President’s Message

Joni Flaherty

Joni Flaherty, 2018-2019 President

Welcome to the Junior League of San Diego!

The Junior League of San Diego is an organization of women united by our interest in building better communities and cultivating the next generation of women as community and civic leaders. Our mission is simple: we promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We offer unique opportunities for personal growth through comprehensive leadership development and training, community service, and lifelong connections. By welcoming all women, our organization thrives through its members’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

In 2018-2019, we have the special privilege of celebrating the Junior League’s 90th year in San Diego. Over the past 90 years, the Junior League of San Diego has had a lasting and positive impact on our community. We are on the forefront of key initiatives and advocacy efforts to improve the well-being of women, children, and families in San Diego. JLSD projects and members have been pivotal to the founding of several remarkable programs in San Diego, including the Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego. Our nearly 1,200 members dedicate tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, in addition to being pillars of strength and charity in their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and broader communities.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this special milestone year. We have big plans in store for this year ahead.

Since 1981, the Junior League of San Diego has called 210 Maple Street its home. Our historic headquarters in Bankers Hill is No. 156 on the city’s list of historical landmarks and was built in 1916. It was designed by Louis Gill of Gill & Gill to be the family home of Rachel Granger Wegeforth, a community leader, philanthropist, and founder of the Silvergate Riding Club, and her husband, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoo. In 1940, it was sold to Adele Palmer, another noteworthy philanthropist, then JLSD purchased the property in 1982. For more than 35 years, thousands of Junior League members have roamed the halls of 210 Maple, which serves as the League’s hub for its groundbreaking training programs and community work. In 2019, during this 90th League year, we will break ground on a momentous restoration of our beloved headquarters. We hope you will learn more about our capital campaign and restoration efforts. Please join us in our efforts to preserve this historic property, which will be restored to better serve our members and community.

In the year ahead, the Junior League and our members have big plans to serve our community. We will continue our mentorship program, where our members are paired with a foster youth transitioning into independent life. We will develop and execute the “solutions” developed from our now-biennial Solutions Summit conference, where community leaders, policymakers, and volunteers come together to problem-solve distinct challenges. We will continue our advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and other issues affecting women and children, and in 2019 will host the 17 California Junior Leagues comprising the State Public Affairs Committee. We will expand our tremendously successful training programs – Board Academy, Public Policy Institute, and a new Leadership Development Series – and offer more opportunities for community members to participate in these innovative trainings. And we will continue to partner with worthwhile organizations and offer them the time and experience of our trained volunteers.

Please join me in supporting the Junior League of San Diego, its members, and our community. Whether you choose to make a donation, sponsor our projects and programs, become a community partner, or join our membership, your support of our mission will ensure that we continue to deepen our impact and transform our volunteers into civic leaders.

We hope to share with you our history of 90 years of community service and together look forward to our next 90 years.

In community spirit,

Joni Flaherty, Esq.
2018-2019 President
president@jlsd.org