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Next Meeting
Oct. 9-10, 1986—Houston Texas Lincoln Hotel
Theme—"Inpowerment of Black Women's Issues"

Dr. Fredda Witherspoon
President/Founder
St. Louis Chapter
[[Image - Dr. Fredda Witherspoon]]

GREETINGS FROM...

Coalition of 100 Black Women
Metropolitan Saint Louis Chapter

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Chair Charlotte Ottley presents a "Certificate of Appreciation" to Miss Susan L. Taylor, guest speaker at the Corporate Exchange Luncheon. Ms. Taylor is Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine.

Welcome to our BWIC (Black Women Impacting Change) WEEKEND! We are delighted to have you join us in this, our first venture of such magnitude and significance. We are still in our embryonic stages — having been chartered March 10, 1984, and certainly we appreciate the support of our metropolitan community, including business and industry, and individual citizens — all of whom have contributed much to make this event highly successful. We are happy to welcome our guest speaker, Ms. Susan L. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Essence magazine; our National Coalition President, Ms. Jewell Jackson McCabe, and other out-of-town "Coalition Sisters" who have joined us this weekend. We know that with the support of all of you, there will be other ventures similar in purpose and design.
Who are we? As our esteemed National President, Ms. Jewell Jackson McCabe, says: "We are not a social club even though we all belong to social clubs. We are not a sorority, even though most of us are Deltas, Alpha Kappa Alphas, etc. We are not labor alone. We are a coalition of high achievers combining the multiple resources of highly energetic and accomplished women." We are black women with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated leadership ability and who have been influential — in varying degrees — in a variety of areas in keeping with the philosophy and mission of COALITION OF 100 BLACK WOMEN, INC. We are an organization interested in addressing social, economic, political, cultural, and other issues of particular concern to black women.

Who are we? Our members are involved in all areas of business and labor, government and entrepreneurship, and other professional career endeavors. Within our membership of more than 200 you will find the owner of a construction company, the Chair of Saint Louis City's Aldermanic Black Caucus, the Director of Missouri's Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, the Director of OIC, a Regional Personnel Manager of Xerox, the Coordinator of Role Model Experiences - Saint Louis Public School System (in which we are actively involved), the Director of Public Relations at Harris-Stowe State College, the Director of Staff & Organizational Development, St. Louis Public School System; the Manager of Retail Sales (and co-owner) of one of the largest Beauty Supply Companies in the Midwest; the Director of Community Affairs of a "top" TV Station and the Director of Public Affairs at another "top" TV Station; the Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services - St. Louis Public Schools, and the Director of Corporate Community Relations of the largest beer-producing corporation in the world. You will find also the Personnel Director of Saks Fifth Avenue and the recently acclaimed President of Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School. These are just a few of our talented and accomplished members.

Who are we? We are of all ages, although our membership consists primarily of "young" adult women. We are from all parts of metropolitan Saint Louis, including St. Louis County, East St. Louis and Alton, Illinois. We are black women who want and have a need to speak for ourselves about our needs and aspirations. Thus, we see ourselves as a highly capable cadre of volunteers channeling our combined energies towards the solutions of some of the problems facing us, our families, and our metropolitan community.

This BWIC WEEKEND serves to bring us all together to develop forward-looking strategies of implementation regarding some of these concerns. Thank you, Charlotte, for conceptualizing and initiating as well as implementing a great idea! Thank you, Gwen, along with other members of the Financial Development Committee, for so nobly (through trials and tribulations) executing a fantastic task! Thank you, our guests, for sharing with us! We hope that all of you will find this weekend most rewarding.!

—Fredda
(for the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and all of us!)

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Velma Blackwell, Alabama
Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, Esq., California
Golden Johnson Burnes, Esq., New Jersey
Barbara DeBaptiste, Connecticut
Evelyn Cunninghan, New York
Marion Wright Edelman, Esq., Washington, D.C.
Barbara Fouch, California
Dr. Vivian Howard, Virginia
Edith King, Texas
Dr. Elizabeth Koontz, North Carolina
Ernestine Logan, Ohio
Adrianne Macbeth, Florida
Lydia Mellett, Michigan
Alma Rangel, Washington, D.C.
* Leona Pouncey Thurman, Esq., Missouri
Etrula R. Trotter, Esq., Tennessee, Legal Counsel
Venita Vinson, Colorado
Sylvia Webster, Pennsylvania
Addie Wyatt, Illinois

* recently deceased

NATIONAL OFFICERS

Jewell Jackson McCabe..............President
Particia Pearsall.............Vice-President
Carole Ann Taylor.............Vice-President
Fay Williams, Esq. ...........Vice-President
Dr. Margaret Hayes.................Secretary
Rose Morgan........................Treasurer
Jatrice Gaiter, Esq. ....Financial Secretary
Ruth Mueller Hill, N.Y. .....Parliamentarian
Pochitta Piece, N.Y. .......Public Relations
Shelley Crump, N.Y. ......Executive Director

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