The Junior League of Fort Smith

words: Catherine Frederick with Candace Jackson, Junior League Fort Smith Communications Coordinator

The Junior League of Fort Smith is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLFS has been empowering women to act as agents of social change since 1960 and has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing 155,000 women in 293 Leagues in four countries. Do South® reached out to Candace Jackson, Junior League Fort Smith Communications Coordinator, to learn more.

DS: What does it mean to be a member of JLFS?
CJ: Being a member of JLFS means being part of a group of powerful, diverse, and dedicated women who work to make a positive contribution to our community through effective volunteer and leadership training.

DS: How do you become a member of Junior League Fort Smith?
CJ: We recruit new members on an annual basis, beginning in the spring. We are currently recruiting new members until May 31, 2019. You can download an application from our website and can contact us at any time to receive more information. Women desiring to join Junior League of Fort Smith should:
– Show an interest in voluntarism with a commitment to community service and
in developing your potential for voluntary community participation.
– Be twenty two years of age or older and live in the nearby area.
– Complete a new member application.
– Demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements, which includes attending meetings, helping raise money for our projects, completing at least four hours of service throughout the year, and certain placement responsibilities.

DS: How can our community get involved and support JLFS?
CJ: We are still raising money to fund our scholarship for foster youth preparing to attend college in the fall. If you would like to donate a gift card or contribute to our scholarship fund, please email us at

DS: Are there any special events coming up we should know about?
CJ: We invite everyone to come get “down and derby” with the Junior League on Saturday, May 4th at our annual fundraising event, Day at the Derby! This Kentucky Derby Watch Party with style will be held at the Clayton House in downtown Fort Smith from 2-7pm. We will be playing the race on a big screen and guests will have the opportunity to enter a Pick Your Pony raffle. We will have mint juleps, a corn hole tournament, a bourbon tasting bar, a cigar bar, a silent auction, and prizes for the best hat and best bow tie.

Next month, we’ll showcase another worthy charity in our area free of charge. If you have a non-profit you’d like to see recognized, email us at

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