- Community Impact
"That was a major change. We were trying to look ahead to prepare ourselves for how the League would operate in the future." Carolyn Foxworth, 1976-1977 Junior League of Dallas President, commenting on more women entering the workforce in the 1970sThere are many examples in our history of how the JLD identified and met the emerging needs of our members and the Dallas community. From shifting our focus to meet the needs of the unemployed during the Great Depression, to taking on projects with Red Cross and the USO during World War II, to addressing more women in the workforce in the 1970s, to changing sponsorship requirements to encourage a more diverse membership during the 1980s, to creating our first long-range Strategic Plan in the 1990s…the League has always been at the forefront, and not afraid to change and adapt in order to continue to make the greatest impact on our community.
As we savor the final months of our 90th Anniversary celebration, we are also looking to the future and thinking about what the next 90 years will hold for the JLD and the Dallas community. Thanks to a generous gift from Deloitte, we are the recipients of a pro-bono strategic plan, which will lay out the roadmap of where the JLD will go over the next few years, by maximizing our resources to address the changing needs of our members and community. With the expertise of Deloitte, the JLD Strategic Planning Steering Committee has completed an in-depth assessment of the current state of our organization. The findings from this survey will carefully guide the decisions and plans for the next five years, as we work towards our new JLD vision:
“To be the premier organization to connect and develop women to improve the quality of life in the Dallas community”
In the coming months, you will learn more about our strategic plan, as well as the roadmap ahead of us. We are all excited to take on this very important work, as well as maintain our commitment of giving $1 million and 130,000 volunteer hours to the Dallas community. It is going to be a busy year!
As we have seen throughout our existence, our growth always involves some change; however, it is incredibly comforting to know we honor the women who came before us by fearlessly exploring new ideas and approaches.
Warm regards,Aimee Griffiths
Junior League of Dallas