The Spring issue of Lagniappe is always one of my favorites, as it highlights the Junior League of New Orleans’ Sustainer of the Year. This year is no different, and I am thrilled to see Julia Bland receive this prestigious award. Since 1958, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) has presented the Sustainer of the Year Award to a Sustainer who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through her action and leadership. These women have taken the training they received during their active years of service and have used the skills they gained to improve the Greater New Orleans Community. Through her work with the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Julia has established both herself and the museum as leaders in early childhood programming and family support services. The museum’s stunning facilities in City Park would not have been possible without Julia’s tireless efforts and dedication. It, and she, are truly a gift to the City of New Orleans, and we are honored to have her continued support as one of our Sustaining members.
In addition to learning more about Julia, I invite you to read more about the women leading JLNO and their experiences this year. I am truly grateful to be serving alongside them. The 2020-2021 Board of Directors is leading with grace, poise and true grit. These women have changed jobs, had children and cared for sick family members, all while always being willing to lend a helping hand to fellow League members. They have pivoted and reorganized priorities for the year on countless occasions in response to the ever-shifting COVID-related restrictions on activities. Despite all of these challenges, their commitment to JLNO has produced many successes. The inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit was a bright spot in the midst of supporting our community during multiple disasters. The Diaper Bank expanded and now provides regular distributions of period and adult incontinence products to our community partners. And the 2020 WE Fellowship recipient was selected from an outstanding group of finalists just to name a few. They are truly women leading for a Greater New Orleans!
I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I have. Thank you, as always, for your support of the Junior League of New Orleans. It is truly appreciated!