President's Message


We are extremely proud of the progress our chapter has made throughout the years in nurturing future leaders through philanthropy, volunteerism, and leadership development. Over the years, we partnered with the Queens Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Studio Museum in Harlem, National Urban League, Black Spectrum Theater, and most recently with St. Johns University and the Jamaica YMCA. In more recent years, our goal has been to instill in our children oratory skills, the civic duty to vote, commitment to community service and vigilance in matters concerning Black lives. This enormous body of work and achievement can only be attributed to the hardworking members of the chapter, both past and present.

In 2017, our chapter accomplished a great deal. To begin the year, our chapter was awarded Chapter of Distinction at the National Convention. Our Program Handbook was rated Superior. We awarded our first Emilie Pickens scholarship to commemorate our chartering member, who most notably served as the organization’s first National Vice President and the second National President. We worked with the Liberty Partnership Program to host a 10-week class to teach oratory skills to high achieving high school students from disadvantaged schools. Mom Alyson Thompson Hughes and dad Lamar Hughes facilitated the program which culminated in an oratorical contest providing monetary prizes. Our Teens participated in a chapter oratorical program facilitated by our Teen advisors. We unveiled a Town Hall to provide a venue to have questions answered by professionals about matters impacting the black community and law enforcement. We raised over $20,000 at our Spring Soiree, much of which was donated to Ronald McDonald House.

We are looking forward to an exceptional 2017-2018 program year.

Warm Regards,

Carmelia Taylor

Queens Chapter President

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