Welcome to The Junior League of Tampa’s first cookbook blog. We’re excited about integrating new technology into our marketing and promotions for our newest cookbook, Capture the Coast. We’d first like to give you an introduction to who we are and what we do. Subsequent posts will introduce you to our books, share some recipes and show how these dishes can find a place on your family’s table.
The Junior League of Tampa: Our Mission
Founded in 1926, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of over 1700 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational & charitable.
Our History: The Junior League of Tampa is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). We share a common history with other member Leagues that stretches back to 1901, when Mary Harriman, a 19-year-old debutant founded the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements. This amazing young woman gathered a group of 85 friends to visit the immigrant settlements of New York’s Lower East Side and work to improve squalid living conditions there.
The Junior League of Tampa was founded in 1926 by twenty-two Tampa women. Originally called the Junior Service League, these determined women quickly elected a President, Marian Patrick, adopted a constitution and elected 100 women to Provisional membership. 1926 was also the year the speculative real estate bubble known as the Florida Boom collapsed. Despite the economic crash, the first Charity Ball was held that year and netted $1,800 for the Community Chest. At the end of the first year, Tampa’s Service League had 96 members, who had worked a total of 6,350 volunteer hours in the Tampa community.
The Association of Junior Leagues sent three “inspectors” to visit the Tampa Service League in 1928. Sponsored by the Jacksonville Junior League, we were notified of our acceptance as a Junior League on March 1st. The seriousness and dedication of our founders had brought Tampa’s group into affiliation with the AJLI in just less than two years.
JLT Today: The Junior League of Tampa has identified the following focus areas for our projects: improving the lives of children in the foster care system, providing educational programs that promote literacy and offer cultural enrichment and increasing access to basic needs services for disadvantaged children. JLT Members currently provide more than 60,000 hours of service to the community each year, while spending nearly $250,000 annually on JLT projects.
One way we fund these projects is through the sale of cookbooks. We hope you continue reading to hear the story of our past cookbooks, what went on “behind the scenes” of our newest cookbook and try out some of our great recipes.