The Junior Guild is an ancillary branch of the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society that is open to daughters of GSHS members in good standing. The purpose of the organization is to support the Griffin Spalding Historical Society in its activities and to provide opportunities for community service.
Membership in Junior Guild is open to young ladies enrolled in high school in grades 10- 12. Junior Guild enables young girls to fully develop as responsible, productive citizens, by learning manners and proper social behavior, and developing skills and values, which will prepare them for a richer career, community and family life.
Social events are a reward for having performed community service, – only 12 hours per year is required by each member, and it is hoped that Junior Guild members will be willing to work additional hours beyond the minimum requirement.
In January 1985, Mary Smalley – who was Chairman of T.W.I.G. – Togetherness We Impart Graciousness – a small social organization for high school age girls, and also a Board member of the GSHS, presented a proposal that there be a blending of the TWIG group to become a sub-group of the GSHS. The Board voted with favor on this idea and the Junior Guild of the Historical Society held its first meeting in August 1985.
With the transformation from TWIG to Junior Guild, it was Mary Smalley’s and the GSHS board’s intention’s for Junior Guild to be a Service organization under the umbrella of the Historical Society. The organization prepares young girls for their life ahead by teaching them the importance of community service and historic preservation through fundraising and volunteerism.