New Dominion Section: HerStory

2018-2019 Highlights

  • June 3, 2018 Seventy-four women chartered the New Dominion Section of National Council of Negro Women.

  • September 30, 2018 NDS held the first section meeting at the Sully Government Center in Chantilly, VA.

  • October 20, 2018 The Bethune Height Recognition Program was held at Martin’s Crosswinds, MD. We had one Legacy Life and six Life – membership acknowledgements.

  • November 9-11, 2018 NCNW 58th National Convention was held in Washington, DC. We had four NDS Lifetime members and two Annual members attended.

  • December 15, 2018 NDS held its first Community Service project at the Fauquier County Rehabilitation Nursing Facility Paint and Sip with the participation of five NDS members and eight residents.

  • 2018 Fall/Winter Sisters Newsletter.  NDS section members made the newsletter’s front page.

  • February 10, 2019 NDS Community Service Committee served Western Prince William County Toiletry Drive for First Baptist Church. NDS provided 35 toiletry bags to donate. Five NDS members participated.

  • April 25, 2019 NDS Community Service Committee served Western Fairfax County providing dinner to participants in the Parenting Education Program at Grace Church in Springfield, VA.

  • July 28, 2019 NDS participated in the bowling fundraiser for PAGE Inc. (Prosper Adapt Grow Empower) five NDS members participated.

  • September 21, 2019 NDS members participated in the Howard University Research Center Sickle Cell 5K Walk for a Cure. We had three NDS members participated.

NDS at Nationals.PNG

2019-2020 Programs and Activities

The Bethune-Height Recognition Program: The New Dominion Section of NCNW supported the Bethune Height Recognition program which honors Bethune Achievers, Life Members, and Legacy Life Members who contribute, join or upgrade through the Program. The 45th Annual Bethune Height Recognition Program was held on October 19, 2019.  "Women Empowered to Serve" was the theme for this year’s event. We had several member to attend and 4 members were recognized.

BHRP 2019
BHRP 2019

Bethune Height Recognition Program 2019

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BHRP 2019
BHRP 2019

Bethune Height Recognition Program 2019

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BHRP 2019
BHRP 2019

Bethune Height Recognition Program 2019

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BHRP 2019
BHRP 2019

Bethune Height Recognition Program 2019

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Community Service: The New Dominion Section of NCNW  implemented community outreach programs focused on the following service areas: Loudoun County, western Fairfax County, western Prince William County, and Fauquier County.

  • NDS members kicked off the Section’s first community service event at Fauquier County’s Nursing facility on December 15, 2020. There were about eight spirited residents to participate in the Sip and Paint activity. 

  • NDS participated in NOVA Project Giveback at Gum Springs Community Center, where members helped prepare boxes for families and make delivery of the boxes to families in need.

  • NDS volunteered at Grace Church in Springfield, VA and prepared and served dinner for participants in the Parenting Education Program.

  • NDS members prepared 35 toiletry bags (5 male bags, 15 female bags, and 5 children bags) for the homeless that were donated to the First Baptist Church in Manassas, VA.

  • NDS collaborated with Loudoun County Child Protective Services Agency for their Adopt a Family Program to assist families in need for the holidays and donated close to 60 gifts to the family including items requested by the family and gift cards on December 8, 2020.

  • NDS supported The Good News Community Kitchen by providing canned items to assist with restocking shelves for the Meals-To-Go program on January 21,2020.

Project Giveback Thanksgiving Donations

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Project Giveback Thanksgiving Donations

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Adopt-a-Family Donation Delivery

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Project Giveback Thanksgiving Donations

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Education: The New Dominion Section keeps abreast of issues that affect the community by informing the section and community of programs that stimulate intellectual growth and promoting diverse cultural activities.

  • NDS also assist other community groups in education programs and attend community meetings, school board meetings, and any meeting pertaining to educational issues.

  • NDS collaborated with P.A.G.E. Inc. (Prosper Adapt Grow Empower) by donating to the collection of college care packages for students attending school in the fall, on October 5, 2019.

College Care Packages
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Fine Art: A few NDS sisters attended the reception of Dr. Yemonja Smalls’ “Its Complicated,” a visual examination of the relationship, at the Center for the Arts in Manassas, VA in honor of Black History Month on Feburary 8, 2020. Pictured is the artist, Dr. Smalls, with NDS members and a few pieces of her artwork.

NDS Members attended Dr. Yemonja Smalls’ “Its Complicated,” a visual examination of the relationship.

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Artwork by Dr. Yemonja Smalls

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Artwork by Dr. Yemonja Smalls

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NDS Members attended Dr. Yemonja Smalls’ “Its Complicated,” a visual examination of the relationship.

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Health and Nutrition: Health and nutrition activities is paramount to the productivity and growth of the African-American community. During the year we have focused on overall women health, clean eating habits, diabetes awareness, healthy heart education and fitness, just to name a few.

  • We had guest speaker, Charmaine Tuck, facilitated a discussion on the health aspects of breast cancer awareness.

  • We had an instructor, LaToya Peterson-Renfrow led the members in a group z-gogo exercise class at the January 26, 2020 to start the year off on the right foot. 

Other activities include joining several walks/runs in support of medical research

  • NDS members participated in the 18th Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation in Washington DC for their annual Margaret E. Anderson 5K Breast Cancer Walk on October 5, 2019

Breast Cancer 5K Walk

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Breast Cancer 5K Walk

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Members doing a z-gogo exercise.

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Breast Cancer 5K Walk

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Scholarship: The New Dominion Section of National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent their families and communities. NCNW fulfills its mission through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. The New Dominion Section (NDS) continues in pursuing this mission with one of its many initiatives, which is giving scholarships to graduating high school seniors in our service area.