NAUW installs officers, inducts new members

The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women recently embraced a new year with excitement and anticipation dedicated to being fully committed to the city of Pine Bluff by focusing on community service.

Bettye J. Williams, national 2nd vice president, conducted the branch’s installation ceremony of new officers for 2013-2015, after giving accolades to outgoing president, Jewell Walker.

Mary Liddell, took the helm as president after serving the branch as vice president for the past two years. Other officers installed were Mary Brentley, vice president; Sharon Nicholson, recording secretary; Alice Horton, assistant recording secretary; Margaret Owens, corresponding secretary; Bonita Corbin, financial secretary; Eunita Seals, treasurer; Pamela Johnson, historian; Josephine Adams, chaplain; Felicia Fisher, journalist, and photographers, Cheryl Hutchins, Cathryn Laurent and Amanda Wells.

Williams also conducted the induction ceremony of new members along with branch members Arlene Woody, Barbara Grayson and Mae Hawkins.

New members inducted were Kendra Jackson, Tonya Lemons, Delisha Ford-Morton, Lashondra Brown-Johnson, Marceinia Peoples, Lyska Dilworth, Janice L. Roberts, Tina Owens, Mary Grant, Betty Morris, Denika Smith, Marikka Bender, Sekethia Dilworth, Valerie Penix and Dana Mooney. Reclaim members were Sandra Smith-Jones, Margarette Williams and Hazel Linton.

Each new member was presented with a white carnation and a gift bag. These new members were energized and ready to exercise their strengths, wisdom and knowledge to become a great asset to the Pine Bluff branch and the community of Pine Bluff.

In the wake of World War II and its aftermath, a gathering of 15 like-minded, youthfully inspired Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) women, led by the vision of Katie B. Jackson Pierre, banded themselves during the solemnity of winter, emerging triumphantly on Feb. 8, 1945, as duly chartered members of the Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women.

The mission of the National Association of University Women is to serve women, youth and the disadvantaged in our communities and in developing countries by addressing educational issues, advancing the status of women’s issues, and strategically partnering with other organizations.