My JLA Story
I joined the Junior League to follow in the footsteps of my mom. Her league career in my hometown of Amarillo, Texas can be characterized by community service and profound friendship. I began my league career in 2007 in College Station, Texas in order to serve my community and form lasting friendships. My husband, Christopher, and I moved to New Mexico in 2011. The Junior League has afforded me the opportunity to learn new skills such as fundraising, event planning, and marketing. I value my community work shifts. A highlight from this year was an afternoon spent at El Ranchito de los Ninos. Looking ahead, I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity to work with new members.
I joined JLA for the same reasons that I hear from many of the members, to meet other women and get involved in the community. It has certainly met both of those expectations. I have met some great friends and I’ve had fulfilling opportunities to volunteer with organizations that I didn’t know were out there. What I didn’t expect are the skills I’ve come away with and been able to take into my professional and personal life. I can draft a useful agenda and run an effective meeting. I’m now more comfortable speaking in front of large groups. I have experience contributing to a board meeting. I’ve learned how to work within groups and guide groups to accomplish a common goal. JLA has been a safe learning place to grow as a community member. I will carry these skills with me always and will use them in many areas throughout life.