2020-2021 JLA President’s Message

More than 39 years ago, a group of women came together to find workable solutions to the problems confronting the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County community. Today, we continue to be thankful for their courage and commitment to service. JLA’s mission continues to be simple, yet powerful: we promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

We are an organization rich in history, and our service to the community is long and significant. Our more than 300 members are educators, lawyers, doctors, accountants, moms, artists, business leaders and owners, leaders in government, philanthropists, and activists who identify needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve the community. Together we put thousands of hours into our community every year, earmarked more than $10,000 to feed hungry children during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, mentored vulnerable women and supported activities that improve and sustain our communities. We are grateful for the many sponsors, donors, community partners, family, and friends who support JLA members in building a better community.

As JLA’s first black president, taking office in the midst of dual national crises, I am reminded of Junior League Founder, Mary Harriman, words – “We have the responsibility to act, and the opportunity to conscientiously act, to affect the environment around us.” Junior League members are leaders, called to action to better the community and themselves. In the course of our history, our volunteers have faced many challenges. This time, the challenges we face will test our leadership, our health, and our humanity. Even in the face of crisis, our mission remains unchanged. The work we have committed to do will go on, though it may look and feel a bit different.  I commit to our Leadership, our Learning, and our Legacy.

Providing Leadership that is Collaborative, Consistent, and Transparent.

In the spirit of continuous Learning, developing a curriculum that aids in the training and development of our membership.

Preserving the Legacy of JLA by maintaining our commitment to the community; and promoting a league culture that continues to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Your contribution ensures that we continue to deepen our community impact and development of civic women leaders. Thank you for your support as we continue impacting the greater Annapolis/Anne Arundel County in which we live and work.

With deep gratitude and appreciation,
Calandra Dixon Layne
President, 2020-2022