One of Sharon Wynne’s favorite quotes is by the late Danny Thomas, actor and founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, “Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” Mrs. Wynne works to apply these words to her daily life and to her role as the 2010-2011 president of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. The JLT is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
“This year, the JLT will donate more than $415,000 back to worthy community projects and endeavors along with thousands of hours of service by our members,” Mrs. Wynne said. These funds are raised through activities such as our biennial rummage sale, Spring Sweep; our three cookbooks, And Roses for the Table, Cooking Through Rose-Colored Glasses, Ring Around the Rosie; and our annual Mistletoe & Magic holiday shopping market.”
Mrs. Wynne has also served the JLT as president-elect, membership vice president, and the research and development chair. She currently serves on the scholarship committee for the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler and is active in the Texas Rose Festival, All Saints Episcopal School, and Christ Episcopal Church.
“Volunteering is a valuable way to show appreciation for the blessings in your own life, and in the long run, you will be more rewarded than you could ever imagine,” Mrs. Wynne said.
Mrs. Wynne is a native of Tyler, having lived in the city for 35 years. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, James C. Wynne, III, have been married for 16 years and are the parents of Madeline, 14, Chet, 12, and Russell, 9.
“Tyler is a very special community in many ways. My husband and I feel it is the perfect place to raise our children, and with our family, friends, school, church, and volunteer service, we have developed a strong connection to the community. We are so fortunate to have a hometown filled with compassionate and philanthropic people and businesses that are willing to share their time and blessings with those in need,” Mrs. Wynne said.