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    Tribute to the Junior League of Des Moines

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-02-13

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate the Junior League of Des Moines (JLDM) for being selected as the 2013 organizational inductee to the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. The Junior League of Des Moines is being recognized for their efforts as outstanding Iowans who have selflessly given their time and talents to benefit their state.

    Obtaining a coveted induction to the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame is the most prestigious statewide honor a volunteer can attain. Members of this exclusive club have changed their communities forever through their volunteer service and will be forever enshrined in the State Historical Museum.

    In 1926, Mrs. Ruth Wallace Wijkman founded the Junior Social Service League of Des Moines with a mere 10 members. In 1931, Wijkman's organization of humble beginnings would formally affiliate with the Association of Junior Leagues to become the Junior League of Des Moines. Today, after more than 80 years, the JLDM is stronger than ever with hundreds of members that remain committed to the mission of tirelessly building a better community. Whether the task at hand is education and caring for children, expanding opportunities for young people in Des Moines, or building playgrounds with their bare hands, the JLDM is never shy when it comes to improving the world around them.

    Mr. Speaker, the example set by this extraordinary group of women demonstrates the rewards of hard work, dedication and service. The Junior League of Des Moines' efforts truly embody the Iowa spirit, and I am honored to represent them in the United States Congress. I know that all of my colleagues in the House will join me in congratulating the JLDM on their award, thanking them for their service, and wishing them future success as they continue to change lives.


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