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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Meeting ID: 894 9129 1890

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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!

Last Chance to get your tickets to Jockey’s, Juleps & Junior League, a Kentucky Derby Party FUNdraiser.

Join the Junior League of Topeka for the 3rd Annual Jockey’s, Juleps & Junior League, a Kentucky Derby Party FUNdraiser.

Wear your best outfit and don your most extravagant hat for the 148th Derby race.  Guests will enjoy the race, entertainment, silent auction, and prizes for Best Hat and Best Dressed.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Tickets purchased before March 15 are $75 each, and will sell for $85 after that date.  Additional items can be added to ticket purchases and include wine & Bourbon pull, Horse Bet 50/50 Race Raffle, and additional Drink Tickets.

2022-2023 League Year Preparations Underway!

Each Spring, Junior League of Topeka members selected for the Placement Committee join together to review the skills and competencies that Junior League Members want to develop against those they have and determine the best role for each member for the following League Year. This year’s placement committee met last week and members have been receiving calls and text messages confirming their placements for the following League Year.

Thank you to our 2021-2022 Placement Committee:

Laura Vaughn
Kelsey Savage
Bailee Carpenter
Heather Scott
Jenny Barricklow

Junior League Members Volunteer at Roll & Read

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!

2022 Capital Impact Leadership Summit

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!

Member Spotlight

Laura Harrison
2021-2022 Executive Secretary

Where did you grow up?

I have lived in Topeka for 24 years now.  I moved here from Acworth, GA, when I was 13 years old because of my dad’s job in the shoe business. 

What do you do for a living?

I am currently a sixth grade teacher at Auburn Elementary.

How long have you been involved with the Junior League?

This is my 3rd year in league!

Why did you join the Junior League?

One thing that I love about League is the opportunity I have been given to learn more about my city and how I can help. 

What positions or roles have you held in League?

My first year active I was a member on the Funding Council and now in my second year I serve on the board as Executive Secretary. I participated in LBDI when I was on the Funding Council and was blown away by the stories people shared with me about their struggles with food insecurity.  

What do you love most about League and what keeps you coming back year-after-year?

One thing that I love about League is the opportunity I have been given to learn more about my city and how I can help. 


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

It will be the best decision you make. You create lasting friendships, you learn about organizations in Topeka, and you learn how to be a leader in the community. 

What are you involved in outside of the League?

Outside of League I am active in my church, part of the Leadership Team at my school, and spend any other free night playing chauffeur for my four children and all their activities.   

Tell us something else about you?

I love to read books!