Junior Leagues of Washington State

What is JLWS?

For new or active members, the name “Junior Leagues of Washington State” may not mean much. But it is an important collaboration that everyone in Junior League should know. Junior Leagues of Washington State, commonly referred to as JLWS or “jewels”, are the five leagues in our state: Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima. Each League designates one or two delegates to serve on JLWS, usually a Senior and Junior Delegate. These Delegates are the voting members of JLWS.

JLWS Delegates elect a Chair, Chair-Elect and Secretary. The Chair-Elect position serves one year in this role and then assumes the position of Chair the following year. There is also a JLWS Treasurer, who is the treasurer from the League holding the bank account. These ladies are non-voting members and are a part of the JLWS Leadership team. League presidents and president-elects are considered “members”. They are involved in JLWS to provide leadership, consultation, and league support/buy-in. They are not able to vote, however, do have a voice in any discussions.

JLWS’ chief purpose is to educate Washington Junior League membership and lawmakers (local, state and federal) on our critical issues with a unified voice. We also serve to keep our five Leagues connected with one another.

To accomplish this, each year JLWS has planned and held “Capitol Days” for all five leagues to gather at our capitol in Olympia. Participants receive training over the course of two days about the legislative process, bills of importance to our missions and meet with local lawmakers. New in 2008, JLWS added a second training that occurs in the fall and is the precursor to the Capitol Days event.

Although each league’s focus area is different, the Delegates, Leadership team, and members of JLWS are committed to training its members to find their voices and become advocates for healthier and stronger communities.

And as JLWS becomes a stronger network, we will need your input on additional ways JLWS can support YOUR league’s needs by adding more training and events to our activities.

Senior Delegates:

Olympia: Sara Stewart
Seattle: Candice Caldwell
Spokane: Alex Mann
Yakima: Nicole O'Connor

 

*Wenatchee Junior Service League, not currently a member, however invited to meetings and events starting 2009.

JLWS Member Contact Info

Olympia
Junior League of Olympia
108 State Ave.
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 357-6024
E-mail: info@jlolympia.org
Fax: N/A
Website: www.jlolympia.org

Seattle

Junior League of Seattle
4119 E. Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone:
(206) 324-3638
E-mail:
administrator@jrleagueseattle.org
Fax:
(206) 324-0811
Website:
www.jlweb.org/seattle or www.jrleagueseattle.org

Spokane

Junior League of Spokane
1315 N. Napa
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone:
(509) 328-2801
E-mail:
JLSpokane@qwest.net
Fax:
(509) 328-1827
Website:
www.JLSpokane.org

Yakima

Junior League of Yakima
5000 W. Lincoln
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone:
(509) 966-0930
E-mail:
JrLeagueYakima@aol.com
Fax:
n/a
Website:
www.jlweb.org/yakima

Advocacy Links

AJLI Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc
Website: www.ajli.org
(800) 95-LEAGUE
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EST)

Washington State Legislature
Website:
www.leg.wa.gov
Legislative Hotline: (800) 562-6000

The Children's Alliance
2017 E Spruce
Seattle, WA 98122
E-mail: seattle@childrensalliance.org
Phone: (206) 324-0340
Fax: (206) 325-6291
Website: www.childrensalliance.org

Voices for America's Children
Website:
www.voicesforamericaschildren.org

Washington State's Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS)
Website:
www.dshs.wa.gov

Photo Gallery