Five Reasons to Join the Junior League of Edmonton
By Phalyn Chenard
Like any member of the Junior League of Edmonton (JLE), recruitment season always takes me on a walk down memory lane. It’s an exciting, healthy and welcome reminder of why we joined the League, as well as a chance to reflect on how much we’ve learned and grown since signing up.
In case you’re unfamiliar with how membership works at JLE, we accept new members twice per year. Our formal recruitment process happens each Fall and each Winter when we host both a New Member Information Session and a New Member Orientation.
With our next New Member Information Session approaching on January 17th, I wanted to share some of the reflecting I’ve been doing, in the form of five reasons why you should definitely consider joining the Junior League of Edmonton:
1. Exercise Your Inner Leader
At our core, the Junior League of Edmonton’s ultimate mission is to train women to be effective community volunteers. Think of any big name in Edmonton’s non-profit game, and there’s a strong chance one of our members has sat at that Board table.
Through experiential training, our members are skilled in organizational governance, assessing community needs, strategic planning, fundraising and more. The Junior League is a chance to build your resume and develop leadership skills.
2. Have an Impact on Your Community
While we don’t offer drop-in direct volunteer service opportunities, we can show you how to volunteer differently. JLE has an almost 90-year legacy of developing and delivering projects in direct response to our community’s needs.
For example, in 2016, our membership identified a huge gap in programming available to girls in the Edmonton area. Fast forward two years, we currently operate two partnership programs which relate to our impact area of girls’ self-esteem and mental health.
3. Individual Development
Because of our unique dual mission of improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, JLE is a place where you can learn and grow. Each member holds a place in our organizational chart where she can expand current skills and learn new ones in what we call a placement.
In addition to placements, we frequently bring in guest speakers and trainers in areas like personal branding, social media, networking and public speaking.
4. A New Social Network
Ever heard the saying, “Find your tribe and love them hard?” You might not know it yet but that’s us (heyyyyy!) JLE is comprised of women of every age and every walk of life but we connect over what we have in common.
We’re community leaders, changemakers, entrepreneurs, creatives, volunteers, women who crave more, and we’re waiting for you!
5. We’re a Volunteer Powerhouse
It wouldn’t be a top five if we didn’t pay homage to our grassroots. So, FYI, JLE is just one League in a sea of 291 Leagues in four different countries. By joining locally, you actually gain membership in an international organization proudly served by more than 150,000 women.
What does this mean for you? It means we’ve learned from the best and instead of being a part of the organization, we’ll teach you how to run the organization.
If you’ve made it this far, we’re a match made in heaven and you should immediately sign up to learn more.
We know choosing a membership that’s right for you can be a big decision. Maybe one of the above reasons resonated with you, or maybe all five did. Either way, we encourage you to join us at our New Member Information Session on January 17th. It’s an opportunity to say hello, meet and hear from some current members, find out more about how we do what we do and have your questions answered.
You can find more details and RSVP here. We’re looking forward to meeting you!