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Local InterestBY SHIRLEY A. TUGGLE, PresidentMission Statement: The mission of the National Association of Negro Busi- ness and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. is to promote and protect the interest of African American business and pro- fessional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the qual- ity of life in the local and global commu- nities and to foster good fellowship.National HistoryThe National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (NANBPWC) was formed in New York in the spring of 1935 by a group of African-American women. They came together to share experiences and information; to encourage and de- velop opportunities for African Ameri- can capitalism; to build wealth through ownership; and the development of busi- nesses during the depression. This was astounding and a lasting testimony of their faith in God.Seven courageous visionaries who sought to promote and protect the inter- ests of business and professional women founded the organization. This included serving as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the pro- fessions; to improve the quality of life inBattle Creek Club-NANBPWC, Inc.our local and global communities; and to foster good fellowship.The Founders were Emma Odessa Young, Ollie Chinn Porter, and Effie Diton of New York City, Bertha Perry Rhodes, Josephine B. Keene, and Ad- elaide Flemming of Philadelphia, and Pearl Flippen of Atlantic City. The aim of this newly formed national organi- zation was then as it is today, to attract women of high caliber to organize simi- lar clubs within their communities. Fac- ing the realities of the times they created daring and inspiring goals.The founders were owners, managers, college graduates, and other profession- ally licensed women who had managed to realize some measure of personal success at a time when there was not anational movement to improve the lot of black Americans, when there were no black capitalism programs, nor any black studies curriculums. Still, these women felt prepared to offer leadership.Over the years, NANBPWC, Inc. has grown in numbers and scope, conduct- ing many needed community services activities that go far beyond the original purpose. Women have come a long way and so has NANBPWC, Inc.The Battle Creek Club was founded August 7, 1971 by Ola Collins and orga- nized with the assistance of past Nation- al President Robin B. Owens.The local club continues the national program directives with an emphasis on (LETS) Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Service, which includes health, education, employment, and eco- nomic development. The club identifies local needs and implements projects to address the issues in the community.Local special programs: Habitat of Humanity, Black History Projects, March Women’s History Month, the longest Breakfast Table, NAACP Quiz Bowl, Celebration of Sojourner Truth Legacy, and Reading Buddy programs.Networking projects and affiliations: Urban League, NAACP, Sickle Cell Anemia Walk, Lupus Walk, Breast Can- cer Awareness, Charitable Union, and the Sojourner Truth Institute.The club just recently competed an empowerment workshop for women en- titled, “A Women’s Symposium.” Prima- ry topics included domestic violence and drug addiction. The major speakers were the Honorable Judge Tina Yost Johnson and Bishop Tino Smith.The Club will hold its 47th Annual Battle Creek Club Founder’s Day and Sojourner Truth Luncheon on April 21, 2018 at the Maranatha Family Center.Current Officers: President, Shirley A. Tuggle; Vice President, Winnie Wal- lace; Secretary, Alicia Storey; Financial Secretary, Nancy Harris; Treasurers, Marian Hill and Chaplin Delois Wiley; Membership Chairperson, LouBertha Cheatham; Web Master, Sherrill Smith Cotton; and Members: Earlie Eason, Betty Moorehead, Lynn Ward Gray, Beulah Price, Grindl Williams, Victoria Bouchee’, and Patricia Patton Perry.28 SCENE 4304 I WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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