The Service League of Cherokee County was established in 1935 during the height of the Great Depression by nine charter members who were visionaries of their day.
The Service League of Cherokee County is one of the oldest service organizations in Cherokee County with a rich heritage of service to the needy and underprivileged children living in our community.
Throughout the past 80+ years, the Service League has grown from that original small group of charter members to a membership of 100 women, each of whom is required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service throughout the calendar year. Service hours are earned through participation in League-sponsored projects including, but not limited to, the Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival.
League members last year donated more than 10,000 community service hours and raised more than $130,000 through fundraisers such as Riverfest, Golfing FORE! the Children Tournament, the Run for the Children 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and the “Gatherings & Traditions” cookbook, as well as several other fundraising endeavors.
The League distributed more than $60,000 in direct aid to local families in need of rent and utility assistance, health care, food and clothing and other specific needs. Funds were also distributed for the League’s annual Christmas program that provides gifts to more than 200 less fortunate children; and more than $25,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving local high school seniors. The financial assistance helped more than 1,300 children in Cherokee County.
Women interested in membership in the League are encouraged to volunteer at Riverfest. Membership in the League is open in the spring to women between the ages or 25 to 55 who live and/or work in Cherokee County. More information outlining the eligibility requirements of applicants and the responsibilities of active members is available online at www.serviceleague.net.
The 2019-20 League Executive Board members are: President Jaimee Moss; President-elect Katie Smith; Past President Julie Little; Community Service Chairwoman Melissa Wehunt; Corresponding Secretary Hillary Hall; League Historian Allie Hill; League Publicity Kelly Scott; League Resource Chairwoman Gwen Chambers; Parliamentarian Kristin Gauthier; Recording Secretary Lori Karnes; Timekeeper Liz Spell; Treasurer Shellie McNellie; and Ways and Means Chairwoman Beth Watkins.