Chapter History

The Charlotte Chapter of The National Drifters, Incorporated, was co-founded in 1983 by Drifter Vivian (Vi) Davis and Loretta (Jean) Webber. Together they formed an interest group of 16 ladies with backgrounds in banking, education, entrepreneurship, government and industry. The group was sponsored by the Greensboro Chapter of Drifters. The Charlotte Chapter of Drifters, Inc. was officially installed at the 1984 National Drifters Convention.

The Drifters, Inc. is a sisterhood dedicated to improving the plight of African Americans and lifting the educational aspirations of young people. With that objective in mind, the Charlotte Drifters have instituted and executed several projects including:

• Scholarships and personal support for college students and for adult students

• Support the West Charlotte High School Project Lift Program

• Career Awareness Day for middle and high school students

• Mentoring program for at-risk middle school females

• Adoption of a family and support for Crisis Assistance

• Motivational workshop for black male high school juniors and seniors

• Participant with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Minority Achievement tutoring programs

• Sponsor of creative writing contests for elementary school students

• Adoption of Thomasboro Elementary School providing lunch buddies, books, clothes

• Mediators and court appointed child advocates for Charlotte at-risk children

• Benefactor—Anita Stroud Foundation, My Sister’s House, Computer Rapp Program at First United Presbyterian Church, West Charlotte High School Chess Team, YMCA summer league softball team

• Adoption of Hunter Woods Nursing Center and New River Nursing Home

Scholarship and Community Program: In 1994 The Charlotte Chapter of Drifters, Inc. initiated a program to award college scholarships to local high school students. The Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Card Party fundraiser supports this program.

National Drifter Awards: Since the Charlotte Drifters induction, the National Drifters have continually acknowledged the efforts of the chapter through the following honors and awards:

Now Black Woman Award — Esther Page Hill

National Treasurer — Anne Harris

Human Services Award

Scrapbook Award (Human Services)

Revolving Student Emergency Fund--$10,000 awarded to Johnson C. Smith University

Local Awards

• James E. Davis Family—Winn Dixie Good Citizenship Award