History of MPAC
In 1996, Linda Meade and Barbara Stallworth were the co-founders of an interest group of the Continentals. They were members of the Philadelphia Chapter and wanted to expand to the Montgomery County and neighboring counties. I, like others were asked by a member of the Philadelphia Chapter to become a part of the interest group. The original interest group had 18 members with Linda Meade as President and Barbara Stallworth as Vice President. We were known as the Diamond Cluster Interest Group of Philadelphia Suburban Community. Our commitment and still is – to serve children and youth in our community. During that year, we worked closely with our sister chapter, Philadelphia Continentals. To show our dedication and interest, we provided computer software and minority literature to the Eisenhower Middle School library in Norristown, Pennsylvania. We also gave scholastic book awards to college-bound students.
On October 25, 1997, the Diamond Cluster Interest Group was officially installed as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Continental Societies, Inc. Linda Meade continued as President and Barbara Stallworth as Vice-President of the chapter. The Philadelphia Chapter didn’t like our chapter having the same beginning name (Philadelphia), so the name was changed in 2003 to the Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter, Continental Societies (MPAC). The year after we officially became a chapter, we installed 16 new members, which just about doubled our membership. Our meetings were held at each other’s homes until it became too difficult to accommodate everyone. Within recent years, we have been meeting at the Philadelphia Inquirer building (PNI) and Upper Dublin Municipal building.
After Linda Meade’s tenure, Patricia Holmes was president, then Victoria Johnson, Dr. Ann Adderly, Joanne Nichols, and starting her new term, Jackie Greene.
Some of the initiatives we have partnered and shared locally, nationally, and internationally as well as our own endeavors are: Read Across America, TV 10 Homework Helpline (tutoring), Eugenia House (mentoring) located in Lower Merion, Rubye’s Kids (Philadelphia), The Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation Children’s Christmas Party, Food Drives, Walk-a-thons (Sickle-cell & Birth defects), Health Fairs, Youth Employment Readiness Seminars, Project Warm – hats, gloves, and scarves drive, College Scholarships, and Book Awards. In March 208, we collected books as part of our participation in Pennsylvania’s Neighbor to Neighbor CDC, that were sent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science & Technology in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school’s library also serves as the public library and had been totally lost due to Katrina. Two of our members, as part of an educational contingent from Pennsylvania toured the school, and took the opportunity to read to the children and evaluated other needs of the school.
In January 2008, we sponsored the Solivita-Polk County, Florida Chapter, Continental Societies, Inc., which was organized by our member Pamela Sykes.
This gives you some idea of our chapter and what we are all about. Hopefully, you will be able to add to this on-going legacy of dedication and support for all children.