J U N I O R L E A G U E O F S I O U X C I T Y E S T . 1 9 2 1
League Year 2013-2014
Fall Issue - September
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Meet the summer provisionals
Nature Center Playscape updates
The Junior League of Sioux City is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism,
developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
That is how Kays Not a Party started on her last day of work. True to her wishes, no party was
thrown, but all afternoon on June 14 sustainers and those actives that had gotten wind of the plot turned up at
the League office for Kay. Dozens and dozens of sustainers signed a rolling scroll card that ended up being 20
feet long when it was finished at the end of the day. Over 50 sustainers contributed to the cash and gift card
fund for Kay that amounted to over $1000 when all was said and done.
Thank you, Kay for 32 years in which you gave us far more than you realized...and thank you for letting
us show you the appreciation on your last day with us!
- Karen Clark (S)
Thank You Kay for 32 Wonderful
In true Kay Jenness fashion, she
quietly announced her retirement AFTER
the League Annual Meeting and the
Sustainer Luncheon had passed when there
would be no occasion for public
recognition. Kay told Krista she didnt want
a party and really intended to slip into the
background during the change over from
one League year to the next. But the
thought of Kay just quietly walking out the
door and getting on the bus one last time,
no hugs, no goodbyes, no celebration of
her 32 years of service to the League, well
that was just something sustainers were not
going to let happen.
Above: Back row: Julie Boston (S), Mardy Gardiner (S), Barb
Kimmell (S), Karen Clark (S), and Kay Coacher (S); Front Row: Pat
Anderson (S), Robbie Rohlena (S), Kay Jenness, and Dee Nutt (S)
Left: Julie Boston (S), Kay Jenness, Debbie
Hubbard (S), and Linda Phillips (S).
Page 2 Presidents Message
I dont even know where to begin, Ladies! It
has already been a whirlwind, and its only been
three months! We have so much going on this year,
and if you heard me speak at the Annual Meeting in
May, I can say that we definitely are our own project
Since I know many of you dont have the time
to read the Board Reports (I didnt when I wasnt on
board), I wanted to update you on some of the things
that your Board is working on internally to make
League better for the future. Along with the new
website and member management system by Digital
Cheetah, we are working on updating all members
records, updating the employee handbook, working
with Briar Cliff University on creating a Marketing
Plan for League and for the Discovery Shop, working on updating documents and forms, and as
always looking toward the future and trying to make the best League experience we can for
current and future members of League.
With all the changes that have been going on this year and for those yet to come, Im
hoping that everyone can be open and willing to try some new things along with giving
constructive criticism to better League, so we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor. This is
VOLUNTEER, Ladies! If we arent having fun, learning something, and seeing an impact in our
community, then whats the point?!
There is a lot of work here: lots of fun and productive work. But like I said in May, WE CAN
Board of Directors
V.P. of Finance
V.P. of Community
Kellee van Bruggen
V.P. of Marketing
V.P. of Membership
Discovery Shop Chair
Discovery Shop Manager
Board Members At-Large
Krista Wassenaar (A), President
Page 3 Meet the Provisionals
First and foremost I am excited to join the Sioux City
Chapter of Junior League. I have always had a passion
for volunteering and helping people in need. My
husband and I got married on June 29, 2013 and
relocated to Sioux City right after for his job. I
graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with
a degree in Communications. I have worked primarily
in local government and the non-profit sector doing PR
and community outreach. I am absolutely obsessed
with my dog Tucker (aka Tuck Tuck, Sir Tukerton or
Tucky Bear). I love being active and working out. I
have always been an athlete, playing water polo and
swimming, so I like keeping that up and continuing to
be active. I'm excited to get to know everyone and
explore Sioux City and the surrounding area.
1. Favorite way to spend a Saturday? Taking Tuck out to play at the park and exploring new
places, however in the fall I will be watching a lot of college football...GO BUCKS!
2. Best gift you ever received? A trip to Europe from my parents for my college graduation.
3. Best gift you ever gave? Game worn Carson Palmer (Bengals) jersey to my husband, then
4. What fuels your fire of excitement? Getting to help people and make a difference.
5. What is the best meal you ever had? Paella in Spain and churros.
6. Your best ability or character trait? Talking.
7. Your dream job? Administrator of a non-profit agency or the City Manager of a small local
8. What ability or talent do you wish to pursue? Photography.
9. Favorite subject/class was? Literature.
10. Who would you most like to meet from past or present? Jackie O.
Page 4 Meet the Provisionals (cont.)
Hi everyone, my name is Kathie Pfaffle. I recently
moved back to Sioux City after being away for seven
years of college in Lincoln, Nebraska. I currently
work as a GIS Specialist and Transportation Modeler
at SIMPCO, Siouxland's metropolitan planning
organization. I went to school for the former, and I am
just becoming acquainted with the latter. I am really
into being active outdoors, and love walking/running,
hiking, biking, yoga, kickboxing, and downhill skiing;
this winter I hope to start snowshoeing and cross-
country skiing. When I'm not working or being active,
I am typically reading, or spending time with my
family and lounging with my two dogs and two cats.
1. Favorite way to spend a Saturday? Farmers market, trails, out to lunch, shopping, nap, light
dinner, and out w/friends.
2. Best gift you ever received? A Clarisonic.
3. Best gift you ever gave? A pink and purple ombre fur scarf to my little sister.
4. What fuels your fire of excitement? My firm beliefs in kindness and karma.
5. What is the best meal you ever had? Salmon Panang curry at Blue Orchid (Lincoln) with
mango sticky rice for dessert. Basically, any Thai.
6. Your best ability or character trait? Problem solving.
7. Your dream job? Remote Sensing and GIS Analyst.
8. What ability or talent do you wish to pursue? Remote Sensing (nerd alert!)
9. Favorite subject/class was? In high school, math, in college, Intro to Water Science.
10. Who would you most like to meet from past or present? Lady Gaga, Prince Harry and the
Queen, or JK Rowling.
Page 5 Discovery Shop News
We are excited as we start a new year at the Discovery Shop! We have a great group of
Committee members who have brought their talents, fresh ideas, and dedication to the table.
Fall Changeover week was held on August 5-9. The bag sales were held on Monday, Tuesday,
and part of Wednesday. Our Building Maintenance Day was on Wednesday afternoon and
included, but was not limited to: painting, vacuuming, cleaning windows, and replacing carpet
squares. The Shop was closed on Thursday for Changeover. The bag sales and preview sales
brought in nearly $2,100. Staff brought in their special touch when they rearranged the store
racks and displays. One of the many positive comments I received included, Theres a clean
and openness about it. Thanks so much for everyones hard work and dedication to make this
Changeover a success.
Are you ready to earn financial impact hours for 2013-14? There are several ways to earn FIH:
1. Contact Coral to work the Shop on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m.
2. Sign up to pick up donated thrift from Platos Closet
3. Pick up your neighbors quality yard sale leftovers (call Coral for more info)