Our History

Junior League of South Brevard’s History

On July 26, 1966 fourteen members gathered and organized as a Service League. Thirty-two new members joined in September 1966. The fund-raising project was the Antique Show and Champagne Preview Party, which became a successful annual event through 1983. On May 7, 1980, we officially became the 240th League in the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and became the Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB). For almost 50 years we have been a driving force in Brevard County through voluntarism, community support, partnerships and civic leadership training.

Founding Members – Junior Service League – July 1966

Marion Collins

Pat Cox

Patricia (Diaz) Pappas

Jeanne Duce

Uni Ivesdale

Shirley Lynch

Mary Mallory

Dian Milligan

Margaret Nibler

Carol (Pruitt) Couse

Judith Robinson

Joyce (Sanders) Ivesdale

Mary (Strawn) Meeks

Peggy Marquette


Past Community Projects

On July 26, 1966 the first meeting of the Junior Service League took place. It was then that the founding members organized what we now know as The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB).  Special projects had not yet been decided on; however, each member agreed that they would fulfill a sixty (60) hour per League year service requirement, to be carried out by continuing their service with the many civic groups they were already working with and then to continue with the projects of the League. Marion Collins was appointed as the Chairman of the first “Project Finding Committee” on November 16, 1966 and was tasked to research and present projects to the membership along with her committee members; Shirley Lynch, Althea Krasney, Pat Madry, Terry Brown, Larie Gleason and Judith Robinson. On May 16, 1967, the League membership voted The Day Care Center as the League’s first Special Project. This began the League’s almost 50 years of outstanding service, financial support and commitment to our community.

The League started their first project with a focus on youth with an indigent day care. Over the years, we have focused on working to bring art, instrument instruction and history education to Brevard schools, assisted the County Commission to develop Erna Nixon Hammock Park, aid to physically handicapped children, drug education and prevention, literacy, domestic violence and parenting education to name a few. We also were instrumental in the adoption of The Haven and Club Esteem.

Our current community impact statement is “Improving Children’s Health Through Nutrition and Physical Activity“. Our Projects, Fueling Kids and Kids in the Kitchen, bring awareness and education to children about the importance of healthy living.


Below is a list of the exceptional projects the League has funded, developed and/or spear-headed:

The Day Care Center (1967-1969)

Florida Institute of Technology’s Student Union (1967-1969)

Florida Institute of Technology’s Gleason Auditorium (1967-1971)

Red Cross (1967-1970)

YMCA (1967-1972)

Children’s Summer Festival of Movies (1968-1969)

Easter Seals (1968-1971)

Hacienda Girls Ranch (1968-1969)

Headstart (1968-1970)

Measles Clinic (1968-1970)

Suitcase Museums (1968-1969)

Summit School (1968-1969)

Castaway Shoppe (1969-1974)

Christian Rehabilitation Center (1969-1970)

Fine Arts Festival (1969-1973)

Florida Air Academy (1969-1970)

Medical Showcase (1969-1974)

Bundles Brunch (1970-1971)

Art Displays for FIT (1971-1972)

Crippled Children’s Clinic (1971-1972)

Mental Health Center of South Brevard (1971-1972)

Shiloh Boys Ranch (1971-1972)

ASPIRE (1972-1974)

Brevard Museum Speakers Bureau (1972-1973)

Erna Nixon Hammock Park (1972-1987)

White Elephant Coffee (1972-1973)

Dental Puppets (1973-1977)

History of South Brevard (1973-1977)

Brevard Association for the Advancement of the Blind (1974-1976)

Alcohol Abuse (1975-1980)

Ringling Museum of Art (1975-1976)

Art History Project (1978-1980)

Instrument Instruction Program (1978-1979)

BAAB (1979-1980)

Suitcases (1979-1981)

BACAM (1979-1980)

Dr. W.J. Creel School (1979-1982)

IIP (1979-1980)

The Women’s Center (1979-1980)

COPE (1980-1982)

School Programs in Art History (1980-1981)

Instrument Instruction (1980-1981)

Keep Brevard Beautiful (1981-1982)

Gemini Art Program (1981-1982)

Artists in Education (1982-1983)

Community Leadership Training (1982-1983)

Parenting Education (1982-1983)

Amanda the Panda (1983-1989)

In the Interest of Women (1983-1984)

“As parents Grow Older” Seminar (1984-1985)

Child Abuse Prevention Program (1984-1985)

Space Coast Science Center (1984-1992)

Elderly Care/Ventures in Living and Child Abuse Prevention Program (1984-1990)

Adolescent Sexuality (1985-1987)

Protecting Our Children (1985-1986)

The Haven (1985-1992)

Children and Youth Coalition (1988-1989)

Devereux Seminars (1988-1990)

Parent Education (1988-1994)

Art Sense (1989-1990)

Big Brother Recruitment (1989-1990)

Teen Yellow Pages (1989-1992)

Education of Teen Parents (1991-1992)

Home Management Classes (1991-1992)

Fire Safety House (1992-1994)

Habitat for Humanity (1992-1993)

Immunizations Clinic (1992-1993)

Life Skills Umbrella (1992-1993)

Elderly Care Workshops (1993-1994)

Serene Harbor (1993-1997)

Space Coast Early Intervention Center (1994-1996)

Brevard Zoo (1995-1996)

Hacienda Girls Ranch (1995-1996)

Tranquility Cove (1995-2001)

Baby Think It Over (1996-1998)

Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation Wanderer’s Garden (1997-1998)

Community Closet (1998-1999)

Read To Me (1998-1999)

Club Esteem (1999-2003)

The Haven II (1999-2002)

Club Esteem Youth & Family Center (2001-2004)

Habitat for Humanity (2004-2006)

Children’s Home Society of Florida (2006-2008)

Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard (2006-2008)

Kids in the Kitchen (2006-present)

Community of Hope (2009-2012)

Connected By 25 (2009-2012)

Rachel’s Challenge (2009)

Fueling Kids (2012-2020)

Children’s Hunger Project (2012-present)

Girl POWER (2018-present)