Junior League members make positive impact

Jane Burdette, president of the Junior League of Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Each month during 2019, the Junior League of Parkersburg will be celebrating a part of its 95th birthday heritage.

Recognition will be made of community efforts and partnerships throughout the county. The Junior League has been a catalyst to initiate many projects that evolved into major organizations, Junior League officials said.

February has as its theme “From The Heart.” The Junior League recognizes those “who have made significant strides to make our area a great place to live.”

Members of the Junior League have used their volunteer skills along with educational and life experiences to be recognized as outstanding in their fields. The names of some of those who have helped the Junior League of Parkersburg and the community over the years are mentioned in this story.

Members include Helen Albright, who went on to become the mayor of Parkersburg after serving many years as a member.

Trudy Seita used her education and volunteer skills to become a motivational speaker across the country.

Dr. Priscilla Leavitt was instrumental in the capital campaign drive to build the library on Emerson Avenue and now is leading the way to develop an addiction recovery program for women through the Junior League.

Sally Davis became the executive director for the local American Cancer Society.

Jane Burdette used her educational skills and leadership experience to become a nonprofit executive director, a mayoral candidate and to be recognized as an international visionary from across four countries. She currently serves as Junior League president.

Kristi Bond heads the Cook House committee and is a business owner of Shirt Tales in Vienna.

Sherry Dugan has served as a city council member, local business owner and mayoral candidate who has been active in the BPO Elks, the City Planning Commission and local to national levels of Jaycees.

Sharon Davis retired from DuPont, is active in her church and became president of the Junior League.

Paula McHenry is a realtor in the area.

Lawyers Lisa Yoke Martin, Annette Fantasia and Jessica Meyers Skogstad serve the league and community in their legal professions.

Many consider the name Carmen Hathaway synonymous with the Relay for Life.

Charlotte Corbitt served the city as a member of city council.

Juli Kerns is a two time Junior League president and is active with the field for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Judy Sjostedt and Marian Clowes lead the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to benefit educational programs and charities throughout the area.

Others include Rita Angel, BJ Hathaway, Patrice Pooler, Barbara Salter, Kathy Parsons and Janet Azinger. They include educators, business people, real estate developers, business owners, doctors, nurses, social service staff, government officials and public relation leaders.

The organization continues to add new members and to build on their strengths to benefit the community and Junior League.

Sustainer Emeritus are the senior members of the group who served thousands of hours developing and implementing projects. They include Kit Ruehl, Ann Bailey, Sally Radford Davis, Helen Albright, Anna Carolyn Fries, Britten Follett, Sally Gainer, Carolyn Hall, Barbara Tebay Henderson, Kelley G. Hurst and Susan Hushion. These women continue their support of the organization and the activities of its members. They are the heart of the organization and the heart of the community, Burdette said.