#flashbackfriday – Becoming part of something bigger

jlp flashback friday

Did you know? Junior League of Phoenix‘s first application to AJLA (now AJLI) in 1931 was rejected due to a “conservative policy in regard to expansion”. Believed to be related to how small the actual city of Phoenix was, their subsequent application in 1933 included census data to help AJLA understand that Phoenix was part of a greater community, one which we now refer to as Metropolitan Phoenix Area or, for the locals, The Valley Of The Sun (then a population of 92,500 people).​

In April of 1933, Mrs Hill, a representative from AJLA in New York, traveled to Arizona and made it clear that it was her intention to sit in the sun every available moment as she stayed at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.  AJLA scrutinized every aspect of the operations; from requesting changes to the by-laws and standing rules to how the Placement and  Admissions committees worked.  The official birthday for The Junior League of Phoenix is February 7th, 1935.


 by, Blair Schweiger

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#flashbackfriday – the first Provisionals

First provisionals.jpgThe first class of Provisionals (when still the Welfare League of Phoenix) consisted of seven members! The training Committee began their training with a class on parliamentary procedures and the recommended reading (as suggested by AJLA, now AJLI) was “How a Social Worker Views Her Community” by the Russell Sage Foundation. The League sponsored a three day seminar to members and interested community agencies on the theory and application of social casework. The first Placement Committee  was in charge of interviewing all members and finding their strengths and placing them accordingly. This was followed up with a telephone interview to determine her satisfaction. 

 by, Blair Schweiger