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Baltimore club pays homage to those who paved the way

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They exude leadership and service with an emphasis upon education and entrepreneurship. They are the members of the Baltimore City Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.

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This club, which began in 1941, has been in existence for seventy-three years and is an integral arm of a larger national association, founded in 1935.

Saturday April 26, 2014 the ladies of the Baltimore City Club paid tribute to the founders of the national organization and the local club. It was a celebration of the 73rd Annual Founders' Day Observance and Awards Luncheon, held at The Forum Caterers 4210 Primrose Avenue in Baltimore.

Attendees dined upon tossed salad, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and cheesecake.

A display at the rear of the assembly room contained pictures of the seven founding women. A special tribute was given as the names of all former Baltimore City National officers and former presidents were read.

The recipients were presented with plaques by the Baltimore City Club President Darleen Thomas.

Award recipients included:
Rochelle Purnell.....................Sojourner Truth Award
Dr. Tyrone Powers...................Man of Distinction
Renee G. Murrell....................Distinguished Service
Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell...............Innovative Business
Marilyn Mosby.......................Professional Achievement
Sejeana McDonald....................Scholarship

The chair and co-chair for the program were Rochelle Purnell and Bernice Hardy.

Music was provided by Vocal Artist, Brenda Doretha Tucker with accompanist David Alan Bunn.

Attendee Robin Wright said sharing her afternoon with a group of intelligent, black women was awesome. The panel took her back to the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. Each awardee's speech connected to the other as they spoke about saving the children.

Nija Bastfield, a guest of Marilyn Mosby, said the awardees were people she had never heard of and were very business-minded, but were about being public servants. She took notes as the awardees spoke and likes what the NANBPWC, Inc. organization represents. She thought the event was nice.

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. is rooted in visionary women from Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York who recognized a need for Negro business and professional women to come together for a common purpose.

Additional information about NANBPWC Inc. can be found at