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
  3. Bethune-Height Luncheon
    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
  6. NCNW  Registration
    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
  16. Title 17
    Title 17
  17. Title 18
    Title 18
  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
  20. Title 20
    Title 20
  21. From TIA to DCA  Tampa International Airport to Ronald Reagan
    From TIA to DCA Tampa International Airport to Ronald Reagan
  22. Title 22
    Title 22
  23. Title 23
    Title 23
  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