OUR PRESIDENT



Sisters and supporters of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs Incorporated,
 
      As we begin our journey into this new year we reflect on the things that have been with a renewed sense of hope for what could be.  A new year offers us new opportunities to fulfill the mission of our organization that was created in 1896.  Our founding mothers were a broad spectrum of colored women, ranging from educators and activists to entrepreneurs .  They knew that we were and would be a diverse people with a diverse group of needs and they wanted this organization to be equipped to serve the needs of all the communities.  Today I set out to remind you that we are equipped and because of that we must do the work set before us.  Our country is dealing with issues that rival the Great Depression, Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Movement wrapped up in one.  We must use our various strengths and talents to do our part in restoring ourselves and our communities.  We can't wait on anyone else to do the work that we are equipped to do.  We didn't wait in 1896, we were the first.  How dare we wait now.
 
     We must be flexible and use technology to our advantage in serving the needs of the community.  During the holidays the Frances E. Watkins Collaborative Club (NJ) and the Fisk University Collegiate Chapter (TN) worked together and created a reading series for children.  These videos were posted online (you tube) and social media sites (Facebook and Instagram), featuring various club members, community dignitaries, and the N.J. Lieutenant Governor.  These sisters served children across the nation via literacy and increased the visibility of our organization.  This is the work that we federated for! (FYI- The reading series can still be viewed and shared.)   As I pen this note, the political atmosphere of our country is still fragile and will be for the next couple of weeks, if not months.  We must brace ourselves for the challenges ahead and depend on our legacy of strength to carry us forward and propel us.  
 
     This year we will celebrate 125 years of continuous " Lifting As We Climb"!!  That is NOT a small milestone for any organization but especially not a small milestone for an organization of double minorities (colored women).  This would not be possible without the dedication and selflessness of women just like you.  We must ensure that this legacy is passed forward so that when our life's journey is complete, the NACWC will still be serving the community while Lifting and Climbing.  It is not about titles, nor the pomp and circumstance of traditions.  It is about doing the work and creating opportunities for betterment and uplifting our communities.  Our founding mothers risked it all to create this federation.  They defied every hurdle and stereotype that came their way, sacrificing the individual for the collective.  We must do the same.  This new year we must resolve to work harder and do more, the future of our organization depends on it.  Lifting As We Climb is the federated way of life, not just our motto.
 
 
With Love,
Andrea Brooks-Smith
NACWC 30th President
 

NACWC OFFICERS

2018-2022

President
Ms. Andrea Brooks-Smith


1st Vice President
Ms. Lilyn Hill


2nd Vice President
Mrs. Opal Bacon


3rd Vice President
Ms. LaKeshia Battle


Chair, Executive Council
Mrs. Laura Jamerson


Treasurer
Mrs. Sandra Lewis

Financial Secretary
Mrs. Mary Ann Rogers


1st Recording Secretary
Mrs. Carol Cooper


2nd Recording Secretary
Ms. Mary Collier


Chaplain
Mrs. Sheryl Brady


Parliamentarian
Dr. Lenola Allen Sommerville


Statistician
Ms. Diane Johnson

 

Historian
Dr. Arthelda Busch Williams

PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS

Ms. Sharon R. Bridgeforth
Mrs. Evelyn J. Rising

Dr. Patricia L. Fletcher
Dr. Dolores M. Harris

 

SOUTHEAST 

REGIONAL & STATE PRESIDENTS

2018-2022

Regional President – Southeast
Mrs. Hannah Tootle
hanlut@yahoo.com

State Presidents

Alabama
Mrs. Teressa W. Streeter
 
Florida
Mrs. Julia McEly
 
Georgia
Ms. Cathy Jones
 
Mississippi
Mrs. Carol Cooper
North Carolina
Ms. Jacqueline Hill
 
South Carolina
Mrs. Carol R. Lee

Tennessee
Mrs. Shelia Barlow
 

SOUTHWEST

REGIONAL & STATE PRESIDENTS

2018-2022

Regional President – Southwest
Mrs. Vhaness Brooks
Vhanschildcare@att.net

State Presidents

Arizona
Mrs. Donna Liggins
 
Arkansas
Mrs. Glendean McGill
 
California
Mrs. Cassandra Parker
Louisiana
Mrs. Tiny Thomas

Oklahoma
Mrs. Jackie Gates
 
Texas
Mrs. Gloria Marquez
 
 

NORTHEAST

REGIONAL & STATE PRESIDENTS

2018-2022

Regional President- Northeast
Mrs. Joyce Linda Allen
Joygeoallen@aol.com

State Presidents

District of Columbia
Ms. Clara S. Coleman
 
Massachusetts
Mrs. Janine da Silva
 
New Jersey
Mrs. Denise Williams
New York
Rev. Judith O’Savio
 
Pennsylvania
Mrs. Artis Law

Rhode Island
Mrs. Josephine Brown

NORTHWEST

REGIONAL & STATE PRESIDENTS

2018-2022

Regional President – Northwest
Mrs. Mary Epperson
mary_epperson@hotmail.com

State Presidents

Alaska
Mrs. Linda Mc Cray
 
Colorado
Ms. Sandra Newell
Oregon
Mrs. Mary Harvey

Washington
Mrs. Freddie Barnett
 

CENTRAL

REGIONAL & STATE PRESIDENTS

2018-2022

Regional President-Central
Mrs. Melody Blair
cracwc.adm@gmail.com

State Presidents

Illinois
Mrs. Betty Holder

Indiana
Mrs. Delania Thomas

Iowa
Mrs. Robin Jenkins
 
Kansas
Mrs. Jozel Smith Eckels
Michigan
Mrs. Lois Allen-Richardson
 
Missouri
Dr. Arthelda Busch Williams

Ohio
Mrs. Amelia Evans
 

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