Chicago Chapter


A Message from the President

What a pleasure it is to welcome you to the Chicago Chapter web page. It is no coincident that you have chosen our web page. My heart is delighted because of your interest in knowing more about the work our Chapter is doing for children and youth in the Chicago area.

This programmatic year promises to be productive, busy, and rewarding. Chapter members are committed, and have already rolled up their sleeves and started to work as a united front to improve our programs: Health, Education, Employment, Recreation, Arts and Humanities.

You are invited to take a few moments to browse through our web page and learn more about us. The web page promises to be exciting and informative. As you browse, look at the Chicago Chapter history, the programs we promote, upcoming events and membership into the Chapter. If you have questions or need more information, please do not delay, contact us immediately. We promise to respond in a timely manner.

Judith A. Archer



Continental Societies, Incorporated is a public service organization, dedicated to the socio- economic and cultural welfare of underprivileged children and youth, was organized in 1956 and incorporated nationally in 1972. It embraces 45 chapters in 20 states in the Continental USA, District of Columbia and Bermuda with a total membership of approximately 900.

The Chicago Chapter was founded by the late Helen Lawrence Burnett on October 19, 1978. The National President at that time was Rosa S. Stanback, and the sponsoring chapter was Columbus, Georgia. The Chapter was started with seventeen enthusiastic and eager women.

Since the inception of the Chapter, there have been three hardworking, dedicated Presidents: Helen L. Burnett (1978 – 1989), Doris B. Johnson (1989 – 2007) and Annie C. Barnett (2007 – 2015). These Continental Sisters stand strong and committed to the reputable history of going above and beyond the call of duty.

The membership consists of several active charter members: Doris Johnson, Olia Lantz, Jean Newkirk and Constance W. Seymore. Each one has served for 37 years and is still very active. Membership is open to women regardless of race, creed, or religion. Prospects must be dedicated, committed, and want to volunteer their time, talent and love to serve children and youth. Throughout the year, the Chapter serves hundreds of children and youth through the Five-Point Programmatic thrust, known as HEER (Health, Education, Employment, Recreation, Arts and Humanities). Funds for the programs and projects are raised by sponsorship and annual benefits.

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1st Vice President

Annie C. Barnett



Financial Secretary

Constance Seymore*



Jewel Lewis



Olia N. Lantz


Public Relations

Jewel Lewis


Corresponding Secretary

Doris D. Johnson*



Jean Newkirk*



Louise Early


Recording Secretary

Edna Clemmons


Sherrie Chatman-Garth Linda Gathings
Jewel S. Childress Ramona Hawkins-Sanders Orevia Holmes Lora Hurey
Olia Lantz* Cindy Witherspoon

*Charter Member


“Day at the Park”

CSI Chicago Chapter Day at the Park was established to promote health, fitness and recreation. Children arrived at the park approximately noon. The children were welcomed with a fresh piece of fruit and a cool bottle of water! Continentals passed out pamphlets on dental health and childhood obesity. The children as well as their parents were delighted to have lunch that consisted of grilled Turkey burgers, grilled chicken and Turkey hot dogs on wheat buns. Participants had a variety of healthy snacks to go along with their meal. Participants played football, basketball, jumped rope, blew bubbles , played baseball, and availed themselves of the playground activities. Participants also had the opportunity to view artifacts and learn about Chicago’s history via The Dusable Museum of African-American Art Mobile Museum van. The mother of Continental Linda Donaldson!Ruth McCullough (pictured in yellow), graduated from DuSable high school in 1943, and added her wisdom and knowledge to the exhibit.

Upon departure, all participants received a green bag which included school supplies and oral hygiene products.

We served approximately 100 children and approximately 20 parents.


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Contact Information:

Ann Barnett, Chapter President

Judith A. Archer, First Vice President/Program Chair

Marian Bullock, Second Vice President/Membership Chair