By Ed Brock
Eloise Archibald of Jonesboro is a busy woman, but she has no problem finding the energy.
"My motto is if I can do something to just help one person then my life would not be in vain," said Archibald. "I just like people, period."
At 53, Archibald is the senior re-insurance specialist with Munich America Reassurance Company in Atlanta, where she handles various tasks for insurance companies like writing policies.
"I do everything from the beginning to the end," Archibald said.
She is also the Worthy Matron for the Order of the Eastern Star The Electra Special No. 109 and as such helps to organize the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Jonesboro. Recently she was made chairwoman for membership of the Clayton County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, an organization she has been a member of for three years.
Add to all that the fact that she's a single mother of a 16-year-old boy and it's obvious that Archibald has a lot on the ball. She's got a lot of plans for helping the local NAACP reach its goal of adding 800 new members.
"We need more young people to get involved," Archibald said.
Getting young people to participate in NAACP activities is a challenge, Archibald said, but she hopes to have recreational activities along with educational opportunities like tutoring and mentor programs.
"They're is so much we can do and there's so much need," Archibald said.
Previously Archibald chaired the local chapter's Freedom Fund and she hopes to be as successful with the membership drive as she was with that previous chairmanship.
Dexter Matthews, the president of the Clayton County branch of the NAACP, said he wished he had 10 Archibalds. He first met Archibald at the New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riverdale and has worked with her on the MLK Parade Committee for four years.
Matthews characterized Archibald as an unrelenting worker.
"She starts and she finishes," he said. "She's one of the hardest workers I've ever had."
Archibald said anyone interested in joining the NAACP can visit their office at 1044 Main Street in Jonesboro or call (404) 361-3235.