Officers (not in order) include: President - Mattie Betts, First Vice President - Kimiko Richardson, Second Vice President - Charlie Freeny, Recording Secretary – Leslie Allen, Corresponding Secretary - Gina Levias, Treasurer - Erica Thomas, Financial Secretary - Cheryl Jamerson, Parliamentarian - Eleanor Fields, Historian - Carolyn Roddy, Sergeant at Arms – Marnetta Kimbell.
Pasadena, CA, January 29, 2014 - Women In Action held its 2014 - 2016 Officer Installation at the Pasadena City Council Chambers, Pasadena City Hall. District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy presided over the installation and administered the oath of office to the new officers.
Headquartered in Pasadena, CA, Women In Action was founded in 1971 by a group of African American women who saw the need for an organization that would work towards stimulating citizen participation, increasing community awareness and making minority representation in government a reality.
Women In Action is committed to an informed membership, which consistently works to improve and enhance living conditions in the Pasadena/Altadena area for all residents, while focusing its efforts on the specific needs of the African American citizens in the community.
In addition, Women In Action's goal is to investigate the needs of the community and pursue measures to alleviate those needs. We do this through our own organizational programs and through interaction with other community oriented groups.
The keynote event for Women In Action is The Jackie Robinson Merit Awards Luncheon which will take place this June. Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Merit Awards are given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated those qualities of perseverance, faith, and pride so as to redirect their efforts toward the maintenance of self-improvement and continued success.
Women In Action (WIA) named this award for Jackie Robinson, a long-time Pasadena resident, in recognition of his accomplishments and his determination.
Since its inception, WIA has given Pasadena high school seniors, the George A. Jones Scholarship recipients, and the Ruth Valentine Returning Students approximately $250,000.