1970s through 2000s

1970 – 1975

  • Public Affairs Committee added to Board.
  • “In-League Action Auction” contributed to Administrative Account.
  • Jackie Carey elected Second Vice President of A.J.L.A.
  • Environmental seminar held.
  • Thrift Shop renamed Remarkable Shop.
  • Project Analysis committee established.
  • Sponsored a drug education mini-clinic with the State Department of Narcotics.
  • Public Affairs sponsored a panel meeting on “Corrections in Oklahoma.’’
  • League brochure produced by Public Relations.
  • “OctoFest’’ held in conjunction with Penn Square Merchants Association.
  • Co-sponsored a “Crisis in Corrections Seminar.”
  • Coordinated the “Energy Conference” sponsored by the Energy Advisory Council.
  • Hosted the “Association Finance Seminar.”
  • Community Advisory Board established.
  • “MOVE” Seminar, More Options for the Vital Elderly, held in cooperation with OCU and Areawide Aging Agency.
  • Sponsored the “Leadership Training Course” with Michael Doyle of Interaction Associates, Inc.
  • Impact sponsored a symposium on the criminal justice system.
  • New projects were: Zoomobile, Drug Education, Oklahoma Historical Society, Alcoholics Rehabilitation, Environmental Information Center, Oklahoma Theatre Center, Share-A-Fare, Sanity Court, Women’s Treatment Facility.
  • Susan Cook elected to Area Director, Area V.

1976 – 1980

  • Presented a “Community Forum on Child Abuse.”
  • Co-sponsored with Arts Place a community program on playground design.
  • Distributed City Trails Guidemap to 185,000 families.
  • Co-sponsored meeting with Community Council on Child Abuse.
  • Paid off mortgage on Remarkable Shop.
  • Built the Junior League Creative Playground, dedicated as a Bicentennial Gift to the children of Oklahoma City.
  • Co-sponsored with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Oklahoma City Arts Council, AJL and the JDR III Fund, the “Arts in Education Symposium” held in Oklahoma City.
  • Published Arts in Education Partners and distributed to all Junior Leagues at Annual Conference (1977).
  • Celebrated 50th Anniversary of JLOC.
  • Published calendar containing 50 years of Oklahoma City history.
  • Michael Doyle training for League and community.
  • “Play Sights” forum and handbooks.
  • Gala-Dinner Dance at the Silver Palm Room.
  • Commemorative issue of the Newssheet.
  • Child Advocacy Conference, “For Children’s Sake.’’
  • Blinn House became the permanent headquarters and listed as a Historical Place on the National Register.
  • Second annual “Garden Party” celebrated near completion of construction and decorating of Blinn House.
  • Sustainers formed a Garden Club called “The Late Bloomers,’’ and contributed $1,000 for Blinn House landscaping.
  • Etc. ’79 raised $24,000 for Administrative Account.
  • Initiation of a five-year planning cycle.
  • Automatic succession to the Presidency initiated.
  • Surveyed 99% of OKC League members on organizational attitudes, INTRA-SPECT.
  • Held first evening Provisional course.
  • Celebrated Remarkable Shop’s 50th Anniversary.
  • Conducted first joint Board of Directors meeting of Tulsa and Oklahoma City Junior Leagues.
  • Hosted three-day “Area V Technical Conference on Historical Preservation.”

1981 – 1985

  • “Whale of a Sale” fundraiser grosses $100,000.
  • Hosted “Area V Advocacy Skills Workshop.”
  • Presented first “Teen Volunteer Awards.”
  • Sponsored “Chemical Dependency Conference.”
  • Published A Winning Start.
  • Received “Stanley Draper Award for Historic Preservation.”
  • Virginia Austin elected Area Director.
  • Successfully advocated for passage of Foster Care Review Board legislation.
  •  Joined collaborative effort with Children’s Defense Fund and AJL for “Child Watch Project.”
  • Celebrated 55th Anniversary Year (1982) with speaker Art Buchwald and $50,000 gift to Oklahoma Blood Institute for Junior League Lecture Room.
  • Established “Kids on the Block,’’ Cancer Information Line, and the Infant Center as community placements.
  • Sponsored “Leadership OKC,” hosting over 70 community organizations.
  • Began automatic succession of Assistant Treasurer to Treasurer.
  • Approved sponsored admissions process.
  • Established Membership Committee, combining Admissions and Provisional Education.
  • Process Appraisal Year (PAY) provided new projecting process.
  • Established “Emergency Fund” to meet community needs.
  •  Presented “Harvest II” project at Annual Conference.
  • White House briefing held for League Presidents.
  • Purchased IBM PC XT computer.
  • Virginia Austin elected Association Secretary, and Polly Nichols elected to Area V Council.
  • Held first “Past Presidents’ Forum.”
  • Implemented the “Long-Range Marketing Plan.”
  •  Published Superlatives Cookbook.
  • Combined Children’s Issues, Creative Education, and Health and Metro Concerns Umbrellas into the “Project Management Team.”
  • Celebrated return of over $1,000,000 to the community.
  • Joined with Channel 4 in establishing “Volunteer Connection.”

1986 – 1989

  • Virginia Austin elected AJL President, and Mary Tevington and Jane Crain elected to Area V Council.
  • Partners in Education selected as model project at Annual Conference 1987.
  • “For Santa’s Sake” expanded into collaborative effort among non-profit and for-profit organizations.
  • “Kids Who Care’’ component of “5 Who Care’’ Awards developed.
  • “Outstanding Award for Community Service” presented to JLOC by the Community Action Agency.
  • First year of ABC Committee.
  • First year of joint statewide community training seminar, “Volunteer OK II.”
  • State Certificates of Incorporation revised, first time since 1928.
  • Served as charity sponsor for the Arabian Horse Fair.
  • Renovated courtyard and landscaping at Blinn House with $43,000 grant from OKC Community Foundation designated funds.
  • Hosted Summit for Oklahoma Leagues.
  • Established Strategic Planning Committee.
  • New community placements: Centennial Minutes, Community Learning Center, Adolescent Pregnancy Childwatch, ABC, and expansion of WAVE to Juvenile Center.
  • Celebrated 60th Anniversary of JLOC: “The Untouchable Years’’ Party.
  •  Gave gift of $20,000 to S.E. Area Health Center.
  • Time Capsule constructed to be opened on 75th Anniversary.
  • Spotlighted on Channel 5 News as “Organization of the Week’’.
  • Sponsored “Conflict Management Seminar” for community and Area V Leagues.
  • New community placements: Myriad Gardens, Infant Crisis Services, Courtwatch, Excellent Educators and Healthy Hearts.
  • Hosted “Thrift Shop Conference.”
  • “Triple Crown Classic” fundraiser yielded a net profit of over $75,000.

1990 – 1995

  • Glenna Hoke elected to Area V Council.
  • Mortgage to Blinn House burned.
  • Appropriated money to fund a remote room for the Juvenile Court System through “Courtwatch.”
  • Developed “Sustainer of the Year” award and held first awards luncheon.
  • Adoption of a position statement concerning the environment and issues of the homeless.
  • Blinn House Reunion for the former residents.
  • New community placements: Positive Tomorrows, Earth Kids, Chance to Change, Christmas in April*OKC, and OKC Beautiful.
  • “Passport to Paradise” fundraiser yielded a net profit of over $34,000.
  • Successfully proposed Emeritus Membership at AJLI Annual Conference.
  • Opened Designer Consignor Consignment Shop for consignment sale of women’s and children’s clothing.
  • Created the Sustaining Council to provide structure to Sustainer involvement.
  • Sent first Sustaining Delegate, Linda Paschal, to Annual Conference.
  • Participated in forming an independent Board of Directors for Christmas in April*OKC.
  • Raised maximum age for admission to Provisional membership to forty (40).
  • Required four (4) years active service to re-classify as a Sustainer.
  • Distributed $10,000 from the Community Emergency Fund to Variety Health Center and REST.
  • Held the first Mistletoe Market fundraiser which produced net $60,000.
  • Organized a “Children in Crisis” public hearing, which was attended by over six hundred (600) people.
  • Determined four focus areas on which all areas of the League would concentrate resources. The areas were selected by the membership with the assistance of the Community Advisory Board members. The areas were Teen Pregnancy Prevention; Child Abuse Intervention; HIV, STD and AIDS Education; and Parenting Skills.
  • Streamlined and consolidated the Standing Rules and Policies & Procedures with the guidance of the Bylaws Task Force.
  • Recognized the eighteen (18) years of committed service of Dolly Foster, our office manager, at a retirement party in her honor.
  • JLOC immediate Past President, Beth Shortt, served as a member of the AJLI Board of Directors.
  • Kelly Krahl, JLOC President, was named to the AJLI Equity Issues Task Force.
  • Received an “Award of Excellence” from the National Society of Fundraising Executives for Outstanding Philanthropic Organizations.
  • Hosted the Fall POLL (Presidents of Larger Leagues) Conference.
  • Adopted a council structure of governance and reduced size of the Board of Directors by one third (1/3).
  •  Following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building April 19, 1995, JLOC aided in disaster relief by donating funds to the Red Cross and providing volunteers to the Red Cross, FBI, and Channel 5. Additionally, JLOC secured funding from our Community Emergency Fund to be distributed as deemed necessary by the Grants Review Committee, managed more than $50,000 received from other Leagues and individuals as of June 1st for relief efforts, and planted a dogwood tree at Blinn House in memory of the bombing victims.
  • Organized and executed a statewide League Public Affairs
  • Roundtable, “Communities Hold the Secret To the Welfare Of Children,” in Tulsa with more than 400 attendees and former First Lady Barbara Bush as the keynote speaker.
  • Appointed task forces to review the Remarkable Thrift Shop

1996 – 2000

  • Remarkable Thrift Shop celebrated 65 years of business.
  • JLOC distributed $65,000 contributed from Junior Leagues and their members across the country, to the victims and survivors of the Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing.
  • Board of Directors established an “Enabling Fund” to benefit the community.
  • Policies and Procedures were restructured to reflect the Council System.
  • RAIN and Positive Puppets were selected as new projects.
  • The World Neighbors organization sent the League’s Families First project manager to Kenya to see projects in action.
  • Three new projects developed: Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Homeless Students Task Force and the Heart of OKC.
  • The General Membership voted to add a Fundraising Vice President to the Executive Committee.
  • The Public Issues Committee and the Oklahoma SPAC presented the “Silent Witness Program” at the State Capitol during the legislative session. Life-size wooden figures representing women and children killed by domestic violence were displayed.
  • JLOC Articles of Incorporation were amended to include “developing the potential of women” as stated in our updated mission statement
  • Celebrated 70 years of community commitment with a gala held during Mistletoe Market weekend.
  • Ninety-two percent of our Active and Provisional membership completed an Organizational Self Assessment.
  • $9,000 was awarded to the first recipients of the Community Grants Fund. The awards went to the YWCA, Bethany Senior Center, Tenth Street Better Living Center, Areawide Aging Agency, and the Senior Nutr! ition Program Foundation.
  • The 75th Anniversary Fund was established with a $50,000/year for five years matching grant from Chris Keesee in memory and honor of his grandmother, Eleanor Kirkpatrick.
  • The Caliber and The Flyer were merged into one publication.
  • The Kids’ Place was established as a new placement.
  • Three new focus areas were determined: Early Childhood Education, Child Welfare, and Adolescent Development.
  • New vision statement: “The Junior League of Oklahoma City will Empower Volunteers to Impact our Community and Enrich Lives.”
  • First year for the Board of Directors to be downsized to eleven.
  • First year for councils to have Board-appointed Members-at-Large.
  • Pam Newby elected AJLI Area V Director and appointed Chairman-Elect of the AJLI Resolutions Committee.
  • Re-introduced the Provisional Bus Tour.
  • Successful debut of The Flyer in its new format.
  • Updated the Strategic Plan through collaborations of the Board of Directors, the 1997-98 OSA, the Community Advisory Board, and the Councils.
  • Special committee to research options for a large signature project.
  • Received the “Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County Volunteer of the Year” award.
  • Awarded $10,100 to the Community Grants Fund.
  • Public Issues hosted the Oklahoma County Public Hearings for the Commission on Children and Youth.
  • Over 600 members attended an afternoon tea with former First Lady Barbara Bush.
  • Advisory Planning examined and restructured the Mistletoe Market Board and realigned the appointment timing for the Mistletoe Market Board and Financial Development Chairman.
  • Polled sustainers on their League involvement and interest in expanding opportunities for additional participation.
  • Opened the Eleanor B. Kirkpatrick Memorial and Junior League 75th Anniversary Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and deposited our first $50,000 along with matching funds totaling our first $100,000.
  • $50,000 from the Community Emergency Fund was given to the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma in response to relief efforts of the devastating tornadoes on May 3, 1999.
  • Responded to the May 3, 1999, tornado relief in the community by answering the phones at KWTV Channel 9 during their “News 9 Tornado Relief Hotline,” answering the phones at the American Red Cross and logging in individuals at a Red Cross Shelter that were affected by the storms.
  • Managed donations received from other Leagues and individuals as a result of the May 3, 1999, tornadoes.
  • Converted all membership records from the PRC (Permanent Record Card) to PRF (Permanent Record File) on computer.
  • Developed and approved the following placements: First Steps at Integris, Citizens Caring for Children, Pauline E. Mayer Birthday Parties, and Back to School.
  • The 1999-2000 Training and Leadership development program of the JLOC was the recipient of the AJLI’s award for membership development.
  • A very successful Provisional Bus Tour of Junior League Projects took place in August 1999. Both current and former JLOC community projects were featured.
  • A new community project was developed by CRPD: Teen Outreach Program (TOP), aimed at fostering the development of adolescents.
  • The Grants Review Committee and the Board of Directors studied and evaluated the Community Emergency Fund and decided to rollover the $47,000 into the JLOC general investment pool. A new line item for Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) shall be budgeted for each fiscal year. Criteria for grants from the ERF shall continue to be for food, clothing, shelter, utilities, medical treatment, or other needs deemed appropriate as a response to a disaster or emergency situation. The Finance Committee and the Board of Directors will monitor the fund.
  •  The Community Grants Fund dissolved.
  • The Communications Council produced a new Annual Report – “Step Into Our Shoes” – designed to be used through May of 2001, and established a JLOC Website – www.juniorleagueokc.org.
  • The Remarkable Thrift Shop and Designer Consignor completed their first year as a combined Retail Board.
  • Contributed $50,000 to the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Memorial Fund.
  • The Signature Project committee established during 1998-1999 narrowed the scope of the project to a mobile arts program.
  • The Blinn House Committee updated the League’s computer system insuring Y2K compatibility.