As we started our League year on June 1, our League members began working throughout the summer months planning and collaborating on our community projects and programs. We also began researching and strategically planning for our shift towards Issue Based Community Impact. Our research area is currently childhood hunger and how we can collaborate and impact in that area for this community. As our children were about to head back to school, excited for the new year, the unimaginable happened…
our community was hit by a historical event. The suddenness and unexpected nature of the storm and magnitude of the flooding in our communities caught all of us off guard.
In my mind this message started out so differently --and then the recent effects of a “tropical system” that started on Friday, August 12, left our community in destruction and dismay. So, I decided to rethink my message. What could I possibly write now when so many were struggling to figure out how to salvage their flooded homes?
I will begin by saying I am completely amazed by what has already been accomplished by our community after the flooding that left so many unsure and broken. All the collaboration that is being done to help families, friends, neighbors and strangers is astonishing. Our community has shown its resilience because we have the humblest, most gracious, and most hospitable people in our community.
Our Junior League Mission states that we are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. During this most difficult time, I can say without a doubt that Junior League of Lafayette members are truly living this Mission. We are volunteering for our neighbors, families and friends, our members are stepping up to lead efforts throughout the community with their schools and church communities, and we are certainly being effective in our outreach to Junior League of Lafayette members who were affected.
As our community rebuilds, Junior League of Lafayette would like to encourage you to join us for our annual fundraising event – Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market, September 21 - 24, 2016. This event is structured to support our community through our projects, programs and grant opportunities. It is the commitment of time and energy from so many members and community sponsors that makes this event possible. I would like to extend my personal thanks to all of those who make it possible. Through their efforts, Junior League of Lafayette will continue to make an impact on our community!
President, Junior League of Lafayette