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President's Message

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Valdosta Junior Service League  

On behalf of the Valdosta Junior Service League (“VJSL”), I would like to thank you for visiting our website and encourage you to review all of our pages so that you can see a few things that our organization hosts for our community.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the VJSL, we are a group of women who have spent the last eighty-six (86) years serving Lowndes County in order to improve cultural, welfare, recreational, civic, and educational conditions in our community.  We accomplish this goal by working together to devote our time and energy assisting those in need in our community, promoting volunteerism, and collaborating with other like-minded organizations.  The VJSL works closely with local schools, businesses, and organization to provide support to those in need in our community as well as raise awareness for issues facing the people of Valdosta.  We also host fun local events to bring our community together and celebrate various individuals who deserve recognition such as young women of character.  VJSL members also participate in local charity events such as Community Day, the Girls on the Run Lip Sync Battle, and many other activities which supports our community.

 I am so excited to serve as the VJSL President for the 2022-2023 League Year because I deeply care about this organization and the principals for which it stands.  We represent a legacy of women whose sole purpose is to do good for our community and serve others.  What better purpose is there than that?  Jesus told us that the first and greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and the second commandment is the “Love your Neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-38)  What better way to love your neighbor than to serve them.  The women who have freely given their time to become members of the VJSL are true examples of this principal and I cannot help but think of Matthew 5:14-16 when thinking of this act of charity on their behalf:

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The VJSL strives to give our members every opportunity to expose themselves to new experiences and build their skills as a volunteer so that they may enrich the lives of others and help make our community a better place.

Yours in Service,

Drew Parrish Bennett

2022-2023 VJSL President