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Fri 20

Rental: Smith – Birthday Party

December 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

JSL in the Community

JSL in the Community

The Junior Service League of Independence has been training women to be community leaders since 1945. JSL was founded with a vision to create opportunities for women to contribute to their community through volunteer service and financial support. Service has continued to be part of JSL’s vision through the years and members are still leaders in the community today.

The true leaders in our community are the individuals whose insights, ideas and relationships enable them to change the lives of those who live in their neighborhoods and cities for the better. Training women to become community leaders is in our DNA.

Current JSL members are community leaders and have served in many leadership positions in the community including:

  • Molly Clemons – Co-Executive Director of Music/Arts Institute & Past President of Independence Youth Court
  • Jill Esry – Past President of Independence School Board
  • Judy Forrester – Past Chair of Truman Heartland Community Foundation Board
  • Helen Hatridge – Past Chair of Truman Heartland Community Foundation Board
  • Mary House – President of Kiwanis Club of Independence
  • Liz McClure – Past Chair of Drumm Farm Center for Children Board
  • Patti Pretti – President of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses
  • Michele Shanahan DeMoss – President & Founder of Blair’s Foster Socks
  • Sue Shineman – President of Independence Chapter of the AAUW & President Elect of Missouri State AAUW
  • Gloria Smith – President of Jackson County Historical Society Board
  • Terri Steel – Chair of Independence Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Eileen Weir – Mayor of Independence & Past Representative on Independence City Council

JSL is proud to have members currently serving on many boards of nonprofit organizations in the community including:

  • Blair’s Foster Socks (Michele Shanahan DeMoss)
  • Child Abuse Prevention Association (Jill Esry & Mary House)
  • Columbia College Board of Trustees (Lynne Baker)
  • Community Services League (Irene Baltrusaitis, Stephanie Merriott & Laura Vernon)
  • Drumm Farm Center for Children (Liz McClure)
  • Fort Osage Education Foundation (Sharon Dankenbring)
  • Fort Osage School Board (Sharon Dankenbring)
  • Gift of Life KC (Michele Shanahan DeMoss)
  • Greater Kansas City Chapter of Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (Patti Pretti)
  • Greater Kansas City Chapter of Association of the United States Army (Lisa O’Dell)
  • Independence Chamber of Commerce (Laurie Dean Wiley & Terri Steele)
  • Independence Chapter of the AAUW (Lois Domsch, Sue Shineman & Laura Vernon)
  • Independence Economic Development and Incentive Commission (Laurie Dean Wiley)
  • Independence Meals on Wheels (Claudia Ketterlin, Karen Penrod & Laura Vernon)
  • Independence Pioneers Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (Gloria Smith)
  • Independence School Board (Jill Esry)
  • Independence Square Association (Michele Shanahan DeMoss)
  • Independence Tourism Commission (Michele Shanahan DeMoss)
  • Independence Young Matrons (Laura Vernon)
  • Independence Youth Court (Molly Clemons)
  • Jackson County Historical Society (Barbara Allinder, Irene Baltrusaitis & Gloria Smith)
  • Kiwanis Club of Independence (Mary House)
  • Mid-America Chapter of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Lisa O’Dell)
  • Music/Arts Institute (Kristie Agee, Molly Clemons, Christine Geier Pratt, Jane Howard & Liz McClure)
  • Puppetry Arts Institute (Ann DeYoung & Kathleen Vest)
  • Timothy Lutheran School Board (Lois Domsch)
  • Truman Heartland Community Foundation (Michele Crumbagh, Judy Forrester, Helen Hatridge & Melanie Moentmann)
  • Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (Jill Esry)
  • Victorian Society of the Vaile Mansion (Julie Boydston, Judy Forrester & Melanie Moentmann)

Additionally, many JSL members have been recognized with awards and accolades for their community leadership this past year including:

  • Kristie Agee – Frist Humanitarian Award from Centerpoint Medical Center
  • Lynne Baker – Columbia College Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Katie Cowan – Independence Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award
  • Cindy Pritchard – Mother’s Refuge Volunteer of the Year
  • Judy Forrester, Melanie Moentmann, Irene Baltrusaitis and Sharon Dankenbring – Examiners Women of Distinction Honorees
  • Roberta “Poo” Coker – Examiners Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award
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