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Illinois State Newsletter

2nd Edition

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GREETINGS: Encouraging words from our Illinois State Coordinator. Pg. 2 COLLEGIATE CORNER: A Look at what's happening on the campuses around Illinois. Pg. 3 ALUMNAE IN ACTION: Sisterhood at it’s best. A look at Sorors doing great work for Delta! Pg. 9 SPOTLIGHT SOROR: A Soror You Should Know! Pg. 26 SAVE THE DATES: Pg. 32 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Greetings Sorors! Can you believe we are already into our 101st year? Two-Thousand Thirteen was a historical year, a year of reflections, a year of rededication, a year of remembrance and a year of rejoicing. As we enter into 2014 let us center our minds on the next 100 years. Let us start this new year by committing back to Delta. Let us not grow weary in our well doing but let us focus on our mission. Let us commit ourselves to doing the mighty fine work of Delta. I charge each of you to do a little more than you did in 2013. Let each of us commit to reconnecting with a Soror whom we have not seen in a while. Invite them to come to chapter meeting, invite them to attend a event, or simply reach out to them to let them know you are thinking of them. Two-Thousand Fourteen promises to be a blessing for our sorority and a blessing for each and every one of you in the Great State of Illinois. I am looking forward to seeing each of you through out the year at the many wonderful events we have planned. Sisterly, Soror Debbie Brooks Illinois State Coordinator

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On behalf of our Illinois State Coordinator, please join me as we welcome the newly reactivated chapters in the State of Illinois. Sorors, we welcome you with loving arms! Congratulations and welcome to the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. OO-OOP!

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Making a difference

Soror Bonnie & Dr. Terrance Roberts of The Little Rock Nine

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Soror Bonnie, member of Kappa Alpha Psi, self defense instructors, and Bradley University participants at “When to Use Self-Defense”

Taking Charge

Soror Bonnie Conner at Bradley’s University Grand Chapter

Bradley University Students at “Inspired Mind”

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Theta Epsilon National Chapter of the Year (Small) Members of small chapters are often challenged with the task to perform their Delta duties in multiple roles. Theta Epsilon currently consists of one member. While small in numbers, the quality of hard work and dedication from a Theta Epsilon Soror continues to provide an excellent example for students on the Bradley University campus and inspire young women to become a part of the greatest sisterhood ever! Under the leadership of Kristie Hubbard (L) and Myskeshia Mitchell (R) (advisors), Theta Epsilon chapter was awarded the National Chapter of the Year

(Small) at the Collegiate Luncheon during the Centennial Convention.

Theta Epsilon Crimson and Cream Week 2013 The Theta Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. along with the Iota Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. prepared and presented to the campus of Bradley University its annual Crimson and Cream week November 17-22, 2013. The theme was “Crimson Kountdown�. The countdown included a total of 7 exciting events that focused on education, spirituality, social action, and most important community service.

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In September 2013, the feeling of safety at Eastern Illinois University was compromised by an unfortunate shooting incident that occurred 5 minutes away from campus at a party. A young girl visiting from Chicago suffered a gunshot wound after an altercation between two men took place. Ironically the following week, Chicago was named “The Murder Capital” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This rang alarms to the women of the Theta Zeta Chapter as most of the members are from the Chicagoland area; they felt as if something had to be done. A gun violence forum by the name of “The Murder Capital” was held to raise awareness and provoke thoughts to let their peers know the seriousness of the decisions they make as a generation. All individuals in attendance agreed that the new title Chicago earned is because of the upcoming generation. Soror MarQuan Luckey, Social Action Chair and forum facilitator, implored other NPHC organizations to be proactive and join in reclaiming our youth and guiding them in a better direction. “If we do not stand up and make a difference who will? Our founders did not sit back and hope problems went away, they took a stand and blazed a trail for a better future for Blacks. Is that not our purpose anymore as Black Greek leaders?” says Soror Luckey. The forum was a success and opened up the eyes, minds, and hearts of the young Blacks on campus. It is our responsibility to establish a better future.

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“FINAO” The Sorors of Zeta Iota sponsored “FINAO (Failure Is Not An Option),” and it fell under the Educational Development Thrust. Two speakers, Soror Lametra Curry and Alpha LaBryant Carrington, both NIU alumni and current faculty, spoke of their time as students at NIU and they shared personal advice with the audience. They advised students against procrastination and letting themselves get distracted from their educational responsibilities. The speakers also encouraged the students to use their on-campus resources to ease their semesters and to benefit themselves financially and mentally.

“Taking Our Issues to Congress” Another great program sponsored by ZI was “Taking Our Issues to Congress,” and it fell under the Political Awareness and Involvement Thrust. In the program, the participants in the audience were split into two big groups to discuss the gun violence and the massive school closings in Chicago in 2013. One group discussed the gun violence, including ways that it has affected members of the group and ways in which the group thought that the problem could be solved. The other group discussed the school closings and ways that they thought the city government could have better handled the situation. After sharing with their groups, the audience reconvened into a general assembly, and openly discussed their thoughts and opinions. After this portion of the program, everyone, including hosting Deltas, went to the Twitter social website and tweeted “#SaveCPSschools,” and “#HelpStopGunViolence” to Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.

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The Social Action Committee has been on the move throughout the Evanston community! In November they participated in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk of which Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a sponsor.

EVANSTON NORTH SHORE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Members of the Social Action Committee were also on hand as the Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter was recognized for service in the Evanston community on Red and White day. EVANSTON NORTH SHORE ALUMNAE CHAPTER BEING RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE IN THE EVANSTON COMMUNITY

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Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter’s Delta GEMS

ENSA’s Delta GEMS have been very busy this year. They started kicked off their year in October at the Just Us Girls Conference at Benedictine University. The conference consisted of workshops dealing issues such as health and making the right choices, social media, and learning the law. November was a busy month for the GEMS. They volunteered at the Hillside Food Pantry, making 36 birthday kits to be distributed at the pantry. The GEMS also attended a Northwestern University Volleyball game where they received free Northwestern hats, cups and popcorn while watching five games of volleyball. To round out the month the GEMS and EMBODI volunteered at ENSA’s E-town Stomp Down step competition where they manned the doors, greeted guest, passed out programs and sold raffle tickets. In December our very own Soror Belcher — a personal banker from Bank of America — came to teach the ladies about credit and banking options. Soror Belcher went through a budgeting exercise with the girls that put income and expenses in perspective. Lastly the GEMS and EMBODI worked together to host Santa Gift Shoppe — an unforgettable shopping experience for youth ages 4-18. They decorated, set up the room, priced the items, assisted the customers and wrapped the gifts. There was also a Santa on site for families to take pictures with and complimentary refreshments. All items that were sold were donated, and the event was quite successful. Check out the photos of our GEMS in action!

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Sorors and Gems attend a volleyball game

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Delta Dear Holiday Party The Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Dears hosted their very own holiday party this past December. All had fun as they gathered and enjoyed fellowship and sisterhood during the holiday season!

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The Sorors of the Rockford Alumnae Chapter (RAC) and the American Diabetes Association partnered on I Decide to STOP Diabetes (ID) day at Church. The event took place on November 10th at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb, Illinois. The nationwide movement held annually on the second Sunday of November is aimed at raising awareness in the African American community. During this all day event, RAC members provided educational material to 150 church members, visitors and friends about diabetes, prevention tips, being active and how to make better food choices. Soror Dionne Hope Griffin facilitated a workshop further detailing the cause and scope of diabetes in the African American community. The chapter aimed to open the dialogue about this serious disease and its effect on the communities we serve.

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Chicago Alumnae Honors College Scholars In December, Chicago Alumnae’s Scholarship Committee held a reception to celebrate the scholars who were awarded, and continue to receive, an educational scholarship from the chapter. The event was held at D’Estee. Over 60 scholars, their families and Sorors gathered to revel in the achievements of scholars. Notable scholars include T’Erica Hudson, a senior at Jackson State University majoring in Criminal Justice, and Rashaad Young, a senior at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

T’Erica said she was very humbled when she was chosen for a scholarship, she stated that member of Delta have continually supported, mentored and encouraged her every step of the way.

Rashaad, who has cerebral palsy, said he is grateful for the scholarship, which has assisted him with the purchase of books and enabled him to attend summer school. Rashaad stated “…the women of Delta care about more than (just) themselves.” His mentors, Soror Sandra Givens and her husband, see their role in his life like that of a family member. “Mr. Givens is like a father to Rashaad ... together we make sure to be there for him – to keep his spirits up and encourage him,” said Soror Givens. Sorors like Soror Givens mentor the scholars, playing a crucial role in the scholars’ lives through emotional support, encouragement, and making sure the scholar stays on track academically, and provides an ear when needed.

T’Erica and Rashaad are but a fraction of the countless scholars who have received an educational scholarship from CAC. Since its inception, over a half million dollars has been awarded to college students. Currently, Chicago Alumnae is in the midst of planning the bi-annual scholarship fundraiser – Jabberwock 2014 – so that students like T’Erica and Rashaad can achieve their dreams of a college education.

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Chicago Alumnae Honors College Scholars

CAC rewards its scholars: Clockwise, top, left to right – scholars are served a sumptuous feast; scholars sit with their mentors during the Scholarship reception; bottom right; Soror Sandra Givens with her mentor, Rashaad Young; and bottom left four scholars tell what the educational scholarship means for their educational endeavors.

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101 YEARS OF SERVICE

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101 YEARS OF SERVICE

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SCHAUMBUG-HOFFMAN ESTATES ALUMNAE STRIKE OUT DIABETES/SPARE A LIFE!

On November 23rd, the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter in partnership with Profit Through Knowledge Inc. nfp held their annual ‘cosmic bowlathon’ at the AMF Hoffman Lanes. This year’s theme was “Strike Out Diabetes/Spare A Life”. Attendees enjoyed a variety of activities including bowling, line dancing and raffles. Additionally, pamphlets and displays were made available for all to obtain information on diabetes prevention as well as domestic violence. Sorors, family and friends came from surrounding areas to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and the Elgin Community Crisis Center. The fun-filled event was co-chaired by Sorors Jarita Moore and Jacqueline Glanville along with the Physical and Mental Health Committee under the auspices of chapter President Kandace Spotts.

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SCHAUMBUG-HOFFMAN ESTATES ALUMNAE ELGIN COMMUNITY CRISIS CENTER HOLIDAY PARTY

Each holiday season, the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter partners with the Elgin Community Crisis Center to provide an evening of celebration, music, great food and gifts for the center’s clients. This year, 15 soror volunteers led the festivities and each attendee went home with a bag full of gifts and donated items along with full stomachs from the sumptuous fare served. The Community Crisis Center, located in Elgin, Illinois, was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis including domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic/ financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the Illinois and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Chapter soror, Chathia Johnson, currently presides over the Board of Directors.

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37 Years Sorors of Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter hosted a luncheon in honor of their 37 years of dedication to, Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service. During this event 4outstanding women were honored for their Community Impact in the Glen Ellyn Service Area. The honorees for this event were: The Reverend Esther James Mitchell: Co-Founder J.W. James Memorial A.M.E. Church/Co-Founder James Memorial Christian Academy. Soror Earnest Jean Jamison: Founder, Executive Director It’s Just Us Girls, Inc. Health and Wellness Conference. Doris Boulrece: Trailblazing Entrepreneur, Community Servant and member of Black McDonalds Owner Operators. Soror Senator Kimberly Lightford: Assistant Majority Leader Illinois 4th Legislative District Advocate and Policy Maker. The Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Dorothy Brown. Sorors, family and friends enjoyed musical selections rendered by the GEAAC choir, a praise dance by members GEAAC and a wonderful lunch prepared by Abbington Banquets. It was a wonderful afternoon that was enjoyed by all in attendance.

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February 2014 GLEN ELLYN AREA ALUMNAE CHAPTER

Sorors, members of Delta Gems, Delta Academy and Embodi spread Christmas cheer to residence at a local Naperville nursing home. Christmas carols were song, conversation was had with the residence and joy filled the room as each resident received holiday gift bags.

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Sorors of Illinois Evanston North Shore, Glen Ellyn Area, and Joliet Alumnae Chapters pose for photos during the Tri-State Cluster held in Madison Wisconsin. Sorors had the opportunity to attend classes, Shop, mingle and fellowship during this fun filled educational weekend.

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The Waukegan Alumnae Chapter celebrates the success of their member, Soror Geraldine “Gerry” Stewart Soror Geraldine “Gerry” Stewart joined our illustrious sorority in 1951 while a student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri where she worked diligently In the Alpha Theta Chapter. After graduating from Lincoln University, Gerry eventually relocated to the northern suburbs of Chicago and attended meetings of the Evanston Alumnae Chapter. She was one of 18 sorors who recognized the need to start a chapter further north in Illinois and became a charter member of the Waukegan Alumnae Chapter. Soror Stewart has been an active, financial member of the chapter since it was chartered in 1979. Over the years, Gerry served the chapter as vice-president, custodian, treasurer and journalist/historian. Gerry is proud to disclose that she is 85 years young! Soror Stewart rarely misses a chapter meeting and she is one of the first to arrive when our chapter sponsors an event, does public service projects or sends out a call for help. In December 2013, Gerry volunteered with other sorors at the Family First Center in Waukegan to assist with the Toys for Tots program and she also worked alongside sorors in the food pantry of a local church. Soror Gerry assists with registration at the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County’s annual literacy walk and does Christmas gift wrapping at the Park Place Senior Center in Waukegan, Illinois. She is also very active in her church, Trinity A.M.E. Church in Waukegan where she is a member of the usher board, Lay Organization and counts money in the finance room; she also supports other church ministries with donations. Soror Stewart says that she has attended all but one National Convention since she has been a Delta and was fortunate to have attended the National Conventions for the sorority’s 50th and 100th anniversaries. Please know that Soror Stewart is not all work and no fun, she delights in doing the electric slide and playing golf. Members of the Waukegan Alumnae Chapter salute Soror Gerry Stewart for her positive attitude, giving spirit and gracious service.

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The East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter celebrates the success of their member, Soror Constance Gayden Gully. Upon the retirement of Harris-Stowe State University president Dr. Albert Walker, the university’s Board of Regents named Soror Constance Gully, the university’s longtime executive vice president for business and financial affairs, as interim president. Interim President Constance Gully has been a key senior officer at Harris-Stowe for nearly 15 years, serving first as Comptroller and since 2001 as Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. More recently, she has served as an Executive Vice President. She has been deeply involved in university operations during a period of significant growth of the university and its campus footprint, including leading the campus expansion committee that oversaw the planning and construction of the university’s most recently built facilities. She came to Harris-Stowe after practicing public accounting for 10 years specializing in auditing and management consulting for government and not-for-profit clients. Soror Constance Gully pledged Spring of 1984 at Illinois State University. She was the guest speaker at the Delta Economic Development Center (DEDC) Bi-Annual Fundraiser Dinner on Friday, November 1, 2013. Soror Adriann Adams-Gulley is ESLAC President.

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The Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter celebrates the success of their member, Soror Pat Anderson Congratulations are in order for Soror Pat Anderson of the Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter for completing the Chicago Marathon this past October. She ran the marathon with her daughter Ashley Anderson Jackson, her training partner Ila Allen and Angela Broadway. Both Ila and Angela suffered injuries during the race. Since Ila and Soror Anderson had trained together throughout the year, Soror Anderson sent her daughter ahead to continue running and walked Ila to finish line!

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Theta Epsilon celebrates the success of their member Soror Bonnie Conner On Thursday, January 23, 2014, Bradley University held its annual Grand Chapter Ceremony. At this accreditation ceremony Bradley Greeks (NPHC, Pan Hellenic, and IFC chapters and (individuals) are awarded for their scholarship, dedication, and community service. The Theta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was awarded Achievement in Academics for the Fall 2013 semester and Most Improved GPA for Fall 2013. Soror Conner, President of the Theta Epsilon Chapter was awarded Outstanding New Member for Spring 2013. Soror Conner continues to make positive impressions on administrators, faculty, and staff of the university. She has been asked to serve on the Student Affairs Student Advisory Committee as a representative for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.

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Chapter celebrates the success of their member,

Soror Stephanie Gay Soror Stephanie Gay was promoted from the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC), duty positioned as an Instructor/Writer, to the rank of Master Sergeant (MSG), duty positioned as a Senior Instructor/Writer; Course Manager; and Quality Assurance Evaluator. Effective date of rank was 1 December 2013. Captain Amanda Watkins (Soror), from the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Chemical Acquisitions Office was the Officer selected by Stephanie to officially promote her. Stephanie has served honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves for 13 years and 3 months. Stephanie's primary Military Occupational Specialty is now 12X582S which is Vertical Construction Engineering Supervisor. Congratulations, Soror Gay!

Soror Amanda Watkins officially promotes Soror Stephanie Gay

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Feed Your Body and Soul at the Seventh Annual Soulful Gospel Brunch

The Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter (BNAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc is pleased to announce the seventh annual Soulful Gospel Brunch from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel, in Bloomington, Illinois. The Gospel Brunch showcases some of the best gospel talent in Illinois. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 5 to 12) and can be purchased by e-mailing the chapter at dstbnac@gmail.com.

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2014 ILLINOIS STATEWIDE FOUNDERS WEEKEND February 28, 2014 through March 2, 2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BEVERLY EVANS SMITH NATIONAL FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Hosted by Chicago Alumnae Chapter Friday: Registration & Welcome Reception Saturday: Workshops, Rededication & Luncheon (The attire is red, no pants) Sunday: Continental Breakfast & Ecumenical Service Only members of Delta Sigma Theta may register & attend. All registrations will be verified. We look forward to seeing each of you!

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The Rockford Alumnae Chapter Presents Its Annual Gospel Brunch Saturday February 22, 2014 At The Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, IL Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased by emailing the chapter at: racdst1913@gmail.com

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2014 CALL TO CONFERENCE The 46th Midwest Regional Conference will take place June 19-24, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. For more details, visit the Regional Website at: www.dstmidwestregion.com/46th_midwest_regional_conference

Are you READY DST? Check out the Midwest Region Emergency Response Team page and TAKE THE PLEDGE TODAY! Chapters with at least 50% participation will be recognized at the upcoming Regional Conference in Louisville, KY. Let’s get Ready, Midwest! ILLINOIS! Your preparation in the event of an emergency will make a world of difference! Pledge today! www.dstmidwestregion.com/delta_emergency_response

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February 2014 Soror I have been so busy, I missed out on so many events last year, I wish I could do it all over. I would have attended everything! I have to commit back to DELTA. I miss the fellowship, the community service, the meetings, I miss everything! I choose today to begin again!

Delta Dialogue

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one can go back & start anew beginning, but anyone can start today & make a new ending." In other words, we can't start over, but we can begin again right where we are. ~Cathy Irvin Although we begin again-turn the page of the same book if you will, we learn from where we started. Anthony Hamilton sings a song, coming from where I'm from...he like many, understand that in order to know where you're going you have to know where you've been. Many of us took the time to do a year in review. We, like most, reflected on the last year and all that was and was not accomplished, we thought of the losses we've had, the joys we've shared and the list goes on and on. Our past informs our present, but it does not have to be our future. We continue to learn from the past what to do differently now and later. I encourage us to resolve to evolve. Evolve into the person your want to be....the better you. The you with accomplished goals, the assured confidence and satisfied state of mind. Make the change, become the change you want to see. Seeing is believing, so see your evolved self. Every day we rise again to new mercies. If the Creator can grant us a fresh beginning everyday, why can't we. So you may have lapse on the goal or didn't get to the gym today, tomorrow is a new beginning where you can write a whole new ending. Let's begin again. Sorors, let us hold each other accountable. Share with another what our evolved self looks like so that if/ when we struggle to begin again, we have support to know our past does not have to be our future. Choose to begin again. ~Soror Rev. Daphne R. Anderson Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter

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Dear Sorors, this page is dedicated to all the Sorors and their families who have lost a loved over the past year and in this new year. Let us wrap our arms around them, lift them up in prayer and let them know that we love them, support them, and we are here for them during their time of bereavement. For the Bible Says: Let not you

hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3

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CALLING ALL CHAPTERS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, YOUR SORORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! SHARE YOUR CHAPTER NEWS! Contact Me! Soror Joyce Dawkins Illinois State Journalist!

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Sorors I hope you have enjoyed this Edition of The Crimson Connection. Let us take time during this month to salute the Legacy of our Black History and the Legacy of our Sorority. Let us not forget those who made our freedom possible, and pave the way for us to be where we are today. Yours In Delta, Soror Joyce Dawkins Illinois State Journalist

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