President's Message

Thank you for visiting our website.  For more than 80 years, the Junior League of Great Lakes Bay Region has worked to improve our community through our membership of highly trained volunteers.  Please take a few moments to become better acquainted with our organization, mission, and accomplishments.

Our mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers is reflected in our accomplishments across the Great Lakes Bay Region.  We helped to create several agencies in the region including: the Saginaw Community Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the First Ward Community Center.  In addition, we have established a multitude of programs by collaborating with community partners such as the Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw Public Schools, Creative 360 (Midland), and most recently the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.

We are proud of our rich history and excited to begin the next chapter.  We are committed to our issue-based community impact focus area of promoting healthy self-esteem among children through physical fitness.  Since the onset of the 2014-2015 League year, our joint efforts with several Community Partners has allowed us to give over 1,000  volunteer hours and nearly $31,000 to our community.  Please visit the Community Impact tab of this website for more information.

We cannot accomplish our work without the support of the community.  Our signature fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, is held each November at Apple Mountain and showcases the talent of local designers as they decorate holiday trees and wreaths.   These holiday treasures, along with other valuable items are raffled at the end of the weekend. 

In accordance with our mission of developing the potential of women, we provide training and educational opportunities to all members to equip them with the skills necessary to make a positive impact in our Great Lakes Bay Region.  We welcome all women who demonstrate a commitment to voluntarism.  I encourage you to join this dynamic organization of women motivated to create lasting positive change.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions or concerns at president@jlgreatlakesbay.org.

Warm regards,

Abbe Adair
President 2016-2017