In October 29, 2002 a few individuals of the Austin community met with Ms. Bernadette Phifer, Curator of the George Washington Carver Museum. The purpose of the meeting was to start an organization to support the mission of the Carver Museum. Ms. Phifer welcomed the guests and explained some of the needs to support the museum. She went over the museum’s history, mission, and need for volunteers for the new facility that was being built. She stressed the importance of having another organization working for our future – the children, who will benefit the most from our support.
Mr. Arthur Sauls who was responsible for recommending invitees, then talked about why he was compelled to invite each of them, and hope they would be able to give support in starting a new organization. Ms. Phifer went over the kind of volunteering and efforts that would be needed from a new organization; opportunities as docents, museum store workers, supporters of exhibits, receptions and financial support for the museum. At this meeting the following were there to see if they would be interested in forming a new organization: Mr. Leon Roberts, Mrs. Nettie Smothers, Ms. Martha Rison, Mrs. Jewel Boswell Hudson, Mr. James Talbert, Ms. Cynthia Harry, Dr. Charles Akins, Mr. Weldon Farmer, Ms. Deborah Roberts, Ms. Nancy Skinner and Ms. Lillian Kerley.
Again on November 26, 2002 at the George Washington Carver Museum at 6:30 p.m. with seven (7) attendees; Ms. Phifer stressed the importance of building a foundation as a new organization and going about setting things up in the right way. Mr. Sauls re-emphasized the reason for each participant’s involvement. We must come up with a name, bylaws, dues and officers for the organization. On January 21, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. seventeen (17) citizens of the Austin Community met at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center an organized the George Washington Carver Ambassadors. In this meeting it was establish an important part of the Ambassadors’s mission to help the museum grow and to support the museum’s educational needs.