President’s Welcome

Barbara Davidge President, 2017-2018 The Junior League of Monterey County

Barbara Davidge
President, 2017-2018
The Junior League of Monterey County

Welcome to the Junior League of Monterey County and thank you for visiting our website! I invite you to explore our site to learn about how we cultivate leaders who collectively address the critical needs of our community.

Since 1963, The Junior League of Monterey County, Inc. (JLMC) has been committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We are fortunate to have a passionate and diverse membership of women and we are proud to be part of their development in becoming leaders, visionaries and change agents of tomorrow. Our members continue to implement their JLMC leadership training by serving on numerous community nonprofit boards as well as leading businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations.

Our history serving Monterey County is long and significant.  We look back with pride at nonprofits like Meals on Wheels and the Monterey County Youth (MY) Museum, which were established by the JLMC. Emotionally powerful projects such as the Silent Witness Project continue to this day throughout our county.  Please visit our history page to read more about our history and legacy in our community.

Today, we continue to address the needs in our community through our community-based impact project, Growing Up Gardens, an initiative that aims to address the epidemic of childhood obesity in Monterey County. Our members join forces with students, teachers and our community partners to build edible gardens in our local schools.  Our goals are to expose children to fresh fruits and vegetables that they help to grow and harvest. We have installed 13 gardens throughout Monterey County, from King City to Prunedale.

I note with great admiration that JLMC member and Past President, Laurel Lee-Alexander, has been elected to serve as the 2018-2020 President of The Association of Junior Leagues International, (AJLI). Laurel will serve a two-year term as AJLI President which governs AJLI on behalf of the 292 Junior Leagues in four countries.  Laurel has served as mentor and friend to many JLMC members over the years, and we are so proud of her upcoming role leading the Association.

The Junior League of Monterey County welcomes all women who value our Mission.  We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. JLMC members can learn skills including, leadership, governance, fundraising, event planning, finance, project management, and more. New members are always welcomed. If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please email us at

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of the Junior League of Monterey County. I am thankful to call this beautiful area my home and look forward to a great year and to what we can accomplish as a group of empowered women.