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 2013-2014 president of the JLT, Shannon Glenney is excited about all that will be accomplished during her tenure and honored to serve an organization that has given back more than $7 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to better the community. This year, the League will partner with more than 24 non-profit community organizations, donating both money and volunteers that will serve more than 20,000 hours.
“The JLT measures itself by meeting as many basic, critical, and emerging needs as possible in our community each year, and we are already off to a great start in 2013,” Mrs. Glenney said.
Mrs. Glenney highlighted several of the activities on tap for the League this year, including the organization’s 19th annual Summer Reading Camp, recently held in June, that impacted more than 175 incoming third grade students. Each of the participating campers went home with 30 new books to enjoy as part of the literacy program. The League will also be working on plans for its sixth annual Girl Power series, an innovative program that will impact sixth grade girls by creating exciting events to promote their confidence and self-esteem, teach them the importance of making healthy nutrition choices, and provide them opportunities to volunteer alongside League members.
“We are also thrilled to be writing a children’s book about Tyler that will debut in early fall and serve as a fundraising source for our organization alongside the 2013 Mistletoe & Magic, Meet Me Under The Mistletoe that will take place in November,” she added.
As an active member of the League for 12 years, Mrs. Glenney has served in many capacities on the board of directors and in many volunteer placements. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. Mrs. Glenney volunteers with Gospel Village Friends at Ramey Elementary and is active as a Room Mom, Library Mom, and Sports Mom at her children’s school.
“I view service to others as a privilege and a joy,” Mrs. Glenney said. “Volunteering has given me insight into the needs of others as well as amazing opportunities to be a part of a solution to meet many of those needs. Whether it’s leading a meeting or serving food to the hungry, I believe every volunteer has a unique God-given gift to share with others.”
Born in Paris, Texas, Mrs. Glenney has lived in Tyler for 15 years. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for 15 years and are the parents of Caleb, 13, Josh, 11, and Kate, 7. Mrs. Glenney earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Glenneys are members of Grace Community Church where Mrs. Glenney serves as a Sunday school teacher, a Bible study leader, and a community group leader.
“Tyler is an unbelievably benevolent community. The natural beauty of Tyler’s azaleas, roses, and trees make this a beautiful place to live, but it’s the devoted leaders and volunteers who strive to look outside of themselves to help improve the lives of others that encourage and inspire me daily.”