Raritan Valley



The Founding of the National Council of Negro Women Raritan Valley Section


In 1976, several area women who were members of the Plainfield-Scotch Plains Section, National Council of Negro Women, saw the need for establishing a section of the same to address community needs in the area where they lived. These women were Ida Anderson, Lydia Emanuel, Evelyn S. Field, Mary E. Hundley, Lilith Howell, Christine Peterson and Thelma Stukes.


On June 6, 1976, an organizational meeting was held for the creation of a new section at St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Somerville. The following officers were elected:


Christine Peterson, President Pro Tem

Lilith Howell, Public Relations Chairperson

Lillian Darby

Juanita Jackson

Consuelo Johnson

Amanda Rivers

Thelma Stukes

Lydia Emanuel

Evelyn S. Field

Mary E. Hundley


The first official section meeting was held on August 11, 1976. The members named the section “The Raritan Valley Section” and established its primary service areas as Bridgewater, Piscataway, Somerset, Somerville and South Bound Brook. The women conducted a targeted membership recruitment outreach, informing others of the mission and programs of the National Council of Negro Women. As a result of their activities, their membership grew to 27 members.

On November 19, 1976, Mrs. Elsie L. Bookhart, NCNW National Vice President served as guest speaker and presented the new section its charter at a luncheon at the Somerville Inn in Somerville, New Jersey. Mrs. Dorothy B. Horne, President of the Plainfield-Scotch Plains Section, installed the officers for the 1976-1977 program year. On that day, 72 women were recognized as charter members.


Raritan Valley Executive Board Members




Raritan Valley Events & Activities




Saturday, September 9 First Section Meeting of the New Calendar Year

(Meetings are every second Saturday @ 11:00am)

Saturday, October 21 Annual HARAMBEE Breakfast @ 9:30am

“Remembering Our Heritage, Embracing Our Future”

Saturday, November 11 Monthly Meeting: Thanksgiving Baskets Due

Saturday, December 2 RV Section Hosts Bethune-Height Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, February 17 Annual Black History Month Program

Saturday, March 31 Annual Health Education Breakfast

Saturday, April 14 *** NOMINATIONS (2018—2020 Term) ***

Saturday, May 12 *** ELECTIONS (2018—2020 Term) ***

Saturday, June 2 Annual NJ Statewide Bethune-Height Luncheon

Saturday, June 9 Planning Meeting for the 2018 – 2019 Calendar Year


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