As I approach the last issue of Lagniappe under my tenure as Editor, it is hard to believe this will be the final edition to organize, review, proof, edit, etc. Through only four magazines, the 2018-2019 editorial team has had the opportunity to not only shed light on the activities and accomplishments of the Junior League of New Orleans, but also some of the greatest struggles still facing our community.
As I write this letter I’m struck by the brevity of our tenure and limits of this medium: we only have one year, with only four editions, and only a handful of committee members. Yet, each of these “onlys” combine with the overall power of the League to create a stunning collective impact. The results and statistics from this League year are fully highlighted in this issue’s “Year in Review,” and I hope readers will join me in gratitude and appreciation for all the League has done.
I’ll be honest: there have been many moments over this last year when I’ve wondered if my time in JLNO is worth it. I’ve spent hours away from my infant daughter editing Lagniappe, wrapping diapers and attending General Membership meetings. In addition to finding the time to honor these commitments, I’ve questioned how much impact I’m having individually.
I imagine most of us have had these same questions, but as the runners of the Crescent City Classic (page 13) will tell you, every journey starts with that first step. As I cross the finish line with the amazing editorial team of Lagniappe and leadership of JLNO, and review the pages herein, I know my time has been worth it. Together, we’ve made great strides this past year.
Cheers and thanks,