President’s Message

It’s that time again…Spring Market time! We are so lucky to have such a sustainable fundraiser that has lasted 20 years. Yes, this is our 20th anniversary! Profits from Spring Market, along with our fund development efforts and 2 new fundraisers, provide the financial framework for our member training and community efforts. Our history and legacy, along with our strong financial base, give us the presence in the community to make a difference. We are continuing to research ways to partner with other area non-profits, businesses, and community leaders to provide valuable service through financial literacy, health education, and education and job training for our continued focus on “women and children at risk.” While we are focused on this research, we are continuing to make an impact in our community through current committees such as Tools and Literacy for children at Riser Elementary, Education Task Force with our teacher mini grants and ACT workshops, and our Community Outreach projects with Chennault Aviation Museum, the Monroe Symphony, Mercy Multiplied and the Cinderella Project. We have put a lot of focus this year on member development and the education and training portion of our mission as we work towards our reassessed community impact issue.

As we start thinking about member recruitment, I can’t help but think now is a great time to join the Junior League. Women around the world are fired up and ready to see change. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, tells women not to expect a corner office if you sit on the sidelines. You must demand a seat at the table. Hollywood’s royalty have said “Time’s Up,” and started a campaign to end harassment, abuse, and assault in the workplace. Women are marching together for protection of our rights, safety, health, and our families. The women of the Junior League have been disrupting convention and righting the wrongs of society since its founding in 1901. We have fought for women’s right to vote, fought against domestic violence, brought attention to combat human trafficking, and emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion. My favorite psychologist, lecturer, and author, Dr. Amy Cuddy, stated, “Presence gives us the power to rise to these moments.” It is our job to empower women to take on the next big issue. What will that be? Join us and find out!

 

Melissa Kiper,
President 2017-2018