JLNO Kitchen Tour
saturday, april 16, 2011
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about the junior league of new orleans
Through its educational and charitable works, the JLNO enriches the lives of so many in our area.
About the Junior League of New Orleans
• An 86-year-old organization with more than 2,200 women members
• The average age of its members is 36.
• Of an active and provisional membership of 721, 95 percent are college-educated and approximately 80 percent work full- or part-time
• JLNO is part of a network of 292 Junior Leagues comprising the Association of Junior Leagues International, with a total membership of more than 193,000 women. JLNO is the 10th largest of these leagues.
• Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
• With a primary focus area of children’s education, JLNO provides volunteers and financial support for its projects and activities. The JLNO has more than $500,000 committed to its community programs annually. League members volunteer more than 50,000 hours of their time annually.
• Through a formalized training program and through their volunteer work, league members are trained for responsible community leadership and are empowered through the confidence gained in achieving league goals in a safe and supportive environment.
• For 86 years, JLNO has maintained a steadfast commitment of service to the Greater New Orleans community.
• In conjunction with its 75th anniversary, JLNO awarded $75,000 to the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity) to establish a Parents’ Resource Center.
• JLNO was instrumental in the creation of numerous New Orleans organizations, including The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital; the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans; the Louisiana Nature and Science Center; and, most recently, New Orleans Teen Court.
• JLNO has been involved in more than 100 different community projects, contributed more than $5 million to our community and donated more than 2 million hours of volunteer time.
Our Vision Statement
The Junior League of New Orleans will improve children’s education within the Greater New Orleans community through the dedicated action of trained volunteers.
Our Mission Statement
The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing
the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Our Focus Areas
Focus areas for the Junior League of New Orleans include rebuilding New Orleans, children’s well-being and education and healthy families.
More than 86 years ago, 10 New Orleans women dedicated to creating a women’s group to work for community improvement met at the residence of Mrs. Hilliard E. Miller (later Mrs. George Francis Wright) to discuss the organization of a Junior League. In addition to Mrs. Miller, they were Mrs. W. E. Penick, Mrs. Charles Monrose, Mrs. George S. Clarke, Mrs. Charles B. Thorn, Mrs. Charles Seyburn Williams, Mrs. Donald Maginnis, Miss Josephine Witherspoon (later Mrs. John Rogers), Mrs. James Anderson and Miss Elise Mason-Smith (later Mrs. Henri Howard).
In accordance with the requirements at that time for securing membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America, this group was proposed by the Nashville League and seconded by the Atlanta League. On March 31, 1924, the New Orleans group was admitted to membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America.
The Junior League of New Orleans was organized as an official body with a membership of 40.
Activities of the Junior League of New Orleans, from its founding to the present, include projects in the fields of health, welfare, education and recreation. They are funded by JLNO money-raising activities such as Bloomin’ DEALs Thrift Shop, sales of the JLNO’s award-winning cookbooks, Shopping Card and the Kitchen Tour.
Some of the JLNO’s best-known projects, many of which have grown into independent entities, include The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Teen Court. Over its more than 85 years of service, the JLNO has created or supported programs at the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Charity Hospital, Children’s Art Council, Kingsley House and various patriotic activities related to World War II. Current community activities are focused on Lafayette Academy Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School’s Edible Schoolyard, Freret Neighborhood Outreach, Power Ties, PRC’s Rebuilding Together, the Safe Sitter course, Second Harvest’s Lagniappe Backpack Program, Kids in the Kitchen and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The funds also support the JLNO Community Assistance Fund, JLNO Senior League and the JLNO Get on Board Nonprofit Board Training.