Junior League of Montgomery

History

January 1925

Ten girls called twenty more and got together for the first meeting of the “Junior Auxiliary”

January 1926

After just one year on probation, the Junior League of Montgomery was established. This happening just 15 years after the first Junior League is formed in New York.

March 1927

Children’s Theatre was established to add cultural enrichment to school children’s lives, and our first inroad to the public school system was established.

April 1928

League Logs was first published due to the fundraising of the editor and staff by candy and cake sales. The name League Logs came from one of our initial homes of a log cabin located near the Montgomery Curb Market.

Fall 1931

Provisional Training Requirements – Attend seven lectures, written reports of three of these lectures, Examination on the Constitution and By-Laws of Montgomery League, among others.

September 1934

Ways and Means Committee established and the inaugural Follies which was quite the hit with acts sometimes including both members and their husbands, regardless of talent.

Spring 1940

First Junior League of Montgomery Cookbook is complied and published and sold for $2

September 1943

Frances Marks takes office as President – Once quoted as saying, “The status of the League today is the direct result of work, precedents and practices established from the beginning, and our present day image reflects the best of the all those years”

Fall 1944

Lavinia Lee Cassels becomes President for a two years. This began a brief period of our Presidents serving two years, from 1944 through 1952.

October 1952

First Rummage Sale held and raised more than $5000

1953

Moved twice along the same street, from 1752 Boultier to 2748 Boultier. This latter location was right behind the current Sinclair’s in Cloverdale.

Spring 1955

“During that time, we moved from the first small office to rent-free rooms in the basement of the old museum which was located in an old school at High and Lawrence Streets,” remembered Mrs. Sue Ashley, President 1955-56, in the 60th Anniversary Edition of League Logs.

December 1961

First issue of the Wonder Book. The book was compiled and published by the “career girls” and provided to hospitals and clinics where children were confined. It included games and puzzles for children to work on. Also saw top sales of $8,857 from the Rummage Sale earlier that year.

March 1964

The League again moved homes to Fairview Avenue. Dr. Grover Murchison donated the home to use. It was formally the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Spring 1968

Membership requirements included a ‘proposer’ and two ‘endorsers to be considered by the Admissions Committee.

1973

Rummage Sale found a new home in Garrett Coliseum. The theme was “Rummage Sale Round-Up” and all the members dressed in western attire.

Fall 1978

Horse Show becomes part of the Junior League and took an incredible amount of time to put on.

Spring 1979

Provisional courses were help with meetings three times a week from 9:30 to 2pm for six weeks. A provisional would need seven sponsors and pass the review of the Admissions Committee.

Early 1980’s

The Montgomery League was the only League to differenciate between working and nonworking Actives. There were separate meetings, requirement and of course placements.

Fall 1985

Celebrating 60 years of service…League sponsors it’s first College and Career Night at the Civic Center.

Spring 1988

With the guidance of the Museum Task Force and $30,000, the League introduced “ArtWorks”

Fall 1989

Holdiay Mark began with sixty merchants, a Preview Party and Silent Auction, Tea Room and lots of special events. Net proceeds with near $62,000

Spring 1990

Rummage Sale is moved to the spring. Traditionally it was held in the fall to allow ‘back to school’ shopping

1992-1993

League was honored with the 1992 Media Award for our help in developing an advertising campaign to recruit new tutors for the Central Alabama Laubach Literacy Council.

October 1994

Holiday Market, in it’s six year, raises over $113,000 and Rummage Sale raised $51,000

November 1997

Once considered a separate ‘membership’, by 1997 over 80% of the League have full or part time jobs.

October 1999

Record setting Holiday Market - $195,000

June 2000

The League membership consisted on 1053 members, with a welcoming of 103 new provisionals. This year also marked our 75th Anniversary

Fall 2002

Voted to amend the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of the League to no longer have an age limit for membership.

Spring 2005

Discovery Village Playscape becomes a reality through the hard work of many volunteers and especially Tammy Eskridge, chairman. What happens next? Only you can write our accomplishments…

Thanks to Andrea Harris, Joanna McDonald and Catherine Davis for their wonderful ‘records’ in previous League Logs.