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The Farwest Region Makes History with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. kicked off its Centennial Celebration in the Farwest Region as the first AfricanAmerican women’s organization and black Greek-letter organization to sponsor a float in the historic Tournament of Roses® parade on Jan. 1 and as the first stop on the Delta Torch Tour. Hundreds of sorors painted the town crimson and cream, and members of the California State Legislature, city of Los Angeles and Pasadena welcomed them with open arms. The Los Angeles City Council presented the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual or organization by proclaiming Jan. 1, 2013 to be “Delta Sigma Theta Day.” The city also honored the Sorority with red and white lights from Jan. 1 – 13, 2013, at Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Los Angeles airport (LAX) sign’s lighted pylons. Assemblyman Isadore Hall III and the city of Pasadena presented proclamations in honor of the Sorority’s 100 years of service. “It’s very special to have the opportunity to not only kick-off our celebration but start the New Year in this great city of lights and angels,” said Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, National President of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. at the conclusion of the Gala. The Sorority’s float, which was themed “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood & Service,” featured a sculptured globe highlighted with a spectacular floral tribute that emphasized Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to humanitarian efforts worldwide. A rotating hexagon, with six magnificently detailed floral-graphs, took center stage and highlighted Delta’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, representing the cornerstone of the Sorority’s community outreach efforts. The rear of the float included a floral representation of Downing Hall at Howard University where the Sorority was founded. The float riders included the Sorority’s National President, National Executive Committee and five Past National Presidents of the Sorority. Farwest Regional Director Sandra Phillips Johnson and Regional Representative Parris Love Moore were among the 100 out-walkers who flanked the sides of the float to represent 100 years of public service, and 22 out-walkers in honor of Delta’s 22 Founders. That evening,

award-winning actor Danny Glover, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Sorors Aunjanue Ellis from “The Help,” and Emmyaward winning casting director Robi Reed were among the awardees at the Hollywood-style Gala at Club Nokia. The Sorority honored individuals who represent Delta’s commitment to community service including sorors: Sara Finney-Johnson, writer/playwright/producer; Felicia D. Henderson, creator of Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Soul Food: The Series” and BET’s “Reed Between the Lines”; and actress-turned-celebrity fitness guru A.J. Johnson of “Living in the A.J. Zone.”

During the Gala, Sorority members and guests enjoyed performances by popular recording artists Ledisi, Faith Evans, Angela Winbush and Elaine Gibbs. Celebrity presenters included Blair Underwood, Keith David and Sorors Kym Whitley, Daphne Maxwell Reid, KiKi Shepard and T’Keyah Crystal Keymah. The day’s activities culminated with the lighting of a custom crafted Delta torch at the Gala, signifying the


with Centennial Celebration Kickoff Events launch of an international 22-city torch tour. The tour also included stops in the Farwest Region’s Tokyo, Japan on Jan. 19 and Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 26. “Deltas in Los Angeles are especially proud to have welcomed friends, family and supporters from around the world to our beloved city for these celebrations,” said Thelma James Day, co-chair of the Centennial Kick-off Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and member of the National Executive Board. “This was Los Angeles’ tribute to our 22 Founders.” Honorary member Sheryl Lee Ralph, an award-winning actress, singer and humanitarian and co-chair of the Centennial Kick-off Committee, said it felt so good to celebrate with her sorors and share the “rich” history of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with her celebrity friends and the world. Submitted by Soror Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Farwest Regional Journalist


MessageFROMtheFARWEST Dear Delta Women of the Fabulous Farwest Region:

Are you ready for the centennial celebration at our 51st National Convention? I am certain your response is, “Yes We Are!” Yes we are ready with more than 2,100 registered delegates from the Farwest Region. Yes we are ready after kicking off our Sorority’s centennial year in the Farwest with our historic entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Yes we are ready after producing the a pre-centennial STEM event with hundreds of youth involved in our pre-centennial Los Angeles Torch Tour and a star-studded Hollywood Gala. We launched the Torch Tour in Los Angeles and the torch made stops in two other Farwest communities in January: Tokyo and Seattle, where unique events were held in each location. In Los Angeles, our National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre lit the inspiring, first centennial torch at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live Complex after the striker was passed to her from Past National Presidents Mona H. Bailey, Thelma T. Daley, Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd and Louise A. Rice. In Japan, we joined sorors from Okinawa, the Republic of Korea and Tokyo Alumnae, the host chapter, for an exciting weekend with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. The custom-designed torch was lit during a dinner program at the Yokota AFB Officers Club by National President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. In Seattle, on the lovely Puget Sound, the custom-decorated torch was lit by Soror Mona H. Bailey, 17th National President, at an exceptional dinner gala. Delta women of the Fabulous Farwest celebrated our Centennial Founders Day in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11-13with almost 400 registered participants. We returned in March for our Centennial Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital and the Women’s Suffrage March Reenactment, where more than 110 sorors from the Farwest Region participated, including Sorors Briana Jarrett (Alpha Omicron) and Simone Rixey (Xi Chi), who superbly represented two of our Founders in period costumes. Despite the numerous centennial activities, we continued to be “Strategic in Service” with stellar programs which impacted lives and transformed communities around the region. With “Farwest Fortitude,” we addressed numerous issues on political awareness and involvement, domestic violence, Impact Day and Teen Summits, international awareness and involvement, economic awareness, while also strengthening our sisterly relations. Our region led Delta in Seed Grant applications to the Delta Foundation. We also participated fully in Project 13 Charitable Partnerships, including; AARP, St. Jude, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation of California and State Farm among others. We are Delta women. Yes we are! In 2012-13, the region chartered our 91st chapter, North San Diego County Alumnae, on April 20, 2013 with a beautiful ceremony. Our region also grew in numbers, as we welcomed 236 new initiates into our sisterhood. Sorors, let us continue to make a difference where we live and in our nation, along with having a sustained impact on our international programs. We will always strive to reach ever greater levels of service as we enter the last year of this triennium. Thank you for your commitment to Delta and to our Farwest Region! Yours in the sweet spirit of sisterhood and service,


Sandra Phillips Johnson Regional Director

Parris Love’ Moore Regional Representative

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Farwest Region History Since inception, the Farwest Region has meaningfully contributed to the growth, leadership and vitality of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The first Farwest chapter was chartered at the University of California at Berkeley in 1921. Affectionately known as the Fabulous Farwest, the region is now comprised of nearly 90 chapters located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, as well as international chapters in Japan (Okinawa and Tokyo) and the Republic of Korea (Seoul). The Farwest Region is extremely proud to have had Founders Bertha Pitts Campbell, Zephyr Chisom Carter and Wertie Blackwell Weaver as members of our region. Three National Presidents: sorors Vivian Osborne Marsh, 7th National President; Geraldine P. Woods, 13th National President; and Mona Humphries Bailey, 17th National President called the Farwest home.Â

























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Alaska Impact Day In April, sorors of the Alaska Alumnae Chapter made an “Impact” on their community by partnering with an Anchorage middle school to sponsor a “Family Fitness Night,” in support of the Sorority’s National IMPACT Day of Service. Students and their families were taken on a “Journey to Wellness,” that included a healthy dinner, healthy snack alternatives, vital checks and informational sessions on obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The main event focused on a host of physical activities such as a 10-station fitness challenge, Hot Hula fitness®, cycling/spin sessions, Zumba fitness®, jump rope, walking the track and even line dancing, to name a few. Sorors donated more than 500 bottles of water for the event. The goal was to demonstrate and provide fun and educational fitness options for participants to maintain and/or start living a healthy lifestyle. Submitted by Soror P. V. Brown-McMillan, Alaska Alumnae Chapter

Contra Costa Alumnae Says “Keep it 100!” In observance of Impact Day, sorors of Contra Costa Alumnae along with residents of Richmond, Calif. walked, sampled healthy foods and sweated to the beat of Zumba music at the chapter’s “Keep It 100” event on March 9. The daylong community health fair held at John F. Kennedy High School featured booths from a variety of local organizations, emphasizing healthy eating, cooking demonstrations, weight management seminars and screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure. The goal of the event was to identify causes of childhood obesity, encourage healthy eating habits and active lifestyles as well as motivate participants to make positive behavior changes. Sorors and participants concluded the day with a pledge to: “keep it real” about their health so they can live to be 100! Submitted by Soror Tuseda Graggs-Borden, Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter

Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter Hosts IMPACT Day of Service On March 9, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter hosted its 3rd Annual EMBODI Conference in conjunction with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National IMPACT Day of Service. The chapter focused on the young men enrolled in their EMBODI program during the daylong event that highlighted careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) healthy eating alternatives, exercise and the dangers of obesity. There was a panel discussion with professionals in engineering and cancer research. The chapter was able to support the program with funds received from the Community Empowerment Grant from the Delta Foundation. More than 60 young men attended the event, which was co-chaired by Sorors Keva Womble and Kim Gathers. 6

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IMPACTday Southern California Deltas Recognize National Impact Day With the support of locally and nationally known advocates for healthy lifestyles, Southern California members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. joined together on March 16, to host a daylong youth conference aimed at preventing childhood obesity as part of the Sorority’s National Impact Day of Service. Dozens of youth ages 10 to 18 participated in workshops including nutrition, body image and health and fitness as part of “Healthy Active Lifestyles: Combating Childhood Obesity,” held at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Levi Harrison, a physician/orthopedic surgeon and author of “The Art of Fitness,” and Liana Sims, a health and wholeness advocate served as speakers. “Our event supported our country’s national initiative to spread awareness about childhood obesity,” said Soror Erica Melbourne, co-chair of the event with Soror Danielle Santos. The Century City Alumnae, Cerritos Area Alumnae, Foothill Alumnae, Inglewood Alumnae, Kappa Omega (UCSB), Long Beach Alumnae, Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae, Orange County Alumnae, Rolling Hills/ Palos Verdes Alumnae, Tau Delta (LMU) and Ventura County Alumnae chapters along with members of the Tau Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. organized the event. Submitted by Soror Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Farwest Regional Journalist

Las Vegas Alumnae Celebrates Impact Day 2013 On March 9, the Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter’s Physical and Mental Health committee collaborated with several organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Weightwatchers, Black Girls Run! LV and the American Heart and Stroke Association hosted IMPACT Day 2013. The event, which is themed, “Help is on the Way: Win over Obesity and Diabetes,” supported the organization’s National program, A Journey to Wellness. Special guests included North Las Vegas Mayor Sherri Buck and Soror Pamela Goynes Brown, mayor pro tempore of the city of North Las Vegas. More than 250 children and adults attended the event and received valuable information about healthy living including risk factors that contribute to obesity and diabetes. Health care professionals were also available to do body fat composition, balance screening, blood glucose testing, vision/dental exams and grip strength assessments. Submitted by Tya Mathis, Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter


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Alaska’s Founders Day The Alaska Alumnae Chapter kicked-off 2013 in style by commissioning a carver to create an ice sculpture to commemorate Delta Sigma Theta’s centennial year. The sculpture was located in downtown Anchorage’s Townsquare. Sorors of Alaska Alumnae Chapter are always working to better their community. Like many chapters all over the country, they have been busier than normal celebrating the Sorority’s 100 years of service, “Alaska Style.” Submitted by Soror P. V. Brown-McMillan, Alaska Alumnae Chapter

Greater Salt Lake City Alumnae Celebrates Founders Day The Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter welcomed Soror Mona H. Bailey, 17th National President, to the Wasatch Front as the keynote speaker at the chapter’s Founders Day Program/Dinner on Feb. 13. The chapter kicked off the day at Weber State University with an open forum in conjunction with the university’s Black Scholar United (BSU). The topic was “Promoting STEM Among Underrepresented Students and Women.” University students and local middleschool students were present at this forum. Immediately following the forum, the WSU’s STEM/STEP program and the College of Applied Science & Technology set up tables and conducted hands-on activities with students. That evening, Soror Bailey’s spoke on the theme, “Embracing Legacy: 100 Years of Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.” The sorors and community were very blessed by Soror Bailey’s wisdom and knowledge. The audience was receptive to Soror Bailey’s challenge to continue to work to improve the education of African-American students in their communities.

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Founders Day in Paradise Hawaii Alumnae Chapter celebrated Founders Day on Feb. 28 with an elegant ball at the Hale Koa Hotel in the world renowned city of Waikiki. Distinguished guest included Oahu community organizations and members of the NAACP, Links, Inc., military leaders, and each of the presidents of the Divine 9. The event ended with a reenactment of the Founders Alpha Chapter photo and the 1913 Suffrage March. Submitted by Libra Forde, Hawaii Journalist


Pacific Northwest Founders Day In the celebration of 100 years of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., sorors from Oregon and Washington attended the 2013 Pacific Northwest Regional Founders Day on Jan. 25 to witness the lighting of the Centennial Torch and celebrate the Sorority’s history. Seattle was the fourth stop on the 22-city Torch Tour. The weekend, which was hosted by the Seattle Alumnae Chapter, included a showcase of the chapters in the Pacific Northwest and their local youth programs. Soror Mona H. Bailey, 17th National President, served as the keynote speaker. The collegiate chapters of Alpha Omicron, Nu Xi and Xi Phi organized a canned food drive to help the needy. Sorors made a visit to the cemetery to pay tribute to Founder Bertha Pitts Campbell, a longtime resident of Seattle. Submitted by Soror Lesley Unthank, Oregon Journalist

NCCC Founders Day 2013 The ballroom at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside, Calif. filled to capacity on Jan. 18, as sorors representing the 26 chapters of the Northern California Coordinating Council gathered to welcome 17th National President, Soror Mona Humphries Bailey as the keynote speaker for the 100th Founders Day Celebration. Speaking on the theme, “100 Years: The legacy Lives” Soror Bailey reminded attendees of the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 22 Founders left and that the only way to truly honor the Founders for the next 100 years and beyond is to remember: “we only go around once and this is not a practice run.” Also, as Deltas celebrate these 100 remarkable years of service, they should embrace this poignant reminder from Soror Bailey —“the question is when; the time is now; the question is where; the place is here; the question is who; the answer is us!” Submitted by: Soror LaConnie Taylor-Jones, Northern California Journalist

SCCC Founders Day 2013 More than 700 sorors attended the Southern California Coordinating Council’s Founders Day 2013 celebration at the Pechanga Resort & Casino on Feb. 16. Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National First Vice President was the keynote speaker at the SCCC Founders Day hosted by the San Bernardino-Riverside Area Alumnae Chapter. Soror Walker brought the theme, “The Foundation Laid, The Torch Passed, The Vision Continues...” to life in a message that wove in a story about the Founders. She said despite their differences, the Sorority’s Founders sat down at the same table for a five-course meal consisting of the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust and decided to make a quilt out of their “raggedy patches.” She urged the sorors in attendance to take their “raggedy patches” and connect them to the “community quilt” and commit to service. Soror Mona Humphries Bailey, 17th National President also paid homage to the Founders and Past National Presidents who called the Farwest Region home. Submitted by Soror Monica Groves, Southern California Journalist 9

Bellevue Alumnae’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust Challenge In honor of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Centennial, sorors of Bellevue Alumnae Chapter engaged in activities and events throughout 2013 representing the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. The start of the chapter year saw the completion of a three-year project supporting the Peoples School for Positive Education Kasoa in Ghana, Africa. From October to December, chapter members participated in projects dedicated to economic and educational awareness as well as physical and mental health. Political awareness is always ongoing since all chapter members are registered voters and strive individually to support various political causes in the Bellevue and surrounding communities. Submitted by Soror Carletta Curry, Bellevue Alumnae Chapter

Berkeley bay Area Attends Delta Days at the Nations Capital From March 1-5, 2013, Sorors Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Gwendolyn Mosley and Joyce Crum participated in activities at Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital. Inspired by the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice Institute, Suffrage March Reenactment, and General Sessions, these sorors were well informed on the issues impacting their service area during their meeting with congressional representatives. Issues of particular concern for the chapter included curbing violence, unemployment amongst African-Americans and the state of schools in and the overall educational system in Berkeley. Submitted by Soror Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Berkeley Bay Area Chapter

Cerritos Alumnae Chapter Receives EMBODI Grant The Cerritos Area Alumnae Chapter received a $3,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing to support its EMBODI program, which helps improve the lives of African-American boys. Now in its third year, the EMBODI program serves young men at Mayfair Middle School in Bellflower, Calif. The program is facilitated by Darin Earley, founder of Bridge Builders Network, a program that focuses on student cognitive development, cultural competency, staff cohesion and organizational culture. The grant will also fund field trips and scholarships to attend Youth Leadership Conference at Delta Days. Submitted by Soror Anise Jones, Cerritos Area Alumnae


NEWSaroundTHEregion Elk Grove: Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference On April 27, 2013, Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter hosted “Y.O.L.O.” (You Only Live Once). The youth conference attended by more than 100 middle and high school students ages 13 to 18, opened with a welcome from Dr. Steven Ladd, superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Other speakers included Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA Basketball player Ruthie Bolton; Dr. Kathleen Collins, health education facilitator for Kaiser Permanente; and Hollis Blake III, an educator who led a multigenerational panel discussion about youth relationships and communication. Submitted by Soror Latonya Harris, Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter

Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter: Deltas on the Move in Utah The Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter kicked off the centennial year and silver anniversary by joining the University of Utah and the Greater Salt Lake Community in the 5th annual Celebration Rally & Marade (march and parade) commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Academy & GEMS participants along with the Educational Development Committee lead an activity at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City. The theme for the day was, “Imagination Day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” The chapter’s learning table activity was Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence Activity Paper Quilt. Submitted by Soror Shae Eason, Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Chapter

Las Vegas Alumnae: Standing Together Opposing Misuse of Power It has been reported that the state of Nevada is, again, the state where more women are likely to be killed by domestic violence incidents than any other state. To change this condition, on April 27, the Physical and Mental Health Committee of the Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter participated as a sponsor in the 4th Annual Walk against Domestic Violence Homicide. The purpose of this event was to bring greater awareness to the community about the severity of this issue in southern Nevada. After an opening prayer by a local clergy, attendees walked and released balloons to honor Soror Bronwyn Green Richards, a domestic violence victim, and children lost to this type of destructive abusive behavior. Submitted by Soror Tya R. Mathis, Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter


Los Angeles Alumnae Hosts Red Carpet “42” The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted a screening of “42,” the movie depicting Jackie Robinson’s rookie major league baseball season on April 13. The movie opened to rave reviews and record setting numbers in Los Angeles and around the country. Sorors adorned the lobby of the Baldwin Hill Cinema Rave 15 Theatre during the chapter’s red carpet night, in their red and white, holding ‘42’ posters as cameras flashed. In addition, Jackie Robinson’s niece, Kathy Robinson-Young and a former Los Angeles Dodger, Darryl Thomas joined the chapter for the screening. The chapter’s Delta GEMS and EMBODI also attended. Submitted by Soror Sharee Sanders Gordon, Esq., Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter

Los Angeles South Bay and Compton Alumnae Chapter Host Nonprofit Workshop On Thursday, March 21, South Bay Alumnae Chapter’s Economic Development Committee under the leadership of Soror Amber Wynn provided extensive fiscal enlightenment and inspiration to numerous nonprofits as well as aspiring presidents and CEOs serving throughout the Compton community. The panel, which focused on the theme “The Six Secrets for Funding Sustainable Nonprofit Organizations” was a meeting of the minds with notable collaborative partners representing Compton Alumnae Chapter, Compton CareerLink Center and a Southern California Edison guest panelist all of who have a personal investment in the overall continued future advancement of the city of Compton. As a result, the Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter nonprofit expert panel masterfully addressed issues ranging from nonprofit readiness, compliance and fund development. For more information about this workshop and/or the Black Greek Letter Organizations Symposium please contact Soror Amber Wynn, Economic Development Committee Chair at Submitted by Soror Aisha K. Childs, Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Chapter

Pasadena Deltas Honor Black History Month Pasadena Alumnae hosted their 3rd Annual Black Film Showcase in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Community Center on Feb. 10. The event featured Soror Phyllis Beech’s film, “The Courage To Love,” which aired on Lifetime and starred Vanessa L. Williams, Gil Bellows, Diahann Carroll and Stacy Keach. The film profiles the extraordinary life of Henriette Delille who is slated to become the 1st African-American born Saint in Catholicism. A panel discussion and audience participation followed the standing room only film screening and helped showcase AfricanAmerican heritage to today’s youth. Submitted by Soror Esther Watkins, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter 12

NEWSaroundTHEregion Pomona Valley Alumnae Hits A Home-Run with “42” More than 140 sorors, family members and friends of Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter attended a red carpet event on April 12, for the premiere opening of “42,” the film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson. In fashionable PVAC style, sorors wore commemorative baseball jerseys with the number ‘42’ embroidered on the back in honor of Jackie Robinson. In keeping with the baseball theme, small baseballs were handed out and attendees took part in a photo session with a life-size “42” backdrop poster. Given the significance of the film, members of the chapter’s Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and E.M.B.O.D.I initiatives were in attendance. Submitted by Soror Michelle Westbrook, Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter

Portland Alumnae Combats Childhood Obesity On April 12, 2012, the Physical and Mental Health Committee of Portland Alumnae decided to tackle one of the most alarming epidemics facing today’s youth—childhood obesity. In a collaborative partnership with physicians and medical students from the National College of Natural Medicine, the chapter hosted a series of cooking and nutrition classes over a 12-week period.

Their efforts over the past year has not only benefited youth, but has resulted in a partnership with the city of Portland’s Sunday Parkway, which promotes healthy active living. During Sunday Parkway season, residents have the opportunity to walk, bike and roll for free in the city’s largest public space. Sorors are ecstatic and pleased to introduce one of the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust to the entire community of Portland. Submitted by Soror Patricia Warren, Portland Alumnae Chapter

San Francisco Alumnae Goes to City Hall The San Francisco Alumnae Chapter participated in the second annual Delta Day in San Francisco on April 22. Sorors met with seven of the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, the mayor’s chief of staff and a representative from the San Francisco Police Department. While there were many issues the members were prepared to discuss, gun violence and the quality of life of African-Americans living in San Francisco were a priority for the chapter. During the day, chapter members offered concrete suggestions and agreed to be a partner with the lawmakers. Submitted by Soror Candace Hill Lewis, San Francisco Alumnae Chapter 13

NEWSaroundTHEregion City of San Jose Commends Delta Sigma Theta San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and City Councilman Ash Kalra along with other councilmembers, presented the San Jose Alumnae Chapter with a City Commendation on January 2013 at the Council Chambers in downtown San Jose. The chapter, which was chartered in 1970, was honored for 42 years of service to the San Jose community. The commendation documented the chapter’s wide range of programs addressing health, education, and community service. Local chapter programs highlighted included its IMAGES, EMBODI, mental health and economic development seminars, annual scholarships for graduating high school seniors and the Walk for Water international project. Earlier that same month, the San Jose Alumnae Chapter received two awards from the African American Community Service Agency during the organization’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King Luncheon. The chapter was recognized for its contributions to the African American community of San Jose.

Submitted by Libra White, San Jose Alumnae Chapter

Tucson Alumnae Hosts Awards Ceremony The Tucson Alumnae Chapter and members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in Southern Arizona co-hosted its “Women of Spirit Awards” luncheon on April 21. Nominated by their churches, 11 women from Southern Arizona were recognized for their “sweet spirit” and contributions to the growth and development of their places of worship and the community.  Three of the women were awarded the Women of Spirit Award. About 220 guests and sorors were uplifted by the truly inspirational keynote address given by Soror Tracy Aikens, a member of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee and the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. Soror Aikens’ standing ovation was a testament to the importance of her message. The festive afternoon also included a silent auction of several uniquely-themed baskets, the announcement of three 2013 scholarship recipients and the presentation of the TAC Community Impact Award, which is presented to a woman whose selfless work positively reflects the Sorority’s public service program. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will benefit TAC programs and the chapter’s Betty Brown Scholarship. Submitted by Tina L. Johnson, Tucson Alumnae Chapter

Ventura County Hosts “42” Red Carpet Night The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter joined chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from around the country in hosting a red carpet movie event to celebrate the release of “42,” a movie about the life story of baseball great Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the major leagues. More than 200 community members including Delta Academy and GEMS participants helped the chapter sell out the movie on April 12 at the Roxy Stadium 11 movie theater in Camarillo. Guests wore baseball gear and had the opportunity to win baseball-inspired memorabilia, baseball lessons from local pros and other items. The movie ranked No. 1 with more $27 million in sales on the first weekend. Submitted by Soror Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Farwest Regional Journalist 14

Collegiatecorner Iota Kappa Chapter Successful Year The Iota Kappa Chapter had a great year. The chapter’s most successful events was the Crimson and Crème Charity Ball held jointly with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on April 20. This formal event exposed members of the campus community to a formal ball and the proceeds went to support youth sports programs in the city of Tempe. Submitted by Simone Turner, Iota Kappa Chapter

Outstanding Seniors Iota Kappa: LeOndra Bryant, Jasmine Dean, Shauniece High, Azlyn Jeffries and Simone Turner Upsilon: Elizabeth Adabale, 3.2 GPA; Brittnie Marcell, 3.48 GPA; Krystian Wilkerson Kappa Omega: BreYanna Carter and Charlae Harper

Kappa Chapter Turns 92 In the wake of our illustrious Sorority turning 100 during this commemorative year, Kappa Chapter turned 92. During the week of Feb. 18-23, the chapter hosted a series of events to honor the anniversary. The events included a Black History Month Jeopardy game hosted with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Mu Chapter; Black Wednesday campus fellowship; a scavenger hunt to promote physical and mental health. Submitted by Kaycee Hasan, Kappa Chapter

Lambda Tau Has a Busy Year The ladies of Lambda Tau had a very busy, productive semester. On Feb. 11, the chapter began its “Crimson and Crème” week. Some of the workshops offered include a financial fortitude program , a “Love the skin you’re in” forum and a Gospel Fest. The chapter ended the Sorority year with an enactment of the 1963 March on Washington. Submitted by Soror Rayven Williams

Upsilon Chapter: DiSTinguished Gentlemen In April, Upsilon Chapter celebrated black men in their local community with the DiSTinguished Gentlemen event. The event recognized a vast array of men who have excelled in all arenas. They highlighted seven African-American gentlemen who contributed immensely to the betterment of their communities similar to the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust Submitted by Soror LaTiera Zachery


Bakersfield Welcomes New Initiates The Bakersfield Alumnae Chapter and the Omicron Psi Chapter at California State University, Bakersfield welcomed six beautiful ladies into the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Omicron Psi, which was reactivated initiated two new members: Kiah Sherif and Brittney Smith. Bakersfield initiated Brandynett Domino, Renee Taylor, Tammi Fambrough-Veley and Princess Watts. Submitted by Soror Rosalyn Horn, Bakersfield Alumnae Chapter

Historic M.I.T. Xi Lambda ( California State University , Fullerton ), Xi Omega ( University of California , Irvine ) and Cerritos Area Alumnae Chapters (CAAC) made history last fall when all three chapters completed the membership intake process together and initiated 18 beautiful sorors on Dec. 15, 2012. This line consisted of two ladies from Xi Lambda, one from Xi Omega (which reactivated the chapter) and 15 from CAAC. Congratulations Washindi (Xi Lambda), DSTnd1 (Xi Omega), S.U.P.R.E.M.E. 15 (CAAC). Submitted by Soror Anita Jones, Cerritos Area Alumnae Chapter

Elk Grove New Initiates On April 7, 2013, three new members were initiated into the Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter of our illustrious Sorority. Sorors Cindy Shockency, Taleish Daniels and Lorrie Lowry were known as the “100 n 3 Degrees of Distinction,” to reflect the three new members’ initiation during this Centennial Year. Submitted by Soror Latonya Harris, Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter

A.L.O.H.A. Jewels of Hawaii The Hawaii Alumnae Chapter initiated six new members into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ava Williams, Lisa Bellamy, LaShae Harris, Stacey Brown, Angela Iyanobor and Felicia Marable-Williams Submitted by Libra Forde, Hawaii Journalist 16

NEWinitiates Kappa Welcomes New Initiates On Nov. 30, 2012, Kappa Chapter welcomed seven new initiates into our illustrious sisterhood. Their line name was Edewede 7. Their names are Sheranita Mayo, Rebekah Adeyemo, Dominique Collins, Brittany Wyre, Chabree Thompson, Natassija Jordan, and Christine Chilaka. Submitted by Kaycee Hasan, Kappa Chapter

San Francisco Chapter Initiates On Saturday, April 13, 18 dynamic women were initiated into the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The centennial line was named The DSTinctive 18. The new sorors are: Kathy Greene, Rosalyn Reed, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Samlecia Gaye, Deborah Estell, Jessica Rutland, Jasmine Dow, Rachel Russell, Monika Hudson, Anisha Wharton, Ashly Nikkole Davis, Perisha Wallace, Sabrina Johnson, Veda Bartlow, Jonique Green, Demetra Jones Shani Harris-Bagwell and Sadie White Grice. Submitted by Soror Candace Hill Lewis, San Francisco Alumnae Chapter

Upsilon New Initiates Upsilon Chapter at the University of Southern California initiated five new members into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Ibifuro Ogbanga, Nnenna Ezeh, Jazmine Mayfield, Aviance Washington and Knia Frank. Submitted by Soror LaTiera Zachery

Ventura Country and Kappa Omega Welcome New Sorors The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter initiated five new members into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. including four sorors in the reactivated Kappa Omega Chapter at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The new sorors are: Michelle Merriweather (Ventura County) and Kappa Omega members Breyanna Carter, Taja Davis, Charlae Harper and Artisha Thompson. Submitted by Soror ShantĂŠ Morgan-Durisseau, Farwest Regional Journalist 17

Elected Officers Position Regional Director Regional Representative Member, National Nominating Committee Member, National Scholarship & Standards Chair, Regional Nominating Committee Collegiate Member, Regional Nominating Committee Member, Regional Nominating Committee Member, Regional Nominating Committee Member, Regional Nominating Committee

Position Regional Secretary Assistant Secretary Regional Journalist Regional Collegiate Journalist Regional Program Coordinator Regional Program Co-Coordinator Regional Chaplains Council Chair Chaplains Council Co-Chair Regional Membership Intake Coordinator Regional Membership Intake Coordinator Regional Parliamentarian Regional Contracts Advisor State Coordinator State Coordinator State Coordinator State Facilitator State Facilitator State Facilitator


Name Sandra Phillips Johnson Parris Love’ Moore Mary C. Jones, Ed.D. Tracy Aikens Tami V. Bass Brittany Allen Jadrien Allen Cynthia G. Hunter Kimberly M. Usher

Appointed Officers

Name Mary Alyce Smith Aisha K. Childs (SCCC) Shante’ Morgan-Durriseau Tara Ignont Donna L. Smith Rosalyn D. Earl Rev. Denise Elbert Rev. Pamela Elise Davis Eva Goins Simmons Willie B. Smith C. Lynn Carrier Lydia Cincore Templeton, Esq. Gwendolyn Coley Florozeen Gray Wanda Moore Danielle Moore Burton Ashley Lyle Flora L. Williams

Chapter Las Vegas Alumnae Epsilon Nu Citywide Atwater Merced Alumnae Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Las Vegas Alumnae Upsilon Chapter Long Beach Alumnae Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Rolling Hills Palos Verdes

Chapter Las Vegas Alumnae Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae Ventura County Alumnae Lambda Tau Los Angeles Alumnae Elk Grove Alumnae Greater Salt Lake Alumnae Los Angeles Alumnae Las Vegas Alumnae Las Vegas Alumnae Sacramento Alumnae Los Angeles Alumnae Century City Alumnae Las Vegas Alumnae Tucson Alumnae Eta Chi Chapter Omicron Chi Chapter Los Angeles South Bay Alumnae

Farwest Region Journalists Appointed Officers Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Farwest Regional Journalist (Ventura County Alumnae) Tara Ignont, Regional Collegiate Journalist (Lambda Tau Chapter) State Journalists

Alaska Journalist, Pam Brown-McMillan (Alaska Alumnae) Arizona Journalist, Jay Dianne Johnson (Tempe Alumnae) No. California Journalist, LaConnie Taylor-Jones (Contra Costa Alumnae) So. California Journalist, Monica Groves (San Fernando Valley Alumnae) Hawaii Journalist, Libra Forde (Hawaii Alumnae) Japan Journalist, Shatanda Johnson (International-at-Large) Nevada Journalist, Tya R. Mathis (Las Vegas Alumnae) Oregon Journalist, Lesley Unthank (Portland Alumnae) Washington Journalist, Alyce McNeil (Washington Alumnae) ex officio, Amber Celeste Wilton (Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae) and Libra M. White (San Jose Alumnae) lear ty, Inc. is c ri ro o S ta e hanks to Sigma Th e of Delta xternally. T Force g e a d s s n e a m y ll e a th rn sk ensure that shared inte hnology Ta e We strive to nd that our stories are to this issue, the Tec d te u .W te a who contrib d articles te rs e it your h and accura m p b ra u s g who e doing in photo rs ’r d u n te o a p y a ts h s rk c li o e a w all th e journ the good sistance, th s about all w e n e for their as th g rd to sharin look forwa s. communitie are: om.

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OMEGAomega Soror Bettie Jean McDonald Soror Bettie Jean McDonald, respected Anchorage educator, powerhouse singer and former member of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, died in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on April 1. She was 77. Submitted by Sorors P. V. Brown-McMillan and Wanda Wilson, Alaska Alumnae Chapter

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Soror Carolyn Stuckey

It is with profound sadness that we said goodbye to our loving and dedicated Berkeley Bay Alumnae Soror Carolyn Stuckey. She was dedicated to community service and served as president of the Berkeley Bay Area (BBA), advisor to Kappa Chapter, Soror Stuckey’s Memorial and Omega Omega services were held Thursday, March 21, at Allen Temple Baptist Church. By Soror Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Berkeley Bay Area Alumnae, Chapter.

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Spotlight: Tressa Williams Tressa Williams successfully completed the prestigious Leadership Santa Clara program with the city. Leadership Santa Clara is an sought-after program designed to prepare citizens for leadership roles in the community. The course presents skill-building workshops and topical presentation on the many issues influencing life in Santa Clara and the region. Submitted by Soror Libra White

Spotlight: Lakhita Banks Soror Lakhita Banks is one of 10 Anchorage teachers recently honored as a 2013 BP Teacher of Excellence. Soror Banks is an Anchorage middle school social studies and law teacher who inspires her students to learn and achieve by building a positive rapport with each child.

Submitted by Soror P. V. Brown-McMillan, Alaska Alumnae Chapter


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Soror Maybelle Broussard was initiated in 1932 at University of California at Berkeley. She attended UC Berkeley on a scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The scholarship was $25 which covered the entire tuition for one year. When asked why she chose to pledge Delta, her response was “my mother strongly suggested that I choose Delta.” She also remembers Soror Vivian Osborne Marsh, 7th National President, as being in charge and having a “very strong personality.”

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Soror Spotlight: Maybelle Broussard

Spotlight: Phyllis Beech Soror Phyllis Beech, a member of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter is the writer/ producer of a lifetime television movie, “The Courage to Love” a pre-civil war drama. The movie stars Vanessa Williams, Diahann Carroll, Stacy Keach, Gil Bellows, Linda Williams and Eddie Smith. Submitted by Soror Debra Ward, Pasadena Alumnae

Ventura County Celebrates Raye Keene Ventura County Alumnae Chapter member Raphaelia “Raye” Keene received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. The honor was given to Keene and other community leaders who exemplify high dedication to promoting and preserving the economic vitality and safety of the Conejo community. Soror Keene has been quietly volunteering in the community for over 22 years supporting a number of local organizations including: Concerned Black Women of Conejo Valley, NAACP and Ventura County Women’s Forum. Submitted by Kellie Duncan, Ventura County Alumnae Chapter 21 21



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