Presidents Message

Greetings and welcome to the official website of the Greater Delaware Valley PA Chapter of The Society, Incorporated.  We invite you to visit the website and get acquainted with an outstanding group of women, who over the past 25 years have made a difference in the lives of young, talented youth with resources, support, and encouragement within the communities we serve, and the many programs we offer and continue to develop.

The Society, Incorporated founded in 1983 is an organization with members of community service-minded women in 40 chapters in 15 states.  The Greater Delaware Valley PA Chapter was chartered in 1995.  The degree of dedication within the membership can only come from like-minded women who made a commitment through love and friendship to better the lives of others.

As we look back on the past 25 years, we are reflective of the roles we have played and the lives we have changed, through our four Creative Areas: Literary Arts; Performing Arts; Visual Arts; and Instrumental and Vocal Arts.  We are excited to continue on this journey of community involvement and enhanced artistic programs and look forward to your support as we travel on this artistic journey together.

In Friendship and Service,

Lady Ella Graves Hammond



To educate, support, and inspire young people by exposing them to and delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences and programs


The Society, Incorporated GDVPA Chapter aspires to be the region’s premier organization for consistently empowering generations of students in the arts



  • Support arts students in their educational pursuits
  • Provide financial assistance to encourage students to pursue the arts through education


  • Host an annual fundraising event to fund scholarships for students (ex. Wine Tasting)

Grades 6-12



  • Charitable initiatives to help increase the accessibility of the arts to the youth
  • Enable students with the equipment & supplies they need to participate in the arts


  • Host a bi-annual instrument drive 

Grades 6-12



  • Empower students with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience


  • Host a bi-annual talent showcase to highlight student performances via song, dance, or art 

Grades K-12

Chapter Members

Lady Violet Armstead

Chapter Organizer

Lady Roberta G. Torian, Esquire


Lady Melvinia J. Robinson

Vice President

Lady Carolyn E. Johnson, Esquire

Financial Secretary

Lady Andrea C. Smith


Lady Joyce Finch Baughn

Corresponding Secretary

Lady Nomblé Coleman

Recording Secretary

Lady Linda Freeman Coleman

Lady Rhonda Starks Crowder

Lady Ella Graves Hammond

Lady VonDeLeath Kersey

Lady Cynthia Vickers Wilson, Esquire

Lifetime Members:

  • Lady Barbara Collins Brooks, ED.D.
  • Lady Marion R. Murphy