Women’s conference to help develop professional, personal skills

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:45 pm

HARLINGEN — Women interested in learning about financial literacy or impacting the community beyond volunteering will have a chance with an upcoming conference led by female community leaders. 

The Junior League of Harlingen will host its second annual Women Empowering Women Conference that will feature panels and training on various topics on bettering one’s self and community.

The conference began last year as an attempt to expand on the training that the league was doing within its own organization.

Rebekah Batot, president of the Junior League of Harlingen, said the league has two focuses, volunteerism and training women for leadership roles.

During monthly meetings, the league holds hour-long trainings on topics that have interest or are needed within the group.

Batot said the conference began as an extension and expansion of that training.

“We thought, well if we’re interested then other women might be interested, too,” Batot said.

First lady of San Antonio and Valley native Erika Prosper will be the featured speaker at the event.

Prosper is currently the chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Leadership Council.

“We are very excited for our keynote speaker,” Batot said.

The event is free and open to the women of the Valley.

Panels will include information on financial planning, creating impact in the community and self-care.

“We’re learning what women want to see,” Batot said. “We’re talking among our members about what they’re interested in. We’re really targeting what people find useful.”

Batot said panel topics are discussed and created by members.

“We have a broad group of diverse women with varied interests,” she said.

She said the league is hoping to grow the conference every year and already has plans for the next two years.

Last year, the conference attracted 40 women.

This year, more than 60 women have registered for the event and Batot said the league is anticipating 100 women by the date of the conference.

Link to the Valley Morning Star Article.

Bill Card Award to the Junior League of Harlingen

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 8:43 pm

By RAUL GARCIA Staff Writer

HARLINGEN — The public library expects to hand out its Bill Card Award in May to the Junior League of Harlingen for the group’s efforts to help the library grow.

“The Harlingen Junior League has been raising money to fund and create an active teen space in the library,” said Dauna Campbell, Harlingen library director.

She said the library has been working with one of the group’s members for the past year.

The Junior League of Harlingen is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The organization’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Campbell called the Junior League of Harlingen’s effort a big step for the library.

“It’s going to be a place where teens feel welcome and gives them a home away from home,” Campbell said. “We want to encourage them to be here and be part of our community.”

She said once the teen advisory group was organized two years ago, one of the goals was to make a teen space with a current collection of teen books.

There are more than 100 members on the Library’s Teen Advisory group.

The teen space is expected to be located on the first floor in the back left corner of the library.

 “We are carving out a little home for the kids,” Campbell said. “It will be a book collection, a place where they can meet and have programs.”

She said the Junior League has been gracious enough to help the library design the space. They have talked to community members and they have been working hard to make this dream come true.

Campbell expects to report to the City Commission in December to reveal the amount of money raised by the Junior League of Harlingen, the plan and to seek approval from the commission to complete the project.

The city of Harlingen Library Board first established the Bill Card Award in 1998.

The award is presented annually for unselfish and dedicated service by any organization or individual who contributes toward the success of the library in accomplishing its mission of providing excellent library service to the citizens of the city of Harlingen.

The award was named after Card, a former Harlingen mayor and businessman, for his effort to obtain funding for the library facility, his devotion to advocating for volunteerism for the city and library, his personal donation and sincere concern for the Harlingen Public Library.

to see the full article visit: http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/library-announces-recipient-of-bill-card-award/article_87fcdd76-bc4a-11e7-8d0b-2ff4d8d4317d.html

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Interested in joining Junior League of Harlingen?

We are accepting new members for the 2017-2017 Junior League year! 

The Junior League of Harlingen, Inc. is always looking for dedicated volunteers who want to make a difference! We welcome individuals to contact us regarding membership. We also encourage our active members to invite potential members to join the organization (sponsorship by an active member is not required for membership.) 

The Junior League of Harlingen, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.  

As a new member, what can I expect?
Our New Member Class starts each Fall and lasts for one year. During this time, you are able to experience a sampling of all that the Junior League of Harlingen offers. Specifically, there is a New Member course (Provisional Meetings) & General Membership Meetings every month. Throughout the year, there are also opportunities to actively participate at Junior League Events and Fundraisers, attend social events, and make friends while making a difference.

Prospective Members must be a woman 21 years of age or older, as of January 31st of their Provisional year. In addition, no member shall be at any time a member of more than one Junior League.

Prospective members must be currently residing or working in the Harlingen and/or surrounding areas.

Application Deadline
Applications will be provided at the Informational Meetings. Completed applications must be returned to the JLH Headquarters by August 1st.

Financial Responsibilities
Annual Membership dues for New Members are $150 (this additional charge covers the educational material for the New Member Course)

Stop by our Summer Social this Wednesday to learn more!

If you can't make it on Wednesday and want to join click the button below to request more information!

Come Volunteer with Us!

Donate here to Sponsor the JLH Women Build Team Honoring Sustainer Kathy Preddy.
The event is Saturday, May 13th from 8 AM to 12:30 PM.

Help us reach our goal of $500 by donating here:

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More about the event:

Lowe's helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and each year provides the support of Lowe's Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores throughout the year to teach volunteers construction skills so they can feel equipped and take part in the builds. ·This year, National Women Build Week will reach the milestone of having engaged 100,000 women from all 50 states since 2008. Lowe's donated nearly $2 million to support Habitat's 2017 National Women Build, which will take place in 300 communities nationwide. More than 17,000 women, including Lowe's Heroes volunteers from across the country, are expected to volunteer at construction sites as part of Habitat's 2017 National Women Build Week. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley expects over 75 individuals to volunteer in support of this project. 

This year, we are honoring Kathy Preddy at the event. Kathy was instrumental in expanding the mission of HFH to include Harlingen while she was the president of the Rotary Club of Harlingen. She was inducted in 1998 into the first class of two women to join the all men's Rotary Club of Harlingen. She serves on many different non-profit boards, including HFHRGV, and was inducted into the Harlingen Walk of Fame in 2016.

Young Women's Leadership Conference

Applying for college can be daunting.

Gone are the days of filling out a simple form, mailing it off, and hoping for the best. There are resumes, letters of recommendation, interviews, scholarship applications and more. Our young people are faced with the task of assembling an impressive portfolio of their high school careers earlier and earlier in the admissions and scholarship application process. 

To help in the process, Junior League Harlingen has developed the Young Women's Leadership Conference. This half day conference gives girls a chance to sharpen their skills before sending off their college applications or submitting portfolios for scholarships. Our own members, with the help of community partners, work in small groups with young women attending the conference to proof read resumes, work on actual applications, and give advice on interviews and professional dress. 

The Young Women's Leadership Conference is a wonderful opportunity for high school aged women to prepare themselves for the road to success. If you or a young lady you know would like to attend this year's conference, direct them to http://www.jlharlingen.org/leadership/ today!


Saturday, October 1st 

8:30 - 11:30

TSTC University Center

2424 Boxwood, Harlingen, Texas

Register online at tinyurl.com/JLHWomenLeadership

Email jrleagueharlingen@gmail.com for more information!

Why I am in Junior League- Elizabeth Phillips

JLH 2016-2017 President Elizabeth Phillips with husband Cody & son Hayden.

JLH 2016-2017 President Elizabeth Phillips with husband Cody & son Hayden.

We asked President Elizabeth Phillips why she is a member of the Junior League of Harlingen. Here's what she had to say: 

"My heart is in serving others. I grew up in a home where service above self was taught by example, where volunteerism was a way of life. My parents gave their time to the church, fellow 4Hers, public utilities boards, their students and our neighbors. Everything they did was bigger than themselves, bigger than our family. I volunteer to set that example for my son. 

I want my son to see me making others a priority. I want him to see his mom learn new skills like roofing at JLH Women's Build. I want him to see me making the time to improve the health of the children in our community at KidFit. I want him to see that not every child knows where their next meal is coming from or if they'll have a winter coat, but that something can be done about it.

I want him to know that the time I spend away from him is not for lost, but is what we should all do to make this community a better place. I want him to have the heart of a volunteer. And I want him to learn it from me."

If you are interested in learning more about the Junior League of Harlingen, please join us at our summer social!

Congratulations JLH Member Elizabeth Cuevas!

Congratulations to Women in Leadership Chair, Elizabeth Cuevas! Elizabeth was awarded the Special Operations Medical Association “Best Podium Presentation." 

We couldn't imagine a better leader for our Women in Leadership Conference!

Congratulations JLH Member Sueli Tovar-Villareal!

Congratulations to Junior League of Harlingen member Sueli Tovar-Villareal for being awarded the Preceptor of the Year Award from her UT pharmacy students! Way to go Sueli!

JLH May Soiree 2016

Wonderful evening at May Soiree last night! May Soiree is our annual end of the year party to celebrate all of our accomplishments for the year, thank the outgoing board & welcome the incoming board & chairs. 

Congratulations to our members on another successful year! Thank you to our outgoing president Tuli Villegas for your leadership this past year and congratulations to our new 2016-2017 executive board! 

Check out all of our photos from May Soiree below:

Congratulations JLH Members

Congratulations to our very own Rebekah Batot, Holly D' Andrea and Priscilla Noriega on being sworn into the board of directors of the Cameron County Bar Association tonight!