What is a provisional member? A volunteer in training
JLMC offers a provisional class for new members beginning each fall. The provisional class is directed by one or two active members and serves as both an instructional training period and an opportunity to learn intimately about being a Junior League member.
The provisional class will choose from a variety of community projects that are able to be executed in one weekend. You will tour previous and prospective projects. Click here to view previous projects! Class members will be responsible for planning, budgeting, fundraising and completion of the chosen project. The provisional class will meet monthly for planning sessions.
The provisional class provides the basic skill set for you to join and be successful in other committees within league. Upon completing your project and fulfilling your provisional and active member requirements, you will be eligible to become an active member. Once you are an active member, you will meet with a placement advisor that will assign you to a committee based on your availability and interests.
JLMC strives to create an environment within its membership in which any woman, 21 years and older, who is committed to improving her community is welcome and encouraged to join.
Fantastic Reasons to Join Junior League:
Make Lasting Friendships Are you new to this area? If you’re looking to make new friends who share your values, then welcome! JLMC is comprised of over 60 women from a variety of backgrounds, careers, educations and accomplishments. We are an organization of women who share a passion for “giving back to the community”. Strong friendships form when working together on a community project, participating in a training program, or attending a fun, social event.
Giving Feels Great It’s hard to explain the joy you’ll feel when you see the positive influence you’ve had on someone or something in your community. Donating items and volunteering your time because you want to, not because you have to or you feel pressured, can be a relief amongst all the things you have to do nowadays. Volunteering is a choice that positively impacts others. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Ghandi
Gain Community Awareness This is the place to learn hands on what is going on, the good and the bad, in Manatee County. Through JLMC membership, you’ll gain a keen understanding of how the community operates, and experience the challenges firsthand. Our meetings are held at different locations throughout the county, and leaders from other nonprofits graciously join us as valued guest speakers.
Part of Something Global Being part of an international organization, Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), has great perks! AJLI creates training materials, offers online webinars on various subjects, and organizes amazing conferences for its sister Leagues to enjoy and benefit from. Even if you move out of Manatee County, you will be able to transfer to the Junior League in your new city. AJLI is comprised of 293 sister Junior Leagues throughout the U.S., UK, Canada and Mexico.
New Experiences! New Interests! While you’re doing great work for your community, JLMC will be expanding your horizons and crossing things off your bucket list!
Leadership Training JLMC offers numerous opportunities to participate in varied committees and community projects designed to cultivate your existing abilities and bring out new talents. JLMC develops the potential of its members by hands-on exposure to fundraising, event planning, advocacy, financial management and interpersonal skills. In addition to creating a lasting, positive change in your community, your experiences as a JLMC member will certainly benefit your work and family life.
Not sure if you have enough time to volunteer? We have a committee for your schedule!
We accept all levels of involvement and understand your availability to volunteer will fluctuate. We have a committee for every interest; writing, event planning, exercising and nutrition, cooking, spreadsheets and Quickbooks, tutoring and mentoring, teaching, decorating, and more! Our numerous and varied committee placements are rotated annually to diversify training and foster growth in our members.
Making A Difference In Our Community
"I always thought somebody should do something about that. Then I realized, I am somebody."
JLMC encourages women to deepen their understanding of the problems facing Manatee County, and to acquire and sharpen skills to fix those problems. We want to create a large force of well-trained community and civic leaders who are ready to make lasting positive impacts. With the current economic downturn, now more than ever, our community needs someone to stand up and make a difference.
Members of Junior League are accomplished collaborators who build coalitions, identify community needs, and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. We reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.
Each year, the Junior League Of Manatee County raises thousands of dollars for women and children in Manatee County through its American Girl Fashion Show® Fundraiser. Additional funds are obtained through solicitation of businesses to become Community Partners and contributions from the community. Members of the Junior League of Manatee County perform thousands of volunteer hours to improve Manatee County annually. Projects supported by the Junior League of Manatee County vary from year to year, and recently have included Get Your Fit On!, Kids in the Kitchen, Youth Mentoring, and Junior League Gives Back.
We empower women through leadership training and development to make a difference where they live by taking action in our community.
How to Join Us
Attend New Member Mixer & Informational Meeting
Join us for a New Member Mixer & Informational Meeting about JLMC!
Who: Women 21 years and older who are interested in volunteering
What: New Member Mixer & Informational Meeting about JLMC
When: Tuesday, August 5 from 7:30pm - 9pm
Where: Latte Luna's • 2715 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
For more information, or to RSVP, contact:
Charlene Mann, Admissions & Provisional Chair
CharleneRMann@aol.com | 941-238-8610
Can't attend, but still interested in learning more? Email CharleneRMann@aol.com for a current copy of our Provisional Application.
Provisional Member Requirements
The following are provisional, one time only, requirements to be eligible for active status:
- As a provisional class, complete a community project as part of volunteer training.
- Attend Provisional Meetings once per month from September through April. Two excused absences are permitted.
- Pay $20 Application Fee with the submission of your application.
JLMC Annual Requirements
The following are annual requirements, for active and provisional members, depending on membership voting:
- Volunteer 4 hours community service to an outside organization, excluding any organization benefiting from your provisional project or your committee placement.
- Attend General Membership Meetings (which typically begin at 7:00 p.m.) on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May. Three excused absences are permitted. Additional absences may result in a higher volunteer hour requirement.
- Volunteer 4 hours at the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday, March 1, 2014. If you cannot volunteer, you will be responsible for finding a replacement.
- Volunteer 4 hours at any of JLMC’s community projects; Get Your Fit On!, Kids in the Kitchen, Junior League Gives Back, Youth Mentoring, or Done In a Day.
- Pay the annual membership dues of $130. Active members pay dues annually in March. Provisional members pay dues at their first Provisional Meeting. The league year begins in September and ends in May.