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!

Junior League Of Louisville Recruitment


Interested in being a part of something bigger? Love volunteering, meeting women, learning new skills and developing your leadership potential? The Junior League of Louisville is currently recruiting new members for the 2017/2018 League year!

Please join the Junior League of Louisville for the upcoming Recruitment Mix and Mingle Events:

Fall Recruitment Mix and Mingle / Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm / Molly Malone’s, St. Matthews

Fall Recruitment Mix and Mingle / Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm / Drakes, St. Matthews

Learn about the League & speak with members about their experiences and what is in store for the JLL this year!

The Junior League of Louisville is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Please feel free to pass this invite along to any women who may be interested in joining the Junior League! We look forward to seeing you this summer at a recruitment event!

Fill out your application today!!

Hollydays Recap and 2015 News!

Junior League of Louisville’s 2013 Hollydays was a wonderful and fun event despite the crazy early December weather! Friday night was cut short due to the worsening road conditions. On Saturday, although it was still bitterly cold, the sunshine and new Louisville Slugger Field location helped make spirits and shopping much more enjoyable. There were so many unique and new vendors this year from beautiful accessories to active wear to home decor, there was something for everyone. Saturday night was our Annual Girls Night Out; Candy Canes and Cocktails which featured an array for drinks and food for guests to enjoy while shopping.

Junior League of Louisville would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our event:

Cabot Vermont Cheese
Chrisman Mill Vinyards
Mark’s Feed Store
Heaven Hill
Falls City Beer
Christmas at the Galt House
Cafe Press
Today’s Women
Kosair Charities
Mellow Mushroom
The Comfy Cow
Commonwealth Bank
The Paint Spot
Uptown Art
Sweets by Millie
Dish on Market
Kern’s Kitchen
Buffalo Wild Wings – St. Matthews
W.W. Cousins
Gigi’s Cupcakes
Sam’s Club

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who braved the weather and helped make Hollydays a great event!
Our 2013 Vendors:
The Final Touch Gift Wrap
Dipper’s Delight
Asteria Jewelry Cleaner
CUTCO Cutlery
Southern Charm Jewelry
Pearly Vine by Heidi Ackley
Southern City Flavors
Casually Cashmere
Usborne Books & More
Scentsy Fragrance
Pink Eyed Sissies
Chrisman Mill Vineyards
Bourbon Built
Joey Eric
Kentucky Blue Fiber Co.
Kards by Kristi & Premier Designs
Handmade by Peake
Enrique Gonzalez
Birkat Adonai Farm
The WOW Factor
Newmans Finishing Touches
Words Do Matter
Melissa Vap
Twiggy Originals & Sincerely Lowry
Barkstown Road
Salon Lou
Fou Fou Fazoo
C.J. Boots & Co.
My Framed Name
Coo-Coo ka-ZOO & All That Sparkles
Lela Ray Jewelry
Wize Guyz Foodz
DayNa Richele Photography & Design
Native Crafts
Nerium International
Simply Sassy
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists
That’s Perfect
Hillbilly Gourmet

Hollydays is MOVING next year to the SPRING! Be on the lookout for additional information and updates for a Spring 2015 shopping event!

Hollydays is just around the corner!

An exciting change is on the horizon for the top JLL fundraiser of the year – Hollydays Art & Gift Market 2013 will be held at Louisville Slugger Field! Join us downtown for the eighth annual event which will take place Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. The change in venue is sure to deliver great new energy to what is always a fun outing for members of the Louisville community and visitors alike.

The weekend line up is not to be missed! Friday night kicks off with Blues, Brews & BBQ: A Night in the Bluegrass, featuring live entertainment by CheKane, barbeque compliments of Mark’s Feed Store, bourbon from Heaven Hill, and Falls City beer. General admission shopping kicks off at 9am on Saturday with special events throughout the day, including a Princess Tea sponsored by Christmas at the Galt House, and painting with Uptown Art and Paint Spot.

Don’t miss Saturday Evening’s Girl’s Night Out: Candy Canes & Cocktails, which includes an exclusive silent auction, spirits by Heaven Hill, Falls City beer, wine from Chrisman Mill, appetizers, SWAG bags compliments of Café Press, and great shopping! JLL members will receive a general meeting credit for attending on Saturday night, and a fundraising credit is available to members who spend $200 with our vendors over the course of the weekend – time to multitask ladies!

General admission each day is $5, with a full weekend pass available for $25. Be sure to watch the membership calendar for shifts with opportunities to fill fundraising credits. See you there!

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Help us build an All-Star Team of JLLers on Thursday, August 1st


Empty space on your calendar on Thursday, August 1st? Are you a current League member who has been trying for a while to convince some of your friends to join but they have not taken the plunge? Or, are you someone who has heard about the Junior League of Louisville (JLL) but are unsure of what JLL is and what YOU can do to be a part of it?

How about grabbing a couple of your favorite lady friends and head to the Fall recruitment reception being held on August 1st in the Kosair Community Room at Kosair Charities (982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40217) from 7pm-9pm EDT.

If you are already a League member, you should be well versed in what Junior League is all about; however, this event also provides a wonderful and welcoming platform for you to learn more and ask questions.

If you are not currently a member, how do you know if the League may be something well suited for you?

The Junior League of Louisville is for women interested in improving the community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. To join, she must be at least 22 years of age and be a resident of the Greater Louisville area.