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Headquarters Open House

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Year by Year Summaries

2013-2014 Leanne Tellam

2012-2013 Katie Lane-Arriola

2011-2012 Dana Wolpert Martorella, President

  • We worked towards obtaining a 40-year recertification inspection for one of our signature projects, Inn Transition North (or, ITN- with tireless direction and years of service from Teresa Zohn)
  • We forged a stronger partnership with The Children’s Trust and David Lawrence and promoted his message by exposing and enlightening our members to statistics on early childhood education in South Florida.
  • We reentered the State Public Affairs Arena with gusto- under the leadership of co-chairs, Kadie Black and Cristal Cole. In fact, Kadie was asked to be one of the keynote speakers on foster care at the summer Statewide conference in Tallahassee. Further, our League collectively, voted to adopt League supported public stands and position statements thereby, strengthening, not only our resolve to hone in on issues that are most important to us in our focus areas, but, also, so that local and state officials recognize our League’s expertise on many important social issues we selected to adopt. And, as if that weren’t enough, our most recent Past-President, Loretta Crews Nido, was elected to chair the Statewide Public Affairs Committee in 2013-2014.
  • Under Rebecca Gentry’s leadership, Annual Fund received a much higher amount of donations than in many years past.
  • We were able to collect funding (the very same amount of funding The Junior League of Miami needed to open the doors to the Junior Museum of Miami, the precursor to The Miami Science Museum) in order to preserve our legacy at the current Museum’s site as well as it’s new site currently under construction ~ not exclusively for purposes of maintaining our support for the Museum but also, adhering to the importance we hold for early childhood education. The Busy Buzzing Beehive exhibit will bear a plaque with the Junior League of Miami’s name on it for time to come … A beautiful gift to give in our 85th year.
  • The legacy of our year will, without a doubt, be Anita Uppaluri and her committee’s successful implementation of Closerware (to Anita, I refer to this feat as our collective “Crown Jewel”). An equally impressive achievement? Our membership’s affinity to adapt to it! Further, we completely updated and amended our Standing Rules to reflect Closerware’s impact on our League and the aid of its technology going forward.
  • With regard to direct Community service, our League delivered approximately 3700 hours of volunteer service to our Community this year. Figuring the dollar value of a volunteer hour at $21.79, this corresponds to $80,623 of donated community volunteer service. League-wide, volunteer hours are closer to 20,000 hours, bringing a dollar value of our members’ volunteer service to close to half a million dollars (~$500,000) worth of impact to our Community this year!


2010-2011 Loretta Crews Nido, President





2009-2010 Erin Dolan Knight, President

Annual Meeting in Review (PDF)
6th Annual Golf Tournament
JLM Shopping Card for a Cause
Miami Magic
9th Annual Women Who Make a Difference
Annual Fund



2008-2009 Michelle Ramirez Patricios, President

Annual Meeting in Review
6th Annual Golf Tournament
JLM Shopping Card for a Cause
Miami Magic
9th Annual Women Who Make a Difference
Annual Fund


2007-2008, Lauren Harrison-Genovese, President

Annual Meeting in Review

A Year of Service, Honors and Accomplishments




2006-2007, Susan Lerner, President

During this year, the Junior League of Miami celebrated 80 years of service to the Greater Miami community. Committed community volunteers and a series of fundraising events supported the League’s focus on families at risk, enabling significant resources to be channeled back to our community through volunteer service, grant making, and partnerships with social service agencies. The Junior League of Miami’s impact was felt by people throughout our community everyday, in many ways.

Annual Report

2005-2006, Andria Hanley, President

It was an eventful year for everyone with multiple hurricanes in the fall shutting down schools and activities in South Florida for many days. Despite the hurricanes, the volunteers for our community projects kept plugging away and, as always, found ways to help. On a local level, we replenished the refrigerators of our ITS residents after several days without power. On a national level, we supported our sisters in the Junior League of Houston who were assisting thousands of New Orleans residents evacuated to their city. A full slate of outstanding projects, phenomenal fundraisers and a dedicated volunteer core made for another successful year for JLM.

Annual Report

2004-2005, Amy Sussman, President

Community Projects:

  • Done In A Day Responding to planned and impromptu requests from the community, trained volunteers assist in facilitating community events within the Junior League of Miami’s focus areas.
  • Early Childhood Initiative Foundation Project – Family Literacy Through Shared Beginnings Volunteers will select four site locations to pilot the Shared Beginnings programs (Both of our Inn-Transition sites, Dependency Court, Boot Camp and Reach Out and Read Clinics). Volunteers will receive required trainings in early literacy strategies over the summer. Programs will take place in October, December and March.
  • Girls Advocacy Project (GAP) Working with girls in the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Detention Center, volunteers fill the gaps in the Juvenile Justice System. Educational group discussions provide support while assisting girls in improving the decisions they make in their daily lives.
  • InnTransition North The JLM’s flagship project provides housing and resources to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, as part of a public-private partnership with Miami-Dade County. Each volunteer is partnered with a resident family to mentor and to join on regular outings.
  • Inn Transition South Junior League of Miami assisted Greater Miami Neighborhoods in building a 56-unit complex in South Dade to address the needs of homeless families and families who are victims of domestic violence. Our volunteers plan the tenant education program and participate in monthly activities with the residents.
  • Project Reach – Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers work with children in a group-mentoring program involving educational, recreational and cultural outings. Using guest speakers and group activities, participants learn conflict resolution, academic performance and career readiness.
  • Charlee/Gladstone Center For Girls Volunteers provide material and instruction for three recreational therapeutic programs including Creative Expressions, Conduct & Etiquette 101 and Planting Seeds of Hope.
  • Family Resource Center/Hurwit Crisis Nursery Volunteers plan and implement a field trip program while others remain at the nursery during the trips with the children who are too young to attend outings.
  • Foster Care Review Volunteers assist the citizen review panels by gathering specific information from foster care parents about children in their care. They will also conduct a workshop with their system partners and present their findings in a detailed report.

Community Grants

  • Notre Dame d’Haiti Summer Day Camp This second year grant recipient will again focus on an underserved population of children that otherwise would remain at home over the summer months, many of them unsupervised. Instead they’ll have an enriching summer camp experience.
  • Florida Immigration Advocacy Center Funds will be used to educate the Haitian community about domestic violence, the rights of women under the laws of the US and the availability of the LUCHA project to assist in legal immigration matters. Funds would be used to buy radio time on a Creole language station as a way to reach thousands of listeners.
  • Continental Societies, Inc. This volunteer organization will use funds to implement familial and educational programs at Little River Elementary School. Their continuous efforts have helped this school and its families in a very underserved area of Miami and they would not be able to continue without our support.


2003-2004, Karen K. Cabrera, President

Annual Report 2003-2004

It is with great pride and pleasure that I look back on the last year of the Junior League of Miami. Our work covered the county from north to south, continuing our strong tradition of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers…




2002-2003, Holly Battle, President

Major Milestones:

We opened Inn Transition South, a 56-unit Transitional Housing facility for victims of Domestic Violence and formerly Homeless families in partnership with Metro Dade County and Greater Miami Neighborhoods.

We celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Encore Shop with a Wine tasting at the shop and a proclamation issued by Mayor Don Slesnick from the City of Coral Gables.

We launched a very successful Community Partners Annual Campaign aimed at support for JLM and its projects with out the use of event fundraisers.

As a result of successful fundraising through the years, for the first year, JLM funded community agencies that did not need volunteers with our Community Grant program.

The Ronnie Bermont Endowment Fund reached a record level of $350,000 and was invested. The money earned in 2002-2003 will be used for the first time to help fund projects for 2003-2004.

We presented at the annual AJLI Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in a Best Practices workshop about our e-Communications and Web site.

Fundraising – Net proceeds for this year were:

  • Fifth Annual Golden Palm Gift Market: $60,004
  • Second Annual Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon: $24,279
  • Second Annual Chili Splash: $8,645
  • The Encore Shop: $39,475.33
  • The Annual Community Partners Campaign: $89,999 for 2002-2003 and future pledges of $46,033
  • Headquarters donations: $1,510
  • Endowment Fund donations: $7,265
  • In Kind Donations: $107,300
  • And, our most valuable resource, our trained volunteers, provided more than 93,000 hours in our community, an additional value of $1,502,280, for a total fundraising effort for 2002-2003 of $1,886,790.90.

Community Projects:

  • All Aboard Story Hour (Tutored/mentored over 300 children and distributed over 450 books),
  • Family Learning Partnership (collaborated with a network of community agencies to improve parenting skills and to ensure that all Miami-Dade’s children enter school with the foundation of literacy skills they need to succeed)
  • Done In A Day (Race for the Cure, Inn Transition North Clean up day, United Way Kick Off event and the Special Olympics Equestrian Event)
  • Girls Advocacy Project (provided learning activities and experiences to girls being held in detention at the Juvenile Justice Center. This committee worked with over 100 girls and also impacted the work conducted with the girls of at least 10 female guards)
  • Inn Transition North (Now in its 12th year, the Junior League of Miami’s flagship project provides housing and resources for women and children who are victims of domestic violence successfully rebuild their lives. This past year, Inn Transition North housed 14 women and 26 children. Since its inception, 653 women and children have been served by the program)
  • Inn Transition South (modeled on the Junior League’s successes in the North facility, opened its doors this year in December in partnership with Miami-Dade County and Greater Miami Neighborhoods. JLM volunteers provide life skills training to the women as well as work with other community agencies to provide services as well)
  • KAPOW (Kids And the Power of Work) worked with third grade students at Skyway Elementary to demonstrate the connection between school and the world of work. This spring, 120 students had the opportunity to visit Calder race track to experience the workplace first-hand)
  • KidCare Business Solutions (JLM volunteers in partnership with the Human Services Coalition will help disseminate brochures and other information regarding KidCare to Businesses throughout Miami-Dade County)
  • Project Reach – Big Brothers Big Sisters (JLM volunteers work with 10 -15 at-risk children two to three times a month in a group-mentoring program that involved educational, recreational and cultural outings as well as a work-readiness project. This past year 248 children had the opportunity to participate in this program with 95 volunteer hours per committee member. Activities included Ice Skating, Sailing, a Trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Panthers Hockey, Miami Heat Basketball, Fishing, New Word Symphony, Fairchild Tropical Garden and many other places in the Miami Area. As a result of this program 5 children found permanent mentors and left the program)


2001-2002, Julia Bianchi, President

Annual Report 2001-2002

The year 2001-02 was an incredible one for the Junior League of Miami. Our 76-year-old volunteer organization addressed numerous issues and accomplished many initiatives that we had established as goals at the beginning of the year.


2000-2001, Debbie Korge, President

Annual Report 2000-2001

The year’s summary includes a message from the president and a summary of projects, fundraisers and activities carried out in 2000-2001.