Page 1


CELEBRATING 105 YEARS First Row: Winona Cargile Alexander, Madree Penn White, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black, Frederica Chase Dodd

Second Row: Osceola Macarthy Adams, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Edna Brown Coleman, Edith Motte Young, Marguerite Young Alexander, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Eliza P. Shippen

Third Row: Zephyr Chisom Carter, Myra Davis Hemmings, Mamie Reddy Rose, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson

The original artwork is a life-sized painting on canvas created by artist Tarleton Blackwell. The original hangs in the National Headquarters Office in Washington, D.C.t

HISTORY DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Twenty-two undergraduate women established Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, a private, non-profit organization on January 13, 1913 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. Delta’s purpose is to provide services and programs to advance the well being of humankind. Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is the largest African-American women’s service sorority and is comprised of professional women who are college graduates. It has collegiate members who are currently matriculating at colleges and universities. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately African-American college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Panama Canal, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Haiti, Liberia, the Bahamas and the Republic of Koreas. Since its establishment, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly established itself as a public service organization that strives to confront the problems of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. A wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have emerged and evolved over the years. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service through its Five-Point Program Thrust: Educational Development Economic Development International Awareness and Involvement Physical and Mental Health Political Awareness and Involvement

! s g n i t e Gre Greetings Sorors, Friends and Community Partners of Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter (GCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated! Under the theme, Continuing Our Legacy, Fulfilling Our Destiny, the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is excited to the celebrate a historic milestone - 15 years of service to the Gwinnett community. Following in the footsteps of Delta Sigma Theta’s 22 Founders, who in 1913 created a sorority dedicated to public service, 105 women in Gwinnett County also had a vision to serve the community in which they lived. After a two-year process, that vision became a reality on March 8, 2003 when GCAC was chartered at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Fifteen years later, we are still striving for excellence in public service and outreach and to make a positive contribution that enhances the lives of our fellow citizens. This is indeed an exciting time in the history of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter.  March 8, 2018 is a special day for us - it is a day we commemorate 15 years of continuing the legacy of sisterhood, scholarship and service so uniquely envisioned and demonstrated by our Founders in 1913. As chairs of the 15 Year Anniversary committee, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to sharing in celebration with you.   We forever remain Dedicated to Service, Destined to Lead, and Devoted to a Better Gwinnett.  Shenila Hill Rodriguez                                                                                         Charlene Benn 15 Year Anniversary Chair                                                        15 Year Anniversary Co-chair

MISSION STATEMENT To empower Gwinnett County citizens with a comprehensive approach to community involvement and social development through Delta's Five Point Program Thrust Dedicated to Service Destined to Lead Devoted to a Better Gwinnett


History The visionaries were committed to the establishment of a local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated that specifically targeted the distinct needs of the Gwinnett County community. On May 5, 2001, nineteen sorors came together at the home of Soror Candace Medlin to discuss the concept in detail. This was the first of numerous informal monthly meetings that the Gwinnett County Sorors would hold. During this initial meeting, they discussed the feasibility of establishing a separate chapter in Gwinnett County versus joining one of the existing Metro Atlanta Chapters or even neighboring Hall County Alumnae Chapter. While it was obvious that the most challenging of these options would be to pursue a new chapter to support the unique needs of Gwinnett County , it became quickly apparent that this was clearly the most feasible option. The sorors came to a swift consensus, committed themselves to begin the journey and set out on the course that would eventually lead to the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter. Month after month the group grew in numbers. From the initial nineteen, the numbers moved to over ninety by the end of 2001. In the fall of 2001, eight sorors (later to be known as the Steering Committee- Sonja Cooke, Pamela Crenshaw, Philippi Lawal, Thelona Manning, Candace Medlin, Samela Reid, Erma Warmack and Hazel White) met with the Southern Regional Director, Soror Paulette Walker, and the State Coordinator, Soror Ann Jones, at the Georgia State Cluster in Albany, Georgia to discuss the possibility of a chapter in the Gwinnett County area. Steering committee members collectively pulled details from numerous sources. A service committee was formed to outline Gwinnett County service needs and concerns. This committee consisted of the following sorors: Cecilia Carmichael, Connie Johnson, Philippi Lawal, NeTwaski Rochell and Erma Warmack. Another committee carefully prepared a presentation packet. The committee consisted of Barbara Austin, Lynn Battle, Cecilia Carmichael, Irmatine James, Connie Johnson, Philippi Lawal, Thelona Manning, Samela Reid, Tiffany Thomas, Erma Warmack and Hazel White. This packet contained pertinent information from the newly released 2000 census data, with educational, medical, geographic and demographic statistics. Clarity, consistency and delivery were key to this presentation and its execution. Soror Philippi Lawal served as the spokesperson and while the reception and feedback to the presentation was positive and encouraging, it appeared in the best interest of all to revisit discussions of a chapter in Gwinnett County after the 2002 National Convention which was to be held in Atlanta , Georgia.

Immediately after the National Convention, Soror Walker suggested that the group, again, meet with her and Soror Jones at the 2002 Georgia State Cluster. This time the state cluster meeting was held in Columbus , Georgia. Forty-eight sorors from Gwinnett County journeyed to Columbus to meet and discuss the proposed chapter. Suffice it to say that it was a rewarding journey. The delegation was an impressive group and, as a result, was authorized to receive a chartering package with the understanding that service area concerns would be resolved with the existing chapters in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Soror Walker asked that a representative group meet with the Metro Atlanta President’s Council within a couple of weeks to review service area boundaries. The requested meeting was held in downtown Atlanta where Soror Lawal once again served as spokesperson delivering a powerful presentation to initiate the discussion. The majority of the Metro Atlanta President’s Council along with other Metro Chapter representatives and a Negotiating Team (consisting of the Steering Committee members and Soror Sharon Coghill Jones) from Gwinnett County attended this meeting. Consensus was reached, good wishes extended and the chartering packet was submitted to National Headquarters on December 9, 2002. On January 10, Southern Regional Director, Soror Paulette Walker advised contact person, Soror Sonja Cooke, that she had received and approved the Chartering Application for the proposed chapter in Gwinnett County. The application was then forwarded to National First Vice President, Soror Louise Rice with a proposed chartering date of March 8, 2003. Soror Rice advised on January 15 that she had approved the Chartering Application and forwarded it to National President, Soror Gwendolyn Boyd. On January 24, Stephanie Spencer from National Headquarters phoned to advise that the National President had given the final approval of the Chartering Application with a recommended nomenclature of The Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The news was relayed immediately to the Gwinnett County Sorors. After twenty-two months, God answered our prayer. Praises to God Almighty were extended by all! On March 8, 2003, this chapter was established in the spirit of sisterhood with emphasis on “Accentuating Reclamation and Rededication.” God was and will always be our guide. Our sorority was founded on Christian principles. Just as the twenty-two founders looked to Him, we will maintain our unwavering faith in the Almighty LORD as we move forth in the name of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Charter Members

Linda Anderson Stephanie Auls Barbara W. Austin Lynn Battle Allyson Berry Jennifer Bolden Claire L. Boyce, Ph.D. Cora Brown Olivia Brown Sandra Brown Candace Bush Wendy Campbell Barbara Z. Carr Cecilia Carmichael Barbara Z. Carr Joya Carter, Ph.D Sharon Coghill Antoinette Cole-William Deborah Comer-Anderson Luthenya Conyers Pamela Crenshaw Myrtis Daniel Annie Davis Sue Davis-Westmoreland Muriel Davoll Carolyn Days Shelbey Diamond-Alexander Twanika Douglas Renee Ducre Elaine Ducre Irenata Duncan Dianne East Erica Edwards-Lankford Shana Finks Rita Flowers Charlene Fraser Jacqueline Frazier Janice Gibson Sheryl Goosby Karren Grant Jacqueline Gray-Thomas Holly Guest-Jones Candy Harper Wanda Henley Mercidene Heyward Shenila Hill Rodriguez Lyndie Hollis Brenda Holmes Irish Horsey Darcele Horton Angela Howard Tiffany Hutchens Irmatine M. James, Ed.D

*Omega Omega Chapter

Wanda James Helisa Jefferson Crystal Hopson Johnson Janneicia Johnson-Jackson Edwina Jones Sherrel D. Jones Veronica Jones Greta C. Kelley Philippi Lawal Keyna Layfield Sheila Lipscomb Keisha Ferguson Long Linda Hopson Lyons Sonya Malone-Perry . Thelona Manning* Candace Mathews Deborah McKinnies-Wesley Robelyn McNair Althea McPhail Sheila Metcalf-Kelly Shenevlyn Montgomery Elizabeth Moore Toni Myles Connie Nevels Tawanda Norwood-Harris Lillie Parrish Chulete Providence Samela Reid Valerie Rice Joyce Ricks Paula Roberts Carnette Robinson-Johnson NeTwaski Rochell Kathy Rocker Anita Sain Kristie Simmons Alijah Smith Amanda Smith Telmeko Smith Marvis Sonnier Gwen Thomas Tiffany Thomas Sonja Tucker-Cooke Sabina Walker Melanie L. Walton Erma Warmack Hazel White Glennie Yvonne Williams Shirley H. Williams Della Williams-Clark Gwenda Willingham* . Stephanie Wrencher


2003 Charter Members

2018 Chapter Members


E E T T I M M O C E V I T U C E X E 9 1 0 2 - 7 1 0 2

EXECUTIVE BOARD, OFFICERS & STANDING COMMITTEES Standing Committees Audit - Angela Cummings Budget & Finance - Michelle Townsend Conventions, Conferences, Clusters, & Retreats - Sherna Parson Courtesy  - Anita Bamidele Fundraising - Cassandra Swint Heritage & Archives - Tamara Williams Housing & Properties - Seneta Hardy Information, Communication, & Technology (ICT)  Lakisha N. Platenburg Membership Services - Candace Bush Music - Luthenya Wright & Edwina Jones Nominating - Sandra Harris Program Planning & Development - Andrea Hagood Protocol & Traditions - Vonda Wilson-Gipson Rules of Order / Policies & Procedures - Sandra Mitchell Scholarship - Lillie Hackney Sisterhood - Kathy Boger Step Team - Hawa Lansanah

EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS President - Annie Davis First Vice-President - Candace Bush Second Vice-President - Andrea Hagood Recording Secretary - Paula Peek-Roberts Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Hunter-Rowland Financial Secretary - Mary McAdams Assistant Financial Secretary - Berlinda Lipscomb Assistant Financial Secretary - Darla Jackson Treasurer - Michelle Townsend Assistant Treasurer - Aubrey Johnson Dukes Chaplain - Charlene Benn Custodian - Renee Thompson McShann Historian - Tamara Williams Journalist - Lakisha N. Platenburg Parliamentarian - Sandra Mitchell Assistant Parliamentarian - Martha Mays Pan-Hellenic Council Representative - Evette Smith Risk Management Coordinator - Althea McPhail Sergeant-At-Arms - Denise Edwards

National Five Point Thrust Economic Development - Cynthia Anderson Educational Development - Dana Coleman International Awareness & Involvement - Hawa Lansanah Physical & Mental Health - Traci Bahsoon Political Awareness & Involvement - Ramona Sakhanokho

Special/AD HOC Committees Cotillion - Beautilion 2017-18 -Jameka Reese Blackmon/Jackie White Election TBA Emergency Response Team -Jackie White Founders Day - Sherna Parson 15 Year Anniversary  - Dr. Shenila Hill Rodriguez

Commissions Arts & Letters - Delise Davis Ritual & Ceremonies - Valerie Hadnot-Powell Social Action - Veronica Jones

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter Members 2017 - 2018 Darlene Adams Lisa Adams Sherita Alexander Jasmine Allen Rozetta Allen Cynthia Anderson Denise Anderson-Hall Cheryl Appline Vivarine Argilagos Denise Arnold Alvina Atkinson Barbara Austin Traci Bahsoon Teja Bain Anita Bamidele Lyvonne Battle Mary Beatty Charlene Benn Allyson Berry Renada Bickham Jameka Blackmon Gabrielle Blount Tonya Boards Kathy Boger Gracita Bond Claire Boyce Dionne Brockington Paris BrooklynBaker Olivia Brown Sandra Brown Sheri Brown Teresa Brown Katreisula Bryant Dorothy Burkette Vivian Burrell Candace Bush Linda Byers Valerie Campbell-Eason Natasha Carlton Cecilia Carmichael Deidre Carmichael Shirley Carr Kimberly Carson Veronica Carter KaWanda Carter-Walters Tanya Chambers Elshanda Chapman Acquanette Chatman Evelyn Chatters Sharon Clark Gail Clifford Deborah Clinkscales Debbie Cobb Sharon Coghill Antoinette Cole-McKenzie

Dana Coleman Vicki Colemon Brenda Collier Richardson Angela Collins Robyn Conley Brandi Cooke Kathleen Cooper Veronica Cope Myra Cornelius Kia Crawford Millicent Crawford Tracy Crayton-Pitts Marcia Credle Pamela Crenshaw Chandra Culpepper Consuelo Cunningham Annie Davis Delise Davis Yvonne Davis C Sue Davis-Westmoreland Muriel Davoll Sirnette Dickerson Latres Dominick-Bell Tiffany Dover Shanita Drake Jocelyn DuBose Irenata Duncan Cheryl Dyer Cynthia Easley Amesha Edwards Denise Edwards Regina Edwards-Guinn Laura Egwuatu-Gray Stephanie Evans Vickie Fairley Merrilyn Faison Joyce Famble Chestine Fant Marcresha Farmer Chandra Felton Shana Finks Rita Flowers Conchita Floyd Treva Ford Debra Ford-Joseph Rolanda Fowler Peyton Fraser Jacqueline Frazier Christa Freeman Jocelyn Gadson Karen Garner-Berry LaShone Garth Wendy Gatlin Clea George Tonya Gibbs

Tiffany Gilford Johnetta Gillies Alfreda Goldwire Cozetta Gragg Kathaleen Graham-Young Karren Grant Jacqueline Gray Cindy Green Jannette Green Fannie Griggs Angela Grissett-Cummings Veronica Guobadia Erica Gwyn Lillie Hackney Valerie Hadnot-Powell Andrea Hagood Meena Hall Bonita Hamm Jamila Hammon Bridget Hannah Rhonda Hardrick LaTonya Hardy Seneta Hardy Sandra Harris Lawana Haynes Mary Haynes Quantrishia Haynes Regina Haynes Carol Heard Monyanita Henry Nyemade Henry Corliss Hill Enesha Hill Lawonda Hill Jermani Hines Kiffany Hodges Keisha Holloway Tania Holman-Brown Kia Holyfield Roshunya Hood Alicia Hopkins Kimberly Horne Byrd Darcele Horton Charlene Howard Afiya Hughes LaTonya Hughes LaKenya Hunt Cheryl Hunter-Rowland Coretta Hurt Tiffany Hutchens May Isles Natasha Iszard Darla Jackson Kristin Jackson Marice Jackson

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter Members 2017 - 2018 Monique Jackson Tanya Jackson Tiffany Jacobs Kelly James Yolanda Jeans Helisa Jefferson Linda Jefferson Shirron Jeffries Kimberly Jennings Corlett Johnson Etascha Johnson Keisha Johnson Sherry Johnson Aubrey Johnson-Dukes Denise Johnson-Freeman Donna Jones Edwina Jones Sandra Jones Sherrel Jones Stacey Jones Tyndal Jones Veronica Jones Erica Kaufman-Whitby Bianca Keaton Karen Kelly LaWanda Kemp Hope King Erica Ladler Divonna LaLand Andrea Lang Hawa Lansanah Christine Laurent Philippi Lawal Sheronda Lawson Joy Lee Arvela Leslie-Cozart Tracy Lester Thea Lettley Stephanie Lewis Berlinda Lipscomb Corrine Lochan-Edwards Margaret Major Kandra Malone Allison Marks Karen Marshall Cynthia Martin Mia Massey April Mayo Martha Mays Mary McAdams Harlynn McBroom Shanna McCauley Sheila McCoy Andrea McEachron

Robelyn McNair Althea McPhail Myra Merriweather Betty Milam-Mayes Gail Mitchell Sandra Mitchell Diedra Mitchell-Wright Alisha Moore Latanja Moore Arlette Moorer Lisa Moreaux Eleanor Morris Cheryl Morrissette Kenyada Morton Sharon Moses Tatia Neal Connie Nevels Patricia Newby Tawanda Norwood Brandy Nunnery Tia Odom Vivian Owens Carla Parris Lillie Parrish Sherna Parson Diana Patrick Reba Pazant Paula Peek Roberts LeClorist Penn-Brown Sonya Perry Joi Pettus Paulette Phillips Lakisha Platenburg Areatha Polk Keisha Pollard Tammie Ragland Tami Rawlins-Tucker Ericca Redden-Bradley Charisse Redditt Stephanie Reed Keyna Reeves-Layfield Samela Reid Tameka Reid-Skeete Denise Revels Tonique Reynolds Valerie RiceLois Richardson Kimberly Richey Wendie Ridley Ladonna Roberts Dominque Robinson Betty Roby Shenila Rodriguez Yolonda Rollins Latisha Russell

Wanda Sanchious Tracy Sands Kenishia Sapp Chelonnda Seroyer Carlmetta Sheppard Estella Simmons Aisha Simmons-Webb Alida Sims Amanda Smith Cynthia Smith Elizabeth Smith Evette Smith Lacrecia Smith Michele Smith Monica Smith Odalis Smith Sherry Smith Tanya Smith Marvis Sonnier Sedessia Spivey Trina Stackhouse Marrakesha Stephenson Steffany Stevens Tayonda Stewart-Avognon Yolanda Stringfellow Tameka Strong Constance Sumpter Carla Swift-Young Cassandra Swint Tonya Tanner-Smith April Taylor Monica Taylor Sherlyn Taylor Taryn Taylor Ernell Thacker Felicia Thomas Sandra Thomas Renee Thompson Camilla Thompson-Stith Shauna Tomlinson Ramona Toole-Sakhankho LaMonica Toussaint Bakal Towns Michelle Townsend Charmaine Troy Shenevlyn Tucker Aisha Tucker-Brown Sonja Tucker-Cooke Yolanda Turner Augretta Tutson Tanesha Tutt Candace Twiggs Rhonda Vinson Wendy Waddell

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter Members 2017 - 2018

Pamela Walker Tonya Walker Bridget Wallace Phontonia Walter Erma Warmack Amy Washington L Washington Tanisha Webb Andrenita West Angela West Kimberly Westbrooks Maxine Wheatley Hazel White Jacqulene White Candace Williams Maureen Williams Tamara Williams Thelma Williams Tuwanda Williams Aaryn Willis Vonda Wilson-Gipson Ghislaine Wilson-Walters Erica Woods Latabia Woodward Stephanie Wrencher Luthenya Wright Cressinda Young-Woods

FIVE POINT PROGRAMMATIC THRUST Economic Development Habitat for Humanity State of the Black Economy Forum CODE R.E.D.

Educational Development Delta GEMS Delta Academy EMBODI

Political Awareness & Involvement Voter Registration Drive Political Forum Delta Days at the School Board Go Red for Women Heart Month Recognition

Physical & Mental Health Gwinnett Relay for Life Taboo Tea The 50 Million Pound Challenge Delta Dream Closet

International Awareness & Involvement Books for school aged children in Jamaica & Bahamas Haitian Food Crisis Awareness Teen Forum Social Action Back to School Book Drive Christmas Angels, Easter Baskets & DFACS Book Bags Gwinnett Senior Center- Winter Blanket Drive Teen Dating Violence Resolution Arts & Letters Kids N2 Reading Book Club


GCAC Accomplishments 2003-2007 Theme: Accentuating Reclamation and Rededication

GCAC dedicates a visitation room to Gwinnett County Department of Family & Children Services on June 29, 2004. GCAC launched Delta Academy Program with an orientation on August 29, 2004. The Physical & Mental Health Committee presented the first Taboo Tea which was held at the Pickneyville Community Center on April 24, 2005 at 3:00 PM.   GCAC first scholarship awards, totaling $2500 were made on May 21, 2005 to 5 high school seniors.  Initiation Ceremony for our first membership intake of The 48 Aqua Divas was held at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place on April 28, 2007.



GCAC Accomplishments 2007-2011 Theme: Making It Happen. Advancing Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter in the Community GCAC’s first high school step show fundraiser “Step Up or Step Down” was held on February 23, 2008 at Meadowcreek High School.  Over $5000 was raised for community service activities. Physical and Mental Health Committee created the Delta Dream Closet at Meadowcreek High School in 2008 and Norcross High School in 2009 and collected formal dresses that were available free of charge for young ladies to secure a dress for the prom. In March, 2009, GCAC held its first Teen Forum “You Can Have Whatever You Like” at Ivy Preparatory Academy featuring Taboo Teen Talk, Workshops and a Saving our Daughters celebrity panel. The Second Teen Forum was held at Sweetwater Middle School in the Fall of 2010 with a theme "Building My Future" GCAC established a partnership with Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful to participate in the Adopt a Road initiative.  GCAC adopted Riverside Parkway from Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd to Duluth Hwy (Hwy 120).  Our first clean up was held on December 6, 2008. Throughout my term we collected books that were donated to local children's hospitals in metro Atlanta, Jamaica and Bahamas; provided winter blankets for the Gwinnett Senior Center and Gwinnet Children's shelter; collected toys and donated Easter baskets for Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services; and collected shoes in partnership with Soles 4 Souls  to assist residents of developing countries.



GCAC Accomplishments 2011-2013 Theme: LEADING THE WAY | Making a Positive Difference in the Gwinnett Community

October 2011- The Social Action Committee launched GCAC’s partnership with the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) shelter for women and children. GCAC launched the EMBODI Program on Saturday, May 7, 2012 at Friendship Baptist Church with over 90 young men in attendance. On December 1, 2012 GCAC held the first “Bring the Noise - Psalms 98:4” Youth Gospel Choir Competition at Stronghold Christian Church to raise money for scholarships. During the weekend of March 8-10, 2013 GCAC celebrates the Ten-Year Service Anniversary with a weekend of activities which included a Sisterhood Celebration event at Berkeley Hills County Cub, a Rededication Ceremony, a Brunch at Marriott Gwinnett Place, and Worship Service at Friendship Baptist Church. Invited guests include National First Vice President Dr. Paulette Walker (keynote speaker); National Secretary, Beverly Smith; North Georgia State Coordinator, Patsy Pattman, and Georgia State Coordinator, Dr. Ann Jones.  During the weekend of April 25-27, 2013 GCAC, along with the other 8 Metro Atlanta chapters host the Atlanta Centennial Torch Celebration with a Sisterhood event, STEM event and Torch Ceremony in Centennial Olympic Park.


GCAC Accomplishments 2013-2015 Theme: Community Conscious. Service Leaders. Quantifiable Impacts Initiated the establishment of GCAC’s Chaplain’s Council Increased GCAC visibility through deliberate partnerships & collaborative programming to establish a “GCAC Seat at the Table” GCAC’s Social Action (Justice) initiative in partnership with Gwinnett County Govt. influenced the following initiatives that serve our community: Youth Empowerment Initiative with Gwinnett County Police Dept. (GPCD) Body Cameras outfitted for all GCPD police officers Summer Camp & Mentoring Program with GCPD On-going Community Forums (e.g. Coffee with a Cop) Cultural Sensitivity Training implemented  Gwinnett Board appointments: ArtWorks! Gwinnett, Health & Human Services, T-SPLOST, Leadership Gwinnett Foundation, GA State Rep Advisory Board appointments (2), and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful  Over 100 Women Served at 8th Annual Taboo Tea & Women’s Health Summit through partnership with PADV & health vendors  Over 140 Families served through DST H.O.M.E. Initiative, National Economic Development Financial Fortitude Program Dedicated and fully stocked Medical Room for PADV Women’s Shelter servicing 55 women & children Provided clothing, shoes and toys to over 96 families through our Community Outreach Program in partnership with Gwinnett County Meadowcreek Elementary School Served as Host for Delta Days at the Georgia State Capital with largest GCAC turn-out Partnered with Gwinnett Medical Center & Enroll America to enroll uninsured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)  Awarded over $15,000 in scholarships in one year from Cotillion ~ Beautillion & Bring the Noise proceeds Initiated the Southern Region recognized GCAC Leadership Development Program to provide professional development training valued at ~$9,000 to Sorors at no cost Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter was nominated by ArtWorks! Gwinnett for their Community Impact & Fusion Awards for the Bring the Noise Program and by Atlanta Cares Mentoring Movement for their Mary McLeod Bethune Mentoring Award for our Delta GEMS Program.   Soror Woodward received several community service awards including the 2014 United Way Gwinnett’s Women’s Legacy Time Award & was appointed to Gwinnett County Commissioner’s Budget Review Team which adopted a $1.42B budget.



GCAC Accomplishments Theme: Dedicated to Service. Destined to Lead. Devoted to a Better Gwinnett

2017-2018 Chapter membership increased from 269 to 351 (largest in chapter history) Award Winning Chapter: 2017 National Heritage and Archives Award – 1st Place; 2017 National Risk Management Award – Honorable Mention; 2018 Red Ribbon Chapter Automated chapter operations: electronic meeting sign-in, electronic voting for elections and membership intake, online dues payment, electronic receipts GCAC has 5 members on the Southern Regional Leadership Team and 5 members on the National Leadership Team

2015-2017 Chapter membership increased from (April 2015) to 269 Award Winning Chapter: 2016 Large Chapter of the Year; 2017 Red Ribbon Chapter; 2016 American Heart Association Mission Impact Award - 2nd Place Awarded $15,000 in scholarships to Gwinnett County high school students and over $14,000 in scholarships to 2016 CoBeau program participants Initiated 40 new sorors through a well-executed Membership Intake Process Successfully hosted over 1,200 sorors for 2017 Metro Atlanta Founders Day Celebration

2016 Chapter Of The Year Awarded to


45th Southern Regional Conference

Sisterhood & Service Through The Years



Matthew 5:16 states "Let your light so shine before me that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven". Our nine Cardinal Virtues and the Delta Oath embody our Fundamental Principles. Adherence to their precepts will lead you to your light and the pathway to God in heaven. Â Delta Love!

Johnetta Gilles

Delta Dear of the Year 2012-2013

As a proud Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and with more than 50 years of service. I would proudly give 50 more years if I could! As a Delta DEAR, I am keenly aware of my lifetime commitment to service and sisterhood, and strive daily to keep this commitment by serving the sorority wherever and whenever I can. My journey in Delta has included serving on numerous committees, and elected positions, including chapter president (NY).  I believe involvement is critical to getting the work done. The Sorors of this chapter have worked diligently to do just that by bringing about positive, sustainable change to this community to improve the lives of others.  We are also looking forward to continuing this legacy of service because as Deltas, this is truly our destiny.  Also, as a sisterhood, we must continue to grow, love, play and work together to live up to the high ideals of our sorority, as we look forward to making our community a better place. It is with pride that I say, “Happy Anniversary Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.”

Mary Ellen Haynes

Delta Dear of the Year 2013-2014

No words of mine can express what sisterhood means to me better than the poem by our beloved Soror Lillian P. Benbow. "With these hands I cannot defile you; they are to lift you my sister. With these words I cannot demean you; they are to encourage and comfort you, my sister. With this strength I cannot destroy you; it is to defend you, my sister. With this heart, I cannot reject you. It is to love you, my sister." I am proud to be a member of GCAC and continue to uphold and exemplify the ideals and principles of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.


Delta Dear of the Year 2014-2015 first must have faith in God at all times because “All things are possible thru Him”. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it isn’t worth the worry anyway and for the big stuff, God has them all under control. Just be patient and see Him work it out. (See #1) Start each day with a positive thought about yourself and a smile on your face. The world will fall in line and some people may even smile back. Smiles can be contagious! Love thy neighbor… even the ones that don’t love you…Jealousy is a bad thing and you don’t want to catch it! Save and budget your money…live within your means.. the Jones’s may be “fronting” so no need to even try to compete! Money does not buy happiness when you are stressed out about bills. Read everything and continue to be informed. Never stop learning. Try new things and adventure out of your comfort zone. Finally, remember we are all going to age so with each birthday, count your blessings….age is just a number. If you ”act” old, you will feel old and enjoy life a lot less. Be happy for the good days you have lived and have yet to live. Pray every day and enjoy God’s Covenant…the Rainbow (Genesis 9)  Linda Byers

Delta Dear of the Year 2015-2016

To my younger Sorors and my future Sorors, After 51 years of wearing that Delta symbol, I now know the following; as you trend through this life's journey, please remember these few expectations: expect to experience joy expect to experience pain, and expect to experience challenges. But, please know: you will experience God's love; you will experience God's protection, and you will experience God's Grace.

Claire Lockman Boyce, PhD

Delta Dear of the Year 2016-2017

Cynthia Easley


Nyemade Henry


Denise Edwards


Faye Floyd




48Â AQUA DIVAS Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter


40 TESTAMENTS OF NEW REVELATIONS Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter

Thelona Manning-Steele Deborah Palmer Gwenda Willingham Janice Vail Thorne IN LOVING MEMORY Revelation 21:6

Chair Shenila Hill Rodriguez, PhD Co-chair Charlene Benn Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter 15 Year Anniversary Committee

Soror Event Darcele Horton Luthenya Wright

Service Project Allyson Berry Erica Davis-Woods

Sunday Event Valerie Hadnot-Powell

Public Event Antoinette Cole-McKenzie Sonya Malone Perry

Protocol Vonda Wilson-Gipson

Recognition Irenata Duncan

Decorations Paris Brooklyn Baker

Virtual e-Book Dr. Jamila Hammon Aisha Simmons-Webb Publicity Cheryl Hunter-Rowland

Tickets Cassandra Swint

Committee Members Candace Bush Shanna McCauley Tonya Walker Monique Jackson Estella Simmons Camilla Thompson-Stith Rhonda Vinson Cheryl Hunter-Rowland Senta Hardy Karren Grant Dionne Brockington Chanda Floyd-Bryant Latabia Woodward

Mia Massey Valerie Rice Wendie Riley Lacrecia Smith Kim Westbooks Stephanie Wrencher Sandra Thomas Lashone Garth Erica Davis-Woods, Karen Garner-Berry Paula Peek-Roberts Elizabeth Smith Veronica Jackson Cynthia Smith

Jannette Green Cynthia Easley Sue Davis-Westmoreland Veronica Guobadia Kelly James Tanya Chambers Charmaine Troy Joi Pettus Lisa Moreaux Aubrey Johnson-Dukes Sandra Jones Kathy Boger Sherna Parson


Address: P.O. Box 491508 Lawrenceville, GA 30049 Tel: (678)-318-1831 (Voicemail) General: Reclamation:

Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter's 15 Year Anniversary Booklet  
Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter's 15 Year Anniversary Booklet