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 than ever, spreading joy to tens of thousands of Polk county residents.
  • Over 3,850 books have been distributed to children in our community during Snowfest (750), Reading is Fundamental (2,428), a Mobile Library donation to Called to Serve Farmworkers (468), and through a partnership with Polk County Public Schools (227).
  • The first two Leadership Development Nights were presented to the Active and Provisional membership. Members who attend at least 2 of the 3 evening trainings will receive a Leadership Development Certificate.
  • Light up Lakeland, held on December 19, raised funds to support our literacy initiatives and bring awareness to a critical need in our community.
  • The Sustaining Council, led by Sustaining VP, Alice O’Reilly, collected over $5,000 worth of personal hygiene items for their Bee the Difference campaign.
  • Fun and fellowship were had at our Welcome Back Bash (September), State of the League (October, Sustainers only), Fall Luncheon (November), GMMs, Provisional events, and more!
  • In September, the Junior League of Greater Lakeland was presented with the ATHENA International Organizational Leadership Award.
  • The league’s first Backpack Initiative fundraiser, in support of Black Diamond Ball (January 1, 2022), has already raised enough money to fill over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies.
  • Almost 50 ladies are enjoying a wonderfully designed Provisional year.

Thank you, for all you do to help our League make a difference in the lives of so many!

With gratitude,
Lauren Albaum