Please mark your calendars. See you there!
|May 14, 2013||7:30a – 9:30a||Breakfast with Books Events starts at 8:00am
Dean Petersen Elementary School
3650 S. Cambridge, Las Vegas, NV 89169
|June 4, 2013||11:30a – 1:00p|| Annual Business Meeting/Installation Luncheon
Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Club
5160 Las Vegas Blvd. South
|August 2013||TBD||WLC Executive Committee Meeting
|November 1, 2013||WLC Annual Suit Drive
NV Evergy parking lot
6226 W. Sahara Ave.
Welcome to the newest members of our affinity groups. Thank you.
(from 3/1/13 to 4/30/13)
Larry and Audrey Plotkin
Women’s Leadership Council:
Tonya La Cosse
Young Philanthropists Society:
Hello UWSN Friends,
Last month, we noted that March had come in like a Lion, and as predicted, it has gone out like a lamb, yielding beautiful sunny April days and cool evenings. Families are enjoying their children during Spring Break, there is talk of summer, and I even got a game of golf in! You have most likely felt the optimism in the air, from magazines covers proclaiming that we are finally in a “sweet recovery” to rising home prices to strong upticks in the stock market. Let’s build on this and look forward to more of our kids walking across the stage this June with more diplomas with real plans for their futures. Let’s build on this when we hope that the hard earned tax returns of good families are being put to savings, not merely to keeping the lights on.
This month, we are wrapping up our “Earn It Keep It Save It” initiative. Our March 16th Super Saturday was a great success. We are pleased with the returns done to date and hope to keep up the strong pace through tax day.
Our very own Terri Janison made a great appearance on NBC for a segment on April 7 about World Heath Day. Terri spoke passionately about our health initiatives and the areas of change that we are driving.
We stood next to the mayor on April 9 to recognize National Volunteerism and our AmeriCorps folks, a driving force to changing our community conditions. Thanks to thousands of our volunteers, we are seeing change in the areas of health, education and financial stability. Person by person, we really can make lasting change. I also hope many of you go to the website and check out our new YPS video! See these amazing leaders in action!
On April 20th, we are excited to work with the SNHD at our Passport to Immunizations Health Fair where we will be providing health services and immunizations to children up to three years old. Please feel free to stop and visit us there, and please let people know about this free service.
We recently hosted the Annual “Key Cities” conference. Leaders from some of the most progressive United Ways came together for four days of idea generating, lessons learned and best practices. Each of these United Ways are doing amazing things, forging forward according to the varied needs of their communities. Vancouver has different community conditions than St. Louis, or Baltimore, or Miami. But that said, we all are united together in applying the best solutions to the various community conditions we seek to improve. It was truly an incredible week of learning and growth.
We also just found out that we won a Silver Addy for our rebranding Campaign for 2012. We are proud to be included among some esteemed award winners.
Finally, we locked down our date to celebrate our community’s leader for our next “Community in Blue” on October 17th, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. We hope to see you all there.
As these fleeting cool nights turn to hot mornings, my continued optimism for brighter days continues. My hopes to you that you continue to feel all the possibilities of Spring.
New members since 7/1/12
Victoria Joy Avedesian
Tonya La Cosse
Sara A. McCue
Ann Simmons Nicholson
In April, we have two exciting volunteer opportunities for the WLC!
This project will have volunteer opportunities on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the CCSD school year. We will help set it up, check families in, hand out books, distribute door prizes and help clean up. Currently we are anticipating 1 – 2 volunteers per month. We may determine after April 9th if there is the need for more volunteers. Please contact Kim Planchunas if you are interested in volunteering. June 5th is the last day of the CCSD 9 month school year. We will update our website – uwsn.org/wlc when this program will start again in the Fall.
Nominating Committee | Shelley M. Dubin, WLC Co-Chair Emeritus and Robbie Graham, Co-Chair
Committee is responsible for providing recommendation of WLC members to serve on the WLC Executive Committee; annually nominating a slate of Officers when vacancies occur and nominating interim replacements for those positions.
Project Funding Committee | Judy Kropid and Nancy Reel, Co-Chairs
Committee is responsible for identifying, reviewing, justifying and proposing projects for membership approval which align with the stated goals of the WLC and UWSN mission. The committee will partner with the Community Development Department of UWSN to review, justify and present recommendations to the WLC Executive Committee for acceptance.
Family Engagement Resource Centers (F.E.R.C.) Committee | Sandy Dewees and Amanda Fulkerson, Co-Chairs
Committee will meet on a regularly scheduled basis throughout the year to plan and implement volunteer activities for the WLC Family Engagement Resource Centers (FERC) project. The goals of this five year initiative include site-based strategies in 5 local high schools to increase communication with parents about student requirement to graduate on time and achieve post-secondary success. Teams are created at Clark, Eldorado, Silverado, Sunrise Mountain and Western to assist AmeriCorps staff members with events and mentoring opportunities.
Outreach & Membership Engagement Committee | Janet Linder and Tori Patrick, Co-Chairs
Committee plans, implements and promotes networking, programs and opportunities for current and prospective WLC members that may include outreach events, follow- up strategies and membership engagement activities.
Leadership Committee | Shelley M. Dubin and Laura Hoenemeyer, Co-Chairs
Committee is responsible for planning “members only” events for the purpose of: 1) sharing the interest and promoting the involvement of the members, and 2) educating and inspiring women on relevant or community–based topics. Events may include, but are not limited to, Breakfast in the Boardroom meetings and Leadership Luncheons that offer intimate one-on-one opportunities to meet with community female leaders.
Annual Women’s Luncheon Committee | Janet Linder and Judy Kropid, Co-Chairs
Committee plans and implements the annual luncheon with the purpose of creating awareness about the Women’s Leadership Council and its mission and accomplishments, encouraging participation and recruiting new members.
Volunteerism Committee | Rhonda Clausen and Kim Planchunas, Co-Chairs
Committee identifies and coordinates volunteer projects that are in alignment with United Way’s core mission areas. Projects/sub-committee may include but are not limited to: Annual Women’s Suit Drive, Annual Women’s Luncheon and the Women’s Career Development Mentoring.
The WLC mission statement created in August 2012 at the WLC Executive Committee strategic planning retreat states – “Our mission is to engage and develop our members to be leaders in creating impactful change in our community through education, health and financial stability.”
Often we wonder if we are making a difference in the community. I have two recent stories from February to share with you.
The first story is from a freshman student at one of our Family Engagement Resource Centers – Silverado High School. Luis writes…
Our second story relates to our Annual Suit Drive each November along with the functional centerpieces – purses filled with toiletry/health care items that a woman would need for a job interview or her first day of work. Each year at our annual WLC Luncheon the tables are beautifully decorated with donated purses inside gold tulle bags with colourful bows attached. After the luncheon they are delivered by WLC members to the Shade Tree, S.A.F.E. House and Women’s Development Center for their back to work programs for women. This year Rhonda Clausen delivered the purses to Shade Tree. The 2 women in the photo with Rhonda were wearing suits from our November Suit Drive. They had carefully prepared their thank you and gratitude to the WLC for the clothes they had received. Rhonda showed them the hand written notes that were placed in each purse from WLC members encouraging and supporting them.
De Andre Esteen, Director of Development for Shade Tree sent an e-mail with these words to Rhonda – “You guys do wonderful things to assist our ladies and it is our pleasure to have you stand next to us in our community. We have many talented women here with many skills; they just need the opportunity to shine.”
Many of the women at Shade Tree are actively looking for work and have a myriad of skills, expertise and experience levels. If you know of any opportunity for employment, please contact Maggie at Shade Tree at 702.385.0072 for more information.
The simple acts of having a place for a high school student to go “in time of need” for assistance or providing a woman an outfit or purse filled with toiletry/beauty items to give them the confidence they need to start a new life – that is what our mission is about – “creating impactful change in our community….”
|WLC Co-Chairs||Cindy Brinker
|1st Vice Chair||Rhonda Clausen|
|WLC Chair Emeritus||Shelley M. Dubin|
|Family Engagement Resource Center (F.E.R.C.) Co-Chairs||Sandra L. Dewees
|Commitment to Education Chair||Gina B. Polovina|
|Outreach & Membership Engagement Co-Chairs||Janet Linder
|Project Funding Co-Chairs||Judy Kropid
|Leadership Co-Chairs||Shelley M. Dubin
|Volunteerism Co-Chairs||Rhonda Clausen
|Career Development Mentoring
On April 9th, at Dean Petersen Elementary School on Cambridge near UNLV we will have our first Breakfast with Books. This is one of the 3 projects that were approved in January at the general membership meeting. The WLC will be providing the books at Dean Petersen for this program. Inside each book is a sticker that says – “This book was generously donated by the women of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council” with our logos. The families will have breakfast with their child and take the book home with them to begin their home libraries.
This project will have volunteer opportunities on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the CCSD school year. We will help set it up, check families in, hand out books, distribute door prizes and help clean up. Currently we are anticipating 1 – 2 volunteers per month. We may determine after April 9th, if there is the need for more volunteers. Please contact Kim Planchunas at Kimberly Planchunas (email@example.com) if you are interested in volunteering in May. June 5th is the last day of the CCSD 9 month school year. We will update our website – www.uwsn.org/wlc when this program will start again in the Fall.
The energy in the room was palpable as 460 community leaders took their seats at the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) Annual Luncheon Fashion Show at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 27 at 11:30 am.
Featuring elegant, bold and timeless styles that can transition easily from the workplace to evening, the DKNY’s 2013 Spring Collection Fashion Show featured WLC members and staff members from WLC’s Family Engagement Resource Centers.
Recognized at the event were four women who set the bar high for community leadership and engagement. Dr. Mary Ann Allison received the Commitment to Health Award; Gina B. Polovina, Vice President of Government Affairs for Boyd Gaming Corporation received the Commitment to Education Award; Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director for Opportunity Village received the Commitment to Financial Stability Award and Charlotte Hill received the Commitment to Volunteerism Award.
Guests were treated to a WLC Five Year Anniversary Video highlighting the group’s accomplishments throughout its history featuring live footage of its members in action.
At over 100 members strong, the group is improving children’s lives through its Family Engagement Resource Centers (FERCs), which are located at five local high schools and target teens at risk of not graduating. Over the past three years, WLC has donated over $400,000 to the FERCs, nurturing more than 3,500 high schoolers.
As a result of the 2012 WLC Annual Women’s Suit Drive, more than 6,200 professional items were collected including suits, dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Items collected benefited Safe Nest, S.A.F.E. House, the Shade Tree, Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s Career Connection, HopeLink and HELP of Southern Nevada’s Work Opportunity Readiness Center, and the Women’s Development Center. All of these accredited United Way agencies have back-to-work programs for women.
Three new projects on the horizon for the group include further impacting children’s lives through education initiatives. WLC will partner with Spread the Word Nevada, a United Way of Southern Nevada accredited agency, to sponsor monthly events that provide breakfast with a book to at-risk children. Another project will provide books and financial planning information in three United Way of Southern Nevada school-based health clinic waiting rooms. The third new project offers 24-hour bus passes at no cost to students and parents that will make it easier to attend after school, evening and weekend events and presentations at the FERCs.
The members of the Women’s Leadership Council impact lives through their investment of $2,500 or more annually to United Way of Southern Nevada. The Annual Luncheon Fashion Show is a celebration of the women’s combined financial support and time.
Attendees had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Hearts On Fire Fulfillment Diamond Pendant courtesy of MJ Christensen Diamonds, a luxurious DKNY cashmere Cozy sweater, two Donna Karan Fragrance Gift Baskets, a gift certificate for dinner for two at Verandah at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas and Mr. Lee selected an assortment of fine wines from his personal wine cellar.
The winner of the Hearts On Fire diamond pendant is our very Women’s Leadership Council member – Christine Karl! Congratulations Christine and thank you to Darlene & Cliff Miller with MJ Christensen Diamonds for generously donating this magnificent pendant valued at $6,990!
The lucky winner of the 2 tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres tickets is Lori Harrison with Bank of Nevada. Congratulations Lori and thank you to Bank of Nevada for being a sponsor at this year’s event!
Also recognized during the luncheon were the Lunch Sponsors including DKNY, Lee’s Discount Liquor, Miracle Mile Shops, MJ Christensen Diamonds, Nevada State Bank, NV Energy, US Bank, Wells Fargo and Wirtz Beverage Nevada.
To learn more about becoming a WLC member, please contact Lawrel Larsen at 702-892-2319 or visit uwsn.org/wlc.
We are what we DREAM!
We have all heard the phrase “we are what we eat”, right? Well, my Mother once told me we are what we DREAM, and WLC has big DREAMS this year. We are grateful for the successes we have seen in the first quarter and elated to dream – and believe – what we will achieve this year.
To highlight our first quarter successes, let’s begin with WLC’s 5th Annual Luncheon. Wow! What an amazing turnout – can you say 460 attendees and 8 new members?! Each year our Luncheon Committee creates a more enriching experience for our attendees. We send a heartfelt thank you to them, our WLC members who helped in many ways, and our sponsors who supported our extraordinary success. They included: DKNY, MJ Christenson, Wirtz Beverage Nevada, NV Energy, US Bank, Nevada State Bank, Lee’s Discount Liquor, Wells Fargo Bank and Miracle Mile Shops.
We held our General Membership Meeting on January 17th, and it was exciting to see 45 members. It was great to meet many of our new members and the positive engagement of our group was invigorating. To date, our group has raised $1,052,995. We voted and approved spending of $15,500 for three new projects that focus on children’s literacy and providing transportation for high school FERC students and their families (see Project Funding Committee Update for more details) and received updates from our committees. The impactful changes we are making in 2013 are something for which we can all be very proud.
We have ten new members since our fiscal year started in July of 2012. We welcome V. Joy Avedesian, Beth Campbell, Chris Cappas, Amanda Hurst, Sandi Milton, Alisa Mirabal, Darcie Pinkelman, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Nancy Syzdek and Della Tilsher. We are thrilled to have you part of this amazing group of ladies and look forward to getting to know you.
Our goal is to increase our membership beyond 34 new members this year. We believe (and DREAM) that with your encouragement and involvement, it will be achieved. Consider bringing one new member to an outreach event or invite her to have coffee with our WLC Director to hear more about our mission and results.
We encourage you to attend one of the upcoming FERC’s Bright Breakfast events to meet our future leaders and learn about their DREAMS. We recently attended Eldorado and Western High School’s Bright Breakfast events in February. We passed out breakfast to over 300 freshman students who are receiving A’s, B’s or C’s year to date. We had the opportunity to sit and chat with some of these future leaders and thrilled to hear their career paths. We heard career goals of becoming Veterinarian’s, Doctor’s, RN’s, and CPA’s, and all the kids were thinking ahead towards college. The FERC program is moving forward as a wonderful investment in our future leaders. These future leaders are what they DREAM.
Because of you, and our DREAMS, we are making strides in Las Vegas to improve education, financial stability and health. Your time and donations to this organization cannot be measured. Cindy and I thank you for helping us make Las Vegas a better place. If you dream it, you will achieve it.
Deb & Cindy
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Welcome to our second issue! We hope you find these e-newsletters informative, resourceful and fun!
Well, we’re back and it’s time to share some of the exciting things we have accomplished since our last newsletter. We’ve been a busy group!
First and foremost, we welcomed new names and faces to the group. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 90 Young Philanthropists by June 30th! See the “Member News” section for official shout-outs… And to drive this effort by now you’ve heard we’ve partnered with our friends at Wendoh Media, Heineken and Blackheath Beverage Group to host an outreach event to help grow this amazing group of young philanthropists! Set for March 13th on the roof at Commonwealth downtown, this will be our strongest outreach effort yet with some great new collateral, a new informational video and a ton of fun! This complimentary event is open to all YPS donors, friends and prospects, so pass it on!
Cleaning up, getting down, learning more and savings bound! YPS has broadened our reach in the community lately! We volunteered at Clean the World, a local nonprofit, where we were able to put hotel soap and toiletries to good use by sending them to areas affected by lack of sanitation, ultimately helping to save lives. We also volunteered with Las Ventanas and held a Mardi Gras celebration with their fabulous residents who were full of life and quite the fun bunch. Check the pictures out on Facebook.
And in keeping up with our professional growth and development, many of us attended a luncheon with the ever clever Louis Castle of Shuffle Master as a part of our quarterly Leadership & Roundtable luncheons. He shared a wealth of useful information including that the best way to make money is to just keep selling your company over and over. (Legally, of course.)
Make sure to check out all the amazing progress that’s going on at Walter Bracken Elementary School through the Piggy Bank program!
Thanks for all you do, everyone! Until next issue…