Celebrating JLP’s 85th Anniversary Year

The Junior League of Phoenix is incredibly excited to be celebrating our 85th anniversary this year!

In the past 85 years, JLP has been a revolutionary force for good in the Phoenix community. You can see some of our past programs outlined here.

Throughout our 2019-2020 year, please join us as we look back on our 85 years of unparalleled progress and use that history to compel us to be unprecedented change agents moving forward.

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

The Junior League of Phoenix’s 6th Annual White Party ‘A Night at the Races’ is THE Derby event of the Year!

Join the Junior League of Phoenix for what promises to be our best White Party yet, because we’re upping the ante on our all-white cocktail attire and adding a touch of derby flair! We cannot wait to see your most fantastic fascinators, hip hats, terrific ties, and jockey’s sumptuous silks! Let’s put the FUN in Fundraising and support all the wonderful work of the women of the JLP.

Be the first horse out of the gate and head over to that dance floor to show us your moves! Or head out to the patio for some backyard games. You won’t want to miss the various photo opportunities, including the MisGIF photo booth!

And in true derby fashion, we’ll be sipping complimentary Mint Juleps from AZ Distilling Co (as well as signature gin and vodka drinks, and IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company) until the very last tasty drop is available, with a cash bar after that. We’ll also have iced-tea compliments of Tea of a Kind, delicious small bites from Portillo’s, and incredible dessert cookies from local baker Modern Betty.

Is it even a derby party if you don’t leave with a Lucky Horseshoe? Whether you take home Gold, Silver, or Bronze (or all 3, we won’t judge!) you’ll love the donations from our local community attached to them: staycations, gift cards to your favorite restaurants, in-home wine tasting experiences, tickets to sporting events, passes and memberships to local haunts, and incredible products from local business owners! These generous donations help us to raise fund that support the Junior League of Phoenix and its mission to develop the potential of women, improve our community, and promote volunteerism.

It’s all going down at Young’s Market Company in Phoenix. Their gorgeous freestanding venue ‘Union & 7th’ is located at 402 South 54th Place in Phoenix – you’ll definitely want to save that for your preferred Ride Share app! We’ll be both indoors and on the patio, so you’ll stay Insta-ready regardless of weather!

Since this will be a night you’ll never forget, you might want to gather your nine best friends and go in on a table together! You’ll have seating at your reserved table all night long, and a fabulous goody bag will be waiting for you!  These tables are limited- you don’t want to miss out, do you?  For these ticketing options and more, click on the link now!  https://www.jlp.org/?nd=ticket_list&fundraiser_id=61

ROCKETS 8th Annual Teacher Launch: Watch Your Students’ Soar!

Calling all Pre-K, Elementary, Science, and After-School Educators in Maricopa County!
Come join us at the Arizona Science Center in the Annex Building on March 30th for a half day training that provides non-stop, hands-on science activities that will give teachers creative ideas on how to incorporate science and nutrition into everyday lesson plans. 

Numerous studies have shown that the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. By encouraging an early interest in science, it helps children to think critically and creatively about the world around them. The Teacher Launch Seminar was inspired on this principle with the goal of providing teachers in Maricopa County additional resources to implement fun science activities into everyday lesson plans, which in turn lays the foundation for their children’s success in school and beyond. 

Our theme this year is Protect our Species! This is a conservation theme that you will have ready to go for the upcoming Earth day. Each attendee with go home with a science kit with hours worth of curriculum, extension activities and supplies to help get started in his or her classroom. 
In the first session, “What’s All the Buzz About?”, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in authentic, hands-on learning experiences to discover the importance of conserving native bee species. Participants will be challenged to design a bee habitat while considering real-world constraints, for example, local regulations and environmental factors. 

In the second session, “Robot Hack Science Curriculum: Robo-Pollinators”, you’ll have the opportunity to play, tinker, and explore Edison Robots! The Edison robot is the perfect tool for teaching a wide range of STEM topics. Learn how Edison robots can tie into your curriculum. Participants are introduced to the low-cost, dynamic Edison Robot, drag-and-drop programming for elementary and middle schools using the new EdScratch coding language, LEGO-based engineering and design thinking projects. To get you started, we will show you how to incorporate coding and robots to enhance a life science pollination lesson. Each participant will receive their own Edison robot (a $50 value)! If you have already received a free Edison robot from an introductory workshop, please bring it with you. 

Not only will teachers come away with all this knowledge and these resources to take back to their classrooms, four hours of continuing education credit will be provided for attendance, and there will be drawings for a field trip and the CREATE bus to travel to their school! 
CREATE is where science, design, and engineering collide. Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, and the experimentation of a lab, CREATE is a community hub for turning dreams into reality! 
To get registered for this event, it is only a $10 nominal fee to reserve your spot. 
Head over to this link to get your spot reserved today:   https://www.jlp.org/?nd=p_vms_registration_event_detail&registration_id=2389 

JLP Sustainer Spotlight: Jenn Deines

Read about how one of our sustaining members, Jenn Deines, views the Junior League and how it has impacted her life.

How many years have you been in the league? 18 years

What committee(s) have you served on? Girl Scouts, Rummage, Active Mentor, Provisional Mentor, and Sustainer Coordinator

What is your day job? I am a former second grade teacher

What is your favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Phoenix is so big with so much to see and do. Although we have lived here for 12 years, I still feel like I am exploring the city and learning about all it has to offer.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would probably add some of the big projects in my “mental to-do list” to my “written to-do list.” I don’t like to add task to my to do that aren’t going to get crossed off, the extra time would let me add them and cross them off! I would also try to sleep a bit more and read more.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? The women you meet. I was and am still able to meet women whose paths I would otherwise never cross.

What do you miss about your active membership in the league? The camaraderie

Why did you join the JLP? I transferred my membership from Fort Collins, Colorado. I knew it would be a great way to get involved with the community and make friends.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? Other than the fact that we are “promoting volunteerism, improving our communities, and developing the potential of women,” I think other people should know about the outstanding women who call themselves members of the Junior League and all that they accomplish personally, professionally, league-related, and in the community. I know “Women Building Better Communities” is juts a catchphrase. But, look at all we do, some in the League, some out of the League using League training and there is a lot of positive impact. Both as an active member and a sustainer, when I listen to or read about the lives of the members I am always in awe. JLP members have achieved some big milestones and awards, but even the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities or our members amaze me.

What is your favorite JLP memory? I really loved being a provisional mentor and sustainer coordinator because I was able to help people and build relationships.

Top 10 Tips for Shopping the JLP Rummage Sale


The Junior League of Phoenix Annual Rummage Sale is an exciting day of bargain hunting for many shoppers in the Valley. We have many repeat shoppers year after year, some that have been coming for longer than thirty years! We recently asked our members for the best advice they would give to rummage newbies as they prepare to head to the Arizona Exhibition and State Fair this year. We have compiled these tips here for you, happy hunting!


1. Arrive early – doors open at 8am! From 8am – 12pm admission is $5.

Our doors close from 12pm – 1pm, but we reopen 1pm – 4pm and admission is FREE! Between 1pm – 4pm, all merchandise is 50% off.

2. Plan for parking. We are located at the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building at 18th Avenue & McDowell Road. Parking fee is $8.

3. Make a game plan! The departments will be set up per the map below. Check outs are at both ends, so check each side before you stand in a longer line.


4. Bring a wagon or bag(s) to carry all of your treasures. A limited number of bags will be available for $2 each.

5. Do you plan on buying furniture or large items? Bring appropriate transportation! We do not offer pick-up or delivery, and we also don’t hold items.

6. Check the weather and dress appropriately. You never want to be too hot or cold while shopping!


7. Get your mammogram!

Mammograms will be available the day of rummage from 8 am to 4 pm, for eligible recipients at a first come first served and are provided by Fry’s Food & Drug Store and the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Click here for more information on the mammograms offered on Rummage Sale day!

8. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask a volunteer for help! Can’t find the price of an item? Ask for help! Most volunteers will be wearing a a red apron or JLP t-shirt.


9. Be patient and open-minded, there are a ton of people doing the same thing, looking for amazing bargains while supporting for a good cause!

10. Want first dibs? Attend our Rummage Sale Pre-Sale Party on Friday, February 22. The Junior League of Phoenix presents the 82st Annual Rummage Pre-Sale Party: A Night Through The Looking Glass.

The Pre-Party allows you to shop the sale early and will feature live music from Slightly Right, Tea Readings with the Mad Hatter, and plenty of photo opportunities. Enjoy a catered dinner with wine, beer and champagne. Play our signature games with thousands of dollars in prizes and be the first to shop the Rummage Sale!

*All items sold at the Rummage Sale Pre-Party are double the Sale Day price.

Pre-Sale Invite Party Social Media Post

Purchase Rummage Sale Pre-Party Tickets Here!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

8am – 4pm

8am – 12pm 12pm – 1pm 1pm – 4pm
$5 Admission Doors Close Free Admission

Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building

1826 West McDowell Road – Phoenix – 85007

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

Organizational Development Institute


Organizational Development Institute, ODI, is a series of leadership development meetings for all Junior Leagues in the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. Four lucky Junior League of Phoenix members had the chance to attend with members from leagues all over the country while learning about how to enhance our local impact through volunteerism. Junior Leagues benefit from members who come back with increased skills in community program design, fund development, and increasing internal operating efficiencies.  The members who attend get increased training in areas they may not have otherwise had.

The three days of ODI consisted of large keynote presentations, like that from Dr. Johny Lake, whose mission is to expand diversity and inclusion in Junior Leagues, and smaller breakout sessions aimed at training members effectively. Members got to choose their tracks and sessions in order to maximize the experience to fit their interests and their  League’s needs.


Our members are given this opportunity at no cost to them. Visit ODI through their eyes and read what they have to say about the experience:

“ODI provided me with world-class training around Issue-Based Community Impact. When our JLP community efforts directly coincide with our focus area of “Building A Healthy Arizona”, we are achieving our goals for improving our community, developing the potential of women and promoting volunteerism. Issue-based community impact also helps our leagues recruit new members, retain existing members and engage our sustainers.” – Lauren Sullivan

“Hearing about the goals, efforts, and impact the Junior League has across four counties reminds me that our job as community members, volunteers, and leaders will never be done, but every step forward is a step in the right direction.  It was such an honor to be selected to attend ODI 2018, and I’m excited to share my notes from ODI with members of management and the Board so the whole league can benefit from my training.” –  Melissa Volkmer

“I was impacted by the community of women throughout the country that are The Junior League. This empowered group of women, that the JLP is a part of, is an inspiration. I left wanting to contribute even more to the JLP.”  – Sarah Pickett Wilson 

“Diversity starts with an individual. Individuals make up organizations. We spent the weekend being self- reflective and understanding how our own thoughts and experiences impact the ability to lead others to be more diverse and inclusive.”  – Tameka Hartman

Training in the Junior League does not stop at the yearly ODI conference. Members have opportunities to pursue training in many different areas all throughout the year. To learn more about The Junior League of Phoenix, click here.

JLP Member Spotlight: Marina von Bismarck

Get to know Marina von Bismarck and learn how she makes our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been in the league? I’m in my second Active year. So, 3 years total.

What committee do you serve on? I’m enjoying one of my first and favorite committees, Rummage.

What is your day job? In what seems like a past life, I worked in the Entertainment and Television industry. I was a celebrity publicist and eventually moved over to casting. I now have the privilege of dedicating a significant amount of time to philanthropy and enjoy traveling the world with my family.

What is your favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Eat & Explore. I love living in a city where you can explore new restaurants daily and still never conquer them all. The city also has so much to offer for entertainment. I enjoy testing my wits at the great trivia spots, frequenting the many stand-up comedy venues, and sampling the great variety of festivals that are always going on in the city. When living here, you can never be bored.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? Warren Buffett said: “Someone is sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Having extra hours to set up a successful tomorrow is a huge win. I would also like to add that  An extra 8 hours would technically give you enough time to incorporate another meal with digestion. Maybe I could conquer all those great restaurants after all!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? The strong sense of community and the relationships you build.  Serving as a member of the Junior League of Phoenix has broadened my horizons and perspective. It has given me the opportunity and knowledge to take action to help build a strong, healthy, and thriving community.

Why did you join the JLP? I had recently moved to Scottsdale and a few of my new friends recruited me. After looking into to it and discussing their experiences, I knew I could not pass up the great opportunity to grow as a person and make a positive impact on the city.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? The Junior League of Phoenix is a strong, growing force in the community. Together we stand to serve and take action on both a local and global level to help those in need or when crises strike. We empower women by providing them with leadership opportunities, helping them gain knowledge of current situations, and by building a strong network to support each other and flourish.

What is your favorite JLP memory? I have few favorite memories from volunteer opportunities I have had within the league. My favorite volunteer shift, which was full of great memories, was “Operation School Bell League.” It involved working hands on with children to provide supplies, uniforms, and other tools to help them succeed in school. It was an incredible and humbling experience.

I have had the privilege to Co-Chair the Rummage pre-party fundraiser every year since my provisional year in the League. Being on that committee provided me with a tremendous opportunity to grow in a leadership role and helped me create many new strong friendships. I thrive on organized chaos. Suffice to say, it is my jam

JLP Sustainer Spotlight: Rodie Purcell

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How many years have you been in the league? Since 2001-ish

What committee(s) have you served on? JLDC Cook Book, Kids on the Block, and Art Harvest

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? We go into town for good restaurants, museums, concerts, shows & JLP events!

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would work out more, cook, share that 8 hours with my husband & kids!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love the good work the JLP does in the community. I like that all of the funds stay in Maricopa. More than anything, I adore the friends I have made in the JLP!

What do you miss about your active membership in the league? I miss the connection & solidified commonality of goals we are meant to have in committees.

Why did you join the JLP? We just moved to Phoenix. Since the Junior League is everywhere, it was one of my first connections! More over my pal Margaret Moody was already involved.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? That we do real, actual work! That we make deep & meaningful impact on the lives of the people we serve.

Favorite JLP memory? My first Rummage Party & my first White Pary with my old pals!

TOUCH A TRUCK 2018… Give Us 9 Seconds!

Never has touching a truck, car, bus, tractor, ambulance, or helicopter been SO FUN! On November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park, The Junior League Of Phoenix will be putting on our 6TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT and you WON’T want to miss it!

The average blog reader has the attention span of a Goldfish, 9 whole seconds!!! So we are going to try to fit in all the fun that will be had on November 3rd as quickly as possible.

FUN– Speaking of catching your attention this event will be PACKED with TRUCKS of all sizes! Last year some of the fan favorites included a HELICOPTER, City Bus, Construction Trucks, and an ambulance! Don’t worry we know you can’t have fun without a BOUNCE HOUSE and this event will have no shortage, perfect for kiddos of all ages!

We are also excited to announce the introduction of Safety Town within Touch-A-Truck this year. Safety Town will provide families of children ages 4-8 with age-appropriate information and Meet & Greets with local rescue workers.

FOOD- Did someone say Food truck? YES WE DID! Even the pickiest little pallet will find food they love at our Touch-A-Truck. Event November 3rd! Just a few fan favorites included this year are KONA ICE, BURGERS AMORE, and QUESO GOOD! We suggest dipping your burgers in queso to get the most out of your calories that day 😉 Stick with us for about 6 more seconds!

FRIENDS– Our Junior League of Phoenix community has come together with our friends in the valley to bring you TRUCKS, TRUCKS, and MORE TRUCKS as well as emergency responders, local mascots, a LIVE DJ, and interactive educational games! Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Honk, Lift, Squeeze, Slide, Play, and Feast at our 6th Annual “Touch A Truck” event November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park.

TAT volunteers

Mark you calendars for this weekend and don’t miss this family fun event! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 or are $6 at the door. Purchase your tickets online here https://www.jlp.org/?nd=tat

  • From 9am -10am we will have a “NO HORNS HOUR” created specifically for children with special needs and sensitive ears in mind. During the horns-free hour, attendees will be able to enjoy the event without horn honking or disruptive noises.

JLP Member Spotlight: Trina Jonas


Get to know Trina Jonas and learn how she makes our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been in the league?  This is my 3rd Active Year, 4th Year including provisional

What committee do you serve on? I currently serve on the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee (CLO)

What is your day job?  My day job is selling real estate throughout the valley and being Mom to 3 kids (Jayne age 13, Ryan age 10, and Kyle age 7)

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  We love to try new restaurants for date night, and take our kids hiking in the mountains when we’re not busy with their sporting events.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  Read a book, Bake yummy treats

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love being able to make friends with strong passionate women from all over the valley.  I also love being exposed to and having access to nonprofit organizations that as an individual I would not.  I like being able to volunteer and make a difference in special ways through the league.

Why did you join the JLP? I joined JLP to be able to volunteer more meaningfully in the community and meet like-minded women.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  I’d like more people to know about how fun JLP is and how amazing the members are!

Favorite JLP memory?  I loved getting to help start Little Black Dress last year when I served as Donor Relations Chair.  I loved seeing the amazing response of the women in the League for our new initiative and helping put that event together.  My volunteer shifts at Homeward Bound, especially at Christmas time, are also some of my favorite memories.  Making kids happy at Christmas is magical.