Letter from the President

At the annual meeting in May, I made the statement that the Junior League of Charleston does not take a summer vacation, and I now know that no truer words have been spoken. I am amazed by the accomplishments made possible by the work of so many members this summer.


Provisional class planning took shape this summer, and I enjoyed meeting so many new members. We look forward to welcoming all our provisional members at IOC on August 26. Thanks to the Headquarters Committee summer office clean, the JLC Headquarters is looking bright and welcoming. We cannot wait to share future headquarters plans with you very soon! In July, the Community Partner Breakfast was a success as we shared our proud 95-year history with potential community partners. In August, the Bridal Boutique cataloged hundreds of amazing gowns the same weekend as the Diaper Bank collected thousands of diapers. Nominating has completed a new application and interview process, and assembled a slate of leaders to be shared this fall. And of course, the summer was filled with fundraising planning, with Night to Inspire-Cheers to 95 Years in October and the Last Splash of the Whale of a Sale next February.


Technology will be a big theme this year. An ad hoc committee, along with the finance team, have been busy with many upgrades, including implementing online banking and paperless initiatives for our members. We also will be presenting technology training at every meeting this year, so be sure to bring your devices!


While change is on the horizon for the year ahead, I am honored to lead an organization of more than 1,000 women who share a proud history and a combined vision for the future. As mentioned in my Past, Present and Future speech last May, it only takes one small act to make a big difference in a life. I hope we can all remember that as many placements ramp up this month. I am personally thankful to the women who have empowered me.


The idea behind this letter is to share how our leadership is working for our membership, and the Board of Directors and Management Team have been full steam all summer. We plan to share more during the year, including hosting in-home GMMs this September to discuss strategic initiatives and to share action items from a joint Board of Director and Management Team meeting that took place in late July.


I look forward to seeing you at the August GMM at the Cedar Room. We will be inspired by a community partner and trained on technology that will help you make the most of your league career. And of course, summer is not over yet, so let’s prolong it by volunteering with friends in our amazing community!


Beth Bailey, JLC President 2018-2020