New Member Application

Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in joining The Junior League of Albuquerque! Each year, the JLA trains groups of new members to be effective volunteers and leaders in our community.

Provisional Members complete a comprehensive training series that allows them to learn about our League structure and programs, as well as experience some of our community programs first-hand. The Provisional series includes meetings, educational courses, work shifts, a community project, and attending League functions such as general membership meetings.

Learn more about the League by attending one of our events

Another great way to learn more about membership in The Junior League of Albuquerque is to attend one of our events! Representatives from the Membership Recruitment, Retention and Placement (MRRP) Committee will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the process to join!

Events are planned throughout the year and advertised to those who have expressed interest in membership. If you have not yet contacted the Junior League office to express your interest, for additional information please contact us at

Membership Criteria

The Junior League of Albuquerque uses the following criteria for the consideration of prospective members:

● Must be at least 21 years of age by the admission deadline
● Possess an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service, an interest in developing the potential of women, and an interest in providing voluntary community participation.
● Reside within the greater Albuquerque area
● Sign a contract stating she understands the responsibilities of provisional membership


The Junior League of Albuquerque is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the
potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Our vision, through education and training, is to create and support a safe, healthy, and nurturing community. We reach
out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.


The Junior League of Albuquerque was founded in 1934 and is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues
International, an organization with over 170,000 members nationwide and internationally. Our contributions to the
Albuquerque community and New Mexico over the past 79 years are numerous and include funding and volunteer support for the following agencies and organizations:

American Red Cross  Clothing Center & Braille assistance) 1934-1936
Albuquerque Community Chest (now United Way of New Mexico) 1934-1936
Presbyterian Hospital (establishing two Well Baby Clinics) 1935-1937
Venereal Disease Clinic (establishing) and Cancer Drive 1936-1938
National Hygiene Association (funding) 1936-1937
St. Anthony’s Orphanage 1937-1938
Frances Lynn Home for Unmarried Mothers 1937-1938
Albuquerque Public Library and child welfare work 1937-1938
Presbyterian Hospital (adding 3 more Well baby clinics) 1938-1939
Presbyterian Hospital (expanding pre-natal clinic) 1938-1939
Heights Community Center (providing classes for community) 1939-1942
Blind Association, Crippled Children’s Clinic 1939-1942
Social Service Exchange 1940-1941
Crippled Children’s Clinic and another Well Baby Clinic 1941-1944
British War Relief (World War II funding and voluntarism) 1940-1941
Barelas Neighborhood Pre-Natal Clinic 1940-1943
Wartime Education classes 1941-1942
American Red Cross (war effort relief) 1942-1943
Social Service Exchange (now 7,500 families from 11 agencies) 1942-1945
USO (goods and volunteer hours) 1942-1945
Cerebral Palsy Day School  (establishing and supporting) 1943-1954
Literacy Education (radio programs and supplies) 1946-1950
Albuquerque Public Schools (radio program – history and literacy) 1949-1950
Workshop for the Blind  (later NM School for the Blind) (87108) 1950-1952
Albuquerque Children’s Theater (establishing, funding, volunteers) 1952-1972
Cerebral Palsy Transition School (establishing, funding, volunteers) 1952-1954
Albuquerque Police Department (established Juvenile Department) 1954-1959
Bernalillo County Indian Hospital 1955-1956
Rehabilitation Center (establishing, funding, volunteers) 1956-1960
All Faith’s Receiving Home 1956-1963
New Mexico Hearing Society 1956-1957
KNME Public Television (funding and established children’s show) 1957-1961
American Field Service Foreign Exchange Program 1959-1961
Albuquerque Children’s Zoo (now the Rio Grande Zoo) seed money 1960-1961
New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair (establishing and supporting) 1963-1965
UNM Art Museum (established docent program and supporting museum) 1964-1967
League of Women Voters 1964-1965
Family Consultation Services 1965-1966
Albuquerque Tutoring Council (establishing and supporting) 1966-1968
Albuquerque Volunteer Center 1967-1987
Albuquerque Public Library (purchased 1,400 books) 1968-1969
Arts Council Project (established and supported) 1969-1970
3-Year Model Cities Child Safety Project (established and supported) 1969-1972
Community Advisory Committee (established and supported) 1969-1970
Drug Abuse Education Center (funding & drug prevention programs) 1970-1971
National Drug Prevention Program (TV spots) 1970-1971
Learning Disabilities Project, Venereal Disease Education, ecology project 1972-1973
Crime Prevention Education Project 1973-1975
Developmental Preschool and Primary Project (Head Start) 1973-1975
Albuquerque Public Library – Children’s Section 1974-1975
Senior Citizen ID Program and Albuquerque Bicentennial Program 1975-1976
Geriatric Day Care Center Project, Boardsmanship Training Project 1977-1979
Community Resource Complex Appraisal Project 1978-1979
Child Advocacy Coalition Project (Now CASA) 1978-1979
Community Education Project, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Project 1979-1980
Albuquerque Public Library – Center for the Book 1979-1980
Crime Stoppers in Albuquerque 1980-1981
Ronald McDonald House seed money and support) 1981-2008
Rio Grande Zoo Project for the Trainable Mentally Retarded Children (AMAZE) 1984-1985
New Mexico Museum of Natural History (seed money and support) 1985-1986
Explora! Children’s Museum, Karnival for Kids (citywide project) 1985-1999
Women’s Community Association (shelter for victims of domestic violence) 1985-1995
The Enabling Fund – Albuquerque Community Foundation (established) 1985-2008
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 1989-1990
Peanut Butter & Jelly Therapeutic Pre-School  (87105) 1989-1998
Senior Citizen project, Parenting Project 1989-1990
Family Focus Center, Hospital Building Blocks, Done-in-a-Day Projects 1990-1999
Hurricane Andrew Relief Fund 1992-1993
Albuquerque Museum Foundation Associates Art Education Program 1992-1993
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Project 1993-1994
Parentcraft Project, Women’s Housing Coalition Education Project 1994-1995
Junior Achievement 1995-1997
Women’s Trade Fair (Furr’s Women’s Expo) 1996-1997
ARTTS (Arts Reaching to the Stars)   For underprivileged children 1999-2004
New Mexico Women’s Roundtable (established and supported) 1999-2000
Make-A-Difference Day Albuquerque (organized and supported) 2001-2006
Casa Angelica, Cuidando Los Ninos, American Cancer Society 2001-2002
Explora! (new museum) 2002-2003
Roadrunner Food Bank 2003-2008
UNM Children’s Hospital, Satellite Homework Center South Valley 2003-2004
Enlace Comunitario; Pegasus Legal Services for Children 2003-2004
ARCA (Association of Retarded Citizens of America 2004-2006
Bernalillo County Council of PTA’s uniform program for the needy 2004-2005
The Crossroads for Women (transitional program for ex-cons) 2005-2008
Roadrunner Food Bank for Kids Program 2005-2006
American Red Cross Fund for Victims of Hurricane Katrina 2005-2006
AJLI Kids in the Kitchen Program (healthy eating for kids) 2005-2008
Ronald McDonald Family Room – UNM Hospital 2006-2008
Project Share; APS Title I 2008-2010
Hunger 2 Hope 2010-2012
A New Day Youth and Family Services 2012-2014
NMAEYC – New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children 2014-2016
Ongoing  and developing project - Youth aged out of foster care

2017 -

Our Done-in-a-Day projects provide volunteers the chance to improve services and facilities for the underprivileged sector
of our community, such as state-subsidized child care centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Roadrunner Food Bank,
Crossroads, and Habitat for Humanity.

Our commitment as volunteers and as members of the Junior League of Albuquerque is evidenced in the improved quality
of living in our communities. We have participated in additional projects too numerous to include in the above list. We
also provide funding to organizations each year through our Charitable Endowment Fund with the Albuquerque
Community Foundation. A list of our recipients is available upon request.

In addition to providing for the establishment and funding of many charitable causes, the JLA has been instrumental in
various legislative causes including getting women to vote, getting bills passed to: (1) fluoridate the water supply in
Albuquerque, (2) allow minors to be treated for venereal disease without mandatory parental consent, (3) revise the city
charter, (4) create statewide kindergarten education, (5) revise the New Mexico Children’s Code and City Open Space
Plan, (6) establish the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, (7) secure Open Space Act, (8) improve Special
Education in New Mexico, (9) require Child Restraint Devices, (10) to provide a secure Treatment Facility for Mentally and
Violent Adolescents, and (11) create more severe DWI penalties.

Awards and Recognition

The Junior League of Albuquerque was the first recipient of the Albuquerque City Commission Distinguished Service and
Merit Award in 1970 for 20 years of community service. The League was also the recipient of the Association of Junior
Leagues International BMW 1993 and 1996 Community Impact Merit Awards. New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson
presented the Junior League of Albuquerque Day Proclamation to the League in 1997, and In October of 2004, the
League was recognized by USA Today Weekend as a national winner for our commitment to Make a Difference Day.

Training to Serve our Community

Equally important is our league’s training aspect. As a result of core community trainings in Boardsmanship,
Parliamentary Procedure, Fundraising, Community Awareness and Grant Writing, league members serve as directors and
members of more than 60% of community-based boards. While time and fundraising efforts are spent on providing for
Albuquerque’s and New Mexico’s charitable endeavors, the League devotes funds and countless hours to training,
including sending members of the JLA to the Organizational Development Institute conferences each year to further
their education and prepare them for future commitments to community organizations.

Member Position and Community Service Junior League
Mary Harriman Rumsey

Founder of the Junior League--1901;
First defender of consumer 
rights as Chair of the Consumers' Advisory Board
of the National Resource Administration in President Franklin Roosevelt's Administration, 1933

The City of New York
Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady; social reformer; humanitarian; author.As U.S. Delegate to the United Nations,
She chaired the Human Rights Commission during the drafting of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights--adopted 1948

The City of New York
Oveta Culp Hobby First Commander of Women's Army Corps 1941; First U.S. Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare 1953 Houston, TX
Sandra Day O'Connor First female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, appointed 1981 Phoenix, AZ
Barbara Bush First Lady; literacy activist Houston, TX
Laura Bush First Lady; literacy activist Austin, TX
Betty Ford First Lady; substance abuse prevention activist Grand Rapids, MI
Nancy Reagan First Lady; substance abuse prevention activist Los Angeles, CA
Eudora Welty Author; Pulitzer prize for The Optimist's Daughter, 1972 Jackson, MS
Shirley Temple Black

Child actress; Delegate to the United Nations (1969);
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana; Czech and Slovak Republics

Palo Alto, CA
Katharine Hepburn Actress; women's issues activist Hartford, CT
Sarah Palfrey Cook Danzig Tennis champion; two-time Wimbledon champion The City of New York
Elected to Gov't U.S. House of Representatives
Ruth Baker Sears Pratt Served 1929-1933; first woman elected by NY The City of New York
Isabella Selmes Greenway Served 1934-1937 The City of New York
Frances Payne Bolton Served 1940-1969 Cleveland, OH
Mary E. Pruett Farrington Served 1954-1957 Honolulu, HI
Lynn Martin Served 1981-1985; U.S. Secretary of Labor 1991-1993 Rockford, IL
Tillie Fowler 1993-2001 Jacksonville, FL
Jennifer Dunn 1993-2005 Seattle, WA
Anna Eshoo 1993-present Palo Alto, CA
Carolyn Maloney 1993-present The City of New York
Judy Biggert 1998-present Chicago, IL
U.S. Senate
Margaret Chase Smith First woman elected to the Senate Bangor, ME
Kay Hagan 2009-present Greensboro, NC
Canadian Parliament
Margaret McTavish Konantz Member, Canadian Parliament, 1963-1968 Winnipeg, MB
Florence Bird Member, Canadian Parliament, 1978-1983 Winnipeg, MB
Bobbie Sparrow Member, Canadian Parliament, 1984-1988 Calgary, AB

2018-2019 Spring New Membership Requirements


1. Meeting Attendance:
a) Participate in the New Member Orientation on January 12, 2019
b) Attend a minimum of 3 General Membership meetings (typically held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month)

  • February 12, 2019
  • March 2, 2019 (1st Saturday)
  • April 9, 2019
  • May 21, 2019 (3rd Tuesday)

c) Attend a minimum of 3 New Member meetings (held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month)

  • January 15, 2019
  • February 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019
  • April 16, 2019

2. Financial Ways and Means:
a) Purchase or sell $50 in tickets towards one fundraising event
b) Purchase 3 Junior League of Albuquerque cookbooks

3. Work-shifts:
a) Participate in 1 Special Event shift
b) Participate in 1 Community shift

4. New Member Project:
a) Plan and participate in the New Member Project

5. Annual Dues:
a) 2018-2019 Spring New Members pay dues of $75 by January 3, 2019
b) Active Member dues of $150 for the 2019-2020 year by May 1, 2019