Junior League hosts first meeting of the year

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Neighbors | Submitted .The Junior League of Youngstown recently donated diapers for "Diaper Need Awareness Week" to Making Kids Count. Pictured are, from left, (front) Paige Rassega, Michele Merkel, Jessica Foster, Elizabeth Kijowski, Mercia Stevens, Heather Elder, Carisa Sechrist, Carrie Zapka, Kelly Frammartino; (back) Kristina Ross-Pavlicko, Beth Drennen and Kathryn Scheel.

The Junior League of Youngstown hosted its first meeting of the year at Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, which was led by Sustainer Michele Merkel.

The meeting introduced the Board Members and Committee Chairman for the 2017-18 League year. The meeting prepared members for the upcoming League year, events and the rebranding of the League. The Junior League of Youngstown is one of the 292 Leagues that are part of the Association of Junior League International (AJLI). AJLI allows opportunities for Leagues to be connected on an international scale.

The JLY is in its 87th year of making a positive impact in our community and demonstrating an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. The 2017-18 Board Members are Paige Rassega - President, Human Resources Manager at Packer Thomas; Sara Wenger, Secretary, Community Development Program Manager at Eastgate Regional Council of Government; Elizabeth Kijowski, Treasurer, Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP; and Heather Elder, Nominating Chair, Interior Designer.

League members also participated in a Done In A Day (DIAD) project for Making Kids Count. Members donated 350 diapers for Diaper Need Awareness Week which runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. There are 5.2 million children under the age of 3 who live in a poor or low income families with a lack of sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. ‚ã‚ãDiapers are essential to a baby’s healthy development and most child care facilities require the parents to provide diapers for their children.

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 292 leagues in four countries. The Junior League of Youngstown is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For more information or to join, contact Membership Chairman Carisa Sechrist at 330-743-2000 or visit the group’s Facebook page by searching for The Junior League of Youngstown.

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