“Sustainer Spotlight” – Joan McMaster
It’s been almost 50 years since Sustainer Joan McMaster joined the “Junior League of Providence”! Back in 1967 Joan, who was raised on Long Island and graduated from Pembroke College, had recently moved back to RI. She was married, with two children when some of her friends sponsored her into the Junior League of Providence. The Provisional course was quite intensive, lasting a full week 9am to 5pm! Joan became quite involved as an Active and described her most rewarding placement on the board as Vice-President of Projects (now known as Project Development committee). Her most challenging JL experience was serving as an elected Area Council representative to AJLI. This involved strategic and policy making decisions impacting many other leagues while meeting at AJLI headquarters in NYC three times a year for three days at a time. Impressive dedication to the Junior League beyond the RI borders!
Joan praised our past and current leadership teams and membership for remaining true to the JL mission over all these decades she has been involved. She highlighted the importance of the training opportunities which stretch women beyond their boundaries. This was especially relevant in her early years as a JL member, when most women were not working outside their homes, and these opportunities were not readily found.
Perhaps Joan’s highest compliment of her JL experience is that she learned to become a “problem solver”. She developed this within the context of her JL committee work, and has applied her skills as a leader in many other organizations. She has served as President of the Pembroke Club of Kent County, and also of the American Association of University Women, RI chapter. One of her proudest accomplishments has been a Pembroke Club project developing a “This Was Pembroke” brochure used as a tool to educate incoming Brown University students and their families about the traditions and history of women’s education at Brown. She credits her JL experiences with enabling her to “see the problem, set up strategies, work collaboratively and solve”.
As a Sustainer, Joan remains “active” in our league today, staying abreast of issues, and planning this year’s Women’s Authors Luncheon to be held on May 14th. THANK YOU Joan for your decades of past service to our league, as well as your current commitment and energy!