Welcome! I am excited and incredibly humbled to have the honor of serving as the 2016-17 President of the Junior League of San Antonio. When I joined the Junior League, I was most looking forward to working in the community with smart, talented, like-minded women. What I didn’t know then was how much I would grow personally and professionally as a direct result of my choice to participate in one of the strongest women’s movements in the world. I have experienced the joy of seeing how our women care about the world through their service. I have also learned professional skills that I never would have had the opportunity to learn in my professional career. My hope is that all of you get to experience these things – even the hard ones – because that’s how we grow as individuals. My hope is that you not only strive to make the world a better place, but that you grow in positive ways that you never thought possible.
Our theme this year is Know Your Strengths. We all have strengths, and when we operate to the best of our abilities, we achieve that personal growth that we all strive for. Part of knowing our strengths is also knowing how to be a good leader, and you don’t need to be a board member or even a committee chair to be a leader in the Junior League! We will be exploring servant leadership, work-life balance, as well as other leadership-driven skills so that we all raise the bar together on what we can and will accomplish.
Our talented membership has already been hard at work this year in our community.
- Since June 1, 304 SA Works hours have been completed.
- To date, we have trained 79 volunteer docents at The DoSeum, completing 63 hours of service.
- Over the summer, we trained 131 girls at the Glenda Woods Girls University summer camp, also known as Girls, Inc., in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum for a total of 202 hours; and we provided a $5,000 grant to subsidize the cost for several of their campers.
- We have served 100 people through our Green Spaces Alliance community gardens program, for a total of 28 hours.
- Finally, approximately $4,000 in donations have been made to Goodwill by the JLSA members, and we’re only a third of the way though our donation drive!
Overall, that’s $23,772 in direct community benefits just this summer! I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish the rest of this year with such a strong start.
Our Fund Development team has also been going full throttle. The Holiday Olé Market team planned an incredible Christmas in New York event that took place October 27th – 29th at the Freeman Coliseum. We have also created a new Casino for a Cause fundraiser that will take place at the Pearl Stables on February 3, 2017. Finally, our 5k is transforming into the ¡VIVA! SA Race, a 5k/10k/competitive walking race that will now begin and end at Hemisfair Park on March 25, 2017.
I am continually awed by all the hard work our members do to make the lives of San Antonians better. From direct, hands-on work, to vetted donations to worthy non-profits, to improving the training of our own volunteers, our work is tireless and never complete, but we do it all cheerfully and with open hearts. Our women know the meaning of our 2016-17 theme, “Know Your Strengths!” and live it every day. It is through knowing our strengths that we find the resolve to improve communities, make lives better and grow as individuals.
Thank you for all you do,
2016-2017 Junior League of San Antonio President
Last updated: December 30, 2016 at 11:48 am