The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. (JLT), with its 282 active and provisional members and 516 sustaining members, is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
As the incoming 2014-2015 president of the JLT, Meredith Roberts is excited to be serving in this role and to implement her theme, Growing Stronger Together. To date, the League has given back more than $6 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to better the community. This year alone, the JLT will contribute more than $375,000 and 20,000 volunteer hours to worthy community projects. The League’s fundraising activities include a biennial rummage sale, Spring Sweep, the annual Mistletoe & Magic holiday shopping market, and three cookbooks, And Roses for the Table, Cooking Through Rose-Colored Glasses, and Ring Around the Rosie.
“The Junior League of Tyler is a unique organization in that it funds other not-for-profit organizations in our community and places its trained volunteers in these organizations,” Mrs. Roberts said. “Summer Reading Camp, a League-initiated program, will take place and celebrate its 20th anniversary of bringing excitement to reading for area third-graders through crazy-fun sessions in art, writing, and the community.”
Each camper leaves with wonderful memories and with at least 20 new books Mrs. Roberts said. “This was my first placement as a League volunteer, and I remained a Summer Reading Camp volunteer for four years, chairing the committee during my fourth year.”
As an active member of the League for 20 years, Mrs. Roberts has served in many capacities on the board of directors and in many volunteer placements. She is a member of the Smith County Medical Alliance and the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. Mrs. Roberts has served on the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons’ Gala Committee for many years and was co-chair of the event in 2010.
“Volunteerism is a way of life for me. I enjoy giving of my time and talents to the organizations and causes in which I am involved,” Mrs. Roberts said.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Roberts has resided in Tyler for 16 years. She and her husband, Mark D. Roberts, MD, have been married for 22 years and are the parents of Haleigh, 18, Madeline, 15, and Mary Margaret, 11. Mrs. Roberts is a graduate of First Baptist Academy in Dallas, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The Roberts are members of Grace Community Church.
“Tyler is a wonderful place to raise a family. We live in a very giving community, and I am thankful for all the support it gives the Junior League of Tyler,” Mrs. Roberts said.
For more information about the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., please visit juniorleagueoftyler.org.