NANBPWC INC. - TOLEDO Adult and Youth Clubs Founders'
Special to The Truth
The (NANBPWC) National Association of Negro Business and
Professional Women's Club Inc - Adult and Youth Clubs held
their 53rd Annual Founders' Day and Women's History Program
on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel UTMC at
3:00 pm. The theme for the event was, "Nevertheless She
Frances Collins, PhD, Toledo Club president, and Jordan
Collins, Toledo Youth Club president, welcomed the
guests. Sherry Reed was the mistress of ceremony. Clara
Brank gave the invocational prayer before the luncheon.
Music Co-Chair Deborah Carlisle led the Negro National
Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
The Women's History Program focused on the many
contributions made by African-American women who have been
and still are instrumental in advancing education, business,
professionals, technology, family and community.
The women being honored were chosen because of the struggles
in their lives that they overcame and made a difference in
the lives of others. The honorees for Women's History were
La Tina Jett, Tassionette Perryman and Theresa Gabriel. Each
woman had a great story to tell about how she has made an
impact. They thanked the clubs for their support and
Chairman Tyra Smith Gabriel shared why each honoree was
selected and the importance of them "persisting" and how
remarkable they were. Tyra Smith Gabriel, Frances Collins,
and Jordan Collins presented each award recipient with a
plaque. Smith Gabriel also gave BEACON Cakes to each award
recipient. She said that, "These women have persisted
through this book called life and are now in the chapter of
great acknowledgement and accomplishment."
The Founders' Day program was celebrated as the Toledo Youth
and Adult Club members gave a tribute to the founders and
shared the Toledo Club's Historical progress from its
beginning to now. The history was read by Alexii Collins,
second vice president of the Adult Club and Toledo Youth
Club advisor. Candles were lit in honor of the National
Founders by Jordan Collins and Jada Collins, Toledo Youth
Club vice president.