Nearly 200 participants gathered for FOCAL’s 43rd Annual Conference and SRBWI Convening held November 13-14, 2015.  The Conference kicked off on Friday with the Stand for Children Rally on the Capitol Steps.  Children from the Southlawn Child Care Center, Montgomery, were the main attraction and showed off their many talents.  The Rally was followed by a Pre-Conference workshop at the Drury Inn for all child care owners and directors.  The focus of this workshop was professional and asset development, wage and hour laws, and the effect of market rates.

The Conference continued on Saturday morning with workshops and the luncheon address by our newly- elected Executive Director, Lenice Emanuel.  The Thelma R. Craig Champion For Justice award was presented to three long-time supporters of FOCAL:  Judge Myron Thompson, Retired Magistrate Judge Vanzetta McPherson and Retired Magistrate Judge Delores Boyd. The Youth participants concluded the conference with a showcase of their talent.

Drawing ticket winners were:  Ola Ball, Breanna McGhee and Gertrude Reese

A big “thank you” to all who participated and helped to make this conference a success.

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“Honoring the Past: Investing in the Future”

November 13– 14, 2015

Alabama State Capitol, Drury Inn & Suites Hotel, and Troy University Montgomery Campus Whitley Hall Montgomery, Alabama


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FOCAL Events Mark 50 Years: Selma to Montgomery

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