This week, considering the SCOTUS decision of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Association of Junior League’s International put out the following internal statement to all members:
“As an organization comprised of more than 120,000 women and built on inclusion, respect and empowerment; our Mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. We encourage our Members and our Leagues to use their individual voices to speak up in their communities and express their own independent views on important issues. We believe women have the ability and the capacity to be the catalysts who create lasting societal change through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement.”
As women leaders in our community, it is imperative that we exercise our right to vote at every opportunity. We have two elections coming up this summer and fall where many of our local and national leaders will be selected by our citizens.
The first is the Primary Election on August 2, 2022. There is also a constitutional amendment on the ballot during this election. I would ask that you pay close attention to the word “may” and consider what that could potentially mean for both women and girls. So even if you are an unaffiliated voter, it is important to exercise your right to vote in this election. The last day to register to vote in the Primary Election is July 12. Unable to vote on August 2 due to a hectic summer schedule? You can participate in early voting by going to the Shawnee County Election office at 3420 SW Van Buren St, or you can request an Advance Voting ballot. Mail in ballots must be requested by July 26, 2022.
We also have the General Election on November 8, 2022.The last day to register to vote in that election is October 18, 2022.
I look forward to a robust participation of our membership, exercising our civic responsibility to vote, as these elections will undoubtedly have an impact on not only our immediate future, but that of future generations.
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!
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!
Junior League of Topeka members volunteers at the Roll & Read event on Saturday, April 2. The event was hosted by Parents as Teachers and the United Way of Greater Topeka. Local celebrities stationed at locations in NOTO and at Evergy Plaza in Topeka to read a special story to children a different stops. Roll & Read attendees received information and gifts from community partners, including free bike helmets, water bottles, toothbrushes, books and more!
Students from area high schools joined us virtually on Wednesday, March 30 for the 3rd annual Capital Impact Leadership Summit. Students had the opportunity to hear from Lauren Dreher on Mindset and self confidence.
Want to check out the presentation and post event content? Reach out to Marketing@jltopeka.org to request access to the presentation!
The Junior League of Topeka is pleased to announce Lauren Dreher as our keynote speaker for the 2022 Capital Impact Leadership Summit.
Lauren is a mindset speaker and the author of Go With Your Gut: Then Keep Going. She grew up with facial scars and after a childhood of subconscious negative self talk found herself in her mid twenties with low confidence, self esteem and needing direction. Her dream was to help people get past their outer image and build inner confidence. She discovered how important your mindset is. She loves to help people shift perspective and learn to manage their mindset. After all, our mindset is our choice.
Are you an educator or student in Topeka and surrounding counties?