League'ly Speaking

March 2016

League'ly Speaking is a publication of Jackson Junior Welfare League, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the community through volunteer service and fund development. JJWL is 85 years old and still going strong!
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Girls on the M.O.V.E.

May 19th @ Columbia Schools

March Meeting

Tuesday, March 29th, 6pm

The Hunt Club Jackson, MI

Please bring maxi pads to support the product drive for Jackson Personal Care Ministry. Also, bring a gift card to support Jennie Lapp and family, if able.

Upcoming meetings and events

April 16 at 11:00. The Sustainer Social at The Pointe. It will be a brunch style meal for $15 (includes meal, cake and tip) cash bar will be available.

April 26th : Meeting at The Pointe, Clark Lake

May 31st: Final meeting of the season! In Good Company

Save The Date: Craft O Rama is scheduled for October 19, 2016. Set up will be on October 18, 2016,

February 299 request

Western High School’s After Prom Party.

This is a safe, drug and alcohol free celebration for students.

Board of Directors/Committees

*President elect Amanda Goldsmith.

*New secretary Katie Ambs.

President elect (2016-2017): Kelly Burr

Amanda will take over Chris Gorton's presidential duties at the end of May.

*Have you thought about which committee you would like to support next year? If you need more information, ask our Nominating and Placement Chair, Josnelly Aponte for assistance.

Young Professionals

Jessica Backinger-Jackson Young Professionals Women Panel Discussion

On March 8 at the Jackson Country Club, a fabulous panel of women shared their secrets to success. The panel discussed ways to balance career, family, and happiness! Thank you to all Junior league members who were able to attend!

New Member Profile: Katrina ("Kate") Freedberg

Who recommended you to join JJWL? Why did you choose to join?


My cousin-in-law, Melinda Kohn, thought I would be interested in joining JJWL. I

was already intrigued by the organization as I had noticed her posts about its

different events last year. I had wanted to become more involved in Jackson, and so

this seemed like Kismet. Once I attended the mixer for new members, I was hooked.

I was surrounded by dozens of intelligent, conscientious women who, like me,

wanted to positively impact their community. I hadn’t heard of JJWL before this, but

now as a new member, I am looking forward to becoming involved in whatever

ways I can.


Tell us a little about yourself-work, family, etc.


I moved to Jackson recently: I bought a house here just last December. My

hometown is Leslie, but in many ways, though, I grew up here in Jackson: my

mother’s family is from Jackson, and I am still a member of Queen of the Miraculous

Medal Parish. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in

Secondary Education (English and history), and later from Eastern Michigan

University with a Master’s in Educational Psychology. I lived in San Jose, California

for two years where I worked as a live-in nanny. I currently work as a bookkeeper

with SpartanNash Finch. I have one Siamese cat, a one-year-old girl named Stella.


What’s the best book you have read lately?


The best book I’ve read lately was actually a reread: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,

by Winifred Watson. It is a delight.


Where’s your favorite place to go in town-whether meeting friends for dinner,

taking the family out on an outing, or spending a date night with your

significant other?


My favorite restaurant in Jackson is Yen King. Hands down, best Chinese around.


What are your hobbies and interests?


I love well-written books, like those by Jhumpa Lahiri, Dara Horn, Carson McCullers,

and others. I particularly love older movies, from Marx Brothers to Hitchcock to

musicals to campy classics. As a new homeowner, my house is of great interest. I’m

working on striking a balance between aesthetic remodeling and practical

improvements. I sing in the Adult Choir of my church. I also enjoy gardening,

organizing, live music, good food, baking, and spending time with friends and family.