Mary White has been added to our "We Remember" page. Her name will be read at the next "We Remember" ceremony, fall 2017, along with the other Leaders who have passed since the last ceremony.
"Rest in Peace, Mary White, Founder of La Leche League International. Your wisdom, sense of humor and practical attitude made a huge impact on me! Love to your wonderful family. Well done, good and faithful servant ..." -Janet Jendron, LLL Alumnae Association Council
"An amazing woman - Mary White's wisdom and sincere desire to help others influenced my life in so many ways." -Sue Steilen, LLL Alumnae Association Council
"Mary White had such an impact on me when I heard her speak at LLLI Conferences as well as when she wrote material in books and publications—LLL News sent to LLL members and Leaven sent to LLL Leaders. Her words modeled the concepts and her loving actions, especially when my children were toddlers. I again recalled those ideas when my children were teenagers. Another aspect I remember was that Mary was my LLLI editor when I edited the LLLI News Insert. Her editing tips and focus on LLL’s image had such an impact on me. Those experiences opened doors to my love of publications and editing. Over the past 35 years, her editorial wisdom and mentoring continues to remain with me today as I mentor LLL Leaders and continue to edit and review LLL publications for Areas, Area Networks, and LLLI." —Fran Dereszynski, Continuum Editor, LLL Alumnae Council
"Remembering Mary White when I was a new LLL Leader in the early 70's. (I had our first two daughters, a three-year-old & a new baby.) I had quite a challenging 'helping situation' with a mom of a newborn who could not produce much milk. Of course I had made all the 'normal suggestions', consulted with co-Leaders, and had written a letter to LLLI (yes, delivered by snail mail). To my surprise, Mary White called me! We talked for quite some time. I don't remember much of the conversation, but Mary made me feel so much better, and this new Mom continued breastfeeding, and was quite active in our Group. Through the years, I always enjoyed seeing Mary White at LLLI Conferences, at the LLLI office, etc. Those seven LLLI co-Founders changed by life in so many ways!" - Pam Oselka, LLL Alumnae Association Council
Read more here and in Breastfeeding Today. You might also enjoy Mary's own words in her update in Continuum, Vol 26, No1, March 2013. An upcoming issue of Continuum, the LLL Alumnae Association newsletter, will feature Mary White.
Donate to the Commemorative DVD
In celebration, a commemorative video is being professionally produced by a LLL Leader who is a professional television producer. It features interviews with La Leche League Founders who share unique insights into their collective journey that changed infant feeding practices around the world. While Lisa Manning, LLLI Leader/television producer, donated her time and personal resources to a portion of the cost of the DVD production, donations are needed to complete the project.
We, the LLL Alumnae Association, are happy to help support production costs with our donation. We are asking you, our members and friends, to join us in supporting the project with your individual donations. The amount still needed is $3,700. Gifts at all levels are appreciated. Send donations, marked LLLI DVD Donation,to Patti Hope, Treasurer, 2457 Vivian Circle, Decatur, GA 30030-1592 or donate online through our website.
100% of your donation to the commemorative video via the LLL Alumnae Association will be sent to LLLI.
2015 was the 30th Anniversary of the LLL Alumnae Association!
Read about LLL Alumnae Association history in “The Alumnae Association: A Second Generation Begins” from Continuum, 2011 Vol 24 No 2, pg 4.
The LLL Alumnae Association is pleased to offer a Tribute membership!
The Tribute Membership offers you the opportunity to connect in a special way with other Alumnae members, colleagues, family or cherished friends. Honor your favorite people with a Tribute Listing in Continuum as well as a Tribute Listing on the Alumnae website for one year. The listing provides the name and state or country of the person you want to honor, along with your name and state or country and up to 15 words telling everyone why you wish to honor this person.
With a Tribute Membership you receive all the benefits of regular Alumnae membership: a print copy of Continuum, published three times a year, a discount on LLL Alum trips, staying in touch with other Alum members, plus access to news and updates from LLLI if you choose to join the LLL Alumnae Association Yahoo Group. You can renew your Alumnae membership or become a Tribute Member at any time. Your Continuum subscription will be extended with a new expiration date.
The annual tribute membership fee is just $56 US dollars. You can be proud to know that $5 of every Tribute Membership will be donated directly to the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline-US. When mothers contact the Helpline, LLL Leaders personally answer their breastfeeding questions or concerns.
We hope you will consider this opportunity to support the LLL Alumnae Association as well as pay tribute to special friends. Membership helps to keep the organization moving ahead and helps you to stay connected to others who share a similar background in La Leche League. Become a member or renew.
See the tributes and Judy Torgus memorial here.