FORT VALLEY - On Aug. 25 the State Coalition of Georgia, National Council of Negro Women held its inaugural height leadership state training. Since being organized in 2016, members spoke up from all over the peach state saying they wanted a state training. Every community-based section was represented which included Columbus, Rockdale-Newton, Henry-Clayton County, Valdosta, Greater Atlanta, Savannah and DeKalb.
The icing on the cake was the collegiate sisters who were in attendance! Fort Valley State University collegiates and their advisor, Joy Moten-Thomas, showed the state sisterly love as they hosted the training on their campus. Information was shared with members including the state budget and financial procedures handbook, state membership handbook, committee do’s and don’ts, Section Executive Boards do’s and don’ts along with a fun sisterly team building activity led by the State BHRP Chair, Dr. Janea Johnson.
The State Parliamentarian, Dr. Darlene Ruffin-Alexander, provided members with the importance and knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order, affiliates roles and the importance of voting. The newly elected Rockdale-Newton Section President-Elect, Debbie Hillman, took time to educate the collegiate sisters on checking their voter registration status and how to register online during the training! Dr. Gloria Dodson from the Henry-Clayton County Section gave an amazing presentation of leadership impact.
State President & National 3rd Vice Chair Sharah Denton presented each incoming or re-elected Section President in collegiate and community sections with a certificate of appreciation. Denton also recognized sisters who commit their time and talents to our national headquarters: Dr. Lois Keith, National Vice Chair; the National Member-At-Large, Sherri Washington of Rockdale County, and Belinda Pedroso, who serves on the Programming Committee.
The Height Leadership Training is a biennial training for incoming section leaders and for members who are interested in the future to run for a state office for Georgia. The training as of now will be held on the same year as incoming Section Leaders to ensure they transition smoothly into their new roles. Special thank you to the section leaders and members who were in attendance. Sisterhood in action!