e-Blender #45: September 2017

La Leche League of New York e-Blender 

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September 2017 


La Leche League of New York


Cynthia Massey,
Interim Coordinator of Leader Applicants (CLA) 

Dear Leaders,
The LLL Alliance Leader Accreditation Department (LAD) has issued a statement confirming our continued focus on working with Leader Applicants and accrediting them as LLL Leaders in a consistent manner by respecting LLLI policies and the Standing Rules Notebook (LLLI PSR), set by the LLLI Board of Directors.

 The PSR significantly guides the LAD’s work; and very important to this work are the words of the LLLI Board that, “La Leche League is a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, non-discriminatory service organization.” (From LLLI Criteria for Leader Accreditation, Appendix 18, LLLI PSR)

The orientation work each LAD representative undergoes, plus the ongoing support received by each representative, reinforces the expectations that all LAD representatives understand and are willing to support Applicants who have met the Prerequisites to Applying for Leadership and accredit Leaders who have fulfilled the Criteria for Leader Accreditation without criticism, prejudice, or discrimination.

Should you have any questions or concerns relating to this statement, please contact your local CLA, Cynthia Massey, Interim CLA cynthiamassey1118@gmail.com or the Administrator of Leader Accreditation (ALA) for LLL Alliance, Karin Ali, at karinali0407@gmail.com.

2018 Area Conference – Haley Scribner, ACL

I hope that you have all been thinking about your plans for 2018 since our Retreat last fall. Our new Area Events Coordinator (ACE), Heather, and I have been talking quite a bit about conference plans We have had such wonderful feedback from many of you about 2018 Conference planning, but we’d love to hear from everyone if possible! If you haven’t yet had a chance to answer some questions about a 2018 Conference,
please take a moment to do so here:
We want to make sure that ALL LLL of NY Leaders and Leader Applicants have a chance to give their opinions and ideas on our next event.

Using Canva
Haley Scribner, ACL

Do you make graphics to share your meetings? If not, you absolutely could! I’ve been using Canva for over a year to make info graphics, meeting announcements, event flyers/posters, and graphics for social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and have even used it to make various things for my children.

 It’s a user-friendly way to make your Group stand out. You simply choose a design that you like and then you can lay text, pictures, or whatever you want right over it.

I’m super excited to tell you all that the Area has purchased an account with Canva because we were using it so often and in so many departments. With our purchase, we’re able to have multiple users; so if you think that you/your Group would benefit from using it, please let us know, and we can get you access to the account! Canva also has free accounts, so try it out!

Click here to check it out!

Leading, Loving, Learning by Heather Gansky, Area Coordinator of Events (ACE)
Each month we will include a Leader Learning Lounge with education opportunities for all Leaders.  Whether you are looking to stay up-to-date with current breastfeeding and parenting information or perhaps brush up on some information you once knew but have forgotten the specifics on, this section may have something for you.  Included will be links to online webinars, state conferences, and scientific-based studies to support breastfeeding and all breastfeeding related topics.  Please e-mail Heather Gansky at heathergansky@gmail.com for suggestions on items to include each month. 

Questions we’re asking by Katie Lewis, APL 

Q:  A parent asked if I had a scale at my meeting so that she could do a test weigh of her baby.  I am an IBCLC as well as a Leader, so I do have a scale.  I am worried that it is inappropriate to bring my scale to the meeting. What do I do?

A:  According to Dawn Burke, PLDA and Cindy Garrison, APLDA of the Professional Liaison Department, having a scale at a meeting and doing test weighs goes beyond the scope of a Leader, which is the role the Leader has at an LLL meeting, even if she is an IBCLC.

The underlying question is, what does the parent expect to gain from weighing her baby? Has there been an issue with weight gain? If so, she should be working closely with the baby’s health care professional. If she is just worried, as many new parents can be,then discussion during the meeting of signs that the baby is getting enough milk may help her trust her body and her baby more.

An update from the Finance Department

Aimée Readhead, AFC  

My family is currently relocating to Arizona for Ben’s, (my husband), job. I am so happy that I can continue to fulfill my term and responsibilities as Area Finance Coordinator for New York. I will continue to be a primary Leader in the New York Area. I plan to be at the Area Council Meeting in October in New York, and hope to see many of you there. If you need to send me anything, the address in Arizona that will be listed on our website will make its way to me! If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to call, text, or leave a voice message at 347.735. 3009 or e-mail me at aimee.lll.ny@gmail.com.

The LLL of NY Website Upcoming Redesign  
Ava Zurita, Area Online Coordinator (AOC)
The Area website is kept up to date with documents and guides to help Leaders access information as they need it. If you are looking for a piece of information related to LLL, try checking under the “Leaders” drop-down menus section of the website. The password for the Leaders’ area is “breastfeeding” (without quotes).
Please note recent changes or additions made to the website:
  • The Area Council directory is back up (“Guides & Publications”)
  • A list of useful LLL Leader Facebook groups are linked (“Guides & Publications”)
  • The contact information for mailing checks to the Finance Department is updated (“Finance Department”)
  • Monthly Group Evaluation documents are all listed for each District (“Leader Department”)
  • Current issues of the LLL of NY newsletter, e-Blender, will be posted on the website as soon as the ALL is published.
By the end, of this year you can expect to see a major redesign of the LLL of NY website. Part of the reason for this is that the format behind the scenes is no longer keeping up with the design capabilities provided by Weebly (the host site). Since a redesign is needed, I think this is a good opportunity to make additional changes, such as:
  • Update language used throughout the site to reflect LLLI policy of being a worldwide, educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory service organization
  • Update Leader pages to show more clearly what role each department plays in the Area and how the departments and Area positions work together
  • Showcase specific ways that Leaders across New York can become involved in the Area, whether on specific projects or long-term commitments
  • Make some smaller formatting changes that will make the site easier to navigate
  • Roll out new guidelines:  1) A guide to assist Leaders with frequently asked questions regarding online communication, and 2) A visual outline of the Area departments
The Area wants the website to work for you, so feedback is always appreciated! If you are interested in helping with the website updates, pictures, or graphics, please let me know. The more hands we have, the better it can be! The best way to reach me is via e-mail at info@lllny.org.

Aimée Readhead, AFC
Are your Leader & Group dues paid?
Did you submit your
Group Financial Report? 
Contact Aimée or Haley for assistance.

Haley Scribner, ACL
I know how hectic life can be at the beginning of the school year, so I have extended the registration date for the Area Council Meeting this fall. If you are on Area Council, have an interest in joining Area Council, or are interested in helping formulate plans for 2018 (includes Area Conference planning!) we would love to have you! 

Click here for AC Information and registration.

Please welcome LLLNY’s newest Leader
Michelle Kudyba
Manhattan West

Date of Accreditation:  8/15/2017

Say a warm farewell to
Jeanine Hensel
Ruth Sharma
Tova Otis
Wendy Wisner

LLLNY.org password: breastfeeding

Leader to Leader
Send your stories and photos. Leaders with Leaders, Leaders with families and babies, nursing, playing, working, we’ll share them!

The Area Team:

Area Coordinator of Leaders 
Haley Scribner 

Area Finance Coordinator 
Aimee Readhead

Coordinator of Leader Accreditation 
Cynthia Massey 

Communication Skills Instructor Coordinator 
Mary Fay 

Area Publications Coordinator 
Scarlett Miles

Area Professional Liaison 
Katie Lewis

Area Coordinator of Events
Heather Gansky

A big round of applause to the 41 LLL Groups that have paid their 2017 Leader and Group Dues.If your Group isn’t here, check in with Aimée, AFC, to find
out why.

 Bronx Riverdale
 Brooklyn-Bay Ridge Dyker Heights
 Brooklyn-Park Slope
Canal Towns
Central Westchester
Chatham Spencertown
Chemung Valley
Floral Park
Glens Falls
Greater Binghamton
Lake Ronkonkoma
Manhattan East
Manhattan West
Nassau County
New Paltz
New York
Niagara Falls
Northern Duchess
Ontario County
Otsego County
Queens Central
Queens West
Rochester North
Rochester South
Rochester SE
Rochester West
South East Suffolk
Southern Dutchess

Send your MGE (Monthly Group Evaluation)  in every month  easily using the Reporting Links.

District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5
District 6

Photo Credits
Heather Brennan LLL Ontario
Clay mamas
 LLL Isle of Man
Marian Thompson
LLL Manhattan

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. BLENDER and e-BLENDER are publications of La Leche League of New York, 125 Curtis Hill Rd E, Nassau, NY 12062 and are devoted to the enrichment and inspiration of Leaders and Leader Applicants.

We are in need of articles for future issues. If you have a story or topic you would like to share or write about, please send your idea or article to Scarlett Miles, 1872 State Rt 21, Palmyra, NY 14522  or email to miles.scarlett@gmail.com  Articles selected for publication may be edited for length, clarity, and adherence to LLL publishing guidelines.

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