Past Presidents: A Closer Look at Our Past Leaders…

During the last 25 years, the Junior League of Madison raised more than $1.3 million dollars to benefit the Madison community.

Below is a year-by-year account of our community, fundraising, and organizational highlights. Visiting our past accomplishments reminds current members of our predecessors’ committed community involvement and inspires our future projects and partnerships.

1988- 1989 – Laurel Rice President

Junior Service League of Greater Madison First Membership Meeting Governor’s Residence October 19,1988


Priority and focus areas for project development established

Playground built at Family Centers


First fundraising event: “Turn the Town Upside Down” Dinner dance

Second fundraising event: Shopping Spree

Third fundraising event: “Back to the Future” Dinner dance

Attend AJLI fundraising workshop held in Rockford

Organizational Development

Discussions about forming a Junior League begin

Incorporation documents filed for Junior Service League of Greater Madison

First membership meeting held at Governor’s Residence Approval of bylaws

Announcement of 501c3 status First leadership training First nominating committee elected (five members)

First Placement Fair


1989 -1990 -Carmen Skilton President


Board approved short- term Reading is Fundamental (RIF) project at Bay View Community Center

YWCA honors Junior Service League for providing services to homeless persons

RIF short- term project approved by members: Ronald McDonald “Home Away from Home”

Tapes for Tots program begins Kaleidoscope project kicks off with Hallmark Cards at West Town Mall Parking lot.

Adopted Ronald McDonald House,

RIF, Tapes for Tots and Clean Start Programs Family Centers playground clean up and dedication ceremony

Volunteer Training

First provisional class begins: 25 members

First membership Speak-Out

Two delegates attend AJLI conference in Toronto ‘89


First Kitchen Tour is held in the Highlands and Parkwood Hills Second annual Kitchen Tour in Shorewood Hills

Organizational Development

Logo established New brochure designed

First long-range plan approved by members

AJLI ad- hoc committee formed

Sustainer status ad hoc committee formed


1992 – 1993 – Ginger Scholz President


Ronald McDonald House opens

Public forum on literacy

Presented gifts to Children’s Museum and YWCA Homeless Project

Volunteer Training

41 women begin provisional class

Two delegates attend AJLI conference in Orlando


Third annual Kitchen Tour in Nakoma

American Girls Fashion Show held at the Edgewater

Hotel Chili Bingo fundraiser held to cover costs of our first office

Renaissance Ball fundraiser at Concourse Hotel Celebration at Concourse Hotel

Fourth annual Kitchen Tour in Shorewood Hills

Organizational Development

Created diversity committee

First AJLI visit

Signed AJLI letter of agreement

AJLI diversity meetings held

Fourth and final AJLI visit July 1,

Became 283rd Junior League and member of Association of Junior Leagues International

First meeting of Community Advisory Board

Opened our first office at The Madison Community Foundation on East Washington


1994 Mary Pat Berry President


Adopted Arts projects – Adventures in Learning and Leadership

Organizational Development Adopted policy statement on School Readiness

Volunteer Training

Provisional project “Enhancing the Family Enhancement Center” – New Members refurbish several rooms at the Center

Leadership Roundtable begins – leaders of area women’s organizations meet to network and share information


Renaissance Ball at Concourse Hotel

Rose Bowl Reunion fundraiser at Babe’s

Fifth annual Kitchen Tour in University Heights
1995 Cindy Rogerson President


New Member project at South Madison Health and Family Centers –Harambee

“Healthy Families: Healthy Babies”

Junior League donates $50,000 to center

Volunteer Training First delegate sent to Leadership Greater Madison – Gail Docken attends Bust Trip to Chicago Holiday Party

First delegate sent to Leadership Greater Madison – Gail Docken attends Bust Trip to Chicago Holiday Party

Bust Trip to Chicago Holiday Party


First Celebration of Food and Wine featuring Charlie Trotter of Trotter’s in Chicago

Sixth annual Kitchen Tour in Shorewood Hills

First Next-To-New Sale at Holy Name Seminary

Organizational Development

AJLI adopts new Vision Statement and strengthens Mission Statement

JLM Office moves to Midvale Blvd

1996 – Gail Docken President

Volunteer Training

Bus trip to Chicago, Holiday Party, MidWinter Dinner Party, Theater event

Organizational Development

Awarded the JC Penney and United Way Golden Rule Award for outstanding volunteer service for our collaboration with South Madison Volunteer and Public Relations programs adopted

Fundraising Seventh annual Kitchen Tour in Maple Bluff Adopted Kitchen Tour, Celebration and Next to New Sale as signature fundraisers for five years.

1997 – Suzie Wilkinson President


Coordinated Docent Tours at the Grand Opening of the Monona Terrace Convention Center

SPARC, Health Cooking, RIF and SMHFC-H Reading. Volunteer Initiative and Public Relations Programs Members volunteer at Nancy Denny House

Hats and Mittens distribution at Midvale School; Gingerbread Houses, Health Depot, and Teen

Program all at UW Children’s Hospital; Art in Bloom, Art Fair on the Square; “The First Years Last Forever” tapes underwritten

Volunteer Training

Summer Social at Quivey’s Grove, Bus Trip to Chicago, Holiday Party, Mid-Winter Dinner Parties continue, Funny Business Comedy Club Ladies night Out

Reorganized the New Member Course to begin in the Fall


Eighth Annual Kitchen Tour in Maple Bluff Fourth Annual Celebration “98 held at the Concourse Hotel

Third Annual Next- To -New Sale held at Westgate Mall

Organizational Development

Moved our office to 6808 University Avenue Reorganized Endowment Fund and financial record keeping

Increased training for the Board and Membership

1998 Melinda Pellino President


SPARC, Health Cooking, RIF, SMHFC –H Reading, Volunteer and Public Relations Program; Hats and Mittens distribution in Madison and Sun Prairie First Years Last Forever funded for 1999 and 2000 Health Depot and Teen Program at UW Children’s Hospital Gingerbread House Night at UW Children’s Hospital Madison Round Table

Volunteer Training

Annual Bus Trip to Chicago Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Concourse Hotel Mid-Winter Dinner Parties


Ninth Annual Kitchen Tour held in the Highlands Annual Celebration ’99 held at the Concourse Hotel Fourth Annual Next – To – New Sale held at Westgate Mall

Organizational Development

Celebrated our Tenth Anniversary at Celebration ’98 awarding $10,000 to the Verona Even Start Program

Implemented new time table for JLM year

Raised dues $10

Welcomed 2 New Member Classes

Purchased JLM Banners

Established the JLM Website

1999 – Vincia Carlstrom President


SPARC, RIF, SMHFC-H, International Done In a Day Project

Capital Campaign to jointly purchase Attic Angel Administration Building with CSCI partners: Alzheimer’s Association, West Madison Senior Coalition and RSVP of Dane County.

Focus area broadened to include women and children’s well-being

Voted to adopt Women’s Breast Cancer Recovery House for three years

Early Head Start Baby Car Seat grant Extend SMHFC –H Leadership Initiative for one year Restructured SMHFC _ Volunteer Initiative SMHFC –H book distribution to replace RIF for one year

Volunteer Training

Annual Bus Trip to Chicago Mid-Winter Theatre outing


Tenth Annual Kitchen Tour at Bishop’s Bay

Annual Celebration 2000 at the Concourse Hotel

Fifth Annual Next- To -New Sale held at St. Bernard’s Church

Organizational Development

Renewed GMM Luncheons

New strategic Plan developed

2000 -Laurel Rice President


Established a $25,000 Endowment Fund through the Madison Community Foundation

Provided a one-time $10,000 to the Judith Stitt Faculty Scholar Award Program established by Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Funded and staffed new community programs $25,000 Wexford Ridge After-School Program Early Head Start Baby Car- Seat Program UW -Department of Communicative Disorders – Family support fair Little Acorns Great Oaks Program at Domestic Abuse Intervention Service Maintained SPARC $3,000


Eleventh Annual Kitchen Tour in Shorewood

Organizational Development

Moved to new headquarters on Segoe Road

Attended the AJLI Annual Conference and 100th Centennial Celebration in NYC

2001 Marcia Philipps Hyzer President


Approval of 5 new Community Programs Board approves members’ participation volunteers for the United States mayor’s Conference Sponsored Keynote Speaker, Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services – event held at Maple Bluff Country Club.

Volunteer Training Hosted women’s health panel discussion with featured speakers Sue Ann Thompson, Dr. Molly Carnes and Dr. Linda Sabatini, the recipient of the Judith Stitt Award. Board retreat with Dr. Brenda Lloyd Jones

Training fest at Middleton Alternative Senior High

George Austin provides update on Overture project at Bishops Bay event


Cookbook Ad-Hoc committee forms

Twelfth Annual Kitchen Tour at Noll Valley

Celebration at Hilldale Mail

Organizational Development

Approval of new JLM Annual Governance Model

Approval of new JLM Logo and tagline

2002 – Mary Bartzen President


JLM volunteers help staff U.S. Conference of Mayors event

Community Research Committee develops Signature Community Program BCRF, Safe Kids Coalition, Elder Care of Dane County, Holly House, WWHF, UW Communicative Disorders and Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center benefit from our time, talents and financial support

New Members establish SPARC Program at Chavez Elementary School

Volunteer Training

AJLI Senior Associate Jean Lubas conducted Leadership Team Training Bus trip to Chicago


Members vote in favor of creating a JLM cookbook

Thirteenth Annual Kitchen Tour in Nakoma

Local artist Kathleen Parr McKenna creates original art work “Garden Party” for use on posters, note cards and publicity pieces Fall fashion

Celebration event held at Hilldale Mall

Funding Development Committee successfully secures $5,000 grant

Organizational Development

Committee Annual Plans are written in conjunction with a revised Strategic Plan Bylaws and Standing Rules are completely updated and revised along with Policies and Procedures Majority of GMM’s held at the Madison Club many featuring representatives from our community partners

Record number of New Members join the League

Four new members join our Community Advisory Board

Point/Credit system is approved by the membership Team Organization Structure is approved by the membership
2003 -Susan Luskin President


Community Research Committee works on the development of a Signature Community Program and presents three potential programs for the League to support BCFR, Madison Area Safe Kids Coalition, Elder Care of Wisconsin, Holly House, UW Department of Communicative Disorders and Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center benefit from our time, talents and financial support

New members create “distraction packets” for UW Children’s Hospital and Emergency Room Letters of support sent for a new Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center

Award from BCRF for JLM’s support of Infinite Boundaries Voted to support Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and the UW Children’s Hospital for 2 years.

Volunteer Training

AJLI Liaison Pam Mosley conducted Board and Leadership Team training

Committee Annual Plans were written as the implementation of the Strategic Plan Policies and Procedures were revised to supplement the Bylaws revised in 2002 -2003)


Fourteenth Annual Kitchen Tour held in Shorewood Hills with Great Kitchen Makeover Raffle Fall Fashion Celebration event held at Hilldale Mall; proceeds to Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Voted to publish cookbook, “Mad About Food” Membership Satisfaction Survey conducted GMM’s held at the Madison Club New Member Class totals 45

Four new members join our Community Advisory Board Point/Credit system approved

Organizational Development

Corporate Sponsorship Plan developed

2004 – Polly Duchow President


Done In A Day

Boys and Girls Club Holiday Party

Allied Drive Playground Development

UW Department of Communicative Disorders Wexford Ridge

All Dressed Up Created by New Members

Safe Kids Coalition

Elder Care of Wisconsin Service

BCRF Sponsors Junior League 2004 for Philanthropy Award

Organizational Development

Website development begins

JLM contracts with its first employee—a bookkeeper


JLM published first cookbook Mad About Food – 10,000 copies printed

Mad About Food receives Tabasco Regional Community Cookbook Award

Corporate Sponsorship Plan developed

15th Annual Kitchen Tour held in Glacier’s End

Lands’ End grant received by JLM


2005 – Lynn Wood President


Done In A Day

Cell phone collection for Domestic Abuse Intervention Service

UW Children’s Hospital events continue Kids In The Kitchen – Ad Hoc Committee promotes healthy lifestyles and awareness for kids

New Members sponsor 2nd Annual

All Dressed Up BCRF awards

JLM Sustainer Karen Christianson with Outstanding Volunteer Award on National Philanthropy Day

DAIS Presents JLM with award for community support

Mad About Food declared the official cookbook of Madison by Mayor Dave

Organizational Development

Legacy, JLM quarterly published; JLM members receive weekly emails; website capacity increases


16th Annual Kitchen Tour held in Harlan Hills

Chocolate event held in kitchen showroom

Volunteer Training

55 New Members join

JLM Sustainers present League History at GMM

2006 – Sara De Tienne President


Members vote on a $100,000 5-year signature program for childhood nutrition and fitness;

Done In A Day UW Children’s Hospital – July 4th and Gingerbread House events Kits in the Kitchen at Harambee

New Member Class hosts 4th Annual All Dressed Up


Funding Development submits 5 year plan

16th Annual Kitchen Tour in Waunakee

2007 – Peggy Angevine President 


Mad About Kids health initiatives announced Healthy U, “Fit For The Future”

Community Round Table Madison Children’s Museum and Troy Gardens

Polly Duchow receives Outstanding Fundraiser Award on National Philanthropy Day by NSFRE


Chefs for Change at Allen Kitchen and Bath and Dybdahl’s Classic Kitchens

First Annual Bowling Ball to support Mad About Kids

Organizational Development

20th Anniversary Event Committee formed

Emeritus membership status created

JLM Endowment Fund policies updated

Community Team designed to support Mad About Kids


2010–Vicki Spatt –Ballweg President


Speak Up and Roundtable Teen Transition Program All Dressed Up and Goodman Committees ongoing $10,000 Grant to Goodman Center for Sporting Chance Program

350 children served in after school programs including Basketball, double dutch jump rope, self-defense, yoga, youth soccer

Healthy U– 250 people attended Workshops and demonstrations featured local service providers including UW Marching Band; Planned Parenthood; WI Emergency Management; Blackbird Yoga and UW Athletes Food Drives include almost $200 in donations Kids in the Kitchen—425 girls served All Dressed Up—288 young women served; 600 dresses donated Done in a Day—250 hours beyond Healthy U and All Dressed Up Ronald McDonald House Dinners Juvenile Diabetes Gala Girls on the Run Madison Mini Marathon Holiday Market Total Community Impact –888 people served

New Member recruitment success; 21 new members Golf Scramble Ongoing communications to Sustainers

100 hours served at Healthy U Plant an Extra Row (food drive) DIAD

Susan G. Koman volunteers for Girls on the Run (New Member Project)

All Dressed Up 600 volunteer hours from members Done in A Day

250 volunteer hours (not including Healthy U and ADU) 950 total volunteer hours


Goal to increase corporate sponsorship

Sip and Shop Cookbook

Hot Mama – new members

Dining for a Difference

Bowling Ball Annual Appeal Add Dressed Up

Internal communications planned to highlight special events

Weekly News includes all members including Sustainers

Facebook fan pages opened for Bowling Ball and All Dressed Up

Members featured in Know Your Madisonian

Thank you ad placed for community donors

Social media training and Digital Cheetah introduction

Sustainer Gatherings at homes of Past President–50 members participated

Committees meet quarterly

Revamp GMM structure Quarterly Executive Committee meetings

2011 Alissa Oleck President


8th Annual All Dressed Up Initiate Teen Transition (assists children leaving the Foster Care system)

Hosted GROW—Getting Ready Obtaining Wisdom mentoring workshop

Round Table focused on foster care and tell related community programs

JLM Sustainer Ruth Ann Schoer received Business Forum’s Athena Award

JLM Sustainer Karen Christianson named 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction


Provisional Class coordinated and volunteered at Girls Night Out event at Hilldale Mall


Dining for a Difference held at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

5th Annual Bowling Ball held at Schwoegler’s Lanes

Sip N Shop hosted by Boardman Law Firm

Organizational Development 25th JLM Anniversary Event Committee formed

25th JLM Anniversary Event Committee formed

By Laws updated