Dear Woman of Power and Distinction,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the Mid-Island Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., (NANBPWC) website. With a mission focused on addressing the health, educational, economic and employment, leadership, technological, and entrepreneurial needs of Suffolk County residents, through mandated programming and organizational vision, the Mid-Island Club continues to embrace its service and advocacy roles.
Founded in 1935 by seven courageous women who sought to promote and protect the interests of African-American women, the NANBPWC, Inc., became a gateway for individual professional, social and economic mobility while serving and uplifting the collective African-American community. To move that mission forward, in 1958, Mrs. Florence Allen Holmes, a member of the New York City Club who, went on to become the sixth National President of NANBPWC, Inc., established the Mid-Island Club on Long Island.
For the past 62 years, the Mid-Island Club has diligently worked to deliver programs and events that encourage and enhance the lives of youth, women, the underserved, and communities of color throughout Suffolk County, N.Y. And while COVID-19 has altered how we carry out programs and initiatives, it has not stopped us from continuing the mission of our Founders. Instead, it has ignited us to be more innovative and creative in changing lives.
With a membership that includes lifetime NANBPWC members, seasoned professionals, up-and-coming executives, educators, nurses, business owners, and other professionally licensed women, members of the Mid-Island Club are fully committed to the things that impact, affect and have the ability to alter our community. In addition to the adult club, the Mid-Island Club has a youth club that teaches and emboldens students ages 12-18 to be fearless global leaders. Students engage in learning interview skills, resume writing, public speaking, debating, building networks, and understanding their role as the next generation of community activists.
As you peruse our website, please take note of the nationally mandated events and programs we execute each year. Whether it’s a program regarding sex trafficking, SAFE conversations between law enforcement and our youth, breast cancer awareness, leadership development, etc., the Mid-Island Club is blazing a trail and we invite you to join us.
Betty F. Brown-Greene,
17th President, Mid-Island Club, Inc.
"Moving Forward with a Purpose: Empowering Communities and Shaping Lives while Strengthening B&P."
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Incorporated, is a non-profit organization. The club was organized in 1958 by Florence Allen Holmes exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes as specified in Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding provisions of any Federal tax laws.
Florence Allen Holmes subsequently served as the eighth National President of the Association. The focus of the club was to create awareness in the community of the presence of Negro Business and Professional Women, to generate programs to enhance our youth and to render growth and stability to the African American family. Mid-Island Club is one of over three hundred clubs that make up the National Association that was organized in 1935. The first president of Mid-Island Club was Lila Barnes, who held the office from 1958-1961. The current president is Betty Brown-Greene. Past presidents are Gloria Smith, Lillie P. Francis, Barbara Ford, Constance Nichols, Mildred Green, Leora Heyward, Anne K. Williams, JoAnn Van Noy, Joanne E. Braxton, Claretha L. Smith, Marie E. Castillo, Deborah James Epps, Lois R. Branch, Kathryn Negri and Linda Wood-Hoyt.
The Mid-Island Club’s membership is comprised of dynamic, caring, business, professional and entrepreneurial women committed to making a difference through education, service, and technology. The club’s outreach is all of Suffolk County, New York and it takes great pride in following the aforementioned National Program focus and we have received National recognition for our outstanding work in the community, interactions with schools and churches and partnerships with other nonprofits.
The Mid-Island club has been very successful in identifying the needs of the community it services and takes action by sponsoring educational programs, creating events or holding workshops, health clinics, food drives, feeding the needy and supplying clothes and toys to children to address these and other needs. In addition, our service to youths is really the heart and soul of the club. We have an outstanding and very involved Youth Club which also follows the National program focus.
The Mid-Island Club has given out over $150,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors through the years and sponsors many programs and events with a direct aim at enhancing the educational knowledge and personal growth of our youth.
In 2014 the Mid-Island Club received a grant from the New York State Council of Humanities for a Black History program that our youth presented during Black History month. If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Mid-Island Club please email us at Suffolkcountymidislandclub@gmail.com
If you want to learn more about our National organization please visit www.nanbpwc.org.
As a member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc.,
I pledge to become involved, to be constant, cooperative, enthusiastic and concerned about the problems and social ills affecting the young people of my community.
I will help promote the interest of Business and Professional Women and invest myself in the willing service of others.
Feel free to contact us.
P. O. Box 439 , Central Islip, NY 11722
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