Thursday, January 22, 2004

So, one faithful reader of my blog wants to know what the Junior League is.

"The Junior League of Denver, Incorporated (founded in 1918), is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable."

Most Junior Leagues started at the turn of the century. They consisted of young socialites who banded together to do good works in the community. These were the gloves and pearls set. In the South, Junior Leagues are famous for cookbooks and charity gala and ball events where women get dressed up and dance for various causes. The idea of the League was to teach young women to be leaders in their communities. Upon leaving the League, they were supposed to graduate to become members of Boards of various charitable institutions. In Dallas, the Junior League is a prestigious stuck-up institution that is as hard to get into as a sorority. In fact, it is a grown-up version of a sorority. Most Junior Leagues now are open to everyone and focused more on service than socializing.

Does that answer your question, Andy?

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