Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Posted by lsuggs | 11/22/2013 06:41 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls will celebrate fifty years of service to the CSRA Community on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church located at 605 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 7 PM in the River Room of the venue.

Rosa T. Beard, a Paine College 1942 graduate, was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club for Girls. Her life spanned over ninety years with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and in the Augusta community.

The 15th Street Bridge, which holds Beard’s name, was chosen because it was a bridge that Beard traveled for decades. It was in close proximity to her residence, T.W. Josey High School, Paine College, and Shiloh Community Center all, which she spent numerous hours of service.

Beard has been recognized for her service to youth in general, young women in particular and a committed service to the CSRA community and she does so with love, care and the most humble spirit. She is the recipient of the “Dream Keeper Award, the NAACP Presidential Service Award, the "key to the city of Augusta" presented in 2006 by Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta and WRDW -News 12 recognized her for their “Making a Difference” feature. The City of Augusta recognized her with a proclamation for her dedication as a community servant.

Beard was an active and dedicated member of the Paine College National Alumni Association and the Augusta Paine College Alumni Chapter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Community Center and Antioch Baptist Church.

Paine College would like to congratulate the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls as they reach fifty years of grace and selflessness, as they honor the memory its founder, Rosa T. Beard.

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Photo caption: Rosa T. Beard, Paine College 1942 graduate and founder of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls, established in 1963.