21 Days to Renew You

21 Days to Renew You

The Junior League of San Diego, in partnership with local health and wellness professionals, are proud to introduce 21 days dedicated to boosting physical, mental, and emotional wellness in service to SELF-care. We invite you to engage with us on a journey to finding strength in personal RENEWAL. Over 21 days we will offer programming to renew the body, mind and spirit bringing them into alignment in 2021.

Each week will have a different area of focus to help you on your self-care journey. Daily, you will have an affirmation to help keep you grounded throughout the day and focused on your renewal journey. 

The first week will focus on physical wellness. During this week, you will hear from health experts. You are also invited to participate in yoga and cardio classes virtually. 

The second week, we focus inward on our emotional wellness. Experts will speak to you on sleep, stress management, and overcoming self-doubt. This is key because in order for us to be completely aligned we must have the body and mind balanced. 

The third and final week’s focus area will be self-care. Now that your body is feeling good and your mind is at ease, it is time to pamper yourself! This final week, you will learn breathwork, self-improvement techniques, and other life changing skills to help you on your journey to RENEW YOU!

The Junior League of San Diego would like to thank Vizer Inc. for allowing a content partnership. Vizer’s social fitness application is being utilized to increase physical awareness on a new and accepting platform! Please download the free Vizer mobile application today and check out the “Explore” tab for more information on 21 Days to Renew You!

Junior League of San Diego will be with you every step of the way on your new path. We are here to help support and lift one another up on this journey we call life. Register now at https://www.jlsd.org/renewyou/

Our Training Committee: Building Leaders

Training is a young but mighty pillar within the Junior League of San Diego.
Our objective is to deliver exceptional training and development opportunities for our members and our community. Many of our events bring valuable speakers with professional and/or personal development experience to our members at what I like to call a freemium (free or sometimes at a small fee). Often we can procure speakers who may be otherwise out of reach for our membership and/or community to attend their conferences.

Nonprofit event management meets education, inspiring, and developmental coaching.
When we put on an event, regardless of the topic, we start by creating a vision and strategic plan for the event. We capture the value we want to bring to the people attending, the audience connection to the speaker(s), and the relevancy to our attendees. From there, we fill in the blanks – date, time, venue location, event timeline, posed questions for Q&A, and deliverables or takeaways for our attendees.

Our council “orchestrators” gain too.
It’s not always the speaker or content that will make your event go viral and max out your venue capacity to standing room only. Our council hones valuable communication skills and other facets of event management, such as: speaker and goods/services procurement, how to be an effective communicator (and negotiator), how to build a marketing campaign to promote an event, and so forth. We’re also continually thinking outside the box to identify new, emerging, underrated topics – some even daunting – that can be delivered in a safe environment allowing us to learn more. We are too connecting with people, connecting people to people, and bringing thought-leadership to JLSD through our council meetings, planning sessions, and speaker prep calls.

JLSD Training and Development events, in summary, fall into three key areas.
First, Training Talks, intimate 60-90 minute vignette “Ted-Talk” style events with an emphasis on professional and personal development; Second, LeadershipX, a thought-leadership conference complete with inspiring keynotes and discussions that will help you develop your multi-dimensional approach to leadership; and finally, Board Academy, a one-day training program designed to educate you about roles, responsibilities and to provide you with useful tools to succeed serving a nonprofit board.

Come One, Come All – JLSD’s Charter Day

Please join us in celebrating JLSD’s 91st annual Charter Day at this special event on Sunday Mar 29, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 01:30 PM

JLSD’s annual Charter Day luncheon brings together Junior League members of all generations — and their friends — to share brunch, hear from JLSD leadership, enjoy an inspiring member of the San Diego County Women’s hall of Fame, and celebrate JLSD’s rich history serving the San Diego community.

Unlike many JLSD events, Charter Day is a celebratory event – not a fundraiser. The luncheon is designed simply to celebrate JLSD’s work across generations. Charter Day is a great “friendraising” event to invite friends and family to attend.

Guest Speaker: Deborah Szekely Regularly dubbed the “Godmother” or “Queen” of Wellness and recognized as the founder of the modern health and fitness movement, Deboah Szekely, 97, has lived a colorful life. She was just a teen when she and her new husband opened a health retreat in Tecate, Mexico. Later she founded the famous Golden Door spa in Los Angeles at the request of famous Hollywood actresses who wanted a place “just for us” where they could regroup and refresh in between movies. She founded COMBO (Combined Arts and Education Council of San Diego County) in 1978, which has raised over $25 million to support 21 cultural organizations, including the rebuilding of San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in the early 80’s. She was a US Diplomat and head of the Inter-American Foundation from 1984-1990. In 2014, Deborah was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Hear first hand from this inspirational woman about her life experiences, at this year’s Charter Day celebration.

Purchase Tickets Here: $50 includes lunch, complimentary parking, and no host bar. Boutique with JLSD items featured from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed 12:00 to 2:00 pm by the luncheon and guest speaker.Ticket link coming soon!

Attire: Sunday brunch attire suggested.

LOCATION: Southwestern Yacht Club 2702 Qualtrough Street San Diego, CA 92106
(Parking: The Yacht Club has plentiful free parking.)

Prospective JLSD Class: Provisionals

We have had a fantastic 2019 – 2020 year for our 101 Provisional members.
Each year, our incoming Provisional class plans and hosts events that raise awareness about and benefit our mission-based programs. JLSD Provisionals hold one event focused on training, one on fund development, and one on community. Through our Provisional events, we hope to surpass our goal of $20,000 for our causes and community partners.

TRAINING: Our Provisional training event, Money Mindfulness: Financial Balance For Success was held on Feb. 8.

FUND DEVELOPMENT: We Leaped back to the time of college game days, flip-cup, keg stands and dancing till dawn with JLSD family and friends on Feb. 29.

COMMUNITY: The JLSD Provisionals are planning a Dog Fashion Show for Saturday, April 18, 2020. Save the date, and check back soon at JLSD.org for more information.

Every year since 1929, JLSD has welcomed new members (called Provisionals), transfers from other Leagues around the world, and reinstatements.

Prospective Member Information Sessions will be held on the following dates at AMN Healthcare Auditorium | 12400 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA 92130
Thursday, April 30th

Please register online to attend one information session.

Get to know Emily Green, our 2019-2020 President

Emily started her JLSD career in 2011, seeking friendships with like-minded women, At a Meet & Greet for prospective new members, Emily learned that assisting Transition Age Foster Youth was JLSDs focus area, Emily felt it was fate – in her professional life Emily was a teacher at San Pasqual Academy, a residential high school for foster youth, and working with kids in the system is one of her passions. Not only did Emily meet the close friends she was seeking through JLSD, she also became heavily involved in the philanthropic and training aspects of the League. In her first Active year Emily chaired the TAY Mentoring Program and became hooked on leadership because she found the training opportunities extremely valuable and applicable to her professional life, plus she enjoyed the holistic view of the League from a leader’s perspective. In the following years Emily served as the Community VP-Elect and VP on the EMT, a 2-year Director at Large on the Board of Directors, President-Elect and currenlty serves as President. She encourages all members to get involved with leadership!
In her professional life, Emily owns and operates a pizza restaurant in Hillcrest. Sisters Pizza is a dedication to Emily’s sister, Kate, who passed away suddenly in 2016. Kate’s untimely passing inspired Emily to leave her teaching career and follow her dream of opening a restaurant. As the sisters were huge pizza fanatics together, Emily felt the only kind of restaurant fitting to bear the name “Sisters” had to be a pizza parlor! One can often find Junior Leaguers enjoyiing pizza and wine on the patio there.
In her personal life Emily spends as much time as she can with her friends and her husband, Trevor. She and Trevor are in the early stages of renovating their Normal Heights home however this project will likely take a backseat until the conclusion of the League year. Emily is an avid bookworm and dog-enthusiast. Whenever she can, Emily visits her parents on the east coast and enjoys traveling. One of her favorite trips was adventuring in Cuba with Junior League friends.

Human Trafficking Awareness Rally 2020

Human Trafficking Awareness Rally 2020

On Saturday, January 25, Junior League of San Diego coordinated the 7th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Rally. Over 100 people rallied alongside one another; JLSD members, survivors, community educators, and legislators including Senator Toni G. Atkins. The event serves to raise awareness for Human Trafficking, which violates the rights of approximately 5,000 adults and children in San Diego.

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The rally was covered by the following media outlets:


San Diego Union-Tribune

Telemundo San Diego

LGBTQ San Diego Local News

You can view facts about Human Trafficking here

’19-’20 Provisonal Class Events Kicking Off: Money Mindfulness

At their first event of the year, the 2019/2020 provisional class, hosted over 125 community and San Diego Junior League members for Saturday, February 8th’s Money Mindfulness Symposium. In support of JLSD’s commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities, provisional events like the symposium serve local women while raising funds for JLSD’s philanthropic priorities. Priorities such as supporting local transitional aged foster youth.

What is mindfulness exactly? It’s awareness of the present moment—paying conscious attention to your environment and your internal state. With this in mind, the first speaker, Pericles Rellas, brought the group together to discuss how mindful understanding of money financial prosperity can grow and last.

The event was emceed by Junior League member and Emmy Award-winning reporter at KGTV in San Diego, Cassie Carlisle. Throughout the symposium, everyone enjoyed time to practice mindfulness with guided meditations. The symposium touched on both the pragmatic and the holistic. Speakers included Pericles Rellas who spoke about how our relationship with money is directed tied to our Abundance & Prosperity, Julie Larsen from Northwestern Mutual who spoke about retirement planning and Tyler Davis who touched on aligning your money with your life for home buying in San Diego. Skyler McCurine of Le Red Balloon rounded out the day with her inspiring notes on self-advocacy. Participants departed motivated and mindful of the many tools provided by the excellent speakers.

The day included giving back through clothing donations to local charity, My Girlfriend’s Closet, which provides quality, gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to foster, homeless, and economically disadvantaged teenage girls and young women for free. My Girlfriend’s closet offers an atmosphere that enables women to “shop” with pride for donated items.

Event sponsors included Suja, Pressed Juicery, Peet’s Coffee, La Fresheria, and Donut Bar who donated food and beverages for participants. Dyana Reck, Marketing and Finance co-chair said of the event, “the event came together  through all lot of collaboration and teamwork on the part of the provisional class, and we’re so proud to have organized a fun event that powers the community to be mindful of spending and plan for the future.”

The next Provisional Event is Leap Back to College on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Tin Roof San Diego from 2 to 5 p.m.

JLSD’s 7th Annual Impact Forum

Junior League of San Diego’s 7th Annual Impact Forum – EMPOWERED: Advancing Civic Leadership in 2020 and Beyond

Over 200 professional women gathered on November 12th, 2019 at the Liberty Station Conference Center to learn from an inspiring moderated panel that included:

  • Yolanda Clarke, CEO Powder River Industries–Army Intelligence Officer, Army Reserves, Military Spouse
  • Lindsey Lupo, PhD, Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Janette Piankoff, PhD, Sempra Energy-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • Teresa Jacques, Partner-Major Executive Search and 2020 Women on Boards Campaign Co-Chair, San Diego

These women provided real world wisdom and practical steps for how women can become empowered leaders in our communities. A resounding takeaway from the event was that women need to be each other’s champions in order for women to reach equal representation on boards, managerial positions, in elected office, and various other civic leadership roles. One tangible way to accomplish this is to dismiss the idea that there can only be a few women at the top, but rather believe that we ALL should and CAN reach leadership positions of worth and impact threw recognizing and lauding other women’s accomplishments.

The evening ended with an energy full of hope for the future and that in years to come hopefully we will no longer need panels such as these because equal representation of women in leadership will no longer be a dream but our reality. But today, we will fearlessly be the leaders we needed to see as young girls!

Thank You – JLSD Gala

Two hundred and fifty guests attended our Junior League of San Diego’s annual gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park in October. The masquerade ball raised $60,000 through silent and live auctions, while guests enjoyed an evening of dining, music, and dancing amongst the museums artifacts.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to support JLSD’s mission-based programs for San Diego’s foster youth community, to assist partners in reducing human trafficking, and help train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change. Dr. Jamie Gates was recognized with the JLSD Spirit of Community Award for his work exposing human trafficking in San Diego. Our Masquerade Gala at the Natural History Museum of San Diego was a huge success. It’s because of your support that JLSD are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

Our members are part of JLSD’s success story and we thank you.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

JLSD Day At City Hall

On October 21, the Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) team hosted the annual Day at City Hall event. Eighteen JLSD members attended this all-day event, which featured city officials speaking about their role in local government and culminated with sitting in on a City Council session.

The speaker roster included City Attorney Mara Elliott, City Councilman Scott Sherman, City Councilman Mark Kersey, City Councilman Chris Cate, City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, and City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell. City Officials spoke about their journey to serving in local government, how to get elected to public office, and the ways in which their work impacts JLSD’s focus areas of human trafficking awareness and transition age foster youth.

Additionally, a hot topic of conversation was homelessness in San Diego and what is being done in local government to help. The City Council meeting focused on the debate over the use of electric scooters downtown, and Senior SPAC Delegate CC Nall publicly addressed the City Council thanking them for supporting so many of Junior League’s initiatives.

Giving Tuesday – JLSD Annual Fund

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday 2019Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday begins the charitable season. #GivingTuesday is a global day for giving to those less fortunate.

We ask that you consider donating to the Junior League of San Diego to help us continue our work in the community. Click here to donate now and don’t forget to tell your friends why you’re supporting the Junior League of San Diego! Challenge 5 friends to match your donation and be a part of something BIG!

JLSD 4th Annual Gala – Sneak Peek

Get ready for a night of fun & philanthropy supporting the Junior League of San Diego.

In preparation for Saturday here are five fast facts about this years event:

1.THE VENUE: The Natural History Museum Image result for san diego natural history museum








The San Diego Natural History Museum, affectionately referred to as “The Nat”, is a one of the flagship museums of Balboa Park. Featuring the natural history and unique biodiversity of our binational region the museum was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History and moved to the current building in 1933.


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Dr. Jamie Gates, cultural anthropologist and director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation, co-leads the groundbreaking research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013-16). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He founded and directs the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) for San Diego County. He led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking to get their college degree. He leads an effort to design and implement a drama-based peer-to-peer human trafficking awareness training in San Diego’s middle and high schools. He serves as an expert witness on human trafficking legislation. He also serves as a faith-based organizer with regional and national faith-based organizations. His work through the CJR reveals the core of his calling, which is, in the words of the prophet Micah, to “…act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Dr. Gates feels called to a life that reflects the justice and reconciliation that flows from the love of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the words of the CJR’s mission statement, he is called to study poverty and oppression and to teach Christian means of social engagement. We do justice when we “let the oppressed go free, share our food with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into our homes, clothe the naked, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted.” (Isaiah 58).


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Come ready to bid on these amazing experiences!

#1. Sisters Pizza:

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Up to 10 people will enjoy a champagne toast, 3 large pizzas, 2 bottles of wine or pitchers of beer and unlimited soft drinks! Value: Priceless


#2. Downtown Staycation: 

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One night stay at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina; 10 – inch Black Forest Cake from Extraordinary Desserts; $150 gift card to Juniper & Ivy ; $50 Gift Certificate to the Cohn Restaurant Group; Bottle Vueve Clicquot champagne & 2 branded glasses compliments of Batta Fulkerson Law Group; Brunch or dinner for two & a chocolate bar from Eclipse Chocolate; Family four-pack of guest passes to the New Children’s Museum. Value: $900

#3 Board Dinner:


Dinner for 6, with a wine pairing, in the newly restored JLSD Headquarters at 210 Maple. Hors d’oeuvres at the Chef’s Table in the newly renovated gourmet kitchen with formal dinner to follow in the dining room, all served by the JLSD Board of Directors. Value: Priceless (donate to the 210 Maple campaign HERE)

#4 Hacienda Tres Rios:

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An all inclusive 5 days & 4 night vacation at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Reserve for up to two Adults and two Children. Located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Value: $10,000

#5. San Diego Fire Department Dinner:

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Dinner for 8 people at San Diego City Fire Station #14in North Park. Value: Priceless

#6. Mayor of Coronado for a Day

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Up to 4 people will join Mayor Richard Bailey in experiencing what it’s like to be Mayor of Coronado! The day includes: A tour of Coronado City Hall, Lunch at The Henry Restaurant, Private tour of the Hotel Del Coronado, Beach cruiser rentals to further explore Coronado. Value: Priceless


Did you know that in San Diego we have approximately 6,500 youth in the foster care system? At the age of 18, they are emancipated. Nearly 50% leave the system without a high school diploma. Within 18 months, about half will become homeless and 35% will become incarcerated. 42% will become parents in the first 2-5 years after emancipation and often their children end up in the foster care system. The majority of Transition Aged Foster Youth (TAY) answer, “YES, I want to attend college,” but statistics show only 10% will attend and only 3% will graduate. JLSD is determined to change these statistics.

Your donation helps support our following programs:

SOLUTIONS SUMMIT: Convening key community partners to create strategic solutions that will make a significant impact on the transition age youth through an innovative, multi-day workshop.

BRAND OF BROTHERS: Providing free business attire, resources, haircuts, lunch, and entertainment for at-risk men, ages 16-24, through this one-of-a-kind outreach event for TAY men in our community.

MENTORING: Matching JLSD mentors to provide individualized support of women’s personal, educational and professional growth.

ADVOCACY: Raising awareness as we bring together top local and state leaders to speak on significant issues in the areas of foster youth, human trafficking and homelessness.

See you Saturday!

*Tickets to the event are now sold out. If you would like to make a donation to the Junior League of San Diego, please click HERE.

2019 JLSD Solutions Summit

The Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) annual Solutions Summit event took place on Thursday, September 12th at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay.

Solutions Summit is a collaborative conference that addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference has brought together over 40 local organizations for discussion and active problem-solving.

JLSD’s Solutions Summit helps our community partners determine a collective roadmap to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these community roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline.  Members of the Junior League of San Diego work with each team through our TAY Task Forces Committee, to focus solely on advancing these roadmaps and building from the active problem-solving developed at Solutions Summit.

JLSD has spent several years looking at various challenges that youth face while in care and decided, in collaboration with members of our Steering Committee, to look specifically at the unique obstacles that are present once a youth separates from care. This year attendees selected from three topic areas: Education, Employment/Job Readiness and Adulting 101.  Each team was comprised of dedicated professionals and Junior League volunteers.

Some of the community partners represented at our 2019 event were Promises2Kids, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Voices for Children, Casey Family Programs, Walden Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Institute, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Youth Services, and the Center for Community Solutions. Just in Time provided a trauma informed care workshop to start the morning and a youth speaker also offered his unique perspective on the issues facing TAY within our three topic areas.  During the final afternoon session each team was given ten minutes to present their “solution” to the entire group, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and inspired to work together to make change for foster youth in our community as our day of creative collaboration came to a close.

JLSD President Emily Lake said “Solutions Summit is the premiere ‘think tank’ for organizations and individuals dedicated to assisting underserved youth, particularly those exiting the foster care system. This year participants came up with highly creative solutions with tons of potential. We are excited to move forward with several of the plans born at the Summit and look forward to the solutions for San Diego’s youth in need that they will generate!”

We look forward to sharing progress updates with you as our resulting Task Forces take up the challenge of putting ideas into action in the months ahead.

The Junior League of San Diego would like to recognize Kind Snacks and Halo Branded Solutions for their generous donations to the event, and our partners Epic Catering and Marina Village Conference Center.

#dearjlsd: Natalie Sollock

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


I joined the Junior League for two main reasons; I wanted to make new like-minded friends and for professional growth. Already, Junior League of San Diego, has opened the doors for both of these reasons and so much more. I have learned an incredible amount about human trafficking and San Diego’s efforts to end this. My heart floods with the need to help this cause at every meeting or training I attend. It is a beautiful passion that JLSD shares and has fired up inside me.

I am meeting some amazing women from a wide scope of interests and not only has JLSD introduced me to these ladies but also taught me more about myself as an adult acquiring new friends. I’ve never been good at finding a date, much less organically finding a new friend. Going JLSD has given me the opportunity to share an experience with other intelligent and inspiring women who I want to be around. There is a certain bond that comes with this experience that gives the basis for something to grow. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow a friendship with these beautiful women.

Second, I work for a small family business that looks big on the outside but is actually very small on the inside. I have 3 male coworkers at my office and work directly with a male manager of our San Diego location. While I know they respect my position as a leader, I do have to “lean in” so to speak or my voice gets lost. For full disclosure, we have 4 strong female managers at other locations and my boss is a strong female leader, I just work more closely with the men in my office. Junior League has given me the opportunity to meet other professional women, share challenges and successes in the workplace, hear some inspiring women in power speeches, and even join professional development training events. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to grow professionally because of JLSD programs and connections.

I have already gained so much in my provisional year and I am excited to see where this journey takes me!

Natalie Sollock
Provisional Member, 2018-2019




#dearjlsd: Rachelle Le Blanc

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


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!


Warm Regards,
Rachelle Le Blanc
Food & Wine Festival Chair, 2018-2019




#dearjlsd: Kym Singer

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


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.

Kym Singer
Membership Services Council: Membership Programming & Special Events- Co-Chair, 2018-2019




#dearjlsd: Angel Roy

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


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.

Angel Roy
Third-year Active
Nominating Committee, 2018-2019