Junior League of Eau Claire

Courtney Kanz
President's Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Eau Claire’s website! I am extremely proud to serve as the 2017-2018 President. We are an organization rich in tradition and history. Our members are forward thinking, dynamic leaders with a common interest: helping to address the needs of women and children in the Eau Claire community through the effective action of leadership and voluntarism. We’ve been creating lasting change in our area for over 85 years.

The women of the Junior League of Eau Claire make a difference! Since our founding in 1930, we have provided thousands of service hours and financial dollars to local organizations aligned with our mission and vision. This year, we are continuing to address critical needs in our community through two main projects:

Kids in the Kitchen: JLEC introduced the Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) program to Eau Claire in 2003 after identifying a need in the community for education surrounding the rise in childhood obesity rates. The goal of this initiative, which is supported by the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) and its member Leagues, is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks. For the past two years, JLEC has been fortunate to receive grant funding from Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, which has allowed us to deliver the program as a fieldtrip for all fourth graders enrolled in the Eau Claire Area School District. Because of our dedicated members who are passionate about this program as well as support from Mayo Clinic and community members, Kids in the Kitchen has become a powerful resource in the fight against childhood obesity in our area.

We are excited to announce that during the 2017-2018 school year, we will transition the ownership and management of the Kids in the Kitchen program to Lily Pad Lab, whose mission and values align closely with those of the program. This transition will secure the future of KITK and provide the best opportunity for program expansion. We are incredibly grateful to Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire for their ongoing support of this important program.

The Diaper Bank: Through a partnership with Feed My People Food Bank we collect diapers to distribute to families living in Eau Claire County that are struggling to cover basic expenses. Over the past five years through fundraisers, personal donations and diaper drives, JLEC has donated over $20,000 to Feed My People along with a substantial supply of diapers. We continue to support local diaper drives and fundraisers aimed at addressing this important need.

In addition to our focus programs, JLEC supports local nonprofits aligned with our mission and vision by distributing a portion of funds from the JLEC Endowment Fund to advance programs and initiatives making a lasting impact on our community. Our members also donate time, money and items in support of multiple projects and organizations in need of our assistance.

If you are not a member of JLEC, now is the time to join! We have an exciting year of educational meetings, fun social activities and fulfilling volunteer opportunities ahead. I invite you to explore our website and consider joining this committed community of volunteer leaders!

Sincerely,
Courtney Kanz


New members are always welcomed. If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please email us at Info@juniorleague-ec.org

Past Presidents

Name

Years

Name

Years

Katie Walk
2015-2016
Janet Myhers
1969-70
Valerie Bestland
2014-15
Donna Gilbertson
1968-69
Leslie Lyons
2013-14
Pattie Kaiser Cigan
1967-68
Linda Holzhausen
2012-13
Barb Brenden
1966-67
Sadie Gunderson
2011-12
Elaine Orendorff
1965-66
Jill Spaak-Fenn
2010-11
Jeanette Ayres
1964-65
Kate Gillett
2009-10
Janet Losby
1963-64
Jil Fenn
2008-09
Beverly Ross
1962-63
Lindsay Jaeger
2007-08
Natalie Danielson
1961-62
Bobbi Giles
2006-07
Sally Anderson
1960-61
Marianne Klinkhammer
2005-06
Caroline Nankivell
1959-60
Chris Sniegowski
2004-05
Bea Farmer
1958-59
Robin Shih
2002-04
Gloria Gold
1957-58
Donella Magadance
2001-02
Phyllis Mackenzie
1956-57
Barbara Westrate
2000-01
Bernie Arnold
1955-56
Linda Bohacek
1999-00
Pat Riley
1954-55
Barbara Ihlenfeldt
1998-99
Frankie Dinger
1953-54
Lynn Stark
1997-98
Marion Duerre Thielman
1952-53
Kay Houser
1996-97
Carmen Hoeppner / Ev Smith
1951-52
Sandy Magnuson McKinney
1995-96
Harriet Steven
1950-51
Shelley Borreson
1994-95
Dorothy Goethel
1949-50
Leslie Mueller-Johnson
1993-94
Kate Werner
1948-49
Cindy Moores
1992-93
Mary Helen Hale
1947-48
Teresa Woodhouse
1991-92
Mary Jane Riley
1946-47
Kaye Senn
1990-91
Arlene Norman
1945-46
Jody Hannaford
1989-90
Peggy Culver
1944-45
Beth Hicks
1988-89
Kay Wahl Coventry
1943-44
Margaret Ann Bundy
1987-88
Helen Haney
1942-43
Ellen Milne Cernjar
1986-87
Isabel Grewe
1941-42
Kathy Kaspszak
1985-86
Helen Frise
1940-41
Carol Gabler
1984-85
Sybil McGiveran
1939-40
Mavis Hermodson
1983-84
Lucille Crocker
1938-39
Barbara Tanner
1982-83
Mildred Scullard / Louise Sommermeyer
1937-38
Kathy Cherrier Ayres
1981-82
Edith Reynolds
1936-37
Jane Van Gorden
1980-81
Miriam Sampson
1935-36
Carol Anderson
1979-80
Florence Amundson
1934-35
Kathy Lasker
1978-79
Eleanor Garnock
1933-34
Sharon Ullrich
1977-78
Katherine Wahl Law
1932-33
Mary Jo Amundson
1976-77
Petronella Davis
1931-32
Barbara Fey
1975-76
Margaret Frick
1930-31
Judy Rognlien
1974-75
Nancy Wensel
1973-74
Susan Forcier
1972-73
Karen St. Louis
1971-72
Janeway Murphy Riley
1970-71

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