2013-07-05 / Community

WISL Celebrates Youth And Honors Seniors


Left to right: Councilman Leroy Comrie, Evyr Joann Manley, Rev. Jerome Stembridge, Janeese Carter, Deacon Joseph Jennings, Renee Shiver, Justin R. Gumbs, Joshua Thernize, Councilman Donovan Richards, Naomi D. Drouillard, Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney and David Hooks. Left to right: Councilman Leroy Comrie, Evyr Joann Manley, Rev. Jerome Stembridge, Janeese Carter, Deacon Joseph Jennings, Renee Shiver, Justin R. Gumbs, Joshua Thernize, Councilman Donovan Richards, Naomi D. Drouillard, Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney and David Hooks. During its annual awards luncheon, held at Antun’s, Queens Village, on Saturday, June 1st, 2013, the Women’s Industrial Service League, Inc. (WISL) honored four senior citizens for demonstrating outstanding church and community service.

Those honored were Deacon Joseph Jennings of Mount Carmel Baptist Church; Jacqueline M. McMikle of First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway; and Renee Shivers of Bethel AME Church, Far Rockaway.

The awards were presented by the First Lady of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Deacon Kim Ferguson, Deacon William Rucker of First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway and Reverend Jerome Stembridge of Bethel AME Church, Far Rockaway.


State Senator James C. Sanders, Jr. offers greetings. State Senator James C. Sanders, Jr. offers greetings. 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.

Honored were Janeese R. Carter of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School; Justin R. Gumbs of Lawrence Public School District; Evyr Joann Manley of Valley Stream Christian Academy and Joshua S. Thernize of Bethel Christian Academy. Geraldine Brown and Dr. Doris Shackelford-McLeod presented these awards. Luncheon co-chairperson, April C. Jackson, served as Presider and introduced Mistress of Ceremonies, Deacon Lovette Glasgow.

Lorette Gibson read a historical sketch of the Women’s Industrial Service League. The Occasion was offered by Mary Merrill and Audrian Gray introduced the keynote speaker Naomi D. Drouillard, Principal of The Rosa Parks School, Richmond Hill, New York. The founder’s daughter, Elsye Ashton, paid a Memorial Tribute to her mother, Eleanor B. Hull, and past presidents of the Women’s Industrial Service League.


WISL Officers and Members: Second Row, left to right: Dr. Doris Shackelford-McLeod, Mary Merrill, Nell C. Terrell, Audrian Gray, Elsye Ashton, Frances Shackelford- Howell, Jacqueline McMikle, Geraldine Brown, April C. Jackson, Lorette Gibson, and Lovette Glasgow. First Row, Center: Eunice Martin WISL Officers and Members: Second Row, left to right: Dr. Doris Shackelford-McLeod, Mary Merrill, Nell C. Terrell, Audrian Gray, Elsye Ashton, Frances Shackelford- Howell, Jacqueline McMikle, Geraldine Brown, April C. Jackson, Lorette Gibson, and Lovette Glasgow. First Row, Center: Eunice Martin Luncheon chairperson, Nell C. Terrell, honored seniors, and her grandson, Jeremy Gumbs, rendered a song from the Off-Broadway play, “Lost in the Stars.”

New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie, Councilman Donovan Richards, New York State Senator James Sanders and entrepreneur Dr. Jeremiah C. Gaffney offered motivational and congratulatory remarks to the honorees.


Nell C. Terrell presents flowers to the Late Rev. Everett Jenkins’ wife, Crystal Cully Jenkins. Nell C. Terrell presents flowers to the Late Rev. Everett Jenkins’ wife, Crystal Cully Jenkins. Final remarks were made by Frances Shackelford–Howell, President of the Women’s Industrial Service League.



Naomi D. Drouillard, keynote speaker, addresses the audience. Naomi D. Drouillard, keynote speaker, addresses the audience.

President Frances Shackelford-Howell offers the Welcome Address. President Frances Shackelford-Howell offers the Welcome Address.

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