1. March 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 5 Never the Less, Inc. is a word based and Paving the Way spirit-led organization; edifying, empowering, Elder Helen Davenport and directing women of all ages. Elder Helen Davenport, affectionately known as Mother Helen" is a compassionate Never The Less Inc’s (NTL) mission is to Missionary, results driven Evangelist, and well armed Prayer Warrior for the Kingdomprovide services that promote character, confidence, of God. She has traveled across the globe self-sufficiency and sustainability. NTL believes ministering in China, Hong Kong, the helping women tap into their Creative and god- Dominican Republic, and Haiti. given talents will result in the return to one’s Mother Helen has worked with a team of 20 medical professionals, ordained and lay authentic self, enabling them to ministers in Nigeria (1999, 2000, 2003, thrive in His purpose. 2004, 2006). Throughout Nigeria Mother Helen withstood opposition and transported Special Thanks Bibles and teaching materials to churches in the Bush or interior" of Africa, Gboko, Never the Less, Inc would like to send a special Abuja, Adipo, and many other Villages.shout out to Linda Robinson. Linda has really Skilled in foreign travel logistics planning, stepped up as a proactive, dedicated, and she procured guides for assistance in native unwavering member of NTL. Linda’s duties lands and coordinated transportation to consist of planning, purchasing, and preparing various destinations securing expenditures food for NTL events and meetings. One doesn’t before departure. have to call Linda; she calls enthusiastically Most recently in Mamelodi, South Africa, asking, “What do you need me to do?” In Elder "Mother Helen" Davenport planted 14 preparation for our Celestial Radiance Gala on fruit and vegetable gardens in local areas, March 31st, Linda will again put her best foot fellowshipped and prayed for the harvest with those people receiving the gardens, forward and step in where she is needed, proudly ministered to the South African children inwearing her chef hat. In addition, Linda is also our song, stories, and face painting with a top-seller of tickets for the Celestial Radiance "Jesus" theme. Gala, where ticket sales are a integral part of theevent being successful. We believe Linda will be a Mother Helen was called to serve globally and we are blessed to have her locally. The true, dedicated, longtime member of Never The word best describing her is DEDICATED. It Less, Inc. We appreciate her and everything she is our profound hope that this morsel of her does. Help us applaud Linda in all her efforts. life will inspire and encourage us to be all Sincerely, that God intends for us. Only unbelief stops The Directors of Never the Less, Inc the movement of God ~Matt 13:53. Ladies, we are Always the More, NEVER THE LESS, INC Never the Less. Just ask Mother P.O. BOX 12674 Helen! CINCINNATI, OH 45212 NEVERTHELESSINC@GMAIL.COM 513.258.9676
2. March 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 5 Director’s Corner Poetry in Motion ~ The Highsteppers Drill Team Founded by Kelli Harmon and Joenita Alexander, THDT is anon-profit award winning, positive, youth competition & show dance organization originated right here in Cincinnati in July 1999. This year the Highsteppers are upon celebrating their13th year anniversary! THDT uses the art of dance and drill as unique tools to instill necessary life skills in young ladies as they mature into young women. Working with young ladies between the ages of 10–23 years, all THDT rules, activities, and events are designed to promote leadership, self-esteem, confidence, dignity, and positive interpersonal skills, while Member Spotlights stressing the importance of academic excellence, where this Brianna Dixon will be performing with the year’s average GPA is a 3.4! THDT does not support any Highsteppers Drill & Dance team in Showcaseexplicit music or choreography, all routines are tasteful, family America Unlimited State Nationals, April 13-15th at oriented and very entertaining. Northern Kentucky University. Please come out and THDT highlights include 4 consecutive years as the Black cheer her on. Please see Lorian for details. Family Reunion Best Marching Unit; winner of the Westside Jarron Robinson, 3, son of Sheena earned his 1st Harvest Home Parade; National, Regional, and State award Student of the Week honor. Jarron attends Nanny’s winners in High Kick, Hip Hop, and Pom!! In 2009 they were Multilevel Learning Center where he has learned to named Ameridance GRAND Champs. Thus far during this count to 40 and spell and write his name. Hisyear’s dance season, THDT has accumulated numerous awards favorite sport is basketball and enjoys spending time and trophies. with his dad & sister Arlejah.Kelli Harmon, head coach, director and founder, explains from Paris, granddaughter of Delphine, has achieved working with the dancers she “gains satisfaction from helping undefeated status as a member of the Christ young ladies uncover remarkable tools that will equip her for Emmanuel Knights basketball team. womanhood, while allowing her to enjoy the treasures of her Congratulations! teenage years. I love being a part of the continuous blessing to Jayla Robinson received a “Star of The Month” our community." When asked which scripture best relates to achievement at school. She enjoys praise dancingTHDT, Kelli quickly quotes 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise and often performs at events. you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” explaining “we live in a T’Keyah Mason, daughter of Marquita, AAUsociety that often excuses or glorifies wrong-doing. Everything basketball team the Cincy Gators are holding agood is from God. We try to instill in our members through the bowling fundraiser at Madison Bowl, Sat 3/24, 4- good - hard work, determination, commitment, and 8pm. Please see Marquita for tickets. Bowling & refreshments included. honesty...success is surely at hand.” Over the next ten years, Kelli envisions THDT obtaining its own dance studio, but “I believe the children are the future, teachenthusiastically states “everything happens in God’s own time.” them well and let them lead the way.” Being involved with THDT for six months, I am thoroughly Whitney Houston, impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the team, Singer and Actress (1963 - 2012)coaching staff, and dancers alike. Please see page 5 for photos.
3. March 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 5 In the Community Step into the Light Partnerships in Tutoring Never the Less, Inc Ebony Stone has been volunteering her time presents… working with Ulmer and Berne LLP, who has the 1st Annual partnered with Winton Hills Academy and St. Aloysius Orphanage to make a difference in CELESTIAL RADIANCE the inner community by sponsoring and GALA organizing tutoring sessions for local and neighborhood schools. With community Saturday, March 31, 2011 efforts Ulmer & Berne LLP, are currently Orchard Hills Country Club helping children with upcoming OAA testing for 3rd - 8th graders. Tutoring sessions began 9575 Brehm Road in March and will take place every Saturday in Cincinnati, Oh 45252 March from 11am to 1pm. Kudos to Ebony for shining a much needed light on the education The night will be filled with a heavenly of our children, reminding them that aura as we adorn our finest attire and they are Never the Less! dance the night away. A Night of GOOD DEEDS Proceeds of the adult only event will Saturday, March 10th, a small group of Never the Less members enjoyed a wonderful outing, further aid the establishment of Never supporting Tyler Perry’s latest movie the Less, Inc as a tax exempt, nonprofit “ Good Deeds”: organization I came away from the movie feeling as if I have been wrapped in my favorite quilt. Some of Tickets are $15 single and $25 the pieces were rough in texture, feeling doubles, however as members you are prideful, selfish and arrogant, other pieces of entitled to a 50% savings toward the the quilt felt disparate, worn, hopeless, unloved, while other spots of the quilt were purchase of your ticket. Admission comforting, loving, soothing and appreciated. includes dinner. Cash bar available. But isn’t that’s what makes a good quilt – different fabrics from our lives. Please support by I enjoyed the movie. ~ Doris Thomas sponsoring two tickets.
4. March 2012 Virtus Strength ~ Courage ~ Power ~ Virtue ~ Excellence Vol. 1 Issue 5 ClassifiedsSEEKING PROFESSIONALS: Never The Less is seeking a group of professionals willing to offer their services probono by serving as Advisors in the following areas: Accounting, Legal Practice, Advertising, Marketing, & Web Design. FOR RENT-3 Bedroom apartment needed to rent, a spacious apartment with some utilities included. OFFICE /MEETING SPACE NEEDED- seeking space to hold monthly members meetings and potential stationary office for organization headquarters. THE HIGHSTEPPERS DRILL TEAM – DANCERS NEEDED: Spring tryouts are fast approaching for the 2012-2013 season, tentatively scheduled for April. Interested young ladies are encouraged to contact THDT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on facebookwww.facebook.com/highsteppersdrillteam. UmojoArts- One of a Kind Jewelry, Paintings & Apparel. Contact Harry McDowell 513-702-9611 email@example.com Sylvia Waldon – Author, Arvin & May Sreet Publications PO Box 317660, Cincinnati, OH 45231 513-432-7856 amspublications.com Crete Doctors & Stepright Network-Concrete Flatwork Free Estimates- Call Tony Pate 513-551-3489 Calendar March 24th - Cincy Gators Bowling Fundraiser ~ Madison Bowl, 4pm March 24th - NA Fashion Show ~ New Generations, 4586 Paddock Rd, Cincinnati, OH, 45229, 7pm. Please see Linda Robinson for details. March 31st – Gala Set Up ~ 2-4pm March 31st - Celestial Radiance Gala ~ 8-12pm April 7th - Director’s Meeting, 10am *tentative April 14th – The Highsteppers Drill Team competing in the Showcase America Unlimited State Nationals ~ Northern Kentucky University, performance times TBA (See Lorian Dixon). Wear GOLD & MAROON! April 26th – Monthly Member’s Meeting, 7pm April 27th – “Funke Fired Arts” ~ Pottery Outing $30, 3130 Wasson Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209 ~ 6pm, bring wine and/or dish to share **tentative – checking availability. We are Always the More! NeverTheLessInc@gmail.com