Shelby's Social Diary

Storied Houston women's organization goes back to the 1920s for a high-octane flapper party

Houston women's group goes back to the 1920s for a high-octane party

News, Shelby, Junior League Fall luncheon, Bethany Buchanan, Elizabeth Love, Josie Morgan
Bethany Buchanan, from left, Elizabeth Love and Josie Morgan. Photo by Michael Martinez Photography
New, Shelby, Junior League Fall Luncheon, Sept. 2014, Christina Stith
Christina Stith, from left, Junior League of Houston president Elizabeth Love and Shelby Damiani. Photo by Michael Martinez Photography
Tea Room Model - Elizabeth Wilhite in Herve Leger gown Junior League fall luncheon September 2014
Elizabeth Wilhite. Photo by Michael Martinez
21 Tama Brantley, left, and Alexis Kennedy at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Tama Brantley, left, and Alexis Kennedy. Photo by Michael Martinez
18 Rachel Regan, left, and Nicole Walters at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Rachel Regan, left, and Nicole Walters. Photo by Michael Martinez
11 Josie Morgan, left, and Amy Holmes at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Josie Morgan, left, and Amy Holmes. Photo by Michael Martinez
30 Lisa Burns at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Lisa Chmiola. Photo by Michael Martinez
17 Patty Freeman, from left, Malcolm Rowland and Marsha Smith at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Patty Freeman, from left, Malcolm Rowland and Marsha Smith. Photo by Michael Martinez
14 Marian Hilpert and Danielle Durocher at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Marian Hilpert, left, and Danielle Durocher. Photo by Michael Martinez
12 Kim Greater, left, and Amy Hampton at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Kim Greater, left, and Amy Hampton. Photo by Michael Martinez
9 Haley Urquhart, left, and Ede Booth at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
Haley Urquhart, left, and Ede Booth. Photo by Michael Martinez
News, Shelby, Junior League Fall luncheon, Amber Mackel, Cheryl Ormston, Kimberly Davis
Amber Mackel, from left, Cheryl Ormston, Kimberly Davis. Photo by Michael Martinez Photography
News, Shelby, Junior League Fall luncheon, Bethany Buchanan, Elizabeth Love, Josie Morgan
New, Shelby, Junior League Fall Luncheon, Sept. 2014, Christina Stith
Tea Room Model - Elizabeth Wilhite in Herve Leger gown Junior League fall luncheon September 2014
21 Tama Brantley, left, and Alexis Kennedy at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
18 Rachel Regan, left, and Nicole Walters at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
11 Josie Morgan, left, and Amy Holmes at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
30 Lisa Burns at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
17 Patty Freeman, from left, Malcolm Rowland and Marsha Smith at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
14 Marian Hilpert and Danielle Durocher at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
12 Kim Greater, left, and Amy Hampton at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
9 Haley Urquhart, left, and Ede Booth at the Junior League Fall Luncheon September 2014
News, Shelby, Junior League Fall luncheon, Amber Mackel, Cheryl Ormston, Kimberly Davis

In nine decades of community service, the Junior League of Houston has evolved from a small group of genteel ladies with a desire to improve the community into a high-octane volunteer organization that this year will register more than 71,000 volunteer hours and $800,000 in grants and project support.

The 90th anniversary celebration began in earnest with the annual fall fashion show and luncheon at Junior League headquarters on Briar Oaks Lane. And for both the luncheon and dinner presentation of fashions from Tootsies, the theme was the 1920s. White ostrich plumes, strings of pearls and a flapper headdress or two were nods to the Houston chapter's founding in 1925.

 When the Houston league was formed, working women were an anomaly while today 80 percent of league members are employed. 

According to the JLH website, the league was founded by "12 visionary women as a means to fund a well-baby clinic for underserved children." That clinic has since expanded over the decades to become the Junior League Health Care Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital.

League president Elizabeth Love reminded the sellout crowd of the league's mission to "develop the potential of women through training and education" thereby "creating agents of change." She also noted that when the Houston league was formed, working women were an anomaly while today 80 percent of league members are employed. Love works with Houston Endowment.

Key to the event's success were Tea Room chair Josie Morgan; the Tea Room special events team Bethany Buchanan, Katie Kildal and Cherish Bradshaw and the beloved Tea Room general manager Malcolm Rowland.

Look for more 1920s-themed activities through the 2014-15 season. As a special nod to the league, corporate partner Tenenbaum & Co. is hosting a special offer through February — 10 percent discount for those who mention the Junior League of Houston and an additional five percent of the sale goes back to JLH. (League officers were draped in dazzling Tenenbaum jewels for the fall fashion event.)

Among the luncheon guests were Amber Mackle, Cheryl Ormston, Kimberly Davis, Pam Ploss, Andrea Davidson, Amy Holmes, Danielle Durocher, Marian Hilpert, Christina Stith and Shelby Damiani.