Reflecting on more than 35 Years of Serving Our Community
For more than 35 years, the Junior League of Norman has serviced our community by providing opportunities and assistance to youth who need us.
Over the years, our programs have evolved and our efforts have shifted but we still follow the motto of which our league began – helping children in our community thrive.
Read more below about our past projects and how our league has grown over the year by taking a look through history.
1975 – The first Great Pumpkin Sale was held at the Firehouse Art Station as our first fundraiser.
1977 – The first volume of the Newsleaguer, JLN’s news sheet, was published in September. JLN began receiving a grant from Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, to conduct RIF’s National Book Program.
1980 – Established the Stovall Museum Mobile Outreach Program and funded a birthing room at the Norman Municipal Hospital for $8500.
1981 – Established the Early Rider, infant car seat loan and education program, the first in Oklahoma.
1983 – Held the first Boomer Bargains Auction fundraiser which netted over $12,000.
1985 – Three new projects were adopted: We Help Ourselves, Kids on the Block, and Health for Friends.
1987 – Thrift shop opened in February.
1988 – “Sooner Sampler” cookbook was published in October.
1990 – Received the 1989-90 Public Service award from the Oklahoma Society to Prevent Blindness for the work of Pre-school Vision Screening.
1995 – Produced the first Annual Report to the community.
1998 – Researched and began two new projects: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History training program for volunteers and Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome partnering with Norman Regional Hospital.
2000 – Baby Steps served eighteen mothers. RIF distributed almost 3,600 books to area children. Teen Volunteer placed ninety-five teens with eleven community agencies.
2001 – Two new projects were implemented: Done-In-A-Day and Neighborhood Centers.
2002 – The membership drive yielded 68 new provisionals.
2004 – The first ever AJLI Healthy League Initiative was completed. AJLI President Pam Newby was an honored guest speaker and all in all members gave 10,240 volunteer hours to the Norman community.
2006 – Adopted the first focus for the League, ‘Fitness and Nutrition’
2007 – Baby Steps was named our Signature Project. Other projects were streamlined to correlate with the new focus, including the adoption of Kids in the Kitchen.
2008 – Many internal changes occurred with JLN including implementing a new interactive website, upgrading our financial software, going “paperless” at meetings, remodeling the office, securing the largest in-kind donor in our history and appointing a personnel committee.
2009 – Successful capital campaign resulted in a complete renovation of the Baby Steps house and playground.
2011 – Implemented the new Food for Kids project and published a new cookbook, Simply Good Taste.
2013 – Established Girl Power as the New Member yearly project. In 2018, this project was combined with another community event and are actively involved across committees during their new member league year.
2019 – Launched a new website and partnered with Google For Non-Profits.