22 May About – Sustainers
Junior League of Lincoln Sustainers
The Junior League of Lincoln Sustainers maintain their connection and involvement with the League.
In addition to regular social events throughout the year, special interest groups, such as the Garden Club all provide opportunities for Sustainers to maintain the special relationships they have developed with other League members. Many sustainers are also still active in helping the league with fundraisers and community outreach projects.
Junior League of Lincoln Names Five Sustainers of the Century
Five local women received Sustainer of the Century awards at a reception for Junior League of Lincoln (JLL) members, held May 20, 2022 at the Cornhusker Marriott. The special recognition is part of the year-long celebration of the volunteer organization’s 100th year of service to the community.
Since its inception 100 years ago, the JLL has contributed over $2 million and more than 375,000 volunteer hours to the Lincoln community. Over the past century, the women of the League raised money, donated time and served in leadership roles to launch and expand services at various nonprofits that exist today.
Kathy Campbell – Sustainer of the Century for Public Service
Campbell represented District 25 in the Nebraska Legislature from 2009 to 2017. While in the Unicameral, she was chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and served on the Executive Board.
Dr. Barb Jacobson – Sustainer of the Century for Education
Jacobson retired from Lincoln Public Schools after 40 years of service in which she served as an upper elementary school teacher; a Gifted Cadre and New Teacher Facilitator; an elementary school principal at Prescott and Cavett Elementary schools; and the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development.
Karen Janovy – Sustainer of the Century for Cultural Enrichment
Until her retirement in 2011, Janovy administered the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Docent Program, a nationally renowned project launched by the JLL in 1964. That program was the longest running project ever supported by the League. She organized training for volunteer docents to conduct tours for thousands of students in a unique collaboration with Lincoln Public Schools, university students, adults and others annually.
Linda Jones – Sustainer of the Century for Children & Families
Jones served with organizations that touch the children and families of Lincoln in almost every way imaginable. During her long tenure as an active member of the Junior League of Lincoln, she also worked a teacher with the Lincoln Public Schools. In 1999, she was recognized for her contributions to early childhood education, and in 1997 she received the Gold Star award from the Lincoln Public School Foundation.
Ann Siddles – Sustainer of the Century for Community Leadership
Sidles involvement with the JLL began earlier than many, when she was a child and her mother Hazel Stebbins was a member. Ann was instrumental in the decision to hold Junior League membership meetings in the evenings as well as during the day to accommodate newer members and their schedules. Ann continues to work to engage other sustainers in JLL and is one of the earliest recipients of the League’s Sustainer of the Year awards for her efforts.
All honorees were previously active members of the Junior League of Lincoln, serving in various leadership positions both in the League and in nonprofits across our community.