Dear Members, Community Partners, Supporters and Donors:
Thank you for the privilege to serve as your President for 2018-2019. As we celebrate our 20th year of service as a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), the Junior League of Lee County (JLLC) has been a long-standing and valuable organization in our community. JLLC has also been a component of my business connections and relationships here in Lee County and I am honored to be appointed your next president. I’ve spent the last year contemplating what I wanted our League to accomplish during this upcoming League year. I’ve been asked on more than one occasion “if I am ready?” and “are you already tired?” Yes and yes! It is such an overwhelming responsibility to be appointed to lead so many wonderful, educated and intelligent women…. it is humbling and it is also an honor.
Many people ask “What is the Junior League?” and “what do you all do?” It took me years to truly understand how large Junior League is and the essence of what it accomplishes. Being afforded the opportunity to attend several International Conferences, it is now so clear to me. Nowhere else can a large group of intelligent women come together to inspire, lead and change society for the better. I truly realize the power of women coming together to inspire one another, to support each other and to collectively become the voice for those who have lost their voice. I had the opportunity to hear Muniba Muzari speak to delegates at the 2018 International Conference in Memphis. Muniba is the UN’s first woman ambassador to Pakistan. Muniba is an amazing painter, a motivational speaker, a social activist, a beautiful model, a television anchor, a singer, and a woman who was left differently-abled after a horrible car accident. She had so many reasons to “give up” but instead she has become an inspirational source for others around the world. Muniba told us about the story of self-belief, from the woman who almost lost everything. She spoke to us about how women can help so much in empowering other women.
So, if I had to sum up in a nutshell “what is the Junior League of Lee County?” and “what do we do?”, I would say we are a group of women in Lee County who are interconnected through a larger network of women around the world. We pour into one another, inspiring each other to be better people and encouraging each other to lead with a servant heart. One of the mandates of our mission is to develop the potential of women. When we encourage each other, when we cause each other to think in a new way, when we challenge the status quo, and when we come together to find solutions, we pour into one other and have the potential to change lives.
In addition to our helpful membership and our stellar board of directors, I could not imagine serving in this position without my supportive husband and children. My boys ask me often, “mommy, are you really doing Junior League again tonight?” or “mommy, do you have another Junior League meeting?” I feel guilty for a moment because this presidency has taken me away from my family more than usual this year, but when I hug them tight and tell them that their mommy wants to give back to help our community and to those who are in it because we have been so incredibly blessed in our lives…. the pure expression of pride on their little faces and my oldest child’s same response of “I know Mommy, God has been so good to us!” makes the long hours worthwhile. Junior League of Lee County members… others are watching what we are doing…. and sometimes the most important ones watching are the ones that we tuck tightly into bed at night. Make this journey count; I will be there cheering for you and supporting you every step of the way!
Kelly H. Moore
Junior League of Lee County