You create a space for opportunities, growth and development while serving and giving back to the community we love – San Diego!
I am thrilled to serve as the 2018-2019 Junior League of San Diego’s La Jolla Food and Wine Festival Chair! In this placement I have felt engaged, fulfilled and captivated.
Our leadership team – Marcy Lanoue, Gretchen Hopper & Bri Maheu have taught me how to be resilient, keep organized & lead an energetic team. I’m truly grateful for their friendship, humor & devotion to JLSD! We have built life long friendships, engaged the community & have had a lot of fun doing it!
I’m impatiently & eagerly looking forward to the La Jolla Food and Wine Festival on May 11, 2019 & can’t wait to see everyone there!
I first joined this fabulous league back in 2014. I joined because I was searching for ways to get involved in the San Diego community. At the time I was working remote and missed the connection of people every day. Having been one to grow up in a household that was always supporting foster youth, I was also yearning for ways to give back. When I learned this league was available to me, a place to meet like- minded women and support youth in San Diego I knew immediately this was a win/win. What I didn’t know was how much this league would change me, as a woman, as a leader, and as a human for the better.
One of the first events I ever attended was Day of the Races. I connected with a couple of ladies in my provisional group and we decided to go together. I had no idea at the time that one of those ladies would become a lifelong friend. She has since transferred back to her hometown but we are still in contact to this day. She introduced me to her friends, her fitness regime, her favorite spots in San Diego, and things which have continually inspired me.
After my provisional year I joined the community council. I was immediately amazed at how incredible so many organizations in San Diego are in working with youth. After joining TAY Task Forces I applied to be a chair. My favorite memory was our 5K walk and Rally for Homeless youth which the league partnered on with quite a few community partner organizations. We worked hands to create this event which is still in existence today! The walk started at the JLSD house and ended at TAY Academy where we had political speakers, youth inspiration and news crews attending. Hearing the youth speak to the public and knowing our league was helping warmed my heart in ways I can’t even explain.
There are so many reasons I love JLSD. But seeing women I am fortunate to call friends give back, and hearing first hand that it is helping is overall one of the greatest feelings there is.
I hope I’m a lot like you when I turn 90.
I hope I encourage others to grow and lead.
I hope I make time to give back to my community and the underserved.
I hope I advocate for and support policies that will better our future.
I hope I welcome the opportunity to unite people of different backgrounds together over common interests.
I hope I train others to make them stronger individuals and community members.
I hope I build a home that serves as a base for important discussions (and wine).
I hope I introduce people to their forever friends.
And I would say I hope this is your best year yet, but I know the best has yet to come.
Giving back has always been in my heart, but I didn’t know what that truly meant until I joined the Junior League of San Diego. My sister, Kim, had heard about the Junior League and had plans to attend a new member orientation meeting. She invited me to come along and I’ll always be grateful that she did.
What I would realize over the years that followed would be that JLSD would offer the most fulfilling opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the community I always knew I wanted to serve, but didn’t know how until JLSD showed me the way. Some of my favorite memories are making holiday crafts with the seniors of St. Paul’s Senior Services, organizing a lunchtime learning event for low-income children through Kids in the Kitchen at Olivewood Gardens, and supporting local non-profit Uplift through their annual gala.
JLSD would also give so much back to me, such as leadership opportunities, professional development, and the best friends who would be there in the good times and the hard times.
JLSD, you’ve been the ribbon that tied my hopes and dreams together to make me who I am. Thank you – I love you!
You are my everything; my one true love. You have been there for me when I needed you most, but more importantly you have been there for those who need it far more than I can ever imagine. You are something I hold dear and feel lucky to have graced. You are my friend, my inspiration, my muse. A force that is seen with awe from all that I encounter and a role model for my family to come. You are all that is still good and selfless in this world and for that I am honored. Your mix of strength, wisdom and undying effort is what I will always strive to replicate throughout all time. Thank you for being the spark behind a movement of everlasting change and the one real thing that completes me.
XOXO Binghampton’s Mom,
Community Vice President-Elect 2018-2019