Beury cited the ambitious project the League tackled in 1970, building 75 low-income apartments for Vandalia Terrace. "We stuck with it until it opened," she said, referring to the years of litigation over construction problems.
Some of those accomplishments will likely be touched upon on Saturday. Kathleen Demro, an at-large director with the National Association of Junior Leagues, will also attend the celebration.
Today, the League isn't taking on such time-consuming projects -- or fundraisers. It no longer holds balls or lecture series or the Whale of Sale.
But members aren't exactly slackers, either. The League provides either money or volunteers to six organizations: Daymark; The Bob Burdette Center; YWCA Sojourner's Shelter; Gabriel Project; Muscular Dystrophy Association; and March of Dimes.
The 60 active and 10 provisional members chose their volunteer placements from a League list that includes those six groups plus others. Members are required to attend monthly meetings and to work on a committee for the two yearly fundraisers.
"It's not as time intensive as it once was," Alldridge said about Junior League membership.
She acknowledged that the decades-old League faces competition from careers, families and other service or interest groups.
Still, Abernethy emphasized, "The Junior League is different from other organizations in that it trains women to be leaders."
She said, "The League has changed as women's roles have changed. But we would like to have non-working members also."
Alldridge said the League is always seeking new members. "The League is a Charleston gem and we are trying to keep the tradition alive," she said. Interested women may join in the fall or in January.
"We welcome all women who want training in leadership and who want to serve their community," Abernethy said.
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