Junior League of Fort Smith Attends 2012 State Conference | Community Spirit
The Junior League of Fort Smith attended the 2012 Junior Leagues of Arkansas Conference hosted by the Junior League of Pine Bluff August 3-4, 2012. The Junior League of Fort Smith representatives took part in workshops and networked with additional Arkansas Junior Leagues members, in addition to touring the Pine Bluff, Arkansas CASA Women’s Shelter.
At the opening session, guest speaker Brandi Johnson, of the Arkansas Rice Depot, explained the Food for Kids Program. The Arkansas Rice Depot provides new backpacks and “kid-friendly” ready-to-eat food to participating schools at no cost to the school. Through a principal-appointed program coordinator, the food is distributed to students who display educational, physical, or emotional problems at school due to hunger at home.
In addition, members attended leadership development workshops and they toured the newly opened Arkansas CASA Women’s Shelter. Lunch presentation speaker Debe Hollingsworth, Junior League of Pine Bluff sustainer, presented an empowering message titled “Women in Leadership.”
More 60 women from the Junior Leagues of Arkansas attended the conference. The Junior League of Fort Smith representatives in attendance were Amanda Tolbert (2012-2013 President), Ashley Ahlert (2012-2013 President Elect), Shevonne Sams (2012-2013 Children Emergency Shelter Committee Chairperson), and Beashua Spearman (2012-2013 Literacy Co-Chairperson).
The Junior League of Fort Smith is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Its vision is to strive to improve the Greater Fort Smith Region by actively participating in community service projects that enhance the lives of women, children, and other non-profit organizations in our region.
The current focus area of the Junior League of Fort Smith is promoting education and educational opportunities that foster healthy growth and lifestyles for children who are aging out of foster care in the River Valley.
Information and photos provided by Beashua Spearman, JLFS