25 Sep September Update from President Callie Miller
The Junior League of Greater Lakeland thrives on new beginnings each year. This year is no different. Volunteers have accepted new placements and committees have begun meeting to plan for the year. The enthusiasm to leverage the diverse skill sets and interests of our members to do good for and in our community is palpable.
The Board and Leadership Retreat held in early July was successful and thought provoking. Nearly every committee chair and Board member was present to discuss our strategic plan for 2018-2020, with initiatives outlined to meet our goals of:
- Membership: Provide opportunities for women to develop personally and socially to be effective leaders in our community.
- Community: Leverage the skills of our membership to meet the critical needs of our community and make a meaningful community impact.
- Finance: Maintain and strengthen financial and organizational stability.
- Communications: Enhance the visibility of the League and our mission.
The collaboration and idea sharing between Committee Chairs enhanced our confidence that working together, we will meet our goals and fulfill our vision for the League and community.
Serving as the President allows me the privilege of attending dozens of committee meetings each month. During these meetings, I get to witness the beautiful passion for our community that drives women to take chances, to challenge themselves to do something that’s beyond their comfort zone or natural skill set. After all, the League is a training organization. Volunteering in our community may be our platform and the thread that attracts new members, but our mission begins with training. This training occurs both through experience on and leading committees as well as through intentional skill-building. Within the pages of this issue of League Lines, you will read how we have organized our general membership meeting speakers, house parties, and special events, into categories of Skill Building, Wellness (mental, physical and social), and Family-Focused to add intentionality of how often we provide each type of opportunity for our members.
Excitement continues to grow as we are only a short time away from Thrift Sale. Fun fact! 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the League’s very first sale in 1968. Shortly after Thrift Sale, we will walk the runway at Spotlight on Style, accept nominations for Woman of the Year, host the Christmas Parade, Light up Lakeland with luminaries, and pass out thousands of books to build the home libraries of children in the Greater Lakeland area. Tangible appreciation for the hard work of many is through your participation and attendance at this years events. We look forward to seeing you there!
A special ‘thank you’ to Lu Fitzwater and Alice O’Reilly for warmly opening your homes this Summer and providing the opportunity for me to meet so many of our Sustaining Members. For those of you that I have not met, I look forward to seeing you at the Sustainer Holiday Soiree and the State of the League gathering on November 15 and at our events this year.
This ‘new beginning’ has proven to be an exciting beginning for the year. We are humbled by the partnership of new businesses and families who financially support the direction of the League, the Community Think Tank members who are graciously accepting their new advisory role, and to our members, to you, for your maintained membership, generous donation of time and resources, and confidence in the League.
My very best,