When you think of the Junior League of Huntsville, what comes across your mind? Do you envision women volunteering throughout the community? Do you think of fundraising activities galore? What about women in leadership positions throughout Huntsville and Madison County making decisions that will affect our quality of life? Well, you pinpointed exactly who we are. We are women from all walks of life who are banded together for a common purpose – to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
This year, our 72nd year, I have coined our theme as “Polish.” When you were a child and even today, you probably had to the chore of polishing the furniture. I will tell you, I loved that chore. Seeing that end result made me smile because a few things took place – seeing the problem or the dust, wiping with the wood grain and not against it, buffing out spots that need a little extra attention, and seeing the fruits of my labor. That is why our theme this year is “Polish.” We are seeing the challenges, lasering in on how we can either fix or improve them, and finally, cheering our success. I know that our little bit of polish will go a long way.
Also this year, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary of our signature fundraiser, Apple Annie. For years, Junior League women have donned the red tights and sold apples to support countless charities across Madison County. This year, we are creating more opportunities to purchase apples and eventually making more memories of this exceptional philanthropic event.
Finally, our volunteers are proudly supporting charities that span all ages of children. We are continuing with our literacy focus. From giving books to new families when they welcome their new babies home, packing meals for elementary students, to dressing high school students for the prom, our volunteers are choosing to care for a sector of our community that sometimes gets overlooked. For that, I am grateful. I am grateful for the incalculable hours of dedication to bring light into someone’s eyes and a warmth into their hearts by being a servant leader.
My hope for the 2021-2022 is for our league to put a little polish on all that we do and strive to be the best servant leaders in the Rocket City. If there is anything that the Junior League can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Kristina L. Hendrix