In the 1980’s, the children’s theatre productions continued and were expanded to include “Fractured Follies” presentations in nursing homes. Junior Service League services in area schools included anti-drug and alcohol programs, thousands of materials made available to the Volunteer Resource Bureau, Showcase Museums, “Kids on the Block” and other school-based services.
The long relationship with the Museum of Arts & Sciences continued via the Docent program, which was ultimately turned over to the Community Docent Program. The League’s relationship with the Florida Music Festival continued with the League providing thousands of free tickets to LSO events.
The League continued to support Easter Seals programs as well.
New areas of focus included services to the hearing impaired, which began in 1981. This began with the organization of the Deaf Services Center, which helped support it’s many services to the deaf. This included making TDD phones more widely available.
The League also funded and developed the Discovery Center at the Public Library. “Directions,” was founded as a resource center for persons with disabilities.
The 50th Anniversary of the Junior Service League was celebrated in 1984. That same year the Junior Service League affiliated with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI)! The League became their 256th member on April 1, 1984. At that time the League’s official name was changed to the Junior League of Daytona Beach, Inc.
The community acknowledged the Junior League’s spirit of service with awards almost too numerous to list. These included community service awards from: Volusia County Schools, Association of Retarded Citizens, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Easter Seals Society and the United Way.