Year after year, the Junior League of Memphis (JLM) proves to be just as relevant in the lives of Memphis women as it was when we were founded in 1922. This year, a record-breaking number of women signed on to become provisional members of the JLM, so that they can carry on the legacy of being agents of change in our city. On a sunny Saturday morning in August, more than 100 women kicked off their JLM journey at the Provisional Bus Tour. The tour is an opportunity to get to know other members and learn about community organizations that the JLM is currently working with or has worked with in the past. It’s a unique chance to get a glimpse of how we touch lives before these women get the chance to roll up their sleeves and get to work themselves!
Our partner Holiday Deli & Ham Co. helped fuel these women for the day ahead, by providing breakfast at the Community Resource Center (CRC). Jen Larkin, 2014-2015 Provisional Chair, and Carolyn Danley, 2014-2015 President, inspired the Provisionals with a discussion about the JLM mission and the organizations on the tour, and then they were off. The buses departed CRC for the JLM Repeat Boutique, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital or Binghampton Christian Academy. The women learned about how the JLM Repeat Boutique serves the community by providing affordable, gently used items for sale and how we rely on donations from members for continued success. At LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, the women took a tour of the hospital and got to see the learning lab sponsored by the JLM. The learning lab provides resources to help teach parents how to care for children’s specific needs before they leave the hospital and provides education regarding nutrition information, healthy cooking tips, and, for patients requiring medical home care, information about putting in tube and other potential at-home procedures. The Binghampton Christian Academy offers both a Day School and Residential Program, where some of the students can live on campus, in order to be given the opportunity for a more successful educational experience. This school draws a large international crowd of refugees, offering a unique set of challenges that the JLM will help serve this year.
These stops provided just a glimpse into the many ways that the JLM touches the community, and Provisionals were able to reflect on the journey on which they will soon embark by meeting with the Board of Directors during lunch. They gathered in the gym of The Salvation Army Kroc Center Memphis, after passing through The Kroc Center Art Gallery, sponsored by the JLM. This new Memphis landmark serves as a health and wellness facility accessible to all citizens, yet another example of our mission of impacting the community in a positive and healthy way. All in all, the day served as a spring board for 150 women who are eager to make their mark and move Memphis forward by joining the ranks of the JLM – so stand back and watch what they will do in the year ahead!
The Provisional committee would like to thank the following people for making the day a success: Jourdan Patton, Gracie Tuten, Jackie Jefferson, M.L. Weber, Michelle Connors, Sara Burnett, Tim Flack, Brittany Adams, Jarmeese Morrow, Tami C. Harris, Delois and Travis Crutchfield, Nancy Emmanuel, Katie Dickinson, Andria Lewis, Laura Wymore, Pat Pope, Wanda Brooks, Holiday Ham & Deli Co. and Hogwild Catering.
Jen Larkin and Sally Pace