Junior League of Greater Alton Announces 2017-18 Board

New Member Recruitment Has Begun

ALTON, ILLINOIS – The Junior League of Greater Alton (JLGA) has installed its new board for the 2017-2018 year, and has begun recruiting new members for its 2017 Provisional Class.

Leading the board this year is President Lauri Sholar, who replaced 2016-17 President Lori Artis.

Sholar joined JLGA in 2013, and served as Vice President last year.  She works as an IT consultant, has two children, Vivian and Gus, and is married to John Sholar, Jr., of Alton. Sholar is a committee chair for the Friends of Haskell Park, a member of the Gordon Moore Family Fun Day committee, and a participant in the Fast 15 Charity Bike Ride in honor of Eddie Sholar, Sr.

“JLGA provides incredible opportunities to engage with the community in a meaningful way while also forging friendships with some truly remarkable women,” Sholar said. “The mission of JLGA – developing leaders and improving the lives of women and children – resonates deeply with our members, and provides a focus for the myriad talents of our organization. I am honored to be a part of this dynamic group, and thrilled with the events we have planned for the upcoming year.”

Other members of the 2017-2018 Board include Vice President Laura Inlow, Secretary Lori Fassler, Treasurer Sarah Crause, Project Council Coordinator Andrea Davis, Fund Development Coordinator Stacey Baca and Sponsorship Coordinator Nicole Miguel.

There are currently more than 50 active and sustaining members of JLGA, which is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

JLGA is committed to educating, training and empowering female leaders through volunteerism in the Riverbend community, and has partnered with such organizations as the Boys and Girls Club of Alton, Oasis, Bucket Brigade, and Community Hope Center, among others.

Women interested in joining JLGA are invited to attend a social event from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at Johnson’s Corner. Potential members will have an opportunity to learn about the organization and mingle with current members.

“Volunteering in the community has always been important to me, but JLGA offers the opportunity to volunteer while being a part of something bigger than myself,” Inlow said. “We are so excited to share this opportunity with women throughout the Riverbend community. The more we grow, the bigger the positive impact we can make.”

Potential members must be at least 21 years of age to join. To learn more about JLGA and League membership, visit and click “Get Involved.”

For more information on the JLGA Annual Social, please contact Jill Messinger Tueth at


Thanks for Your Support! Another Great Event!

The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to the fourth annual Bowling Tournament.  The tournament was held Saturday, June 10, at Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton.

“Turnout was great this year, and everyone had a lot of fun,” said Jill Tueth, JLGA Bowling Tournament Committee Chair. “I just want to thank everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success – especially Bowl Haven, for letting us use their fantastic venue again this year.”

Junior League of Greater Alton would also like to thank our sponsors for the event:

Bowling winners 2017
The winners of the 2017 JLGA Bowling Tournament were (left to right) Jerry and Jaime Dwiggins, Stacey Vambaketes, Stephanie Preston, Jeff Link and Steve Brinkman. Photo by Shelli Oliver

Funds raised at this event will be used to fund JLGA’s Family Literacy project, as well as the organization’s various Community Outreach volunteering efforts.

JLGA hosts several fundraisers each year to support the organization’s efforts, which include training and empowering women leaders through volunteerism in the community. In addition to an issue based community impact project, JLGA members also take part in various volunteer efforts throughout the community each year, including, most recently, Bucket Brigade and the First Presbyterian Church’s Saturday Cafe.

The Junior League of Greater Alton, established in 1952, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to empowering women and making the community in and around the Riverbend a better place for a diverse population of children and their families. Upon researching the area’s needs, JLGA most recently teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College’s GED program to help improve family literacy in the region. JLGA is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is dedicated to the training and development of local women leaders and volunteers making an impact in the community. To learn more, visit