Honoring Audrey Smith-Johnsonby Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2013-12-19
of new york
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, Audrey Smith-Johnson was born in Yonkers and
attended Yonkers Public Schools, and graduated from Tefft Business
School. As a high school student, she volunteered at the Yonkers YWCA
and was a Candy Striper at St Joseph Hospital. But it was while working
various positions at a temp agency that she found her passion in real
estate. She received her Real Estate Certificate and has been working
in that field for 28 years.
But she has another calling, and that is as a member of her community. In July, 2005, [[Page E1907]] she joined Community Sunset Temple #1132, Daughters of Elks, IBPOE Elks of the World. She was promptly elected as Doorkeeper and in 2006 she was elected as the Treasurer. There she has embraced in all facets of Elkdom. Some of the positions she holds are: Assistant Vice Loyal Daughter of Unity Past Daughter Rulers Council (Westchester & Rockland), she is a member of the New York State Daughters of Elks-- Royal Court Department, Treasurer/Financial Secretary of the Past State President Circle of Westchester, Rockland and Sullivan Counties. This year she is the Chairperson of the Mid-Winter Conference for The New York State IBPOE of W.
She also belongs to the Yonkers African-American Heritage Committee, a not-for-profit community based organization that partners with several other such organizations, such as: Sister To Sister, YMCA, YWCA and The Yonkers Public Library. Mrs. Johnson joined the YAAHC in 2005, and was named Financial Secretary, a job she has kept, along with several appointed positions such as: Chairperson-Nominating Committee, Joint-Chair-Scholarship Committee and Assistant Corresponding Secretary.
In May 2009, Senior Center #9, located at Terrace City Lodge #1499 appointed her Communication/Publicity Director.
She and her husband, John (Worshipful Master of James H. Farrell #34, PH) have been married for 31 years. They have two children, Mrs. LaTasha Pagan and John, Jr., and a granddaughter Karissma. She is also a mother and grandmother to her extended family--Ms. Capricia McClellan and her children and her grandchildren.
I am proud to join the Luther V. Garrison Sr. Masonic Foundation in honoring Audrey Smith-Johnson as Woman of the Year for her many contributions to her community.