Become a Member

2016-2017 New Member Class at Super Saturday


Why Join the League?

To Receive Excellent Training

Members complete the first year course, attend seminars and participate in trainings on a variety of topics that relate to personal, professional and community interests.  Opportunities to attend League sponsored state, regional and national conferences and training sessions are also available to members.

To Better our Community through Community Service
For more than 85 years, the Junior League of Portland has committed volunteer leadership and funding to many worthwhile community projects.  The JLP has strived to make a difference in our community by identifying specific needs and creating projects, frequently in conjunction with community partners, to meet those needs.
“[Joining] The Junior League was a great move for me personally. While being from Maine I was not familiar with the Portland landscape and the JLP opened my eyes to the possibilities. It is amazing to see influential business women in Greater Portland pull their resources and minds together and create a difference; whether it is fighting hunger and food insecurity or providing hearts for families who have lost a loved one. The Junior League has made a difference in my life personally and professionally.” 
–Jillian Rich, New Member 2010-2011

To Network with Other Women who Share Your Values
Members working side by side, serving their community, form lasting friendships.  Networking opportunities also exist through collaborations with other community, state and national organizations. 

"The Junior League of Portland has introduced me to other women in the area that share my same values and interests. It's an added bonus that only after a few short months I can call many of these women my close friends. It truly is an amazing group of women.” 
–Allison Gjeltema, New Member 2011-2012

To Develop Your Leadership Skills

Members develop core skills by serving on League committees that transfer well to their personal and professional lives.  Many League members are afforded opportunities to serve on community boards, and other local/national leadership programs.  In addition, Members are encouraged to take leadership positions that provide for personal growth and are supported by a mentoring system.

To Build Lasting Friendships
Strong bonds of friendship develop while working on a League project, participating in training, working together to help others attending membership meetings and social events. Nationally or internationally, League membership is transferable throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico, thus providing members with a network in a new community.

"My new member year has allowed me to network with lots of other women coming from different experiences and walks of life. Of course it's great meeting new people but in addition to that I get the sense that these women will enrich my life on many levels; from networking professionally to making life long friendships. 
–Jenika Pouliot, New Member 2011-2012