President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about The League and our Mission.

Since its founding in 1901, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 291 Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.  The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) and the individual Junior Leagues are organizations of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (JLGNF) is committed to developing exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify our community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives but change the way people think.  Since its affiliation with AJLI in 1991, JLGNF has been working with community partners to address and solve pressing issues in the areas of children at risk, homelessness, literacy, childhood obesity, and self-esteem.  In 2014, JLGNF began its “Strong Girls Bright Futures” programming focusing on Girls’ Self Esteem.  Today, JLGNF continues to focus on this programming with the purpose of creating awareness, education, and empowerment for preteen and teen girls, with an emphasis on girls in grades 5-8, regarding the value of intelligence, competence, and education.

In addition to community impact, JLGNF also offers women hands-on leadership experience and formal leadership development opportunities in a safe and supportive environment, and the ability to develop relationships with like-minded women that will last a lifetime.  We strive to be the premier source for leadership training and development opportunities for women who want to bring about lasting and meaningful change in our immediate community.

Over the next year, JLGNF will commit to a 3-fold strategic plan based on Membership, Community IMPACT, and Sustainability.  We will strive to always work towards our Mission to develop our members as leaders and continue our commitment to “Building a Better Community.”  I encourage you to explore the opportunities offered by the Junior League.  I challenge you to realize the potential of yourself and this organization and how together we can be a powerful force in our community.

Ashley B. Shoemaker

2016-2017 JLGNF President