Ten minute downpours, 80 degree days and tulips in City Park – that’s right, it’s springtime in New Orleans! Whether you’re relishing in the warm weather or already trying to find ways to beat the heat, this time of year is a wonderful one in our city and for the Junior League of New Orleans.

We have several exciting events planned in the coming weeks, many of them you will find detailed in this issue. Mark your calendars for more installments of our successful Financial Literacy program, the Women Entrepreneur Fellowship pitches, and the Women of Courage event (check out our Bulletin Board on page 8 for dates and times).  Ready for wedding season? You will be once you take our Savoir Faire course on Wedding Etiquette on page 10!

Spring is traditionally the season associated with growth, so this issue we took an introspective look at some of the ways in which JLNO and our partners have grown. We checked in with some of our favorite Community Assistance Fund Grand recipients as well as took a detailed look at our growing partnership with the Giggles Child Development Center.

As is customary with our spring issue, we honor our Sustainer of the Year.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Melanee Usdin, take the time to read about this incredible woman and her dedication to our city and organization on page 18.

Lastly, speaking of new beginnings, I would like to congratulate our Assistant Editor, Lacy McManus, on the birth of her daughter, Clara! Lacy has been invaluable to this magazine and we are excited for her joyous news.


Letter from the Editor

Emma C. Pegues