A Provisional’s Inside Look

Jenna Wagner, a new member of the Junior League of Charlotte, shares her provisional experience:
“Upon starting to write this blog, I wasn’t really sure what to say or how to begin. How could I possibly describe my experience as a provisional in 500 words or less? However, upon thinking about it in great detail, I realized that it’s not about how many words I put down a page, but taking you all on a journey through the past four months.
  ___ To start things off, I want to tell you about how I came to hear about the JLC. Oddly enough I initially heard about the league from a potential blind date…but that’s a story for another day. Needless to say though, I gave it a “Google” and jumped at the opportunity to be associated with such an astonishing organization. I had been in Charlotte two years and was missing a little something. Something that would make Charlotte feel like home.
Now, I won’t lie to you. It was a big undertaking with everything I had planned for the first six months of 2014. However, I welcomed the additional hours to get to know a fantastic group of women associated with such a phenomenal organization. Budgeting my time was the hardest part initially. How would I ever fit everything in? Somehow it all worked out perfectly and now I sit at the beginning of April with just a few more steps in my provisional journey.
 ___ I have enjoyed all of my experiences in the JLC so far, but two stick out in my mind. One, is the time I got spend with the women of my small group. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this amazing group of strong, independent women who come from such diverse backgrounds. Whether it’s a weekly happy hour or a couple of hours at the WearHouse, we have all grown to learn a lot about each other.
 ___ The second experience I will forever remember is the knowledge night at the Ronald McDonald House. I knew that this experience would have lasting impression on me, I just didn’t realize to what extent. All of the discussion and information about RMH was great; however, the part that I will cherish the most is the tour. We had almost seen the entire house when we walked past a little girl who was staying at RMH. She was so tiny and sweet and I had such an overwhelming realization of what she was going through. How could I help? I wanted so badly to run up and give her a hug. I knew right then and there that I was getting ready to embark on an amazing adventure of making a difference, big or small, in people’s lives. That little girl had no idea the impact she had on me, but I only hope I can have that kind of impact on someone else’s life one day.
 ___ As an organization and as individual women, we are impacting lives. I can’t wait to experience Junior League as an active and the countless memories and friendships that are to come.”
Love Jenna