From the President

JLS President Letter
October 2020

Dear Members,

Many League Presidents will have a theme or tagline for their term, I hadn’t thought much of having one until I realized I kept repeating a single mantra to myself when approaching our League work and mission: Back to Basics.

Our mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve our communities through effective action and the leadership abilities of our volunteers. At our core is “community” and right now, our most important community is YOU!

Developing and nurturing a sense of community among our members will be more important than ever this year. As we are all home; baking bread, teaching our children, maybe working – or maybe working outside the home with other essential industries, or maybe looking for work as our industry has been closed or decimated by the pandemic, we are finding less and less in our own emotional tanks…and you can’t run on empty.

Thanks to our amazing Membership Adviser and Placement (MAP) committee, the League has launched a mentorship program to match first-and second-year Actives & Transfer members with Actives and Sustainers to talk about…well, anything. Personal connection, League training and development, or general guidance are available to our members. And after a lot of preparation, we have launched WE Rise with the University of the Pacific. This program will provide women with additional tools to navigate the challenges faced by many women when attaining leadership roles.

As we all make our way through this environment of change, I ask everyone to try and do three things:

  1. Ask for what you need. Do you need time? Do you need to meet friends (in a safe) way to have your people with you? Do you need a bottle of wine? Do you need something to keep you busy so you don’t have to think of whatever it is that bothering you? Whatever it is, we are ALL here for you – just ask.
  2. Extend others the same grace you need right now. Our members are all experiencing these times differently and even though we are all in the same storm, we are in different boats.
  3. And to quote Frozen 2…just try and do the next right thing. You don’t have to have it all figured out…just the next right thing.

Thank you all for being part of the Junior League of Sacramento this year. Please reach out if you have any questions, want to vent or just check-in. Just know that you are speaking into a warm room and we are here for you.

#WeGotThis

Alex Zucco
President, Junior League of Sacramento
(626) 806-6934 akzucco@gmail.com