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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Frontiers International, Inc.
News Release
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Wilma Evans, the first chairwoman of Frontiers International, Inc., will head the 72nd National Convention at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel the week of July 15-21, 2013.

The theme is “Striving for Excellence – Committed to Service” Our motto is “Advancement through Service”

Evans became the first female to head the prestigious organization during its 2012 Convention in Atlanta, GA. In accepting the position Evans said that she welcomed the challenges to help move the organization forward. Evans is president of the North Houston Club.

Frontiers is the oldest black service organization in the country, founded in 1936 in Columbus, OH by Nimrod Booker Allen, then executive secretary of the Columbus, OH Urban League. Frontiers are a national, non-profit, non-sectarian service organization.

Allen, at the time, had concerns about the conditions of blacks in America and wanted to confront the many problems that faced the minority community. He wanted the organization to be dedicated to service, and that wish holds true today.

As a result of the men who gathered to form the organization “Frontiers of America” was incorporated in Ohio on December 24, 1938. In 1962 the Frontiers became “International” (and was named “Frontiers International Inc.) when a charter was granted to a club in British Guiana (now called Guyana).

One of the major projects undertaken by the Frontiers in 1950 was the establishment of the first and only national foundation dedicated exclusively to the provision of funds for the research, treatment and cure of Vitiligo, a disease which robs its victims of skin color. Projects like this characterized the profile o the Frontiers in the form of service.

Today local clubs volunteer service in their communities which characterized the needs and activities of those areas. Their response always upheld the principles of volunteer service. Many of the clubs also provide scholarships to minority students.

Frontiers, in its history, like that of the NAACP and the Urban League, formed a “spoke in the wheel” that linked together the past and the present in the lives of black Americans. The organization has clubs across the nation that are include Frontiers International, Inc., Coordinating Council (women’s auxiliary) and the Frontiers Foundation.

The work of the Frontiers through the years has been continuously voluntary, dedicatory and exemplary.

We invite the residents of Houston, and surrounding areas, to join us for a week of fellowship with the men and women of Frontiers International, Inc.

There will be luncheons, a style show, workshops, and a Chairman’s Ball. We also will be out in the community performing a service project by helping at a shelter and presenting the residents there with toiletries.

Come and meet the Frontiers family during a “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday and then stay for our “Denim & Diamonds” dance from 6-8 p.m.

On Friday, from noon to 2 p.m. come and watch our “models” (Frontiersmen and Coordinating Council) walk the runway in their private attire. It’s always a blast.

There also will be workshops, provided by the Foundation, on Thursday.

The Frontiers organization is divided into nine districts across the country. Each district elects a director, who services as the interface between the district clubs and the Frontiers Executive Board. The annual convention, held in July, provides an opportunity for Yokefellows (as we are known) to reunite and exchange information, while serving as the primary Frontiers business meeting.

As you see there will be plenty for you to enjoy while mingling with members of the Frontiers family and learning why you should join us in our continued dedication to service.

Visit us on our website at www.frontiersinternational.com




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