The Charmettes, Incorporated - A Rich History

Established on June 7, 1951, in West Palm Beach, Florida by deceased founders Frankie Drayton Thomas and Gwendolyn Baker Rodgers, The Charmettes, Incorporated is a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that created to improving the quality of life within our communities, through advocacy, education, service, and support for cancer research.

The Organization has 19 active chapters located in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

As the Organization grows, the focus also grows. There is diversity that allows each Chapter to embark upon and support civic and other social needs with the individual communities.


Mission Statement

The Charmettes, Incorporated is a sisterhood of dedicated women committed to improving the quality of life within our communities through advocacy, education, service and support for cancer research.


Guiding Principles

  • Our commitment and dedication is to our Organization, our members, and to our communities;
  • We welcome, value, and support the diversity of skills, expertise, tools and networks of the strong African-American women who make up our membership; and
  • We recognize the importance and benefits of supporting the eradication of cancer and partnering with historically black colleges and universities and others who share our values and support our mission.


Howard University Cancer Center Initiative

  1. In 1981, The Charmettes Incorporated adopted a national thrust to eradicate cancer in our lifetime.
  2. We have contributed more than $500,000 to the Howard University Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., to support cancer research and services.
  3. 3. In recognition of our contributions and long-term commitment to the Howard University Cancer Center, in 2007, an Infusion Suite was named The Charmettes, Incorporated Gwendolyn B. Rodgers Chemotherapy Infusion Suite.
Charmettes National Website - http://www.thecharmettesinc.org/