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Letter from the President

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As a child growing up in a small Alabama town, I was raised to always respect others, offer help to those in need and be grateful for what you have. I could not be more grateful that my parents instilled in me the value of hard work and the drive to always do my best. At the end of any difficult undertaking, my father always asked, “if you can say you gave 110% and did your best, then we are proud of you.” It didn’t matter if I succeeded or failed. I knew my parents loved and supported me no matter what.

When I joined the Junior League of New Orleans as a Provisional member in 2004, I knew I wanted to volunteer and give back to the community. But, I had no idea the impact that the Junior League would have on my life over the next 13 years. I am proud to say that I have grown personally and professionally, but more than anything, I have grown as a volunteer.
Because of the foundation that I have been given from my family and the Junior League of New Orleans, I know I am ready to lead this organization into its 94th year. With more than 2,200 members, we are the eighth largest League in the world, and we will continue our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community.

In this issue, we introduce our newest community project and partnership with Covenant House. We also profile past Presidents to gain a better sense of how our members may go on to work with other organizations utilizing the skills learned from JLNO.

The strength of JLNO has been and always will be our ability to find a need within the community and come together to help build a solution. Our impact in Metropolitan New Orleans is vast, and JLNO’s best-known projects have grown into independent entities, such as The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Parkway Partners. JLNO has also created and supported programs at Audubon Zoo, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Charity Hospital, the Children’s Art Council, Edible Schoolyard, Second Harvest Food Bank and Kingsley House. Current community projects include the Diaper Bank, Educational Support Services, Financial Literacy, Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, Lemonade Day University, Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter and Woman Entrepreneur Fellowship. JLNO also aids local nonprofit organizations through the Community Assistance Fund.

True to our mission, I am so excited to see what we accomplish in the year ahead. With a membership dedicated to Advancing the Wellbeing of Women, we are sure to accomplish amazing things and your support is invaluable.

Sincerely,

Kristen Koppel
JLNO President

 


 

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