Junior League of Topeka Hosts Prospective Member Mimosa Mixer!

Join the Junior League of Topeka for a fun morning of mimosas and conversation. Learn more about membership with the Junior League. RSVP to Events@jltopeka.org.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Who: Anyone who identifies as a woman, living or working in Topeka, Shawnee County or surrounding communities who wants to continue developing their leadership skills while making a meaningful impact on the community and connecting with others.

Can’t make this mixer but still interested? Reach out to Membership@jltopeka.org to learn more or to attend future events!

Member Spotlight

Marsha Sheahan
Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Topeka

Where did you grow up?

I’m a third generation Topekan.

You had a great career! Can you tell us about it?

I retired in 2015 from the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce (Now Greater Topeka Partnership) where I was Vice President of Marketing and Leadership.

How long have you been involved with the Junior League?

I was a new member in 1976.

Why did you join the Junior League and what keeps you coming back year-after-year?

I joined the League because friends were members and they encouraged me to join them.   I keep coming back to help because I believe the League is a great opportunity for women to learn new skills, learn about community needs and make great life-long friends.

What positions or roles have you held in League?

I was active for 14 years and served as President in 1987-88.  I served as community vice president, newsletter editor, chair of the grantsmanship committee, headquarters search committee, new member training committee and Next to New business manager. It was through the Grantsmanship Committee that we were trained in fundraising, and we established the Topeka Community Foundation.  I’ve been Sustaining Advisor to the Board of Directors several times. 

What do you love most about League?

I loved the opportunity to explore and try new things in the non-profit/volunteer world.  I learned many things that I continue to use today in the marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning arenas.


What advice would you give to someone wanting to join the Junior League of Topeka?

Say “yes” to new opportunities.

What are you involved in outside of the League?

 I recently completed serving on The Library Foundation board and I am currently president-elect of the Topeka High School Historical Society.  I also do some consulting with area organizations about board development and strategic planning and assist other non-profits with specific projects.

Tell us something else about you?

I was a camp counselor during the summer of my college years and have continued to teach leadership skills throughout my adult life, specifically through the Leadership Greater Topeka program.  Bill and I have three adult children and three grandchildren and will celebrate our 50th anniversary in May. 

Junior League of Topeka donates thousands to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Watch the WIBW story here!

 

On May 17, Junior League of Topeka had the honor of presenting a $3,500 donation from our Heinz Memorial Fund for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  

This program makes books accessible to children monthly from birth to age five, ultimately helping to foster a love of reading from the very beginning of a child’s life.

Thank you to The Library Foundation for helping bring this program to children in Topeka & Shawnee County!

Watch the WIBW story here!

The Junior League of Topeka is moving!

We will be eliminating our office space in lieu of a facility use agreement so today, members joined at the current office to sort through files and historical treasurers to prepare for next week’s move!

Our new mailing address will be:
5889 SW 29th St.
Topeka, KS 66614

2021-2022 Junior League MVPs!

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 League MVPs – Tracy Tucker & Kelsey Smith!

The Active Member MVP is nominated by peers and selected by the board of directors. One nomination
submission for Tracy read:
“Tracy has absolutely transformed a rather mundane, hit or miss on going out, eblast into a beautiful, reliable, weekly communications vehicle for our League. As an active Gold she has been engaged and willing to go the extra mile week after week. … Her reminders are timely, and her flexibility has been amazing. … Tracy deserves the Active Member MVP.”

The provisional member MVP is nominated by their peers and selected by the board. Kelsey joined the
Junior League in the Summer of 2021 and dived in head first volunteering, becoming involved on our
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee, jumping into our Lit League Book Club and is currently preparing to step into the role of our advocacy chair!

Learn more about membership with the Junior League!

Are you looking to find a place that you can advance your leadership skills and learn more about making an impact in your community? Looking to surround yourself with and connect with other women? 

The Junior League of Topeka is your chance! Join us Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. to learn more, ask questions, and get to know some of the women in the Junior League of Topeka. 

Founded in 1937, we are an organization of women, commuted to the advancement of women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration and education. The Junior League welcomes all who identify as women  and who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. 

We are very excited for all that is in store over the next year and hope you’ll join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

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Junior League of Topeka to Name Tara Dimick 2022 Community Volunteer 

Please join the Junior League of Topeka as we honor Tara Dimick as the 2022 recipient of the Community Volunteer Award at its 3rd Annual Jockey’s, Juleps & Junior League Kentucky Derby FUNdraiser on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Each year, the Junior League of Topeka Community Volunteer Award is presented annually to an individual who is not a member of the Junior League, but has had a tremendous impact on our community – and this year, you’d be hard pressed to find someone in Topeka who has not been impacted by the work of this year’s honoree. Tara has contributed so much to the Topeka community. Truly, her resume alone is impressive but anyone who has met her knows her heart is even more so. Whether she’s helping small business owners, or serving on community boards to ensure Topeka is a fantastic place to live, work and play, she is a force for good and an agent for change. Two things the Junior League was founded on.

Currently, our honoree serves as an elected member of the Auburn-Washburn School Board. She is President of the Topeka Community Foundation – an organization founded by the Junior League of Topeka.

She is the Foundation Relations Chair for the Stormont Vail Foundation Board, a Member of the Kansas Chamber Board, a Member of Topeka Civic Theater and an active member of Momentum 2027 … just to name a few.

Tara works tirelessly to support small businesses whether it’s consulting them, promoting them, or personally running them. She’s been an advocate for non-profits in our community by being a force behind the Envista Cares program which has put thousands of dollars urgently needed by our not-for-profits to do amazing work right here in Topeka supporting our community members. And she has worked tirelessly the last couple of years to ensure a balance for supporting students, educators and families in the Topeka community through her work with USD 437 Auburn Washburn School District.

So without further ado, Congratulations Tara Dimick, the 2022 Community Volunteer Honoree!

Spring Sustainer Luncheon to be held May 5

Junior League of Topeka Sustainers are invited to our 2022 Spring Sustainer Luncheon on Thursday, May 5. Visit http://www.JLTopeka.org/Sustainers for more information!