The National Key Women of America , inc. Was founded in 1954 under the leadership of the late Reverend Bertha Nelms Harris.
The purposes for which the organization was formed were to create a better environment at all levels of our society. Thus, the motto:
"Investment in children, family services, community needs and world concerns."
The Key Women of America , Inc., Brooklyn Branch as it is presently constituted was organized in 1972 under the Leadership of Mrs. Lillian James. Its purpose was to implement the National Program in the Brooklyn Community in regards to children, educational institutions, and other community needs.
The officers and members of this organization are a group of dedicated and civic minded women who have a deep concern in the development of youths to their full
potentials and in meeting a variety of community needs at various levels of our society. The Brooklyn Branch of Key Women of America, Inc. since its formation in 1972 has had eight preSidents. They are organizer; Mrs. Lillian James, Mrs. Dorothy McGowan, Mrs. Ellen K. Smalls, Mrs. Constance Rose, Mrs. Bernice Brown, Ms. Alethia Boddie, Mrs. Mildred Epps, and Mrs. Barbara Young. These are women of exceptional dedication, who have provided outstanding leadership to the organization.
They have led in providing a variety of services to the community, in supporting other community organizations, and encouraging members to volunteer their services to the community.
Some of the programs and activities of the Brooklyn Branch of Key Women of America, Inc. are:
* Sponsorship of an Annual Awards Luncheons in support of the United
Negro College Fund and our local Scholarship Program
* The Brooklyn Branch encourages many youths and outstanding
community citizens by honoring them at the Annual Scholarship Award
* Presentation of a $1 ,000. Scholarship is given to youth from the
community for each of the four years they are in college. By the time the
student graduates from college, the Brooklyn Branch has contributed
$4,000. toward their college education.
* Presentation of $500.00 to the Medgar Evers College Community
Council for a scholarship for a student attending Medgar Evers
College which is located in our community.
* Annual donation of several Thanksgiving Baskets is given to the needy
families in the community.
* Brooklyn sponsors a Christmas Party each year for the residents of a
chosen nursing home and gives each resident a gift.
* Supports annually the Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Celebration that is
sponsored by the Borough President of Brooklyn.
* Meet other needs in the community such as:
Providing school supplies for children, clothing for adults,
and coats to the homeless.
Brooklyn has supported community institutions and organizations including: The Conco(d Nursing Home, the Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, the Women's League of Science and Medicine, the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children, The Brooklyn Association for Mental Health and various other organizations.
Support of various Sister Branches of Key Women of America, Inc. Support of our National Organization of Key Women of America, Inc.
Have outstanding community leaders and professionals to speak at our meetings to keep informed of community needs, services, and funding available, and how we as a branch can most effectively service the community_
Members of Brooklyn Branch worked closely with the Auxiliaries of Kings County Hospital. They worked mainly with the children. Various members volunteered their service to the community library and other community organizations.
In 1980 the Honorable Howard Golden, President of the Borough of Brooklyn in recognition of the outstanding services rendered by the Brooklyn Branch, issued a Proclamation proclaiming the Day of our Annual Awards Luncheon as BROOKLYN KEY WOMEN OF AMERICA DAY. The Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz continued granting this honor to Brooklyn Key Women Branch and to date it continues .
Key Women of America, Brooklyn Branch Officers
President Barbara Young
Vice President Kim Best
Secretary Laura James
Corresponding Secretary Joan Withington
Treasurer Marva Jones
Chaplain Mabel Davis
Youth Director Gail Dixon