COVID-19 has disrupted our lives, both in and outside the League. Initially thought to be a temporary disruption upturning the end of our 2019-2020 League year, we now know that this disruption in some form, will be with us for some time. This disruption will continue to have temporary and potentially lasting impacts on our work. Junior League of Nashville leadership is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all members and committed to a positive membership experience for all. We have asked a group of leaders to look closely at how JLN will respond for our members, our staff, and our community. These times will ask all of us for flexibility, creative thinking, and responsiveness to changing needs and landscapes.
JLN Headquarters Update
JLN HQ will remain closed until further notice. All future JLN activities will be virtual until at least January 1, 2021. Some exceptions for essential JLN work can be made — for which there is no suitable virtual alternative — as long as they are safe, contactless, and approved by the EVP and COVID-19 Task Force Chair. In order for an activity to be approved, it should meet the following criteria:
- The activity must comply with all guidelines mandated in Davidson County at the time it is to take place
- Participants must complete a health questionnaire prior to the event and sign a COVID-19 waiver in Digital Cheetah
- The host of the activity must note all members that participate and confirm attendees in Digital Cheetah for contact tracing purposes
Affinity group gatherings (which are not considered official league activities) have the option of meeting in-person and are strongly encouraged to adhere to all state and local mandates and social distancing protocols.
We understand that every member may have a different comfort level with meeting in person and a desire to stay connected with friends. The intent of the current JLN policy is not to prevent friends from getting together for non-League related reasons. However, no activity tied to member requirements or fulfilling your placement should happen in person without approval from the JLN COVID-19 Task Force. We encourage those that choose to get together to follow Davidson County guidelines.
Our JLN COVID-19 Task Force
The Junior League of Nashville COVID-19 Task Force is dedicated to keeping members informed and safe. Any member with questions can reach out to your committee or project chair or a member of the task force directly. Members are listed below.
Brittany Irby (Active Director)
Nina Kumar (Vice-President of Community)
Kathryn McNabb (Vice-President of Membership)
Tabitha Robinson (Legal Risk Chair)
Jade Sampson (Active Director)
Amy Smotherman (Managing Director, JLN), Ex-Officio
Jenna Watson (Executive Vice-President)
Jenny Barker (President-Elect)
Our state and local officials are working hard to keep Nashville safe. Junior League of Nashville encourages all members, partners and community members to stay informed on the most up to date information about COVID-19 in our area.