By: Libby Simmons
I recently finished my first year as a Provisional in Junior League and I thought I’d re-cap my first year for new and prospective members. The first year in the League flew by and I made so many new friends and connections.
The program is set up so that Provisionals have a mentor to help guide them through their first year and answer any questions along the way. Each mentor group is organized geographically by where you live so that it is convenient to periodically meet. An online portal created for Junior League chapters helps keep track of your meetings and requirements. You are required to attend a certain number of general meetings (held at fun places like the Central Library and Indiana Landmarks) and also fulfill your committee obligations.
The committee work was my favorite part of Junior League. I was a member of the Kids in the Kitchen committee and I loved it. Not only do I love to cook, but I think it is important to learn healthy habits early. Our committee met once a month and then more often as our big event approached.
We partnered with Stephen Foster Elementary School to host an afternoon of fun activities for kids. We had five stations: coloring, grow your own food, trail mix, physical activity, and a cooking demo (my station). I demonstrated and fed the kids english muffin pizzas. Based on the lack of leftovers, I’d say they were a hit! Each kid left with a Kids in the Kitchen backpack, a water bottle, a cookbook, and Frisbee.
Other volunteer activities, known as Do In A Days (DIADs), included spending the day at St. Richard’s School helping parents register their kids for the Horizons summer program and alphabetizing books in the basement of Indy Reads.
It was a fun, rewarding first year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the League and class of 2016-2017!