Photo provided by JLNO - Junior League of New Orleans members Andrea Lea and Katherine Raymond pack diapers. The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) has been awarded the prestigious “JL Award for Vision” by the Association of Junior Leagues International, a charitable

The Junior League of New Orleans has been awarded the prestigious JL Award for Vision by the Association of Junior Leagues International, a charitable nonprofit organization of more than 150,000 women in 292 communities around the world.

The JL Award for Vision recognizes a Junior League that demonstrates an outstanding ability to engage in mission-based strategic thinking and planning. Only one Junior League receives this award each year, with an honorable mention being issued, as well.

JLNO received this award for its 2013-14 strategic planning process, which harnessed thousands of volunteer hours and considered and issued strategic recommendations for the organization’s future.

JLNO’s strategic planning process culminated with the adoption of an issue-based community impact model, focusing on advancing the well-being of women in metropolitan New Orleans. JLNO has spent the past year launching an updated focus area through its existing portfolio of long-standing projects, such as Safe Sitter, and new initiatives, including its Diaper Bank and Women in Entrepreneurship collaboration with Idea Village.

Jeanne Harang Boughton, JLNO 2013-14 president, whose team spearheaded the yearlong process, noted, “With this strategic road map, we look to the next 90 years as we continue to advance the well-being of women in New Orleans, as JLNO has done for the past 90 years.”

JLNO leaders accepted this award at the annual AJLI conference held recently in Los Angeles.