Member Spotlight – Alysia Radicia

Alysia is an Interior Designer at RDG Planning & Design. She’s been there since graduating and really enjoys it. Alysia said the firm treats everyone like family and is extremely supportive in helping individuals succeed and pursue their interests. Like being involved in the community!

Speaking of community involvement, Alysia stays busy! Having been born and raised in Omaha (technically Elkhorn), she has a deep passion for investing in the community and helping make it a better place for everyone. She currently serves as the President of the Friends of Nebraska Children, serves on the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professional Council, sits on Opera Omaha’s Community Advisory Panel, volunteers for the American Heart and Stroke Association … ALL while being an active member of the Junior League.

Alysia considers herself a cat lady, but not a crazy cat lady. Gus is her main squeeze, and she’s constantly teetering on whether or not to adopt another passive aggressive cuddle bug. Check back in a few weeks.

She thoroughly enjoy party planning and dinner parties. Which is also why she enjoys working out. Life is all about balance.

This year she is taking some sort of creative class each month. She previously enrolled in pottery classes at the Union for Contemporary Art and cooking classes Metro Community College. Have any suggestions? Send them her way!

Junior League of Omaha announces new focus area

The Junior League of Omaha wrapped up the year and the decade with the announcement of an exciting new focus area: hunger and access to healthy foods. On December 2, the Board of Directors decided on this focus area after assessing criteria including membership interest, opportunity in the community to make an impact, sustainability, variety of volunteer opportunities and potential barriers. 

The decision comes as a result of a tireless process led by the Community Research and Development (CRaD) committee. They assessed needs in the Omaha metro in three different areas: hunger and access to healthy foods, abuse of women and children and opportunity youth.

The CRaD committee worked to set up and host around 30 service learning opportunities in these three areas between June and November. Members completed the service learning opportunities and provided valuable feedback which was compiled by the committee. This feedback was critical in making a decision on a new focus area.

“The CRaD team has been working diligently all year to ensure that education and volunteer opportunities were available for members to learn and participate in with the three focus areas. The focus area and research teams have collaborated with local organizations to envision future strategic goals and programming for years to come. We are grateful to have such passionate women involved in this process and for the participation and feedback from all of our membership,” said Emily Barr,| Junior League of Omaha Community Research and Development Chair. 

Building on the impact made over the last 100 years, the Junior League of Omaha is entering this new decade with an exciting area of focus and renewed commitment to voluntarism. 

Junior League Shop at Children’s Hospital

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Junior League members working in the Hospitality Shop at Children’s Memorial Hospital. The League founded the shop in 1948, giving all proceeds to the hospital. In 1956, they turned the shop over to the Friends of Children’s Hospital Guild.

Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald. This photo was part of the history in the 2006 Toast to Omaha A Cookbook Presented by the Junior League of Omaha.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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In 1933 the Junior League took over the Children’s Theater from the Omaha Community Playhouse and annually produced a play with League members in the cast. From left, children Courtney Campbell, Denman Kountze, Jr. and Sally Rullman admire Junior League members Kathryn Tukey as the cat and Josephine Coad as the owl in the April 1936 play “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” performed at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

 

Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald. This photo was part of the history in the 2006 Toast to Omaha A Cookbook Presented by the Junior League of Omaha.

 

Mad Hatter’s Ball

 

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Mrs. William Sample and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Weaver are all smiles wearing their creations for the Mad Hatter’s Ball at the Blackstone Hotel, May 3, 1947

Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald. This photo was part of the history in the 2006 Toast to Omaha A Cookbook Presented by the Junior League of Omaha.

Giant Jumble Project

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From left Ann Wachter, Katie Best, Mary Pat Kleyla and Betty Coad were among the provisional Junior League members planning a “Giant Jumble” project in February 1955. Their hope was to procure more than $1,000 worth of new and used merchandise for the leagues’s Jumble Shop. The Junior League assumed operation of the Jumble Shop from the Nebraska Society of Colonial Dames in 1947 and continued to operate the shop at 3038 North 90th Street until 2008.

Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald. This photo was part of the history in the 2006 Toast to Omaha A Cookbook Presented by the Junior League of Omaha.

Connecting the Community – Done-In-A-Day is Back

Seeds We’ve Sown: Done-In-A-Day is Back

Done-In-A-Day is a former Junior League of Omaha project that is being reborn this year.  The goal of this new project is to get in touch with organizations that JLO has worked with in its storied history, exposing members to these organizations, and getting project shifts done in a day!  This mission is two-fold.  First, it reconnects JLO with partners from the League’s past to celebrate the League’s contributions to the Omaha community as JLO approaches its 100th Anniversary in 2019.  Second, it allows members to interact and learn more about these great organizations while performing community service.  This year, Done-In-A-Day has scheduled project shifts with the Visiting Nurses Association, Rainbow House with Children’s Hospital, the Omaha Symphony, Fontenelle Forest, the Rose Theater, and more.

Done-In-A-Day Chair Joey Gaines is the member responsible for bringing this great project back to the League.  As a first year active, I am blown away by Joey’s dedication to JLO, initiative to rejuvenate a past project, and sheer excitement about the whole thing.  I decided the best way to introduce this great project was to speak to the project’s fearless leader herself. Continue reading “Connecting the Community – Done-In-A-Day is Back”

Planning The 1935 Follies

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Arthur Seeling, left, and Wesley Totten, both of New York, meet with Junior League members Mrs. H Malcom Baldrige, seated, and Mrs. Loring Elliott, standing to the left, and Mrs. Bernard Wickham, standing to the right, to discuss plans for the 1935 Follies at the Central High School Auditorium. Junior Leagues across the country partnered with Cargill Company to produce Follies-style shows in the 1920s and 30s to raise money.

The Cargill Company would send an advance team to Omaha to scout locations, audition League members and produce the show from their pool of choreographers and linguists. After tow weeks of intense rehearsal, the Junior League cast would put on the Follies. Revenue grew from netting a reported $3,000 in 1920 to around $17,000 in the final years.

Reprinted with permission from the Omaha World-Herald. This photo was part of the history in the 2006 Toast to Omaha A Cookbook Presented by the Junior League of Omaha.

Connecting with …

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Congratulations to Angela for being named a 2014 TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) Recipient.

Tell us about your family:  I have a new husband Bill Cutler IV, a pair of loving and supportive parents, two brothers, 4 nieces and 4 nephews and a bunch of awesome in-laws.

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Hometown: Omaha

College: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Job/Business: Director of Development for Major and Planned Giving for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation

Why did you join the Junior League?

I joined the league so that I could combine my love for making a difference in our community with a social aspect.  The league allows you to make a difference with incredible women and form future leaders in our community all while having lots of fun together!

What was your favorite placement and why?

I loved being able to be a part of the infancy years of Project Hope Pack.   There are so many passionate people involved in the committee and you get so much gratification knowing you are helping a child in a crisis situation.  Our projects are truly amazing in JLO!

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Connecting with …

Ashlee Young

Tell us about your family? Justin – husband, Harrison – son

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Pets: Shelties, Finley and Sophie

Hometown: Columbus, NE

College: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from University of Missouri – St. Louis

Sorority: Pi Beta Phi

Job/Business: Advisor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Thompson Learning Community

 

 

Why did you join the Junior League?

I truly believe it is important to give back to the community and I found Junior League to be a group of talented and amazing ladies who have the same ideals. I knew instantly that I wanted to belong to such an outstanding organization for women.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?

One of the biggest turning points in my life involved our decision to move back to Nebraska. My husband and I both grew up in Nebraska but left to pursue our graduate degrees. We really enjoyed our time in St. Louis and spending our first couple years of our marriage being able to create our own traditions.  Moving back meant we would be near more of our friends and families but the tradeoff being that we would be giving up some of that independence. Three years later we are happy we moved to Omaha and definitely see ourselves staying for the long term. We are excited to raise our family here.

What is your favorite thing about living in Omaha?

I love living in midtown. It is so nice being within walking distance to entertainment.  Always something new to explore.  I also love my job. In my current role I am an advisor to freshmen in the Thompson Learning Community (TLC).  Our learning community specifically works with students receiving the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship at UNO. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for TLC because I firmly believe education has the ability to change not only the lives of the student receiving their degree but also of their families, friends, networks, etc. Getting to help students fulfill their goals is the ultimate reward.

What are your favorite restaurants in Omaha?

Salween Thai, Lot 2, Block 16, Dixie Quicks, Pitch

What other organizations are you affiliated with?

Nebraska Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Chapter House Corporation, Countryside Community Church Family Activities Committee

What is your strongest talent?

I have a really great memory for music. I can usually recall lyrics, artist, beat, etc. after hearing a song maybe once or twice. Makes me really invaluable during trivia nights.

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

I was adopted at 4 months old from South Korea. A goal of ours is to travel to Korea for a few weeks and really explore the culture. My husband and I plan to take our son Harrison when he is old enough to remember the experience.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Wheel by John Mayer. I particularly love this lyric: “I believe that my life’s gonna see, The love I give, Return to me.”

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti