Women-Led Organization Focused on Building a Better Community Introduces 2021-2022 Leadership
HOUSTON (JUNE 2021) – 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 2021-2022 Executive Committee.
Incoming Executive Committee:
- President: Jennifer Scheifley Roberts
- President-Elect: Anne Sears
- Community Vice President: Sameka Wood
- Development Vice President: Jennifer Dennis Weinstock
- Financial Vice President: Megan Ryan
- Membership Vice President: Sara-Nell Van Lant
- Recording Secretary: Shems “Mimi” Blomberg
The gavel was officially passed on Monday, May 24th at the Junior League Building. A beautiful announcement was sent to past presidents, members, family and friends asking for best wishes and words of encouragement for the year ahead for incoming President, Jennifer Scheifley Roberts. The outgoing 2020-2021 President Rachel Regan was gifted the traditional silver platter as a token of appreciation and support for her leadership.
The Junior League found ways to focus on its mission of improving the community by providing volunteer and financial support through the pandemic with a year of virtual meetings, trainings and events. They created focus area community events that helped cover the basic needs of Houstonians and monthly virtual panels to help communities and organizations direct their focus to important topics such as racial equity, navigating crises and more. The League was still able to provide their annual Community Assistance Grants, awarding $150,000 to organizations that do not already receive ongoing volunteer and financial support through the League’s community projects. They also recently held their annual Charity Ball virtually which raised over $600,000.
Incoming President Jennifer’s theme for the 2021-2022 year is “The Power of One.” This theme demonstrates the exponential power that we all have to affect, and even change, the direction of someone else’s life through one act of kindness. To further build on the theme, members will be challenged each month to look ahead with positivity and understand the importance of one Membership, one League and one Mission.
“These small acts of kindness light the way for others to feel valued and accepted and these beacons of light show us all what really matters,” said Roberts. “For almost a century, The Junior League of Houston has been an organization that identifies problems and finds impactful solutions, and this year we will continue to collaborate and create innovative ways to improve the Houston community and the lives of those we serve.”
About The Junior League of Houston:
From addressing critical issues such as children’s health and education and abuse of women and children, to enhancing the community through cultural enrichment, The Junior League of Houston, Inc. continues to adapt to meet the evolving needs of its membership and the Houston community. The Junior League trains volunteers to be effective leaders in the community well beyond their active membership requirements. With close to 5,000 members, the League encourages mentorship and development, cultivating a lifetime of civic service for thousands of women. The League is able to triple the value of each donation received by pairing it with trained volunteers. For more information, please visit http://www.jlh.org/ or call 713.622.4191.