President History – Kim Loprete
359 Members as of May 2011:  158 Actives and 201 Sustainers

The theme for the year was “Inspirational Women, Positive Impact”

Highlights for the year include:

Community Impact Council

  • Assembled and delivered 1,000 backpacks fill with school supplies to elementary school children in our county.
  • Provided partner schools over 100 age-appropriate books to stock their libraries.
  • Collaborated with and participated in the AJLI and Huggies Diapers “Every Little Bottom” initiative. We provided about 10,500 diapers to Food Link through our participation in the “Every Little Bottom” campaign.  Through this campaign, we raised awareness regarding parents inability to afford diapers.  The initiative was organized and implemented by the Public Advocacy committee.
  • Provided winter survival kids to over 150 people experiencing homelessness.
  • Held our 2nd annual Ship Shape Kids Health Fair at Pip Moyer Recreation Center. We were able to reach over 100 school age children.
  • Held spring and fall Fun Fit after school program at Georgetown East Elementary School.
  • Participated in Anne Arundel County’s Homeless Resource Day.
  • Began the 2 year process of defining an impact area. In May, the membership voted “Minding the Poverty Gap” as the JLA issue area.  The 2nd year is defining the focus area.
  • Hosted a Healthy Eating and Exercise event at Sarah’s House.
  • Held several “Breakfast at Sarah’s House” events.
  • Through our Community Assistant Donation program, we awarded $2,750 to four area organizations: Summit School, Girls on the Run of Greater Chesapeake, Box of Rain Foundation, and Sandra Shanahan Clinic.
  • The Provisionals hosted and implemented an Iron Chef Challenge at Whole Foods with children from several schools in Annapolis.
  • Continued Talk, Play, Read at the YWCA.

Financial Resources Council

  • Fun Run – Registered 250 participants and raised over $10,000 to support our community programs and mission. There was also a training program for the 5k.
  • Partnered with Borders Books at Annapolis Mall for a community book drive. Over 1,100 books were donated that we distributed to area school libraries.  This is over $6,000 in books.
  • Wrap it Up at Westfield Annapolis Mall – Fundraiser during December that was fully staffed and made over $10,000 to support our community programs and mission.
  • Chefs By the Bay was held at Historic Londontowne & Gardens. We had over 300 participants and raised about $30,000 to support our community programs and mission.
  • Promoted “Gracious Giving” campaign to solicit member donations.
  • Cookbook – Continued to sell Thyme to Entertain and Of Tide & Thyme and swap cookbooks from other JL’s around the country. They organized and staffed 23 events/sales opportunities and held two successful Open Houses. They collaborated with Education & Training for two fun, entertainment based events.  Opened six new
  • Hosted a fun and educational event at Whole Foods to celebrate Kids in the Kitchen
  • Over twelve grants were written and submitted.
  • Presented motion to membership to elect a “flexible points financial model” for financial requirements. Motion passed.

Communications Council

  • Centralized all GMM’s to be at the same location every month. GMM’s were held on a Tuesday or Wednesday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
  • Developed and implemented a new communication plan. The plan aligns the council in a manner that would improve our implementation of JLA’s strategic communication needs by specifically focusing our outreach with each of our varying audiences in focus.
  • Held February Area Meetings. There was a topic area for each Council.  The topics were:  Issue Area (Community Impact), Future of Fundraisers (Finance), Communications Plan (Communications), and Flexible Membership Model (Membership).
  • Held Holiday Luncheon at Loews Hotel.
  • Hosted regular social events to include happy hours and tailgates. Also held events to support our community service programs.
  • Hosted the annual Tea at Reynolds Tavern.
  • Organized the Bluebook on the JLA website and updated the website on a regular basis.
  • Published the LOG each month.

Membership Council

  • Hosted the Provisional Open House at Wild Orchid. The committee reached out to over 100 women.  There were 30 new members.
  • Education and Training organized and held several coffee & conversations.
  • Continued “Take 10 for Training” at GMM’s.
  • Presented motion to membership to elect a “flexible points membership model” for member requirements. Motion passed.
  • Sent several members to ODI’s.
  • Implemented an online membership survey relating to different issues in the League. Over half the membership completed the survey.  Presented results to membership.
  • Held about ten trainings on various topics throughout the year.


  • President and President-Elect held two “Get to Know You Events”.
  • Developed and implemented a new Strategic Plan. The Board approved the new Strategic Plan in May.
  • Applied to AJLI to participate in an Action Learning Team. We were accepted to participate.  This is a two year commitment ending May 2013.
  • Asked AJLI to review our Bylaws and make recommendations. The Board reviewed their recommendations, made the necessary changes and membership voted in the changes.
  • Cleaned and organized the office.

Community Partners/Businesses JLA partnered with this Year:

  • Food Link
  • Parole Rotary Club
  • Target
  • Borders Books at Annapolis Mall
  • Lighthouse Shelter
  • Sarah’s House
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Pediatric Group
  • Westfield Annapolis Mall
  • Barefoot Wines
  • O’Reilly
  • Righttime Medical Center
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • KEYW Corporation
  • Pip Moyer Recreation Center
  • Historic Londontowne & Gardens
  • Huggies Diapers
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Absolute Fire Protection
  • Advanced Window Technology
  • Todd E. Patton, DDS
  • Phoenix Systems
  • Signs By Tomorrow – Beltsville
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Department of Social Services
  • Anne Arundel County Schools
  • Chartwell Golf and Country Club
  • Punks Backyard Grill
  • Menchies