Letter from the Incoming Editor


As a member of the Junior League, I have encountered many experiences that have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. When discussing my decision to become a member, I never hesitate to mention the opportunities made possible for me through my membership with the League. I began my tenure in 2014 with the Junior League of Dallas. There, in such a big city, I was exposed to a cornucopia of volunteer experiences and met many wonderful people. Nevertheless, I missed the culture of home. I returned to Louisiana in 2016 and eventually transferred into the Junior League of New Orleans. 

It was with JLNO that I was able to fulfill my dream of becoming a published writer. I began writing as a hobby fifteen years ago but was uncertain of how I would have the opportunity to really succeed. While viewing placement opportunities, I saw the role of ‘Lagniappe Writer’ and immediately signed up. Through JLNO and its Lagniappe magazine, I met with yet another fulfilling opportunity. Lagniappe has served as an outlet for me to not only share the amazing facts I have learned about JLNO, but it has also become an outlet for me to hone my skills and gain experience as a writer. At this juncture, I am overwhelmed with gratitude of being able to serve the community in which I live as well as continue on my path of personal growth.

When Lagniappe’s outgoing editor presented me with the offer of becoming the editor for the 2021-2022 League year, I was overwhelmed with a myriad of emotions ranging from excitement to fear. As is typical for me, I eventually embraced the opportunity including each of those emotions. A quote from Paulo Coelho came to mind: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I am both delighted and honored to serve as the incoming editor and look forward to contributing to the growth and continued success of Lagniappe.

Warmest Regards,Shanelejosephsignature

Shanelle Joseph
2021-2022 Lagniappe Editor

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