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Junior League of Peoria

Our women are the force that makes change happen.

The work we do, the leadership we provide is life changing to individual members and our community. Our voice is an opportunity to own that position.

2020-2021 Governance Board Slate

Below please find the proposed 2020-2021 Board of Directors Slate.The JLP Board Slate will be voted on at the March General Membership Meeting on March 12. Please note that Sustainers and New Members do not vote on slate; only active members are allowed to vote on these changes.

Board Slate
President Elect - Christina Robinson
Secretary - OPEN
Nominating Chair - Amanda Miller
Director at Large - Fund Development - Tess Lough
Director at Large - Sustainer Engagement - Christina Walker

Previously Slated Board Members
President - Andrea Tortora
Executive Vice President - Rachael Austin
Treasurer - Laura Presley
Director at Large - Education - Sandy Garza

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Governance Board Meeting Highlights


Finances. We reviewed our finances and the outlook on funding as it relates to the Annual Campaign and Frolic with the Fairies. We discussed the Dues Letter that will go out in March.

Sonar Tide Sculpture. Andrea Tortora reported on a recent meeting that she and Amanda Campbell had with Mayor Jim Ardis and representatives from the City, the Peoria Civic Center Authority and the Peoria Riverfront Museum. We are moving forward with finding a consultant to assess Sonar Tide and determine the work needed to restore and preserve it. We will have our April General Membership Meeting at the Riverfront Museum, during the month-long exhibit of Ronald Bladen’s work.

Nominating. There are still 2 open positions. Secretary on the Governance Board and PR Chair on the Management Team. Please consider applying.

Frolic. An update was provided. We briefly discussed potential vendors.

Leadership Transition. We discussed planning a “leadership transition” meeting at the end of the League year, to ensure an information exchange between outgoing and incoming committee chairs.

Women’s Groups. Andrea Tortora reported on an exploratory meeting among the Women’s Fund, Women in Leadership, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and the Junior League. Representatives from each group met to discuss how we might partner in the future. There is the potential to partner on a Leadership Conference, but much more work and discussion must first take place.


The January meeting serves as a mid-year touch-base with Governance Board and Management Team members attending together.

We spent time talking about the Strategic Plan and how we are tracking the numbers related to each goal, such as building a leadership pipeline, etc. (An update was presented at the February GMM.)

The group also reviewed the calendar for the rest of the year. A Done In A Day is planned for April 25, 2020 at the Community Garden at Glendale Commons.

Questions? Do you have questions about how something works in the League or why we did a certain project? Submit your anonymous question here:

March General Membership Meeting + Frolic with the Fairies Setup

Thursday, March 12th, 5:30-7:30pm

21 Blackjack Boulevard

East Peoria, IL

The March GMM will be at the Par-a-Dice Hotel (21 Blackjack Blvd, East Peoria). The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00PM and will end in time to set up for Frolic with the Fairies.

Please consider helping for any amount of time you can! Tasks include draping, center pieces, stage, entrance details, dance floor, table cloths and more.

The monthly GMM is a great opportunity for JLP to discuss key issues and distribute important information. In doing this, JLP maintains transparency by keeping members informed on the status of the League.

If you are interested in joining the League, this is a great opportunity to attend and better understand our initiatives.



Frolic with the Fairies 2020: VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Frolic tickets are currently on sale! You can find the tickets on our website or via our Facebook Event! Please help us promote the event via the SHARE icon. We are only hosting three teas this year and our goal is to SELL OUT!


We’ve scheduled all volunteer opportunities on our JLP Volunteer Calendar. In addition, we've created a spreadsheet with a more detailed outlook on the types of tasks/roles available as volunteer opportunities with Frolic. No previous Frolic experience required! If you have any questions or issues with signing up, please reach out to Melissa Kelch.

There is a volunteer raffle! For every shift that you volunteer, you will be given a raffle ticket and entered to win an amazing basket, so sign up today!

2020-2021 Placement

Introducing AJLI’s Placement Matching Tool!

  • Web based tool to match you to your next committee & job

  • For New Members: Placement is the process that educates you on what opportunities the League offers and helps you select what interests you have, skills you’d like to develop, and what schedule may work best for you.


  • April GMM - Placement opens (2 weeks to complete placement forms)

  • By May 2nd - Optional interviews completed

  • May GMM - Placements announced

More information on this new tool will be shared at the March GMM!

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Amy Carlson.

Mentors Wanted

The Member Training & Development team has exhausted their list of mentors for new incoming members. Information about this program can be found HERE. Please sign up to be a mentor today by emailing Anna Knepler-Chumbley.
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Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you to all those who gave during the holidays to our annual giving campaign; we simply couldn't fulfill our mission without your support. Please consider giving to help JLP reach its 2020 goal of 100% membership giving, no amount is too small.

Member Recognition

Congratulations to the following members:

  • Congrats to Corinne Olson on her new baby girl, Juliana

  • Congrats to Stephanie AlKhafaji on her new baby boy, Vance

Do you have any personal announcements you'd like to share? Submit them to

Upcoming Volunteer Events

  • 3/12: March GMM @ Par-a-Dice
  • 3/13: Frolic with the Fairies @ Par-a-Dice
  • 3/14: Frolic with the Fairies @ Par-a-Dice
  • 3/26: Cooking dinner @ Central Illinois Ronald McDonald House
  • 4/14: April GMM @ Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • 4/25: Garden Clean Up

  • Kids in the Kitchen: SIGN UP HERE

    • Every Tuesday at the Dream Center

    • 1st Saturday of the month at New Hope Apartments

    • 3rd Friday of the month at Neighborhood House with social to follow

Upcoming Sustainer Events

  • 3/5: Dining Divas
  • 3/13-3/14: Frolic with the Fairies at Par-a-Dice
  • 4/2: Dining Divas
  • 5/7: Sustainer Spring Luncheon at CCP

JLP + Peoria Chamber of Commerce Events

With Junior League of Peoria recently becoming a member of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, our members can now attend their events on behalf of JLP. If you're interested in upcoming activities, please visit their Events Calendar for more information.

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About Us

Promoting voluntarism; developing the potential of women; improving communities – the Junior League of Peoria has been collaborating, problem-solving and driving change in the Peoria area for 80 years.