“The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who spends herself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
- excerpted quote by Theodore Roosevelt
This quote, by Theodore Roosevelt, has set the tone for my tenure as President of the Junior League of Ogden (JLO). I am challenging each and every one of our provisionals, active members and sustainers to ‘Dare Greatly” as the women in the arena have done and to break out of our shells (aka #lobsterup) to improve Ogden and help the people that call this community home.
And, I’m proud to say that our members have already broken out of their shells in the first 90 days of the League year to accomplish some amazing feats. A few of those include:
Installation of ADA and elder-friendly garden beds at the Oasis Community Garden as part of a partnership with Nurture the Creative Mind and Lowe's Heroes
Bro-Lo formation, which is made up of men in the community who have pledged to support and supplement the work of JLO members
A successful series of Oasis Summer Nights throughout August
Jr. Junior League girls taking charge at the Leadership Academy
Jr. JLO and JLO members giving of their time to help feed the homeless and underserved children along the Wasatch Front
Being uncomfortable is a sign of growth and our members will continually be asked to do things outside of their comfort zone or to just simply show up and help meet the goals of the League. This year, members can expect more opportunities for voluntarism, more local trainings and more opportunities to work with our community partners to identify and address local needs, as well as promote the mission of the League.
Our membership has grown tremendously and the women in our League are talented, passionate and I’m thrilled to see all that we can accomplish with our current projects and new areas of focus, such as addressing the human trafficking problem in Ogden. I am absolutely honored to have the opportunity to lead this organization, but in no way do I believe I’m doing this alone. We need everyone, including members, sustainers and community leaders, to step into that arena together.
Thank you for your support of JLO.
2016-2017 Junior League of Ogden President