President's Message

Welcome to the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale! Thank you for visiting our website and for the opportunity to share more about our organization.

What is the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale? The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale (JLGFL) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLGFL is part of an association that has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, with more than 125,000 women in 290 Leagues across four countries supporting our mission. Locally, we have been researching and responding to community needs in Broward County for over 80 years.

I am excited and honored to serve the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale as President this year. I joined the League eight years ago to connect with my community, make new friends, and challenge myself by embracing a new opportunity. Inspired by the League’s outstanding trailblazers, I said yes to leadership positions in our League over six years ago and have never looked back.

Our organization promotes voluntarism through supporting our legacy projects, Done in a Day (DIAD) volunteer opportunities, and committee projects. Whether our members are participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, serving meals at Broward Partnership for the Homeless, or planning one of our annual fundraisers, we donate our time and learn new skills to invest in the community. Through free training events and leadership opportunities, our members have a chance to develop skills in public speaking, project management and financial planning outside of their home or work environments.

We are one of the few Junior Leagues that has established more than a dozen community organizations. Some of our legacy projects include the FLITE Center, SOS Children’s Villages, and Museum of Discovery and Science. We also recently improved our community in downtown Fort Lauderdale with a commemorative sculpture, highlighting our 80-year impact.

Our membership also supports continuing community impact projects, such as Human Trafficking Awareness and Childhood Fitness & Nutrition. This year, we are responding to the issue of food insecurity in our community by partnering with Feeding South Florida, The Pantry of Broward, and other groups by supporting emergency food assistance programs.

We raise money for our community projects through fundraisers such as our award-winning Riverwalk Run 5k & 5-miler and the JULE silent auction in the fall. Please come back to our website throughout the year to learn more about our ongoing fundraising and community impact opportunities.

January 1, 2020, felt like a new decade full of promise and potential, didn’t it? Fast forward six months. June 1, 2020, felt like a new world with so much uncertainty. We are challenged to respond to community crisis in ways that look different than before. Although the path may have changed, our membership remains committed to respond to the needs of our community. We need to move forward by giving back.

I hope learning more about us will motivate you to consider joining our league or donate to support our mission.

And finally, thank you to our members, sponsors, friends, families, and partners for your generous support over the past 83 years. Thank you for sharing in our years of service.

Warm Wishes,
Stephanie Marcoux
President 2020 – 2021