2015 Membership Tea
Our membership tea was a HUGE success! With more than 8 vendors sharing information and/or selling jewelry and headgear, 70% of our affiliates participating, and roughly 100 attendees, the 2015 NCNW Austin Section Membership Tea was well received. Leading out with music from our very own Doris Wilhite, our Mistresses of Ceremonies, Annette Booker and Alta Y. Alexander kept the event on task and seamless. Dr. Shirley Sprinkles opened with words of welcome and highlights from Mary McLeod Bethune’s final will before introducing songstress, Miss Michelle Toomer and Mr. Amiri Pittman, a talented pianist.
Reverend Marion Childress-Usher led a year-in-review culminating in a brief awards segment for participants in some of the NCNW Austin Section programming this year. Our featured keynote speaker, Dr. Sheila Overton captured the audience’s attention with drastic statistics on teen pregnancy and STD rates both nationally and regionally. She encouraged all of the attendees to be proactive in their approach to discussing both topics with teens they are related to or interact with, emphasizing a relationship of trust needs to be established first. Dr. Overton generously donated her book as a door prize prior to opening up program for the affiliate/vendor networking time.
Affiliates used the time to share their programming throughout the year and were encouraged to share information on upcoming activities with the members of NCNW for further promotion and participation. At the end of the networking time, additional community partner recognition awards as well as the newly introduced Height Awards were announced. Award recipients were as follows:
- Exemplary Height Award: The Lone Star (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc.
- Blazing Height Award: Ms. Polly Street
- Affiliate with Most Renewed Members: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (20 members)
- Affiliate with Most New Members: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (5 members)
- Affiliate with Most Members Present at the Tea: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (15 members)
Multiple door prizes were given out to members and community representatives attending the event. With the help of volunteers both within the membership and from the PAC, the event was considered a success and completed on time! Our event was even highlighted in the Austin Villager!