This Week in Houston’s Buzz: The Woodlands Chapter Celebrates Jack & Jill Day and Carole Robertson and More!

The Woodlands Chapter Celebrates Jack & Jill Day and Carole Robertson

                                           Jack & Jill Day participants

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, The Woodlands Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., recently held its Annual Jack and Jill Day at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands, TX. Over 100 Jack and Jill of America members gathered to kick-off the Woodlands Chapter programming year, commemorated the life of Carole Robertson, and celebrated 30 years of service! The chapter began the event with a memorial presentation detailing the life of Carole Robertson, a special member of Jack and Jill of America and one of the four young girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing.

Each September, the national organization honors Carole while building awareness of issues related to human rights and racial equality. During Jack and Jill Day 2018, the children of Jack and Jill participated in interactive sessions geared around social recreation, team building and positive mental health activities. The day-long celebration ended with The Woodlands families enjoying some fun in the sun as it prepares to begin another year of outstanding service in the community.

                                                Jack & Jill Day participants

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National Council of Negro Women, Inc. 9th Texas State Unity Conference

                                                NCNW Conference Attendees

On August 16-18, 2018, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) held its 9th Texas State Unity Conference and Bethune-Height Recognition Program in Duncanville, Texas at the Hilton Garden Inn. The conference theme was Encouraging, Inspiring, Empowering Women: Lifting Our Voice and Working Together to Enhance the Lives of Women and Their Families. Dr. Mollie A. Johnson Williams (NCNW Northeast Texas State Coordinator and General Conference Chair) along with Dorothy Allen Chimney (Texas State delegate), Ingrid Saunders Jones (National Board of Directors Chair) is Chair of NCNW and its purpose is to unite non-profit organizations of women in a council of national organizations primarily concerned with the welfare of women of African descent. The Opening Session/Workshop guest presenter Dr. Thelma T. Daley gave an outstanding presentation at the conference.

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, and widely recognized as a distinguished educator. She envisioned NCNW to be an “organization of organizations” that would represent the national and international concerns of Black women. NCNW mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. Today, NCNW is a coalition comprised of 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates that work to enlighten and inspire more than 3,000,000 women and men. The conference discussed how to have more productive meetings, how to include all members of your organization, and what leadership looks like. Also, the newly elected 2018-2020 officers were installed, Legacy Life and Life Members, 2018 Bethune Achievers and NCNW 9th Texas State Unity Conference Honorees were presented during the conference. For more information on NCNW, please visit their website at http://ncnw.org/.

                                   Luncheon & Installation of New Officers

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UNCF Houston’s Casino Night

                                    Liza Bailey and Shawntell McWilliams

On September 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Houston held a Casino Night along with Javania White. The gala’s 30th Anniversary was presented by HEB at the Market Square Tower Grand Ballroom at 777 Preston Street, Houston, Texas. Attire for this event was Black Chic. Music was presented by celebrity DJ HI C and complimentary valet parking by Lite Bites & Libations. A percentage of proceeds will benefit UNCF Houston. Gala reception was sponsored by Shell Oil Company. Save the date for UNCF’s A Mind Is… 30th Anniversary Gala that will be held on November 17, 2018. For more information about UNCF Houston, visit their website at www.uncf.org/houston.

                                         Julissa Duran and Soleil Rucker

                                                               Casino Table

                                                   Marla and James Davis