, Kate Grabill, Julie Hockney and Leslie Mayo.

Held the May Annual Meeting at the Happy Hollow Country Club to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Omaha City Councilman Franklin Thompson provided special music. 1110 KFAB radio personality Gary Sadlemyer gave the keynote addresses, noting several of our accomplishments over the past 90 years. Produced a 90th anniversary video, celebrating the Junior League of Omaha.

2009

Projects included: HIP Kids, Done-in-a-day, and Family Works.

Realized revenues from the following fundraisers: Summer Soiree, Riverfront Wine Festival, my closet, American Girl Fashion Show, Toast to Omaha cookbook and the Fund Development Committee’s Annual Fund Campaign.  Lovgren Marketing brought forth to the Junior League of Omaha a fundraising opportunity, thanks to Cox Communications.

Awarded two $3,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

Betty Davis from the Douglas County Historical Society presented an award to the JLO in appreciation for the restoration project at the General Crook House. The award is a replica from the General Crook House Museum of the only treasury seal hardware design in the nation.

Dr. Dennis Mihelich from Creighton University compiled thousands of digital images of JLO history to detail the operation of the JLO and wrote a detailed 50-year timeline. This information is now housed at the Douglas County Historical Society.

JLO held the first annual Guild Volunteer Fair before the April General meeting. Fifteen guilds participated and attended as follows: American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Fire USA, Children’s Respite Care Center, Child Saving Institute, Junior League of Omaha, Make-a-Wish, Nebraska Children’s Home, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha Symphony, Planned Parenthood, PRIDE Omaha, Project Harmony Protection Agency, Ronald McDonald House and YWCA. The JLO was presented with a $3,500 check on behalf of the JLO Foundation.