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Celebrating 80 Years “Here’s to 80 years of the best of women and the best of volunteering,” toasted JLT’s 2003 president Jennifer Casteix at the reception last fall. The gathering, co-chaired by Casteix and JLT’s 2010 president Mindy Griffith, capped off a celebratory year that began in March, when 80 outstanding sustainers were recognized for their work and dedication. Among them were names synonymous with the history of Tucson – Drachman, Dusenberry, Sundt, Levy and Murphy. “Without the Junior League of Tucson, many of our most successful and influential community volunteers may have missed the opportunity to discover their passion for service,” remarked Jennifer Harris, JLT’s 2006 president. “Sustaining members of the JLT are sprinkled throughout Tucson nonprofits, bringing with them volunteer training that makes those organizations stronger.” At the reception, sustainers reminisced about league training that helped them re-enter the workforce after their children were grown. “When I went to get my first job after staying home, my whole resume was JLT,” recalled Dee Ann Sakrison, JLT’s 1979 president. Agreed Linda Breck, JLT’s 1980 president, “If you had done work in the Junior League, it was accepted.” Perhaps the league’s importance to Tucson may best be measured by imagining if it never existed – if Bakewell and Hughes never came together all those years ago. “If there was no JLT, there might be no community advocacy, no community outreach, no women on nonprofit boards…no poised way for stay-athome women to learn, train and give back, no way for working women to be connected to stay-at-home women, no forum to discuss ideas, pound out conflict and create resolution,” said Tiana Ronstadt, JLT’s 2001 president. “If there was no JLT, women would not be where they are today – a vibrant, powerful, contributing part of our economy and our nation.”

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