WISL Celebrates With Youth And Senior Honorees
During its annual awards luncheon, held at Antun’s on Saturday, June 4, the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. (WISL) honored four senior citizens for demonstrating outstanding church and community service: Mable Floyd of the Rockaway Revival Center; Mother Annie Gardner of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Deacon Will Hawkins of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church; and Eunice Martin of First Baptist Church. In addition, four graduating high school students were honored for exhibiting the attributes of positive role models in areas which include academia, leadership, extracurricular and community services: Sarah Ayalew of Channel View High School for Research; Aaron C. Green of Baldwin High School; Taniqua Huguley of High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety; and Adedeji Jenkins of Beach Channel High School.
WISL member April Jackson delivered the Welcome Address; Elsye Hull Ashton, daughter of WISL founder, Eleanor Beatrice Hull, paid a tribute to her mother; and Geraldine Brown offered a Memorial Tribute. The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Darren A. Ferguson, Pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Arverne.
The Reverend Everett Jenkins rendered songs of praise.
Ida Smith of U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks’ Office, Lois Menyweather of State Senator Shirley Huntley’s Office, New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. and Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney offered motivational and congratulatory remarks to the honorees.
Final remarks were offered by Yolanda Walker, vice president of WISL.
The luncheon was chaired by Nell C. Terrell and cochaired by Deacon Lovette Glasgow. Dr. Doris Shackelford McLeod served as Mistress of Ceremonies.