The Ladies, Lords and Teens are having an exciting year. They definitely walked the walk and talked the talk. The Ladies and Teens partnered with the Tree Mount Temple Baptist Church Friday, August 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. for a College and Community Organization Fair. The theme was "Come out and support as we grow in our community", Saturday, September 9, 2016, the Ladies attended and walked in the San Antonio "Walk to End Alzheimer's".
The event was held at the AT&T Entertainment Center and raised 87 percent of their goal. The Ladies volunteered with "Praise in Purple", a community outreach organization that visits churches through out the year to bring awareness to this mental illness. Some of TLOD Ladies are members of The National Council of Negro Women and work closely with this organization and their activities to partner with and support Beat Aids. TLOD and several Lords attended the AIDS Banquet which is always a success.
The TLOD Ladies and Teens Partnered with Educators Voter Registration Initiative (EVRI) and in 4 short weeks, visited 395 classrooms in 9 schools across 8 Bexar County school districts, registering new qualified citizens to vote, and to take their future into their own hands. Literacy was busy collecting books that will be donated to elementary schools, while Beautification was busy collecting plastic water bottles and recycle bags to help keep America Beautiful. The month of October was a busy month for the Ladies and Teens.
The Ladies participated in the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Walk October 8, 2016, and also made a monetary donation to the SCD Foundation. They also participated in the Toy Drive for Sickle Cell. Disease The ladies participated in the Breast Cancer Walk which took place at Our Lady of the Lake University, October 19, 2016. The Status of Women hosted a Back-to-Work-Program --- The Job Readiness --- Job Search Tips and Non-traditional Employment for Women. The month of November was an impressive month, hosting a Back-To-Work Program "Dress for Success".
The program was designed to educate women on Dress and Presentation Skills for Career Success. River City Chapter partnered with the United States Army in a joint effort to promote a Women's Program. River City Chapter presented a Community Women's Program on November 19, 2016, titled "This is What Extraordinary Looks Like". The U.S. Army has allocated a donation to River City Chapter for successfully promoting awareness of Active Duty and Retired Military Women in their community. The event was held at the San Antonio Airport Holiday Inn. The honorees were: Mischele Anderson, Pauletta D. Bluiett, LaToya Perry-Jenkinsday, Sonya McAfee, Mary K. Johnson-Russell, Rayvon Stanley and Jennifer Williams Wilson. Lady Tracy Brazil was the honored 2016 Top Lady of the Year.
Teen Christianna Woodard who has been a member of the River City Chapter Top Teens for the past 5 years, was selected as TLOD River City Chapter Scholarship Recipient. Christiana currently attends Prairie View A & M University. Ebony K. Anderson was selected 2016 Student of Distinction Scholarship recipient who is a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. River City Chapter launched their "Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African American Males" (A-TEAAM) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at S. J. Davis Middle School on San Antonio's East Side.
There are 11 young males of color presently in the program. The A-TEAAM consists of Mentors from River City Chapter Top Ladies of Distinction , Inc., 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Bowden Chapter Business and Professional Women, Inc. and TLT-HOPE- Transforming Lives Through Hope. The Top Teens are busy working on Mission, Leadership, Mental Toughness, Empowerment, Networking, Teamwork, Unity and Mentoring (M.O.M.E.N.T.U.M), and other activities with the Ladies.
Lady Rhonda Harris, Chapter President
Lady Vera Young, Historian