My name is Howard Russell aka Ladie Chablis and I am writing this letter to support my consideration for the position of Olympia 49 of the Empire. In the past couple of years I have wanted to become more than just an active member of the organization or a board member. I’ve really wanted to take my participation further and volunteer my time to assist the organization in becoming more transparent in the community. I feel as Olympia 49 is a great way I can use my skills to help continue to provide growth for the organization and be an active voice for our community. I want to help make this organization truly one of the best in the country.
A little about me. I work for an organization call AHF Pharmacy which provides care service and support for those living with HIV/AIDS. My position is a Pharmacy Technician. I was just recently promoted to Pharmacy Sales for the entire State of Washington beginning January 13. 2020. I also work for R Place for 17 years as a host for Lashes Cabaret Show.
I have had a few titles in my career which include:
* Lafemme Magnifique Region
* Lafemme Magnifique International
* Empress 26 of The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma
* Princess 24 of The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma
* Miss Gay World Series for NAAGA
* Saint of the Sister of Perpetual Indulgence.
I have had four board positions past and present this would include:
* Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle
* Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma
* ECSA (Emerald City Softball Association)
* POCAAN (People of Color Against Aids Network)
In the past, I have coordinated numerous fundraisers and events for the following organizations or companies:
* Rise n’ Shine
* Brother to Brother
* Pierce County AIDS Foundation
* AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation)
* Any community members needing help from lost and damages in their personal life.
Two organizations that I have worked on every year are the former Rise n’ Shine and Brother to Brother.
Rise n’ Shine:
For the past 11 years, I have worked with Rise n’ Shine, an organization that works with children infected with HIV/AIDS or someone in their family. Each year, children infected submit a Christmas wish list to the organization. I have worked with the organization to put together a fundraising event to make sure each child had the best Christmas and received as much, if not everything, they asked for on their wish list. The fundraiser starts the day after Thanksgiving and lasts till the week before Christmas. Since the organization had folded over 5 years ago I continue to work with Michael Dunlap to make sure these children have an amazing Christmas.
Brother to Brother:
For the past few years, I worked with an organization called Brother to Brother. I worked putting together a weekend event every year that focuses directly on men of color with health issues, education and life struggles, and more recently political issues. My responsibilities would be to put together workshops and find speakers for panel discussions both of which focus directly on those issues outlined above.
My life I have always tried to give back to my community and throughout, volunteering or putting on events that help support an organization’s mission in the community. I greatly appreciate your consideration of me to be a candidate for the position of Olympia 49 for this Empire. I know I can be a great asset to the Board, Court Members and to our community.
Howard Russell aka Ladie Chablis