Tiffany SmithMeet Our JLDC President
The Junior League of Douglas County is a part of an amazing network of over 150,000 women in 292 leagues that spans four countries! How amazing is that? It all started back in 1901 when social activist, Marry Harriman decided to start an organization that allowed women to come together at the forefront of social reform, identifying problems and finding effective solutions. The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) provides guidance, support, and growth opportunities to its member Leagues. The Junior League of Douglas County (JLDC) proudly joined AJLI in 1990, after starting as a Service League in 1973.
For over 44 years the JLDC has been a vital part of the Douglas County Community, along with the surrounding counties of Paulding and Carroll. We have evolved as an organization, and as the needs in the community have changed, so have we. We have partnered with many local organizations in the community, from Habitat for Humanity and Share House to the Senior Center and the Boys and Girls Club, to effect change in the community. These partnerships throughout our journey has allowed us to tap complementary skills and abilities while reaching larger areas of our local community.
For the past 4 years our primary focus has been on literacy. We will continue to focus on this important need in the community and find ways to make our reach even greater. According to numerous studies, if a child cannot read at the proper literacy rate by third grade they are 60% more likely to end up in jail or on sustained public assistance. We have multiple opportunities for members to volunteer in this area to effect greater change in the community.
In conjunction with expanding our efforts in the community, we will be focusing on branding and extending ourselves further in the community, experimenting with flexible membership options to meet women where they are in life, partnering with other organizations to help expand our reach, and continuing to grow and learn from other non-profit partners.
I consider the JLDC as my tribe of women! One of my favorite quotes is “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back”. When I originally joined the league, I did it solely on my passion for volunteering. What I didn’t know is how much more I would gain over my past 6 years as a member. I have grown as person, gained lifelong friendships along the way, and have had access to some of the most valuable leadership and training opportunities available.
I look forward to working with all of you this year – to better our community while becoming a part of each other’s tribe! Don’t be afraid to dream big, think outside the box, and follow your heart and your passion. Thank you for all that you do in the community and all that you have done for me along my JLDC journey. I appreciate each of you from the bottom of my heart.
JLDC President 2017-2018