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2014 Journal Women of Achievement Breakfast to Honor Church Workers

The Dynamic Jewell Diamond Taylor to Guest Speak

The 2014 Women of Achievement Breakfast will be held on April 12, 2014 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. 2014 marks the Fifth Annual Breakfast to honor women who give service to their community. The idea began in 2005 when The Journal honored nine women in a Journal article. Honoring women has become a tradition and has continued with an annual breakfast event which started in 2009.

The first breakfast, held in 2010 honored Women Heads of Community Organizations. They included Charnaine Ealy, president of Jack and Jill; Gwen McMullins, president of the Deltas; Kelly Lawson, president of Phi Delta Kappa; Yolanda Oliver, president of The Links; Elise Mallory, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Alison Moses president of Women in Action.

In 2011 we honored Women in Medicine and Ministry. These special women were Dr. Karen Guinn; Pastor Gladys Jackson; Bea Martin, owner of Integrity College of Health; Dr. Wendy Woods; Dr. Frances Harris of Hillside Tabernacle COGIC; Dr. Michelene McFarland of Abundant Harvest; Dr. Katrina Eagelin, Dr. Reta Floyd; Pastor Yvonne Williams Boyd of United Methodist; and Reverend Betty Griffin Keller of New Macedonia BC.

2012 honors went to Women Pioneers and included Ms. Mack Robinson, Dr. Allie Louise Almore Randle, Versie Mae Richardson (deceased in 2013), Ms. Juanita Vaughn, Dr Mae Cowan, Regina Moses, Mildred Hawkins, Mildred Lewis, Lois Richard and Mrs. Marie Foster (deceased in 2013).

In 2013 we honored Women in Business. They were Gail Valentine Taylor of Woods Valentine Mortuary; Dr. Gerda Govine, Consultant; Katy Townsend of Katey's Beauty Salon; Arnetta Tolley, Stock Broker, Edward Jones; Attorney Marlene Cooper; Samella Yarbrough of Fantasy Tours; Carolyn Roddy of Pampered Lady Florists, and Deborah Rainey of Courtyard Café.

Our category for 2014 is women who give to the community through their service to the church. It is these women who un-tirelessly give of their time and talents, year after year, without reward or fanfare. The church women are special because they are answering the call of God. These women join the ranks of Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, Mary Church Terrell, Mary McLeod Bethune, Fannie Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks, and thousands of others who stepped up when the trumpet called out for workers on the road to freedom for Black Americans.

Their hands are called out and honored in song like "Grandma's Hands", praying, clapping and gathering in the sheep for God's Armies.

They are honored in poetry and prose by Sojourner Truth's famous speech, "Ain't I a Woman?" where she says, "That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, lifted over ditches, and have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into a carriage, or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place! And Ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have plowed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And Ain't a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man- when I could get it- and bear the lash as well! And Ain't I a Woman? I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And Ain't I a woman?"

The Black church has always been central to Black life. With this event, we take this opportunity to highlight women workers from those churches who advertise in our Church Directory. The Journal has always tried to partner and give added value back to our advertisers, as a mutual benefit, and we feel this is a perfect opportunity to highlight our Church Directory advertisers.

We will honor a church worker from each of the following churches: Metropolitan Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Scott United Methodist Church, Abundant Harvest Christian Center, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, Bethlehem Church, and New Revelation Baptist Church.

Our speaker for this years' event is Jewell Diamond Taylor, well-known motivational speaker and author who stepped out on faith to create a business to help others.

Her books and seminars are designed to encourage and guide others as they go through the trials and tribulations of life.

She is the author of "Sisterfriends" a book dedicated to empowering and celebrating women through Business development, spiritual understanding and relationship improvement, among other things. She is an inspiration for women of all ages and is a woman you must see and hear!

For ticket information, reservations and further details on the event, contact The Journal at 626-798-3972 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .