1997 – Hempstead, New York
Vera P. Rivers has been the President of The National Council of Women of the United States, the oldest nonsectarian women’s voluntary organization in our nation. She is known as well for her involvement in numerous other worthwhile causes and organizations. Early in life, Ms. Rivers’ goal was to complete college. Being one of eleven children, a girl sandwiched among five brothers, served only to sharpen her determination. She did indeed complete four years of college earning a B.S. degree in Home Economics with a major in Food and Nutrition and minor in Chemistry. Vera then went on to earn her M.S. in Adult Learning and Development, as well as a number of specialty study certifications. Determination and focus have been hallmarks of Vera River’s character, throughout her career. Her first volunteer activity was as assistant Sunday School teacher to her father’s class. Throughout her adult life Vera has been engaged in volunteer activities that range from being a Girl Scout leader to participating in major health decisions for the people of New York State and of Long Island. Vera has represented the United States Council at the International Council of Women on frequent occasions and is involved in the work of the United Nations. She is the first African American woman to be elected President of NCW/US and her leadership has forged new bonds within the organization. She is respected for her ability to bring clarity, honesty and candor to complicated issues and loved for her capacity to care and act on behalf of people in need of support.