Goldsboro Continental Societies members recognized at regional meeting

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Four members of the Goldsboro Chapter of Continental Societies Inc. attended the 35th Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. Vernal Best, Comatha B. Johnson, Dionne Johnson and Hiawatha Jones participated in many activities. The chapter and members received several recognitions for service and achievements.

Comatha B. Johnson served as mistress of ceremony at the club’s awards luncheon. She also serves on the club’s regional executive board as recording secretary.

The Goldsboro Chapter was recognized for completing projects encompassing the organizations’ five point thrust of health, education, employment, recreation and the arts and humanities. The chapter served 5,573 children and youth in the local community last year.

The club’s programs focused on anti-bullying, career opportunities, a Red Ribbon Campaign on drug prevention, healthy eating, college readiness and survival and a healthy living camp. During the month of February, the chapter partnered with local schools and churches for the National African American Read-In initiative, reading to more than 4,000 children and youth.

The chapter received second place overall for the Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Chapter Award. Additionally, the chapter received second place for the regional scholarship award and was also the recipient of the Florence Prunty Scholarship.

Best received the Commitment and Cooperation Award for programs. Jones received the Unsung Sisterhood Award for exemplary service during the year and served as chairperson of the regional nominating committee.

Comantha B. Johnson chaired the Regional Fundraiser-Stay-At-Home Ball with proceeds benefiting the region’s scholarship and HEER plus arts and humanities programs. She also received the Continental Extra Effort Award for service beyond the call of duty. She presented the 2019 Comatha B. Johnson Outstanding Member/Leadership Award to National President Robin Browder of the Northern Virginia Chapter.

Jones and Comatha B. Johnson served as co-chairs of the Commemorative Souvenir Journal with the theme: “Celebrating 35 years of Service, Achievement and Sisterhood.” A tribute to Minnie Carney was featured in the Souvenir Journal for her 58 years of uninterrupted and dedicated service to the Goldsboro Chapter, which is also celebrating its 58th anniversary.

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