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Contact - Monroe Street United Methodist Church
Neighborhood Center Director
As a University of Toledo ...
As a University of Toledo student in 1979, Clara Petty was impressed with some of her peers on campus.
"I saw these women who were making a difference in the community, who were volunteering their time.
That drew me to them," said Ms. Petty, president of the 109-member local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority/Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter.
The sorority was founded in 1908 at Howard University
in Washington, and Toledo's unit began in 1952.
Ms. Petty, executive director of Monroe Street Neighborhood Center, had heard relatives and women at church talk about the sorority.
, left, local Alpha Kappa Alpha president, says post-college sororities attract women who want to make a difference in their communities.
"We've provided 30 years of scholarships," Ms. Petty
found the networking helpful.
"When I was unemployed, I put out my feelers to my [sorority] sisters.
Several times it panned out," she
said, adding that the group oversees chapters at UT and Bowling Green State University
"And the first thing we tell young women coming out of college is 'look to your sorors.'?"
Ms. Petty is also a member of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., which grew out of a 1964 lunch First Lady Byrd Johnson had with some African-American Texas women.
Ms. Petty joined Top Ladies because of its youth component, and she had two teenage daughters at the time.
Incoming Alpha Kappa Alpha president ...
Incoming Alpha Kappa Alpha president Deborah Washington, writer Avery Sutton, director of operations Vera Williams, and outgoing president Clara Petty.
Monroe Street Neighborhood ...
Monroe Street Neighborhood Center Executive Director Clara Petty said that, in the end, the United Way's decision is 'a blow' to people in need of help.
got $56,250 last year, or about 35 percent of its overall budget, Ms. Petty
was started 10 years ago and Ms. Petty
is in her
second year as executive director.
had to eliminate a family-mentor position and, because of stretched job duties, is seeing some of the center's clients herself.
''That something I thought I wouldn't be doing in the position I have,'' she
Clara Petty, surrounded by all ...
Clara Petty, surrounded by all white balloons, was the queen of the day.
Born in Toledo to proud parents Jerry and Mary Conner, Clara Petty
is grateful that education was a big part of her upbringing.
...Mrs. Petty graduated from Notre Dame Academy and also is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a major in sociology as well as a master's in public administration.As a member of the Top Ladies of Distinction and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Mrs. Petty has become known by many for being very active in the community.
When not participating with her
organizations, Mrs. Petty
, who is dedicated to her
family, attends her
daughters' basketball games and their dance recitals.Mrs. Petty
, who is now reaching the tender age of 50, was looking to do something exciting for herself.
weekend long celebration began with a pool party on Friday, July 6, at the Brandywine Country Club pool house, 6904 Salisbury Road in Maumee.Mrs. Petty
guests - many who traveled from Pittsburgh, Akron, Troy, Mich.; Cleveland, Columbus, Kenosha, Wis.; Maryland and Texas - had a great time playing card games and fellowshipping.The second part of the birthday celebration was the "White Party," which was held at the Lucas County Recreation Center
in Maumee on Saturday, July 7.Nearly 200 family, friends and church members from Friendship Baptist Church, where Mrs. Petty
is a member, arrived elegantly dressed in all white to celebrate the magnificent event.Every aspect of the room was beautifully decorated in white.The tables had white table cloths with centerpieces of white flower bouquets; the room was also filled with white balloons.Each guest was supplied with an apron to minimize the risk of staining their garments.The menu consisted of fried chicken, chicken kabobs, beef kabobs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried corn, pasta salad, tossed salad, potato salad and cake.Each table was supplied with its very own bottle of sparkling wine. Clara Petty
was also roasted at her
party, bringing much laughter throughout the room.After the roast, the guests enjoyed dancing and an open bar."I want to wish you a very special birthday and hope that you have many more.Clara
is a very thoughtful and warm person.
To close out the weekend celebration, Mrs. Petty
had a Jazz Brunch at her
home for her
good friends who traveled from far away as well as her
close friends here in town.
Stated Mr. Petty
, "First of all, I would like to thank God for bringing her
into my life.Secondly, 50 years is a beautiful thing and I just pray that she
gets to live another 50 years so that we continue to be together."We have a wonderful relationship.I watch how she
deals with people.She
is honest and sincere, faithful and a strong woman.When she
says that she's
going to do something, she
does it and I respect her
for that."God has blessed us with two beautiful children, good friends who I'm glad came out to celebrate with us.I would like to say happy birthday and may God continue to bless you."Throughout the event, Mrs. Petty
enjoyed socializing with family and friends that she
hasn't seen in a while, sparking the look of joy and excitement on her
face."I would like to thank everyone," she