Junior League of Toledo has growing Wood Co. presence

It may be called the Junior League of Toledo, but these days it’s got a major Wood County identity.
The league is a 450-member non-profit organization of women from diverse professional backgrounds who are
interested in community involvement at the same time they are developing their personal and professional
skills.
That’s a combination that attracts more and more women from outside the boundaries of Lucas County.
"Approximately 20 percent of our membership live in Wood County," notes Alice Momenee, who
resides just north of Bowling Green and was recently installed as president of the league’s 2009-10
board of directors.
She is the first woman from Bowling Green to hold the top leadership position in the Toledo league’s
76-year history.
Joining her on the board for the coming year will be nine other women, including fellow Bowling Green
resident Kathryn Roberts-Bubrig, who is serving as vice president for volunteer resources.
Rounding out the board membership are Aileen Meyer of Waterville, president-elect; Jan Baker, Perrysburg,
sustainer representative; Alison Dillion, Toledo, recording secretary; Elizabeth Phillips of Holland,
vice president for community projects; Tausha Moore, Sylvania Township, vice president of
communications; Linsey Ansberg, Maumee, vice president of financial development; Cindy Steele, Ottawa
Hills, vice president of finance; and Danita Butts Jackson-ReVels, Toledo, treasurer.
"Our league has traditionally drawn from Perrysburg, but more recently from Bowling Green as
well," Momenee confirmed.
These days, the league "draws from surrounding counties and even a few from southern Michigan."

There are currently eight Junior League chapters in Ohio, and the Toledo league is actively working to
extend its geographic reach.
"Actually, the closest league to us is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so we have a large area we can draw
from."
Momenee, who holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University, is
employed at Marathon Oil Co. in Findlay. Married and the mother of three, she joined the league about
seven years ago.
She said she wasn’t recruited by anyone else from Bowling Green.
"A lot is word of mouth, but we also advertise" to attract new people who may appreciate what
the league is about.
"Our primary mission as a league is to develop leadership in women and to improve our community
through our projects."
A separate aspect of league membership which may be attractive to women from Wood County is that
"women are looking for ways to professionally network and we do a lot of training of our people
regarding how to do strategic planning, how to serve on non-profit boards" and similar skills.
"The Junior League is charged through our mission with enabling our members to be better equipped to
go out and make a difference in their own lives, and in the community at large. This year, in addition
to new project initiatives, we are focusing our efforts on promoting the fact that we are an
organization that develops women for community leadership.
"That quality makes us unique; helping us to attract and retain our members over the long term, as
there are many non-profit opportunities for women to volunteer their time in Toledo and the surrounding
communities," said Momenee.
Since 1933, the JLT has been building a better community through initiation of projects such as the
Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Ohio, YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter and Shots 4 Tots, to name a few.
Current league projects focus on health and wellness issues and include the Kids in the Kitchen program,
which helps address the growing concern of childhood obesity in our area.
The league is planning projects for the coming year that will address unmet health and wellness needs in
the area, specifically related to childhood obesity and mental health.
Membership is open to all area women who are committed to developing their potential as community
leaders. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Toledo league is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which is comprised of
approximately 300 Leagues across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and England.
League to host Perrysburg open
house June 25

For area women who would like to learn more about the Junior League of Toledo’s mission, charitable
projects and leadership training opportunities for women, the organization plans an open house:
¥ Date: June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Perrysburg.
¥ Location: The Fiddlestix Boutique & Gallery, 4155 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg.
¥ Purpose: League members will be present at the open house to answer any questions and enjoy a night of
socializing and fun with prospective members. Food and beverages will be provided and a 10 percent
discount on purchases will be offered by Fiddlestix during the event.
¥ Can’t make it?
If interested but unable to attend the Perrysburg open house, call (419) 474-6262 or visit
www.juniorleaguetoledo.org.
 
Pictured are Junior League Board of Directors members (from left) Jan Baker, Linsey Ansberg, Elizabeth
Phillips,
Kathryn Roberts-Bubrig, Alison Dillion, Tausha Moore, board president Alice Momenee, Danita Butts
Jackson-ReVels,
Cindy Steele and Aileen Meyer.