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NATIONAL HISTORY

The Charmettes, Incorporated is a national civic organization that had its beginnings when friends Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers and Frankie Drayton Thomas recognized the need for an organization that would bring together women with similar ideas, principles and backgrounds to organize themselves to utilize their skills, talents and resources for community impact. They invited ten of their friends to join them, and on June 17, 1951, the West Palm Beach Charmettes were created. The work of the initial chapter had immediate impact in the community, and soon new chapters were being developed throughout Florida and beyond. Our chapters are engaged in programs and activities that provide assistance to individuals and families in need in areas including: education, health, scholarship, and community development. 




Today, The Charmettes, Incorporated is a nationally recognized women’s community service organization, known for getting results and making a difference in the lives of African Americans and their communities. With 19 chapters active throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., we are poised for even greater accomplishments in the future.

FOUNDERS
Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Bennett College in North Carolina, later transferring to Howard University in Washington, D.C. 
Frankie Drayton Thomas was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated in 1950. Frankie returned to West Palm Beach and became the first black college trained social worker hired by the Department of Public Welfare. She enjoyed a career as a social worker in both Florida and Washington.

Visit our National Chapter Website
thecharmettesinc.org 
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Servicing the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Atlanta Metro Charmettes is a sub-chapter of The Charmettes, Incorporated national branch. You are welcome to learn, join and support!