11:30 a.m. — Reception
What Makes Charter Day Different
JLSD’s Charter Day luncheon brings together Junior League members of all generations — and their friends — to learn more about JLSD’s rich history serving the San Diego community and hear from some of San Diego’s most prominent leaders.
Unlike many JLSD events, Charter Day is a member 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.
The History of JLSD’s Charter
In early 1927, Mrs. Lillian Bradly, in her capacity as Chairman of San Diego’s 18th Annual Charity Ball, visited with the director of the highly-touted Junior League Ball of Pasadena. While there, she also met with the President of the Pasadena League and learned more about the goals of the extraordinary organization. She came away from her visit determined to establish a Junior League in San Diego.
Later that year, Mrs. Bradly and her friend Emily Clayton founded the Junior Committee for San Diego Charities with the express purpose of securing admission into the Association of Junior Leagues of America. Their first goal was to establish a Day Nursery to care for the children of working parents.
In 1929, with sponsorship from the Junior Leagues of Santa Barbara and San Francisco, AJLA accepted the entry application from the Junior Committee. The Junior League of San Diego became the fifth League in the state of California, and the 105th member to join the Association of Junior Leagues.
Since then, the Junior League of San Diego has been integral in assessing community needs and instituting programs to meet those needs. The Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, LEAD San Diego, and Kids on the Block are just a few of the organizations and events that were created by JLSD single-handedly or through a collaborative community effort. Over the years, JLSD has partnered with dozens of San Diego non-profits to provide strategic volunteer support as well as financial assistance and Community Assistance Grants. From its inception, JLSD has addressed critical issues such as Domestic Violence Prevention & Intervention, Literacy, and Family Support for Education, reduction of childhood obesity in San Diego and now focuses its efforts on Transition Age Foster Youth.