Founders’ Award Recipient Spotlight

Each year the Junior League of Louisville honors its most outstanding sustainers, supporters and community partners with the JLL Excellence Awards. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Founders’ Award Recipient Michelle Black White.

The Founders’ Award is presented to a Sustainer that has demonstrated continued Civic and Charitable Leadership on behalf of the League and the Community.  The Founders’ Award was started in 1982 to honor a Junior League of Louisville Sustainer for her ongoing impact in the Louisville Community. It is the most prestigious award given by the Junior League of Louisville to honor a woman who has used her League training to continue to contribute to the betterment of our community. This award is intended for a member who is community minded, lives the mission of the JLL through her actions and services and inspires others to reach their dreams with courage, strength and love to others.

Michelle has taken her JLL Leadership experience and served on several community Boards such as the KMAC Board and Operation Brightside. She also volunteers for her son’s schools as well, as a mother to 3 boys. What I think it great about Michelle is that although she has been a Sustainer for many years, she has remained involved by spearheading the JLL Book Club for over a decade, she created the monthly Sustainer Lunch Bunch to create more connection for sustainers and she returned to serve on this year’s Board of Director’s as the Sustainer Director.  Michelle re-vamped the Sustainer Advisory Board to get more sustainers involved and made the meetings more effective and impactful. I had the opportunity to witness this first-hand as she led the CAB/SAB members through several exercises to generate many ideas and feedback that have already proved to be useful.

Most sustainers launch from actively serving JLL to go out in the community to make a difference. What makes Michelle unique is that she did this while actually staying involved. I believe Michelle’s consistent connection to the organization made it a win-win… she used her JLL experience to go make an impact in the the community, and then brought her wisdom, loyalty and elevated skills from those experiences back to make our organization an even better place. I would like to see Michelle recognized for continually exemplifying JLL Leadership both within the organization and in our community.  One last note, Michelle has also used her JLL experience to make women feel good and beautiful by creating a successful business through W by Worth. She serves many women in our organization by helping them look and feel their best….I know because she has done that for me!

                                                                        -­ Jennifer Blair, JLL Past President


Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market Testimonial Tuesday

Tulips and Juleps is an event I look forward to every year, but normally I just attend for the unique shopping experience. This year I decided to make a weekend of it! I booked a babysitter and got to have a fun night out at Juleps After Dark with fellow Junior League members Allison and Jade (with our significant others in tow). We cashed in our drink tickets at the bar, and Allison and I jumped in the long line of fashionable women waiting for Kendra Scott baubles in the jewelry pull while Jade snapped photos for @juniorleagueoflouisville and the guys ran off to try their luck at the bourbon pull. It’s not like you can really lose when you know there’s Kendra Scott in the box, but I did happen to score a gorgeous necklace that’s worth a lot more than what I paid! We reconvened, bourbon and jewelry in hand, snapped a photo with Dolly Parton, and wandered through the silent auction items that we ended up (obsessively) bidding on all night. Allison and I might’ve been caught up in watching our auctions on the HandBid app, but it paid off when we both won! I can’t wait to attend the Focus Louisville class that I fought for- sorry bidder #100!

In truth I was probably a little bit overzealous. I worked at the JLL merchandise table all day, and after seeing everyone walk by with their shopping bags I was dying to find some treasures for myself! I ended up with an adorable board book from Usbourne Books & More for my son, candles from Graceful Bloom, a mini bundt from Nothing Bundt Cake, and a charming Derby-themed wooden sign from 52Home. My favorite purchase was definitely the spicy seasoning from Dan-O’s, though! It was a hit with our entire group, and it just might be what inspired us to head to dinner downtown to wrap up a great evening.

I came back the next morning with my son for Story Time at Usbourne with Shannon Cogan from Wave 3 News- he had a great time, but I don’t think he realized he was in the presence of a local celebrity! After hearing some fun stories, buying more candles from Ball & Twine, and a ‘Talk Derby to Me’ throw pillow from Rekindled Creations, it seemed like a good time to save what was left of my bank account.

I’ve been in the League for a few years now, and I think this was one of our best markets yet! I was truly impressed with the quality of our vendors and the value of their products, and events like Juleps After Dark and Story Time make it easy to enjoy the experience no matter who your squad is. Next year I hope to attend more of the scheduled events, and maybe I’ll have the discipline to save up in advance so I don’t have to cut myself off quite so early! Thankfully (perhaps mercifully?), our vendor list is shared on the JLL website, so I’ll be doing a little shopping in between, too. Overall, Tulips and Juleps provided a fantastic weekend for having a fun time with friends and family, supporting a worthy cause, and shopping great products from unique vendors you might not know about otherwise. Hope to see you there next year!

Kristin Armstrong, JLL Member, VP Membership

Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market Testimonial Tuesday

Another year, another Tulips & Juleps in the books and yet again I went crazy and spent every bit of my planned budget…and then some.

Generally, I am not much of a shopper. Like, at all. I kinda hate it, to be truthful. But every year, I prep for T&J. I set aside money. I look at the vendors’ websites. I plan my day around my own volunteer hours. I set out my lucky shoes (which are coincidentally super comfy). I may or may not listen to Eye of the Tiger before entering the venue.

This year my volunteer responsibilities required me to be in and out a lot…which was perfect for shopping. First I took a long stroll around, wending through each and every aisle.

Then I began. I bought a lavender candle that is supposed to help me sleep (at the very least. it smells delicious) from Graceful Bloom. I bought a cute baseball tee from Doodles by Rebekah that says Kentucky women are made of bourbon and ice.  I bought spices from Dan-O’s Original Seasoning that are low in sodium, yet still tasty. I hit the kitchen jackpot at Love & Fig with pair of oven mitts with a matching apron and some sassy dish towels (I got the last “I got 99 problems but a dish ain’t one” towel!). I am, at this very minute, wearing a delicate gold necklace that I found at RAHK Studio. She also sold me a jewelry polishing cloth that saved another necklace of mine that I thought tarnished beyond saving.

I may or may not have bought more (I definitely bought more). Truthfully, Tulips & Juleps is one of the few shopping experiences that I really enjoy, so it’s something I look forward to each year. I hope you can join us in 2019!!

Jenna Scott, Junior League of Louisville Member



12th Annual Junior League of Louisville Art and Gift Market: Tulips and Juleps


This coming weekend, February 23 – February 24, marks the Junior League of Louisville’s (JLL) 12th Annual Art Market – Tulips and Juleps!  The event will be held inside at Louisville Slugger Field right downtown with easy access and lots of parking and with everything indoors it will be a great way to spend a forecasted rainy Friday and Saturday!

The event will feature over 55 local and regional vendors to help get you and your home ready for Spring…think Derby (only 75 more days) as well as some amazing local foods and some great find for the kids too!  There is something for everyone!  For a complete list of Vendors click here.


This event helps to fund the JLL’s Mission: an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  This happens a number of ways:

  • Support of JLL’s Community programs, such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Little Libraries, Maryhurst and Boys and Girls Haven.
  • Leadership and Community Training for members through hands on committee work and training events held by the Junior League of Louisville and the Associate of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Tickets and Special Event Schedule

General Admission – $5.00
Valid for one time admission Friday 11-9pm OR Saturday 9am-5pm.  Excludes all special events.

Juleps After Dark VIP – $25.00
Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry.  Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

Juleps After Dark VIP (YPAL, YWC, Bachelor Club) – $20.00
Discount Ticket for YPAL, Younger Women’s Club and Bachelor Club of Louisville!! VIP Juleps After Dark Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry. Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

B.You Class at Tulips and Juleps – $15.00
Saturday 2/24 at 10:30 am.  Enjoy a 45 minute fitness class from local studio B. You! General admission minimum donation and a mimosa ticket are included in this ticket price.

Nanz & Kraft Class – $40.00
Saturday 2/24 at 1:30 pm.  Tulips & Juleps presents a great opportunity to take a hands-on class from Nanz & Kraft! Attendees will create a beautiful arrangement valued between $75-100, receive general admission into the market, and a print from the local late artist, Mickey Hackett. The class is expected to last between 60-90 minutes.

Click here to get tickets.

Hope to see everyone there to help support the JLL!

Sample of 2018 Vendors

Junior League’s Entertainment Committee of 1923

In 1923 the members of the Entertainment Committee of Junior League of Louisville pledged to give 2 hours each week of time and service to the community.  At the time the League owned their own “moving” picture machine so they could take the movies to people in the community who may not otherwise have the means to do so…so instead of having to go to the movie house the JLL brought the movie house to them!!  It was a well received project that brought great joy to those who the League thought may be overlooked.

What an amazing idea and ahead of the times!

Courier-Journal, Sunday Morning, November 18, 1923

Junior League of Louisville: Great Beginnings

No image better symbolizes the Roaring Twenties than the flapper, recognized by her bobbed hair, scarlet lips, and fringed skirt barely covering rouged knees. Equipped with a ready-to-party attitude, she smoked, drank, and necked with handsome young men driving roadsters. She created a language and style all her own and changed forever how women acted, thought, and dressed.

If the flapper appeared giddy, so did the times. F. Scott Fitzgerald estimated that “the whole upper tenth of a nation was living with the insouciance of a grand duc and the casualness of chorus girls.” A growing middle class enjoyed the materialistic rewards of Model Ts, refrigerators, and radios. The Great War was over and a revolution was underway in the U.S. as well as the Soviet Union. “The war tore away our spiritual foundations and challenged our faith. We are struggling to regain our equilibrium,” a self-confessed flapper wrote in OUTLOOK magazine in 1922.

“In accepting membership in the Junior League a woman steps forthwith into the wider citizenship of her city…It is only as we add our contributions of service that we can be rightly said to have won our final citizenship papers.”
-Dorothy Whitney Straight

First Junior League of Louisville Board of Directors –  1921-1922

Catherine Burge Helm, a Junior League of Louisville Founding Member recalls:

“The world of our youth was not as full of problems as the world today; our lives were much more sheltered, and comparatively few of us were college graduates. However, there was a need for volunteer service in our city, and the Louisville Junior League was formed when I returned from visiting boarding school friends in Poughkeepsie where a Junior League had just been organized. A group of about ten of us met at my mother’s house in the early summer of 1921 and made up a list of nearly a hundred members which included my sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph D. Burge, who had been a member of the New York League, and Mrs. Elliot Callahan from the Milwaukee League. Two members from two other leagues was a requirement to procure a Charter.  Mrs. Elliot Callahan was our first president and Mrs. Joseph D. Burge assumed the office several years later.”

The Junior League of Louisville’s legacy comes from this small group of 50 women who in 1921 strategically linked vision, social capital and trained action to address needs and challenges in the Louisville Community.  These women did not set out to change the world, only to improve the lives of women and children in Louisville by tackling issues that faced our community.

We have come a long way since 1921 but the same fact remains…the Junior League of Louisville is a catalyst for change. #IamJLL


Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

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Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Junior League of Louisville hosted it’s Annual May Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which was sponsored by Kosair Charities.  The event celebrated the accomplishments of the League for the 2016-2017 year, which included another successful year of service and leadership.

The League inducted the 2017 Spring Provisional Members into active membership and recognized those women who have completed 6 or more active years of service into Sustaining Membership!  Awards we also presented to members and community partners for their service and support during the League year!

Awards and Recipients

Community Partner Award
Wave 3 News and Jefferson County Public Education Foundation
This was presented to these community partners for their continuous support and work on Imagination Library Louisville.  This award is presented to a corporation or community organization that has shown tremendous support to the league and its mission.

Outstanding Provisional Award
Brittany Laderer
This award is presented to a provisional class member in recognition of outstanding individual or team leadership skills shown while completing the Provisional Course.

Member of Achievement: JLL Leadership Award
Abbie Gilbert
This award is given to a committee chair that takes an active role in developing leaders by serving as a mentor, motivator, and delegator. This member has executed her position gracefully and to the best of her ability.

Member of Achievement: Pia Posadas Miller Personal Development Leadership Award
Laurel Mallory
This award is given to a member who takes the initiative to go above and beyond her committee and membership responsibilities. This member exhibited a great can-do attitude, has taken thankless jobs and has risen to the occasion when called upon..

Member of Achievement: Community Leadership Award
Barb Shirkness
This award is given to a member who has demonstrated her leadership skills in the Louisville community in non-profit organizations whether serving on a Board or as a dedicated volunteer.

Community Outreach Award
Lauren Coulter
This award is presented to the member who has exuded the mission of JLL to provide service to the community and training to JLL members.

Philanthropist Award
Sarah Wunderlin
This award is given to a member who has significantly increased the bottom line of the organization. From securing donations to ensuring a JLL fundraiser is successful, this member has helped to provide the JLL with the financial resources it needs to carry out its mission.

A League of Their Own Award
The Blooming Deals Committee
This award is presented to a committee that personifies team spirit. This committee has worked together effectively throughout the year and has met all challenges head on to successfully accomplish their assignment.

Member Enhancement Award
Tracey Snow
This award is given to a member who has significantly improved the quality of membership for her fellow members.

For more information regarding the Junior League of Louisville please visit our website!