It is a distinct honor to extend to you, on behalf of the National Executive Board and our 20 chapters, a welcome to The Charmettes, Incorporated's national website. We are “Elevating Leadership with the Spirit of Charm”.
Our founders, friends Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers and Frankie Drayton Thomas, recognized the need for an organization which would bring together women with similar ideas, principles and backgrounds. These women are and forever will remain our anchors. As we elevate leadership with the spirit of charm, we are determined to move forward and advance while embracing the ethos of these anchors as our motivation.
We invite you to peruse the pages of this site and familiarize yourself with our 71-year history and our current initiatives. With nearly $900,000.00 having been donated to the Howard University Cancer Center through our efforts, we are certain that you will be inspired to collaborate with us in our quest to eradicate Cancer within our lifetime.
Indeed, “Charm is the Essence of a Woman's Power!”
Cecily Robinson-Duffie, Esq.
22nd National President
The Charmettes, Incorporated
Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers
Frankie Drayton Thomas
Who We Are
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 utilize their skills, talents and resources to make positive and lasting changes in the community.
They invited ten of their friends to join them, and on June 17, 1951, the West Palm Beach Charmettes was created. Their impact in the community was felt immediately and the service and contributions of the group continued to grow. A national organization was born as new groups were formed in Florida, Washington, D.C., Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. In 1981, The Charmettes, Incorporated adopted a national thrust to support research and services to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime. In 2006, recognition of The Charmettes long-term support, The Howard University Cancer Center named its cancer infusion center, “The Charmettes, Inc., Gwendolyn B. Rogers, Chemotherapy Infusion Suite
The Charmettes, Incorporated is a sisterhood of dedicated women committed to improving the quality of life within our communities through advocacy, education, service and support for cancer research.