Thank you for visiting our recently updated Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) website! I have the honor of serving as JLT’s President for the 2018-19 League year.  I would first like to recognize and thank our members, sponsors, donors and the Tallahassee community for all of your support as it is vital to the success of our organization.  Your support allows us to expand our goals and make meaningful changes in the lives of children and families through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

As we look towards the 2018-19 League year, we are excited to begin our new Jill Pope Community Partnership with Second Harvest of the Big Bend. This partnership will be essential and crucial in helping with food insecurities in our community. We will also move into our second year of partnering with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition HOPE Community. We will continue to contribute to the great work they are doing in assisting women and families moving out of homelessness into stable housing.  Next year, we will also continue work on our signature community projects Kids’ Boutique, Done In A Day and Operation Prom.

Our Project Research and Development team along with our membership will work to identify and create a new signature community project that will take the place of Operation Prom. Currently, this event is in its third year of transition and will have a new home at the Palmer Munroe Teen Center.  If you have recommendations of potential new community partners or know of a need with which we can help, please contact us at [email protected]!

After much review, discussion and research we have made the difficult decision to say farewell to the Whale of a Sale.  Despite our combined efforts, commitment and preparation, the Whale of a Sale profits have declined drastically over the years. Research and trends have shown us that the way people shop and sell goods has simply changed.  Since times have changed, we need to change with them.

The good news is, we have been working proactively to diversify our funding portfolio over the last few years and have added several successful fundraising opportunities including JLT merchandise, the Little Black Dress Initiative, Bourbon and Bourbon, Bold Sips Red Lips, Driven to Give, Annual Golf Tournament, a new Grants Committee and the new Sunshine State Ball. We are excited for what is on the horizon for our League and the community we serve with these innovative funding opportunities.

Our membership is comprised of diverse and amazing women with a common goal. They give their time, energy, talent and financial support to make our community stronger. Our members volunteer countless hours with our League and many other community and civic organizations. In the upcoming year, we will work to increase the number of volunteer opportunities, and thereby the children and families served, for our League and its members. We will continue to revitalize our training initiatives through our Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership and Development Committees as well as expand our recruitment efforts, retention of membership and working through our Outreach and Recruitment Committees to share who we are and what we do with the community.  We will work to continue to enhance our members’ experiences through new League Connect social events and our Mentorship Program.

Navigating through our website you will find more detailed information relating to our community partners and projects, upcoming events, how to join and our funding initiatives. We are growing as an organization and adapting to move into the future. Our organization is more than just trained volunteers, we are advocates for the change we want to see in the world. We hope the content you find on our website reflects our true passion for serving our community.

Thank You,
Lex Phillips
Junior League of Tallahassee