Letter from the President

It is during times like these that I am proud to be a part of the Junior League of Springfield, a group of women working together to make our community a better place. So far, 2020 has brought an unprecedented pandemic that continues to threaten our health and economic stability followed by riots due to racial injustice in our country. These events have caused fear, anxiety and unrest. As one of the largest networks of women leaders we are called upon to be vocal, dispel misconceptions and advocate strongly for the needs of our community.

Over the years, JLS has addressed the most pressing community issues and funded innovative solutions to drive transformational change. The Discovery Center was there to help the front line by opening their doors to care for health care worker’s children during the COVID-19 crisis. Isabel’s House was able to rise above what they ever imagined and help many families facing homelessness, hopelessness and no safe place to leave their children. None of this would have been possible without you, JLS and our amazing leaders that led the way. 

This alone should make us all smile. Be proud of yourselves, your hard work and be especially proud to be part of the Junior League of Springfield. We are such an important part of our community. 

I am honored to serve as your new president. I am privileged to join Mary Bozarth, Management Director, as well as the 2020-21 Board and Management Team to provide a great member-focused League year to all of you. I believe the best is yet to come for our League and our community. 

I want to express my deep appreciation to Nikki Holden, Immediate Past President, and Rachel Fuhrman, Immediate Past Management Director, and all those presidents and management directors before them, who guided me through my leadership journey. My thanks extend to all the members of the League for their continued support and service to JLS. You are all appreciated more than you know. 

While we will continue to face unexpected challenges, pressures and changes, I know JLS will rise to any occasion with ingenuity, compassion, resilience, fortitude and integrity. In times like these, we have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, and have each other’s backs. No one is alone in the journey. After all, we are Better Together.


Courtney Hayes

’20-’21 JLS President