02 Apr Community – Michigan State Council
JLD President:Kayla Roney-Smith; JLD President-Elect Christina Jackson ; JLD Immediate Past President: Aimee Argel.
The Junior Leagues of Michigan represent nearly 9,000 women from the communities listed below, and comprise the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues (MSC). While each of the nine Junior Leagues work toward promoting voluntarism and improving their own communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers within its own focus area, together the Leagues are committed to assuring that children have the opportunities and services essential for their optimal physical, intellectual, and emotional The Junior League of Detroitwell-being.
The Junior Leagues may advocate for public policies to promote this goal, so long as such actions are in accordance with external policy statements approved by the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues. The President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President from each League are members of MSC, and meet at least twice a year.
State Public Affairs Committee of the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues (SPAC)
Chair: Kayla Roney Smith, Junior League of Detroit
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Battiste, Junior League of Lansing
Secretary: Kim Bancroft, Junior League of Kalamazoo
The State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) of the Michigan State Council of Junior Leagues is dedicated to educating members and the general public on important issues and to advocating for change on behalf of those who do not have a voice.
SPAC’s two current focus areas are:
1) issues impacting children and youth in foster care and
2) issues related to human trafficking.
The Public Affairs Committee is seeking input regarding the selection of a new focus area. Send your suggestions to PublicAffairs@JLDetroit.org.
For the 2017-2018 year, the Junior League of Detroit is represented on SPAC by Kristen Uitenham, Committee Chairperson, and Committee Members Taylor Browne, Rochelle Morton, Nitya Reddy, and Anne Marie Scanio.
In addition to meeting monthly as a committee with hired lobbyist Noah Smith of Capitol Services, Inc. and meeting separately with state legislators and other advocates, SPAC hosts an annual Day at the Capitol event. All JLD members are encouraged to attend the next Day at the Capitol, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
For more information, please contact JLD Public Affairs Chairperson Kristen Uitenham at PublicAffairs@jldetroit.org