The Junior League is not (and never has been) a political organization, yet I am writing this brief message after the conclusion of an election in the United States that exposed the many divides in our country and highlighted the challenges we face as a civic culture.
Today I am especially proud of our organization which, for more than a century, has empowered women to lead and effect positive change in communities far and wide. An organization that has tackled critical issues head on when others wouldn’t, when others couldn’t…despite the “white gloves and pearls image” that continues (confoundingly) to define us.
Today, tough issues abound. And, I am proud of our efforts to have difficult conversations, to listen and to learn from those with different views and to join or create collaborations.
Today is Wednesday, November 9 and I am more committed than ever to our organization and its work to help build communities where every citizen can reach his or her full potential and thrive. That is not political. That is The Junior League.
Applause, applause, Susan. Developing women to be civic leaders who volunteer their time & skill to manifest positive change in their communities continues to be a meaningful & worthy mission.
Thanks, Anne. I couldn’t agree more! Because, the fact is the future’s filled with both foreseen and unforeseen challenges and I strongly believe The Junior League is uniquely positioned to address these challenges head on.
Well said Susan! Our leagues are such great opportunities for the change agents in our world that want to make a difference. I could not be more proud to be aligned with such a powerful organization!
Excellent. This is exactly what the country is in need of!
Thanks for your message, Susan. ~AM