The first meeting of Women's Service League was held on May 9, 1972, in the home of Mrs. Scott Jones with Ann Frank serving as the President. This has ever after been known as "Charter Day."
Yet, the roots of Women's Service League go back some years before that. In 1968, a group of 18 ladies met and formed the Arkansas Delta Epsilon Chapter #7336-or Beta Sigma Phi. The meetings that first year were led by President Sandra Partridge. Meetings included Opening Pledges and Rituals, Secret Sisters, Programs of Interest, White Elephant Sales, and the closing of "Mixpah." That first year, projects included a Christmas Party for needy citizens of the community, working at the county health clinic, and a spring dance that raised $900.00 that was given to create a nursery at the Desha County Hospital.
Beta Sigma Phi continued for three years under the capable leadership of Presidents Kay Canada, Linda Walt, and Paula White. The members did everything from working the Red Cross bloodmobiles, rummage sales, saving coupons to buy a kidney machine, redecorating the county health offices, spring dances, and giving at Christmas to the needy. In those years, an additional $3,200.00 was raised and given to the county hospital.
On April 25, 1972, the Arkansas Delta Epsilon Chapter #7336 disbanded and all of the members became "members-at-large." Two weeks later, on May 9, these ladies came back together and formed the Dumas Women's Service League.
In the early years, WSL met every two weeks for a business meeting and program. Membership was by invitation only. Service projects were chosen each year and every member had to participate. These projects included working at every bloodmobile, spring dance, working a month at a time at Helping Hand, making centerpieces and bibs for Dumas Nursing Home, a Bozo the Clown benefit, hosting musical groups for the community, sponsoring a child at the Baptist Home in Monticello, and another child at Camp Aldersgate.