By Dr. Katie B. Catalon
The National Beauty Culturists’ League Incorporated hosted its 99th Convention, Institute and Trade Show July 15-21, 2018 at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia with Dr. Katie B. Catalon as president. Delegates attended from across the United States, Nassau, Bahamas, and Freeport, Bahamas. The Theme for this convention was “Through Prayer, we kept our Legacy ALIVE”.
Congratulations goes to Mr. John Scott, a Doctorate of Professional Cosmetology enrolled in Post Doctorate toward higher levels of professional education. He is a member of Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, SC and serves as the Vice President of the SC State Cosmetologists Association, with Mrs. Cindy Collins, DPC as President of the association, and he is also a member of the Region One Beauticians and Barbers Club. He is deeply involved with other divisions of the National Beauty Culturists’ League Incorporated, serving as the Chairman of the Hair Designers Guild, and a member of Sigma Nu Theta Fraternity. He also won the Title as King of the Coronation Ball and claims that title for THIRTEEN consecutive years. The state of SC delegates are very proud of him because upon being crowned, he thanked his immediate family, church family, and clients for the support extended to him. The microphone at the moment belonged to him.
Ms. Onethia Washington of North Charleston, SC a member of Region One Beauticians and Barbers Club, member of the South Carolina State Cosmetologists Association, won second place in the Bachelor’s class hairstyling competition, and received her BPC degree. She is a member of St. Luke R.E. Church on Nassau Street in Charleston, SC. She serves as an inspiration to others in accomplishing her desire to elevate herself to a higher level of education in the beauty industry. As she received her degree, the SC delegates cheers roared loudly. She was initiated into Theta Nu Sigma National Sorority with Supreme Basileus Mary D. Holmes of Winston-Salem, NC officiating. She is a member of the Upsilon Chapter of the Sorority, which is for the state of South Carolina.
Rev. Dr. Hattie M. B. Rambert, of Ebnezer AME Church on Nassau Street in Charleston, SC, serves as an Assistant Chaplain of the National Beauty Culturists’ League Incorporated over the Religious Retreat in honoring members that have transitioned. She is a members of Region One Beauticians and Barbers Club, Basileus of the Upsilon Chapter of Theta Nu Sigma National Sorority, and a member of the South Carolina State Cosmetologists Association.
As President of this wonderful organization, I invite non-members to link up with this organization locally and statewide, and past members to re-activate membership to celebrate one hundred years of existence in 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. Kindly visit the NBCL website at www.nbcl.info for more information.
A special note to those that are in the surrounding areas working in the profession of the industry, I invite you to learn the history of where the profession originated with Pioneers that lived in the Tri-County Area. And, perhaps if you did, you would be more aware of the importance of being a part of an organization that worked in the profession, and sent their daughters and sons to colleges and universities more in numbers than any other profession. That in itself should make all be proud to be a part of an organization that worked so hard to remain in existence for 99 years, preparing by the Grace of Almighty God to celebrate 100 years in 2019.
Dr. Katie B. Catalon assumed the position as president in 2004 of this organization after a distinguished career as a salon owner for 22 years and teacher of Cosmetology in the Charleston County School District for 30 years, employing some of her students, and students in employment in the Tri-County Area.