Martin Luther King Day of Service

S Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated partnered with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Initiative on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  An annual event for our Section which is chairred by our very own Allene Gammage-Ahmed was an outstanding success,  This year's theme "A Carousel of Resources:  Reducing Barriers to Literacy and Learning" aligned itself to the mission of educating the community by providing essential resources to eradicate illiteracy.    The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, reduces barriers,   creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community".

Allene and her committee reached out to community based social action  organizations who shared the same goal and same level of committment.  Some of the participants and partners that highlighted the event included: Dr. Christopher  Warren, SpringZone Youth Empowerment ignited quite a bit of excitement while engaging the children’s imagination during his presentation; District One, St. Petersburg Community Police officers, Master Station Fire Rescue, Buffalo Soldiers, St. Petersburg art professionals, Chantel
Lawrence, author of Our Hero, Our Dad, Rafael Robinson, STEM/Super Sprockets program, Lakewood High 11 th grader and author, Davon Miller’s Mr. Tickety-Tock Clock series, Korey’s Reading Clubhouse, Little Naomi, reading buddy, American Stage Company, All Kidney Patient’s Group, Gulfcoast Legal Services, St. Petersburg Library System, PCSB Book Bus, and Pinellas County Hippy Program along with so many other supporters who helped make this project the super sensational event that it was and for the many ways by which we were able to celebrate the dream of Dr. King. Rev. Robinson, grill master extraordinaire provided hot dogs,
hamburgers and delicious kosher sausage; music by DJ Hurricane and the event mascot, King Young were all excited.  Many expressions of thanks are extended to Senator Darryl Rouson who advocated for communities to have a financial opportunity to keep the dream alive through service; to St. Petersburg Junior College MLK Advisory Committee and the St. Petersburg Metropolitan
Section of the National Council of Negro Women MLK Day of Service planning committee who all worked without ceasing to make this year’s dream a super sensational reality. 


The mission of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated is to lead, advocate for  and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.   This was a fantastic day, along with supporting and providing services to the community, especially in the education of our children.  Yes, for us, it was A Day On, Not A Day Off and “United, we will continue to serve”.


‘                                   This Project is made possible by a service award from the MLK Day of Service Project

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SPMS Receives Proclamation

The  Pinellas County Board of Commisioners  recognized the St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida at their first meeting of the year.

Our section was recommended by Commissioner Kenneth Welch.  The Proclamation was read by Council Chairperson Karen Williams Seel and presented to President Thelma Bruce who accepted on behalf of our section.

Executive Board Members were present to represent our section.  Commissioner Welch thanked our section for being a beacon in the community.  Additionally, he recognized our section for having one of the largest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Breakfast in the state.
SPSM Board Members present included:  Thelma Bruce, Ethel Robinson, Cynthia Glenn, Valerie Williams, , Timeka Walker, Angela Rouson,  Clarice Pennington and, Sandra Gibson.

  1.  Historian Cynthia Glenn and President Bruce
    Historian Cynthia Glenn and President Bruce
  2.  Chaplain Clarice Pennington & President Bruce
    Chaplain Clarice Pennington & President Bruce
  3.  Second VP Ethel Robinson and President Bruce
    Second VP Ethel Robinson and President Bruce
  4.  Ethel Robinson, Second VP
    Ethel Robinson, Second VP
  5.  Valerie Williams, Financial Secretary
    Valerie Williams, Financial Secretary
  6.  Executive Board Members
    Executive Board Members
  7.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day Proclamation
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day Proclamation

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SPMS Attends NCNW National Convention

Dr. Johnetta Coles, New Chair (​center)

SPSM ~  The St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section  of the National Council of Negro Women attended the 58th National Convention in great numbers.  Twenty-one local members converged at the conventional held in the nation's capital at the Grand Hyatt.  We were just one member short of national recognition for having the most members attending.  

Florida was recognized for third in the nation for having recruited new NCNW members.  The highlight of the convention was the new leadership nomination process.  A slate was  endorsed and presented by the national nomination committee.  After a brief discussion, the slate was adopted by the body.  The Bethune Height luncheon  found the ladies dressed in hats and  at The Haramabee Luncheon ladies were decked out in African Garb.

The fellowship was amazing.  Over 650 NCNW members attended the conference from all points of the nation.
SPSM members in attendance included:  Thelma Bruce, Ethel Robinson, Cynthia Glenn, Valerie Williams, DeShay Collier, Althea Hudson, Timeka Walker, Angela Rouson, Allene Gammage-Ahmed, Mae Welch, Sandra Law, Dorothy Milton, Joann Rainey, Clarice Pennington, Carolyn Wilson, Shirley Jones, Sandra Gibson, Tamara Howard, and Black Pearl President Sheynaih Ruth.


 
  1. Althea Hudson, Grand Hyatt Lobby
    Althea Hudson, Grand Hyatt Lobby
  2. Valerie Williams,  Grand Hyatt Lobby
    Valerie Williams, Grand Hyatt Lobby
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    Bethune-Height Luncheon
  4. After the Luncheon Valerie Williams
    After the Luncheon Valerie Williams
  5. DeShay, Althea and Valerie Picture Perfect
    DeShay, Althea and Valerie Picture Perfect
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    NCNW Registration
  7. Joann and Dorothy Arriving at the Hyatt
    Joann and Dorothy Arriving at the Hyatt
  8. Looking at Registration from the Second Floor
    Looking at Registration from the Second Floor
  9. Althea, Valerie and DeShay posing again LOL
    Althea, Valerie and DeShay posing again LOL
  10. Sharon Beard Incoming National President of Top Ladies of Distinction
    Sharon Beard Incoming National President of Top Ladies of Distinction
  11. Valerie at Harambee
    Valerie at Harambee
  12. Chicken and Waffles Harambee Buffet
    Chicken and Waffles Harambee Buffet
  13. Thelma Bruce, Sandra Gipson and Clarice Pennington after Harambee
    Thelma Bruce, Sandra Gipson and Clarice Pennington after Harambee
  14. Our President and Chaplin, Thelma Bruce and Clarice Pennington
    Our President and Chaplin, Thelma Bruce and Clarice Pennington
  15. The Gang taking time for a photo with Janice Mathis
    The Gang taking time for a photo with Janice Mathis
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  18. 58th National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated Convention
    58th National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated Convention
  19. DC here we come:  Flying America Airlines
    DC here we come: Flying America Airlines
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    Title 20
  21. From TIA to DCA  Tampa International Airport to Ronald Reagan
    From TIA to DCA Tampa International Airport to Ronald Reagan
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  24. Look who stopped by to see her Mommy - Kendra!
    Look who stopped by to see her Mommy - Kendra!
  25. Angela and Timeka in the Hyatt Lobby
    Angela and Timeka in the Hyatt Lobby
  26. Madame President Bruce after breakfast
    Madame President Bruce after breakfast
  27. SPSM Styling after Breakfast dressed in Purple
    SPSM Styling after Breakfast dressed in Purple
  28. Apostle Clarice Pennington after breakfast
    Apostle Clarice Pennington after breakfast
  29. Thelma, DeShay and Valerie on our way to assembly
    Thelma, DeShay and Valerie on our way to assembly

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 SPSM & Community Partners Being A Blessing

Giving Thanks for Being a Blessing

It Is More Blessed To Give Than To Receive

W e Are Blessed to be a Blessing!  
 
How good and pleasant it is for breathren to dwell together in unity.  That's exactly what happened at the November 16th, Thanksgiving Basket and Clothing.  The brain-child of Apostle Clarice Pennington, resulted in a community partnership with other organizations, spearheaded by St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated.   Sharion Thurman-Reeves lead the project to a successful event along with her team leaders. 

Members of the committee included:  Thelma Bruce, Ethel Robinson, Valerie Williams, Cynthia Glenn, Ada Davis, Clarice Pennington, Christine Smith, Annie Tucker, Joann Rainey, Catherine Lewis, Barbara Norris, Annette Gillard-Morris.  And if that was not enouugh;    Rene Waymon, Sandra Law, Georgia Thomas, Rose Mack, Mae Welch, Allene Gammage, Carolyn Hobbs, Beverly Campbell, Tenesha Mells,      all joined in on the Thursday before the event to sort clothing and stuff boxes.

Pastor Robinson was instrumental in bringing other organizations to the table to assist in the community give-away; they provided turkeys, fresh vegetables and other meats and bread. Those organizations included Naomi Titus 2,  Feeding  America Tampa Bay, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance,   Christian Generation Center of Hope, St. Petersburg District AME, ASALPH, Mt. Zion Progressive MBC, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay and the local chapter, SPMS who provided the stuffing, yams, and green beans  for the baskets.   A sweet treat of spice cake mix, pumpkin that included the recipe was bundled and added by Angela Rouson of Mt. Zion Human Services. There was such an outpouring of food that there was not room enough to receive it.  


 

  Over 240 families participated in the Thanksgiving Basket and Clothing Giveaway!  For additional photos see the 2018 Event Gallery and The Weekly Challenger Article