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Year at a Glance On behalf of our members, I am pleased to share the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. (JLSB) annual report with you. In its 82nd year of service, JLSB remains committed to our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers. We continue to concentrate most of our efforts in our focus area of supporting families at risk through innovative community programs in the Shreveport-Bossier area. The community projects, fundraiser descriptions, and financial statements contained in this report are the individual and collective efforts of women committed to improving the community through the movement of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. During the 20142015 year, 229 members spent 16,328 hours in their placements. Their valuable time resulted in a value given to the community of $376,686.96. This coupled with the money invested by the JLSB in support of our community projects and community grants resulted in a total value given to the community of $403,036.96! You can read more about where our time and efforts were directed during the 2014-2015 year under the Community Impact section of this report. Of the ten projects highlighted in this report, eight are established projects where we continue to make a difference. This past year, through the efforts of our Project Research and Development Committee we embarked on two new initiatives, Girls’ and Women’s Institute: MAGIC and Meeting with a Mission at Westwood Elementary School. Thanks to the efforts of The Girls’ Institute volunteers we were able to partner with Volunteers of America LightHouse Teen Club and meet with girls teaching them life skills every month. Our Meeting with a Mission program gave us the opportunity to go back to the school setting and impact the lives of many children and staff at Westwood Elementary in Shreveport by supporting Caddo Schools in their Transformation Zone initiative. Thanks to the work of our community volunteers, we were surprised this year by one of our community partners with an incredible honor. This spring we received the Sparks Memorial Award. The Award named for Volunteers of America’s longtime executive director, honors those who continue her legacy of leadership and excellence. During the 2014-2015 year, we partnered with Volunteers of America for three different projects: Safe Sitter, Kids in the Kitchen, and MAGIC teaching youth at the LightHouse healthy habits, babysitting skills, and life skills for young women. This great honor is another example of how our work is visible in the community we serve thanks to our wonderful volunteers. The JLSB not only provides hands-on training by providing in-league placements and community programs
for our members to volunteer; it also provides the training and education required to serve the Shreveport-Bossier Community effectively. The JLSB accomplishes its agenda for training through hosting activities such as the annual Leadership Retreat for Board and new members, General Membership Meetings (GMMs), new member meetings, Regional Training, and Educational Workshops in various areas of topics. Our members support our training activities and have participated with an impressive presence this year! Our GMMs continue to be well attended and focused on learning from our community partners this past year with a representative from each of them attending several of our meetings. During the winter, the JLSB hosted six different Junior Leagues from our area for a one-day Regional Training. The training focused on Social Media and Fund Development topics led by two experts in the area, Amy Kinnaird and Abby von Schlegell. During the training, we were able to share the success of our newest fundraiser, The Kitchen Tour, and also gather ideas from other Leagues. The Kitchen Tour exceeded all expectations and was well received by the local community that attended the self-guided tour of ten kitchens during the inaugural year. More information on the Kitchen Tour and our other already established fundraisers are also highlighted in this report under the Fund Development section. It is through the work of our committed volunteers and the support of the community that attend such events that we are able to raise the majority of the funds we use to serve our community through community projects, community assistant program grants, and scholarships. It is also through these funds that we are able to invest in the training opportunities we provide our members during the year. As I look back on the 2014-2015 year, I am humbled by what we have been able to accomplish during a year. The accomplishments are not only possible because of the work of our members but also because of our work with other area non-profits and because of the wonderful generosity of our donors and sponsors. Whether you are a member, community partner, or benefactor of the League, your contributions make a difference to the lives of women and children. Thank you for investing in our mission! It has been an honor to be able to serve the Shreveport-Bossier communities with you!
With sincere appreciation,
Elba Hamilton President, 2014-2015
Cover Illustration by Caroline Frierson from Sweet Caroline.
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LEADERSHIP & MEMBERSHIP 2014-2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Elba Hamilton President-Elect Lila Knicely Communications Vice President Heidi Gerkin Community Vice President Kendra Meiki Membership Vice President Calli Thompson Ways & Means Vice President Kristen Powers Secretary Molly McInnis Treasurer Tiffany Paine Assistant Treasurer Leah Feldt Nominating Chairman Elizabeth Pippin Placement Chairman Christine Fortson PR&D Chairman Melissa Flores Sustainer Advisor Toni Thompson
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD The JLSB seeks out members of the community to serve as advisors lending their expertise in a variety of areas to the League. The JLSB was fortunate to have the following distinguished community leaders provide guidance for the 2014-2015 League year. Sonja Bailes Chuck Meehan Richard Corbett Norann Planchock Tom Harrison Shelly Taylor Jim Henderson Clay Walker
2014-2015 SUSTAINER PANEL Special thanks to the 2014-2015 Sustainer Panel led by Sustainer Advisor Toni Thompson. Members include: Mary Boggs, Sara Herrington, Monica Lawrence, Terri Madison, Ginny Murphy, Angie Phares, Tracy Prestwood, Jane West, Mary Margaret Weston, Sarah Margaret White, and Sustainer Panel Liaison Carolyn Tillman.
Service Awards Sustainer of the Year: Milly Hawthorne Sale
Volunteers of the Year: loise Kayser Graf E and Lauren Lea
hirley Wright and S Aillet, Fenner, Jolly and McClelland, Inc.
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COMMUNITY IMPACT ARTIST FOR A DAY AT THE RED RIVER REVEL
Each weeknight and all day on the weekends during the Red River Revel, Junior League volunteers can be found in the Artist for a Day tent in the children’s area. Members assist children with fun and creative projects that are very often led by local artists volunteering their time to be a part of this project. The Junior League adopted a Louisiana theme for the 2014 Artist for a Day tent providing one of the only free activities for children at the Revel. Each child was able to show his or her creativity by painting in several mediums, making Mod Podge frames, and creating sun catchers, bookmarks, and masks.
BINGO AT UNIVERSITY HEALTH
Once a month, Junior League volunteers spend a Thursday evening playing Bingo with the children hospitalized at University Health. These volunteers are instrumental in making a positive difference in a child’s hospital stay. The children are invited to play Bingo in the Child Life Playroom. If they are not able to leave their rooms, the game is broadcast on a closed-circuit television system on the pediatric floor of the hospital, and winners can call in when they win. This program is a wonderful way to relieve anxiety and fear often associated with a hospital stay—especially through the eyes of a child. After Bingo, volunteers lead the children in a themed craft project.
BETWEEN THE LINES
GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: MAGIC DONE IN A DAY
Done in a Day offers JLSB volunteers the opportunity to provide volunteer support for community projects and events that can be accomplished in a onetime evening or weekend effort. All projects selected fit our mission. During the current year, our Done in a Day volunteers worked with the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, Holy Angels, Shriners Hospital for Children, Westwood Elementary School, Shop with a Doc, Renesting Project, Robinson Film Center, Cinderella Project, Heart of Hope, and Gumbo Gladiators.
Brand new this year, the Girl’s and Women’s Institute: Mentoring Ambitious Girls to Inspire Change (MAGIC) provides opportunities for our members to interact with girls and women in our community on a monthly basis and educate them on a variety of topics. For this inaugural year, JLSB volunteers worked closely with girls at the Volunteers of America LightHouse Teen Club. League members discussed topics such as financial literacy and self-defense while building relationships with the girls. The teens looked forward to the information and to the mentorship of the League members. The program concluded with a dinner to celebrate the completion of the curriculum and was able to impact about 15 girls this past year.
Children of incarcerated parents are the focus of this project. Started in 2012, Between the Lines promotes literacy and strengthens family bonds between incarcerated parents and their children. Through our partnership with the Bossier Parish Medium Security Facility, parents choose a book for their child, and a Junior League volunteer makes a recording of each parent reading the book aloud. The recorded readings are then sent to the children in a CD format along with a new gift-wrapped book. Books are donated by Junior League members and other local organizations. Over 75 families have been impacted by the Between the Lines Program.
HEALTH LITERACY INITIATIVE
This summer project promotes healthy lifestyle choices to school-age children. Members act as health educators teaching children about fitness, tobacco use prevention, animal safety, nutrition, stranger danger, fire prevention, table manners, good financial practices, and oral health. Volunteers also provide crafts and healthy, fun snacks that coincide with the theme of the session. The Junior League partnered with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Shreveport to bring this program to over 60 fourth- and fifth-graders each Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks throughout the summer.
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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
The goal of Kids in the Kitchen is to reverse the trend of childhood obesity by empowering youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. Volunteers educate children about exercise and nutrition with a hands-on program that includes making healthy snacks and playing games to get them moving. During the fall volunteers took the program to the Red River Revel, where about 7,000 4th grade students participate during the field trips. In the spring, JLSB volunteers took the program to the Queensborough, Allendale, and Highland Community Renewal Friendship Houses and Volunteers of America after school programs held at three different LightHouse sites. Each child was given an outdoor play ball, a water bottle, a daily menu sheet, and a healthy snack. Volunteers were also able to host a session at Westwood Elementary School in Shreveport.
Safe Sitter Program prepares middle-school-age children to be effectively trained babysitters. All too often, older children are left home to look after other children of all ages with little or no training for even the simplest of tasks. Volunteers in this program teach the participants about the basics of child care, first aid, Heimlich maneuver, general safety, and even how to start their own business. This program was taught to members’ children and grandchildren at the beginning of the year and then taught several times during the year free of charge at the Volunteers of America LightHouse, Community Renewal Queensborough Friendship House, and Westwood Elementary School. We continue to look forward to expanding this program to include more participants.
SUPER SAFETY SATURDAY
In partnership with Sheriff’s Safety Town, the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier coordinated our fifth annual Super Safety Saturday event. Over 1,000 people including children and families, local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and members of law enforcement attended this free community event. In the Health and Safety Fair tents, participants learned about various health and safety issues through interactive games and handouts given at each station. The Touch-a-Truck area included a helicopter and bookmobile as well as many other emergency, construction, transport, waterway, and military vehicles. Participants were able to see these vehicles up close and climb in for an even closer look. The Family Fun Zone was filled with bounce houses, games, prizes, and music, bringing the fun to the safety fair. Bicycle, storm, and water safety were presented by deputies in the kid-sized “city” of Safety Town. The event was rounded out with a child seat inspection and bike rodeo hosted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. 2014 - 2 0 15 A n n ua l R ep ort | j l s b. o rg
MEETING WITH A MISSION - WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
For the past six years, members attending general meetings have been asked to bring items to donate to different organizations in our community providing much needed support to many. This past year, the JLSB decided to try something new and focused its efforts on one organization. This idea and the desire to work with local schools was the perfect combination for the JLSB to join the efforts of the Caddo Parish Public Schools through the work of the TRANSFORMATION ZONE. With the help of Caddo School administrators, the JLSB selected Westwood Elementary as the school to focus its efforts during the year. All Meeting with a Mission collections went to support the needs of students, teachers, and staff at Westwood Elementary. League volunteers were also able to partner with Westwood through Done in a Day, Safe Sitter, and Kids in the Kitchen programs held at the school throughout the year. In this inaugural year, the League was able to help during Back to School night, Teacher Appreciation Week, Field Day, and many holiday events during the year. The League hosted a reading event at the school during the fall, provided bikes for the top students every nine weeks, and provided judges for events and volunteers to work at the Mercantile store. We look forward to continuing the work in the Transformation Zone to include other schools in our area.
Fund Development Cookbook Sales
Our longest running source of income comes from cookbook sales. We are pleased to offer three unique books including the award-winning cookbook Mardi Gras to Mistletoe featuring 12 months of festivals, events, and more than 200 seasonal recipes. Revel, originally published in 1980 and then reissued in a 20th anniversary edition in 2000, has sold over 50,000 copies and includes party menus for each of the four seasons. A Cook’s Tour turned 50 last year! Published in 1964, it features dishes elegant enough for fine dinner parties and casual enough for picnics and is truly a journey back into your grandmother’s kitchen. Sales of our three outstanding cookbooks allow the JLSB to move our mission forward. Total Sales: $4,003
Revel Pepsi Sales
The now world-famous Red River Revel Arts Festival was founded by the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. and given to the City of Shreveport in 1976 as a bicentennial gift. The Revel is held annually in October on the Shreveport riverfront and attracts thousands to the area. The Junior League continues to support the Revel by providing over 600 volunteer hours selling Pepsi products during the festival. Total Sales: $10,682
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Junior League Spring Market
The Junior League Market celebrated its 14th anniversary this year. The three day spring shopping held at the Shreveport Convention Center attracted merchants from all over the country providing shoppers with a vast array of unique products and services. In addition to the general shopping activities, this year’s Market provided something for the whole family—Girl’s Night Out for the ladies, Breakfast with the Bunnies for the children, and Tween Scene where girls enjoyed cupcakes, friends, and fun. The Market is the JLSB’s largest fundraiser. Its success ensures that the JLSB will continue to touch lives of families at risk in our community for years to come. Total Sales: $63,912* *Previous Annual Reports have reported gross profit.
Glow in the Dark 5K
The Glow in the Dark 5K was extremely successful with over 250 runners in attendance. Runners of all abilities from the very seasoned to the elementary school running club members came out to enjoy an evening run. Participants included many children from Westwood Elementary in Shreveport that participated in the family fun run along with the school principal and several teachers. Participants were able to enjoy a pre-party that included nutritious snacks and drinks and entertainment for the kids. Total Sales: $1,702
The Junior League hosted for the first time the Kitchen Tour as a project of the Cookbook Committee. The self-guided tour of kitchens featured ten new or newly remodeled kitchens around the Shreveport area. Participants were able to see the latest in kitchen design, new trends in appliances, and interior design. The tour started with a brunch held at the Kitchen & Bath Cottage where a variety of food from local restaurants was served. The Kitchen & Bath Cottage remained open throughout the day of the tour for ticket holders to stop in and enjoy recipes prepared from the JLSB cookbooks. The Kitchen Tour concluded with a Happy Hour where ticket holders where able to talk over the different kitchens and witness the raffle drawings. For this inaugural year, fourteen items were raffle included a grand prize of a Kitchen Makeover. Total Sales: $28,252
Give For Good Day
The Junior League partnered with the Community Foundation and participated in the second Give for Good Day. The 24-hour online giving challenge raises unrestricted funds for nonprofits in our community. This day of giving celebrates local nonprofits and allows the community an opportunity to support these valuable programs and organizations. Part of the JLSB’s mission is to promote voluntarism and improve communities, and participating in Give for Good is one way we celebrated generosity and elevated the conversation about philanthropy in the Shreveport-Bossier community. Total Sales: $1,968
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Fund Development $1,702 $2,750 $1,968 $4,003 $2,030
Assets Cash and cash equivalents $447,174 Accounts receivable $2,740 Inventory $76,824 Property and equipment $534,031
TOTAL ASSETS $1,060,769 Liabilities and Net Assets Long term debt Accounts payable and accrued expenses Deferred revenue Liability for security deposit
$59,928 $2,963 $74,390 $1,000
NET ASSETS $922,488 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $1,060,769
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Individual Donations.......................................... $2,750 Give for Good Donations................................. $1,968 Corporate Donations..........................................$2,030 Junior League Kitchen Tour (net)........$28,252 Junior League Market (net)....................$63,912* Red River Revel Pepsi Commission.........$10,682 Cookbook Sales......................................................$4,003 Glow in the Dark 5K...........................................$1,702
*Previous Annual Reports have reported gross profit.
CAP GRANTS The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier operates a Community Assistance Program (CAP) whose purpose is to provide monetary grants for short-term critical needs of nonprofits in the Shreveport- Bossier area.
Community Projects $100
2014-2015 CAP GRANT RECIPIENTS Northwest Louisiana Community Development Corp $800 $1,241 Compassion for Lives $500 $2,048 The Volunteers of America, North Louisiana $2,000 The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center $1,000 $2,000 $750 $4,300 $2,344
Member Training & Education ■ AJLI Annual Conference..........$7,240 ■ Leadership Shreveport.................$1,250 ■ AJLI Organizational Development Institute................. $2,206 ■ AJLI Fall P/PE Conference........$2,861 ■ AJLI Winter Conference.......... $2,350 ■ JLSB Regional Training................ $2,351 ■ JLSB Board Trainings.....................$1,749 ■ JLSB Education Workshops..... $1,359 ■ JLSB New Member Training...$3,182
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Between the Lines.....................................................$100 Community Assistance Grants....................$4,300 Done in a Day...............................................................$287 Girl’s/Women’s Institute.................................. $2,048 Health Literacy Initiative.....................................$750 Junior League Bingo.................................................$145 Kids in the Kitchen............................................... $3,709 Meeting with a Mission – Westwood......$524 Red River Revel Arts Education.................$2,344 Scholarships.............................................................$2,000 Safe Sitter.......................................................................$1,241 Super Safety Saturday.................................... $4,602
Thank You To THOSE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE MARKET SPONSORS Red River Bank Sid Potts, Inc. Knight and Sanders Plastic Surgery Graf Orthodontics SB Magazine Townsquare Media Group Eagle Distributing of Shreveport Blo Blow Dry Bar Just Whipped Bakery Cosse & Silmon Orthodontics
MARKET PATRONS Air Hygiene International Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Brittney Anderson Dr. Michael & Debbie Angelo Katie & Daniel Baker Julia Blewer Nancy Broyles Car Accidents & Child Custody – Kila Bobier Christine & Stephen Fortson and Mollie & Brandon Chelette Kay & David DeBerardinis Margaret Elberson Jason & Leah Feldt Melissa Flores Kim FitzGerald & David Foret Alex Person & Meg Frazier Paula & Chris Frierson Clayton & Suzanne Frye Heather Courtney & Laramie Guillot Meredith Sowers & Haley S. Hall Elba & John Hamilton Betty Henderson Dr. Robert & Melinda Hernadez Imelda’s Fine Shoes Mr. & Mrs. Chris Johnson Lila & Jeremy Knicely Liz & Jason Lafitte The Law Offices of Kelly L. Long, LLC Monica Lawrence Kelly Focht Farm Bureau & Rachel Maner Dr. & Mrs. William Maranto Alison Marla Maggie McElroy Kyle & Molly McInnis Kendra & Gabe Meiki Susan Merkle Craig & Shelley Miller Pamela Payne Mitchell Bridget Bushnell & Elizabeth Morales Peggy & David Murphy Emily & John Nickelson Amy & Michael Ostendorff Tiffany & Stephen Paine Melanie & Barrow Peacock Jodi Penn Angie Phares Kristen Gary Powers Tracy & Roy Prestwood Heather & Marc Price Michelle & Jon Q=Peterson Maureen C. Gamble & Shelley R. Rangle Red River Chevrolet – Minou & Alvin Olsan Lynn & Armand Roos Leslie & Tommy Scott Ms. Martha C. Siskron Allison Murray & Leslie Smith Jane Snyder Calli & Dhu Thompson
Honorable Jeff & Toni Thompson Charlotte Webb Tricia White Dr. Lacy & Edie Williams Zaffater Eye Center
KITCHEN TOUR SPONSORS Avis/Budget Rent-A-Car B&J Floors BancorpSouth Bank Blossom’s Fine Flowers Bob Davis Electric Co. Caddo & Moose Productions Canatella Interiors Cantina Laredo CHRISTUS Health – Shreveport-Bossier Citizens Bank Coldwell Banker Corner Collection Custom Bilt Cabinet & Supply DeLoach Painting and Drywall Dianne Feducia Floral Design Dillards Drake Catering Edible Arrangements Fireplace Specialties Glass Services Harrison Paint Home Design Center – Southern Design Lighting, United Tile & Kitchen Design Group Homebuilders Association of NWLA Hoogland’s Landscaping House of Carpets Iberia Bank Imelda’s Fine Shoes Jackson Construction Jenny Johnston Interiors King Hardware Kitchen & Bath Cottage LaPressco Printing LCR Plumbing Warehouse Lewis Gifts Maureen & Keith Gamble Medina Pa Honey Candy Company Progressive Bank Rhino Coffee Ristorante Guiseppe River Cities Lighting Roly Poly SB Magazine Sheppard’s Countertops Sid Potts Somdal Associates – Architecture + Interior Design Sound Minds Southern Treasures The Market The Shreveport Club – Chef Bryan Overdyke The W Group Tilton Plumbing Twisted Root Burger Co. Whitney Harmon Windrush Grill GIVE FOR GOOD DONORS Melissa Airhart Katherine Baker Johnette Barnes Laurel Brightwell Bridgett Bushnell Jennifer Cameron Ginger Collier
Teresa Dean Shannon Elder Kim FitzGerald Melissa Flores Christine Fortson Heather Fulco Elba Hamilton Kristen Holmes Tara Jones Lila Knicely Katie Loomis Stephanie Lusk Margaret McDonald Tem & Maggie McElroy Molly McInnis Lucy Medvec Carol Mills Melanie Peacock Angela Phares Kelly Powell Kathryn Prestridge Heather Price Milly Sale Martha Siskron Jennifer Steadman Kelly Turner Holly Witte
Southern Hills HOA SPAR – Shreveport Parks & Recreation State Farm – Jamie Eagles SU Ag Center Communities of Color Sylvan Learning Synergy Home Health The Swim School ThinkFirst Velocity Care WK Shots for Tots Yoga Sanga FRIENDS OF THE JLSB Susan Adams Janet Barlow Mary Beard Amy Bicknell Mary A. Boggs Sharon Cage Teresa Crawford Donna Daman Helen Debeaux Sondra Hull Dixon Lory Rosen Evensky Margaret Free Paula Frierson Clarence N. Frierson, Jr. Maureen Gamble Susan L. Harrison Floy Hebert Mary Virginia Hill Mimi Wile Hussey Jane James Anne V. Jones Amelia Grace Jordan Marie Kalmbach Georgiann Lamb June Langrford Monica Lawrence Elizabeth (Betsy) Lunn Patricia Lunn Terri Madison Betty Matthews Marilyn McArthur Pricilla McLeah Vickie Meadows Camille Meehan Imogene Murphy Virginia Gayle Norris Claudia Oliver Betsy Peatross Kathryn Prestridge Maura Querbes Pugh Evelyn Quinn Anne Rogers Milly Sale Nancy Talbot Sale Deborah Obrien Schofield Susan Schroeder Margaret Shehee Wylma Lelane Stanberry Toni Thompson Janie Tipton Brookie Walker Celeste Wedgeworth Katie and Don Weir Geraldine Wray
GLOW IN THE DARK 5K SPONSORS Ad Pros AEP SWEPCO Caddo Parish School Board Camp Gladiator David Raines Community Health Center Ronald Miciotto CORPORATE SPONSORS Enterprise Holdings Rouse Properties – Mall St. Vincent SUPER SAFETY SATURDAY SPONSORS Amber Free Mavericks American Red Cross AmeriHealth Caritas LA Baskin Robins Bass Pro Shops Caddo Sheriff’s Office Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier Cosse & Silmon Orthodontics Diesel Driving Academy Enable Gipson’s Tax Services JLSB Safe Sitter JLSB Sustainers Josh Smith RV Kona Ice KVKI Law Office of Ingrid J. James Learning Rx Life Air Rescue Louie the Lighting Bug Metro Aviation ThinkFirst Midstream Rainforest Art Foundation Red River Bank Robinson’s Rescue Sheriff’s Safety Town Shreve Memorial Library Shreveport Fire Department Shreveport Police Department Soccer Shots Southern Hills Animal Hospital
IN HONOR OF SUSTAINER OF THE YEAR MILLY SALE Beverly Hand, Ginny Homza, and Cissie Smith
Mission: The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Vision: The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change. Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments organizations, communities. 8 of diverse 2individuals, 0 14- 2 0 15 Annualand Report | j lsb.or g