Letter from Deanna Parks, JLSC President
This year The Junior League of Stark County (JLSC) is celebrating 81 years of service and making a difference in the community. The Junior Service was founded in 1915 by 12 women with an idea to service the community. We became recognized as The Junior League of Canton in February 1937.
For 81 years, JLSC has provided service to the community including projects with both Aultman and Mercy Hospitals, The Children’s Network, and many non-profit organizations. Through the years, JLSC members have logged countless hours helping focus areas including literacy, childhood development, women and children, and nutrition. The JLSC was also influential in long standing community projects including the Mother Goose Land Exhibit, and the installation of the Foucault Pendulum and the Planetarium Dome at the McKinley Museum. In recent years, we have partnered with organizations like Habitat ReStore, Pregnancy Support Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, and The Martin Center. This year we begin the 3rd and final year of our partnership with The Martin Center (TMC). Active and Sustaining members continue to serve meals twice a month. The nursery was finished with help from Junior League. This year our members have volunteered at the Community Harvest sponsored Harvest Moon Run, filled 100 backpacks for the Martin Center students to take home over Thanksgiving break and have partnered with Malone University’s America Reads program to give the students a book fair and party.
In addition to the community impact piece, our Mission is also to encourage the Professional Development of Women. We have recognized outstanding women in the community for 71 years through our annual Women of the Year event. Our event this year is on May 3, 2018. Four years ago, the Junior Leaders grant was started to empower young women in grades K-12. This year there will be three recipients of grant money to use to make a difference in our community.
The strength of any organization is the members. The JLSC is made up of passionate, intelligent and resourceful women. They work tirelessly for their jobs, families and the community. We may be small but through determination and hard work we are forging ahead to help the community and to develop members into the leaders of the future. Thank you for your support of the Junior League. It is my pleasure to serve the JLSC and the community.