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Who We Are

The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. (JLR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Scenes from the state Capitol 2016

The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc., offers a glimpse into the trip our Young Women’s Summit 2016 participants took to the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. They visited the Senate floor and met with their state Senator, Judy Schwank, to learn about leadership and community service.  

Knocking It Out Of The Park In 2015…

The Junior League got their GAME ON! The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. is working hard in the community this season. In 2015, the League has already affected the lives of more than 200 young people in our community through its Young Women’s Summit and Service Learning Groups. The Junior League is working hard to improve the self-esteem and confidence of our community’s young women

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Featured Profiles
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President

Laura Waetjen

Non-Profit

President, Jr. League of Reading; Program Director for Girls on the Run of Berks County; Director of Children’s Programs and Vacation Bible School at Bausman United Church of Christ

Professional

Previous Retail Buyer/eCommerce Manager for Macys, K&G Superstore, eBags.com and QVC Inc.

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Brittany Decker

Community V.P.

Brittany Decker

“JLR inspires me because of the positive impact we have on the children in our community. Being a mother of 3, it is important to me that JL and our community help parents, schools and community leaders make a lifelong positive impact on our future leaders- our kids!”

Non-Profit

Fundraising Events Assistant for Habitat for Humanity; President of the Leadership Berks Alumni Council; Souper Bowl Restaurant Chair for Opportunity House; Event Assistant for Pretzel Fest; Past Yocum Institute for Arts Education “Dancing with the Stars” participant.

Junior League of Reading – Past Special Events Co-Chair; served on Community Development and Special Events Committees

Professional

Past Experience Includes: Account Executive for United Disabilities Services; Client Services Manager for The Loomis Company; Account Executive for Gallen Insurance, Inc.; Staffing Specialist for Gage Personnel; and Director of Membership Services for the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce.

Professional

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Meredith Emkey B&W

Secretary

Meredith Caldwell

“I love JLR because it allows me opportunities to make an impact in our community. There are so many wonderful events and experiences that I have been a part of through JLR. I enjoy meeting new people in the community and volunteering with so many intelligent and talented women.”

Non-Profit

Girls On The Run Coach; Junior League of Reading (served as a Board member for 4 years including VP of Membership, Community Council VP, and as Secretary; Served numerous leadership positions including Special Events Chair, New Member Chair, and served on the Nominating & Placement Committee).

Professional

Elementary Teacher; Consultant for Rodan+Fields

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Molly Maack B&W

Board Member at Large

Molly Maack

” I love JLR for all the training I have received, amazing new things I have learned about our community, the life-long friendships I’ve made, and the many lives of children and families we have positively affected.”

Non-Profit

PTO President Wilson West Middle School; Wilson Education Foundation Board Member; JLR Chamber of Commerce Liaison; Past HSA President for Spring Ridge Elementary; Served on the Reading Public Museum Board for 9 years; Past Reading Public Museum Gala Co-Chair; Former Olivet Boys & Girls Club Cocktail Party Co-Chair; Former RSO KinderKonzert Committee Member

Junior League of Reading (19 years as an Active Member; Past President 2010-2011; Served as Board

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