ST. FRANCISVILLE — Mayor Billy D’Aquilla and the Board of Aldermen at the Dec. 12 meeting recognized an organization that has had a positive impact on the extended community since the 1970s.
Town attorney Jesse Means read the proclamation during the brief meeting with a dozen or so members of the Women’s Service League. Afterward, the board hosted a small reception at town hall.
The proclamation recognized the JAYNES, a women’s auxiliary group affiliated with the St. Francisville Jaycees. As members of both Jaycees organizations reached the maximum membership age, they moved on to other service organizations, with many forming the Women’s Service League, which was honored for its long list of accomplishments.
The Women's Service League has been a strong cultural force in the community, “with the state purpose of bringing awareness, funding and growth to community events and organizations that address the education, health and overall well-being” of the region, the proclamation said .
Among the many positive projects and philanthropies benefiting from WSL contributions included Jane Butterworth Park, Habitat for Humanity, West Feliciana Parish Schools, Young Life, West Feliciana Parish Library, West Feliciana Food Pantry, American Cancer Society, scholarship program, annual gala fundraiser and social event, Christmas in the Country, Movie in the Park and the Plantation Country Cookbook.
“I’d like to thank the ladies for all they’ve done for our community over the years,” D’Aquilla said.
Officers Natalie Wood, Jennifer Felton and Denise Comer accepted the proclamation on behalf the WSL.
Wood said the group is facing a rebuilding challenge and is seeking new members. She said there will be an organizational meeting in Jackson Hall at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. People can also keep up with WSL activities through its Facebook Page.
In addition to the annual gala and Christmas in the Country, Wood said the group is looking at philanthropic activities for 2018, such as a service project for high school seniors who apply for the WSL’s annual $1,000 scholarship.
Other activities include gifts for the children’s section of the parish library and the little book centers at the West Feliciana Sports Park.