History

In accordance with our mission, Junior League of Lawton works to improve the lives of all children in our community. Although the specific focus of our organization has changed slightly over the years, we currently devote our time and energy to providing assistance for children in areas of education, health and youth services. Junior League of Lawton has contributed to numerous successful community projects and we are always open to supporting new projects that fit within the scope of our mission.

Junior League of Lawton history dates back to October of 1947 when a group of area women formed an organization known as the Junior Service League to give back to their community. With the goal of becoming a recognized member of the Association of Junior League Internationals (AJLI), the founding members modeled the Lawton League after the national League standards of service and leadership. Throughout the years, the women of Junior League have contributed countless hours planning, collaborating and implementing programs to better our schools, neighborhoods and community as a whole. After years of promoting volunteerism and leadership roles for women, the Junior Service League of Lawton was proud to join a wider network of women. Our organization was officially admitted to the Association of Junior League Internationals (AJLI) in 1986. It is our privilege to be part of AJLI, whose rich history dates back to 1901.

 

Here are a few of our highlights over the past 70 years:

1947- Mrs. James Black, president, leads one of the first meetings inducting over 20 charter members.

1948- The League hosts an Easter fashion show featuring the latest trends (ruffles and lace trim added an ultra feminine flair) with proceeds benefiting a local youth center.

1956- Over 150 cast members (mostly league members and their husbands) perform in the “Follies”, a musical production.

1958- The League presents the “Follies” featuring a variety of performers and performances. Mrs. James Bushart, who was a finalist in the Miss America pageant, sings one of the 32 musical numbers.