Chapter History

The Charlotte Chapter of 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 West Charlotte High School Project Lift Program Crisis Assistance Career Awareness Day for Middle and High School Students Mentoring program for at-risk middle school females Motivational workshop for black male high school juniors and seniors Participant with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Minority Achievement tutoring programs with local churches Sponsor of creative writing contests for elementary school students Adoption of Thomasboro Elementary School providing lunch buddies, books, clothes Scholarships for adult students Adoption of a family Mediators and court appointed child advocates for Charlotte at-risk children Sponsorship of YMCA summer league softball team Benefactor—Anita Stroud Foundation, My Sister’s House, Computer Rapp Program at First United Presbyterian Church, and West Charlotte High School Chess Team Adoption of Hunter Woods Nursing Center and New River Nursing Home.

Scholarship and Community Program: Beginning in 1994 The Charlotte Chapter of Drifters, Inc. initiated a program to award college scholarships to individuals who, without assistance, may not have the opportunity for a college education. The Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Card Party fundraiser supports this program.

Since 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 (visual documentation of Human Services)

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

Local Awards

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