2005-05-13 / Community

Industrial League Hosts Luncheon

An Annual Awards Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Industrial Service League (WISL) will be held at Antun’s in Queens Village on Saturday, May 21, from 1:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The community, including religious and political leaders, will converge to honor senior citizens as well as youth of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway communities: Arlene Kearse, Ada Pearse, Mae E. Thomas, Jeffrey Bellamy, Kaloni Hall, Niavonna Kinder and Shanae A. Williams.

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks will offer the keynote address.

A spokesperson for organization says that it is delighted to have the opportunity to honor the senior citizens for exemplary church and community service.

Arlene Kearse, a member of First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway, has over the past 40 years been affiliated with numerous groups: The Silver Leaf, Astroscopes, Moderinares, Just Us and CB Social Clubs. She is also a long-standing member of the National Council of Negro Women, Nassau County Section. Ada Pearse, a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church, Far Rockaway is actively involved in the Inwood Community Group, which recently honored seniors at the Five Towns Community Center. Also, during the past 25 years she has served as manager of the Mary Lerner’s Store in Oceanside.

Mae E. Thomas, a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, has played an active role as member of the Rockaway Community Corporation and other agencies under its umbrella. Through Planned Parenthood of South Shore and Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway, she was a Doctor’s Assistant and Community Educator in Family Planning Services. Through the Equal Opportunity Council, she operated two satellite clinics in the Five Towns Community House in Lawrence and the Equal Opportunity Office on Park Avenue in Long Beach. Her other affiliations include the National Council of Negro Women, the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. and the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center.

The WISL will also honor outstanding youth for community service. Jeffery D. Bellamy, of Middle School 53; Kaloni Hall, of Middle School 180; Niavonna Kinder, of Lawrence High School and Shanae A. Williams, of Beach Channel High School have exhibited the attributes of positive role models in areas which include academia, leadership, extracurricular and community services.

The luncheon’s sponsor, WISL, was founded more than seven decades ago by a successful African-American entrepreneur, Eleanor B. Hull. Its purpose is to promote and foster the social, intellectual and moral advancement of youth and the elderly. “Empowered by the Hull Legacy” is the theme of the luncheon as it is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Hull.

All are invited to attend. Tickets and information are available by calling 718-327-8337.

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