President’s Message

“She helped all those she came in contact with who needed her assistance.”

– Excerpt of Eleanor Roosevelt’s tribute to Junior League Founder Mary Harriman at her Memorial Service in 1935

On behalf of the Junior League of Huntsville Board of Directors, I welcome you to the Junior League of Huntsville’s website! I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the 2017-18 President of the Junior League of Huntsville. After being a JLH member for almost a decade, I am continually thankful for the opportunity to serve our dynamic community with smart, talented, and dedicated civic leaders who share my passion for community service. JLH members are truly servant leaders and visionaries! The Junior League of Huntsville is a vibrant and diverse 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of approximately 475 members committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLH members work together to identify and address community needs in order to make long-lasting positive impacts in our Huntsville/Madison County Community. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about the Junior League of Huntsville’s legacy of leadership, community impact, membership as well as opportunities to support our current service projects & fundraisers.

The 2017-18 year will be exciting for the Junior League of Huntsville! In this 68th year of the Junior League of Huntsville’s community service through voluntarism and the distribution of more than $2 million of grant funds in support of other local non-profit organizations, we will continue our League’s longstanding legacy of leadership by focusing on community impact projects associated with the improvement of family literacy. Our current community impact service projects include: “One on One: Let’s Read” Family Literacy Nights at a Huntsville Housing Authority Community; the “Butterfly Project” providing college readiness workshops, scholarships, and prom attire to high school seniors; and, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville and the three Madison County public school systems, “Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)”.  Of course, our delightful Rainbow Rhythm Band will continue its tradition of entertaining audiences during their amazing performances throughout our community! In addition to our community impact projects, JLH members will provide hundreds of hours of volunteer service in support of local programs and events such as the United Way of Madison County’s JumpStart Read for the Record, Panoply, and the Madison City Street Festival. Information about how JLH members can be of service to your organization’s community projects is available on our Partner With JLH page.

In order to fund our community impact projects and award grants to other non-profit organizations for the betterment of the Huntsville/Madison County community, the Junior League of Huntsville invites you to consider supporting this year’s fundraisers. In the fall, JLH will host a festive party, The Cider Celebration, on September 21, 2017 and our signature fundraiser — the 46th Apple Annie Day on October 27, 2017. In the spring, all are welcome to join us for an Interactive Storytime with Children’s Author Eric Litwin of the Pete the Cat, The Nuts, and Groovy Joe Series on April 7, 2018. Another way to become part of JLH’s lasting to improve our community is by helping us achieve our mission through a tax-deductible donation  to our Annual Fund.

In the fall, JLH will host a festive party, The Cider Celebration, on September 21, 2017 and our signature fundraiser — the 46th Apple Annie Day on October 27, 2017. In the spring, all are welcome to join us for an Interactive Storytime with Children’s Author Eric Litwin of the Pete the Cat, The Nuts, and Groovy Joe series of books on April 7, 2018. Another way to become part of JLH’s endeavors to improve our community is by helping us achieve our mission through a tax-deductible donation  <link https://www.jlhuntsville.com/individual-donors/ to word “donation”> to our Annual Fund.

In addition to our service projects, this year JLH is undertaking an exciting new endeavor as a board of directors committee works to develop a comprehensive four-year Civic Leader Training Program to develop the leadership skills of our members far beyond day to day volunteering.  The Civic Leadership Training will assist members with advancement in the workplace, in volunteer opportunities and at home. Because of JLH’s commitment to developing women and volunteer service, our members have been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in the Greater Huntsville area; are participants in and alumna of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Programs; serve on numerous non-profit boards of directors, serve on a local board of education; and have conducted training sessions at the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville’s Nonprofit University.

Join our passionate group of leaders to experience the numerous benefits of civic leadership and community service while forming lifelong friends in the Junior League of Huntsville!

As the Junior League of Huntsville continues its legacy of service, I am amazed by all the diligent work JLH members do to make the lives of Huntsville/Madison County residents better alongside our strategic partners, community advocates, and dedicated donors. However, Junior League women are not complacent; therefore, we will continue to challenge ourselves to work tirelessly to improve our community one woman at a time.

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Huntsville!

Yours in Service,

Nancy Washington Vaughn

 2017-18 President

Junior League of Huntsville

president@jlhuntsville.com