01 Jul Sustainer Advisory Council
JLT President Elect Angel Blanford and Sustainer Denise Ploof started the Sustainer Advisory Council (SAC) in December 2009. The Council was organized as a means to reach out to JLT leadership, develop a stronger connection between Sustainers and the organization, and support the organization with resources from Sustainers to become stronger.
Now in its 5th year, the Council continues to meet with 12 – 15 members who meet monthly to discuss ways to support and strengthen the JLT leadership and the Junior League of Tacoma organization as a whole.
After being instrumental in the formation of SAC, and now a Sustainer, Angel Blanford is the current Director of the Council and a voting member of the JLT Board. SAC representatives attend General Membership Meetings (GMMs), provide training for the membership, and help raise funds with JLT fundraisers. Special activities for Sustainers are implemented every few months to offer opportunities for Sustainers. JLT social events are offered to connect the membership as a whole.
SAC members advise the 5 leadership councils: Communications; Community; Funding and Development; and Membership. Greatly appreciated is the offer from Sustainers to provide their homes for special events. JLT office space is made available at a discounted rate through a relationship with Ann and BZ Zenczak.
Council members are learning how to best engage in the new JLT platform, Youth Homelessness, and the following is the Platform Statement: Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Pierce County Have the Capacity for Self-Sufficiency. The Council is also being educated about Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), the AJLI formula for determining how best to focus on the needs in the community.
SAC members believe in JLT! They come to SAC with a wide range of JLT history and experiences, career expertise and community connections. SAC members believe that the organization deserves ongoing support from Sustainers. The Sustainer Advisory Council serves as a great way for Sustainers to reconnect with the organization for which they have great fondness.