JLB famous with a centenary gala

The Birmingham Junior League is completing her 100th year with a celebration next month.

The centenary gala will be the culminating celebration of the 100th anniversary of service and leadership of the JLB in the community of Birmingham. JLB members, community partners and city officials will come together to honor all that has been accomplished since the organization began.

The event will take place at Haven from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 10. The recording and the cocktail time will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a dinner seated at 7 p.m. and a reception and live music from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. pm

Stacey Ramsay and Kristin Ritter said they were honored to host the gala, an evening that has been in the making for more than five years.

“We are working with some amazing Birmingham-based businesses to make this an unforgettable event, and we look forward to bringing JLB members and community partners and supporters together in one room to celebrate our 100th anniversary,” they said. .

JLB’s goal is to improve life in the community by working with local agencies to provide services and assistance to people in need. The women’s organization is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing women’s potential and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its goal is exclusively educational and charity.

The first general assembly of the JLB was held on 10 May 1922 at South Highland Presbyterian Church and 133 women attended. In September 2022, the organization had 2,013 members. The Birmingham Chapter is the eighth largest league in the world and one of the largest volunteer service organizations in Alabama.

In 2021, the JLB spent $1,629,780 in direct contributions to the Birmingham Metro community, and awarded $15,000 in university scholarships. Members have served a total of 45,000 volunteer hours, according to Kailee Daw, director of program operations for BridgeWays Alabama.

Martina Winston serves as JLB President 2022-23 and said the organization is truly something special – for the community, members, corporate sponsors and donors.

“Throughout our 100-year history, our impact has shown our passion for fulfilling our mission in everything we do,” Winston said. “As we continue to celebrate the second half of our centennial, I am honored to lead this organization as its 101st president. We have much to celebrate as our rich history and century-long impact have proven to be part of Birmingham’s DNA.

Winston said she was excited about their celebrations and recognitions, but it was also a unique opportunity to set the stage for many years to come. The objectives for this year’s league include:

Provide a five -year strategic plan that helps the JLB focus on carrying out its mission.

Assess areas of community impact to ensure the organization is providing support and resources where the community needs them most.

Re -engage active and support members after the pandemic.

Create new partnership opportunities with community and corporate partners to help JLB continue to meet community needs.

“Our members are what makes us special,” said Winston. “Our diversified organization led by volunteers and led by its members has some of the most intelligent, innovative, creative, amusing and daring women in the world. I can’t wait to change our world (Birmingham) this year while continuing to honor our past while forging our future.

“It is exciting to celebrate 100 years of impact in our community of Birmingham through our centenary gala, and we are looking forward to the next 100 years,” added Winston.

For more information on the Birmingham Junior League, Visit.jlbonline.com.

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