It has been such an honor and a fun year to serve the ladies in Junior League of the Shoals. As President I helped lead our membership and organizational leaders to make the decision to update our Mission Statement. Our new Mission Statement is: Junior League of the Shoals is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. This Mission Statement truly embodies what we setout to accomplish this year as an organization. We had professional development trainings where we learned skills to use at home, work or in the community. We also decided to sunset the Huff N Puff fundraiser and put an emphasis back on serving our community through a Spring Service Day. We also tried to be more intentional in fostering friendships within our organization by hosting meetings at different locations in the Shoals and encouraging to get to know one another at meetings. This year we planted the seed of being meaningful and intentional during our time in League, and I cannot wait to see what grows in the future!
I am also proud of some of the accomplishments we have had this year. We received a $125,000 grant from Lowes’ 100 Hometowns to use towards the Outdoor Learning Center we are building at the Children’s Museum of the Shoals. This space is unlike any other in the area and will provide a creative and fun space for classes to visit for an outdoor classroom setting, as well as space for kids visiting the museum to continue their creative play in the “front yard”. I am so excited to share this space with our community! We also are set to host our third Touch A Truck in May! Last year, we had over 1,300 attendees and expect even more in 2023. This has been such a fun community event that was missing in our area!
I am excited for the future of JLS and am proud to have been a small part of it!
Ann Collins Mockbee