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President's Message


Valdosta Junior Service League 


From a group of forty-five women who first met on March 3,1936, daring to form an organization that would bring lasting change in our community, to over 100 members in the League today, the VJSL has a continued legacy of women willingly volunteering their time to help address the growing needs of our community. Since its founding, the Valdosta Junior Service League has evolved into one of the largest women’s volunteer organizations in our community. The purpose of the League is to improve the cultural, welfare, recreational, civic, and educational conditions within our community, to promote volunteerism, and to collaborate with other national, state, or local organizations performing similar services.  

It is my hope this year that we are able to continue the legacy that hundreds of women before us helped to create. While fundraisers and service projects have changed over the years, the commitment of our members who dedicate countless hours to our organization and our community has remained a constant. During the 2019-2020 League year, our members donated over 5,000 volunteer hours, provided hearing and vision screenings for approximately 3,000 students in our public and private schools, began restoring the historic Converse Dalton Ferrell House, and raised thousands of dollars to support non-profit agencies throughout Lowndes County hosting two major events: Merry Marketplace and Tossed & Found Thrift Sale.  Our annual Social was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.  In addition to these and many other service projects, our members participated in our third annual United Way & VJSL Community Day directly impacting more than 3,350 individuals within our community. At the end of the day, it’s not about the role, it’s about the goal, and I want to thank each of you for making the goals of VJSL a priority in your life. Let us continue to go out into our community and serve with passion!

I am looking forward to working with you all next year and am beyond blessed to be associated with such an amazing group of enthusiastic, civic minded women. I pray that I represent you and the League with dignity and dedication, and I am extremely thankful and honored to serve as the 2020-2021 president of the Valdosta Junior Service League.

Yours in Service,
Erica Stone

2020-2021 VJSL President