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The Premier Pearl Official newsletter of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter—Markham, Illinois

EXECUTIVE BOARD 2013 – 2014 President Nadine Glover 1st Vice President Dawn Edwards 2nd Vice President Adrianne Miller Secretary Nicole Hondras Corresponding Secretary Harriett Eiland Treasurer Michele Posey Financial Secretary Kristil Hayes Parliamentarian Monica Mogbo Historian Nicole Williams

Xi Mu Zeta and The Pearl Foundation Award $8,000 in Scholarships On March 16, 2013, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter and The Pearl Foundation awarded $8,000 to four outstanding high school and college students. The recipients were honored during the 2013 Essence of Zeta Finer Womanhood Luncheon. Chapter members volunteered in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois to raise funds for the scholarships. A percentage of the concession stand’s revenue is earned for each event. Students applying for the scholarships must submit an essay, letters of recommendation and complete an application. The 2013 Scholarship winners included:  Bonita Woods-Harris Scholarship: Deaira Cooper  Debbie Gayden-LaVizzo Scholarship: Sydney Epting  Five Pearls Scholarships: Ashonta Atkinson Mayai Carthans

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Fall 2013

Xi Mu Zeta chapter members volunteer at a concession stand at Soldier’s Field Celebrating in Chicago, from May through 25 Years of scholarships. Service A December, to award Join Xi Mu Chapter asstand’s we percentage of Zeta the concession revenue for each event. kick offisaearned year-long anniversary celebration with a dessert social at the Union Street Gallery on Saturday, September 28 from 6:30-10pm in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Be sure you like our 25th Anniversary Facebook page for more upcoming events.

Sydney Epting receives her $2000 check from 2012-13 Pearl Foundation Chair Delma Hunter.

Xi Mu Zeta offers various scholarships. The Bonita Woods-Harris is awarded to a graduating Archonette. The Debbie Gayden-LaVizzo is for a south suburban high school student. The Five Pearls is awarded to a college freshman that is a past recipient of the scholarships for high school students. For more information, email

Remembering Our Five Pearls Xi Mu Zeta Celebrates the Founders Xi Mu Zeta also joined forces with the blue and white family to commemorate our founders’ during the annual Joint Founders’ Dinner held on January 12, 2013 at Nikos banquet facility. Zetas and Sigmas showed off their royal wears dressed in semiformal attire at the event.

Past members of Eta Delta chapter reminisce during the breakfast while striking a pose.

In 2013, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. celebrated 93 years of excellence. Xi Mu Zeta hosted a Founders’ Day breakfast to pay tribute to the founders and fellowship with other Zetas. The breakfast was held on January 19, 2013 at the Beverly Woods in Chicago, Illinois. The Illinois State Director Connie V. Pugh gave greetings and members of Psi Psi Zeta, Tau Psi Zeta and Zeta Tau Zeta also attended.

2013 Xi Mu Zeta Pearls Each year, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter selects five outstanding members that demonstrate the principles of finer womanhood, service, scholarship and sisterhood. The awards were presented during the breakfast.

Harriett Eiland

Janet Gardner

Astrid Alfred-Greer

Trina Murphy

Nicole Williams

The evening included a joint libation ceremony in tribute to the founders. Michelle Porter Norman, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Great Lakes Regional Director and Arnold Maurice Black, Phi Beta Sigma’s Great Lakes Regional Director reinforced the Zeta/Sigma bond during greetings at the dinner. Other state, regional and national officers from both organizations were also in attendance. Event goers grooved to the mellow sounds of Ronnie G and the Jazz Band then danced the night away after the program. Mark your calendars for the 2014 Joint Founders’ Weekend, January 10 & 11 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Come out and celebrate as Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity celebrates 100 years.

Tips for Caring for Aging Parents Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is tackling senior care as one of the national service initiatives. International President Mary Wright has made this her top priority since taking office in 2012. Caring for aging parents is a struggle for many people. Zeta Phi Beta is at the forefront of increasing awareness of elder abuse and volunteering at senior care facilities. Below are several questions to consider when visiting aging parents. 1. Are your parents taking care of themselves? 2. Are your parents safe in their home? 3. Are your parents safe on the road? 4. Have your parents lost weight? 5. Are your parents in good spirits? 6. Are your parents mobile? 7. Do your parents experience memory loss? Sometimes aging parents will not admit they need help around the house. Remind your parents that you care about them and that you want to do what's best to promote their health and well-being, both today and in the months and years to come.

President’s Corner Happy 25th anniversary Xi Mu Zeta! It is truly a pleasure to serve as the president of a chapter that upholds the ideal of service and continually honors its commitment to scholarship. Xi Mu Zeta has awarded more than $50,000 to deserving high school students throughout the last twenty five years. In addition, the chapter has hosted an annual toy drive and Christmas party for the Family Rescue Shelter and Transitional Housing Facility. The anniversary celebration began in early September with a social gathering with the sultry songstress Terisa Griffin featured at Chicago State’s Jazz in the Grazz on Wednesday, September 4. The official kick off is a dessert reception on Saturday, September 28. The reception will honor the twenty-two women that embarked on our journey on March 10, 1989. Stay tuned for more exciting social and service events in the coming months. Xi Mu Zeta forges ahead following International President Mary Wright’s theme, Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths. The chapter is forming new partnerships with groups, such as Gospel Kitchen, as well as, refueling past partnerships with the American Red Cross and the Ruff Ryders. Xi Mu Zeta remains focused on creating programs that positively impact Markham and the surrounding communities. The chapter also supports and participates in many of the city’s holiday and summer events. Our Zeta light shines bright. Here’s to another twenty five years of excellence!

Nadine Glover Xi Mu Zeta President Markham, Illinois









Girl Power 2013 Inspiring & Motivating Young Women Girls definitely have power. This was demonstrated as Xi Mu Zeta hosted fortysix energetic young women at Markham City Hall on Saturday, August 9, 2013 during the chapter’s annual Girl Power program. Ages ranged from 7 to 17. Girl Power is a day of fun-filled activities and workshops including breakfast and lunch for girls in Markham, Harvey, Dolton, South Holland, Robbins and and other surrounding areas. Workshops

included Bullying, Making the Right Decisions, Dealing with Mean Girls, and Financial Planning. The day ended with each girl receiving a Girl Power book bag filled with school supplies. Xi Mu Zeta started the Girl Power program more than ten years ago. The chapter recognized the need to build self-esteem in young girls.

I’m Every Woman Health & Fitness Fair On June 22, 2013, The Southland Coalition to Conquer Breast Cancer and Xi Mu Zeta Chapter presented the I’m Every Woman Health and Fitness Fair. This annual, free event was held at the Markham Park District. This is the third year for the partnership for this event. Activities included several workout sessions such as, hula hooping, Zumba, line dancing, belly dancing, jumping rope and yoga. There were also screenings for blood pressure, BMI, breast health education and healthy nutritional eating. Walgreens and Sam’s Club were also on hand to show their community presence and to provide company information on their health benefit programs and products.

The men of Omega Psi Phi, Omicron Mu Mu came out to support the health and fitness fair.

Xi Mu Zeta Chapter and the Southland Coalition to Conquer Breast Cancer have been partners on different events for more than a decade.


Walking for a Cause


Our feet are made for walking. Xi Mu Zeta participates annually in the March for Babies and Relay for Life walks.

March for Babies kicked-off the year in Midlothian on Sunday, April 25. Activities included a bake sale and a night at Applebee’s. Family, friends and fellow Greeks came out to support these events. Xi Mu Zeta raised $1615.

The Amicae of Markham are enjoying a very busy 2013. The auxiliary hosted a raffle in February and a Chili’s night out in April. The Amicae look forward to expanding the group later this year after hosting an informational in September. Jametta Ware leads the group and is an exemplary leader. Jametta Ware is the Great Lakes Region’s Amicae Second Vice President and the Illinois Amicae First Vice President. .

Brother Shelton Smith, IL State Director Connie V. Pugh, GLR Amicae Coordinator Renee Byrd and the Amicae of Markham along with Amicae sponsors.

In May 2013, the chapter began raising funds for Harvey/Markham Relay for Life. Activities included a skating party at the newly renovated Markham Roller Rink and a breakfast at the Markham VFW. Xi Mu Zeta sweetened the deal with weekly bake sales at Markham City Hall. The team was victorious raising $1225.

Every Drop Counts Xi Mu Zeta Hosts Blood Drive Xi Mu Zeta hosted a blood drive to assist children that suffer from Sickle Cell Anemia at the Markham Festival in Roesner Park on August 17, 2013. Harvey Markham members of Kappa Alpha Psi donated blood for the cause. Each year, Markham hosts a free, two-day event that includes entertainment from all genres of music, local social service agencies and food vendors.


Xi Mu Zeta youth auxiliaries are ready for an exciting 2013-2014. The youth held an ice cream social on Saturday, September 21 in Markham. For more information, email

Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013 Time: 9am Location: Centennial Park 10401 W. 153rd Street Orland Park, Illinois 60462

Pearlettes Conquering Breast Cancer Forum Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013 Time: 2-6pm Holiday Inn Matteson 500 Holiday Plaza Drive Matteson, Illinois 60443 Amicae of Markham Carson’s Community Days Date: November 15 & 16, 2013 Time: 9am-11pm Cost: $5 per coupon book Best Man Holiday Movie Day Date: Saturday, November 16, 2013 Time: 10:30am Location: AMC Loews 16 4201 167th Street Country Clubs Hills, Illinois 60478 Stork’s Nest Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013 Time: 11-2pm Location: Ingalls Professional Building One Ingalls Drive Harvey, Illinois 60426 Thanks-4-Giving Basket Packing Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013 Time: 11-2pm Location: Markham Community Room 16313 South Kedzie Parkway Markham, Illinois 60428



Tailgating Turned Up! Xi Mu Zeta shows our spirit tailgating at the Chicago City Classic Football Game at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 21. Chapter members socialized with the Divine Nine and other tailgaters.

The Premier Pearl: Fall 2013 Newsletter  
The Premier Pearl: Fall 2013 Newsletter