Junior League of Phoenix members are a dedicated and hard-working community of women. We are attorneys, nurses, accountants, caregivers, stay-at-home moms, and more, from a wide variety of backgrounds. But, we all have a passion for community impact, which binds the members of our organization together. This year on the blog, we will feature interviews to “meet our members”, as a glimpse of our diversity and commitment to the community!
1. Why did you join the League?
Giving back to the community was a value instilled in me growing up and has become an important part of my identity as an adult. I saw the Junior League as a way to get involved in a broad range of volunteer opportunities and make a broad, positive impact on my community.
5. Which items tempt you most every year at the Rummage Sale?
Purses, jewelry, purses, jewelry, purses, jewelry, books. 🙂
6. What advice do you have for members hoping to form new connections or strengthen emerging friendships within the League?
Get involved! The League experience is what you make of it- there are so many opportunities to connect with people and build friendships, so go to your committee meetings, attend community events, talk to the ladies in front of and behind you in line at the bar at the General Membership Meeting (GMM). Introduce yourself to all the ladies at your GMM table. Being in the League is a commitment, which means right off the bat, you have something very special in common with everyone else in the League. That makes a foundation for some awesome friendships.
7. What is one passion or hobby you enjoy outside of the League?
I love to cook! I collect cookbooks (including all three JLP cookbooks). My husband and I love to invite friends over- there is nothing better to do on a Saturday night than hang out at home with your favorite food, favorite wine and enjoy the company of your favorite people! I also love to read- I read at least 20 books a year. It’s a compulsion that I must increase the number of books I read each year, so I keep a detailed journal of everything I read. I know- NERD ALERT!
8. What is your favorite recipe from the Junior League cookbook?
Asparagus quiche- this was served at my provisional brunch, which I attended with my best friend Pamela Salter. This is also where we met a women who quickly became one of our other best friends, Gretchen Kinsella. Such a special food memory!
9. Who is your hero, and why?
I don’t have a single hero, but I aspire to follow the example of people who have overcome tremendous heroes to shape their communities. Obvious examples would be people like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandella. But, I also try to learn from the examples of less notorious people in the community who dedicate every day of their lives to overcoming the obstacles they face. This could be a child who is struggling to thrive in a low income community, or a women who is overcoming addiction, or a person who has found a path to recovery from a serious mental illness. These are all unsung heroes to me.