Through the years, the New Rochelle Club has continued the legacy of our founders to serve by focusing on issues that affect the well-being of the community in the areas of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Service (LETS) and Health, Education, Employment, and Economic Development (HEED), our National mandate.
New Rochelle Club special service projects include: Black History Month - Observe the achievements of Blacks and their roles in history; Women’s History Month – Pay tribute to women and their accomplishments in history, culture and society; Collection and donation at Christmas of clothing and toys for children in Westchester County; Distribution of educational materials, health care items and clothing to Providence House; Contributed to and assisted in the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts; Contributed towards the National Headquarters Mortgage Retirement Fund in 2008; Contributed to and assisted in the 2012 Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts; Donate a Thanksgiving meal to needy families; Brown Bag Lunch Program; Support the Women of Faith Hope and Love, survivors of domestic violence program; Safe Encounters- mentoring youth and teaching safe police encounters; support Mustard Seed program – donations of needed items to Jamaica; financial workshops for women at Dress for Success; teaching children to crochet; mentoring of youth entrepreneur; Triple the Pink education on Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Go Red Sunday heart health education; Human trafficking workshop; collection and donation of school supplies to children in Bronx; Get Ready Stay Ready education workshops on disaster preparedness.
The New Rochelle Club is the recipient of National’s “Bertha Perry Rhodes Program Excellence Award,” “The City of New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award” and a “Certificate of Appreciation Award from Westchester County, New York.”
The New Rochelle Club continues to be a beacon of hope in providing services to others.
The New Rochelle Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. was founded by 16 dynamic women (Augustus P. Turner, Pauline Flippen, Elizabeth Wilson, Ernestine Boyer, Leona Farrington, Eva Gore, Kathleen Jordan, Cecelia Williams, Julia Brown, Katherine Rhone, Corie Rutherford, Doris Wilson, Louise Smith, Loretta Madison, Beryl Cobb and Patricia Haltaufderhyde). These very special women saw the need to create a forum in which African American women would be able to fully participate in bringing about meaningful changes in their community. According to one of the founders, “The Lincoln School integration struggle and other civil rights issues were key concerns that moved many of us to deep social commitment and to demand that democratic procedures take precedent in all areas of our lives.” All these forces were strongly reflected in the operations of this new club during those turbulent early days of the civil rights movement. The New Rochelle Club was chartered on December 6, 1955 by our National Association with Mrs. Augustus P. Turner becoming the club’s 1st president. Thus, the fledgling New Rochelle Club evolved from the participation of its charter members in the early struggles of the civil rights movement.
The purpose of The New Rochelle Club was to enable African American women to participate in bringing substantive positive change in their public and private lives, to offer positive role models to our youth and to explore alternatives in meeting the challenges of women in a changing world
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