The 1990’s

1990’s

During the 1990’s the League continued its programs in the schools in both the environmental and anti-drug and alcohol arenas.  It expanded its involvement in both areas, by sponsoring educational events on the impact of the mother’s drug addiction on their babies and  sponsoring Project W.A.R.M. (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers), among many other such projects.  The League’s environmental projects included the Halifax River Adopt-a-Shoreline program, “Living with the River”, and sponsoring prizes for the Tomoka Regional Science Fair. The League produced ECOSPERIENCE in 1993-94 which was attended by 1400 people and received an award for excellence from the Volusia Association of Science Teachers.  The League worked with HRS to provide Christmas parties and other special events for community children.   The Little League Nursery was turned over to the Unitarian Universalist Society.  A home was donated by Roslyn and Alvin Saul which was renamed the Family Tree House and used as a comfortable, home-like environment in which families could have court ordered supervised visitation.

The League continued its relationship with the Florida International Festival, sponsoring the LSO Children’s Concert and making tickets available to needy children. The League  continued to sponsor exhibits and purchase art for the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and continued in its relationship with Easter Seals.

The Thrift Shop continued to be a major and increasingly successful fundraiser, with the Bundles Sale being the annual highlight.  For several years the League also participated in the SPRINT Golf Tournament.  The Festival of Trees was begun in 1994-95 as a fundraiser, at the Ocean Center, generating tens of thousands of  dollars for League projects and  delighting festival goers with the beauty of the trees and the elegant special events that occurred each year.

During the course of the decade, the League undertook major restructuring of the League operations itself, implementing new computer systems for finance and membership and streamlining the operations of the Board to make the League itself operate more efficiently.  An annual Holiday Tea honoring Past Presidents was held, beginning in 1996The Wilder-Irwin Building which had housed the Thrift Shop for so many years had become uninhabitable, requiring the Thrift Shop to move to 200 Orange Avenue.  The League applied to the State Department of Historic Preservation for grants to restore the Wilder Irwin building, creating a home for the League Administrative offices and a Community Center for use by other organizations and groups in the community.  The grants were received and construction commenced.  The Administrative Office was relocated to 122 South Palmetto in 1999.