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The Charms Inc. (formerly Squaws Inc.) celebrated 50 years of community service in the city where it all began, Pittsburgh, Pa. On Oct. 28 at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills, the Charms enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing and reflecting. Charm Yvonne Addison and Charm Rebecca Hairston served as event co-chairs.

THE WILLIAMS FAMILY—Jacqueline, James and Jo’etta Williams (Photo by Debbie Norrell)

The organization had its beginnings in 1952 when LaVera Hord organized a group of Pittsburgh women who called themselves “Midnighters.” The initial purpose was to create a social outlet for the women involved and they quickly became actively involved in the area of civic responsibility. Feeling the need for expansion and growth in this area, the group applied for and received its charter in the name of Squaws Inc. in 1962, thereby making the Pittsburgh group the founding chapter of Squaws Inc. By 1968, Squaws Inc. had established chapters in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Detroit. The first National Conclave was held in Pittsburgh in July of that year.

On February 11, 1997 the name was officially changed to Charms Inc. The organization presently includes 19 chapters located throughout the United States and the District of Columbia. Husbands of Charms play an extremely important role outside the official structure of the organization and are known as Charmers. Children of Charms are affectionately known as Gems.

On this wonderful evening, the Charms were joined by their National President, Charm Elizabeth Chatman and their first National President Charm Rebecca Hairston.

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