Every Monday, we spotlight a Junior League of San Antonio member. This week get to know Jennifer Howze. Jennifer is a Transfer Member, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has roots deep in the heart of Texas. Read more about Jennifer below:
Why did you join the Junior League?
I was in a new community and wanted to be able to give back to my new surroundings. I also felt that being a member of this type of organization would allow me to make new friends (outside of the office) who shared my interests. Being in the League has truly exceeded my expectations!
Where did you transfer? What brought you to San Antonio?
I transferred to San Antonio from Colorado Springs, Colorado. My husband and I are both originally from Texas and we always said we would move back home when the time was right. Last September, he received a job opportunity here that he could not refuse. I work in San Marcos and we live in New Braunfels. I felt that the Junior League of San Antonio would be the right fit for me.
Why was it important to continue your membership with JLSA while commuting from New Braunfels?
While I am originally from Texas, I don’t know much about the San Antonio area! I love the sense of community that comes from being a part of this organization. I think it’s important to be involved in your community and JLSA is a great way continue to do that. It makes the drive worthwhile.
What were some challenges you faced in completing your requirements?
My job can be very time consuming, especially if I am in trial. Between working full-time, JLSA meetings, volunteer hours, and spending time with my husband, balancing it all was a challenge. However, the flexibility of the League in Colorado Springs, in addition to the frequency of opportunities to meet JLSA requirements, certainly helped.
What are you most looking forward to this year with JLSA?
While I am from Texas, I know very little about San Antonio and know even fewer people here! I have made some wonderful friends through the League in Colorado Springs. I am looking forward to meeting new people in my new community.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering joining the Junior League of San Antonio?
Absolutely do it! All of the expectations and hopes that I had when I initially joined JLSA have been exceeded time and time again. From rewarding charitable work to fun parties and fabulous friends, JLSA has meant more to me than I knew it could.
Is there any other information you think we should know?
I am just so glad to be a part of JLSA. I look forward to jumping right in!
What was your favorite placement?
When I first joined Junior League of Colorado Springs, we had a 5k race that had a slow start. As an alternative, we tried something different and hosted a Derby Party that proved to be a huge success! I was part of that committee for its inaugural year and continued the following year. It was so much fun to be a part of the planning committee for an event that turned out to be such a success.
Want to learn more about the Junior League of San Antonio’s community involvement, history, and current events? Want to reach beyond your day-to-day life and make positive changes in the city we so fondly call “home?” Interested in forming lifelong friendships that unite women with a strong commitment of purpose to building better communities in San Antonio? Find out how you can become a member here.
By Rupal Patel