Dear Sorors, It is said that â€œthe first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.â€?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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!
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 Bellâ€™s contribution to the Louisville community as well as her leadership and dedication to our sisterhood.