Sisters’ Circle ‘Answering The Call’

Sisters CircleBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

August is deemed as Black Philanthropy month, which is currently in its seventh year.
Locally, Kansas City’s up and coming philanthropic group called, Sisters’ Circle, is on the rise only after two years.

This year they presented Awesome Ambitions with a check for about $17,000 to help in the endeavors mentoring school age girls.

According to Dr. Marjorie Williams, the group started a little over a year ago after she read a post by Ms. Pat McDonald that simply read, “What if?”

“The Sisters’ Circle stated in 2016 with the basic question posed by Pat McDonald on Facebook, ‘What if?’. That was just the statement that started the ball rolling,” Dr. Williams said.

“So, I responded back with question marks, because there was nothing after her statement. And then she stated what if we were able to organize a group of women who could come together and raise money to give back to our community? So, I immediately responded, ‘I’m in.’” Dr. Williams said.

So Ms. McDonald, Nicole Jacob Silvey and Ruth Roberson, along with Dr. Williams, formed Sisters’ Circle.

“The four of us got together and we met at a restaurant on Troost and we set out our goals of who we are trying to get the money out to and why and all of the questions that we thought would come up and then we built the group from there including the name,” she said.

“We went back to the old school model when social clubs couldn’t go to the hotels so they hosted events in the homes of the members. So, our first meeting was hosted by Cynthia Wheeler. We had about 100 women attend and we were all over her home. We were in the kitchen and the living room, too. Women parked and walked from several blocks to attend the first meeting. And we had all of the women sign a print of an African American woman to mark the first meeting,” Dr. Williams stated.

For women interested in joining the group and can’t afford the entire $202.50, they can make payments to pay the full amount within a year.

“We want women to be able to join regardless of their financial situation. Even at $20 per month they can join and be a part of the group. They just can’t vote until all of their dues are paid in full. People join because they want to be a part of something,” she said.

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Sixth Annual Sly’s Rock The Block Celebration Saturday

The sixth annual Sly’s Rock the Block celebration is set for this Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Washington Square park.

The event will offer a variety of entertainment and family-friendly activities to mark another year of successful summer programs.

“All summer long Club K.C. and Mayor’s Nights provide our young people with an opportunity to have fun in a safe and caring environment,” said Mayor Sly James.

“Saturday’s event is about the community as a whole and bringing people together to celebrate the end of summer with good food and family-friendly activities and entertainment,” he said.

This free event, produced by the Mayor’s office, Kansas City Parks and Recreation department, and the Kansas City Police department, is open to the public and will feature family-friendly activities live music, cultural performances, and community resources.

The first 1,500 attendees will receive tickets for free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Several food trucks will also be on the premises offering various food items for sale.

Parking is free at the Blue Cross Blue Shield parking lot, on the north side of Washington Square park.

Live entertainment will begin at approximately 10 a.m., featuring the Jamil Family band; Little Troy Lee Sanders; Los Bailadores

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18th And Vine Improvement Plan Hits One-Year Mile

Councilman Jermaine ReedOne full year since July 16, 2016, when the City Council approved funding for Phase 1 of a larger $27.6 million, three-phase plan to improve the 18th and Vine Historic District, and allocated $7 million for Phase 1 projects, Third District Council members Jermaine Reed and Quinton Lucas, together with the City Manager Troy Schulte presented at a news conference the newly published 18th and Vine Improvements Plan Update and Year-in-Review, a 20-page report that provides highlights on the vision, momentum, and improvements that are part of the 18th and Vine Improvements Plan.

Councilman Reed, who also is Chair of the 18th and Vine Development Policy Committee, shared with news conference attendees that 18th and Vine is not just about history and what happened here a long time ago. “It is about opportunity and evolution, and what we are doing right now to ensure a sustainable future. It is about where we are going and our collective vision for how we get there.”

 

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