by Sydney Jones —
The Queen Riders of Memphis is the city’s first all-female Corvette club and they are doing great things in the community.
The Queen Riders are an independent entity under the Strictly Vettes Corvette Club umbrella founded by Maurice Woodard.
Woodard’s wife, Trudy Woodard, shared the inspiration behind the Queen Riders.
“One of the things my husband wanted to do in the past was have an all-female Corvette Club. He had this vision where he wanted us to be a blessing in serving the community, and that is what we are all about: helping and serving the community,” Trudy Woodard said.
In November 2020, the women of the Strictly Vettes Corvette Club gathered for a photoshoot, and it was then that they established the Queen Riders of Memphis and began their outreach work.
DeSharon Plummer, Queen Riders president, said, “It’s not all about us driving nice, fancy cars. We are all about giving back to the community as well.”
They organize different projects in the area to accomplish their goal of being an inspiration to their community.
Their service projects include donating money to organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Mid-South Food Bank. The club also works with organizations such as Toys for Tots and Habitat for Humanity. The Queen Riders also organized events where they handed out turkeys on Thanksgiving and gave fans to the elderly people.
Because the Queen Riders is a group that consists of strong, inspirational women, they also focus on helping the women. They have given back to four women’s shelters in Memphis by donating “blessing bags” filled with toiletry items.
“There’s a lot of stuff we’ve done, and a lot of stuff we have in the making,” said Plummer.
In the future, the Queen Riders plan to work with foundations that support people with lupus and sickle cell.
They recently held a school-supply drive for the students in Memphis and plan to do another one in August.
The Queen Riders use their platform to inspire youth to believe they can accomplish anything.
“I just love driving the Corvette. That has been one of my dream cars. Now, I have been blessed with a Corvette, and I love to drop the top,” Trudy Woodard said as she discussed one of her favorite parts of being a Queen Rider.
The 26 members Queen Riders have created a bond through their passion for the community and their love for Corvettes.
They have made it a point to never let their love for cars overrule their dedication to serving the Memphis community.
“It’s a blessing to be a blessing to others,” Plummer said.
(Sidney Jones is a Clark Atlanta University student completing a summer internship with The New Tri-State Defender.)