Word from the President

Welcome to the 2016-2017 JLP year! I am thrilled to announce that we have 125 Provisionals, 241 Actives and 294 Sustainers at this point of the year, bringing our league to 660 members.

Needless to say the League is THRIVING! It’s so exciting to be part of the league at this time and in my seven years in JLP I’ve watched it change and grow and am beyond excited to see what comes next.

I recently attended the Annual Provisional Brunch and was in awe of the dynamic group of women entering the league this year. The Brunch is always one of my favorite events for many reasons. The energy that not only the Provisional Committee puts into the event but the buzz of the new members is inspiring and such a lovely reminder of why we joined, why we stay and why we give our time and energy to the league! I left feeling so proud of what we are doing and ready for the year ahead. Last years Recruitment Committee should be commended on their efforts, they truly went above and beyond with this new group of ladies.

This year my hope for our membership, whether you’re a Provisional, Active or Sustainer, is that you feel like your contribution to JLP is something meaningful and impactful to you. Try something new, meet someone new or learn something new. The saying really is true, you get out of the league what you put into it!

Everyone has already been working so hard to make this year a huge success, there are wonderful events planned, volunteer opportunities expanded to include more options and locations, useful trainings being planned, and fun member connections events already in full swing. Be sure to Save the Dates for JLP CAREs & Harvest Soiree (10/15), Gingerbread Jamboree (12/3) and the NYE Charity Ball (12/31). Be sure to check the league calendar often as things are always being added and updated.

I never imagined I’d be the President of the Junior League of Portland, but because of the incredible women who believed in me and taught me to push myself here we are. I feel empowered to be here today with the most amazing women in Portland surrounding all of us on this journey. Don’t be afraid to try something new, you never know what it might lead to.

Cheers to you all,

KaDo

KaDo Gorman, President 2016-2017