For a third year, The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. (JLT) will welcome more than 400 young ladies from throughout Smith County for Girl Power Summit (GPS). This year’s theme, No Limits. No Boundaries., is intended to help girls realize they have limitless potential and to teach them skills necessary to achieve that potential. GPS will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at The University of Texas at Tyler. The event will feature motivational speakers, educational programs, and team-building activities. This year’s featured speaker is Malaak Compton-Rock, author of “If It Takes A Village, Build One.” Preceding Mrs. Compton-Rock’s presentation, JLT will host a book talk and signing with the author on Friday, October 1 at The University of Texas at Tyler in the University Center Auditorium. This event is open to the public.
Serving as co-chairs of Girl Power Summit are JLT members Meredith Archie and Andrea Anderson. Both Mrs. Archie and Mrs. Anderson, along with their committee, have volunteered countless hours to create an exciting day that will expose the girls to the concepts of self-esteem, fitness, leadership, and goal-setting. Participants will attend a career choice session to include a panel of female professionals who will answer questions and encourage the girls to start thinking about their futures. This session will show them the exciting career opportunities that other women are accomplishing.
“My desire to help others and to give back to our community is the driving force behind my volunteering. I hope that others will follow in my footsteps and do the same,” Mrs. Archie said.
Mrs. Archie is an active member of the JLT and has served on the GPS committee for three years. She and her husband, Kenny, are the parents of Payton Troyer, 9, Paige Archie, 8, and Blake Archie, 5. The Archie family are members of Friendly Baptist Church.
“The Junior League of Tyler is excited to offer this one-day retreat to area sixth-grade girls. The continued support of the community and the League membership has allowed GPS to grow and expand,” Mrs. Anderson said. “It’s awesome to see this many girls of the same age coming together for such an empowering event.”
In addition to serving for a second year on the GPS committee, Mrs. Anderson is also a member of the JLT Youth and Family Issues Priority Group Committee. She is the Public Relations Chair for East Texas Chapter of Links, and has served as Ticket Chair for the Ebony Fashion Fair. Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Todd, are the parents of Trae, 12, and Taija, 8. The Andersons attend St. Louis Baptist Church.
“I feel there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone. If we all do our part, we can truly make this world a better place. Organizations need our time, talents, and our treasures to continue providing vital services and resources for others,” Mrs. Anderson said.