History

The Junior League of Murfreesboro began in 1992 with 24 original charter members.  This dedicated group of Murfreesboro women came together to explore and develop an organization which would provide an infrastructure for our growing numbers of willing volunteers.  The chosen organization was the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), and under the leadership of President Anne Davis, the group began to follow the AJLI blueprint for development.

Four months after the initial meeting, on May 10, 1992, the Junior Service League of Murfreesboro was incorporated.  Throughout the year, plans were made for the first provisional class of 100 women, fundraising events took place, and training began on volunteer and community-related topics.

On May 4, 1993, the first provisional class became active members and set out in placements throughout the community, of which many continue.  In 1995, the Junior Service League of Murfreesboro officially became the Junior League of Murfreesboro, which is a record for becoming a League.

The 24 women who began 15 years of “strengthening the community, one child at a time” are forever appreciated and honored as our charter members.  We owe the following charter members our sincere gratitude:

Betty Childress                          Susan Loyd
Kim Cleveland                            Patty Marschel
Cecil Coleman                            Charlotte McKnight
Debbie Cope                              Mary Dodd Mifflin
Anne Davis                                Kitty Murfree
Melinda Haines                          Marilyn Newsome
Alicia Hollis                               Kit Ramsey
Kathy Hoover                            Sarah Ridley
Ginger Ingle                              Doris Sawyer
Susan Kane                               Mary Spence
Melinda Keisling                        Barbara Sutton
Billie Little                                Marimae White

Over the past 15 years, the Junior League of Murfreesboro has provided volunteer service and financial assistance to over 20 agencies and programs.  We have founded numerous community projects including the Baby Love Immunization Project, Kids in the Kitchen, Kindergarten Art Supplies Project, OneTwoOne Mentoring and the “Because You’re Worth It!” Self Esteem Fair at Franklin Heights (now the Women's Day Fair).  The funding for our community projects is derived from our fundraisers which include Bowling to Build, the Debutante Ball, Golf Classic, Hollyday Marketplace, Luck of the 'Boro and sales from our cookbook.

Community Advisory

Melanie Alexander
Alexander Automotive Family
Keta Barnes Smyrna Municipal Court Judge
Paula Barnes Rutherford County Schools
June Bilbo Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
Melanie Bishop, DDS Bishop Dental Practice
Sherry Carpenter Community Volunteer
Nancy Duggin Daily News Journal
Joyce Ealy Rutherford County Commission
John Hood Tennessee State Representative
Ricky Knight Nissan North America
Lucinda Lea MTSU
Lee Moss, MidSouth Bank
Pat Murphy General Mills Pillsbury
Rosemary Owens MTSU
Mike Pirtle Murfreesboro Post
Liz Rhea Community Volunteer
Donna Rowland Tennessee State Representative
Joe Sanders State Farm Insurance
Lori Sain Smith Reeves Sain Medical
Tim Spears Community Care of Rutherford County
Chris Truelove Special Kids, Inc.

Past presidents

Anne Davis, 1992-1993
Alicia Hollis, 1993-1994
Melinda Haines, 1994-1996
Rebecca Climer, 1996-1997
Tara MacDougall, 1997-1999
Ellen Gassler, 1999-2000
Claudia Hunter, 2000-2001
Lucinda Lea, 2001-2002
Lori Sain Smith, 2002-2003
Melanie Bishop, 2003-2004
Suzanne Slayton, 2004-2005
Julie Ennamorato, 2005-2006
Lori Williams, 2006-2007
Sarah Woods, 2007-2008
Laurie Knowles, 2008-2009
Kathy Ferrell, 2009-2010
Kristin Demos, 2010-2011
Marla Frisby Hord, 2011-2012
Rebecca Upton, 2012-2013
Ashley Holloway, 2013-2014
Jill Converse, 2014-2015