Thank you for Celebrating a Century of Service with Us
By: Deanna Anderson, President – The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
Over the course of our Centennial year, we honored the JLA’s history — brought to life through pictures, video testimony, visiting speakers, archival publications and other historical treasures. We revisited how and why the JLA was formed — and why we are going strong today.
In the midst of celebrating where we came from, I’m also so thankful for where we are, that the face of the Junior League of Atlanta has changed over its 100 years. We’re enriched by the experiences, insights and heritage of a much more diverse membership than ever before.
I’m also thankful that endings often mark new beginnings, as wrapping up our 100th year brings with it the excitement and anticipation of our 101st year and the next 100 years of the Legacy story.
To the members of the JLA, thank you for your service to our community that has ignited 100 years of service to our community and will be the spark for our second century of service. You are shining examples of a legacy of proven leadership in action!
One of my favorite quotes for our Centennial has been the Greek Proverb:
“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
Legacy is like a giant live oak that seems to have reached its full height, yet keeps on growing — the roots grow deeper so the branches can reach higher. In that same way, our members, community partners, sponsors and our city have added so much to JLA’s Legacy this year! We haven’t just taken a break to enjoy the beauty and shade of the tree because we were celebrating 100 years, the hard work of deepening the roots for the second century of service that is just budding.
Our 101 president, Rebekah Henry Murphy, and our amazing leaders look forward to you joining us on our second century of service and hope you will join us on the journey. (Twitter @JLA_President.)