Current League president and about to be newlywed, Lisa Ward, welcomed everyone and introduced us to three "Emerging Leaders" of the League (pictured below) who shared with us the energy and activities of this year and the future. Lots going on. First of all, the program focus for the future will be childhood nutrition. The major fundraiser coming up next month is the Simply Sarasota Kitchen and Garden Festival (which I chaired the inaugural year last year). The League has also started to make and sell different items to go along with that event including tea, soaps, and candles. Make sure you pick up those when you attend the Festival. The three Emerging Leader gals put on the luncheon and did an excellent job.
I think if you ask almost any past president, they will say being president of the Junior League of Sarasota was one of the best experiences of their lives. I know it was mine. I was president many moons ago in 1995-96, almost 20 years ago! I have always said that if you have been president of the League, you can do anything!
The League is open to all women who are interested in volunteerism and making a difference in their community. You don't even need a proposer and sponsor anymore. It is much "easier", though now they say "flexible", to be a League member time-wise, due to the changing face of volunteerism. I have mixed feelings about that because I am such a traditionalist, but I understand the need to make changes.
I love being a member of the Junior League of Sarasota and if you are not already, I encourage you to consider becoming part of this wonderful community institution, too!
|Me and Stacey Corley|
|Lisa Ward and Beth Cannata-Keefe|
|Leila Windom, Nancy Boyle, and Marilynn Koach|
|Dee Stottlemyer and Donna Barcomb|
|Angie Stringer and Veronica Brady|
|Dorothy Stuart and Barbara Brown|
|Peggy Roberts and Beth Cannata-Keefe|
|Judy Quealy and Sue Renfrew|
|"Emerging Leaders" Courtney Davenport, Renee Wyatt, and Casey Stevens|
|Simply Sarasota Junior League tea that is being sold|
|The luncheon buffet|
|The dessert table|