2017 Service League Members
Founded in 1937
Since its founding in 1937, Service League has been dedicated to helping the Fond du Lac community. In particular, Service League was created to encourage women to participate in civic and charitable enterprises. The League’s membership was limited to 35 women, requiring each to volunteer 35 hours per year. To this day, Service League members meet on the first Monday of the month, plan their many service projects, hold their fundraisers and devote thousands of volunteer hours to helping the Fond du Lac community.
Early initiatives focused on addressing Fond du Lac’s health and welfare needs such as operating a Well Baby Center, facilitating tonsillectomies for underprivileged children, creating and staffing the Visiting Nurse Association, and volunteering at the Blood Bank and the Cancer Control program. These efforts were initially financed through a Service League run thrift shop. Other worthy projects receiving financial assistance from Service League were: nursing scholarships and loans at St. Agnes School of Nursing, Girl Scout Troops and camperships, Teen Canteen and the Fond du Lac Youth Council, and local school programs. Service League has also supported other area organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Salvation Army, FDL Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes, FDL Children’s Museum.
Another strength of Service League has been in swiftly administering aid in needy and emergency cases. Service League frequently gives financial aid and resources to local schools and programs benefitting underprivileged children and families. For example, members have assisted families with handicapped children, provided food for hungry children and gifted mattresses, bedding and personal hygiene items to indigent families in Fond du Lac on very short notice.
To raise funds for all these wonderful programs and initiatives, Service League initially organized card parties, style shows, auction sales, cabarets and concerts, balls and dances and sold social caper calendars at Christmas time. In its 80 plus years, Service League held the Parade of Gifts, Parade of Homes, Tour Homes, Quilt raffles, created and sold cook books, and ran a food tent at Walleye Weekend. This tradition continues with Service League’s present Tour of Fashion show and the Twelve Days of Christmas cash raffle.