Letter from the President

Summer 2019

I hope all of you are having a happy and peaceful beginning to the summer!

It is my great honor and privilege to serve the Junior League of Columbus as President in the 2019 – 2020 League year.  I look forward to working with each of you toward our shared goal of helping the community of Columbus, using the unique power of talented and driven women working together.  

Each year builds on the last, and I must thank outgoing president Lauren Smith for an outstanding 2018 – 2019 League year.  Under her direction, the JLC held three profitable fundraisers and many events that showcased the League and our desire to improve the community.  More importantly, our membership developed as women and as leaders, and we had fun doing it! Since joining in 2013, Lauren has served the JLC as the Ad Sales Chair, VP of Fund Development twice; next year, she has graciously agreed to the important task of Follies Patrons Chair – I continue to be amazed by and grateful for Lauren’s service to our League.

AJLI’s theme for the year is “We Got This!”, and having come to know and work with so many of you, there is no doubt in my mind that our League in Columbus has “got this”!  Our mission is to improve the community through the development of the leadership potential of women, and the collective and diverse abilities of our members consistently amaze me.  I am proud of the work we have done since our founding in 1936, and I will strive to work with all of you to continue to find and help solve the problems that face our community, particularly the many challenges of women and children in Columbus.  I cannot wait to get started!

I hope to see all of you at our first big event of the year – the Lakebottom 5K on August 17.  We invite and welcome all members (provisionals, actives, and sustainers) to all of our events.  This is your League! Let me know if you have questions, problems, or suggestions for improvement; I am always happy to help make your League experience better.  I thank you again for the honor of allowing me to serve, and I look forward to building on all the great things we have done as well as and growing and serving together.

Yours in Service,

Jen Ladson