The organization was first started in 1983 by a small group of women.
San Angelo, Texas — In 1983, a group of 18 black women came together in San Angelo to form a small sister organization called The Saturday Group.
A few days after its formation, the group appointed a board of directors and changed its name to Le Coterie Society, French for “a circle of people with common interests and goals”.
In 2023, the organization is celebrating 40 years of community outreach and action.
“These women are volunteering here. [are] “We are committed to making sure these kids get scholarships every year, and they’ve been doing it for the last 40 years,” said Tiffany Sellers, chair of the Public Relations Committee. That’s a pretty big achievement.
Le Coterie Society holds two major fundraising events each year to raise funds to provide scholarships to pre-college seniors.
One fundraiser is the “Boys to Men” fashion show in February, and the other is the “Taste of Le Coterie,” where Thanksgiving meals are served in November. Students can find scholarship applications at the school’s counseling office and should consider an essay.
On January 14 at 6:00 pm, Le Coterie Society will host a 40th anniversary celebration at the San Angelo Museum of Art, 1 Love Street, where San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter will make the proclamation.
There will also be a memorial service, a dinner, and a keynote address by a local pastor.
Looking ahead, Sellers hopes the sisterhood will continue to grow.
“Hopefully, the goal is to continue to be successful, prosper, and grow further as a member and as long as we help more children,” she said.
After all, Le Coterie’s motto is ‘generous and fair’, and Sellers wants to live up to that.