Hello and welcome to the 2021-2022 League year!
Let me start by introducing myself: I am Amanda Perrine, the 2021-2023 Junior League of Syracuse president. This is my 6th active year in the League and I have been at all levels of the Membership Council as well as on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and in the book club. This year I am also leading the Holiday Shoppes Task Force. I am the branch manager at Soule Branch Library and spend any time not at work or at JLS events with my friends, reading, traveling, tracing my family tree, and exploring the world with my husband, Aaron, and son, Julian.
As we begin our new strategic plan, which is approved for 2021-2026, I am looking forward to a successful start to our next 100 years. I know our Centennial League year was not what we all had imagined it would be, but I also know that members continued to work hard on all councils and committees and we accomplished more than we may have thought possible at the end of the 2019-2020 League year. After the past almost year and a half, I hope that we are able to come back together and get to know each other again while also using this year to decide what we have missed and what we are happy changing or getting rid of.
This year I am most excited by the prospect of in-person meetings and events. We began in-person Board meetings in June and plan to have GMMs and other meetings and events in a hybrid model (in-person or virtual, depending on your comfort level and state and local guidance). I’m also looking forward to our 25th in-person Holiday Shoppes, and, at long last, our Centennial Celebration this June!
Additionally, AJLI has created a potential new mission statement: Connecting women, cultivating leadership and collaborating with communities for meaningful impact. We will be discussing this in depth at the November GMM and I will give your feedback to AJLI. AJLI is celebrating their Centennial this year and, with their new CEO, is looking to update the image of the League.
I am honored to be part of the JLS Leadership team. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me by phone, text, or email. I look forward to seeing you, virtually or in-person, this fall at one of our many events!