President’s Message

Thank you for visiting the Junior League of Des Moines! We are glad you made it here. I am greatly honored to serve as the President of this organization which has made such an impact on our great city. 

The Junior League has made a significant impact not only on my life but the lives of countless children, women, and families in the Des Moines Metro since its inception in 1926. Whether through its help founding The Junior League Convalescent Home; which served children recovering from rheumatic fever, polio, and tuberculosis and is now the organization we know and love – ChildServe. To its founding of the Science Center of Iowa, to its countless projects and initiatives over the years. I am so privileged to walk in the shadows of truly inspirational past presidents and members who have helped shape the community we live in today. 

The Junior League of Des Moines has been developing and encouraging women to lead since its inception.  The women who came before us knew what we know so well now: when women are at the table and in leadership roles entire communities can be transformed. I look forward to continuing in this tradition and expanding it further. Junior League should be a place that any person identifying as a woman can come to meet other passionate leaders and develop their full potential. Unfortunately some League’s in the past were relegated to an elite enclave of wealthy white women who wore gloves, and in some cities even barred women of color from becoming members. We are working to acknowledge our past and work for a better future. Where we not only have a more inclusive and diverse membership, but women from all backgrounds and nationalities in leadership roles. 

The Junior League of Des Moines is a place for every woman. For every woman who wants to make a difference, be a leader in her community, and rise to the challenges of our time. Won’t you join us? 


Yours in Service, 


Monika Owczarski 

President 2020-2022