In Remembrance of Advisor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton

Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton
On March 11, 2018, one of our dearest Advisors, the Rev. Dr. Israel Benni Singleton, transitioned into the next chapter of an amazing life. A life well-lived and shared by so many, Benni, as he was called by the League, family and friends, served as an advisor from January 2007 until June 2015, when his resignation was reluctantly accepted. He rarely missed a meeting or event and during his tenure with us, provided guidance, wisdom, humor and a realistic lens through which to assess our commitment and service to the Metropolitan DC community. Benni always used sound judgment in providing guidance and possessed a wealth of experience which he willingly shared with each one of us. He was honored by the League at our 75th Anniversary Ball, held in November 2016, held at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland for his years of commitment and service to our organization. He always had a way to keep us on track and to provide a sense of clarity and vision, which was grounded by his own faith and service that was a life-long commitment.

Benni joins a legacy of past advisors who are a valued part of the Young Women’s League’s legacy. He served us well, with integrity and honor. Benni will be missed and we are grateful for his contributions and service.


We Remember Lucille Fleming Preston

Lucile Preston On March 26, our oldest Member, Lucile Preston, passed away after a brief illness. Lucille had been a member of the Young Women's League, Inc., for 63 years. She served as League President from 1972-1975, 1977-1979 and 2006- 2010, Treasurer from 2010 – 2015, and Vice President and Committee Chair of various activities throughout her tenure.

Lucille was inducted into The Young Women’s League, Inc, through the sponsorship of Helen Bell, now deceased, in 1954. As a steadfast supporter of the League’s scholarship efforts, Lucille actively engaged the League in this philanthropic activity which provides college funds to selected Washington, DC high school seniors. Additionally, she spearheaded community service projects, such as the dedication of a completely furnished patient room to Children’s Hospital in 1978, lead the pledge and execution of countless donations to area community resources such as the United Negro College Fund, a donation to the Howard University Cancer Research Center, participation in volunteer services at U.S.O. dinners, contributions to St. Ann’s Infant Home, the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Stoddard Baptist House Rehabilitation Center in Northwest DC and the donation of bulletproof vests to the Metropolitan Police Department in 2007, just to name a few noteworthy accomplishments. In November of 2016, Lucille was honored at the League’s 75th Anniversary celebration in recognition of and appreciation for her remarkable 60+ years of League service. At the time of her death, Lucille held the honorable distinctions of longevity and service within the Young Women’s League.

Lucille’s wisdom, guidance and historical knowledge of the Young Women’s League, Inc., were invaluable assets not only to the current President but to all officers and members. We are deeply saddened by Lucille’s passing and share this loss with her family and friends. Although we will sorely miss her in many ways, Lucille’s legacy will continue to be the voice of this historic organization for many years to come.

Current Members

Officers

Deborah C. Bassard
President

Cheryl Bickers-Jordan
Vice President

Dorothy Jefferson
Recording Secretary / Historian

Cordelia Coleman
Corresponding Secretary

Jennine Jackson
Treasurer/Financial Secretary

Members

*Paulette Bethel

LaVerne Grant

Linda Gray

Joyce Greenfield

Janice J. Hall

Margaret Strother

Krysten Thomas

Keisha White


*Chaplain

Advisors

Allen Burriss

Joyce Pascal-Kilgore

Stanley Williams

The Honorable Sterling Tucker
Advisor Emeritus


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History

Below are pictures of all our members from past to present.

Founding Members

Doris
Founder, Doris Carter Mundy
Founding Members

Members from 1960s

Members of 1960s

Members from 1970

Members from the 60s

Members from 1980

Members of 1980

Members from 1986

Members, 1986

Members of 1996

Members, 1996

Members of 2001

Membership 2001

Members of 2015

Members, 2015

Members of 2016

Members, 2015