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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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#GivingTuesday – Join the Movement of Giving Back!

Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement and support local non-profits by supporting #GivingTuesdayBerks to help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season! Explore our website to learn more about the programs the Junior League of Reading supports to help empower the youth in the area! You can make your donations to #JLReadingPA through PayPal below or by clicking “Donate” on our homepage.

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.  

Featured Profiles
Ann White

Sustainer Representative

Ann White

“Being part of an organization of women who truly inspire others to be the best they can be. Helping our local community members so others can excel and achieve their hopes and dreams.” —- Why I Love JLR

Junior League of Reading (10 years as an Active Member; 9 years as a Sustainer; JLR Founders Award Recipient 2004; Served as Finance Committee Treasurer, Computer Coordinator, Finance Council VP, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Computer Chair, Fundraising Co-Chair, and Town Hall Treasurer)

Non-Profit

Committee Member for Golf Event at Berkshire Country Club to Support Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks; Volunteer at Grace Lutheran Church, Reading, PA

Past Experience Includes: Breast Cancer Support Services (2013 – 2016);

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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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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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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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