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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC. FOUNDING OF ORGANIZATION In the spring of 1935, while Mrs. Ollie C. Porter was president of the New York Club, invitations were extended to the business and professional women's clubs of Philadelphia and Atlantic City to establish a National Organization. The organizational conference was held at Y.W.C.A. in New York City, July 12, 13, 1935. Mrs. Porter was elected president, Mrs. Pearl Flipping of Atlantic City, secretary-treasurer and Mrs. Effie Diton of New York City, national organizer. State organizers were also elected, Mrs. Emma Goodwin of Atlantic City for New Jersey and Mrs. Josephine Keene for Pennsylvania. The first national convention was held in Atlantic City in 1936. MEMBERSHIP There are members in more than 250 clubs in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Bermuda. There are honorary members in Africa, France, England, and the Virgin Islands. The total membership is upward of five thousand. ELIGIBILITY Membership is available to women of good standing in the community: who are actively engaged within the territorial limits of the club in legitimate business for a period of at least 2 years; who are engaged as owner, co-owner, manager or branch representative having charge as executive with discretionary powers of any legitimate business having a license if required, a definite location and open to the general public; who have been licensed by any state to engage in any type of work normally listed as a profession for which a college degree is a requisite; who are engaged in an administrative type of work which requires training and skill; who are engaged in civil service and have reached an administrative grade level. OPPORTUNITIES What the Organization can offer the membership: responsible involvement; opportunities for service; information and action; leadership experience; personal development; community awareness; ties of friendship; fellowship and faith. What Members can give the Organization: sensitivity to needs of community; ideas; suggestions; active participation; understanding; cooperation; expertise; loyalty; dedication; commitment. OTHER BENEFITS national publication, Responsibility; constructive community service; representation in matters of interest and concern; national conventions; district conferences; area meetings; workshop participation; guidelines for programming; membership growth; youth department activities. OBJECTIVES to promote and protect the interests of business and professional women; to create good fellowship and a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women; to direct the interests of business and professional women toward united action for improved social, educational and civic conditions and new careers; to encourage and stimulate youth to take full advantage of opportunities for learning to prepare themselves to live in this competitive world. PROGRAM ACTIVITIES We are committed individually as club affiliates and as a national organization to render service to our fellow man through our club programs and activities umbrellaed under our national project, "Development - Equal and Enriching," to develop opportunities for Negro women in business and the professions - to provide enriching and ennobling experiences that will create freedom, dignity and justice - to equalize services for Negroes who have been denied quality education, training, job options, etc., to provide information in regard to education, employment, legislation and health. SUCCESSES NANB & PWC can be noted in accomplishments such as: development and support of Cuthbert, Georgia Day Care Center for pre-school children; contributions to the needy people of Mississippi and Georgia; development of national project, "Development - Equal and Enriching"; development of Shoe Fair in some communities for needy school children; project to purchase with trading stamps a mini bus for Crownsville State Hospital; tutorial programs and career conferences; support of a lunch program in Mississippi; Little Sister programs; register-to-vote campaigns; volunteer service in hospitals, day care centers, schools. LOOKING AHEAD Honest effort to be directed toward: promotion of maximum voter registration; deeper community involvement to eliminate social ills; encouragement of Negro youth to take advantage of educational opportunities; a staffed National Office; plan for development and use of unused property in Cuthbert, Georgia; establishment of an extensive network of child care services; accelerate membership and leadership. [[images - three black and white photographs of women associated with The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.]]
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