I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity
to serve as president this year, as the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Little by little, project by project and person by person, we continue to make a difference in the lives of the
people we touch. She might be a client of Family and Child Services, the League s first project, which is still
assisting the community today. The help she receives from the Homemaker Program enables her to stay in her house.
He might be a needy child who received school supplies from our expanded Operation Back to School and Smart Scholars
part nerships. He has begun thinking that he could be the first person in his family to graduate college. They
might be a disadvantaged family which was able to shop for free new clothes as a result of our spring provisional
class work with Bethesda House. Dad was able to get professional clothes to wear to a job that will pay enough
for them to rent their own apartment.
The training and opportunities I have received throughout my time in the League have made me a better volunteer,
a better leader, and a better person. I have met the most amazing women and had many of the best experiences
of my life with the League. And for that reason. I hope she is you. The day is short and the task is great, but
the legacy we have been given is enormous and future is ours.
Julie White Eklund, President (2011-2012)
Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism,
developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained
volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
There are a variety of ways to help us make a difference
in the community. You can:
- Become a member of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties;
- Become a sponsor of one of our projects;
- Provide ideas for Community Projects;
- Volunteer to help with our Community Projects; and
- Make tax-deductible donations to the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.
Junior League Volunteers make a difference
Since Mary Harriman launched the very first Junior League in 1901, the emphasis has been on learning. The Junior
League offers members extensive training in areas such as leadership and organizational development, community
needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy, and fundraising. Through this unique training,
our members learn to manage and train volunteers, unite communities and form partnerships. AJLI organizes regular
conferences and meetings to create opportunities for networking, collaboration and shared learning.