2021-2022 Junior League of Greater Lakeland Annual Meeting

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland held its annual Spring Banquet at the Lakeland Club on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Over 100 provisional, active and sustaining members were in attendance for the event celebrating all the Junior League of Greater Lakeland accomplished this year. Highlights included: The Junior League of Greater Lakeland thanks outgoing President, […]

Junior League Announces Naming of Carol Jenkins Barnett Sustainer of the Year Award

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland announced the naming of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Sustainer of the Year award during its annual meeting at the Lakeland Country Club on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. More than 100 members were in attendance for the event. Junior League Sustaining Vice President Alice O’Reilly recognized the late Carol Jenkins […]

Sustainer Spotlight: Sara Roberts McCarley

by Sheila Lotterhos, Sustainer Historian The fact that Sara Roberts McCarley was a Mass Communications major with an emphasis in Public Relations at Florida Southern College is hardly surprising once you meet this friendly, dynamic mover-and-shaker.  But Sara is so much more than that.  Her depth and caring for the youth of Florida stems from a deep-seated […]

Meet Past President Kimberly Elmhorst, Sustaining Advisor to the Community Council

There’s an expression that you sometimes hear about a person, that they are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  That expression certainly characterizes Kimberly (Kim) Elmhorst, and apparently it is a sentiment shared about her by many in Lakeland, especially her Jr. League colleagues.  Calm and kind and quick with a smile […]

Meet Sustainer Amy Royal, Our Sustainer Council’s Secretary

Meet Sustainer Amy Royal, Our Sustainer Council’s Secretary by Sheila Lotterhos, Sustainer Historian When it comes to dollars and cents or sense, as the case may be, one of the most competent and successful members of our League is Sustainer Amy Royal.  Amy has been an asset to the Junior League of Greater Lakeland for many […]

Reflections on 2021 from Lauren Albaum, President

This year, your Junior League of Greater Lakeland has been hard at work re-engaging with our members, our stakeholders, and our community. Here are but a sampling of those successes since June: Over 4,500 items of clothing, home goods, and toiletries were donated to 5 specifically selected, local non-profits during Closet Cleanout. The 40th Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade was back and better […]

JLGL Recognized by Athena Awards

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland was recognized last night as the recipient of this year’s Organizational ATHENA Award, presented by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and ATHENA International. The Junior League was among four finalists, including Central Florida Health Care, CPS Investment Advisors, and United Way of Central Florida. The ATHENA Award recognizes the […]

Sarah D. McKay Award Winner 2021: Paula Bono Dockery

The Sarah Dukes McKay Award was established in May of 2018 to recognize a long-standing League member in good standing who personifies philanthropy, leadership, empowerment, inclusiveness, and a commitment to improving the community.  Having had an illustrious career in state politics, this year’s recipient of the Sarah Dukes McKay Award is certainly no stranger to […]

Reflections on 2020-2021 from President Jessica Brown

Almost as soon as I was slated to be President, every Past President I spoke with told me – you will plan and plan. Then the year just happens! I feel as though they didn’t know how right they were. As most of you know – but probably do not fully think about – a […]