2007-05-18 / Community

WISL Luncheon Honors Outstanding Women

An annual awards luncheon hosted by the Women's Industrial Service League (WISL) will honor four women active in their communities, as well as graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding community service.

The theme of the luncheon, "Empowered by the Hull Legacy," is dedicated to the memory of the service league's founder, Eleanor B. Hull. The community, including religious and political leaders, will converge to honor these individuals, and Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney III will deliver the keynote address.

Elsye E. Hull Ashton, daughter of WISL's founder, is a member of Church of God in Jamaica, Queens and a retiree from the City University of New York. Since retirement, she has provided a stable, spiritual and culturally enriched environment for more than 25 foster children.

Tinnie Tarver Hunter, First Lady of Friendship Baptist Church of Roslyn Heights, has been a highly respected active member of NAACP's Executive Committee where she assists in enhancing the lives of children and adults.

Florine Jenkins, current president of WISL and former president of National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (Nassau County Section), is a member of First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, where for more than 60 years, she has served as usher and chairperson in various capacities. Although she has retired as supervisor for Five Towns Community Services, she can still be found assisting others when the need arises.

Ann T. Wilkinson, a member of St. Pascal Baylon Church in St. Albans, is a community organizer at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Her job takes her into the community where she represents the hospital on local boards, such as Community Boards 9, 10, 12 and 13; Human Resources Administration Q12 and 13; and Jamaica Service Program of Older Adults. She delights in helping others navigate through the complicated health care system.

WISL will also honor outstanding high school graduating seniors for community service: Brittney Adams of Beach Channel High School; Ronda Field of Lawrence High School; and Akua Owusuwaa and Debinka Worrell, both of Far Rockaway High School. These students have exhibited the attributes of positive role models in academics, leadership, extracurricular and community services.

The luncheon will be held at Antun's in Queens Village on Saturday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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