Katharine Phelps was a founding member of the Junior League of Minneapolis and its first president in 1923. She and her colleagues established the Junior League of Minneapolis because they believed volunteers could impact significant community change.
In addition to her Junior League activities, Katharine was deeply involved in the greater Minneapolis community. She founded the Minnetonka Garden Club in the 1920s, was a member of the World Health Assembly in 1958, was president of the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, had a leadership role during the Anglican Congress in 1954, was manager of Woodhill Country Club, and was invited to the White House while president of the Colonial Dames of America from Minnesota.
Katharine always felt that her Junior League experience helped her become a prominent and effective volunteer, stating, “…the exchange of ideas, being together, learning what’s going on in the city—it all broadens you.”
In recognition of our founding president’s vision, the Junior League of Minneapolis Board of Directors established the Katharine Phelps Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors and acknowledges an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts provide a contemporary link to Katharine Phelps’ sense of social responsibility and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer service. Since 2006, this award has been given to Junior League members whose leadership exemplifies the JLM mission, vision and values.
The Katharine Phelps Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates an outstanding leader in the Junior League of Minneapolis who, throughout her lifetime, has used her talents and resources to improve the social and economic conditions of others. Through advocacy, collaboration, philanthropy, direct service or community education, the award recipient embraces her community and makes a unique and significant difference as a leader. She shares our founder’s sense of social responsibility and giving spirit, as well as her ability to empower others to be effective volunteers.
The Junior League of Minneapolis will consider all nominations of members who have fulfilled at least ten (10) years of service in the League. The recipient must be able to attend a luncheon and a General Meeting (dates TBD) where she will be honored for her achievements and give a keynote to the JLM membership. Recipients will be notified in October so that attendance can be verified and the League may produce a short presentation. Any number of Katharine Phelps Lifetime Achievement Awards may be given in a single year.
Nominations for the 2017 Katharine Phelps Lifetime Achievement Award will open June 2017, nomination forms are due August 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. The nomination form is available here.