PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Welcome to Junior League of Orange County, California (JLOCC).

Our community has changed greatly since 1956, when the Newport Harbor Service League formed with a purpose of training members for effective volunteer services. We joined the Association of Junior Leagues (1971) and changed our name to reflect our growing membership (1985).

The number of non-profits in the Orange County area has grown exponentially in our 60 years. Many of these non-profits are the evolution of JLOCC projects or ideas, or are led by past and present JLOCC members. Our vision and leadership is wide reaching.

As we continue to find a meaningful place in the Orange County landscape, we are reframing our focusfrom “project-driven” to “issue-driven” – seeking to broaden the impact we make in our community. Our challenge is to continue to stay relevant in the complex puzzle that is Orange County. By perceiving gaps then recommending and supporting solutions, we can multiply the impact of agencies with which we partner. After significant conversations with members and our community about the highest areas of need in our area, and how we can respond to these needs within the context of larger strategic plan, JLOCC has committed to focusing on foster youth and human trafficking.

Our league has been strong and successful for 60 years because of the contributions of each individual member – time, talent, and treasures. JLOCC develops and fosters an environment that values each woman’s individual capacity for volunteer commitments and respects our time by making events valuable and meaningful.

We all have different ways to give to JLOCC. As an organization we welcome all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organization, and communities.

I joined the Junior League years ago and miles away. I joined for friendship, skill-building, and meaningful activities. Having women with similar values, but different views, has broadened my life. The leadership opportunities continue to challenge me to grow as an individual and professional.

I could cite statistics and statements about JLOCC’s impact in the community and to its members; however, the true impact is in each individual life that is changed and improved through our action. I remain a member both because I value seeing this positive impact in others, and because I have seen this change in myself.

I am honored to have been selected to serve as the JLOCC President. I encourage you to learn more about membership, our events and how you can contribute to our league. Our journey to create positive change is just beginning. Join us as we engage our membership through effective community action.

Sara Young
2016-2017 President
Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

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