The Ladies Aid Society of Pleasant Green Baptist Church will gather to celebrate their 63rd anniversary on Sunday May 17th. At 3:30 p.m. the church and community will give honor through this organization for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The theme for this event, “Outstanding Christian Women Working for God,” is a testament of their years of effort. The Ladies Aid Society will recognize the honorees in the following areas: medicine, law, music, journalism/ publishing, ministry, banking/finance, and education.
Dr. Marquette Faulkner, acting senior vice-president for Health Affairs and interim dean for the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College will be honored in the area of medicine. Faulkner is responsible for overseeing Meharry’s clinical programs. As interim dean, he is responsible for academic programs, student affairs, graduate medical education, curriculum development, and financial management of Meharry’s largest academic unit.
Judge Sheila Calloway, the current Juvenile Court Judge for Metro Nashville Nashville/Davidson County will be honored in the area of law. As a judge, Calloway is also the court appointed special advocate (CASA), member of the Metro Public Defender’s Office, and lead judge for Davidson County Model Court of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court judges.
Bettye E. Crutcher Barnes, songwriter and current instructor in songwriting at the Stax Music Academy will be honored in the area of music. Barnes has written song lyrics for many well-known artists including Aretha Franklin, Johnny Taylor, Bette Midler, Billy Eskstine, Mary J. Blige, and the Staple Singers.
Rosetta Miller-Perry, publisher of the Tennessee Tribune newspaper and Contempora magazine, will be the honoree for journalism/publishing. Perry is also the publisher of the Tennessee Tribune, a weekly publication.
The Rev. Olivia M. Cloud, an ordained minister at Berean Baptist Church, Nashville is he honoree in ministry. Cloud is also a volunteer minister at the Nashville Rescue Mission Hope Center, a Christian-based life recovery program for women where she leads chapel services quarterly at the Rescue Mission’s Family Life Center for transitional women and children.
Beverly Barton, manager/CEO of the Metropolitan Teachers Credit Union is the honoree for banking/finance. MTCU, established in March of 1957, was the first Black operated credit union in Nashville, Tennessee. It has grown to over 900 members.
Mary Walker and Eleanor Bright are the honorees in education. Walker completed 43 years of successful teaching in the Williamson and Metro Davidson county school systems. Bright completed 40 years of teaching in the Wardell, Mo.; Franklin, Tenn.; and Metro Nashville school systems. Both work with the Beautillion, an event that is sponsored by the Top Ladies of Distinction organization.
President of the Ladies Aid Society Deacon Walbrey Whitelow is excited about this years’ anniversary celebration and its focus on the achievements of local female leaders.
“These exceptional eight women are an inspiration to everyone, and the Ladies Aid Society is proud to honor them,” said Whitelow.
For additional information call the church office at 329-1189.