In 1923, 13 women founded the Junior League of Tulsa (JLT).
There have been numerous famous Junior League women in the United States and Canada. Ranging from first ladies and elected government officials to actresses and athletes, these well known members include Shirley Temple Black, Barbara Bush, and Betty Ford, just to name a few.
Our longest continuous project is with the Laura Dester Shelter. We’ve volunteered with them for the last 9 years, and we’re still going strong.
In 1926, JLT started the Convalescent Home for Crippled Children, which became Children’s Medical Center.
In the 1970s, we helped with the women’s rights movement for equality.
Since 1923, JLT has helped with approximately 165 projects in Tulsa.
In years past, we have received an average of $8,500 a year in grants.
Last year, we gave over $10,000 in scholarships.
Last year, we raised $271,057.52 through our fundraisers.
Last year, our members volunteered approximately 44,200 hours through JLT projects.
Our hourly volunteer value is $23.07.
That means last year we donated more than one million dollars in trained volunteer time.
JLT’s impact in the community is possible because of our 292 active members, 74 provisionals, and 358 sustainers.
Our leaders include 15 members on the board of directors and 36 committee chairs.
We have 5 councils and 32 committees.
The breakdown of members in our councils’ committees is as follows:
- 45% on community committees
- 21.9% on financial committees
- 12.5% on membership committees
- 10% on the board and the nominating committee
- 8.1% on communications committees
- 2.5% on learning and development committees
Each year, we have 9 General Membership Meetings.
Note from the Author
I hope you have enjoyed these highlights of JLT’s past and present. Given our organization’s rich history, the historical stats show only a small glimpse of the work JLT has done in the community. In the upcoming months, be on the lookout for more info about JLT’s nine-decade legacy in Tulsa. We’ll be sharing more about the organization’s history here on Gusher Online, as well as in gusher magazine in the spring.