Load up your friends, co-workers, sisters or peers! Grab lunch and join members of the Junior League to learn how you can advance your leadership development, connect with others for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training as a member of the Junior League.
The Junior League of Topeka is excited to welcome new members who value our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
We strive for equity and inclusivity to encourage a diverse membership. Our goal is to promote and sustain relationships through building an integrated team of trained volunteers to improve the quality of child welfare in our community.
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!
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?
Kansas has a rich history in the fight for civil rights. One of the most well known cases of this was Brown V Board of Education. This case was initiated by members of the local NAACP chapter in Topeka, Kansas. Thirteen parents volunteered to participate.
In the summer of 1950, they took their children to schools in their neighborhoods and attempted to enroll them for the upcoming school year. All were refused admission. The children were forced to attend one of the four schools in the city for African Americans. For most, this involved traveling some distance from their homes. These parents filed suit against the Topeka Board of Education on behalf of their twenty children. Oliver Brown, a minister, was the first parent listed in the suit, so the case came to be named after him. Three local lawyers, Charles Bledsoe, Charles Scott and John Scott, were assisted by Robert Carter and Jack Greenberg of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
The case was filed in February 1951. The U.S. District Court ruled against the plaintiffs, but placed in the record its acceptance of the psychological evidence that African American children were adversely affected by segregation. These findings later were quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1954 opinion.
Join members of the Junior League of Topeka on Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. – noon at Ash Boutique, 921 S. Kansas in Topeka. Socialize, shop and learn about the Junior League! Brunch hors d’ouvres will be available along with mimosas (for 21 and over only). In coordination, Junior League members will be collecting gently worn professional women’s clothing for the Center for Safety & Empowerment.
How long have you been involved with League? I joined in the fall of 2015, at the urging of my manager at the time.
What have you been involved with since joining the Junior League of Topeka? I’ve spent the strong majority of my League time on the Community Impact Council. Two of those years, I was Project Co-Chair when we had Diaper Depot. I’m now Project Coordinator and help manage our communications such as the weekly eblast!
Where did you grow up? I grew up outside the itty-bitty town of Sylvan Grove, KS. I moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University, and haven’t left!
What do you do for a living? I’ve been in Marketing at Kansas Lottery for nearly five years. Before that, I was at Prairie Band Casino & Resort for 12 years.
What do you love most about League? I love being able to give back to the community in a tangible way. It’s also been great meeting the lovely ladies of Junior League of Topeka, as well as people in the community.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to join Junior League of Topeka? Do it! Whatever it is you may be looking for, it can surely be found in the Junior League of Topeka. Just want some social time with the gals? It’s here. Looking to network professionally? Lots of contacts. Seeking fulfillment by helping others? Absolutely available.
What are you involved in outside of League? I’m currently on the board for USD 501 Parents As Teachers, and am looking forward to spending more time working with a couple groups at church. Our daughters are surely going to be getting more active, so I’m sure the chauffer lifestyle will be reinvigorated soon.
Tell me something else about you? I grew up on a farm, and love getting back as often as I can, which is never enough. Since our yard is not conducive to hoof stock, we did “allow” Santa to bring the girls each a rabbit last Christmas, in hopes to instill some life lessons. Those two rabbits have multiplied, though. If anyone would like one, just let me know!
These handcrafted glass ornaments (4.5″ wide x 2.5″ tall) are a beautiful blue color and say “To the Stars” .Available by pre-order until October 15th. At just $30 each, these make lovely gifts for hostesses, teachers, co-workers, family members and friends.
Please shop local for your gifts this year and support