Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Junior League of Charleston, Inc (JLC). Please use the information provided below as a guide through the application process and the provisional year, which is your first year in the organization. Upon completion of “Provisional member” requirements, you will become an active member of the organization.
applications for the 2014-2015 Provisiona.l Class
will be made available later in the spring 2014 - please check back
Ifyou are interested in membership please follow the link below and compelte a Membership interest form by clicking here. your name will be added to the interest list and we will notify you when the application process opens.
Mission and Purpose
The Junior League of Charleston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Charleston, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
"I have to say the provisional time is so enjoyable. I really have gotten so much out of it. The volunteering is a gift in itself but meeting such cool, dynamic, funny, smart women has been a really happy experience. Everyone is eager to help and has an excellent, positive outlook. I am so glad I did this. It has been empowering and has led me to find many more community betterment opportunities. Joining Junior League was one excellent decision."
2013-2014 Provisional Class Member
2014-2015 Prospective Member Requirements
Membership in the JLC is both a privilege and a responsibility. The future of the League depends upon the proposal of well-qualified, prospective members to carry forth the League's mission. All prospective members must be informed of their proposal for membership. The prospective member should be aware of the time and financial commitment that is required during the Provisional year before she agrees to be sponsored for membership. Please consider the following eligibility criteria, membership proposal requirements and Provisional member obligations (which are subject to change).
2014-2015 Eligibility Criteria
The prospective member must meet the following criteria for membership eligibility:
Age - She must be at least 21 years of age by May 31, 2014.
Residency - She must reside in the Charleston area by the start of the Provisional Course in August 2013.
Voluntarism - She must have interest in voluntarism, commitment to community service, and interest in developing her potential as a trained volunteer and leader.
Each applicant will be sponsored for membership by a current JLC member. If you know someone in the League please ask her to sponsor you - if not, we will match you with a lady from our pool of eager sponsors.
Prospective Member Process 2014-2015
Dates and Fees are subject to change
Application, Fee and Deadlines
The completed membership request form along with a non-refundable $35.00 application fee, must be delivered to the Junior League office no later than July 31, 2014 - applications will be accepted only until 4:00 pm. It is the prospective member's responsibility to ensure that the properly completed application and form with the payment of the application fee is submitted to the League by the stated deadline. Application fees will not be refunded for failure to fulfill the application or membership requirements. Please note that all fees are subject to change per the League's Bylaws.
All three items below must be completed for your application to be processed. Once received you are accepted into the 2013-2014 Provisional Class and will receive additional information from the class leadership in July.
Provisional Membership Request Form (both the electronic and paper portions) - Will be available in the spring of 2014
Member Profile Information Form - Will be available in the spring of 2014
Payment of your $35 Application Fee online (at the end of the electronic portion of the appplication) - Will be available in the spring of 2014
For those who prefer to submit these documents via snail mail - please contact the league office at 843.763.5284 for a print version of the complete Membership Request package and submit the completed form with your check (made out to Junior League of Charleston, Inc.) to:
Junior League of Charleston, Inc.
51 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29407
2014-2015 Provisional Class Information
Provisional Membership Transition 2013-2014
Once the completed Provisional membership request forms and non-refundable application fee have been received at the League office, the applicant will be invited to a transition drop-in session where she will sign the provisional contract and pay her annual dues ($168) and course fee ($75). For those wishing to participate in JLC's payment plan, a payment plan agreement must also be completed. Only one transition drop-in session needs to be attended. These generally last 30-45 minutes. Dates, times and locations in addition to sing up will be announced once applications are made available.
Admission to Provisional Membership 2014-2015
Upon execution of the Provisional contract and payment of the membership dues and the Provisional course fee, which must be submitted to the League office no later than July 30, 2013, the prospect will be admitted to Provisional membership in the JLC effective July 1, 2014.
The Provisional Year Responsibilities 2014-2015
The Provisional year is a 10-month course of study where the new Provisional member learns more about the JLC, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), the League's role in the Charleston community and receives training as a volunteer. It requires a commitment on the part of the Provisional to fulfill her Provisional year responsibilities. The foundation of your League experience begins here.
The Provisional Year Requirements 2014-2015
- Attend the Initial Orientation Course (IOC) - this takes place on a Sunday afternoon in August (date. time and locaiton to be announced)
- Attend six monthly Provisional meetings - September through May
- Attend four monthly General Membership Meetings - August through May
- Participate in four Provisional Service Project shifts (2 hours each) selected by the League - schedule and sign up to be announced at the first class meeting
- Attend two (2) In-League Committee meeting during the year (Sept - April). Sign up will be announce to the class as soon as it is available.
- Donate goods ("quota") worth $100 to the Whale of a Sale, a League fundraiser no later than Thursday, November 6, 2014. Provisional members having diffiuclty amassing goods to donate will be paired up with a Sustainer for assistance.
- Complete two volunteer fundraising "shifts" (4 hours total) during Whale of a Sale (week of November 4 - 9, 2013)
- Pay the membership dues and provisional course fees as stated in financial obligations
Meetings are usually held on Monday evenings. Provisional Class meetings are typically the first week of the month and General Membership Meetings (GMM) usually occur the fourth week of the month. IOC is held in August.
Tentative Provisional Class Meeting dates: to be announced
Tentative General Membership Meeting dates: to be announced
Provisional Year Financial Obligations for 2014-2015
In addition to the non-refundable application fee and fundraising quota valued at $100, a Provisional member is responsible for the following financial obligations:
- 2014-2015 Membership Dues (due by September 1, 2014) $168
- Provisional Course Fee (due by July 30, 2014) $75 (NOTE: For those submitting their applications on this date you will be able to pay the course fee once your application has been processed and you receive information on how to access the Member Only pages of the website)
- 2015-2016 Active Membership Dues (due April 1, 2015) $168
A Provisional member who fails to pay the 2014-2015 Membership Dues by September 1, 2014 (or be enrolled in and make the first dues installment payment) and Provisional Course Fee by July 30, 2014 shall not be admitted to membership. If you require special consideration on this please contact the League Office.