UNION, NJ - The inaugural Vauxhall Women’s Month program, celebrating women of the community, took place on Saturday, sponsored by th Golden Rule Lodge and the National Council Negro Women Vauxhall.    

“The purpose of the program is to highlight woman of the Vauxhall area,” said Rev. Angela Battle, who moderated the panel discussion. The program featured Crystal Orr, Erica Bell and Bertha Mathews, all successful women of the Vauxhall community.   

The keynote speaker, Union Mayor Michele Delisfort, said, “I applaud the members of the National Council of Negro Women and the Golden Rule Lodge Chapters #24 and #50 for recognizing several accomplished women in our community and for hosting an open discussion about how women should perceive life circumstances as opportunities and/or lessons to further their dreams. It is my belief that all of us have the capacity to inevitably help change the world on various levels.  In order to accomplish our goals, we certainly must demonstrate discipline, commitment and consistent effort in order to make our dreams a reality.”

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“I am honored be a part of this program,” said Bertha Mathews, President of BLM Consultants, LLC, and Director of Community Development for the Township of Union.  “I think it is so important for us to share our history and the story of our journey.”

Honoree Erica Bell said, “it's an honor to be on a panel with these women who encourage and empower women.”  Bell is the Vauxhall Library’s Branch Manager.

“I enjoyed being part of this panel today,” said Orr.  “It was great to be invited in to the Vauxhall Community and I’m excited to continue to partner with the people of this community to help in any way that I can.”