LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mindi Axner

This past week our wonderful city had the opportunity after 52 years to feel what it's like to have a winning team.  The Cavs made us proud and we all felt fantastic!  Whether walking in the mall or at the drug store, the grocery store or down the street, everyone was friendly, and we all felt part of a community.
 
NCJW/Cleveland members can feel that experience on a regular basis. Whether it's when we are advocating for change nationally to help reduce gun violence or lobbying in Columbus to change legislation for the safety of Ohio's  infants.  When we sit around a table as a group knitting hundreds of items to be given to those homeless to keep them warm during the winter months or filling school libraries full of books. Or when 110 members travel in buses together to Chautauqua to hear great speakers.  We all feel connected and proud that we are doing something to enhance the lives of women, children, families and even ourselves.
 
Becoming a member of NCJW/Cleveland provides so many opportunities to connect with other individuals just like us.  We are women who want to give back, who want have fun, who want to celebrate the "wins" of helping to change the lives of so many.  We all want to be a part of a community.  
 
It's easy to renew your membership by clicking on the link www.ncjwcleveland.org/membership.  It's easy to gift a friend that you think will appreciate getting involved by calling Becky Brouman, Director of Volunteers at 216-378-2204 ext.105.  Help us reach out to others like yourselves, who will have the pleasure of being on our winning team!
 
Mindi 
ADVOCACY
Roberta Herman, Vice President

Women's Reproductive Justice Committee  
The All-Access Concert for Abortion
Cleveland has been selected as the nationwide site for a high profile, national concert to spotlight and promote the issue of equal access to abortion.  It will feature an A-list entertainer (to be announced soon) and will be free and open to the public! 
 
NCJW/Cleveland is partnering with local and national organizations to support the event. Watch for more details!  
 
Save The Date: Saturday, September 10  

Candidates Night
NCJW/Cleveland will jointly sponsor a Candidates' Forum with the League of Women Voters on September 29.  The date will be announced in a future bulletin.  The focus will be on local Ohio House and Senate contested races and will offer the opportunity to learn the candidates' positions on important issues such as reproductive justice, gun violence and human trafficking.
 
If you are interested in being part of either event, please contact Dana Trau at danatrau@gmail.com or Laura Kuntz at  laurajkuntz@att.net
 
Focus on Foster Care Committee  
Self Esteem Program Expanded
We are adding Pressley Ridge, Council of Neighborhood Leaders, and BeechBrook to the list of organizations where we help build the self-esteem of children and young adults as part of their independent living program.
 
Scholars Celebrated
The Sullivan Deckard scholars, former foster children who received scholarships, completed their first year at Cleveland State University.  We celebrated their hard work and dedication by taking them to the Ziggy Marley concert at Cain Park.  It was an awesome evening!   We look forward to meeting and mentoring the second cohort of scholars this fall.  






What you ca n do today to help promote gun sanity in America!  
It's so easy! You can join faith leaders and citizens nationwide in signing a  petition being sent July 11 to seven major gun manufacturing CEOs worldwide asking them to do  two things to create a more responsible and safety-focused gun industry.
 
1) Make guns safer through the use of smart-gun technology and other safety technologies.
 
2) Distribute guns responsibly by ensuring that each dealer their company uses as a sales outlet is committed to keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
 
Just Click Here , then click again on the "add your name to the letter" bar and fill in your name.  Then send the facebook page to your friends and/or share it on your facebook page. PLEASE HELP US GATHER THOUSANDS OF SIGNERS  
 
Voter Registration Committee
Help stop voter suppression in Ohio!  
Do you know that the names of anyone who hasn't voted since 2008 have been purged from the voter roles in Ohio?  Tens of thousands have been removed!  They must register again or they will not be able to vote in the next election.
 
Help Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates (NOVA) register voters!  Training will be offered at the Orange Library, July 9th at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Fran Dryer at  dryer@gmail.com for more information or to be scheduled.
COMMUNICATIONS
Leslie Resnik, Vice President

I'm not ashamed to admit it.  Matter of fact, I'm darn proud of the clothes and accessories I've purchased at Designer Dress Days.
 
I've worn my $65 Donna Karan dress to luncheons.  I've donned my $75 Armani jacket at celebratory events.  I've carried my vintage Bally Bag often and worn my $50 Elie Tahari light weight leather jacket (my favorite designer) multiple times.
 
I tell you this because stories about our buying and wearing DDD clothes make good publicity.  So do experiences you've had with customers - funny or heartwarming.  Matter of fact, quoting our customers on their exciting experiences, longtime loyalty and best finds also make good copy, especially if they are local celebrities.
 
So should you have great stories, PLEASE feel free to call or email me with stories, names and details.  Many thanks.  The more publicity we have, the better our attendance.  Contact Leslie Resnik at lresnikhome.com or 216-906-1610.
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Debbie Joseph, Vice President

Done in a Day
We are in need of FABRIC for our Heart Pillows project. The best fabric is clothing-weight cotton. All colors, patterns and solids are welcome! If you have fabric scraps, we need at least 18-inch squares. We welcome your donations! Please bring them to the NCJW Office.

Our stuffing and sewing hands help give comfort to women who have just had breast cancer surgery. Join us as we stuff and sew heart-shaped pillows. The pillows will be mostly sewn.  We will stuff, then finish them by hand sewing a 4-inch seam. If you can't sew, that's fine; come to stuff and make cards! 
Date:           Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Time:         10:00 a.m.
Location:    NCJW/Cleveland Office
Co-chairs:  Joanne Grossberg & Susan Ringel
Contact Becky Brouman at rbrouman@ncjwcleveland.org. or 216.378.2204 ext. 105

Share What You Wear
Volunteer Opportunity for Teens
If you know a teen who is looking for a fun and rewarding way to make a difference, tell him/her about Share What You Wear. NCJW/Cleveland's outreach program engages teens to help children in need of clothing and school supplies to start off the school year in a positive way! We collect gently- worn children's clothing all year in anticipation of the big August event. 
We need help sorting clothes on Mondays in July.
Dates:         Mondays, July 11, 18, 25
Time:           11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:     Warehouse H, 26055 Emery Road,  down several office suites from the NCJW office

We also need volunteers -- adults and teens -- on Monday, August 8th to set up the event at the Tudor Arms Hotel and on the day of the event, Tuesday, August 9, from  9:00 am-3:00 pm, either in the morning or afternoon shift (or both if you would like), to help clients select items. 
Contact Debbie Rosenthal at 
debbierosenthal@yahoo.com   or Jill Braun at  jill.braun@me.com .

High Notes
The 14 women who have  been performing all over Cleveland for the last 9 years cordially invite anyone with an hour to spare to come to The Friendship Circle on Tuesday afternoons between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. during July and August to watch us rehearse our new show, the High Notes World Tour.  We would love an audience - and we'll share our songs and dance steps.
   
Book Sorting at Cleveland Kids' Book Bank  
Book sorting continues at The Cleveland Kids' Book Bank (kidsbookbank.org) on Thursday mornings in July. Volunteers are wanted and welcomed.  
Dates:        Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28  
Time:         10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Location:    Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, 3635 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114 
                   (carpool available)  
Contact Debbie Joseph at  josdeb@aol.com
 
Children's Books Wanted  
Though we happily accept all children's books, gently-used hardback children's books are especially needed right now, as we embark on our second chapter of Building Bridges with Books, at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Cleveland.  We specially need early elementary school chapter books, like Junie B. Jones or Dork Diaries books, or young adult books, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games series.
 
These books will be placed in the Cleveland School libraries we support, Warner Girls' Leadership Academy and Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School.
 
Please bring the books to the back of the office, the same place you bring your donations for Thriftique Showroom and Designer Dress Days.  Thank you!

DIGKNITTY (KNITTERS)
Our busy knitters work tirelessly to provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute the to families and children who are in need of them.

Meetings are on July 7, 13, 21, 27.
Chairs:  Sandy Cole, Sandy Levine and Anita Pupa
DDD
Jill Braun, Michele Kaminsky and Kelly Markowitz, 
Co-Vice Presidents

Designer Dress Days
Mark your calendars for DDD 2016. The excitement is building and will reach crescendo in late October.  Our warehouse is already bursting with fabulous clothes and accessories but we can handle more, so please bring in your gently used clothes, furs, purses and jewelry NOW.  Last minute donations present processing problems for our great volunteers.

Preview day is Friday, October 28. The entrance fee for this special day of shopping is $20.  The free-of-charge days are Sunday October 30 thru November 1.  Be watching the next few bulletins for information about how you can help by volunteering during set up, tear down and the sale itself. We will also be sending a sign-up form to all members via actual mail and in the ebulletin, early in August.

Thanks for all that you do to help make DDD a success.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
Barbara Shane, Vice President

For those of us involved in the financial aspects of supporting our amazing NCJW/Cleveland programming, this month brings the start of a new fiscal year.  We begin again the exciting, worthy task of raising funds to secure our strong future!   We seek to surpass last year's
successful campaign as the needs are greater than ever.  
Our goals are to:
  • Raise our Annual Campaign goal.
  • Brainstorm and implement creative, new ideas to reach donors, including working women and non-members.
  • Plan a Spring Gala featuring engaging entertainment to fund Foster Care Initiatives.
  • Increase endowment and tribute funds.
  • Increase the sale of tribute cards to honor a worthy recipient.  The purchase of these cards is a contribution to NCJW.  They are always available at the office.
I look forward to sharing specifics of our campaign as the fiscal year progresses.  Please feel free to contact me with any ideas that will move our goals forward.  

CLICK HERE FOR TRIBUTES       Make a difference with a tribute
PROGRAM AND EDUCATION
Esther Spott, Vice President

Save the date!
TOUR OF DOWNTOWN MAIN LIBRARY
MON. AUGUST 22, 10:30 a.m.
Mark your calendars for an amazing guided tour of this downtown treasure.  Explore the historic spaces and architecture, fantastic book collections, new Shakespeare exhibition, incredible artwork, TechCentral (including a 3-D printer), Eastman Reading Garden, and so much more! This program is free, but space is limited. Look for details in next month's e-bulletin.
THRIFTIQUE
Abbe Froimson, Store Manager

Now is the time to think Thriftique Showroom for outfitting your child's college dorm or first apartment!  The results reaffirm the great selections, according to our customers:

A.F. said:  "My girls furnished their Downtown living room and                   bedrooms like a picture from a magazine! "

S.R. said:  "My daughter found one of her greatest possession at Thriftique Showroom.
                    My kids always light up going to shop there."
MEMBERSHIP
Leslie Levine, Vice President

"Getting to Know You," a New and Prospective Member Event
 
Invite your non-member friends and join them as we tour a spectacular home in Gates Mills, enjoy a wonderful evening of appetizers,  refreshments and poolside fun. Learn about NCJW's many opportunities for personal fulfillment and positive community change.  
Date:          Thursday, July 21
Time:          5:30 p.m.
Location:    To be shared when you RSVP by July 13
Space is limited
 
For more information and to register please contact:   
Lisa Hayzlett at 216-378-2204 ext 101 or lhayzlett@ncjwcleveland.org

Welcome to our New Annual Members:  
                                    Melissa Frankel, MD    Sue Greenberg            
                                    Nancy Logue               Terry Marcus
                                    Muriel Salovon             Marcia Schonberg
                                    Abigail Silverman         Amy Waxman
                                    Deedee Welc

Welcome to our New Life Member:      
Marci Kulberg

We regret to inform you of the passing of:
Suzanne Fromson
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