National Historical Profile
The Society, Incorporated was founded, in May 1983, by four women of vision and sensitivity – Celeste Burton, Davetta Madison, Dorothy Paton, and Myrtle Roane. These ladies conceived the idea of organizing a group of professional women who shared the goals of friendship and service. The outcome of their efforts was the establishment of The Society as an organization to promote friendship among its members and to serve as a resource for young people studying various forms of artistic expression. The first organizational meeting was held in June at the Vista Hotel, in Washington, DC.
Our name, The Society, was chosen because, by definition, we are “an organized group of persons associated together for similar benevolent, and cultural purposes.” Due to our responsibilities as role models and mentors for young people who will become leaders of the future, Society chapters have focused on supporting youth who are talented in the arts. Our work provides the opportunity to enhance youth appreciation for, and knowledge of, the exciting dimensions of artistic expression.
Our Chapter's History
The Prince George's County Maryland Chapter
The Prince George’s County Maryland Chapter was chartered on Saturday, December 4, 1993. The late Mae Bate was the chapter organizer.
Students from various middle schools and high schools in Prince George’s County Maryland have been featured at showcases in dance, music, drama and the visual arts. In 2013, our chapter provided a monetary donation to the Northwestern High School Choir, in Hyattsville, MD, to defray their travel expenses to participate in a musical festival in South Africa.
In keeping with the goals of the Society, Incorporated, we have fostered friendships and service among its members. The chapter has sponsored card and game parties, holiday celebrations, bus trips, shopping trips to local outlet malls, day trips, and attended the theatre and recitals.
In 2009, the Prince George’s County Chapter hosted the National Meeting. Our chapter members are active participants at the National Meetings. During the 2013 National meeting, our chapter was awarded Best Practices for our youth art program.