In the summer of 1954, nine
close friends gathered at the home of Arietta Graves and
became known as "Les Femmes" with a burning desire to become
members of Girl Friends, Inc. Our charter members were : Sue
Elliott-Carroll, Alice Overton Dillard, Agnes Elliott
Duncan, Arietta McGoodwin Graves, Marguerite Clemmons Hall,
Roberta White McClain, Allene Hinson Renfro, Marietta Renfro
Glenn and Christine Boone Turpeau.
Allene Renfro had very close
ties with Goldie Beckett, Louisville Chapter; Marguerite
Hall and Joyce Carwin were Texas teenage friends; Sue
Carroll and Wilhelmina Brown, Pittsburgh Chapter, were dear
The Louisville Chapter
agreed to sponsor "Les Femmes" and urged that we contact
every Girl Friend that we knew to ask for their support.
Girl Friend Corinne Blanton, the designer of the Girl
Friends Emblem, and Boy Friend John moved to Cincinnati from
the Buffalo, NY Chapter and joined the cam-paign for
In May of 1960 the group
was accepted along with Toledo. November of 1960 marked the
"first birth of twin chapters" as Joyce Carwin, National
President said when Cincinnati and Toledo were installed in
Cincinnati at the Sheraton Gibson Hotel.
We were thrilled when
Arietta Graves was elected National Chatterbox Editor in
1965; Marguerite Hall served as National Vice President in
1968 and Celeste Jenkins served as National Secretary
(1993-95). They all served with distinction.
Since 1962, we have
welcomed the following Girl Friends: Rose Phillips Galloway,
Letty Hughes Collier, Mary Hill Elliott, Evelyn Weaver
Jones, Horvena Sudduth Alexander, Waldine McGoodwin Ziegler,
Yvonne Warren Brown, Gloria Johnson Darden, Juanita Prentiss
Evans, Helena Harris Dorsey, Lucille Hooper Conliffe, Eva
Clark Mitchell, Gloria Holmes Riley, Ernestine Mclver
Wright, Minette Norris Cooper, Celeste McDonald Jenkins,
Gail Riley Kenney, Constance Wilcher Cooper, Lana Turner
Hackworth, Gayle Harden-Renfro, Lorna Hawkins Turpeau,
Deborah Carroll Long, Blondean Orbert Nelson, Patricia
Cawthon Melford, Louise Mitchell Lawrence, Patricia Hooks
Gray, Karen Dorsey Bonner, Miriam Kennedy West, Alva Jean
Jamison Crawford, Winona Lindsey McNeil and Deborah Parker
Spradley. Corinne Jones Blanton, Lisa Finley Lennon, Janet
Butler Reid, Janice Dawson Merritt and Regina Plair Daily
are transfer members.
We were the Host Chapter
for the National Conclave at a "Roman Holiday" in 1968. We
sponsored the Houston Chapter in 1974 and were Host Chapter
for the Executive Board meeting in 1979.
Our chapter of Girl Friends
has made significant contributions to the Cincinnati
community. We have a NAACP Life Membership. We have
supported the United Negro College Fund, Scleroderma
Foundation, Camp Stepping Stones, Harriet Beecher Stowe
House, Arts Consortium, Urban League and the YMCA.