Women-Led, Volunteer Organization Introduces Incoming Leadership for 2017 – 2018
The Junior League of Houston, Inc., 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, recently announced its 2017-2018 Executive Committee and revealed the theme for the year, Make Today Beautiful. The newly selected leaders bring a great deal of experience to the organization.
Incoming Executive Committee of the Junior League of Houston:
• President: Sarah Heck Snyder
• President-Elect: Stephanie “Steph” Lowrey Magers
• Community Vice President: Courtney Hurst Hoyt
• Development Vice President: Mary Lee Hackedorn Wilkens
• Financial Vice President: Melisse Reynolds
• Membership Vice President: Mitra Azodi Woody
• Recording Secretary: Sally Anne Schmidt
The gavel was officially passed on Monday, May 22, 2017, as the Junior League of Houston turned over its executive leadership team and Board of Directors during The President’s Tea, which was held at the River Oaks home of Martha Ann Gregg Snyder, a past president of The Junior League of Houston and mother-in-law of 2017- 2018 president, Sarah Heck Snyder. Members celebrated a successful 2016-2017 year, during which the Junior League of Houston contributed over $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the Houston community. Outgoing President Shannon Beirne Wiesedeppe accepted a sterling silver platter generously donated by Tenenbaum Jewelers as a token of appreciation and support for her leadership over the past year.
Newly minted President Sarah Heck Snyder introduced her theme for the year, “Make Today Beautiful” to remind members to make the most of each today and recognize the beauty in all that the League does. With an emphasis on mentorship this year, members will realize the long-term impact the League’s training program has on its volunteers, the community and the member herself. “Make Today Beautiful” also serves as a representation of how League volunteers touch lives in a beautiful and meaningful way throughout the Houston community. This year, Junior League volunteers will contribute more than 65,000 hours of service through 38 community projects, including partnerships with Texas Children’s Hospital, Child Advocates, Inc., Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston Food Bank, Dress for Success Houston as well as the newly added Project C.U.R.E. The Junior League also offers one of the only free CPR certification courses in the city.