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:

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 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 furthertheir 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