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LEADERS

NAACP Winchester Area Branch

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President - Michael Faison

1st Vice President - Guss Morrison

2nd Vice President - Kermit Gaither

Branch Secretary - Susan MacDonald

Assistant Secretary - Bill Endorf

Treasurer - Zonetta Scott

Assistant Treasurer - Joyce Morrison

Member-at-Large - Gwen Borders-Walker

Member-at-Large - W. Thea Thomas

Member-at-Large - Dr. James Coates

Member-at-Large - Greg Scott

STANDING COMMITTEES.

The strength and effectiveness of an NAACP unit can be determined by how well its standing committee’s function. Those individuals who serve on standing committees accomplish the work of the Association.

Communications, Press & Publicity

Committee Lead, Andy Gyurisin 

The function of the Communications Committee is to:

  • Serve as the focal point for all communications from the Branch.

  • Create press releases and ensure events are publicized to the maximum extent possible.

  • Work with Committee Chairs in developing flyers, etc. to publicize their programs.

  • Develop committee annual goals and objectives.

Community & Economic Development

Committee Lead, Eric Reifinger 

The Economic Development Committee shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color by:

  • Researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities;

  • Supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs.

  • Implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; 

  • Increasing employment and job creation; and

  • Encouraging business development and home ownership.

Education

Committee Lead, Lisa Prodywus

The function of the Education Committee is to:

  • Seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education;

  • Study local educational conditions affecting minority groups;

  • Investigate the public school system and school zoning;

  • Familiarize itself with textbook material used in the school and seek to eliminate material there from which is racially derogatory;

  • Keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found and;

  • Aim to be a center of popular education on the race questions and on the work of the association.

Housing

Committee Lead, Vacant

The function of the Housing Committee is to:

  • Study housing conditions in the local community;

  • Receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination;

  • Oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and

  • Disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Political Action 

Committee Lead, Larriette Thompson

The Political Action Committee seeks to:

  • Increase registration and voting.

  • Work for the enactment of municipal, state, and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups.

  • Seek to the repeal of racially discriminatory legislation.

  • Work to improve the administration of justice.

  • Work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and

  • Keep the National Office and the Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups.​

  • This committee is nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

Legal Redress

Committee Lead, Guss Morrison

The function of the Legal Redress Committee is to:

  • Investigate all cases reported to it that have been identified as discriminatory.

  • Supervise all litigation in which the branch is interested and;

  • Keep the conference informed on the progress of every case. The Legal Redress Committee (LRC) shall not give legal advice.

Freedom Fund

Committee Lead, Darlene Walker

The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, including entertainment and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Finance Committee.

Finance

Committee Lead, Zonetta Scott

The function of the Finance Committee is to study the financial needs of the Unit and be responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget.

Health

Committee Lead, Cassandra Renzy

The function of the Health Committee is to:

  • Work to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans;

  • Assess the health needs of the community;

  • Advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans;

  • Sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and

  • Support health initiatives of the Association.

Membership

Committee Lead, Frank Murphy

The function of the Membership Committee is to:

  • Work to maintain and increase the membership of the Association;

  • Be responsible for planning and organizing an annual membership campaign;

  • Solicit new members and secure renewals.

Religious Affairs

Committee Lead, John Copenhaver

The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It shall:

  • Promote educational programs designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle.

  • Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths.

  • Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; and

  • Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

Veterans Affairs

Committee Lead, Joyce Morrison

The function of the Veterans Affairs Committee is to: 

  • Seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community.

  • Serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans.

Criminal Justice

Committee Lead, Thea Thomas

The function of the Criminal Justice Committee is to: 

  • Seek to eliminate harsh ad unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the prison system. 

  • Support and seek to increase trust and public  safety by advancing effective laws enforcement practices.

  • Fight for restoration of the voting rights of formally incarcerated people and removal of barriers to employment.