President's Message

This past March on International Women’s Day we celebrated our 80 years of existence and contributions to Broward County with the unveiling of a permanent art sculpture along the Riverwalk. This commemorative sculpture will highlight for years to come our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community. We encourage you to visit it when you’re downtown, it is located by the riverside gazebo close to New River Inn in the Old Fort Lauderdale Historic Village. It is a not to be missed visit as the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale received a 2018 City of Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Award for the sculpture.

Over these last 80 years the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale has made a significant impact on thousands of past and current members. We also recognize that in today’s busy world, individuals who want to be part of a meaningful cause have many options. Few, however, can match the powerful learning experience that comes with being a part of the league.  Members are able to not only do good, but develop ones leadership skills, make friends while making a difference, and help change our community and the world for the better.

We offer a supportive learning environment, where members are able to develop their leadership skills through the management and operations of our very own nonprofit organization. Our various committees and community volunteer activities provide ample opportunities for members to build relationships with fellow members and gain skills in marketing, sales, management, finance, human resources, and community activism to name a few. 

Furthermore, members are able to learn about and volunteer at a multitude of Broward County nonprofits and schools through our Done In A Day volunteer events, Childhood Fitness and Nutrition activities and serving as board members for one our legacy organizations mentioned below.

Since 1937, we have made a tremendous impact on and investment in our community. We have founded some of Broward County’s most recognized and dynamic organizations, including: NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Discovery and Science, Jack and Jill Children’s Center, Kids in Distress (KID), SOS Children’s Village, Henderson Behavioral Health, OUR House, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center,            Hands on Broward, Family Central, National Safety Council, Broward Chapter, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Friends of the Fort Lauderdale Libraries and most recently The FLITE Center.  We have a rich history of identifying unmet needs in our community and developing organizations to address these needs. After years of research, project development and working with our community partners, in 2014 our members officially selected Human Trafficking Awareness as our new community impact area. 

There are some wonderful ways to get involved, make new friends, and learn new skills all the while raising funds for the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale. We hope you’ll consider becoming a member, making a donation and joining us at our annual signature events; our evening JULE celebration on October 11, 2018 and our 19th Annual Riverwalk Run on April 13, 2019. And be sure to visit our website throughout the year to learn more about some of other great activities including Derby Party and volunteering at our Riverwalk Run.

Last but surely not least, we wouldn’t be able to do all that we do without the generous support of our members, sponsors, friends and partners, which we are truly grateful.  Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Brin Kovach
President 2018-2019
Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale