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Carolyn Crump Chapter President

Carolyn Crump
Chapter President

1st Vice President Rosa Nolen 2nd Vice President Addie Parker
Recording Secretary Forsythia Powell Corresponding Secretary Earnestine Goods
Financial Secretary Annie Reed Treasurer Delores Plummer
Chaplain Lillie Edwards Historian Sandra Walden
Parliamentarian Diane Sanford Public Relations Officer (Interim) Diane Sanford
Sergeant at Arms Catherine Armwood Immediate Past President Forsythia Powell


Durham Chapter Members

Catherine Armwood Delores Plummer
Carolyn Crump Forsythia Powell
Lillie Edwards Annie Reed
Earnestine Goods  Diane Sanford
Brendalyn Morris Sandra Walden
Rosa Nolen Lonita Whitted
Addie Parker  



Chapter Anniversary Celebration
March, 2014
Location: TBD
Description: Durham Chapter Continental Societies, Inc. will celebrate 35 years of serving children in the Durham Community.


History in Brief

The Continental Societies, Inc. is a national organization founded in 1956 and structured to foster, promote, improve and empower children and youth to have access to quality and appropriate opportunities to reach their optimal potential.

On July 26, 1978 a group of interested women were called together by Lillie Edwards and Gracie Rogers in Durham, North Carolina to discuss the objectives and purposes of the Continental Societies, Inc.  The desire to organize the second chapter in the state was born from this discussion. Contact was made and plans were underway for the Goldsboro Chapter Continental Societies to sponsor the Durham group.

On March 24, 1979 installation services were held at the Best Western Hotel in Durham and eleven energetic and dedicated women became charter members of the Durham Chapter Continental Societies, Inc. In addition, new members were installed in May 1980, August 1983, September 1985, December 1992, March 1996, March 2005 and September 2007.

The Durham Chapter has been fortunate to have dynamic leadership throughout the years. Presidents of the organization have been Gracie Rogers, Lillie Edwards, Diane Sanford, Georgetta Parker, Barbara Foskey, Delores Plummer, Forsythia Powell and Carolyn Crump.

Projects and programs for youth in the Durham Community are planned in the areas of health, education, employment, recreation + arts and humanities. For more than thirty years Chapter activities have been varied and purposeful. Listed below are just some of the many programs and projects sponsored and/or supported through the years by the Durham Chapter Continentals.

  • Annual educational scholarships for local students attending North Carolina Central University;
  • College Connection Tours to colleges and universities in North Carolina and Virginia;
  • Annual Princess Tea with elementary school classes and Lunch with Santa with day care centers;
  • Camperships for youth referred by Durham County Social Services, W. D. Hill Recreation Center, Cooperative Extension Services, Community Centers and others;
  • Annual donations of gifts, toys, furniture, clothes, money and personal items for needy families throughout the year and especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas;
  • Many volunteer hours working with students at local community centers and the elementary, middle and high schools along with monetary donations to agencies and groups such as John Avery Boys & Girls Club, Diabetes Foundation, Sickle Cell Anemia, youth departments of local churches, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, United Negro College Fund, Project Graduation, Headstart, City and County Health Fairs, Project Literacy, Durham Striders, school book fairs and many more;
  • Recreational outings and parties for special populations such as the physically and mentally challenged.

There is still much work to be done, but we will continue to invest our time and resources; serve as role models, mentors and friends; and build bridges for children and youth in the 21st Century.



Mailing Address:

1212 Summerville Lane
Durham, NC 27712