"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."
Dear Valdosta Junior Service League,
In 1936, a group of civic-minded women came together to establish this organization with the hopes of making a real difference in our community. The purpose of the Valdosta Junior Service League (VJSL) is to improve cultural, welfare, recreational, civic and educational conditions in this community, to promote volunteerism and to cooperate with other national, state or local organizations performing similar services. This purpose statement speaks volumes to the many accomplishments of our members who exemplify what true “Leaders of Women” really are. It is truly an honor to serve as the 73rd president of this organization. I am humbled by the opportunity to guide our way this year.
Our organization continues to provide many areas for our membership, both past and present, to contribute their time and talents in order to help meet the growing needs of our community. It is a pleasure to work with over 100 active members who, as a whole, contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours, provide hearing and vision screening for over 3,000 students in our local schools, present over $4,000 in Learning Enhancement Grants to local teachers and grant funding for local agencies in need.
Within the League there are many committees in which we can focus our energy, whether it is a fundraiser, one of our many service projects or an organization that we can lend a helping hand. We will kick off our year with our first ever Helping Hands Community Day. Our entire membership will be working together to serve various agencies on August 20th. This will be an exciting and rewarding day for all of those who can participate. Mark your calendars for Merry Marketplace, November 19-20, 2016 and Tossed and Found March 4, 2017. We will celebrate our year with the League Social on April 28, 2017.
Our support of these events enables our organization to continue to further our purpose.
VJSL could not support local nonprofit agencies or our mission without the continued support and assistance of our invaluable sponsors, donors and members. Even during challenging times, they continue to provide guidance, support and funding.
It is my hope that you serve this year with a heartfelt desire to make a difference in our community. The more we become aware of and respond to the needs of others, the richer our own lives will become. Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility.
To Our Continued Success,
2016-2017 VJSL President