I am honored to be serving as the 96th President of the Junior League of Grand Rapids. Like so many others, I became a member to develop friendships after moving to the area in 2013. And again, like so many others, I found so much more than a few friends.
I found a place where I could experiment with new skills with ample encouragement. I found a way to combine my volunteer efforts with others to amplify the impact in the community. I found an organization with a rich history that inspires me to forge ahead to continue the legacy. I found a welcoming, supportive, and bold community to make a significant difference.
The Junior League of Grand Rapids is a leadership development organization of more than 300 women that are fueled by a mission that has guided us for almost 100 years. We are part of a network of 140,000 other volunteers across 291 Junior Leagues in four countries.
We have served the local community since 1925. Our local mission focuses specifically on improving children’s physical health. Over the years, we’ve worked with Mary Free Bed, Grand Rapids Public Schools, the YMCA, the YWCA, CASA, St. John’s Home, Artists Creating Together (Very Special Arts), Habitat for Humanity, Kids’ Food Basket, and countless other non-profit organizations providing services that benefit children.
Significant, systemic, and sustainable change requires all of us working together. We hope you join us – as a Member, as a community member, as a partner, as a donor, as an advocate for our mission. Together we can continue this legacy of positive impact in Grand Rapids.
We are here to lead and serve, and I can’t wait to see where this year takes us.