Junior League

Women building better communities. That’s the Junior League.

The Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. strives to enhance child welfare and education in the greater Lakeland area by promoting the basic skills necessary for school readiness and family literacy through our Community Projects of Reading is Fundamental (R.I.F.), Ready to Read, and World of Reading.

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Sorosis Building History

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Photo provided by Graceology Photoography

The Sorosis Club, a women’s club in Lakeland, was organized in 1922 and was named after the first incorporated women’s club in America, the Sorosis Club of New York, the original Club’s missions included service to the community, as well as social and cultural activities. In 1925 the Club purchased the land for the their new clubhouse.  Plans for the Italian Renaissance building by W.B. Talley (1871-1956), a Lakeland architect, were approved in 1926, and construction was completed by N.L. Snelson in 1927 at a cost of $42,000.   The building was the first community center in the City.

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Lake Morton

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Photo provided by Graceology Photography

Lakeland, whose symbol is the swan, has had swans in its lakes since 1923.  Unfortunately, by 1954 all the swans had been eaten by alligators. Mrs. Robert Pickhardt, a Lakeland native living in England at the time, was familiar with the royal flock of swans on the Thames river in London – birds descended from the original pair given to Richard the Lion Hearted. Mrs. Pickhardt inquired about purchasing a pair for Lakeland. Queen Elizabeth, agreed to send a pair of swans to Lakeland if the city would pay the cost of capture, crating, and shipping, estimated at $300.

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Located on picturesque Lake Morton near downtown Lakeland, the Junior League of Greater Lakeland's Sorosis Building is perfect for your day or evening event!

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