President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Tulsa website. We are delighted you are interested in our organization!

The Junior League of Tulsa was founded in 1923, so we are excited to celebrate 95 years of service to the Tulsa community in 2018. The Junior League of Tulsa joins almost 300 other Junior Leagues across the world in the 116 -year old Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI).

The Junior League is a development organization dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Through membership and involvement in the Junior League of Tulsa, our over 700 members learn about issues impacting our communities and are involved in efforts to help end the cycle of poverty in Tulsa through hands-on experiences impacting vulnerable women and children in our community. There is something really special about volunteering alongside new and old friends to improve our community.

The Junior League of Tulsa’s strength comes from our volunteer power, and our community volunteers serve in placements each year focusing on female incarceration, children’s art education and enrichment, and healthy nutrition and food education. As some of Tulsa’s most effective volunteers, JLT members served almost 50,000 hours last year, benefitting the women and children in Tulsa who need it most.

Some past JLT projects include Saint Francis Children’s Hospital, Leadership Tulsa, the Ronald McDonald House, Tulsa International Mayfest, Oxley Nature Center, and the Child Abuse Network. JLT currently partners with Resonance Center for Women, the Tulsa City-County Library, Philbrook Museum of Art, the Saint Francis Children’s Hospital, Street School, Hawthorne and Penn Elementary Schools, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, as well as many other community organizations.

In addition to our community programs, JLT provides members the opportunity to develop fundraising skills, a critical part of volunteer work. We hope you will check out the website and support our three fundraisers:

  • Holiday Market, our annual gift market on December 8-10 at the UMAC;
  • Mentorship Luncheon, an inspiring luncheon celebrating our mentors and mentees and recognizing our scholarship recipients, on January 25, 2018, at Southern Hills Country Club; and
  • Gem Gala, our 95th celebration recognizing gems in the community with a beautiful sapphire event on May 12, 2018, at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum.

While Tulsa has an impressive amount of nonprofit organizations that are geared toward particular issue areas, the Junior League of Tulsa plays its part by developing women to serve, lead, and sustain these organizations. Members can participate in our two-year Board Fellows program, where members receive a year of intensive training about serving on a Board of an organization, then serve as an intern for the second year.  Since my involvement in the Junior League, I have had many nonprofit directors, volunteers, and business leaders convey that they always like having involvement of our Junior League members because they know our members are committed, dependable, innovative, and excited about improving Tulsa.  I challenge you to find an organization in Tulsa that has not been affected by Junior League members.

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the opportunity to learn more about the Junior League of Tulsa. I am both humbled and honored to serve an organization alongside some truly exceptional women.  Our members bring the ideas, the challenges and solutions, and the volunteer power to this community because we have the desire to build a better Tulsa.  Please reach out if you have an idea or suggestion you would like to share, and thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Molly Aspan
Junior League of Tulsa, President