History


The Raleigh Chapter of Delicados, Inc. was organized August, 1966 with Gladys Johnson, founder. Chapter charter members were Louise Johnson, Frances Whitaker, Louise Nelson, Dorothy House, Iris Trotter, Elaine Jacobs, Pearl Smith, Muriel McKoy, Gladys Johnson, and Theodoshia Vines. A membership made up of ten dedicated women. The first Officers were: Gladys Johnson, President; Frances Whitaker, Vice President; Louise Nelson, Secretary; Louise Johnson, Corresponding Secretary; and Theodoshia Vines, Treasurer.

We were known as the Delletts Civic and Social Club. On November 14, 1967, we were officially installed in National  Delicados, Inc., with chapter members attending the installation service from Washington, D.C, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia. The Washington Chapter is our "Mother Chapter”. Vivian West one of the Founding members of Delicados, Inc. was the National President for the installation of our Chapter.  We are one of ten chapters on the East Coast. Chapters are located in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia (Washington, DC). The Raleigh Chapter is the only chapter in North Carolina.

The name Delicados is of Spanish origin, meaning “The delicate ones”. Our motto is “We strive not to equal but to excel”. Our colors are Pink and Black. The pink rose is our flower. The spouses and sweethearts (significant other) are known as the Del-Gents. Children and grandchildren are Del Tots/Del Teens.

The Conclave is the governing body and is held annually in May or June with one of the chapters serving as host.  The Raleigh Chapter has been host for six conclaves: 1970, 1975, 1982, 1989, 1999 and 2009.

Our Purpose is to promote unity and foster friendship among sisters of Delicados, Inc.  We engage in civic, cultural and social activities among our members in our city, our state and the world community.  Our chapter is involved in the following programs: Back-A-Child Program at the former YMCA Garner Road now the Garner Road Community Center; Wake County Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group Chapter, Inc; NAACP, Race for the Cure the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Tutorial Program for Kindergarten through fourth Grade male students at Hunter GT Magnet Elementary School; (Heifer Foundation that consists of:  Send a Girl to School, Women Entrepreneurship, and Third World Feed the Hungry Program); Dress Barn/Dress for Success Program; Helen Wright Women’s Center-Downtown Raleigh; YWCA Senior Oaks Lunch Program (discontinued when the Hargett Street YWCA closed); Del Tots/Del Teens Homeless Project; Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving and Christmas; Adopt A Senior Citizen Complex Project “Sharing the Love”, Back-Pack for Kids Program at Hunter GT Magnet School (non-perishable foods for students to take home on weekends), Prevent Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Program and Annual Prevention of Child Abuse 5K Walk, established a scholarship fund in honor of The Raleigh Chapter of Delicados, Inc. founders and chapter members, and finally our own Promenade of Roses to honor Wake County Senior Citizens.

Our honorary members were Dr. Elizabeth Cofield (deceased October 2009) and Cliffornia G. Wimberley (deceased November 2015). Theodoshia Vines, charter member, departed our rose garden in January 2014.  Muriel McKoy, charter member departed our rose garden in September 2015. At the present time there are two living charter members; Louise Johnson is our active charter member and Frances Whitaker is our inactive charter members.

Our present members are Sarah Atkins, Anne Bailey, Tara Barber, Lillar Barnes, Elizabeth Chance, Alfredia Collins, Margaret Egerton, Fidie Estes, Shirley Foye, Joyce Fray, Betty Holman, Brenda Jeffreys, Louise Johnson, Martha Kearney, Wilma Keith Jackson, V. LaVerne Lane, Joycesonia Lawson, Cardella Mathes,  Enid Patterson (Emeritus), Carolyn Penny,  Mary Robinson, Mavis Robinson, Eula Rush, Tamisha M. Thomas, Wiladene Thomas, H. Celeste Turner,  and Queen Walker (Emeritus).

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