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Ms. Clara Petty

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Executive Director

Monroe Street Neighborhood Center

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Top Ladies of Distinction and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.


  • Notre Dame Academy
  • sociology
    University of Toledo
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Web References
As a University of Toledo ..., 13 Feb 2011 [cached]
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.
Photo Clara Petty, 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 said.
She's 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.
Monroe Street Neighborhood ..., 8 June 2010 [cached]
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.
MSNC got $56,250 last year, or about 35 percent of its overall budget, Ms. Petty said.
The MSNC was started 10 years ago and Ms. Petty is in her second year as executive director. She said she's 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 said.
Clara Petty, surrounded by all ..., 10 July 2007 [cached]
Clara Petty, surrounded by all white balloons, was the queen of the day.
Clara Petty celebrates her 50th birthday
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.
Mrs. Petty's 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 and her 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 said.
Incoming Alpha Kappa Alpha president ..., 3 Dec 2011 [cached]
Incoming Alpha Kappa Alpha president Deborah Washington, writer Avery Sutton, director of operations Vera Williams, and outgoing president Clara Petty.
The Toledo Journal - LOCAL NEWS, 14 Dec 2004 [cached]
"We think he's done a fine job," said sorority President Clara Petty, speaking for the AKA members on hand.
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