Welcome to the Junior League of South Brevard 

Mission Statement

The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. 

About JLSB

The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB) began as a Service League in 1966. In 1980, we became part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Our members are more diverse than ever. We are full-time employees, and stay-at-home moms. Accountants to attorneys. Single and married. Women in our mid-twenties beginning our journeys and women with the wisdom experience brings.

 Our members are the heart and soul of Junior League. Each year a new group of provisional members joins. These women will grow into our future leaders. Active members devote thousands of volunteer hours to improving life for our friends and neighbors. Sustaining members provide guidance and direction and put the skills they learned in Junior League to work for other organizations across the community.

A common thread unites us. We all value the opportunity to make South Brevard County a better place.



Upcoming Events

Fundraisers, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities

03/03/2017 4:00 PM • Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL

 


 

 

Recent blog posts

12/15/2016 7:00 PM • Karyn Barber
11/19/2016 11:29 AM • Karyn Barber
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  • 12/15/2016 7:00 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    Junior League of South Brevard capped off the first half of the year with a Christmas party at Calilou on December 15th.  The theme of the party was Winter Wonderland.  League members were encouraged to wear a bit of sparkle that evening and bring a guest.  The night included heavy hor'd'oeuvres and sweet desserts.  To mix the night up, there was a white elephant gift exchange.  Gifts traded hands and were stolen multiple times.  The gift exchange added to the excitement of spending time with friends and loved ones.  Everyone who attended left with fond memories spent with those close to them. 




  • 11/19/2016 11:29 AM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    Excitement abounded Saturday morning November 19th when Festival of Trees kicked off.  Guests bid on trees and wreaths.  One of the most creative trees for bid was a tree made out of succulents.  A crowd favorite was a southern rustic tree.  A yearly favorite wreath was a snowman full door wreath.  Some wreath makers were in the Disney spirit with a Mickey shaped light up wreath.  In between looking at wreaths and trees, guests could partake in different experiences from: Cooking with Mrs. Claus, crafting, a picture with Santa, entering raffles, and browsing one of our many vendors.  Kids cooked a healthy snack with Mrs. Claus and made a foam tree in the craft area.  And of course, Santa was available for pictures.  Overall, Festival of Trees was a successful fundraising event for Junior League of South Brevard.  The League is thankful to everyone who participated behind the scenes to make the event possible and who attended to enjoy the event.     


  • 11/18/2016 7:30 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    What would the holidays be without a tacky Christmas sweater themed party?  Guests were asked to dress in their best tacky sweater.  Each person was given a bell that he or she MUST give away.  The person with the most bells at the end of the night was our winner in the tackey sweater competition.  In between sampling: shrimp and grits, various cheeses, meats, fruits, or savory concoctions; guests scoped out the room for what tree they would open a bid on.  The night came down to a dance off between Michelle Epting and Shane Burgman for the winner of the best holiday sweater.  It came down to a draw between the two after three rounds of dancing.  The night of early bidding, eating, and fun was memorable to everyone

     who attended.


  • 11/17/2016 6:30 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    We began our work for Festival of Trees at The Oaks for November’s GMM.  Members came in and immediately started working on wrapping different sized boxes to create presents to put under all of our trees.  Junior League members and new members had Eau Gallie High School students join in the preparations for Saturday’s big event.  We later broke into our Festival of Trees committee groups.  Everyone was ready for Saturday by the time the night was over.


  • 10/18/2016 4:04 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    Tuesday marked our October GMM for the 2016-2017 League year.   To add a little fun to the mix, League members dressed up in black, orange, or a costume.  Our Eager Leaguers of September were Summer Rose and Catherine Woodward.  The Eager Leaguer is awarded to a member of the League that exemplifies the qualities of the League.  The night featured updates on Festival of Trees  and strategic planning.  Our LEAD training this month focused on what the League stands for to members.  We broke out into 5 groups and brainstormed words that personify the values of the League.  Many words were thrown into the hat.  The top words for Group 3 were: community, fun, inspirational, giving, and education.  A few of the top words for the League overall were: community, leadership, communication, values, and fun.  Members took the key words and came up with value statements to further define League values.  The creativity and sense of pride in the League was beaming after the sharing of value statements.  We ended the meeting with friendly reminders for events in the upcoming month and a group picture.



  • 09/29/2016 12:04 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    Tuesday, September 20th marked the first GMM of the 2016-2017 JLSB year. Our theme of the night was favorite sports team. Lindsay Sanger brought to order her first meeting as President, kicking off the evening by leading members through our strategic plan and presenting awards to the month. The Festival of Trees team prepped us for what's to come at this year's FOT and served as a perfect lead in for our LEAD training of the month in fundraising. Sustainer Kathryn Rudloff, gave an interactive presentation that challenged members to deliver and receive feedback to each other during fundraising pitch practice. Key points to take away were to consider your audience and the importance of the pause after asking for participation.  With sound advice from Kathryn, JLSB members and new members left with the skills they need to put their best foot forward when approaching people about fundraising participation.


  • 08/23/2016 7:08 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    The Membership Development and Membership Enhancement Committees joined together to host an end of summer social themed "Martinis and Heels".  The event was a fun filled evening where League members and potential new members gathered at the Melting Pot, where ladies mixed and mingled, catching up with old friends and welcoming new members. 


  • 08/23/2016 5:14 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    Jessica Cassone represented the Junior League of South Brevard at Tuesday's Brevard County Commission meeting where Commissioner Curt Smith recognized the JLSB for 50 years of service to the community. 


    Resolution

    Whereas, The Junior League of South Brevard is a group of over 200 dynamic women dedicated to improving the health of children through nutrition and physical activity by means of trained volunteers, financial support, and community awareness and partnerships, which has been a driving force in the South Brevard community since 1966; and

    Whereas, the mission of the Junior League is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers; and

    Whereas, The Junior League of South Brevard is also part of a larger organization, the Association of Junior Leagues International, which means our network of influence includes 150,000 women in 291 Junior Leagues in four countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom; and

    Whereas, The Junior League of South Brevard sponsors, develops, manages and supports projects with community partners in areas where needs are unmet and existing resources are minimal; and

    Whereas, taking action in support of community needs is a key characteristic of the Junior League of South Brevard.  Over the course of the past 50 years, the members of the Junior League have advocated on behalf of critical issues such as brining art, instrument instruction and history education to Brevard schools, aid to physically handicapped children, drug education and prevention, literacy, domestic violence and parenting education to name a few; and

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA, does hereby recognize and congratulate

    THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SOUTH BREVARD ON 50 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

    and commends all those who have devoted time and effort toward its success.

    Done, Ordered, and Adopted, in regular session, this 9th day of August 2016.


  • 08/18/2016 5:47 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    On Thursday, August 18th, 2016. the Junior League of South Brevard hosted a reception at Suntree Country Club to celebrate 50 years of service to the community and to recognize community members and organizations that have made it possible.  Friends of the League as well as current and past League members joined together to celebrate.  Junior League of South Brevard’s president, Lindsay Sanger, kicked off a celebratory evening with a speech, touching on the League's history and accomplishments.  Her speech highlighted the various causes the League has had over the years and captured the essence of women in the community with a memorable quote from Melinda Gates, “when you invest in women, you invest in the people who invest in everyone else.” 



  • 08/07/2016 6:50 PM | Karyn Barber (Administrator)

    The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB) is celebrating its ongoing legacy of developing community and civic leaders while making a tremendous difference in the community in recognition of its 50th anniversary. Since 1966, the organization has been a driving force in Brevard County through voluntarism, community support, partnerships and civic leadership training.

    Throughout the JLSB’s 50 years, local members have focused on issues like bringing the arts, instrument instruction and history education to Brevard schools, assisted the county commission to develop Erna Nixon Hammock Park, provided aid to children with disabilities, drug education and prevention, literacy, assisting victims of domestic violence and providing parenting education to name a few. The league was also instrumental in the creation of The Haven and Club Esteem. 

    In 1986, The Haven, a shelter for abused, abandoned, and neglected children from birth to age six, began as a project of the Junior League of South Brevard.  The nine-bed shelter opened in April 1987.  In 1999, as the need for foster care continued to grow, The Haven board of directors proposed a project to build and furnish a second home which was accepted by the Junior League.  The new home, Haven II, opened in October 2001—all nine beds were filled immediately. The league has continued to remain a close community partner over the years, donating goods and services for the children living in the shelter.

    The building of the 3,500 square foot Club Esteem Youth and Family Center was a groundbreaking partnership between the JLSB, the City of Melbourne, Brevard County, and the private sector. The Club Esteem Youth and Family Center opened its doors in 2003.

    Although civic and community leadership training may not be what first comes to mind when most people think about the Junior League, the organization has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems — like illiteracy, domestic violence, foster children without a safety net — and finding solutions.

    Members learn the ability to identify the most pressing problem facing a community and how to craft a solution in collaboration with community partners. Along the way, women learn valuable leadership skills that are used throughout their lives and develop friends that last a lifetime.

    JLSB’s current community impact statement is "Improving Children's Health Through Nutrition and Physical Activity."  Projects like Fueling Kids and Kids in the Kitchen bring awareness and education to children about the importance of healthy living and supply children with healthy food options. 

    Lindsay Sanger, current president of the Junior League of South Brevard, says she is inspired by the legacy and impact of the league’s 50 year history in Brevard County. “As a member I’m proud to look at all that we have accomplished together as an organization and as a community,” explained Sanger. “I believe that we are not only impacting the community, but that the community is having a profound impact on us. We look forward to continuing our legacy of finding community need and solutions, as we train the next group of women leaders in Brevard.”

    In recognition of its 50th anniversary serving the community, the Melbourne City Council presented a certificate to the Junior League at a council meeting in July. Additionally, County Commissioner Curt Smith will present a proclamation for the Junior League of South Brevard on August 9. 


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