Key Women of America, Inc., Washington Branch was chartered on December 3, 1994.
The Washington Branch was organized by Key Sister Emma W. Howard, who relocated back to North Carolina after living in New York for many years. She was a member of Lakeview Branch of Key Women of America, Inc. in New York.
The mission of these women is to help children in need of support.
The installation and charter ceremony was held at Mel’s Gallery on December 3, 1994.Officers and members from Augusta, Georgia and New York attended the ceremony. Fay Ming, National President, presented the organization their charter. All members were installed by National Organizer Sylvia White of New York assisted by Lorraine Warren, Past President and Martha Pulliam, Third Vice President.
Viola Elim penned Emma Howard, the first president of Washington Branch with the first Key Women pin.
Additional officers were:
Barbara Goddard Vice President
Cynthia Heath Recording Secretary
Victoria Mallison Assistant Recording Secretary
Velma Roland Treasurer
Cynthia Lovick Corresponding Secretary
Audrey Williams Financial Secretary
Other charter members are Beatrice Smith, Paulette Holley, Florence Lodge, Marion Booth, Dorothy Gibbs, Mable Haywood, Joyce W. Moore, Helen Jean Guthrie, Valarie Mallison, Yvonne Saleem, Evelyn Ewing, Dorothy Parker, Ethel Oden, Jesse Pope, Doris Stokes and Alberta Brooks.
Recently we held our Annual Scholarship Banquet. The theme was “Unwavering Faith in Unlimited Possibilities”. Key Sister Joyce O’Neal and Stephanie Walters co-chaired the event and did an awesome job. Mayor Mack Hodges brought greetings from the city of Washington, North Carolina. A liturgical dance was performed by Sydney and Phoneyx Johnson of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and musical selections were performed by Michael Weatherbee and Timothy Boodie .Key Sister Emma Howard recognized the guests and Key Sister Joyce Moore recognized the honorees, past president Kendra Windley-Paiz and Jerimiah Jackson who was honored for Outstanding Community Service to the students of Beaufort county.
Special remarks was made by President Betty Moore and closing remarks by Key Sisters Joyce O’Neal and Stephanie Walters. .Key Sisters Marion Booth, Gayle Hardy, Florence Lodge, Cynthia Lovick, Kimberly Grimes, Ernestine McNeal and Dorothy Gibbs was recognized and thanked for planning and preparation for this event.
Our present officers are:
President Betty J. Moore
Vice President Marion Booth
Secretary Joyce O’Neal
Assistant Secretary Emma Howard
Financial Secretary Stephanie Walters
Treasurer Gayle Hardy
Parliamentarian Dorothy Gibbs & Florence Lodge
Historians Cynthia Lovick
Chaplain Ethel Oden
We welcome our new members Kimberly Grimes and Ernestine McNeal.