FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 7, 2015) – The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. recently welcomed 20 provisional members to active status.

These newest active members include Felicia Bethea, Lesley Burkert, Kathryn Clark, Marti Derow, Jennifer Dooley, Daisy Ellis, Elizabeth Hardy, Alexis Hatton, Elise Hendrickson, Edie Jackson, Elyse Joyce, Christieann McCabe, Kerry Pirrone, Melody Porter, Kara Sajdak, Colleen Schumann, Alyssa Smith, Erin Snead, Jessica Stone and Katie Szynal.

A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1966 and made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Twice a year, the Junior League welcomes interested women to join its Provisional Class. Classes last 14 weeks during which time provisional members become familiar with JLFM’s mission, vision and organizational structure by watching the board, councils and committees in action. They also become informed about the Junior League’s community projects and how it supports the Southwest Florida community by participating and developing a community service project, assist with fundraising activities, learn about project planning and implementation, and gain hands-on volunteer experience.

At the end of the class, provisional members become active JLFM members with all the benefits of full membership. JLFM memberships are open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

The JLFM is also a granting organization, providing mini-grants to organizations throughout Southwest Florida’s five-county area to programs that create better life outcomes for our area’s youth. Since 1966, the Junior League has contributed more than one million hours and more than $1 million to community projects and programs.

For more information, call 239-277-1197 or visit