The League…No, I’m Not Talking Football

By Eileen Speaker

Shortly after moving to Sacramento, I joined the Junior League of Sacramento (JLS) with goals similar to many new members: I wanted to make friends and volunteer.  My mom had been a member of a Bay Area League, and with that legacy in mind, I proudly attended my first meeting in August of 2011.

Though the Junior League may conjure up images of pearls and Robert’s Rules of Order, the JLS is not full of Betty Drapers.  These women are passionate, friendly, fun, and determined to make an impact on their community.  Being in the League has given me so much over the past two years.  I now have the guts to ask for event sponsorships and in-kind donations.  I have gotten my hands dirty by raking up leaves and teaching elementary school kids how to use jicama.  Last February, I boogied down at our funkadelic 70s themed Crab Feed fundraiser amidst Afro wigs and paisley printed maxi dresses.  I have met dozens of women whom I likely would never have met otherwise and now consider good friends.  I have tried new restaurants and even joined a dodgeball team and tried spinning (two classes makes it brag-worthy, right?) due to the persistence of one particularly adventurous Junior League friend.

The Sacramento League has been in existence for 70 years, and in that time, has done incredible work around the region.  My League forebears were involved in the starting of Fairytale Town, the Nonprofit Resource Center, Children’s Receiving Home, and the Sacramento Children’s Museum, just to name a few.  We volunteer regularly at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and the Lemon Hill Boys and Girls Club.  Just last year, we opened our first Read and Feed Garden at the Colonial Heights Library where we teach kids about nutrition and gardening.

Our next new member class is forming now, so I challenge you, GOTG readers: Do something good for Sacramento, meet new people, and come have fun!  I promise I won’t make you go to spinning if you join.

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Guest blogger Eileen Speaker lives off the grid in Roseville with her husband, Joe and Mini Schnauzer, Otto.  After many years of moving for work and school, Eileen is thrilled to be settled down and getting to know the Sacramento area, one delicious restaurant at a time.

27 Past JL Presidents (Source: JL's Facebook)
27 Past JL Presidents (Source: JL’s Facebook)




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