What’s happening this summer with Junior League of Annapolis?

The new League year starts each June and it’s a time of transition. New board members and committee chairs are learning the ins and outs of their new roles. Often scheduling several meetings with their predecessors to develop a firm understanding of what lies ahead in the new League year.

Then the fun starts! Starting in late July or August, the Chairs bring together their committees to plan out the year with their team.

How to find your committee placement:
If you don’t know which committee you are on, it’s easy to find! Please log on to Digital Cheetah to find your Committee Placement (on the homepage!).

This year, the committee structure has changed slightly, and you will see new names for our committees. But, we will still be doing the same amazing work for our community! Meet your committee chairs below:

Placement Committee:
Amanda Apple-Leishman – Chair

The Placement Committee works as advocates and advisors for the membership. Each committee member is assigned a group of members whom they will advise. Advisors guide members through issues with commitments, membership status, league satisfaction, etc. The advisors conduct placement interviews for all new members and active members and oversee the placement process for committee chairs and members. The committee shall organize the variety of skills and interests of our members through fair and equitable placement.

Marketing Committee:
Kristin Boulette and Hannah Peters

The Marketing Committee brands the Junior League of Annapolis as a viable and visible organization to the external public while raising awareness of the league’s role in the community. The Committee is a dynamic group of women who carry out different roles.

New Member Committee:
Kelly Imhof and Marnie Miller

This committee has the wonderful opportunity to prepare women to become productive and essential members of JLA. The members of this committee are responsible for recruiting, educating, and preparing the new members throughout their new member year. The planning starts early and continues all year long culminating in the class being voted in as active members at the last General Membership meeting of the year. Once the women join the new member class, committee members become advisors for a small group of new members, helping them learn about the league and build friendships.

Member Experience Committee:
Nicole Rosich and Ixchel Tate

The Member Experience committee is a committee dedicated to engaging and retaining members by providing members with events across a wide spectrum of experiences including valuable training, meaningful social event opportunities, and General Membership Meeting (GMMs) which keeps the members up-to-date on JLA information. The Member Experience Committee is also responsible for hosting the GMMs to include finding and securing speakers in collaboration with the President. This committee strives to bring together members to build camaraderie, keep members engaged and to build g lasting relationships in the League and within the members.

Katrina Strumsky

The Webmaster is the primary administrator for the JLA website, serving on the Communications Council and reports to the Communications Director. The primary responsibility is to maintain the public and the members-only sides of the website hosted by Digital Cheetah Solutions, Inc. The web manager ensures the public website material is accurate and up-to-date, and that the member side of the website is functioning properly. Additionally, the web manager compiles and sends the bi-weekly email blast to all JLA members.

Community Involvement and Outreach Committee:
Valerie McDougle and Phylander Pannell

Community Involvement and Outreach Committee (CIO) is responsible for planning and implementing service projects that support the JLA mission and community impact strategy. The committee shall ensure events are with diverse organizations that represent the community served by the JLA. The committee also works with other committees, including but not limited to the new member committee for their new member service project and the marketing committee for promoting events, to provide meaningful service opportunities to our members.

Fund Development Committee:
Chair Needed! Please consider filling this role.

The Fund Development committee is responsible for implementing our strategic fundraising and development plan to ensure the long-term financial strength of the JLA. Fundraising through a mixture of events, peer-to-peer campaigns, cookbook sales, grants, and annual campaign initiatives. The committee will have the flexibility to execute large or small-scale fundraising events for which fees are collected and tickets are sold. Fundraising events could also be part of an online (virtual) such as Little Black Dress, Giving Tuesday, or online fundraisers.


Posted: July 27, 2023