Blustery winds, showers, and beautiful blooming flowers have ushered in the month of June; reminding us that hot, humid weather is on its way. For NCNW, June is a month that we look forward to with great anticipation. It is the month in which we invite all of our wonderful affiliates and many guests of theirs and ours to join us in the signature event of the year: our Annual Membership Tea. This year’s tea ( the 35th) will take place on Sunday, June 25th, in the Fellowship Hall of the St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd., Austin, Texas, 78721 from 2:30-4:30 P.M. Many people are familiar with this facility, which has hosted events for NCNW several consecutive years. This one, like the others before, will be a special treat for all who attend. Entertainment, consisting of an exceptional speaker, extraordinarily talented youth vocalists, beautiful instrumental music, and good eats headline the event. It is for this reason that we encourage everyone to invite and bring along at least two people to enjoy this wonderful free Sunday afternoon experience. They and you will be glad you did.
The theme of this year’s 35th Annual Membership Tea is: “Telling Our Tea Cup Stories.” As we commemorate and celebrate the birthday of our illustrious founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, (born July 10, 1875), we want to nostalgically harken back to a time when sharing time with friends and family often centered around “tea time”—where tea pots and tea cakes were central to long talks, laughter, and love shared among friends and family. Recalling and retelling of brief stories told and heard during such sharing events will characterize the networking segment of this year’s program. Each Affiliate organization is expected to carry out this theme at their respective tables. Not only will this be a fun activity, but it will, undoubtedly, be and enlightening one as well. The planning committee has allotted ample time for visiting and sharing. AND, a special feature of the day will be a SILENT AUCTION of high quality items—COME PREPARED to bid and purchase a variety of these items that are donations from affiliates and friends of NCNW.
To be sure, the major goal of the Membership Tea is to enlist many more members into the National Council of Negro Women, and specifically, into the NCNW/Austin Section. While we cast our net to the public at large, every year we acknowledge and reward our Affiliates who are successful at recruiting the most new members, renewing members, and Life Memberships. We welcome members of both genders; men are equally encouraged to join NCNW, as our current sole male member, Mr. Edward Abrams, can verify. There is work to be done in our community with young women and young men. We need and invite memberships that will put their shoulder to the wheel and help to bring about needed change in a variety of areas. It was the vision of Dr. Bethune to provide leadership toward improving the lives and destinies of African American people—especially the women—through education, training, and essential advocacy for better health and economic outcomes. This work is not gender-biased; it can be done by anyone who is inspired to raise awareness and support efforts that focus on those goals.
I look forward to seeing each of you on June 25th at the St. James Episcopal Church at 2:30 P.M. Good cheer, fun stories, and good eats await us. Affiliates are encouraged to review your food assignments and come prepared to showcase your wares.
Shirley J. Sprinkles, Ph.D
President, NCNW/Austin Section
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