Reflections on 1990-1991

Say, “Hello” to Wynne Osbourne, Past President of the Junior League of Oakland – East Bay from 1990 – 1991. That year the League was almost 1,000 members strong, with 380 actives and 600 sustainers and operated 9 community projects. It was a very successful year. Some of the highlights were: Raised $60-$90,000 through The… Read More

Reflections on 1989-1990

Marsha Servetnick was President of the Junior League of Oakland East Bay in 1989-90. During her tenure there were about 375 actives and 600 sustainers. Her theme was “Navigating the 90’s” and she used all sorts of nautical puns and analogies in her communication with the league. She loved the League, her volunteer work enlivened… Read More

The Importance of Stories

Stories are important. They capture the imagination. They entertain. They teach. They preserve memories. This year for the JLOEB presidential blog, I’ll be writing stories based on interviews with JLOEB past presidents. Each of these women served the league well. They had their own theme, successes, and challenges that make for lessons learned and advice… Read More

The Value of Celebration

Let’s end our year talking about the value of celebration. It’s a time for acknowledging the work that has been done and reflecting on what went well. It is an opportunity to be thankful. We can be thankful for the opportunities the year presented, the people we worked with, and the objectives we achieved. Celebration… Read More

Equity vs. Equality

If I were writing a value statement for equity, I would say: We believe that creating equity for all is the responsibility of all. Living the value of equity promotes understanding, fairness, acceptance, and action. As equity is often confused with equality, it is worth defining both words. Per Merriam-Webster, the definition of equity is… Read More


The 2018-19 fiscal year for the Junior League of Oakland – East Bay ends on May 31. In this final quarter, we are reflecting on the year and wrapping up our projects and obligations, all the while preparing for 2019-20 to begin. It was a good year from my perspective. Our CALSPAC delegates worked toward… Read More

Women’s History Month

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is a powerful song made famous by Aretha Franklin. It is a theme song for women everywhere. It also hallmarks an AJLI value. As a member of Junior League, we believe respect is a fundamental human right. Living the value of respect, we operate with an unconditional positive regard for others. Respect is a… Read More

Hope for the Future + Service

As we continue our journey through the AJLI value statements, we will examine service. The statement reads: We believe it is through service that we build core relationships with others. Service is the lens through which we decide how we will invest our time and resources. Living the value of service empowers us as catalysts… Read More

The Value of Collaboration

As you know, this league year we are working our way through the AJLI value statements. So far we’ve discussed community, leadership, and diversity. This month, we’ll address the value of collaboration. The AJLI statement reads: We believe lasting societal change is achieved through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement. Living the value of collaboration inspires… Read More

Diversity: Is It a Big Problem or a Personal Commitment?

Here at the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, it is not a big problem, diversity among our members is growing; but it is something that we want to intentionally incorporate into our plans for the future. It’s one of our values and the leadership of the league wants to make it a personal commitment. AJLI’s… Read More