Neletha Butterfield Attends Meeting in U.S.

June 27, 2019

Neletha Butterfield recently attended the 2019 Expanded Meeting of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc, North East District Club held in Norwalk, Connecticut.

A spokesperson said, “Under the leadership of Governor Ericka J. Davis the theme for the meeting was ‘Shaping Our Future through Bold Innovative Leadership.’

“In Governor Davis opening remarks she was thrilled that the Bermuda Club was in attendance and the reactivation of the Bermuda Club was indeed a prayer answered. Governor Davis shared with the members present the fond memories of the Bermuda club sisters, as she recalled attending the conference in Bermuda at the Grotto Bay Hotel and the phenomenal accomplishments of some the club sisters as recorded in 17 Trailblazers Who Walked With Purpose.

“The Northeast District [NED] of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. [NANBPWC was founded in 1935, by seven visionary women with a mission of promoting the interests of business and professional women and our youth, improving the quality of life in our communities. The association has seven geographic areas across the Unites States and has affiliates in Africa,

“The mighty Northeast District was established in 1959. Their geographic area includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Northern New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and the island of Bermuda. Their members who are from diverse backgrounds and professions, all work together to serve our community through participation in national, district and club programs, projects and initiatives.

“The NED is committed to serving their communities through LETS Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Service. They address key issues in the community Get Ready, Stay Ready [emergency preparedness], Triple the Pink [Triple Negative Breast Cancer], Think Heart Think Health, Domestic Violence -On Lockdown and S.A.F.E. Encounters [teaching youth to interact positively with law enforcement].

“At the conference, Neletha Butterfield’s recent book 17 Trailblazers Who Walked with Purpose was highlighted by Governor Davis.

“Governor Davis’ vision is to record the visions and accomplishments of women within the Association while they are still with us. Recording their experience creates permanence to their story. The memory is there to pass on the legacy to encourage and inspire others.

“She stated that Butterfield’s recording of the Sojourner Truth Awardees is especially important because these extraordinary women have impacted the community. They are celebrated with an award acknowledged by the Association and the community they serve. She said, Hon. Butterfield you have demonstrated what she would like each club to be mindful of in documenting the “Herstories” of the awesome women of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

“Mrs. Deborah Ballard the historian stated to Butterfield that Gov. Davis excitement was contagious when she spoke of her upcoming attendance at the extended meeting; so much so that she ordered her book online ahead of time just in case she didn’t travel with copies.

Mrs. Ballard said, “Butterfield stated when B & P sister Deborah told her she had her book she didn’t recall selling it to her or meeting her and finally figured it out that she must have purchased the book online and the moment she met me she asked for my signature, what a surprise this was and yes, I am truly excited and thankful that the club is recognizing the value of my recent book and will be sharing this great news and accomplishments at the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. at the 80th National Convention ‘Moving Forward with a Purpose: Empowering Women with infinite Success’ to beheld from 15th July – 21st July, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to adopt the vision of recording the legacy and history of our women in the clubs and throughout the community.

“As I gather local club histories and work on condensing information your book is assisting me as a model on what information I need to be mindful to focus on and include. I look forward to your assistance.”

“Butterfield said that she was so overwhelmed by the Governor’s remarks and message to her and very thankful for the great reception they afforded her at the meeting. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the Bermuda Business and Professional Women’s Club, the members past and present recognizing that without their support this would not have happened and publishing the book was a vision fulfilled.

“Some of the members of the Bermuda Club were the founder Mrs. Lilian Minors, the late Dame Lois Browne Evans, the late June Augustus, Mrs. Merle Brock Swan Williams, Mrs. Dorothy Matthews Paynter, Dame Jennifer Smith just to name a few.

“Let me say that I was shocked when the announcement was made but to God be the glory for the great things He has done and I am looking forwarding to attending the conference in July.

“The book 17 Trailblazers Who Walked with Purpose is available at the Bookmart or C.A.R.E. Learning Centre; call 292-0915 or email”

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  1. conscious observer says:

    wheres the photo op?

  2. Congrats says:

    Well done honey. Inspirational. Wish you all the best.