Chicago Midwest Blacks In Government Chapter
On September 14, 1994 a small group sent out a notice to all of the HUD employees in the Chicago office inviting them to attend a meeting to organize a Blacks In Government Chapter. It would be the first chapter in Chicago in almost a decade. The meeting was a huge success. At that meeting 36 persons immediately wrote checks to form the Chicago Midwest Chapter. On October 12, 1994 we had forwarded all information to the National office, which included 54 persons for initial membership. In August of 1995 we received our Charter at the National Training Conference. We had our first Scholarship Program in May of 1995 and we raised over $2,500. We gave out three scholarships in three different categories. In 1997 we had another successful event with Congressman Danny Davis as our speaker with the theme “It Takes a Village”. When we were first chartered all of the members were employees at HUD. We are now a chapter with members from EPA, USDA, GSA, DHS, DOL, EDU, HHS, Energy and employees from both the cities of Chicago and Gary, IN. We have had persons from Hines VA and Cook County as members. We are part of the Inter-agency committee that plans the programs for the Martin Luther King Celebration and Black History Programs. Chicago Midwest has 27 Life Members and 4 Gold Plus Members and has received the Elite Membership Certificate. As with most new groups we have had our ups and our downs and we know that “It still takes a Village to continue to grow over the next decade.