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The Junior League of Cleveland’s Hand in City History

I have had the great pleasure of meeting many, many fine folks and becoming aware of extremely fine organizations as a result of my Cleveland History presentations. A few days ago I received a wonderful email from one Emily describing to me the fine work that Junior League of Cleveland accomplished each and every year. Emily was kind enough to educate me on the history of the Junior League of Cleveland as they approach their 100th birthday.

Emily has given me permission to post her email and current press release concerning the Junior League of Cleveland, one reads their press release hopefully you will get the same impression I have; Cleveland is a wonderful place full of folks doing good works. This culture will result in our return to former greatness.

We thought this may be of interest to you because many of our facts are historical in nature. The Junior League of Cleveland has had a hand in this city’s history: Our members worked in local Red Cross stations during World War I, manned milk and food stations during the Great Depression, donated a large amount of funds for the restoration of Playhouse Square, among many other projects. This is just a small sample of the way the League has appeared in the history of Cleveland.

Kind Regards,
Emily Lopick
Junior League of Cleveland

The Junior League of Cleveland Launches
“100 Days, 100 Ways” Digital Campaign

Cleveland, Ohio – Nov. 1, 2011 – The Junior League of Cleveland, Inc. (JLC), is launching “100 Days, 100 Ways,” a special digital campaign to jumpstart its 100th anniversary coming up in 2012.

Beginning November 4, 2011 and continuing once a day for 100 days, The JLC will share ways the organization has impacted the Cleveland community through volunteer work, trained leaders, and partnerships with other organizations over the past 100 years.

The information will be shared via digital mediums including The JLC’s website, Facebook and Twitter. To access, visit www.jlcleveland.org, ‘Like’ the Junior League of Cleveland on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JrLeagueCleveland), or follow @JLCleveland on Twitter (www.twitter.com/jlcleveland).

“Our centennial provides an incredible opportunity to reflect upon our rich history of community impact,” said Hermione Malone, JLC President. “100 Days, 100 Ways is one way we’re reminding our membership – and the broader Cleveland community – of the difference the Junior League of Cleveland has made over the last century – both in the development of trained civic leaders and in programs that meet identified needs.

The culmination of the campaign will be the official launch of the JLC’s centennial year in February as it co-hosts a girls leadership symposium in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

About The Junior League of Cleveland

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012, The Junior League of Cleveland, Inc. is an organization of women volunteers dedicated to community change. The JLC is comprised of diverse, creative, compassionate, and action oriented women who are committed to promoting the League’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action of trained volunteers. Our members have varying backgrounds and interests and share a commitment to volunteering.

Media Contact:

Betsy Nagy, Communications Director
communications@jlcleveland.org
216-231-6300

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So You Think the Green Movement is New?

The White Family was "green" before their time
The White Family was "green" before their time

Today, all of us seemingly have been indoctrinated as to the new definition of Green. One cannot turn anywhere but to run into a new green institute, a new green product which will save the planet, think green, be green, do green. A new idea right? I don’t think so.

Many years ago–1920 to be exact–there was a family in Cleveland, Ohio, who believed in green before today’s definition of green was ever invented. This famous family was the Walter White family of White Sewing Machine and White Motors fame.

They believed in planting thousands of trees (it was called tree farming) throughout their fabulous country estates so that future generations could truly enjoy them for years to come. Regular farming and tree farming were done jointly on the same properties. Mrs. Walter White actually received an award from her home state of South Carolina for planting more trees in that state than anyone before her. Knowing today that trees remove CO2 from the air in large quantities probably was a science unknown to the Whites, but no matter they already had a steady eye out for future generations.

I currently live on part of the old Walter White estate and own some 300 of these grand 60′ pines planted by the Whites. My enjoyment today truly understands their grand vision of the future.