"To provide a social outlet and a sisterly relationship among women with similar ideals, interests, and goals."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dorris Bell Bass and Vivienne Malone-Mayes ~ Co-Founders

History

Our founders Dorris Bell Daniels and Vivienne Malone Mayes met at Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.  They enjoyed a friendship which remained beyond their college days.  They returned to their respective cities, Detroit, Michigan and Waco, Texas.  After much correspondence, they envisioned an organization that would have friendship as its common denominator.  They shared in creating the prayer, poem, motto and song; the lyrics of the song were written by Marguerite Williams, Dallas, Texas.  It was Vivienne Malone Mayes who chose the name Circle-Lets, a Circle of Friends. Dallas, Texas the first chapter of Circle-Lets, was organized on September 18, 1955, at the home of its founder, Pearl Coleman Kidd.  

It was Vivienne Malone Mayes who chose the name Circle-Lets, a Circle of Friends. Dallas, Texas the first chapter of Circle-Lets, was organized on September 18, 1955, at the home of its founder, Pearl Coleman Kidd.  The Detroit chapter was installed by Vivienne Malone Mayes in 1956.  In 1957 the Boston Chapter was installed with Gloria Pope as its founder.  In 1959 three additional chapters were installed.  They were Chicago: Mercedier Goodwin, founder; Roanoke: Nina Bolden, founder; New York: Rita Marshall, founder.

The first national conclave was held in Dallas, Texas on August 18, 19, & 20, 1960.  Representatives from the above chapters were in attendance.  The meetings were chaired by Dorris Daniels and Vivienne Malone Mayes.  At that meeting the Constitution was written and ratified and the national officers elected.  After much correspondence, they envisioned an organization that would have friendship as its common denominator.  They shared in creating the prayer, poem, motto and song; the lyrics of the song were written by Marguerite Williams, Dallas, Texas.  

On September 24, 1960 the Philadelphia Chapter was installed bringing the number of chapters to six (6).  The next national conclave was to be held in Detroit, Michigan in 1962 but prior to hosting Detroit withdrew as a chapter and Boston hosted the conclave. 

The membership represents the full spectrum of professional and non-professional women whose basic tenet is friendship.  The National Colors are flame, silver and shell pink.  The National Flower is the pink carnation.  The National Emblem is a three dimensional circle with the letter C in the center.  The National Song is A Circle of Friendship, sung to the tune of Loch Lomond.

Article II of the National Constitution best spells out the aim of Circle-Lets, Inc.:

β€œTo provide a social outlet and a sisterly relationship among women with similar ideals, interests and goals.” 

Both founders are deceased.  Dorris Bell Bass passed in January 1991 and Vivienne Malone Mayes in June 1995.  

However, the spirit of friendship lives on and remains β€œa bond firm and true to the end, and far, far beyond the horizon.”

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