This is an exciting time for the Junior League of Cleveland. This fall we celebrate our 105th anniversary of making a difference in Cleveland. Over the last 105 years, we have delivered many wonderful programs and led key community initiatives that have delivered outcomes that improved the lives of women and children in Cleveland. However, our greatest legacy is the cadre of empowered and effective civic leaders that received their training in the League and have gone on to make sustainable changes in our community and beyond. This is the core of our Mission – developing the potential of women as civic leaders.
As much fun as it is to look back at our history, our focus is on the future. The issues facing our community are complex and the Junior League of Cleveland is on a transformation journey to ensure that we continue to deliver highly innovative and impactful solutions to the community and build a network of women empowered as leaders creating community change. We are evolving our membership model so that our members can craft their membership experience and define their commitment and connection to the League in ways that are flexible and meaningful to them and moves the Mission forward. As we prepare to move our League headquarters, again we are focused on the future and defining “place” so that it facilitates execution of our Mission; represents our membership today and in the future; and is aligned with our values and the impact we are creating in the community. These changes will ensure that in 2062, the Junior League of Cleveland President will be writing this message about our 150 years of making a difference in Cleveland.
We could not fulfill our Mission without the support of our corporate sponsors, especially the Key Foundation and Forest City Realty; our invaluable community partners including the Adoption Network Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services; our dedicated Magnolia Society and other donors as well as our many advocates and friends. On behalf of the Junior League of Cleveland Board of Directors, I thank you for your continued support of the Junior League of Cleveland. To our members, a simple thank you is inadequate to express my gratitude and appreciation for your service to the League and the Cleveland community.
Alicia A. Love
President, The Junior of Cleveland, 2017-2019