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Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association Annual Awards Banquet

Pictured above Renee Evans, Presenter and Latorie Lloyd, 2014 Woman of the Year

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Above L-R Front Row: Pamela Simmons Beasley, Dana Pompey-Powell, President Latorie Lloyd, Vice President Cynthia Thomas, Secretary Melissa White, Treasurer Pearl Mitchell. Back Row: Melinda Huggins, Camillia Powell, Ella Smith Jenkins, Anya Little-Knight, Renee Evans, Estelle Young, Toretha Wright, Donna Jackson. Not Shown: Ruth Black, Shayna Boston, Valvita Deas, Geri Evans, Minuette Floyd, Carolyn Jefferson, Mammie Price, Viola Sanders.

Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their annual Awards Banquet on Friday, May 16th at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on McSwain Drive. The keynote speaker for the event was Judy Smith-Irvin. Midlands Chapter presented their annual award for Woman of the Year to member Latorie Lloyd and Business Associate of the Year to community leader Sylinda P. Zanders. The Lucretia M. Cayruth Scholarship Awards were presented to Chapin High School senior Mikayla Prioleau and Howard University sophomore Brandi Montgomery.

ABWA is a prestigious national organization established for working women and business owners whose mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations to provide opportunities for them to grow personally and professionally through Leadership, Education, Networking, Support and National Recognition.

The Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association was organized in 1961 under the guidance of our sponsoring chapter Augusta Charter Chapter, with twenty-eight members and a budget of $660.00.Our first president was Mrs. Pinckney Suber.Two years later in 1963, Pinckney Suber as recognized as one of ABWA’s national top ten businesswomen.In 1964, our first nominated scholarship person received the grant from our National ABWA.

Through the years, Midlands Chapter has sponsored the Wren Chapter of Charleston, The Greater Richland Chapter, Orangeburg Charter Chapter, Heart of the Midlands Chapter and Las Mujeres Chapter.We have erected a “Welcome to Columbia” sign at the intersection of Two Notch and Decker Boulevard.This is a notice to all visitors that we are a vital organization in the city.

The past forty years have shown a steady growth of people, participation, and progress.Midlands Chapter has awarded many scholarships to women attending different colleges and universities. The chapter has also been awarded many banner awards, the Medallions and Star Awards, and continues to fulfill the dreams of many young women who might not otherwise be able to obtain a college education.Many of Midlands Chapter’s members have received undergraduate, graduate and law degrees since joining the chapter.

Midlands Chapter of ABWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chapter.

For more information visit www.abwamidlandssc.org.

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