San Diego Black Nurses Association Inc.
SAN DIEGO BLACK NURSES ASSOCIATION INC (SDBNA)
Laura Johnson, SDBNA, Contributing Writer
“This year was the best!” “We are so glad we came today!” “We have been to 3 or 4 of these and this year was outstanding!” “The singer, Dale Fleming, with the dream voice was so angelic & spiritual!” “The guest speaker was absolutely wonderful, so dynamic and spiritual!” “The entire program was so well organized!” “What a way to start the Christmas season with such a warm spirit filled community feeling!” “Everything was so beautifully decorated!”
These accolades and others were heard in abundance throughout the auditorium at the conclusion of SDBNA’s Annual Prayer Breakfast held Saturday December 10th at Bayview Baptist Church MLK Auditorium.
Mistress of Ceremony Karen E. Mitchell-Keels, SDBNA member, welcomed guests to the event, reviewed the history of the Prayer Breakfast and gave a memorial tribute to Dr. Richard O. Butcher, whose sudden death on November 12th stunned the medical and African-American community. Dr. Butcher held the position of Medical Director for SDBNA, as well as being a lifetime friend and supporter. Prayers and blessings of the food were offered by Frankie Yarbrough, longtime SDBNA member.
This year’s theme, “Prayer Makes A Difference” was supremely demonstrated in the dialogue of inspirational speaker Dr. Rachelle Benson, PhD. Dr. Benson reviewed scripture, related personal and family crisis where heartfelt prayer made a difference. Her mantra “Don’t bury me yet” had the audience joyfully participating with each other. The essence of her message: Whatever your burdens, don’t bury them in a coffin. Keep praying and continue praying because nothing is over until God says it’s over. This message resounded in a wonderful dynamic delivery that had everyone’s apt attention. Dr. Benson is First Lady of Total Deliverance Worship Center in Spring Valley. She is an ordained National Evangelist within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the world. She is Founder of Women of Valor and Executive Director of Stepping Higher. She is also President/Provost of the American College and Theological Seminary International University. Following Dr. Benson, community prayers were offered by SDBNA members for specific categories, i.e. nurses, healthcare & health systems, youth, community, patients, friends, families and leadership of organizations, congregations and government on a local, national and global level.
It is the practice of SDBNA to give a token of appreciation to our guests. This year 24 beautiful gift baskets and 2 huge poinsettias were given as door prizes. In addition the beautiful poinsettia center pieces were given to the oldest non-SDBNA member at each table.
The SDBNA Prayer Breakfast was instituted in the mid 1980’s by then President Yvonne Hutchinson, as a get together sharing time for SDBNA members. The first event was held at Jackson Memorial Church on Oceanview and 38th Street. There after the breakfast continued in several members homes, always with an inspirational speaker. Friends of members wanted to attend, so with growth, it became necessary to seek venues outside the home and today we share and rejoice with 250+ every year.
Special guest attending this year’s celebration included Dr. Elcedo Bradley, National President of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Evayon Farnum, Basileus of Beta Phi Sigma Sorority, Marlene Ruiz, Director of Nursing Education, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Thomas Bush, Director of Regional Prayer Network and Women of Valor of Total Deliverance Worship Center.
This year’s accomplished Prayer Breakfast Committee chaired by Tara Cador-Turner included Carole Norman, Dr. Barbara West, Iris Roberson, Karen Mitchell-Keels and Ethel Weekly-Avant ~ A Job Well Done. Music was provided by DJ, Tyrone Byars and the photographer was Mike Norris, a longtime friend and supporter of SDBNA. On behalf of the committee, President Ethel Weekly-Avant and all the SDBNA members, we wish you a joyful holiday season and an abundance of blessings in the New Year. We look forward to sharing with all of you December 2017.
Ethel Weekly-Avant, RN
San Diego Black Nurses Association, Inc.
2013 Lifetime Member
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