By: Allison Gallaspy
Since its founding in 1923, the Junior League of Greater New Haven has sought to effect positive change in the Greater New Haven community by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and supporting the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As the League prepares for its Centennial Anniversary, we celebrate our members and share their incredible stories, recognizing how each individual story makes up that of the League as a whole.
Amber Anthony enjoys trying new things. She comes from a long line of Texas ranchers located in the Hill Country, but when she moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts she decided to try the Junior League of Boston.
When she transferred to the Junior League of Greater New Haven, she brought with her a myriad of experience in a fascinating range of areas. Amber describes herself as a marathoner, triathlete, small business owner, water polo athlete in the World Games, competitive swimmer, and most importantly, a wife and mother. Her long list of achievements certainly illustrates her motivation to be a lifelong learner and to experience all life has to offer.
Amber found her calling in the Junior League working with the Junior League of Boston’s Kids in the Kitchen community project. She is this year’s Junior League of Greater New Haven League Development Chair and says that meeting the incredible women of JLGNH brings her joy. She keeps her Junior League responsibilities balanced with her job as a Development Manager at the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation by “leav[ing] a lot of sticky notes on my desk reminding me to check my League email!”
Ms. Anthony values the League for the many opportunities it provides for her to grow and give back to the community. She also appreciates the training it provides members as a professional in a nonprofit. Says Amber, “the League offers opportunities to see how nonprofits work in the communities we live…[and to] engage in leadership board training… [that can make] more woman nonprofit board members.”
Amber hopes her League Legacy will be, “that I showed up and gave my all.” We JLGNHers don’t see how anyone could possibly think otherwise of Ms. Anthony.