Meredith Aldridge-President, Junior League of Jackson discusses the work of the Junior League

ROTARY CLUB OF JACKSON (RCJ)

ROTAGRAM

November 26, 2018

 

The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Meredith Aldridge, President of the Junior League of Jackson.

 

Neddie Winters, Rotary president, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  The invocation was given by Allan Cole, the pledge of allegiance was led by Tony Webb. The four-way test was recited and the guests and visiting Rotarians were welcomed by Jim Warren.  Jim also acknowledged the 100th anniversary of Armistices Day and Veteran’s Day with a poem.

 

The Head table included Johnny Donaldson of BankPlus, Sandra Shelson of Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Ben Aldridge of Trustmark National Bank and Amanda Fontaine of Mississippi Burn Foundation, who introduced our speaker Meredith Aldridge.

 

Mark Fields presented the slate of nominees for election to the Board of Directors and for President and Vice President.  This is the Nominating Committee’s second announcement of nominees.

 

For Board of Directors, to serve 2-year terms beginning July 1, 2019, our slate of six nominees are:

 

·         Allan Cole

·         Becky White

·         Bill Blackwell

·         George Gammon

·         Sandra Shelson

·         Selena Swartzfager

 

For President, our nominee is our current Vice President and President Elect, Janet Scott.

 

For Vice President and President Elect, our nominee is Leroy Walker.

 

At our club meeting on November 5, President Neddie called for nominations from the floor and again in the Rotagram of that day. 

 

Nominations from the floor were to be offered in writing and signed by any fifteen members, on or before today’s meeting.

 

To my knowledge there have been no further nominations President Neddie.

 

The election of Officers and Directors will be held December 10.

 

The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Tosha Taylor of the United Way as a returning member.  Tosha was previously a member and was reinstated.  RCJ also welcomed Mysty Langford of United Medical Recovery as its newest member.  Mysty is sponsored by Carol Hardwick.

 

Leroy Walker, Salvation Army Chairperson, has bell ringing positions open on November 20th from 10a-8pm.  Please contact Leroy if you are interested in volunteering (ltment@netdoor.com).

 

Meredith Aldridge is the President of the Junior League of Jackson.  In that volunteer capacity, she manages a membership totaling 2,400 and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.5 million.  In her time with the League, Meredith chaired the first Diversity & Inclusion task force and developed a set of cultural competencies to improve communication and service, efforts that have been recognized at the national and local levels.  During her service with the League, Meredith also oversaw more than 30 community projects, and developed all promotional materials for Mistletoe Marketplace, a $1.2 million annual fundraiser.   Meredith is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Children's Museum, the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, Over the Edge with Friends, and the Central Mississippi MSU Alumni Chapter. 

When not volunteering with the League, Meredith is a director with the law firm of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC.  Prior to joining the firm, Meredith spent more than a decade at the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, serving as the Director of the Consumer Protection Division, as Executive Counsel to the Attorney General.

The Junior League of Jackson is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  The Junior League of Jackson (the League) has more than 2400 members and is the 6th largest Junior League in the World.  The League raises on average annual funds of more than 1.2 million dollars.

 

The League is the 2018 recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Award.  The League’s work through training and strategic planning empowered them to develop their members in ways to create an inclusive environment from the ground up.

 

The three major focuses of the League are:  Early Literacy Initiatives, Children’s Health Initiatives and Social Development Initiatives.  Early Literacy Initiatives include working with elementary, exposing them to language and print resources to help them read at grade level, including teacher support in the form of mini grants.  Children’s Health Initiatives provide access to nutritional food and increase knowledge of the benefits of healthy eating, living and being physically active.  Social Development Initiatives employ strategies designed to improve problem solving skills, coping skills and self esteem building, as well as providing access to resources that will support positive life choices.

 

Signature project of the League include The Children’s Cancer Center at UMMC and the Mississippi Children’s Museum.  Additional projects include the Junior League Jumble and Touch a Truck.  The major fund development project is the annual Mistletoe Market.

 

For persons interested in volunteering that are not a member of the Junior League, you are invited to participate in Connecting to Communities on January 21, 2019.

 

President Winters adjourned the meeting with Service Above Self.  Please join us next week as we welcome Karla Tye of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Mississippi.