Monday, October 29, 2012

Spiced Pecans - The Perfect Gift

A very special thank you goes out to Amy at Forever29 for her review of our At Your Service cookbook- specifically one of our favorites.. the Spiced Pecans!

Amy decided to utilize her cooking and crafting skills to make a special gift for her son's teachers. No doubt they appreciated the personal touches. And we can imagine her house smelled amazing over this beautiful fall weekend!

She has even generously provided the recipe over at her blog. Find that here.

You can purchase your copy of At Your Service here.

Have you made these? How would you package them? Would you share or keep them all to yourself? Tell us is the comments!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Shop, Save and Support Our Community

The JLGNF will host our first annual Attic Sale on Saturday, November 10th, from 7am-2pm at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. If you want a sneak peak, come to the fun Preview Party the night before on Friday, November 9th, from 6-9pm for $10/tickets at the door. We will be selling furniture, baby & children's items, household items, books, DVD's and much more! If you join us at the preview party there will be food, music and an opportunity to buy goods in advance. Please plan to come out and support our league while you have fun shopping!

Preview Party - Friday, November 9th, 6-9pm
Attic Sale Day - Saturday, November 10th, 7am-2pm
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
2405 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Ga 30045
If you have any questions or would like to donate an item please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @JLGNF and watch #JLAtticSale for updates on the fabulous finds you'll see at the sale!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Hey y'all! Look who joined Pinterest! Be sure to follow our boards and check back often for an exciting series on "At Your Service", our league cookbook. In the mean time, you can find out more about the book here.

Leave us a love note in the comments if you already own our cookbook!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lend a Hand to Get Ahead

I hope you all will join us in welcoming one of our esteemed, past JLGNF presidents, Heather Rocker as our guest blogger for this installment. Her commitment to volunteering is certainly one to be admired and the reason we asked her to share some thoughts on volunteerism. This article, which you can see below, was first published in the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Thank you, Heather!

Lend a Hand to Get Ahead
As published in Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, August 2012

In my work as the CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, people often approach me requesting help finding mentors, making connections and seeking new job opportunities. I have one consistent piece of advice for them: volunteer.
Why? It’s no secret that the benefits of serving your community extend far beyond helping people and places in need. Volunteering encourages you to hone existing skill sets, develop new ones and foster connections that strengthen and nourish your community—and those skills and connections may prove to be valuable assets in your professional life, too.
If you are currently employed, it’s important to make the most of the time and energy you spend volunteering. Are there areas of your professional life you’re looking to improve or additional skills that would benefit your work? (Your workplace performance reviews may serve as a roadmap here.) Seek out volunteer opportunities tailored to your interests and strengths, especially causes or organizations with training programs—think of it as free professional development. You also want to consider where your existing skills may be of help. If you work in IT, for example, consider lending your know-how to a local nonprofit looking to improve their technology plan.
For those looking to make a career change, volunteering can give you a virtually risk-free chance to explore your interests in other fields—kind of like a grown-up internship. Years ago I thought I wanted to be an event planner, so I jumped at the chance to chair a major fundraising gala for a local nonprofit. But after managing that and multiple other events, I realized that event planning was not for me. Thank goodness I had the chance to “try it before you buy it” through volunteering. But in other cases, volunteering may confirm your desire to make a big career change.
If you are currently unemployed, there may be no better time to volunteer. Take advantage of this opportunity to develop skill sets relevant to your career goals, keep existing skills fresh, make connections with other volunteers that might be in your field and potentially set your resume apart in the competitive job market.
That’s another thing: Along with updating your professional resume, be sure to post your significant volunteer roles on your LinkedIn profile. Not only does it build your positive online brand, but it also adds valuable depth to your overall career snapshot. And take the extra step of asking your volunteer managers and peers to recommend your work. As a nonprofit leader, this is something I enjoy giving back to my volunteers.
And remember, even if you’re not in the office, it’s crucial to behave professionally. On more than one occasion I’ve seen people do and say things in a volunteer capacity that I cannot imagine they would dare replicate in a business setting. Your volunteer roles and contributions are an extension of your personal brand, and a great volunteer contributor can become a sought-after resource by fellow professionals.

About Heather
Heather S. Rocker is an award-winning executive with a professional focus in Strategic Volunteering™, organizational effectiveness and civic leadership. Heather currently serves as the chief executive officer for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, a leading nonprofit organization that helps girls recognize their rights and reach their full potential.
Girls Incorporated is part of a national youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Heather’s dedication to improving the lives of women and girls led to volunteer leadership roles with Atlanta Women’s Alliance, Distinguished Young Women of America, Junior League, and Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees. Her honors include Turknett Leadership Character Award, Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Alumna, and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 under 40. Heather credits much of her volunteer leadership acumen to her experiences in the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties having served in many capacities including President.