On Saturday, June 16, Thursday Network members and friends came out to Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Md. to lend a helping hand at the 5th Annual Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth, which is also called “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery inTexas in 1865. The festival was a day full of history, music, and dance. In addition to performers on stage throughout the day, there were family activities, and exhibits related to black history. 

Past President Spotlight: Laurie F. Rowe, (2006-2008)

What prompted you to join Thursday Network? Do you recall what you heard about the organization that let you know it would be a good fit?

I joined Thursday Network because I wanted to give back to my community while serving alongside other young African-Americans. A former roommate was the one who thought that Thursday Network could be a good fit for me….a group of young professionals hosting premier events with a focus on community service.

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Past President Spotlight: Larry Meadows, Jr.,

Larry Meadows, Jr., Thursday Network President (2005–2006)

What are your feelings on Thursday Network celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? I am honored to be a part of Thursday Network’s 20-year history. I’ve been involved with Young Professionals (YP) chapters since 1999 and this has hands down been, and continues to be, one of the best experiences I’ve had during my adult life. The fact that Thursday Network is alive and thriving speaks to the outstanding leadership of Maudine Cooper, and the DC area young professionals, as well as the past and present leadership.

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Thursday Network Member Spotlight: Meet Adrian White!

When did you become a Thursday Network member? Was there a particular person, event, or general body meeting that compelled you to join the movement?

I’ve been a member since April 2011. My first meeting was on financial fitness and after being enthralled in the seminar topic and the group of young professionals the organization attracted, I joined so that I could attend the membership retreat later that month.

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Past President Spotlight: Adel Patillo Felder (2000-2002)

What prompted you to join Thursday Network? Do you recall what you heard about the organization that let you know it would be a good fit?

My initial introduction to the National Urban League was through Ron Brown, our graduation speaker at Hampton, who spoke with a small group of us about giving back. When I looked into it, my best friend and her boyfriend at that time were members of TN and encouraged me to get involved. I heard it was a great outlet for young black professionals to get involved in the community. That really attracted me to the group. I believe it was 1996 when I joined. Monica Gray was president.

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On Saturday, April 7, Thursday Network members and friends gathered in the field behind Raymond Elementary School School for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt and Cookout with children from Park View Kids Zone in the Petworth section of Washington, DC.

Thursday Network members and friends also engaged in arts and a crafts, as well as friendly (yet competitive) games of tug of war and kick ball.

Check out a few pictures from the event.

To learn more about Parkview KidsZone, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ParkViewKidsZone.

“He who has no time for exercise must create time for illness.” ~Earl of Derby~
Fitness and The Young Professional

Keep It Moving!

By: Deanna Jefferson, CPT

Deanna

“He who has no time for exercise must create time for illness.”

As young and busy professionals, it’s easy to let our health slip through the cracks. With deadlines at work, family time and social lives where are we supposed to fit in an hour or two at the gym? The most common excuse I hear as a personal trainer is “I don’t have time to exercise”. Although this may be true for many people, it is essential that we find time in the day to be active in order to maintain a healthy mind and body. You can even incorporate exercise into your daily routines…and it’s much easier than you think!

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Past President Spotlight: B. Michael Young (1998-2000)

Thursday Network: Past President Spotlight: B. Michael Young, TN President 1998–2000

 What are your feelings on Thursday Network  celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? I am very excited about TN’s 20th anniversary. It’s amazing to think back to those early years and realize how far the organization has come and how it has been able to outlast most of the other organizations that were around in the mid-90s.

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Thursday Network Member Spotlight: Mike Jones

A Discussion with Mike Jones, Thursday Network’s Longest Serving Member, 1994-presentMike Jones

What has made you remain active in Thursday Network activities and committees for so long? I enjoy the organization and helping out. I attend all kinds of National Urban League and Black Caucus events and just like to tell people about the kinds of things we do. Thursday Network is the best!

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