President's Message

     I am proud and honored to serve as the next president of the Junior League of Wilmington.  Thank you so much to Kristen McMullen and the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for their wonderful leadership, ideas, friendship and teamwork.  Thank you to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors for deciding to lead the League with me in this upcoming year. 

     I have many goals for the next League year, the biggest being to take what the amazing women in this organization started this year, and run with it.  I want the League to continue our direct impact to the community and girls 12-18 with job readiness workshops, sisterhood circle events, working with DAPI, and serving as a key stakeholder in getting Erin’s Law passed in Delaware. 

     Let’s see what we can grow from our already great Community Impact events and ideas.  General Membership meetings will continue to be an engaging and inviting atmosphere that combines a social component, training and active learning. 

     I plan to use the information gained from the member interview process, to have members provide training in the areas they are experts in.  Let’s utilize our individual strengths to improve and enhance each other. 

     Angela will lead us to another successful Whale of a Sale that I know will match the success of this year’s Kitchen Tour.  We will continue to build strong relationships with members only and family friendly social events, as well as group exercise opportunities, while continuing the successful book club and knitters circle. 

     With the new Membership model, we will work together to develop opportunities for members to have voice and choice, talent development and deployment, and making multiple meaningful connections. 

     As many of you may or may not know, the Junior League of Wilmington will celebrate our Centennial Anniversary from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018. To prepare for this huge and exciting year, this League year we will begin the planning phases for a year of celebrating our 100th year of impact in the greater Wilmington area. 

     As our mission states, we are 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. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  I look forward to living out our mission with all of you in 2016-2017!

Sincerely,

Steph Graev
President, 2016-17