Our History

On July 26, 1966 fourteen members gathered and organized as a Service League. Thirty-two new members joined in September 1966. On May 7, 1980, we officially became the 240th League in the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and became the Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB). On June 1st, 2021, our League changed our name to the Junior League of the Space Coast, Inc. We have been a driving force in Brevard County through voluntarism, community support, partnerships and civic leadership training for over 55 years.

Founding Members

  • Jeanne Hutchinson Duce
  • Peggy White Marquette
  • Carol Johannessen Pruitt Couse
  • Judith Belt Robinson
  • Patricia Meaut Cox Ottesan
  • Shirley Karlen Lynch
  • Marion Panton Collins
  • Natalie Snow Keuper
  • Althea Jones Krasny
  • Mary Smith Mallory
  • Dian Hoskins Milligan
  • Margaret Jon Beazley Nibler
  • Mary Poynter Strawn
  • Patricia Diaz Pappas
What causes has the League focused on throughout the years?

The League started their first project with a focus on youth with an indigent day care. Over the years, we have focused on working to bring art, instrument instruction and history education to Brevard schools, assisted the County Commission to develop Erna Nixon Hammock Park, aid to physically handicapped children, drug education and prevention, literacy, domestic violence and parenting education to name a few. We also were instrumental in the adoption of The Haven and Club Esteem.

How did the Junior League of South Brevard Begin?

On July 26, 1966 the first meeting of the Junior Service League took place. It was then that the founding members organized what we now know as The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. (JLSB).  The fund-raising project was the Antique Show and Champagne Preview Party, which became a successful annual event through 1983.Special projects had not yet been decided on; however, each member agreed that they would fulfill a sixty (60) hour per League year service requirement, to be carried out by continuing their service with the many civic groups they were already working with and then to continue with the projects of the League. Marion Collins was appointed as the Chairman of the first “Project Finding Committee” on November 16, 1966 and was tasked to research and present projects to the membership along with her committee members; Shirley Lynch, Althea Krasney, Pat Madry, Terry Brown, Larie Gleason and Judith Robinson. On May 16, 1967, the League membership voted The Day Care Center as the League’s first Special Project. This began the League’s almost 50 years of outstanding service, financial support and commitment to our community.