President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Pueblo! As a Member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), we are part of one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world. We are 150,000 women strong with 293 Leagues that span across four countries. Our local chapter was founded 40 years ago, and we have been changing lives and building a better community ever since!

 

Since 1977, the women of the Junior League of Pueblo have been an instrumental force of positive change through both our own initiatives and our collaborations with other groups and institutions in our community. Made up of 133 women, our JL of Pueblo Membership is diverse with a vast variety of personal and professional backgrounds, interest, and life stages. However diverse this group of women may be, we all share the same commitment to our Mission: to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

 

One of the greatest strengths of JL of Pueblo is our ability to offer extensive training to our members. This training includes areas such as leadership and organizational development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy, and fundraising. We provide women opportunities to get hands-on experience through volunteer work and nonprofit management. Our members go on to serve in our community as champions of change and well beyond their active time spent in the League. That is one of our ultimate goals: develop the League into the greater community, sharing what they’ve learned with other nonprofits and making a real difference. Our long-standing Sustainer Members, many of whom are in important positions of public service and non-profit leadership, offer numerous real-life examples of what the impact our Membership can have.

 

The theme for this next year:

 

Empower the woman. Inspire the child.  Strengthen the community.

While this is an easy tagline to remember, it packs a big punch. This tagline is made up of action words, actions that describe what the Junior League of Pueblo exemplifies. The action is exactly what we do. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman”. We are a women’s organization founded by women in a time of reform in the early 20th Century. Mary Harriman founded the Junior League Movement in 1901, built upon and expanded a new awareness that women could make a difference in society beyond hearth and home.  Today we carry on the legacy by giving of our time and talents. Some days it may not be easy to wear so many hats, but we are stronger together.

I want to thank for your dedication to improving lives in our community. It is going to be a year to remember!

Jessi Ones

President

Junior League of Pueblo

President.jlp@gmail.com