Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Junior League of Columbia website. Just two years shy of our historic 100th year, we are perfectly poised to continue making a powerful impact on the lives of families across the Midlands of South Carolina.

In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has reverberated through our homes to our jobs, in our schools, across our community, and within our organization. As a result, we have tapped into reservoirs of creativity, adaptability, and patience that we didn’t even know were there. COVID has taught us that, while things will get tough and the unpredictable will happen, we have the strength to face these challenges and that strength comes from our unity.

Now, as we emerge from the confines of the bubbles that the pandemic placed us in, I am more convinced than ever that we cannot afford to play small. We are powerful beyond measure, and we must embrace that power. Our community needs the brilliance, gorgeousness, talent, and fabulousness that the Junior League of Columbia has to offer, and now is the time to burst our bubbles and, as Maya Angelou would say, “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud”.

We are a powerhouse organization of women dedicated to empowering women and uplifting our community. Our refreshed mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training; a mission I am truly honored to lead.

It is no secret that, as African American women, neither of my grandmothers could have been part of the Junior League. So, by choosing me to serve as our president, our members are sending a clear message – this is not our grandmothers’ Junior League. My selection is not just about me; it is about us. It is not just about diversity; it is about the possibility.

Imagine what would be possible if every single one of our almost 1,500 members tapped into her full potential. What can we do when we truly harness the power of the purse? What can we do when we join forces to collaborate with other organizations to eradicate problems that plague our community? The truth is that by embracing a true culture of belonging, those possibilities are boundless!

I am thrilled to stand shoulder to shoulder with amazing leading women this year as we discover what’s possible, to build upon our strong foundation and make our grandmothers proud not just for the coming year, but for generations to come. We have some amazing things coming and we welcome you to collaborate with us to further our impact.

In the meantime, let me leave you with the words of Marianne Williamson which were recently shared with me by one of our sustainers:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frighten us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
You’re playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us.
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate you joining forces with us to make a powerful impact in the Midlands together!

-Rania