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Listen to the Branch Call from October 10, 2019

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October 10, 2019 at 8:00 EST
Call in number:  857-216-6700
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Agenda focus:  Evaluation tool–new scoring language

INSTRUCTIONS for tonight’s meeting:

  • Read through pages 9 – 11, the Scoring Legend’ of the second attachment entitled FINAL REVISION…Branch evaluation.  We will discuss the evaluative items and the updated language.  Our plan in the future is to provide each branch with the attached tools [when they are finalized with additional suggestions] so you can complete your scoring in advance and ask questions before the tool at Headquarters is finalized.  This will be a team effort so all incorrect information and/or important additions or suggestions will be recognized and included in advance.
  • The new member campaign [recruit one (1) new member per month] will complete its 4th year on December 31. Implemented by our past Vice President for Membership, Dr. Greer Stanford-Randle, the campaign has been very impactful.
    • The scoring mechanism for new members will be revisited.  You will note that those who have a large number of new members, their totals are overly enhanced because we gave 3 pts for each new member.  Although recruiting new members is a requirement and important, the scoring should be reduced to l pt per new member.
      • Example for reviewing purposes:  Chicago Branch….total 83….new members 15……3 X 15 = 45    If new members are reduced to one point per new member, the total score for Chicago would be 53 (taking 30 points from the total)
      • Although Dr. Stanford-Randle wanted to invoke a healthy competition, we also want each branch to feel a sense of accomplishment as they serve to support, maintain, and promote ASALH.
    • The correction on the tool will be, separate the calculations for required items FROM additional items that are not required.  In other words, there will be two charts:  one with only required items with a final score; and, another chart with additional items with a separate score.  This will ensure all branches meeting minimum requirements will recognize their success without having to complete any of the additional programming items if they did not accomplish additional items.  Also, we don’t want to discourage our branches who are excelling in their annual accomplishments.
    • As of our 2019 reporting on January 15, 2020, family members recruited will be included in your report submitted January 15, 2020.
Please note any questions in advance of meeting tonight so you will be prepared to ask the questions on the branch call.  Your input will be very helpful in finalizing these documents.
NOTE:  Thanks to the Hampton Roads Branch of ASALH for the excellent suggestions for revising this evaluation tool.

Please share the notes below with your members at your November meeting.  Email them in advance so your members can review them before attending the meeting.

NOTES FROM Branch Workshop, October 5, 2019 Follow-up items:

·        Provide to Headquarters your 2020 branch meeting schedule.

o   Share as much information as possible: Date, Time, Location, subject and keynote speaker (if any), etc.

o   Each Branch must have a meeting schedule that your members are aware of.  THIS IS REQUIRED.  The number of meetings is not a requirement BUT a printed schedule of your meetings is a requirement.

·        Share the date of your 2020 election of officers.

o   Then share the new officers on the branch officer form found at


·        2019 Branch reports are due January 15, 2020

o   Place the Annual Report on your agenda for your October/and or November meeting.

o   The status of filing the annual branch report must appear in the minutes of the January and February meeting. We are requesting that all branches submit a copy of the minutes of the February meeting.  

·         Any branch considering application for grant funding should provide the details to Headquarters ASAP. (ASALH needs to know in advance and during the process for information only.) 
NOTE:  Report from the Community Partners Breakout session, led by Lionel Kimble, Vice President for Programs, will be provided in a separate email to be discussed at the November meeting. 
REMEMBER:  October through December is our recruitment season.  Encourage your friends, family, colleagues to join ASALH.  All memberships purchased during this period expire on December 31, 2020.


An ASALH Regional Branch Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, in Washington, DC at the 19th Street Baptist Church,  4606 16th Street N.W.. Washington, D.C. 20011, hosted by the Bethel Dukes Branch of ASALH, President Dr. Ida Jones and members of the Bethel Dukes Branch.  Branches in DC, Maryland and Virginia are invited to attend.  
Please RSVP by October 31, 2019 to
The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, located on 16th Street, NW, is considered to be the first and oldest black Baptist congregation in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1839, the church has figured prominently within the historical and social fabric of Washington, DC’s African American community.  They celebrate their 180th Anniversary this year and welcome ASALH as its guest.

Reverend Dr. Walter Henderson Brooks, the grandfather of our esteemed President, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, was installed as the pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church on November 12, 1882, —then referred to as the Dean of ministers. Under Brooks’ pastorate, which spanned over sixty years, the church membership grew to over 3,500 and attracted leaders of the African American community. The church became one of the nation’s leading Baptist congregations and wielded considerable influence.

Walter Henderson Brooks had already established a reputation as an advocate for education, racial equality, and temperance. Born a slave in Richmond, Virginia to Albert Royal Brooks and Lucy Goode Brooks, Brooks graduated from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) where he studied with fellow contemporaries, Archibald and Francis Grimke’. Brooks’ wife, Evalin “Eva” Holmes Brooks, was the daughter of Reverend James Henry Holmes who served as pastor of the renowned First African Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia. Brooks advocated for the inclusion of liberal arts courses within the curricula of black Baptist colleges, like those found at Howard and Fisk universities.[12] Brooks was among the black ministers and churchwomen who called for the inclusion of writings by black theologians within the American Baptist Publication Society’s literature. In addition to influencing the establishment of both the National Baptist Publishing Board and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Walter Henderson Brooks also served as vice-president of the Bethel Literary and Historical Society under John W. Cromwell and was a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.[4] He also received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Howard University, Roger Williams University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the State University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Attachments for October 10, 2019 Meeting



All Branches Were Asked to Submit a Poster for the 2019 Conference

During the March Branch Members call all branches were asked to submit a poster to display past activities and elder interviews. Contact Aaisha Haykal with any questions at

Please see attached for a letter that should be sent out to all poster presenters by the end of the month.

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• Read Dr. Woodson’s seminal work The Mis-Education of the Negro using the Study Guide (click here.)• ASALH Centennial Rays of Light Honorees video (click here to view). Each honoree answered the question “How has Dr. Carter G. Woodson impacted your life and your life’s work?”