WISL Celebrates Youth And Seniors At Luncheon
During its Annual Awards Luncheon, held at Antun’s on Saturday, June 5, the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. (WISL) honored five senior citizens for demonstrating outstanding church and community service.
Among those honored were: Deaconess Dorothy Baston of Community Church of Astoria; Minister Edna Blackwood of First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway; Elder Etta Maude Heslop-Henry of the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans; Senior Steward Marion Johnson – Johnson of Bethel AME Church, Far Rockaway; and Gregory L. Nunn of the Inwood Community Group.
In addition, six graduating high school students were honored for exhibiting the attributes of positive role models in areas which include academia, leadership, extracurricular and community services. The students are: Jaleesa J. Carter of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School; Rodney Green of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School; Emma Johnson Thomas of Campus Magnet High School of Humanities and Arts; Jazmine C. Kelly of Channel View School of Research; Tiffany S. Mackey of John Adams High School and Ashley C. Robinson of Lawrence High School.
The keynote address was delivered by Elder Dr. Michael Anthony Baston, Esq. Dr. Baston is the pastor of the St. Luke Cathedral in Laurelton, New York. He is also acting vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at LaGuardia Community College.
The Reverend Everett Jenkins inspired all through the rendering of songs of praise. Another special highlight was a solo by Broadway and film star Jeremy Gumbs, grandson of Luncheon Chairperson Nell C. Terrell.
Entrepreneur Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney, III; United States Congressman Gregory Meeks’ Representative Ida Smith; New York State Senator Shirley Huntley; New York State Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus; and New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. offered motivational and congratulatory remarks to the honorees.
A tribute in memory of WISL founder, Eleanor B. Hull, was paid by her daughter, Elsye Hull Ashton. In addition, a tribute in memory of past officers and members was offered by Eunice Martin, WISL member.
Final remarks were offered by Yolanda Walker, vice president of WISL.
The luncheon was chaired and cochaired by Nell C. Terrell and Jacqueline McMikle, respectively. Mistress of ceremonies was Deaconess Lovette Glasgow. The Scholarship and Awards Luncheon was well attended and enjoyed by all.