Shop Small This Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is right around the corner! Celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is your reminder to shop local during the holiday season and remember that you are a key part of helping your local business owners thrive. 

The Economy of Shopping Small: Keeping it in the Community posted a report in 2017 showing that 42 cents of every dollar spent in a small business comes back to the local community in the form of salaries to local residents, payments to local suppliers, and sponsorships that support local schools, charities and other initiatives. 

One way you can support local business owners this holiday season is by purchasing Junior League’s A Century of Serving Cookbook at the area retailers stocking our book: 

  • Everbloom Floral & Gift (Loveland location only, 90th & Center)
  • Dusk Goods and Gifts (1234 S. 13th St, Suite 201 & 202)
  • Voila! Magdalene Blooms (4922 Dodge Street)
  • JH Interior Design (Clocktower Village: 721 N 98th Street)
  • Stir Coffee Bar (Legacy – 19650 Wright Plaza)
  • Salt Creek Mercantile (1502 Silver St – Ashland)
  • Made in Omaha (Countryside Village, Old Market)
  • Prairie in Bloom (1702 Cuming St.)
  • Village Pomegranate/The Linen Gallery (Countryside Village)
  • Village Grinder (Countryside Village, 87th & Pacific)
  • Clarkson Gift Shop (UNMC)
  • CornerStone Gift Shop (UNMC)
  • The Bookworm (90th & Center)
  • Mine Custom Gifts (114th & Davenport)
  • Spruce Interiors & Gifts (5022 Leavenworth Street)
  • Children’s Hospital Gift Shop (82nd & Dodge Street)
  • Reve (Rockbrook Village)
  • Hearts & Fire (Rockbrook Village)

Check out the link below for more information on our local wholesalers! https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

40 Under 40: Alysia Radicia

Junior League of Omaha members Colby Jensen, Alyson Manning and Alysia Radicia won a 2020 Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the 19th edition of the prestigious awards program for Omaha’s entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. This is part of a series recognizing the League members who won the award.

An interior designer, Alysia Radicia joined RDG Planning & Design in 2011.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work on some pretty amazing civic minded projects: Work at UNMC, the Women’s Center for Advancement, The Jewish Community Center – all organizations that are mission minded and work for the community,” she said. “I’m an avid volunteer and am constantly trying to do good in my community, having the ability to blend professional and volunteer passions is highly meaningful and impactful.”

Alysia is in her eighth year with the Junior League, currently serving as the Executive Vice President-Elect, a step-up position to Executive Vice President for the 2021-2022 League year. Other positions she has held include 2019-2020 Member at Large, 2018-2019 Development and Donor Relations Annual Appeal Coordinator, 2017-2018 Fundraising Council Director, 2016-2017 Done in a Day Vice Chair and multiple positions on American Girl.

2019-2020 Board of Directors including Alysia pictured on the far right

Alysia also spearheaded the League’s headquarters redesign in 2018-2019.

The League has helped her in so many ways, she says.

“I have had so many opportunities to learn and grow that I certainly would not have had in my professional career,” Alysia said. “At the beginning of my League career it was managing a committee of 23 working towards raising $70,000. Wow! The energy and effort involved in that; I learn financial organization, donor stewardship, communication strategies, logistics and planning, team development, marketing. Not every single element of these skills I used in my day-to-day, but my clients certainly do. Having this perspective has helped me in becoming their best advocate and consultant, I know what their role and work entails and I can help in ways that other designers can’t. Now, as I develop in my League career I am constantly gaining skills and insight on working with and developing teams. How to manage different personalities, how to build trust, effective means of communication, fostering empathy, being the best cheerleader and motivating various teams in achieving some pretty amazing stuff.”

Alysia is also active beyond the League with Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professional Council, Friends of Nebraska Children, Opera Omaha, Joslyn Art Museum Young Art Patrons, Share Omaha and Women’s Fund Circles. She is a Leadership Omaha Class 40 graduate.

“Be open to opportunities,” Alyisa said of her advice for other young professionals. “I am a firm believer in self-care, boundaries, knowing when to say no, but simultaneously you have to be open to opportunities when they present themselves. Sure, life is hectic and chaotic, but when asked to take on a new role, join a committee, or a new project, take a moment and reflect how you could learn and grow from the opportunity. Also, take stock on the fact that someone thought you were best suited for a particular role – you. Lean into what opportunities are in front of you while caring for yourself.”

40 Under 40: Alyson Manning

Junior League of Omaha members Colby Jensen, Alyson Manning and Alysia Radicia won a 2020 Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the 19th edition of the prestigious awards program for Omaha’s entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. This is part of a series recognizing the League members who won the award.

In her nine years with Kiewit, Alyson Manning has had no shortage of accomplishments. Her career highlights include: 

  • Developed and launched the company’s first Employee Relations & Affirmative Action Center of Excellence, designed to investigate and address employee issues and foster diversity under one business group
  • Designed and implemented the company’s first paid maternity and paternity leave policies, and the paid sick leave program; Launched our internal Immigration Department to facilitate obtaining work authorization visas resulting in $1 million of cost savings annually
  • Served as member of the COVID-19 Task Force, which has led the company’s efforts to manage this unprecedented epidemic 
  • Co-leading the Women in Kiewit initiative for the entire company designed to help recruit, retain and advance women within the organization

She is a graduate of Saint Louis University and Creighton University School of Law.

Her advice for young professionals:

  1. Work hard and push yourself
  2. Volunteer to help and say “yes!”
  3. Maintain positivity, composure and confidence even during times of uncertainty 

Alyson became a Sustainer after serving as the 2018-2019 Recording Secretary. She also previously held the positions of Executive Vice President, Cookbook Chair and American Girl Models Coordinator Chair, among others, throughout her time as an Active Member.

2017-2018 Board Of Directors which includes Alyson

Outside the League, Alyson has been heavily involved in the community for a decade, most recently serving as the 2020 Wine, Women & Shoes Co-Chair, Children’s Hospital, 2020 (event raised $183,000.00) and the 2019 and 2020 Pinot, Pigs, & Poets Restaurant Chair, Completely KIDs (events raised $400,000-500,000). She is the 2020-2021 Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show Luncheon Co-Chair for the Lauritzen Gardens (2020 show moved to 2021) and the 2021 Rockin’ Rosie Co-Chair for The Rose Theater.

“Understanding your skills, interests, accomplishments, and values are key components to a successful career,” she said. “Volunteering is an excellent way to learn more about yourself and professional potential.  It further offers the opportunity to discover how others perceive you and your strengths.”

40 Under 40: Colby Jensen

Junior League of Omaha members Colby Jensen, Alyson Manning and Alysia Radicia won a 2020 Midlands Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, the 19th edition of the prestigious awards program for Omaha’s entrepreneurs, executives and professionals. This is part of a series recognizing the League members who won the award.

Colby Jensen has been with BKD for over seven years. 

Her role includes: building and supervising governmental and not-for-profit industry teams on varying audit engagements; building and contributing to a culture to foster meaningful relationships and retain talent throughout the offices and audit engagement teams; and providing support to other BKD offices as needed providing industry expertise to clients in need.

“Passing the CPA exam and earning my license to practice was the first monumental professional accomplishment of my career,” she said. “My biggest career accomplishments now relate to building the team at work and helping others succeed.  I instruct various firmwide trainings as others progress in their careers and feel accomplished when I receive positive feedback that I was able to help them understand the content covered, keep the training fun and showcase my knowledge and passion for the work I do. In addition, anytime I can provide additional opportunities to my team members to help them further their career, build their confidence and be seen as a trusted advisor, makes my career much more rewarding.”

Colby earned her associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College and her bachelor’s degree at University of Nebraska-Omaha. 

Her advice to other young professionals: “Be open, honest and own your mistakes. Take interest in others and create genuine rewarding relationships. Give yourself credit and celebrate your accomplishments. You’re capable of more, don’t hold yourself back.”

Colby’s League experience includes bRUNch 5k Treasurer, bRUNch5k co-vice chair, bRUNch 5k co-chair, Finance Manager and Financial Vice President.

“The League has introduced me to a variety of amazing, connected women that have helped me grow my personal and professional network,” she said. “The various training opportunities related to the League operations, policies and meetings has crossed over into professional meetings and other organizations that I participate in, making me feel more comfortable, confident and able to successfully participate and manage meetings.”

2019-2020 Board of Directors which included Colby

Besides being involved in the League, Colby is a mentor for the UNO College of Business Scholars Academy and NESCPA (Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants), sits on the BKD Nebraska Foundation Board, participates in Boy Scouts of America events and volunteers at other various community organizations.

Junior League of Omaha Nominations

Each year the Junior League of Omaha has nominations for slated positions that are included in board and management. Included in the positions are:

Board of DirectorsManagement Team
President
President-Elect
Corresponding Secretary
Executive Vice President
Financial Vice President
Member-at-Large
Member-at-Large
Diversity and Inclusion Vice President
Nominating Committee Chair
Recording Secretary
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President-Elect
Communications Council Director
Communications Council Asst. Director
Community Impact Council Director
Community Impact Asst. Director
Finance Manager
Fundraising Council Director
Fundraising Council Asst. Director
Membership Council Director
Membership Council Asst. Director
Recording Secretary
Bylaws Vice Chair

The nominations of these positions are important as it allows the committee to hear names of people they may not otherwise know or be aware of that could be a good fit for the position. The majority of the slated positions prefer League committee experience paired with some professional experience in that field. 

Nominations are every fall. The deadline for nominations for 2020 is November 20 with applications due December 13. To nominate someone for one of the positions email nominating@jlomaha.org.

Create Change with Your Vote

For over 100 years, the women of The Junior League have put our values into action in Omaha and across the nation. We believe that the empowerment of women is a necessary requirement to create positive, lasting societal change.

There’s no better way to increase the power of women’s voices in decisions that affect society, and to honor the suffragists who won the fight for women’s right to vote 100 years ago, then to register and vote.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Are you ready to cast your vote?

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Nebraska, and deadlines are quickly approaching, while in Iowa, you may register and vote on Election Day.

Both Nebraska and Iowa allow early voting and absentee ballots.

Nebraska voter registration deadlines

Online: Oct. 16

By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 16

In person: Oct. 23

Absentee ballot deadlines

Request: Received by Oct. 23

Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. CT

Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. CT

Early voting

Oct. 5-Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Iowa voter registration deadlines

Online: Oct. 24

By mail: Received by Oct. 24

In person: Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadlines

Request: Received by Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by close of polls

Return in person: Nov. 3 by close of polls

Early voting

Oct. 5- Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

For more information on voting, including eligibility requirements and in-person voter registration locations, visit the Nebraska Secretary of State website or visit the Iowa Secretary of State website.

Information is courtesy of howto.vote, powered by Democracy Works, and the Nebraska and Iowa Secretaries of State. Please contact blog@jlomaha.org if you believe there is an error.

Amazon Smile: You shop. Amazon Gives to The Junior League of Omaha!

Did you know that you can set up your Amazon account to automatically donate to The League in under 5 minutes? Most Amazon purchases are eligible for AmazonSmile and help you pay it forward in our Omaha community. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% donation of all eligible purchases to your chosen organization. From the ease of your phone or computer, you can make a difference in our Omaha community by giving back while you shop for everyday products to the unique Amazon finds!

How does the Junior League of Omaha use donations in our Omaha community?

With over 100 years of meeting volunteer service and experience, the Junior League of Omaha is turning that experience and enthusiasm to address one of Omaha’s most critical and unmet needs – hunger and access to healthy food. According to the Food Research and Action Center, Nebraska is 7th in the nation for food insecurity, and 1 in 6 Nebraska children struggle with hunger (Map the Meal Gap). Fortunately, Omaha has many organizations doing outstanding work to alleviate hunger and provide access to healthy foods. We’re putting our volunteer power behind these community organizations to help grow, harvest and distribute healthy food, and most importantly, provide critical education about nutrition and cooking to the most at-risk populations. In partnership with these organizations, the League is able to amplify their impact, while building out new support and education programs that we are uniquely qualified to tackle.

Our community partners include:

– The Heart Ministry Center

– The Abundance Garden at the Union for Contemporary Art

– The Big Garden

– No More Empty Pots

– Together Omaha

– The Intercultural Senior Center

In addition to working with our community partners to address food insecurity in our Omaha community, the Junior League of Omaha issues local community assistance grants annually. Over the course of the 2019-2020 League year, we were able to issue $5,250 in grants to local programs or projects that support and pertain to the needs, benefits, enrichment and enlightenment of women and/or children.

Since 1992, each May, the League also has the pleasure to award three $2,000 scholarships to female high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding volunteer performance in the community. 

How do you set up AmazonSmile? 

From the Amazon App:

  1. Open your Amazon App. 
  2. Open the Main Menu (three horizontal lines at the top left).
  3. Scroll down and select “Settings”
  4. Select “AmazonSmile”.
  5. Change Charity to “Junior League of Omaha Inc”, if you have not already added AmazonSmile to your account via your browser.
  6. Turn your phone settings from “OFF” to “ON”.
  7. Congratulations! You did it! Start donating while you shop right away! Now you’re all set to donate while you shop from Amazon on-the-go!

From your Browser:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.
  4. Scroll Down to the “Other Programs” Section. Click Change your Amazon Smile Charity.
  5. Search for “Junior League of Omaha Inc”.
  6. Select “Junior League of Omaha Inc” as your charity.
  7. You did it, again! Make sure you never miss an opportunity to donate while you shop & add AmazonSmile to your bookmarks! Click the star where the URL is and that will allow you to add a bookmark from most web browsers!

Cool Down With Cocktails

Looking for a light and refreshing drink to cool down in the summer heat? Check out this recipe for Whiskey and Bubbles! The Champagne and whiskey base with a splash of lemon will give you the cool down you’ve been looking for and is the perfect drink for Labor Day Weekend! 

Whiskey and Bubbles is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now. 

Whiskey and Bubbles

# Servings: 2 Category: Beverages

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon warm water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ½ ounce yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • 2 spiral-cut lemon twists

Directions

Combine the honey and warm water in a small dish and mix well. Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice. Add the whiskey, Chartreuse, lemon juice and honey mixture. Cover and share vigorously. Strain into 2 chilled double old-fashioned glasses or Champagne flutes. Add 1 ounce of the Champagne to each flute and stir. Place a lemon twist on the rim of each flute and serve.

Member Spotlight – Ashley Rich

Learn more about Ashley Rich, Corresponding Secretary  

Ashley is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and moved to Omaha 12 years ago. She joined the League a few years after moving here, because she has always had an interest in volunteering and was looking for a way to meet new friends. 

Rich’s and her husband Brandon have been married for six years and together for 14. Growing up, Ashley competed in pageants and met Brandon 16 years ago because of it. They became friends as they both worked for the pageant and dated long distance while they finished college before Ashley moved to Omaha. 

Being active is one of Ashley’s passions. She teaches Pure Barre classes and also loves indoor cycling and running. She has run seven half marathons and one full marathon. 

Traveling is one of Ashley and her husband’s favorite things to do. Their favorite place to travel to is St. Maarten, but some of their favorite things that they have done on vacation were attending the French Open in Paris and hiking in Cinque Terre. 

Besides Ashley and her husband, they have a three year-old son named Preston who loves swimming, reading and playing with trains. Back in November they welcomed their second baby boy, Fordham Haskell. On the weekends you can find they playing at the park or museum. They also have two maltipoos, Giavanna and Madison. 

President’s Perspective – February 2020

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
February was busy,
And lots of fun, too! 
 
As I mentioned last month, the League has many resolutions and goals for 2020. The Strategic Task Force, led by President-Elect Katie Triplett, met in February to finalize the draft of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. We are very excited about the new things coming for our League! Once the plan is approved, we will be sure to share it with all of our members. 
 
Restructuring took place in February, thanks to the help of Placement Chair Jen Teusink. We have many exciting placements for Active Members next year! We are also excited to announce the approval of the Sustainer Engagement Committee, which will gear up this spring and provide opportunities for Sustainers all year long. This committee will sit on the Management Team and will be chaired by current Member-at-Large Lisa Buckentine.  
 
A huge thank you goes to Corresponding Secretary Ashley Rich for the support during this busy time of year as we begin to wrap up 2019-2020 and prepare for 2020-2021. If you have not yet paid your dues, or want to learn more about your membership options, please reach out directly to Ashley at secretary@jlomaha.org. She can also assist you with payment options and payment plans as well. 

Speaking of membership options, New Member recruitment is up and running! We hope you will consider spreading the word to any potential New Members! Informational sessions will take place this spring. New Member Committee Vice Chair Courtney Kastalic is eager to welcome another group of amazing leaders to our community. If you have someone you would like us to connect with, please send her name to join@jlomaha.org!

In hopes to communicate with our growing membership, President-Elect Katie Triplett  and I will be hosting informal conversations this spring as well. Please join us at one of the following “Convo’s with Katie and Kerri” to provide feedback, bring suggestions and ask questions. RSVP on Digital Cheetah: Thursday, March 26 – 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., HQ and Tuesday, April 14 – post GMM, Field Club of Omaha. As we move out of the cold month of February and into the (hopefully) warmer spring weather, don’t forget to set aside your donations for Bargain Bash from spring cleaning! The committee would greatly appreciate marking the bags/boxes of items as specifically as possible.

President Kerri Palmesano