The 2015 recipient of the Frances Graham Award was awarded posthumously to Bonnie Larson. Bonnie died unexpectedly in December 2014 at the age of 74.
Bonnie joined the Junior League in Seattle in 1995 at the age of 53. After raising her three sons, Bonnie joined JLS when it fit her needs. JLS was fortunate to have her join our organization and bring with her a wealth of experience: from her many years serving as a docent at Seattle Art Museum to her service on the boards of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Lakeside School and the Arboretum.
During her active years in JLS, Bonnie’s committee work included Done in a Day, Cookbook, and Membership. In addition, she served on Management Council as Community Services Manager. Bonnie attended multiple trainings through the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), including the Organizational Development Institute (ODI) and Northwest Exchange. She also attended the national AJLI conference. She was a tireless volunteer in JLS. As a Sustainer, Bonnie was an active participant on Sustainer Council, serving as Sustainer Manager, Sustainer Director, as well as chairing the Sustainer Garden Club.
Bonnie also had a passion for the visual arts. For over 40 years, she was a Docent Laureate at the Seattle Art Museum. She was a strong advocate of JLS’s Northwest Art Program and its importance in bolstering childhood education. Bonnie’s life-long membership in JLS was 20 years–much too short but long enough for her to make a lasting impact on our league. JLS is grateful for the contributions Bonnie made to our league and we are fortunate that she shared her gifts with us.