Fall has always been a season of noticeable change. Foliage takes on beautiful hues of earth tones, and the temperature becomes pleasingly cooler. As I anticipate the arrival of autumn, I reflect on how each of us inspires change in one another. Whether that change is the metamorphosis of once dormant leadership traits or the shedding of habits which adversely affect our potential for growth, change is inevitable. There is no other issue of Lagniappe that would accurately reflect that which is transpiring within the Junior League of New Orleans than the Fall 2021 issue.
One of JLNO’s most notable events this year has been Passing of the Gavel. Our 2020-2021 League president, Kristin Van Hook Moore, graciously passed her gavel to 2021-2022 League president Shannon Brice. And, as great leaders understand the importance of tutelage, Kristin imparted upon Shannon the words of wisdom passed on to her by past League presidents. We at JLNO are certain that Shannon will combine her experience and skills set with the wisdom bestowed upon her to assist in the personal growth and leadership skills of other JLNO members.
This issue also explores the provisional experience. Katherine Andrews Crawford, Lagniappe writer, recently completed her provisional year and shares notable highlights as experienced by members of her provisional cohort. Indeed, there is certainly no better way to document one’s growth from one League year to the next than Katherine’s discussion of her previous experience while working in a new role. While many League committees met via Zoom the entire League year, Katherine’s provisional cohort had the opportunity to socialize in person at Wrong Iron. While new to the League, that provisional cohort is certainly determined to defeat the odds and are truly inspirational leaders.
Shanelle Joseph, 2021-2022 Lagniappe Editor