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President's Message

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
Helen Keller


Dear 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 truly a pleasure to be able to serve next to passionate women who, as a whole, contributed more than 5,000 volunteer hours, provided hearing and vision screening to over 3,000 students in our local schools, honored over 20 kindergartners and first graders for displaying good character throughout the school year at a Princess Tea, and presented approximately $5,000.00 in Learning Enhancement Grants to 20 local teachers during the 2016-2017 League year.

It is my hope that this year we are able to continue the legacy that hundreds of ladies before us helped 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. This year, we will kick off the 2017-2018 League year with Community Day, which is scheduled for August 12. Last year this day of service directly impacted over 3,300 individuals and was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. In keeping with a true holiday tradition, Merry Marketplace will be November 18 and 19.  March 3, the VJSL will host the 7th annual Tossed and Found Thrift Sale. We end the League year with a Cheers to Service Social, which is scheduled for April 27.

I am looking forward to working with you all next year and I am beyond blessed to be associated with such an amazing group of passionate, civic minded women. I hope that each member recognizes that her leadership and participation in our fundraisers and service projects provides the means for the League to continue to help address the needs of our community. I realize that we all have other commitments that compete for our time, and I want to thank each of you for making the goals of VJSL a priority in your busy lives.

I pray that I represent you and the League with dignity and dedication, and I am extremely thankful and honored to serve as the 74th president of the Valdosta Junior Service League.

Yours in Service,
Aprile Steel
2017-2018 VJSL President