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National Barristers' Wives, Inc. 6142 Hedge Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45213 (513) 891-2117 PRESIDENT Dr. Cleota Proctor Wilbekin PRESIDENT-ELECT Mrs. Robert L. Archie, Jr. VICE-PRESIDENT Mrs. C.R. Steele, Jr. SECRETARY Mrs. Walter L. Sutton, Jr. TREASURER Mrs. Ronald Samuels FINANCIAL SECRETARY Mrs. Freddie Pitcher PARLIAMENTARIAN Mrs. DeLong Harris HISTORIAN Mrs. Melton Lewis CHAPLAIN Mrs. Coleman Moore NEWSLETTER EDITOR Mrs. James L. Lassiter CONVENTION CHAIRPERSON - 1983 Mrs. Charles Stokes PUBLIC RELATIONS Mrs. C.C. Spaulding, Jr. PROGRAM PLANNING Mrs. DeeAnn Character SCHOLARSHIP Dr. LaBarbara Gragg NOMINATING Atty. Mari Stafford MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Mrs. Joseph C. Howard Mrs. G. Holbert REGIONAL DIRECTORS North - Mrs. Levan Gordon East - Mrs. Reginald Holt South - Mrs. Antonio Thomas Central - Mrs. William Peterson West - Mrs. Francis Williams Far West - Mrs. Roosevelt Robinson SPECIAL ASSISTANTS Mrs. G. Gary Mrs. Marttie Thompson Mrs. Marion Gaines Hill FOUNDER Dr. Fredda Witherspoon - Consultant NATIONAL CONVENTION AUGUST 7-13, 1983 SEATTLE WESTIN HOTEL SEATTLE, WASHINGTON CONVENTION THEME: CHILD ADVOCACY IN THE DECADE OF THE 80's "Youth--Meeting Challenges and Crises in the Eighties" CLEOTA PROCTOR WILBEKIN, Ph.D. NATIONAL PRESIDENT CINCINNATI, OHIO MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT: Since 1977, our organization has been greatly concerned with child advocacy. It was in that year in the city of New Orleans, that we adopted a resolution that made Child Advocacy our national program. Two years later, in 1979, many of our chapters celebrated "The International Year of the Child." The 1980 Convention in Los Angeles, passed a resolution to make the 1980's "The Decade of the Child"-- a ten year period in which to study, evaluate, and seek to ameliorate the social ills that beset children in our society. We continue in 1983 with the theme: "Youth--Meeting Challenges and Crises in the Eighties". It is a theme that invites us to broaden our perspective so that we may concern ourselves not only with the problems of our young people, but also with their achievements-- achievements in the humanities, in scientific experimentation, and in creative endeavors. Sincerely, Cleota Proctor Wilbekin, Ph.D. National President HISTORY The inception of National Barristers' Wives was the brainchild of Mrs. Robert Witherspoon (Dr. Fredda), Saint Louis, Missouri. Having organized the St. Louis Bar Auxiliary in 1946, she envisioned benefits which could be derived from a national organization. Thus, when the National Bar Association convened in St. Louis for its national convention in 1951, she had already laid the groundwork for such an organization. The concept had been discussed with the local auxiliary; objectives and goals had been established; permission had been secured form the National Bar President, Atty. J.R. Booker, Little Rock, Arkansas. Thus, when the women who accompanied their barrister spouses to the National Bar Association's Convention met for their own social activities, the idea was presented to them. Resultantly they concurred and National Bar-
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