What is Junior League?

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By Caroline Serritella                                               The Meridian Times

Stacy Bogard, new member recruitment chair of Junior League of Lansing said, “you can see the impact the league has had on the community and it’s always done in a low-key way – not a lot of people are aware of the League’s involvement”.

Junior League was founded in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman and has consisted of women who volunteer to dedicate their time to collaborate with communities that have needs and standards to be met and help improve lives.

Issues the league has tackled include domestic violence, foster children, illiteracy and terminal illnesses.

The league consists of a diverse group of women who are dedicated to sponsoring their mission and Bogard said, “it’s a way for me to develop my leadership skills and become more involved in the league.”

You can find the league anywhere across the country and Kim Hartman transferred from Chicago to Lansing, “Chicago had over 1,800 volunteers when I was there, whereas we have around 300 in Lansing.” Along with that, they’ll be “contributing to around 26 projects during the month where we are handling just one.”

From big cities to small towns, Junior League has almost 300 leagues in four countries consisting of more than 150,000 women, but their overall goal is the same. Hartman said, “the purpose for our organization is to train women. We want to promote volunteers, develop the potential of women and to give back to our community. Everything we do is in support of our mission statement.”

Since becoming a part of the league, Hartman has developed a confidence and has served on other boards for her community that she said “wouldn’t have happened without Junior leagues.”

President of Junior League in Lansing, Michelle Lang’s main goal is “not about her but rather the that the organization can continue and improve upon advancing their mission.”

Two weeks ago, the League of Lansing held a member reception in Okemos to show people what the organization is about and to get new prospects as members. Overall, the organization promotes the wellness of the surrounding community they are in.

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