The Fort Bend Junior Service League is a diverse group of women that have membership privileges as either a Provisional (New Member), Active, MOPS, Professional, Associate or Sustaining member.
Our Provisional membership is composed of women, ages 21 – 49, who are engaged in complying with the attendance, service, and financial requirements for admission to Active membership. FBJSL holds informational meetings about the League in the spring and summer in order to welcome a new Provisional class each fall.
The requirements for Provisional Membership presently include: payment of dues, a one-time registration fee, six hours of volunteer service a month on a designated placement, participation in two Provisional service projects, and volunteering four hours of service the Sugar Plum Market, attendance at the Provisional luncheon, monthly Provisional meetings and at least six general membership meetings.
Our Active membership is composed of women, ages 21 – 49, who have completed all Provisional membership requirements. An Active member with children under the age of five may request the Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) status, which requires fewer service hours and increased dues. An Active member who works 30 or more hours per week, or who is a student taking 12 or more semester hours, may request the Professional status that also requires fewer service hours and increased dues. Actives are voting members of the League and are eligible to hold office.
The requirements for Active Membership presently include: payment of dues and other financial obligations of the League, performing six hours of volunteer service a month on a designated placement, volunteering four hours of service on one of our fundraising events, and attending the required number of general meetings in accordance with years of service in the League.
FBJSL is pleased to accept new members who desire to transfer their membership from another organization. To be eligible for Transfer membership, a prospective member must be able to provide documentation that she successfully completed her provisional year at a Junior League, Junior Service League or similarly structured organization. Written documentation that meets the following criteria shall be submitted to the FBJSL Director of Membership for consideration:
* It shall state that the prospective member successfully completed a Provisional course or its equivalent, including the number of service hours required by Provisional members.
* It shall state that the prospective member resigned from the organization in good standing.
* It shall be submitted on the organization’s letterhead, either by mail, facsimile or email.
* It shall be signed by an officer, employee, or other authorized representative of the service organization having knowledge of the information.
A prospective member shall become a Transfer member upon receipt of the required documentation as noted above, her completed application, annual membership dues and one-time registration fee. Although it is not a requirement of Transfer membership, prospective members are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All Transfer members are required to complete their Transfer year from September to May as set out by the FBJSL Board of Directors. Upon successful completion of the requirements for Transfer membership, in accordance with the Standing Rules of the League, the Director of Provisional shall recommend a Transfer member for Active membership. Other requirements include: Attending at least six monthly general membership meetings, complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in the fall and thirty (30) hours in the spring, or a cumulative total of fifty-four (54) hours from September through May, volunteer four (4) hours on an FBJSL fundraising event in addition to and different from her placement. Purchase and/or sell three (3) cookbooks and donate an auction item/package with an estimated fair market value of $75 or submit a cash donation in the amount of $75 for the benefit of the League’s Spring Fling.
An Active member with children under the age of five may request the Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) status which requires fewer service hours and increased dues. This status will be chosen when yearly placements are selected. Her children’s birth-dates are required, and she shall revert back to full Active status when her youngest child reaches the age of five and starts kindergarten.
An Active member who works 30 or more hours per week, or who is a student taking 12 or more semester hours, may request the Professional status which requires fewer service hours and increased dues. This status will be chosen when yearly placements are selected. Her employer or class schedule is required, and she shall revert back to full Active status when she is no longer employed 30 or more hours per week or is no longer a student taking 12 or more semester hours.
Members under the age of 50 who have completed ten years of service in the League are eligible to apply for Associate member status. This status will be chosen when yearly placements are selected. Associate members may serve on a designated placement, but are not required to do so. They are voting members of the League and may hold an elected or appointed League position. Associate members are responsible for payment of dues and other financial obligations of the League and volunteering four hours of service on one of our fundraising events. They do not have an attendance requirement for meetings. Associate members may resume Active status.
Our Sustaining members are women 50 years of age or older. Our Sustaining group currently welcomes new members twice a year, in August and January. Sustainers are responsible for paying dues and other financial obligations of the League. Sustainers are voting members of the League; however, they are restricted from holding office.