Mrs. Beatrice Saunders Robinson Project
Saunders Robinson Archives
December 6, 2012
Blogger Black Buzz's mother, Mrs. Beatrice Saunders Robinson was the longtime president of the Francis Street Friendly Circle. His father, James S. Robinson, Jr. gave the greeting from the Block Clubs as part of the program.
Miss Ann Sharpe now Mrs. Ann Haley, was one of the aides on the program and is now an active board member of the Centre Avenue and Thelma Lovett YMCA. Ann's mother, Mrs. Mattie Sharp was the historian of the Francis Street Friendly Circle Club.
Miss Marlene Stevens was also one of the aides on the program and her mother, Mrs. Georgetta Stevens was the secretary of the Francis Street Friendly Circle Club.
Mrs. Harvey Hatcher was the founder of the Francis Street Friendly Circle and was the honorary president.
The Francis Street Friendly Circle played a very significant historical role in the support of the Centre Avenue YMCA by giving camperships and general donations. The club also helped neighbors to live better by donating foodstuffs, clothes and money. Furthermore, the club contributed to the United Negro College Fund and other community programs for the general well being of the community. All the members' sons and daughters were active participants of the various well run comprehensive programs at the Centre Avenue YMCA. On Saturday nights, Blogger Black Buzz along with another young man used to keep score for the Church League basketball games held at the Y by manually changing the scores using metal block numbers. The basketball played in the Church League at the Y was better than the basketball played in scholastic competition. It was in the Church League where many of the top basketball players in the city honed their skills.