History

Charter Members of the Junior League of Little Rock

Mrs. Dorothy Dungan Carroll (Dorothy Dungan)  
Mrs. Mike Meyer (Glynne Cook)
Mrs. John Devlin (Mildred Sutton)     
Mrs. Reese Putsche (Jean Hollenberg)
Mrs. Foster Jennings (Mary Leiper)
Mrs. Harold Ristine (Louise Ward)
Miss Effie Jordan     
Mrs. Charles C. Rose (Sallie Gracie)
Mrs. Charles Knox Lincoln(Irma Culbert)   
Mrs. Wm. A. Thompson (Helen Peay)
Mrs. Ross McCain(Dorothy Mae Foster)
Mrs. Cuthbert  Williamson (Virginia Ferguson)

History of the Junior League of Little Rock

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Major Events

  • 1932 — Elizabeth Taylor elected Regional Director, AJLA
  • 1934 — Elizabeth Taylor elected Association President
  • 1956 — Jo Morse elected Director of Region VI
  • 1958 — Jo Morse elected Secretary of AJLA
  • 1967 — Combined Regional Meeting of Region VI & VII held in Little Rock
  • 1970 — Sustainers Auxiliary formed
  • 1971 — Jo Anne Riddick elected Chairman of Regional Nominating Committee
                 Outstanding Sustainer Award
  • 1972 — JLLR 50th Anniversary Judy Bauer elected to Area Council
  • 1975 — Sheila Mehaffy elected to Area Nominating Committee
  • 1976 — Area Cluster Meeting held in Little Rock
  • 1979 — Barbara Moore elected to Area Council Arkansas Leagues voted State Public
                Affairs Committee
  • 1980 — Catherine Lowry elected to Area Council
  • 1981 — Anne Hoover, Second Vice President, AJL, visited JLLR
  • 1982 — Little Rock Cooks'' 10th Birthday JLLR 60th Anniversary
  • 1983 — Traditions published
  • 1984 — Area V Seminar held in Little Rock
  • 1986 — Ellon Cockrill elected to Area Council
  • 1987 — Temptations Concert celebrating our 65th Anniversary
  • 1988 — Riverfest's 10th Anniversary
  • 1989 — Maridel Moulton, President of AJLI, visited JLLR
  • 1990 — Published Private Tour-At Home In Arkansas
  • 1992 — Birthday Bash celebrated our 70th Anniversary
  • 1994 — Initiated the goal centered approach to strategic planning
  • 1995 — Approval of a long range financial plan for the Endowment Fund
  • 1996 — Dance held to celebrate 75th Anniversary
  • 1997 — Education and Outreach Through the Museum of Discovery Opening
  • 1997 — Apron Strings - Ties to the Southern Tradition of Cooking published
  • 1999 — Re-release of Little Rock Cooks and Traditions
  • 1999 — The Junior League of Little Rock awarded the Arkansas Art Center's Winthrop              Rockefeller Memorial Award
  • 2000 — The Junior Leagues of Central Arkansas were awarded Best Team T-Shirt and
                 the Largest Nonprofit Organization Team Award at the "Race for the Cure"
  • 2000 — Karen Fetzer elected to the AJLI Board as the Area V Director
  • 2000 — Apron Strings declared "Official Cookbook of the City of Little Rock"
  • 2000 — Little Rock Cooks receives the Tabasco Hall of Fame Award
  • 2000 — Established the Dorothy Mae Foster McCain Honor Society
  • 2001 — Purchased the Woman's City building
  • 2001 — Received the UPN Martin Luther King award for Tomberlin project
  • 2001 — Received the Arkansas Cancer Society Volunteer Award for ABC project
  • 2001 — Celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Association of Junior Leagues
  • 2001 — Received Volunteer of the Year Award from Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids              (P.A.R.K.)
  • 2001 — Established UPN Community Impact Award. First recipient selected by UPN 38
                 TV was Tomberlin.
  • 2002 — Moved into the newly renovated Women's City Club building and completed a
                 $2 million capital campaign.
  • 2002 — Junior League of Little Rock celebrated its 80th anniversary.
  • 2002 — Little Rock Cooks celebrated its 30th anniversary.
  • 2002 — Acquisition of adjoining parking lot to WCC at Fourth and Cumberland Streets.
  • 2003 — JLLR gives $30,000 to LR Zoo for JLLR's 80th anniversary.
  • 2003 — 25th anniversary of Bargain Barn.
  • 2004 — Kim Evans elected to AJLI Nominating Committee Area V Representative
  • 2005 — GROW (Girls Realizing Opportunities Within) graduated 26 girls in its first year
  • 2005 — JLLR voted to re-print 30,000 copies of Apron Strings
  • 2005 — Two new committees were formed: an ad hoc Audit and Personnel Committee
                 and the standing Development and Donor Relations Committee
  • 2005 — JLLR successfully moved to a new website platform with Closerware
  • 2006 — JLLR renamed the building to Junior League of Little Rock
  • 2006 — JLLR paid off the remaining debt on the building
  • 2006 — JLLR received the Jimmy Strawn Historical Preservation Award from the Quapaw              Quarter Association
  • 2006 — JLLR launched a new community project - Stuff the Bus
  • 2006 — JLLR held a new fundraiser - Bargain Boutique
  • 2007 — 85th Anniversary Project: Adoption of Watson Elementary School
  • 2007 — JLLR becomes Official Partner in Education with Little Rock School District
  • 2007 — Final Bargain Barn held at the Hall of Industry, Little Rock Fairgrounds
  • 2007 — Parking Lot Playground held for the first time, organized by the Provisionals
  • 2007 — The Mid-Month Mailout began to be emailed to Active and Provisional
                    members.
  • 2007 — The membership approved a Community Focus Statement to further define the
                   community involvement of JLLR.
  • 2007 — JLLR held a new fundraiser - 6th K Café (a brunch which followed the Susan G.              Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Race for the Cure).
  • 2007 — Formation of the Arkansas Presidents' Network which allowed for sharing ideas
                 and planning of mutual projects and fundraisers.
  • 2007 — JLLR paid off the remaining debt on the Junior League of Little Rock parking lot.
  • 2008 — JLLR voted to re-print 5,000 copies of Traditions.
  • 2008 — The membership approved a Community Focus Opportunity to allow all
                 members the opportunity to participate in a direct community service
  • 2008 — Membership approved a revised membership structure to provide benefits for              number of years served
  • 2009 — New Vision established for JLLR
  • 2009 — BIG TASTE OF LITTLE ROCK, the fourth cookbook of JLLR published
                  December 2008
  • 2009 —  Partners for Hope and Community Bank retired as projects
  • 2009 — Digital Cheetah Website, Membership and Development Database
                 purchased and launched
  • 2009 — Kitchen Task Force secured blueprints for future kitchen renovation
  • 2009 — Be Wise Immunize and SCAT Nightowls voted as new community projects
  • 2010 — Ballroom painted and chandelier cleaned
  • 2010—  Delegates from many Leagues welcomed as JLLR hosts AJLI and ODI
  • 2010 — “Big Taste of Little Rock” wins prestigious Gormand “Best Fundraising Cookbook
                 in the World” award
  • 2010 — Optional General Meetings held in Sustainer Homes
  • 2010 —  “Be Wise, Immunize” hosts first successful Health Fair
  • 2010 — SCAT Night Owls has successful first year
  • 2010 — Stephens Elementary added as 5th School to Stuff the Bus
  • 2011 — Membership selected 2 Issue Areas in which to narrow the JLLR’s focus:   
                 Nutrition/Wellness and School Preparedness
  • 2011—  JLLR selected to serve on Cities of Service Advisory Board for City of Little Rock
  • 2011 — Celebrated 10th anniversary of purchase of Woman’s City Club
  • 2011 — UALR History Project completed for JLLR
  • 2011 — Romine Elementary added as 6th school to Stuff the Bus
  • 2011 —  Last 6th K Café held
  • 2011  — Record revenue generated through Holiday House - $338,843
  • 2012  — Kitchen Renovation complete
  • 2012 — In honor of JLLR’s 90th Anniversary, $2610 donated to LR Zoo to help
                 fund construction of fully handicapped accessible playground
  • 2012  — Last Bargain Boutique held
  • 2012  — Inaugural year of Boosters & Big Rigs Health and Safety Fair
  • 2012  — Meadowcliff Elementary added as 7th school to Stuff The Bus
  • 2012   —  JLLR honored as a VIPS (Little Rock School District) partner of the year
  • 2012   —  Record revenue generated for the JLLR Endowment Fund - $15,641
  • 2013 — An Advocacy Committee was reseated
  • 2013 — Junior League of Little Rock Day at the Capitol was held at which time a   
                 Senate Resolution was read into law honoring the JLLR
  • 2013 — A multi-year rebranding campaign marketing the JLLR was launched
  • 2013 — A Board-Level Training Director was slated, and served on the Board of    
                 Directors
  • 2013 — Two community impact statements focusing on the JLLR’s work in the
                 community were adopted by the membership
  • 2013 — A 10 year revenue plan for Endowment to be used to support a portion of              operational expenses was approved
  • 2013 — The Boardwalk Committee was reformed and 15 Board seats for the JLLR  
                 were secured

Junior League of Little Rock

401 South Scott St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
501.375.JLLR