When I told my family and friends that I was considering joining the Junior League of Memphis, I got a lot of the same responses. “Why would you do that?” “You have to have money to be apart of that group.” “Only married, stay at home mom’s are in the Junior League.” All of their comments only contributed to the anxiety I had about joining.
Honestly, I had a lot of the same stereotypes. I thought all the women would either be catty or housewives with nothing to do all day. Boy, was I wrong. Yes, some of the ladies are married but those ladies take care of home and volunteer their time with the Junior League of Memphis. There are wives, mothers, entrepreneurs, business women, nurses, business owners, attorneys and doctors.
I was so nervous when I went to that first information session over the summer. I didn’t know if I should put on my Grove attire (my Ole Miss people know what that is) or jeans and t-shirt. Will the ladies be friendly?Would I be able to speak with active members?
I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the CRC (Community Resource Center – the JLM headquarters) for the first time. The ladies I met were great. The actives walked around and made everyone feel like they were home. After hearing more about the League, I was excited to be a part of this awesome organization.
I’m in what the Junior League calls my provisional year. It’s a chance to get to learn more about the fundraisers, community projects, and all the volunteer opportunities that are available. There really is so much to do, and it’s a great way to try some things that you’re interested in. You are given the opportunity to enhance your skills and serve your community.
So far I’ve been on the Provisional bus tour around the city, completed a community shift at Lester Community Center, attended two general membership meetings and a provisional small group meeting. I had to change my small group assignment and Maggie Harris was so nice about handling my request. Mimmie McKnight and the other ladies on the GROW team were a pleasure to work with. Mimmie made me feel like a slacker because she was running around doing everything and she’s pregnant! During the GMM, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Vicki Clark and she is such a great lady. She lit a fire under me to “Transform Me, Transform Memphis.”
I am so excited about my provisional year and can’t wait to get more involved and do more for the city. I know we are not only making a difference in lives here in Memphis but also within the organization. We are more than a group of women giving money to different charities. We have been changing lives and serving the city in many ways. For years, we have been identifying the needs of our communities and creating a solution. I’m proud to be a member of the Junior League of Memphis.