Developing the perfect “Recipe for Success” was the goal and theme for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. After the three years of hard work, hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars, the Junior League of El Paso celebrated the grand opening of our newest signature project, the Junior League Field of Miracles. The Field will provide the opportunity for 18,900 children in the El Paso community with special needs the chance to play baseball, to make new friends and experience the thrill of being a member of a team!
JLEP welcomed sixty incredible talented women into membership and their Provisional Project brought new life to the Insights Museum. Headquarters was transformed into a Metropolitan Lounge to celebrate JLEP’s 75th anniversary and over 250 guests were welcomed.
As we celebrated 75 years of service, we continued to support our returning community projects including Cradled in Love, El Paso Ambassadors, El Paso Desert Botanical Garden, Music Therapy for the Elderly and Kids in the Kitchen. Two new projects, developing dreams and heart Healthy Athletes were also implemented in 2007-2008 focusing on youth issues in the community.
The Finance Council, who “roll out the dough” for JLEP, had a record-breaking year with “A Christmas Fair”, RDC, the Endowment Fund Development and Cookbook. JLEP revived an important part of our history with the release of the Original Seasoned with Sun. The Headquarters building was given a beautiful facelift. Meaningful trainings were conducted throughout the year and the league sent over a third of our members to conferences and workshops.
In 2007-2008 the ever-changing demands on our lives was recognized, which laid the groundwork for amending our Bylaws and creating a new Strategic Plan that will guide us in the coming years. A conscious effort was made to keep our members happy; but most importantly, we worked together to impact, change and save lives in our community.