An initial group of about 100 Grand Valley women were interested in starting a Junior Service League in Grand Junction. Typically, JSL is a path taken by a group with the eventual goal of becoming a nationally and internationally recognized Junior League organization.
In 1983, the women accomplished the first hurdle: obtaining the 501c(3) nonprofit status. Initial fundraisers had raised money to become a Junior League chapter. Membership declined from about 75 to 25 during the year of 1987 when many families moved from the area when the gas and oil industry took a nosedive on the Western Slope.
With membership down, the women knew they needed to rebuild to become a Junior League chapter. However, JSL members were approached by the Riverfront Commission about a section of land for sale along the Redlands Parkway that was needed to complete the Riverfront Trail. The group had to decide whether to become a Junior League with the money already raised or buy the land and donate it to the Riverfront Trail. After a vote, the group bought the land and donated it to the Riverfront Trail. That area is now known as the Junior Service League Park.
Moving forward, the group of women continued its fundraising efforts as the Junior Service League of Grand Junction. While the organization has evolved during the years with its activities, and with members coming and going, the group has stayed steadfast in its efforts to help the community through volunteerism and fundraising to provide grants for area nonprofits and for breast-cancer awareness and detection.