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                                THE DRIFTERS INC.

The Drifters, Inc. is a national organization of dynamic women with social, civic, charitable and educational interests. We dedicate our time, talents, and resources to the enhancement of our chosen communities through numerous humanitarian activities. 

The organization was founded by VIVIAN LUCILLE MALONE MAYES from Waco, Texas in l954. She wanted to form a national organization to nurture friendships and provide a social outlet for women of similar backgrounds. She expressed her ideas in letters to friends around the country, who then contacted other women. The first chapter was installed in 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. Other chapters sprung up during the years to form a sisterhood dedicated to their communities all over the United States. The Drifters, Inc. now consists of thirty-three (33) chapters, working both collectively as a national organization and individually in local chapters.

                       MITCHELLVILLE DRIFTERS, INC.

The Mitchellville Chapter was chartered in August 2005 with nine members at the national convention in Detroit, Michigan. It has grown over the past nine years to eighteen 18 members. We are an energetic group of professional women from many fields and disciplines. We have worked tirelessly to establish ourselves as a leading chapter among others who blazed the trails with outstanding contributions in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. The chapter wasted no time becoming incorporated in Maryland and obtaining its 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit designation.  

Mitchellville Drifters are most proud of our annual charitable activities at Avery House--a half-way house for women with children who want to start a new life--as well as the Thanksgiving baskets we donate to underprivileged families. We are equally proud of our educational program and annual Book Award scholarships. 

Each year, we strive for great participation at the national convention where we do our part in carrying on the business of the national organization and fellowship with our sister chapters. We have a wonderful time at our annual Mardi Gras Gala every February and at our other fundraising and outreach activities. 

Our Founding Members

Ella Highland, Lula Hicks,
Vinetta Jones, Helen Nuttall,
Thelma Scott, Urlecia Cooks,
Vikki Robertson, Daria Daniel,
and Kim Oliver
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Founding members Ella Highland, Thelma Scott, Helen Nuttall and Urlecia Cooks.