2012-12-07 / Community

Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. Hosts Unity Luncheon


Left to Right: Merlene Booyer (Parliamentarian), April Jackson (Treasurer), Elsye Ashton (Financial Secretary), Audrian Gray (Correspeondence Secretary), Geraldine Brown (Recording Secretary), Jacqueline McMikle (Vice President), Frances Shackelford-Howell (President), Dr. Jeremiah Gaffney, III and Councilman James Sanders. Left to Right: Merlene Booyer (Parliamentarian), April Jackson (Treasurer), Elsye Ashton (Financial Secretary), Audrian Gray (Correspeondence Secretary), Geraldine Brown (Recording Secretary), Jacqueline McMikle (Vice President), Frances Shackelford-Howell (President), Dr. Jeremiah Gaffney, III and Councilman James Sanders. The Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. sponsored their Unity Luncheon on Saturday, October 20 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Inwood, New York. Representatives from the political, religious and local community agencies were invited for an open discussion on “The Continual Improvement of our Communities.”

During the luncheon, newly elected officers of the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. were installed by Dr. Jeremiah Gaffney, lll. The officers are Frances Shackelford Howell, President; Jacqueline McMikle, Vice President; Geraldine Brown, Recording Secretary; Audrian Gray, Corre-spondence Secretary; Elsye Hull Ashton, Financial Secretary; April Jackson, Treasurer; Lovette Glasgow, Chaplain; and Merlene Booyer, Parliamentarian.

The Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. was organized on October 8, 1931 by Mrs. Eleanor Beatrice Hull. Under her leadership, the League provided women with coun-seling, support and temporary living accommodations.

Eleanor Beatrice Hull, Emily Capers Brown, Sadie Johnson, Ada Green, Ann Simmons, Josie Dennis, Yolanda Walker and Florine Jenkins have served well as presidents for the Women’s Industrial Service League. Under their leadership, many strides were made. For example, they launched an X-Ray program throughout the Far Rockaway area; took leadership in the fight for adequate housing resulting in the building of the Redfern Housing Project; were instrumental in the creation of the Council for Health and Welfare and the Rockaway Health Council; established a Scholarship and Awards Fund for deserving youths and seniors and provided support to various community projects.

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