Maxine Barnard, our 2011 Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award Winner, put it beautifully in her award speech, comparing the work and impact of the Junior League to that of the butterfly effect. When Junior League founder Mary Harriman held her first meeting in New York back in 1901, little would she have known the organization would grow to 292 leagues in 4 countries with 155,000 members world-wide. Similarly, when the Junior League of Seattle was formed, our first members set the tone for a League that eventually contributed to the creation of both local and national projects such as the NW Art Program, CASA, and Rebuilding Together.
We are an organization of women who are passionate and empowered to make an impact in our community. Our history is rich with incredible accomplishments, and this past year was no different. A few of the 2010-2011 highlights include:
- Completing over 50 DIAD projects
- Growing our active membership to nearly 500 members
- Implementing our new brand and logo
- Boosting our training curriculum by adding learning circles and all day trainings
I am thrilled by what we achieved this past year and am now looking ahead to what I know will be a fabulous year. We have the opportunity to continue our momentum and accomplish amazing things not unlike those that make up our rich history. A year from now, I hope to look back and celebrate the following:
- Increased impact in the community
- Continued growth in members who live our mission
- New fundraising sources of revenue
- Furthering the work on our strategic plan
I share with all of you an enormous pride for our League, and I couldn’t be more excited for the year ahead! Thank you, as always, for your continued support, your time and all of your efforts.