Junior League of Ogden's History
1906: The Martha Society (Ogden Charitable Committee) is Established.
The Junior League of Ogden can trace its beginnings to the efforts of Mrs. Martha Brown Cannon, who in 1906 called together a group of Ogden’s prominent women interested in general charitable work. The ladies met at Mrs. Cannon’s home in October 1906, and organized the Ogden Charitable Committee, selecting Mrs. Cannon as President. The principal purpose of the group was to do charitable work among the poor and needy of Ogden. After Mrs. Cannon’s death, the organization changed their name to The Martha Society in memory of its founder.
1913 - 1938: A Day Nursery is Established
On June 14, 1913, The Martha Society opened a day nursery where working mothers could leave their children. By October 1914, the nursery needed more space and was moved to the home of Lorin Farr. The hours were also extended to offer night and evening care. In late 1917, the Society purchased a building located at North Street and Washington. Dormitories and other improvements were added, making the nursery one of the most up-to-date homes for children in Utah.
1934: Welfare League of Ogden: Established March 27, 1934
On March 27, 1934 a group of 14 women met and formed the Welfare League of Ogden. They were enthusiastically led by Dolores Eccles, and had a goal of becoming a chartered member of the Association of Junior Leagues.
1934: Established Well-Baby Clinic
The Welfare League’s first project was establishing the Well-Baby Clinic in 1934. The Welfare League financed the clinic for eight years with funds raised by hosting annual bridge teas and fashion shows.
1938-42: The Welfare League actively led projects such as:
Community Chest Dental Clinic
Dee Hospital Tumor Clinic
Public Health Nurse Program
Sponsorship of children’s plays and puppet shows
1942-45: The League Becomes Temporarily Inactive.
During the war, members assisted in efforts such as:
Sending “Bundles to Britain”
Serving as nurses aides and Gray Ladies for the Military Motor Corps & Canteen
Furnishing a recreation room for enlisted men at Hill Air Force Base
In the spring of 1945, the League resumed its active status and again assisted at the Well-Baby Clinic and the newly organized YWCA.
1953: Junior League of Ogden is Officially Established.
In 1953 The Welfare League of Ogden was accepted into the Association of Junior Leagues and became the Junior League of Ogden.
Some of the programs and services the League supported during the 1950s were:
Parents and Children Together (PAC)
The Golden Hours Center
Utah School for the Deaf & Blind
The Shelter Workshop
The Independence Center for the Handicapped
The League also became active in the environmental and aesthetic arts, along with a focus on lending volunteer assistance to enrichment programs that emphasized education.
1953: Established a volunteer bureau & organized Community Arts Council
1956: Donated money to the Community Arts Council for the renovation of the Bertha Eccles Art Center
1957: Helped organize a new senior citizens recreation center
1972: New League Project: “Drugs are Like That” film for elementary-age children
1975: Bicentennial project: Donated $15,000 for the Union Station restoration
1976: Started new Court Docents Program
The Junior League of Ogden’s Court Docent program was developed to educate community youth about the judicial system. League members would go into fifth and sixth grade classrooms in the Ogden area and provide presentations, through visual aids and role playing (mock trails), to familiarize the students of the court process.
1978: Began the Greater Ogden Community Nature Center - Utah's first nature center.
Today, the 152-acre Ogden Nature Center allows the community to connect to the environment and learn about nature through field trips, community events, educational programs, and more.
In 1978, and again in 1980, The Junior League of Ogden hosted the Avon Futures tennis tournament in Ogden.
1979-80: New League Projects: Family Support Center and Juvenile Court Alcohol School
1979: The Family Support Center was established as a 24/7 nursery where overwhelmed parents could drop their kids off for hours at a time, no questions asked, to prevent abuse.
Today the Family Support Center is a nonprofit dedicated to helping families stay together. The Center provides childcare, parenting classes, services for adoptive parents and step-parents, youth emotional development classes, and more.
1979-1980: The League helps facilitate the Juvenile Court Alcohol School in Ogden. The five-week school informed offenders referred by the Juvenile Court of the effects of drugs and alcohol in hopes of lowering recidivism amongst the youth in attendance.
1981: New League Project: Weber County Guardian Ad Litem Program.
1982: Marilyn Sandberg, with the help of the Junior League of Ogden, and the supervision of attorney Jane Marquardt, formed the Weber County Guardian Ad Litem program in Utah. League members went through court training to become advocates for abused and neglected children.
1984-85: Produced Utah Dining Car Cookbook
1987-88: Helped establish Weber County Coalition of Resources (COR)
1989: Started new AIDS Education Program
1990-91: Assisted with Fundraising for Women’s & Children’s Facilities at St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter
1996-97: Started Jumpstart school attendance program
1999: Held first Children’s Health Connection event
The Children’s Health Connection (CHC) has since evolved from a two-day event serving 2,000 children and 6,500 health services to a 24/7 year-round, health care voucher program. CHC 24/7 provides free medical exams, immunizations, dental screenings, and follow-up care for under- or uninsured children. The vouchers are distributed through the schools, area clinics, and the Head Start program. The program also serves as a vehicle for educating parents and children on the importance of routine healthcare and healthy lifestyles.
2001: The Junior League Creates Kids in the Kitchen
The League begins focusing on childhood obesity by creating a yearly Kids in the Kitchen event to teach local school-age children about nutrition and making healthy lifestyle choices. The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative was to use fun, engaging activities to teach kids how to prepare healthy meals and to educate families about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
2002: In response to the success of Kids in the Kitchen, planning for a community garden begins.
2003-04: Introduced 'JLO Art of Cooking' Cookbook
All the Junior League’s across the country have a cookbook full of recipes submitted by local chapter members, local residents and family favorites. The Junior League of Ogden’s cookbook is titled JLO Art of Cooking. Purchases of the cookbook help fund JLO projects and ongoing efforts to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities.
2005-06: The Oasis Community Garden is Born
Oasis Community Garden is located at 2445 Monroe Blvd in Ogden. The garden is 1.7 acres with 38 garden plots available to the public for a $25 donation during the growing season. The garden directly targets issues of food equity through education and access by creating a place where individuals can learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare healthy food. Its design integrates landscape ecology, food production, and community engagement. The space also assists families in the central Ogden corridor in their quest to overcome economic challenges and break down cultural barriers preventing access to fresh produce.
2009: Women’s Health Connection created
The Women’s Health Connection (WHC) is a two-day women’s health event that provides free, full diagnostic and treatment to under and non-insured women. Approximately 500 women are seen during the two-day event held at Midtown Community Health Center. Statistics have shown that many women put the health care needs of their children and family before themselves and leave their health care needs untreated. This event provides free mammograms, pap smears, dental, and depression screenings.
2010’s: A New Decade Bringing More to the Community
2011: The Children’s Health Connection Dental Days created
Children’s Health Connection Dental Days was created in 2011 as a two-day dental clinic, after statistics indicated a tremendous need in the area of dental care. It provides full diagnostic and dental treatment on-site to under-served and non-insured children. Local dentists, assistants, and Weber State hygiene students, donate their time to provide restorative and preventative dental treatments to children.
2012-14: The Get Fresh Annual Fundraiser was established. The Get Fresh event was held in late September at the Oasis Community Garden. It consisted of a raw food cook-off competition with area chefs. The chefs were given garden ingredients and allowed one secret ingredient of their own to create a signature entrée. Guest judges and the community sampled the food and voted for their favorites. Votes were based on donations received for tastings. The family-friendly event had booths, entertainment, and food and beverages for purchase.
2013: Oasis Summer Nights brings the community together.
Oasis Summer Nights was a free community event that included a mini farmer’s market and live music every Thursday in August. The event was a way to bring more people to the Oasis Community Garden’s 1.7-acre space with family-friendly activities, craft vendors, local products, and live entertainment.
2014: Jr. Junior League is established.
The Jr. Junior League of Ogden is a program for girls ages 10-16. Their mission is similar to the Junior League’s overall mission, but they operate with their own board structure, work on their own chosen projects that impact their community. Jr. JLO is about empowering the next generation of women leaders in our community to be proactive problem-solvers by offering volunteer opportunities, leadership training, and mentorship with current League members.
Oasis Community Garden gets a pavilion.
Oasis Pavilion Phase One was completed in September 2014, adding a covered structure for the community to gather and meet.
The Adopt-a-Smile is added to Dental Days.
The Adopt a Smile program was launched in October 2014. CHC Dental Day patients can apply for a scholarship to receive a “dental home” and be assigned to an area dentist who agrees to “adopt” the patient as their primary dentist at no charge until they turn 18 years of age. Local dentists sponsor a child and provide routine dental care on an on-going basis as long as the recipient qualifies each year.
For over 60 years, the Junior League of Ogden has been actively helping to develop programs that create lasting change in the community. Many Ogden-based nonprofits get their start as JLO projects that are later "sunsetted" by the League. Current and former JLO members often serve on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Listed below is a summary of the projects we’ve had a hand in starting:
• PAC (Parents and Children Together)
• The Golden Hours Center
• Utah School for the Deaf & Blind
• The Shelter Workshop
• Juvenile Court
• Child Advocacy
• The Independence Center for the Handicapped
• Ogden Union Station restoration
• Ogden Nature Center
• Family Support Center
• Weber County Guardian Ad Litem Program
• Women’s Health Connection
2023-2025 Heather Dunifer
2022-2023 Brittany Rocha
2021-2022 Jessica McCowin
2020-2021 Andria Boer
2019-2020 Cindy Reinhard
2018-2019 Jenny Kite
2017-2018 Kimberly Bowsher
2016-2017 Jaynee Nadolski
2015-2016 Emily Ballard
2014-2015 Clairesse Walton (Miljour)
2013-2014 Rebecca Macias
2012-2013 Shalae Larsen
2011-2012 Ranae Bunker
2010-2011 Sue Wilkerson
2009-2010 April Boyer
2008-2009 Amanda Taylor
2007-2008 Sue McMickell
2006-2007 Diane Sedgwick
2005-2006 Lori Weidner
2004-2005 Tara Jorgenson
2003-2004 Nicole Boucher
2002-2003 April Boyer
2001-2002 Kym Buttschardt
2000-2001 Karen Senn
1999-2000 Telitha Greiner
1998-1999 Tracy Rich-Greiner
1997-1998 Terrie Griffith
1996-1997 Jeanette Singleton
1995-1996 Charlotte LaGrone
1994-1995 Cora Henry
1993-1994 Pat Campbell
1992-1993 Claudia Raab
1991-1992 Chris Eggert
1990-1991 Connie Ray
1989-1990 Martha Richards
1988-1989 Lynn Porter
1987-1988 Sue Westenskow
1986-1987 Karen Fairbanks
1985-1986 Pam Rogers
1984-1985 Sally Neill
1983-1984 Pat Mencimer
1982-1983 Lois Barker
1980-1982 Nancy Farrell
1979-1980 Shannon Hoskins
1978-1979 Marilyn Parson
1977-1978 Kay Lipman
1976-1977 Micaela Terry
1975-1976 Sandy Havas
1974-1975 Susan Denkers
1973-1974 Diana Ellis
1972-1973 Joan Hunt
1971-1972 Jerry Lindquist
1970-1971 Judith Mitchell
1969-1970 Jane Brewer
1968-1969 Carol Pack
1967-1968 Sue Marquardt
1966-1967 Gloria Browning
1965-1966 Georgia White
1964-1965 Thelma Iker
1963-1964 Jane Alexander
1962-1963 Betsy Eubank
1961-1962 Shirley Parke
1960-1961 Maurine Redd
1959-1960 Telitha Lindquist
1958-1959 Geraldine Goddard
1957-1958 Beverly Nye
1956-1957 Ann Peck
1955-1956 Beverly Lund
1954-1955 Jane Bauter
1953-1954 Marilyn E. Modling
1952-1953 Mary Fisher