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.