The need to work within the communities that we resided brought about the vision to charter a chapter within the river parishes of St. James, St. John and St. Charles. The visionaries, Mary Carpenter, Erika Love, Claudette Luke, Charlene Williams and Evangeline Davis, active sorors of Bayou Lafourche Area Alumnae Chapter (BLAAC), made the initial contact with the Regional Director, Soror Mae Frances Rowlett to begin the process.
Changing the demographic data of BLAAC and locating sorors that might be interested in the formation of the chapter was a great challenge. We faced the challenge of worthiness of a chapter in our area and the number of sorors necessary to form the chapter. After many long months of discussions at the regional level, the number needed was supplied.
Soror Gwendolyn Harrison also previously of BLAAC was instrumental in making many contacts. Each of the initial five, began to seek out financial sorors within the three parish area. Finally, the number was achieved with all the necessary documents to begin the process.
Mae Frances Rowlett, Southwest Regional Director, established that we were to be chartered on March 23, 2013. The chartering ceremony was held at the First Community Antioch Baptist Church Family Center in Lutcher, Louisiana with twenty-six sorors present for the chartering.
The first chapter meeting brought about the election of officers that were as follows: Mary J. Carpenter, President; Madeline Jasmine-Bourgeois, Vice-President; KarmaTaneece Bailey, Treasurer; Dina Perkins, Financial Secretary; Markquelyn Ursin, Recording Secretary and Evageline Davis, Corresponding Secretary.
Mary J. Carpenter
R. Schuyler Jarrow
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