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May 2014

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Dear Sorors, It is said that “the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.�

Kentucky State Coordinator, Soror Terina J. Matthews Kentucky State Facilitator, Soror Kameron White

Sorors, over the course of our time as your Kentucky state leadership there have been many hurdles we have faced together, and many more triumphs we have shared. Upon taking our first steps into our roles as your state leadership team we, like many of you, had a vision as to what we hoped to accomplish. Having no question as to the potential our great state holds, we hoped to be an aid in reaching new heights and to fulfill new potential. We hoped to reclaim morale and join hands in sisterhood. We hoped to amplify service and uplift our communities. Sorors, as it is our first responsibility to define reality, we must first pay homage to you for allowing this vision to come to light. Kentucky has certainly shown bright

2013 - 2014 Kentucky Leadership Team Soror Terina J. Matthews State Coordinator Soror Kameron White State Facilitator Soror Yolanda Demaree State Secretary Soror Kenya McGruder & Soror Christine Foster-Williams State Social Action Chair Soror Dawn Offutt Regional Coordinator, Membership Services Soror Lucera Cross Regional Housing & Properties Committee Soror Briggit Miller State PPD Chair Soror Shannon M. Drane State Journalist Soror Mary Elaine Horn State Chaplain Soror Angela Copeland State Emergency Response Chair


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as a fierce and willful state. Consider all that we have accomplished: two successful cluster meetings; Statewide Founder’s Day; the reactivation of two collegiate chapters; Delta Day at the State Capital; and last on our journey together—the 2014 Midwest Regional Conference. In looking at all the state of Kentucky has achieved, there is no doubt that together, we have made a vision a reality. However, having said this, there is an even greater joy that has come with working toward the evolvement of this reality, and that has come from serving each of you. Any true leader knows that she is only such because of the people that guide her. Each of you have outstretched your hands and worked tirelessly to help make our state a better one. In return, you have humbled us and allowed us to be blessed by your presence in our lives and the fortitude you demonstrate on a daily basis. Being in service to you has been one of the greatest privileges we have come to know. And finally Sorors, having been blessed to serve you for a season, it is our last, and greatest responsibility to say “thank you”. Thank you for the hours put in on conference calls, for the energy put in to committee meetings, and for the cooperation put into program planning. Thank you for your chapter successes, community impact, and continued growth. Thank you for your hard work, commitment, and dedication. Thank you for the encouragement, uplifting, and support. Thank you for the love. Thank you for the sisterhood.

Yours in Delta, Soror Terina Matthews Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kentucky State Coordinator Soror Kameron White Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kentucky State Facilitator


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Xi Chapter

As the semester comes to a close, the “Oh So Fly Xi” Chapter ladies are proud at what planning and dedication can do. We had a semester full of campus events and great turn outs from our fellow peers. A few of the events we had this semester included: Trick or Treat for Canned Goods Take Back the Night • Worlds AIDS Day • Xi Chapter Bake Sale- Proceeds were donated to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital Xi Chapter also visited Louisville Alumnae Chapter’s meeting where we got an understanding of what we have to look forward to after our collegiate years. We received a warm welcome from the Alumnae sorors and Xi knows the importance of having a good relationship with our local Alumnae chapter. It was very good experience for members of our chapter who will someday join an Alumnae chapter in other areas. • •

Not only are we saying farewell to the Fall 2013 semester, but we are also proud to say Xi chapter will be lovingly saying farewell to our three fall graduates, Shaunda Mitchell, Leyou Belayneh, and Raven Hudson. We wish these sorors happiness and success in all their endeavors. We are looking forward to the spring semester with exciting events for our campus community.


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Louisville Alumnae Chapter Soror Butler-McIntyre Keynotes Louisville Alumnae Chapterʼs 80th Anniversary Gala ! Delta Sigma Thetaʼs 22 founders “decided they wanted to de-emphasize the social side of sorority life and their first act was a message.” That message was “We are about service,” immediate past National President Cynthia ButlerMcIntyre told a mixed crowd of Deltas and guests who gathered Nov. 9th to celebrate LACʼs 80th Anniversary Gala. ! The question for Deltas 100 years later, she said, is, “What are we doing to protect the dream of our founders” when the world has changed and we are losing young people day by day? ! “If you have not done something for somebody else, all your degrees and accolades donʼt mean a thing,” Soror Butler-McIntyre said. “If we are so smart. If we are learned and we are schooled, we ought to be able to come up with a solution to some of the problems of the world.” ! We are obliged Soror Butler-McIntrye said to use our heads, hearts and hands to solve problems. “Donʼt think like the world thinks,” she said. “Think differently! Donʼt get bogged down in the statistics or youʼll get overwhelmed.” ! At the LAC gala, Soror Butler-McIntyre paid tribute to the 12 founders of DSTʼs Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter, which was later renamed the Louisville Alumnae Chapter. She peppered an otherwise serious keynote address with amusing anecdotes and recollections of her youth, including her motherʼs insistence that she learn and recite Edgar Albert Guestʼs poem, “It Couldnʼt Be Done.” The poem is an encouragement for us to tackle things that supposedly canʼt be done. Soror Butler-McIntyreʼs speech highlighted a lovely evening of music, including jazzy piano selections by E. Timothy French Jr., a performance by the LAC Ensemble; poetry by Soror Karen Brawner; and recognitions of Sorors celebrating their 50th anniversary and 25th anniversaries in the sisterhood.


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Frankfort Alumnae Chapter Frankfort Alumnae   Chapter   designed   and   built   two   8loats   in   October   for   Kentucky   State   University’s   Homecoming   Parade   on   October   12,   2013.     The   8irst   8loat   was   a   team   building   event   with   participants   from   Frankfort   Alumnae   Chapter’s   Delta   Academy   and   Delta   GEMS   programs   along   with   members   from   Frankfort   Alumnae   Chapter.     During   a   couple   of   program   sessions   before   the   actual   execution   of   the   8loat,   the  young  ladies  brain  stormed  ideas  for  the  8loat.     The  8inal  theme   they  decided  on  was  “Mining  for   a   Brighter   Future”.     The   center   focus   of   the   8loat   was   a   mountain   with   personal   characteristics   along  the  sides  of   the  mountain.    There   were  also   buckets   representing   coal   buckets   that   were   labeled  with   the   initiatives   of   Delta   Sigma   Theta   Sorority’s  Five-­‐Point  Program  Thrust.     The   second   8loat   was   in   honor   and   celebrating   Delta   Sigma   Theta   Sorority,   Incorporated   Centennial.     Several   members   of   the   Sorority  

Frankfort Alumnae  Chapter  Sorors   celebrating  their  1st  place  win  in  the   Kentucky  State  University   Homecoming  Parade.  

came together   to   design   and   build   a   8loat   to   represent  the  Sorority’s  100   years.     The  theme  of   this   8loat   was   “Celebrating   100   Years   While   Uniting   Generations”.     The   8loat   was   lined   with   two   torches   and  red   roses   raised   high   along   the   edges   of  the  8loat.    There   was   also   a  pink   ribbon   on   the   back   of   the   8loat   for   Breast   Cancer   Awareness  Month  and   a  sign  labeled  “DST   for  the   cure!” The   two   8loats   represented   teamwork,   creativity   and   sisterhood.     The   collaboration   of   the   two   8loats   represented  by   Frankfort   Alumnae  Chapter   were   recognized   and   awarded   1st   Place   in   Kentucky  State  University’s  Homecoming  Parade.


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Lexington Alumnae Chapter

“What’s  Love  Got  To  Do  With  It?” According   to   na:onal   sta:s:cs,   1   in   4   women   will   experience   domes:c   violence   in   her   life:me.   In   Kentucky,  it  is  1  in  3.  This  rising  rate  alarmed  sorors  in   the  Lexington   (KY)  Alumnae   Chapter  and  in  Delta   fashion,  they  took  ac:on.   Ini:a:ng  a  partnership   with  the   West  End  Community   Empowerment   Project,  LAC  Domes:c  Violence   Preven:on   Co-­‐Chairs,   Sorors   Ashlee   Pearson   and   Maxine   Thomas,   and   their   commiUee   produced,   “What’s   Love  Got  to   Do   with   It?”   With   the   support  of   Eta  Rho,  sorors   engaged   the   community   and   equipped  par:cipants  at  this  domes:c  violence  preven:on  and  self-­‐defense  workshop.   Though  the  aUendees  ranged  in  age   from  16  to  60+,  their  needs  were  the  same.      They   sought  personal   protec:on   informa:on  and  “how  to”  advice  for  suppor:ng  loved  ones   who  must  navigate  the  vola:le   “leave  or  stay”   terrain.  Representa:ves  from   the  FayeUe  County  Family  Court  and   Family  Rape  &  Crisis   Center   understood   the   dangers   these   women   faced   and   gave   them   wise   counsel.     The   inspiring   tes:monies   of  survivors   and   the  interac:ve  “hit  and   run”  techniques  of  self-­‐defense   experts  rounded   out  this  empowering  :me  of  shared  tears,  laughter  and  strength.   AUendees  le]  with  renewed  confidence   in  their   ability  to   speak  up  for  themselves   and  others.  Sorors   le]  with  a  renewed  commitment  to  LAC   ac:vi:es  that   give  girls  a  voice.    Deltas  know  that  when   girls   have  a  voice,  they  grow  into   women  who  make  empowered  choices;  choices  that  ask,  “When   it  comes   to  domes:c  violence,  what’s  love  got  to  do  with  it?”


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Lexington Alumnae Chapter

The Making  of  a  Friendship “They   looked  like  they   were   having  a   good  :me,   like   they   have  become  good  friends”   said  Soror     Dorothy   Bibbs  with  a  smile  as  she  and  Soror  Esther  Noland  le]   Debutante  dance  rehearsal.  Con:nuing   with  an  air   of   nostalgia,   she   added,   “Friendship   was   one   of   our   goals.   “     Soror  Noland  chimed  in  and  said  with  a  whisk   of   remembrance,   “Those   friendships   can   last   for   a   life:me.”   Such   was   the   conversa:on   of   these   Delta   Dears   a]er   they   graced   the   2014   Delta   Debutantes   with  their  presence,  charm,  dignity  and  love. Soror   Noland’s  daughter   made  life:me  friendships  in   the   Delta   Debutante   Scholarship   Ball,   a   tradi:on   started   in   1961   by   Lexington   (KY)   Alumnae   Chapter   sorors   including   Bibbs.     Soror   Bibbs’   remembers   fondly   the  first  Delta  Debutante  Scholarship  Ball  held   at   the  old  Dunbar   School  gymnasium.   On  that   night,   there   was   an   air   of   expecta:on.   Amidst   the   white   hoop  dresses  and  decora:ons,   there   was  a  sense   of   pride   and   expecta:on.   By   pouring   into   these   high   school   students,   sorors  made   an   investment   in   the  

advancement of   finer   womanhood   and   scholarship.   They   served  as   aspira:onal  examples;   examples  who   made  themselves  available  as  mentors. The   legacy   con:nued   on   April  4,   2014   as  Co-­‐Chairs   Vicki  Turner,   Rosie  Harless  and  Angela  Evans,  and  LAC   sorors   presented   the   2014   Delta   Debutante   Scholarship  Ball  at  the  Civic  Center.    Once  held   in  the   gymnasium   of   a   segregated   school,   this   event   reflected  “the  village”;   the  village  where  mentoring  is   expected,   scholarships   are   given   and   yes,   life:me   friendships  are  made.


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Mu Epsilon Chapter

The Most Excellent Mu Epsilon Chapter is back at it again! With October recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the chapter made it a mission to inform the Lexington community of the seriousness of the disease. ME kicked off October by providing the University of Kentucky’s campus with literature and awareness ribbons at a Breast Cancer display in front of the Student Center. For the next event, ME hosted a bake sale where delicious pink treats were sold in honor of Breast Cancer Month. Over $80 was collected and donated to The Susan G. Komen Foundation. Mu Epsilon’s 7th annual Breast Cancer Vigil was held on October 14th, where people were given the opportunity to express how the disease has impacted their lives. Representatives from both the Markey Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen gave presentations on how to give self-examinations, how to help spread awareness and raise money for a cure.

The vigil also included a silent walk, where bubbles were released in memory of those taken by Breast Cancer. For the final week, ME partnered with Alpha Omicron Pi for a Silent Auction titled “Break the Silence”. Local companies donated gift cards, care packages and other products that were auctioned at the event. Poets also performed spoken word. Over $500 was raised and again donated to The Susan G. Komen Foundation. Mu Epsilon finds glee in joining the community together for important causes. Stay tuned to see what future months will bring!


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Louisville Alumnae Chapter

Our dearly beloved Soror Geneva H. Bell, charter member of the Louisville Alumnae Chapter -- Chartered in 1933, passed away on December 10, 2013. She was 108 years young. Soror Bell was born on December 9, 1905 in Louisville, KY. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati and Masters degree from Indiana University. She was an assistant professor of education at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY. Soror Bell married Dr. Jesse Bell -- the first black physician to practice at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY -- and became a teacher within the Jefferson County Public School system until her retirement in 1969. The Louisville Alumnae Chapter is truly thankful for Soror Bell’s contribution to the Louisville community as well as her leadership and dedication to our sisterhood.

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