President's Message

“Be the ONE, Make it Count”

Welcome! It is a true honor to serve as the 2016-2017 President for the Junior League of Midland. This year will be rather exciting and full of transitions. I am looking forward to being a part of these new adventures.
When I joined the League just a short time ago, 5 years ago to be exact, I had no idea what was in store for me. I had recently moved back home with my son, Ryan, to be closer to family and I knew that I needed and wanted to get involved in the town that I have always called home. My mom made this happen, being a Sustainer in the League she knew how to get this ball rolling. I thank her for getting me involved. It was not until my Provisional class elected me as Kids in the Kitchen Co-Chairman that I had any idea of my potential. I was floored to find that my peers thought I was capable. The League is the one that showed me I had strength, a voice, and a desire to lead. The League is the one that has developed my skills, that I didn’t even know existed. It has shown me that I can make contributions that will benefit our community. I have gained so many experiences, and so much knowledge in the last several years, and I am grateful that the women in this League showed me that I could be the one to lead.

Throughout this coming year, as we work to be the best organization we can be for our community, we will focus on community needs by investing our time and resources into our eight community programs, Face the Race, Hope Works, KidsFirst, Reading Olympics, Scholarship Clearinghouse, Suits with Skills Buckner and Safe Place, and Volunteers in Midland. On October 15, 2016 we will again be hosting the Next to New Rummage Sale. I hope that you will be the one to attend, donate, and show your support! And don’t forget to join us on November 5th for the Up and Away Face the Race 5K at Scharbauer Sports Complex. To round out the year we will have our revamped annual fundraiser, Shotguns & Stilettos, from March 23-25, 2017, which includes three events a Ladies Luncheon, a Clay Shoot, and the Buckshot Bash. I hope to see you there!

With that being said, I introduce this year’s theme, “Be the ONE, Make it Count”. I implore you think about the ways you can be the one to make a difference.

Be the one to make a choice! Whether it be a dream to be President of the League, or to chair a program or fundraiser, it is your journey and you get to choose the stops along the way.

Be the one to make your choices count.

Be the one the let your light shine!

Be yourself and never dull your light to stay in someone else’s shadow.

Be the shining star.

Be the one to lift each other up! We all need help now and then so be a shoulder to cry on and a team player.

Be the one that reaches out to others.

Be the one to empower others! Show young girls what empowered women look like. It isn’t a body type or a size or a certain hair color. It is a group of passionate, engaged women committed to making their community better.

Be the one to lead the way.

Be the one to be fearless! Dare to dream, think outside the box. Our success is built on our actions, so be the one to speak up.

Be the one to create a purpose that leaves you fulfilled! If you are passionate about reading to children or working with survivors of domestic abuse, make it happen.

Be the one to advocate for your strengths.

Be the one, to make a difference.

Be the ONE, make it count!

Again, it is an honor to serve in this organization and I am looking forward to adventures that lie ahead.

Elizabeth Braun Hartman
The Junior League of Midland, Inc.
President 2016-2017