President’s Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Collin County! We are a diverse organization of nearly 1,000 women dedicated to improving life throughout Collin County.

Our League began just over 40 years ago when thirteen women set out to make a difference in their community. Four decades later, we stand upon a strong foundation with a rich history of community service.

Like most of our members, I joined the JLCC to meet like-minded women – I was new to Collin County and looking to establish a circle of friends. Beyond being a “women’s organization,” I had no idea what the League was when I joined.

Over the past 10 years however, I have had the privilege to learn the history of our organization and our long-standing impact on our community. The JLCC was instrumental in the creation and funding of the Juvenile Detention Center of Collin County, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Hope’s Door New Beginnings, Serenity High, Plano Community Garden, Sci-Tech Discovery Center, and more.

I quickly understood that I was now part of something much larger than myself – something that was going to change my life – I belonged to a group of visionary women who are agents of change for our community. Our heritage is one of countless brave women that came before us and laid the foundation we stand upon today.

I describe that with one word, “Bold.”

Webster defines Bold as, “showing a fearless, daring spirit; standing out prominently.” Combine that with the grace and power of the Junior League, and I believe it sums up our 41-year history and sets a succinct vision for our future.

Our work as a League is far from finished. Our mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers is still relevant today. I believe our organization is uniquely positioned to address the needs of our growing community.

From the development of women leaders who can continue to break down barriers to improve gender equity. To amplifying our voice and promoting all facets of diversity, racial equity and inclusivity within our community. To increasing awareness of family violence and economic insecurity, and continuing our work to address systemic and underlying issues. There is work to be done.

We are the community connectors – the agents of change – that bring leaders together to improve life in Collin County. Each of our members plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the community in which we live.

And, I invite you to come join us! Together, we are unstoppable. Together, let’s be brave. Let’s play big. Are you ready to be JLCC Bold?

I look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to contact me any time at President@jlcollincounty.org.

Shannon Kmak
President, 2018-2019