In advance of the Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon and fashion show, we caught up with this year’s president.
How many years of membership do you have with the league? What committees have you chaired or served on?
Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) has been a part of my life for over 30 years. My mom introduced me to the league when I was a child and she became a member in the 80’s. I have been an active member for 15 years.
I have served in all areas of the league, including fundraising as a co-chair of our food and wine event, community projects as the co-chair of Child Welfare which includes Junior League of Boca Raton’s Diaper Bank and on our Self-Esteem committee and internal placements as the Placement Chair and an advisor. I also have many years of service as a board member, holding positions such as Vice President of Communications, Board Member at Large and President-Elect.
What are your thoughts on becoming President of the JLBR?
Being the President of Junior League of Boca Raton is one of the greatest honors of my life. Growing up I looked up to women like Debbie Abrams, Marta Batmasian, Barbara Thompson, Barbara Hill, Cindy Krebsbach and Judy Hilsmire. It was not until later in life that I learned the common thread between these women that I admired was that they were all JLBR members and many were past Presidents. When I joined Junior League 15 years ago I set the goal of being President. My path to becoming President has been filled with innumerable acts of kindness, support and love. I have had the pleasure to work alongside the most thoughtful, dynamic and smart women. Somedays I want to pinch myself that my goal has been achieved.
What are your plans and goals for your team as president?
My goal is for the JLBR to be a mission-driven and member-centric organization. Our strength is in our almost 800 members. The league promotes volunteerism by giving all of our members exceptional training opportunities so they can develop their potential and, in turn, improve the community. I want to inspire our members to try something that pushes them out of their comfort zone. And if something does not work, I want them to lean on the support system in the League. Together we can figure out how to change the direction so it works. I want our members to know that we are not failing, we are learning new skills and lessons that will help not only ourselves but the South Florida community.
What committees are you overseeing this coming year?
As the President of Junior League, I guide our board of directors as we plan for the future of our league. In 2021 we will celebrate 50 years of service in the community. This year the board is taking a deep dive into our focus areas to ensure we are continuing to meet the unmet needs of our community. And as our diaper bank continues to see the need for diapers grow, we are focused on what the future of our diaper bank will be so we can continue to meet these needs.
What has impacted you the most being a member of the Junior League?
Being a member of Junior League of Boca Raton has been one of the best decisions of my life. The Junior League has given me so much, including my connection to our community, sense of accomplishment outside of my home and career, most of my local friends, the most amazing training, my husband’s career at his current company, my career there that lead to me to create my marketing company and Happy Family Blog. The deeper answer is that Junior League has given me a safe space to push myself, learn new skills, become not only a better volunteer, but a better business owner, wife, friend, and mother.