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People, April 4 - 10, 2012

admin | 4/5/2012, 4:35 a.m.

Happy birthday and congratulations to a grand lady, Mary Puna Bivins, who celebrated her 84th birthday on Saturday, March 24th at her home with a host of church friends, family in town and from out of town who all enjoyed The Junkanoos who concluded the festivities. Congratulations goes out to Mount Olivette Baptist Church and its members who are enjoying their 100th anniversary. Rev. S.A. Samsonwas its first minister from Coconut Grove Days Happy wedding anniversary greeting go out to Kevan and Hilda Marchwhich was on March 25th. It was their 34th. Our get well wishes and prayers go out to all of you! Among those who need our positive thoughts are Inez McKinney-Johnson, Grace Heastie-Patterson, Julia Smith-Tynes, Naomi Allen-Adams, Philip Wallace, Louise H. Cleare, Elouise B. Farrington, Shirley N. Funches, Princess Lamb, Thelma Dean, Ella Mae McKinney, Vennda-Rei Gibson, Winston Scavella, Yvonne Johnson-Gaitor and Jackie Livingston. The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womens Club, Inc. held its 54th Southeast District Conference, March 15th - 18th, in Miami at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel. District Governor Juanita Miller (of North Carolina) directed the entire event and was re-elected as district governor. The Miami-Dade Club was the host club and under the leadership of Wylene Robinson, who did an outstanding job assisting in the planning and selecting the speakers. Local speakers, Rosetta Hylton (organ donation), Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones (president of Miami Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta) and Eve Wright Taylor (associate counsel for the Miami Heat) set the tone with outstanding messages to district attendees. Maya Thurston, a graduating senior at Turner Tech, won second place in the district oratorical contest. South Florida Club attendees included: Kathleen Thurston (president), Nancy Dawkins, Martha Day, Nikki Baker, Regina Francois, Anna Cohens, Regina Hudson and Aquilla Williams. Miami-Dade Club attendees included: Wylene Robinson (president), Dr. Deborah Allen, Lillian Floyd-Ross, MaeDeon Reid and Roberta Felton. Local entrepreneur Nikki Baker published a superb souvenir journal though her company, SuperFlyers-Miami. Two local graduating seniors, May Thurston and Kyra Williams, participated in the districts Rites of Passage. Deceased members Ollie Williams and Barbara Wallswere given a special tribute during the memorial service. The Junkanoo Band paid a special visit to get everyone out of their seats. Only Miami can put on such a good time. To all my Tornados, do you remember how great Barbara Williams-Kee was (and still is) doingduring our high school days? Well, come to St. Agnes Episcopal Church and you can hear this song birds melodious voice in the choir any Sunday. Enjoyed your solos very much at our final Lenten service at St. Agnes last Sunday, Barbara! You still have that melodious voice. Karen Bullard-Jordan enjoyed her visit to the Bahamas. She also flew up to Rum Cay home of the Strachan family. Karen was the house guest of her aunts, Patrona Major and Shirley Strachan, and her cousin, Jackie Seymor. Congratulations to my Soror Stephanye Johnsonwho has been accepted as an inaugural member of the South Florida CRED (certificate in community real estate development) Class of 2012. Hearty congratulations to the 20, 2013 Black women listed of whom we are most proud. These exceptional women are Georgiana Johnson Bethel, Alice W. Johnson, Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns, Commissioner Juanita Smith, Charlie Powell Albury, Florene Litthcut-Nichols, Mary Alyce Treadwell Martin, Eunice W. Liberty, Vickie M. Smith Jackson,Dorothy W. Graham, Mary Williams Woodard and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and all Black women throughout the world!