Women Celebrated And Just Good Friends Highlighted

Charming members of the Peachtree Chapter of Just Good Friends, Incorporated, scored an impressive and elegant touchdown when they entertained a host of fashionably attired metro Atlanta ladies Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:30-3:00 p.m. The memorable occasion was An Afternoon of Jazz Luncheon at the Swan Coach House in Northwest Atlanta. It was preceded with an enjoyable champagne reception in the well appointed patio of the Swan House which afforded a colorfully decorated setting for a friendship mixer. There was a palate pleasing and eye appealing lunch served by friendly entertaining and agile male and female servers. The dessert, shaped like swans, were delicious and caused tempting second requests, all to no avail.

The members include Queen Catchings, president; Louise Austin, Mary Gilliam, Theopia Johnson Tate, Doris Jackson, Allie Terry, June Crawford, Beryl Clark, Marcella Burrington, Thelma R. Bill, Sylvia Brewer, Garinell Davis, Mary Dickens, Eleanor Gilchrist, Barbara Hartsfield, Darlene Kimes, Renee Sanders and Patricia White. The luncheon committee included: Thelma Bell, Queen Catchings, Garinell Davis, Darlene Kimes and Theopia Tate. The J.O. Wyatt Trio provided the melodious jazz through the years that made the event – so enjoyable.

Just Good Friends was established in Washington, D.C. in November 1997 and was incorporated in August 1998 in Las Angeles, California. The colors are pink, silver and navy. The flower is the pink tea rose.


Five Black Women – Sparkling Specialties salutes, applauds, respects, admires and extends blessings, good wishes for achievement and success going forward. The top women of outstanding achievement, exemplary service, extra ordinary contributions and bravery is history making. They all exhibited courage unmatched for a journey of female leadership in the Peach State of Georgia and recently referred to as the pretty, articulate, competent Georgia’s fabulous five in an era of change for women power.


Centennial Love – Sparkling Specialties sends centennial love to Dr. Louise Thornton Hollowell. She celebrated her 107th natal day with family and friends at her Northwest Atlanta residence last month. The Virgo lady, is the widow of the late Civil Rights Attorney, Donald L. Hollowell.


Congratulations to the Women of Vision 2014, honored again during the annual Super Tuesday breakfast by Leona Barr Davenport and the Atlanta Business League at the downtown Renaissance Hotel. They heard an electrifying message by noted attorney, Patricia McCloud during the annual Super Tuesday events. I always am impressed and enjoyed the reunion and fellowship


Dr. Barbara Small Morgan was highly celebrated with an eventful birthday weekend appreciation when her doting sons, Dr. Jay F. Morgan, his wife Chyla Merritts Morgan and Dr. Brandon Small Morgan, invited family and friends to Charleston, S.C., for a whirl wind of social fetes honoring her with a memorable natal day events including a tour of Charleston, a reception and dinner at Charleston’s Grille, an after-glow mixer at the Aloft Hotel and a Farewell Bunch at the Another Broken Egg Restaurant. Among the Atlantans attending were Mrs. Annie Matthews and pretty daughters, Angie Storey and Ashley Matthews. Also there were: Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Waller, and their pretty daughters, Kelsie and Dena, who were spending the weekend in Charleston, peeped in and were, during the breakfast, introduced to the Morgan clan at the contemporary Loft Hotel. Other Atlantans witnessing the natal day celebration were cousins Dr. Loretta Phelps, Dr. Katrna Williams, Richard Marion, and Ronald Richardson of New Orleans.

On September 25, Dr. Morgan was honored by Atlanta Metropolitan State College, when the Small Morgan Lecture Hall in Elridge W. McMillan Academic Science Building Lobby was named in her honor. A host of faculty, students, family, former students and friends witnessed the 9:00 a.m. unveiling by President Dr. Gary A. McGaha and Dr. Morgan.

************************* Atlanta Alumnae Deltas - Sorors of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are busy planning programs, projects and events coming soon under the 5 point program focus including their annual fun and fellowship school days, Yuletide Cozy, Founders Day Observance and Celebration of Women. Carol Daniels Carter is the president.

Deltas have been congratulating top sorors all over the country this fall including soror presidents at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Alabama State University for their inaugural events, the mayor of the city of Savannah and others. *************************

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ABOE Approves Letter Of Intent For Operating Models

ATLANTA—The Atlanta Board of Education has voted to approve a letter of intent to the Georgia Department of Education indicating that Atlanta Public Schools will submit a petition for a Charter System operating model.

The district’s Operating Models and School System Flexibility Advisory Committee made the recommendation to pursue the new model to Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen in October. The board approved the recommendation Nov. 3, 2014.

“I want to thank the Advisory Committee for their commitment, vision and hard work in shaping the future of our district,” said Courtney English, Atlanta Board of Education chairman. “We are working to create a model in which students, families and faculty members all work together to meet the education needs of this generation. This recommendation is key to accomplishing our goal.”

Atlanta Public Schools, like all Georgia school districts, is legally required to notify the Georgia Department of Education of which flexibility option it intends to adopt by June 30, 2015. The district will now submit a letter of intent to the state’s Department of Education, begin completing the application required for operating under the new model, and start developing the necessary implementation plan for the transition. Community and stakeholder involvement will continue following the Board of Education action in November and will include more community information sessions, work sessions to develop cluster plans, and regular updates on the implementation progress. Pending local and state school board approvals, the transition to a charter system would happen for the 2016-2017 school year.

A charter system does not imply that all of the schools in APS will become charter schools. It means that the district will enter into a performance contract—also called a “charter”—with the state. The performance contract will allow APS to have broad flexibility to innovate and obtain possible financial savings from state waivers and additional per-pupil funding from Quality Basic Education Act allocations.

The recommendation comes from a community input process with support from an advisory committee of parents, residents and APS employees. The committee held its first meeting in August and began researching and discussing the state’s school system operating models and flexibility options, as well as collecting community input. The committee believes the Charter System model provides the flexibility and governance options necessary to meet the needs of Atlanta Public School students. The other two major school system operating models and flexibility options are Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) system and a Status Quo system.

The operating models vary in requirements for governance structure and allow school districts the flexibility to innovate and increase autonomy, including waivers from state education laws, rules and guidelines, in exchange for greater accountability and for improving student performance.

In recent school years, like the majority of school districts in the state, Atlanta Public Schools has used waivers from state requirements such as mandatory class sizes, expenditure controls, and staffing. The Charter System operating model allows Georgia districts to continue receiving these and other important waivers to conserve fiscal resources in addition to new waivers that allow districts to explore innovative strategies to increase student achievement.

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

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