Where are you located?
The JLRI office is located at 21 Meeting St, Garden Level, Providence, RI, 02903; Shakespeare’s Head building.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open Monday 8:30 am to 11:00 am.
What is a New Member?
All JLRI members are required to satisfactorily complete the year long New Member Education Program.
What is an Active?
JLRI members become Active members after successfully completing the New Member Education Program, or by transferring into JLRI as a member in good standing from another Junior League. Active members have full voting privileges and are expected to meet all membership obligations as outlined in our Bylaws.
What is a Gold Active?
A Gold Active member must be an Active member of JLRI for four (4) years excluding their New Member year, including at least one (1) year in a leadership role. Their community service and fundraising commitments should be met, or exceeded each year, as well as, their financial contribution. Gold Active members have full voting privileges and are expected to meet all membership obligations as outlined in our Bylaws.
What is a Sustainer?
After 6 years of Active membership in the JLRI (not including the Provisional year), a member can choose to become a Sustainer. Sustainers must pay membership dues, but have no service commitments and no voting privileges.
How many membership meetings are there?
Active members are required to attend three (3) General Membership Meetings (“GMM”) per year. Gold Actives must attend two (2) GMMs each year. The GMMs begin with a Social at 6:00 pm and the business portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 pm. They are held at various locations throughout Rhode Island. These meetings are a fun opportunity to get together with your friends in the JLRI and usually include an interesting speaker, training opportunity, or team-building activity.
Generally, the meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, though there are some exceptions.
What type of volunteer commitment will I fulfill?
There are two types of time commitments that all members agree to fulfill: community service and fundraising. These shifts must be fulfilled during the League year, prior to the final GMM in May. The League Year runs from June 1st to May 31st.
All Active members are required to fulfill seven (7) shifts each year. These may be any combination of community service and fundraising.
All Gold Active members are required to fulfill three (3) shifts each year. These may also be any combination of community service and fundraising.
Will I have to serve on a committee?
As an Active member you will be annually placed on a committee. We hope that you will be an active and contributing member to your committee. Meetings and events are scheduled by each committee, and are flexible, based on the needs of the committee members. Committee schedules vary (i.e. some committees are busier at certain times of the year than others), but on average you can expect one to two committee meetings or events per month. Most committee meetings are scheduled in the evenings to accomodate work schedules.
What is the financial obligation and how is the money spent?
Membership dues are $135 for New Members and $135 for Active members. They are due on March 1st for the following League year. There is also a one time Provisional Education Course Fee of $50.
Please note that payment plans are available and are worked out on an individual basis with the JLRI Treasurer. If you are interested in this option, please contact your Provisional or Active Placement Advisor.
Membership dues are necessary in order to cover our administrative and training development expenses.
What types of volunteer opportunities will I have as a member of the JLRI?
One of the greatest strengths of the JLRI is the wide array of volunteer opportunities that we offer to our members: from hands-on volunteer work to numbers crunching, and everything in between. As discussed before, each year as an Active member you will receive a committee placement on one of our many committees. Our current committees include: Meetings and Training, Annual Fundraising Committee; Placement/Nominating Committee; Provisional Education Committee; Community Project Committee; Project Development Committee; Public Relations/Marketing Committee; Transfers and Social Activities Committee; and the Cookbook and Merchandising Committee.
How do I find out more about these committees and how do I get on the committee of my choice?
As a member of the JLRI you will receive our membership hand book, which outlines each committee, and its purpose, training/enrichment opportunities, and time commitment. Each Spring we hold a Placement Meeting for the Provisional Class, where representatives from each committee are available to answer your questions and tell you more about their committee. In addition, you will have a Placement Advisor, who will work with you to help ensure you are satisfied with your committee placement and your overall JLRI experience. Every year you will submit your top three choices for your committee placement. Every effort is made to meet these requests.
I would like to become a member of the JLRI, what do I do next?
Go to the JOIN US tab on this site and click HOW TO JOIN to download our Prospective Member Information Summary & Application. You will be invited to our upcoming Informational Night. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you in the future!