The members of the Junior Welfare League of Enid created the Legacy Award to honor an honorary or sustaining member of the Junior Welfare League of Enid who has provided many years of extraordinary service following her tenure of active membership with the organization. The award is recognition of the countless hours Junior Welfare League of Enid honorary and sustaining members give to their communities. The nominees for this award must demonstrate extraordinary volunteer involvement within the Greater Enid community over numerous years, a personal commitment to community welfare and growth through volunteer service, an active engagement in community involvement and leadership, and a true personal sense of the importance of charitable work in the Enid Area.
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the inaugural JWL Legacy Award is Gail Wynne.
Gail joined the Junior Welfare League as a provisional member in 1978. While an active member, she served as the Cookbook Marketing Chair for Stir-Ups during its launch, and continued on to be the Cookbook Steering Chair. Food is a recurring theme in her volunteer service as she has followed her passion to feed the hungry in our community.
Gail serves as Fundraising Chair for Garfield County Childhood Hunger and was the organizer of the local Food 4 Kids Backpack program. Through her efforts, food pantries were established in Enid schools. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Food Bank of OK Foundation, which led her to become the “Founding Mother” of Loaves & Fishes Food Resource Center. She is a former Board Chair at Loaves & Fishes and is a current board member there, where she also volunteers weekly.
Throughout all of this, she still found time to serve on the Board of the Friends of the Mansion for the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion and maintain her membership in the First Presbyterian Church where she is in the choir, serves as director of the after school tutoring program, and is a former Deacon and Elder.
She encourages women to pursue volunteerism as a lifestyle, and that is reflected in the commitment that she wrote for League that is still included in our yearbook that is distributed to all members:
“It is difficult to describe what a Junior Welfare League member is and what is asked of her. We are many things. Demands on our energies change with the needs of our city. We give to individuals in need both directly with our time and indirectly with our money. From this we learn humility and the joy of sharing ourselves. We know how much we are needed by the lives we touch. From this we learn to be personally responsible for the commitments we make. We know that even when we have met our requirements that there are still people to be helped and jobs to be done. From this we learn unselfishness. We know we give up time with our families. By that we are setting an example for future generations to become involved. We meet new people and make friends that last a lifetime. From these friendships we learn loyalty and understanding. Although we give much and touch many lives, we receive more back from what we learn and those who touch our lives.
Gail epitomizes this award, and it is truly an honor to name her as the first recipient of the JWL Legacy Award.
The Junior Welfare League of Enid is an organization of active young women interested in our community's welfare and growth.
Much of the money used to finance our operations comes from Return Engagement, our resale shop located at 123 N. Grand Ave, where we sell clothing, furniture and household items.
Another ongoing source of revenue is our cookbook sales. We have published two cookbooks: Stir Ups and Cooking By The Boot Straps. They are found on shelves across the country and are also for sale right here on this site.
Our third source of funds comes from our annual Charity Gala. It is an elegant, magical evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres, live music, live & silent auctions and great fun!
In addition to running two successful businesses, each year League members spend hundreds of hours on working committees that are an integral part of the Enid community. Recent committees, other than Return Engagement and the Cookbook Office include: CDSA Reading Program, CEW (Clothing, Education, and Welfare), Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, NODA, Newsletter and Waller Reading and Math. In addition to our working committees we select a special project to work on each year.
Since its humble beginnings during the depression, JWL has been successful in reaching out to hundreds of individuals and organizations through fundraisers and service committees. None of this would have been possible without the tireless devotions and commitment of each member. Should you decide to become a part of our organization, you too will be asked to make a commitment to our community, fulfill the obligations of membership, and join us in making the Enid area a great place to live.