In 1927, there was a Junior League in one hundred and one cities ranging from Montreal to Jacksonville, Florida, and New York to Honolulu. Including the Junior League of San Antonio which was organized in 1924 by eleven women with a vision of making a difference.These Leagues are united in a national organization, with a drive “to foster interest among its members in the social, economic, educational, civic, and cultural conditions of their communities, and to make efficient their volunteer service.”
Today there are two hundred and ninety one Leagues spread out across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. From London to Calgary, Seattle to Boston, each League is tasked with developing “exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but also change the way people think.”
In 1927, the Junior League of San Antonio was operating the Bright Shawl, sponsoring the Little Theatre, and putting on lecture courses and art exhibits through a Committee of Arts and Interests. We had a dream of building a Children’s Hospital for our city. We hosted fundraisers in conjunction with the Bright Shawl, the annual Rummage Sale, and the Dinner Dance and Cabaret to make this dream a reality.
Today, we dream BIG. We spread love. We sow joy. Today, JLSA offers well over one hundred placements and serves more than fifty community partners. We host, VIVA SA Race, Passion for a Purpose Luncheon, and Fame; but, we’re still connected to our roots with our annual Rummage Around and Casino for a Cause. As we approach our 95th year, we look back at all of the opportunities we have had to give back to our community and look forward to the new paths we will pave.