Junior League of Annapolis Recognized For Model Program At International Conference in New Orleans (6/22/05)

Leigh Ellen Brummerhoff
22 June 2005

Junior League of Annapolis Program Recognized for Excellence at the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. 83rd Annual Conference

From the left Mary Ann Persico, Junior League of Annapolis Secretary, Pam Newby, 2004-2006 President of the Junior League International, Inc. and Carole Mendez, Junior League of Annapolis 2005- 2006 President.

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – [JUN. 22, 2005] – As part of an Awards Dinner Celebration recognizing innovation in programming, the Junior League of Annapolis received the JL Award for Junior League Award for Marketing at the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. 83rd Annual Conference held at the New Orleans Marriott, May 11-14, 2005.

The Annapolis League received HONORABLE MENTION for its Safe Haven Public Service Announcement program at an Awards banquet sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Inc. and attended by representatives from 294 Junior Leagues in four countries.

“As a première women’s leadership organization, our League has made a commitment to excellence in Public Service,” said Carole Mendez, President. “We are thrilled that our international Association has recognized our efforts and lifted them up as a model program for Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.”

The Junior League of Annapolis Safe Haven Public Service Announcement program is designed to better inform the public about a new and important law that allows any parent in crisis to hand over an unwanted infant to any hospital or police station employee in Maryland without fear of civil or criminal prosecution. The Safe Haven law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2002, but without funding for any kind of public awareness campaign. The Junior League created and even provided the voiceover, using a League member, for the first PSA – a radio spot called “No Questions Asked”. This was followed by the creation of a television spot, which featured Maryland’s First Lady Kendal Ehrlich. Additional public awareness activities included a plan to educate and train local hospitals and police stations about the law. We applaud the efforts of the Junior League of Annapolis for this wonderful undertaking.

“The Leagues do a phenomenal job of creating programs that promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities,” said Pam J. Newby, 2004-2006 President of the Association. The annual JL Awards recognize and highlight outstanding League accomplishments that serve as an example for League members in 294 different communities.

Created in 1921 by member Leagues, the purpose of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. is to add value to 294 Junior Leagues in four countries in their fulfillment of the Junior League Mission. Led by a 20-member Board of Directors, the Association is one of the largest international volunteer organizations for women interested in making a positive impact in their communities.

Founded in 1980, the Junior League of Annapolis is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Annapolis is a volunteer organization for women interested in making an impact in their community. We are part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which is made up of 294 Junior Leagues in four countries. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.jlannapolis.org.