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From left – Diana Miner, Amy Walker, Meredith Lipscomb, Kelly Herrington, Melinda McNeilus, Shelby MacDonald, Cindy Regens and Amber Dzik.

Junior League

80 Years of Women’s Leadership in Tucson By Tara Kirkpatrick

“We were just a group of girls anxious to do something helpful in the city in which we lived.” Since these simple, elegant words were spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt more than a century ago, the Junior League has become a vibrant force in women’s leadership across the country. The Junior League of Tucson celebrates a milestone this year – its 80th anniversary in shaping the city into what it is today. “Our goal is to train women to be effective civic and community leaders, and our members learn board governance, volunteer management, fund development and other skills that make them effective leaders,” said Shelby 238 BizTucson


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MacDonald, JLT’s current president. This anniversary has inspired one JLT member to write a book chronicling the league’s history, from its beginnings in post-Depression Tucson to today. “It just seemed to me, as times have changed and the community has changed, many people may not know what a rich history the organization has,” said Emily Morrison, author of “Grand Dames & Great Causes: The Way we Were … A History of the Junior League of Tucson, 1933-2013.” “For my mother, me and my daugh-

ter, it has brought lifelong friends and memories, and great training,” said Morrison, who added that success in her career is a direct result of league training, involvement and connections. Morrison, chosen as one of the league’s 80 outstanding women in 80 years, spent much of last year with a team that included Carrie Durham and Angela DiFuccia, researching every issue of the league’s newsletters, “El Sarape” and “Las Noticias,” and historical records to compile the book, which was presented to members at a reception held last fall.

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