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SPECIAL EDITION: Greek Yearbook 3

COVER

DECEMBER 2016

YEARBOOK DON’T MISS

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SUCCESS: Mark Dupree

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GOLDEN Sena Brewer

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WEDDINGS The Sanders

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This is our special edition of TWELVE and the third of an annual series called the GREEK YEARBOOK. TWELVE always features the most progressive in KC’s urban community. Many of those happen to be members of KC’s Greek fraternities and sororities. In this issue, you have a comprehensive view into almost twenty area chapters. In addition, this issue also features individuals with inspiring stories or advice. Remember, beyond the digital or print experience, TWELVE is interactive, so get involved and engaged at our live events too.

You also have an opportunity to contribute to the content by writing, submitting story suggestions, and of course, attending our events and more. Contact us today at info@twelvekc.com. Sincerely,

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What’s Different? Read It & Experience it Live Though a lifestyle publication isn’t unique, TWELVE evolves the genre. It’s the only magazine that you both read and live. We set out to create more than a literary piece. We’ve merged both the online world and the live event into the “magazine experience”. Once a month, we release a new issue of the magazine. The release is paired with a live launch event, where the feature elements and characters of our magazine are brought to life for you to touch, taste, feel and experience. The live experience becomes part of gathering ground of additional stories, photos, and more for the final written magazine.


SPECIAL THANKS To all of our writers, designers, planners, contributors, advertisers & supporters.

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Roland Martin & Some of Kansas City’s NPHC Greek Officers

OFFICERS PICTURED: [standing l.to r.] Kelly Loeb, AKA, URO Monica Thomas, AKA, XTO Amber Sellers, SGR, DES Kermit Ervin, OPP, BO Roland Martin, AFA Ardie Bland, AFA, BL Damon Roath, AFA, BL Sylvester Pearl, OPP, BO Zakhari Snow, AFA, DR [seated l.to r.] Jacqueline Dillard, DST, LE Penny Rice, AKA, XTO Keandra Johnson, ZPB, OIZ Tiffany Williams, DST, LE Diann West, AKA, URO Samara Molix, SGR, PS Tracy Owens, AKA, NPHC Photo By: Raye Jackson

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Divine 9 Holiday Affair 2

Thanks for joining us for another edition of the GREEK YEARBOOK. In case you missed the official release event, the D9HA at the Uptown, let’s start the issue with a pictorial review of the fun, entertainment and presentations. Thanks for attending and spreading the Greek love!

Pete Person in the 1st Ever All Greek D9 Band

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December 5, 2015 2nd Annual D9HA Uptown Theater KCMO

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December 5, 2015 2nd Annual D9HA Uptown Theater KCMO

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Alpha Phi Alpha Frat., Inc., Beta Lambda Chapter presents the 3rd A Debonair Affair program. It provides mentoring programs and educational awards for boys 7-12 years old. Pictured here are youth following the essay presentation. The program culminates with a Grand Finale, tux and gown ball, Nov. 19th. See kcalphas.com

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Congratulations to Mark Dupree. Story continues on the next page.

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MARK DUPREE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELECT “If it matters to you, you will find a way, if it doesn’t, you will find an excuse.” – Author Unknown-

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ark Anthony Dupree, Sr. was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He is the youngest of five siblings, and is the son of Pastors Alvin and Linda Dupree, Sr.

Mr. Dupree is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a minor in Leadership Studies. Mr. Dupree graduated from Washburn University School of Law, and while at both universities, he was extremely active functioning in various leadership roles. Mr. Dupree has practiced in a diversity of legal capacities. He clerked in Jackson County, Missouri, served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County, served as an Assistant Public Defender in Johnson County Public Defender’s Office, and currently he and his wife practice in their own firm, Dupree and Dupree, LLC – Attorneys at Law. Attorney Dupree’s goal is to give back what was sowed into him. He does this by speaking at churches and schools inspiring and educating students and others to realize their greatest potential. Mr. Dupree has hosted various “Legal Shadow Day” experiences, sponsored a free month-long legal clinic, and hosted “Cut’s and Confidence” providing ½ price haircuts to students in the Wyandotte County area. Mr. Dupree is an active member in the community. He is a Governor on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors, serves on the Kansas Legal Services Board of Directors, is a Committee Chairperson for the Wyandotte County Bar Association, is an Executive Board Member on the Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Courts, a board member of Young Women on the Move, a board member on the Johnson County Bar Association, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mark Dupree recently won his primary election, and is the District Attorney Elect of Wyandotte County, the 4th largest county in Kansas. He will be sworn into office in January 2017. District Attorney Elect Dupree is the first elected African-American District Attorney in the state of Kansas. He is focused on working with the community to make Wyandotte County safer. Mr. Dupree is married to his law school sweetheart and law partner, Attorney Shanelle Dupree, and they have four beautiful and active children.

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Ralph Caro receiving 50-yr pin from Dr. Bertram Caruthers, Jr.

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ALSO CELEBBRATING 50YR

KC ALPHA | 1966 50-YEAR MEMBERS Ralph M. Caro, Jr. Upsilon 5.20.1966 Everett J. Curry Alpha Eta 7.15.1966 Loyal Denton Epsilon Psi 12.12.1966 Burnele V. Powell Delta Rho 6.23.1966

Georgia (Ford) Berry

Dr. Charles A. Smith Alpha Psi 11.1.1966

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kansas City Kansas Alumnae Chapter With 40 line sisters, she crossed the Burning Sands December 10, 1966.

HISTORIC 50-YEAR PINNING CELEBRATION Saturday, June 11, at Central High School. Beta Lambda hosted an unprecedented 50-year and 60-year Alpha Pin Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thirty Alpha men received their pins. We’re not aware of any larger 50-year pinning celebration in Alpha. The event included food, song and fellowship and a special recognition, by video from the General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Bro. Mark Tillman. 17

Initiation Chapter: Beta Upsilon Langston University Langston, Oklahoma

Gussia Butler

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Omega Chapter Speaking of milestones: In addition to 50 years in AKA Mrs. Butler also celebrated her 100th birthday this year, on September 24th.


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ena Lee Watkins Brewer was born on December 3, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, the first of three children born to the late Joshua “Doc” Watkins, a dental technician, and his wife, Alfreda Mitchell Watkins, a homemaker. Sena completed her early education in the Chicago Public Schools, graduating from Esmond Elementary School in June, 1961, and Morgan Park High School in January, 1965, right after her seventeenth birthday. Sena was always an excellent student, excelling in English, Reading, and Foreign Languages. She also served as her grade school’s piano accompanist for several years. Sena continued her education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, majoring in General Studies. Here she met Gerald Stewart Brewer, Sr., whom she married in 1967 after a year at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, where she made the Dean’s List. Sena and Gerald moved to Columbia, South Carolina where Gerald was a First Lieutenant in the Air Force. Sena earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina in 1969. She completed her Master of Arts Degree at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas in May, 1996. Sena taught high school and junior high school English for three and one-half years until her twin boys, Gerald, Jr. and Stephen were born on April 24, 1973. She stayed at home with her children until they entered school. At this time Sena made a career change, becoming a social services representative for several agencies, always enjoying working with the elderly, poor, and disabled. After moving to the Kansas City area in 1977, Sena continued her work in social services, and worked for the Parents as Teachers Program in the Kansas City School District for nine years. She worked as a residential staff and was promoted to case manager for the physically and developmentally disabled at Johnson County Developmental Supports, where she worked for nearly twenty years until her retirement in December, 2009. Wanting to remain an active, participating member of society as long as she could, Sena continued to work part-time as a teacher for the Another Day, Inc. and LINC Programs. She also was a supervisor for the Kansas LIEAP program, and continues to work when she can with disabled residents at The Center for Developmental Disabilities. 19

Sena also continues to be very active in the community. She has been a member of Bethel A.M.E Church since 1977, where she has served in many capacities, which include the Steward Board, Health Commission, secretary of the Ushers of Faith, treasurer and president of the Parsonage Club, PME Director and secretary of the Kitty E. Raynor Women’s Missionary Society, secretary of the Trustee Board, Sunday School teacher, choir and Praise Dance Team member, and as a member of the Not-for-Profit Foundation, Lay Committee, Community 2000, and 21st. Century Clubs. Sena is a member of the NAACP, and has also been a member of the Mother of Twins Club and Jack and Jill of America, where she served as Vice-President for two terms and secretary. Sena is a past member of the Board of Directors of Cedar House, Inc. residential facility in Olathe, Kansas, where she served as secretary for more than three years. She has also served on the Racial Justice Committee of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, volunteered at Connections to Success, and served as secretary of her Book Club. Sena was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Beta Chapter, in February, 1966 at Southern Illinois University, making her a Golden Life Member. She was a charter member and the first president of Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter in Overland Park, Kansas. In addition she served on the Safehome, Tutorial Reading, Audit, Archives, and Budget Committees. She became a member of Beta Omega Chapter, Kansas City, Missouri in 2006, where she has served on the Connections, Global Poverty, Debutante Ball, Archives, Founders’ Day and Audit Committees and was Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Standards and Nominating Committees. She is a Life Member and she has served as a delegate at several regional and national conventions. In what little spare time she has, Sena enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, attending Royals baseball games, theater, and spending time with her twin boys, who have graduated from college, married, and started careers of their own. Her two grandchildren, Gerald Brewer III and Braden Brewer, are her pride and joy. A single parent since 1981, Ms. Brewer credits her children and grandchildren as being her greatest accomplishments and reasons for living. She has also obtained great satisfaction in serving her church and others who were less fortunate than she was. To God Be the Glory!


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Educational Enrichment Health Promotion Family Strengthening Environmental Ownership Global Impact

Mu Omega expanded its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which included International Community Impact Days and their signature enrichment program, ASCEND Youth Enrichment Program℠. Ingrid Hubbard is the President of Mu Omega. Barbara Anne Washington, Esq., is Vice President & Program Chairman.

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Mu Omega Chapter The AKA 1908 Playground Project at Kiddie Kollege falls under the Environmental Ownership target aimed to implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in undeserved communities. “Pink Goes Red”, as Mu Omega members exercise their hearts with Lonnie Bush fitness. This program falls under Health Promotions where the sorority continues its efforts to bring awareness to the community about illnesses and diseases which directly affect African Americans. Mu Omega members performed a day of service at Central Avenue of Hope feeding the hungry. This program comes under Community Impact Day where more than 980 chapters performed a day of community service simultaneously throughout the world. AKA Day at the Capitol. Mu Omega members spent a day at the Kansas Capitol watching and participating in government actions.


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Diann G. West, President, Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter Chartered on June 7, 1997 in Overland Park, Kansas, Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter provides uplifting, remarkable and outstanding service to all mankind. As Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter takes up the national campaign, “Launching New Dimensions of Service” to mankind, we provide services to the community, and as far as Africa, through our partnership with Africare.

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2016 Highlights Upsilon Rho Omega Supports the American Heart Association, Red Ball, 2016. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter sponsors “Just a Friend Away”, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Greater Kansas City Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. We celebrate and honor the Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter celebrates scholars in the Greater Kansas City area with scholarships totaling $2000. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter partners with Samaritan’s Purse by supporting Operation Christmas Child, the largest Christmas Outreach in the World. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter donated 22 shoeboxes filled with gifts to bring a Smiles, Hope, and Joy to the children across the world.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Xi Tau Omega Chapter based out of Grandview, Missouri was chartered by 34 energetic college educated women on July 16, 1983 into the "Magnificent" Mid-Western Region. Our theme in conjunction with that of our International Program platform “Launching New Dimensions of Service” is “Showing UP For Sisterhood & Service”. This year we were recognized with nine awards for outstanding service in several categories at our 86th Mid -Western Regional Conference in Wichita, Kansas. Through the years, the chapter has tailored unique community service activities and signature events to uplift the Kansas City metropolitan area. We are proud to highlight those signature programs. Little Miss AKA Pageant: Since 1991, Little Miss AKA has provided a memorable pageant experience for young girls in the 4th and 5th grades. It is a 10-12 week program that’s main goal is to prepare each little girl for becoming a contributing member of society. This year we celebrated a milestone 25th Anniversary of the Little Miss AKA pageant by featuring 22 poised and talented young ladies. Taste of Art: Started in 2007, specifically highlights and shares the talents, works, entrepreneurial and achievements of the women in our community. This event offers a taste of art in the form of music, photography, artwork, song, dance, crafts, painting, sculpting, and other forms that exhibit the expression of our women. This year we presented our first “Black Girls Rock” award. Educational Enrichment Scholarships: Each year we uplift and invest in our youth by awarding qualified candidates with scholarships. The Janice L. Perkins Scholarship is awarded to students attending the University of Central Missouri, and our Frenchye Taylor Scholarship is awarded to a student 27

attending HBCU Lincoln University. Our High Scholastic scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors attending a 4year college or University. In all a total of $4750 in scholarships were awarded. We look forward to serving the community in 2017, as we continue to Launch New Dimensions of Service & Sisterhood. Rhonda Harris, President, Monica Thomas, 1st Vice President, and Tiffany Ford, 2nd Vice President.

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AKA FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION QUDOS Welcome to new Sorors in attending, Beta Omega Dec 20, 2015 Initiates. Xandria Andrews Dana Jackson Candy Johnson Ieshia McDonald Tracie Nash Jennifer Pegues Jahna Riley Ruth Terrell India Thornton Jessika Williams Sheila Williamson

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BUY BLACK. BUY GREEK Accounting

Cynthia Bradford Lewis Bradford Accounting Services, Inc Accounting cbradford55@gmail.com Marquita Miller Five Star Tax & Business Solutions Accounting info@fstkc.com fivestartaxkc.com

Apparel

Candice Bondon Created By Cocoa Butterfly Apparel & Accessories candice.bondon@gmail.com candicebondon.com

James Daniels Daniels Law Firm Attorney jdaniels.danielslawfirm@gmail.com kansascitymopersonalinjury.com Herb Hardwick Hardwick Law Firm, LLC Attorney hhardwick@hardwicklaw.com hardwicklaw.com Tiffany Hogan Hogan Law, LLC Attorney tiffany@thoganlaw.com thoganlaw.com

(L. to R.) Herb Hardwick - Hardwick Law Firm, LLC; Sherry Lumpkins - Blue Symphony Penny Rice Empowerment Organization for Change; Stacy Yeager-Huddleston, PHD - Mary Kay; Melina Johnson SJC Financial Solutions; Jayron Robinson - Northwestern Mutual Attorney

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Donald Maxwell Donald E. Maxwell LLC Attorney dmaxwell@donmaxwelllaw.com Dorothy McClendon The Savory Law Firm, LLC Attorney savd@savorylawfirm.com

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Marcus McLaughlin McLauglin Law Firm Attorney mclaughlin4you@gmail.com macforjustice.com

Blueesscentscandleco@gmail.com blueesscentscandleco.com

Career

Stacy Shaw Stacy Shaw Law Attorney stacy@stacyshawlaw.com

Greg Ikner The AGA Group Career Services info@agasolutionsgroup.com www.agasolutionsgroup.com

Meredyth Vick Vick Law Firm LLC Attorney mvick@vicklawfirm.com vicklawfirm.com

Lakeesha Scott Elite Staffing Career Services Lakeesha@elitestaffingbusiness.com

Barbara Washington Washington Law Firm, LLC Attorney beedub1967@msn.com Drichard White MoKan Personal Injury Group Attorney drichard@gcpmarketing.com mokaninjurygroup.com Author

Xandria Andrews Honey Sweet Bakery Catering xandriabakes@gmail.com

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Julee Jonez Julee Jonez Author juleejonezspeaks@gmail.com

Auto Sales

Hosea Haywood III Computerized Auto Search Auto Sales computerizedautosearch@hotmail.com computerizedautosearch.com Toriana Saddler Blue Esscents Candle Co. Candles

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Karen Boyd Patisserie Patrice Catering kpboyd5056@sbcglobal.net Anthony Dixon Seasons Classic Catering Services, LLC Catering seasonsclassiccatering@gmail.com seasonsclassiccatering.com

Leonard Le'Doux WordSexy Publications Author leonardledoux@ymail.com redsnapper.com A'Yanna Webster Winning Within & Associates, LLC Author info@ayannawebster.com ayannawebster.com

Kenneth Cheadle KC Coaching Career Services kenneth.cheadle@gmail.com kennethcheadle.com

Aaron Scroggins Addiction Catering Services Catering addictionfoodgroup@gmail.com

Chiropractor

Shelley Lowman - Hooks Lifestyle Chiropractic & Wellness Center Chiropractor Drshellhooks@gmail.com lifestylechiropracticcrossroads.com

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BUSINESS

BUY BLACK. BUY GREEK. Consultant

Phyllis Harris Pathfinders Professional Development LLC consulting PathfindersPD@gmail.com pathfinderspd.com Terry Riley Transformation Consultants, Inc. Consulting terry.riley1@yahoo.com

Counseling

Esthetician

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Danielle Henderson A Special Occasion, LLC Event Planner info@anoccasion.net anoccasion.net Kaleena James Kater Solutions Event Planner leenacole@gmail.com

Stacy Yeager-Huddleston Abundant Life Business Consulting counseling stacyeager@yahoo.com drstacyyeager.com

Daycare

DJ

Randy Hall DJ DanceHall DJ info@djdancehall.com djdancehall.com Ben Richardson Ben Rich Pro DJ benrichphoto@gmail.com benrichpro.com Sha-Ron Turner DJ Diamond Diva Djdiamonddiva.com

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Christina Jenkins B. Weddings and Events Event Planner bweddingsandevents@yahoo.com bweddingsandevents.com

Kimberlyn Jones Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre Dance kjones1137@sbcglobal.net kcmetrodance.org Valerie Hall Hall's Loving & Learning Child Care Daycare vrhall50@yahoo.com

DeMarkus Coleman KCSneakfest Event Planner demarkus.e.coleman@gmail.com Ramona Davis R.E. Davis & Co. Event Planner rdavis_dhoc@yahoo.com

Gwendolyn Burke Burke Counseling counseling gdgpb@yahoo.com burkecounseling.com Jerald Payne Payne, Hogan & Associates counseling phaatherapy@gmail.com

Dance

Maggie Townsend Face Forward Imaging, LLC Esthetician maggie@faceforwardimaging.com styleseat.com/maggiet

Janice Lambert KTK Just For You Events Event Planner ktkjustforyou@gmail.com Fashion

Denesha Snell KC Sporting Event LLC Event planner dfsnell76@gmail.com kcsportingevents.com Kondra Gibson-Dingle My Diva Boutique Fashion info@mydivaboutique.com mydivaboutique.com Teresa Narayan Dalmia's World Boutique Fashion dalmiasworldboutique@gmail.com dalmiasworldboutique.com


Kimberly Turner The Nines Luxury Fashion ksturner1908@gmail.com theninesluxury.com Renita Shelton Be Noticed by Renita Fashion/Greek Apparel alwaysbenoticed@gmail.com Financial

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Ben Boyd HD Vest Financial Services Financial Services boydb@hdvest.net myhdvest.com/benfboydjr Melina Johnson SJC Financial Solutions Financial Services Melina_johnson@yahoo.com yourtaxremedy.com

Trevor Wells Dirty 30 Bootcamp Fitness Fitness Dirty30bootcamp@gmail.com advocare.com/150561913

Food

Jayron Robinson Northwestern Mutual Financial Services jayronrobinson.nm.com Fitness

John Tolbert Popcorn Heaven Food jmarktolbert@gmail.com

Durias Henry Mr. Korporate Fitness Fitness mrkorporatefitness@gmail.com Nick Johnson Triple Threat Sports and Fitness KC Fitness t3sportskc@gmail.com

Sandy DuPree Pimped OUT Pickles KC Food/pickles Pimpedoutpickleskc@gmail.com

Gifts

Michael Patton Mikes Main Event Fitness mike1924@earthlink.net mikesmaineventpc.com Corey Phillips Trilogy Sports & Fitness, Inc. Fitness trilogyfit@gmail.com trilogyexplosion.com

Dawn Rattan EverFit Fitness

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Jayson Strickland Sno Cool Shaved Ice Treats Food strick3x3@gmail.com

Shanese Shields Klazzy Kre8tions Gifts klazzykre8tions@hotmail.com klazzykre8tions.com Marques Bussey Messenger Ink Graphic Design DREAM@MESSENGERINK.COM messengerink.com

Graphics

Marcus Gladdis MDG Graphics Graphic Design mdggraphic@gmail.com mdggraphics.com

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BUSINESS

BUY BLACK. BUY GREEK Graphics

Klassic Transformations Hair sharmelle9@gmail.com klassictransformations.com

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Christopher Madden Maddnart Graphic Design MRMADDNART@GMAIL.COM buymaddnart.com Casie Murff Creative Minds Illustrations, LLC Graphic Design cmurff@cmindsllc.com

Insurance

Rick Leathers Rick Leathers State Farm Agency Insurance Rick.leathers.Dr2E@statefarm.com agentrickleathers.com

Phyllis Whiteside Parker Parker Design Graphic Design phyllisart@yahoo.com

Hair

Armond Peghee Premium Insurance Agency Group Insurance agent@premiuminsgroup.com

LaNee Bridewell Slay by Nay Hair LaNee@oneparentwonder.com styleseat.com/m/book/v/slaybynay

Keith Powell Keith Powell Agency Inc.-American Family Insurance

Carissa Cheadle The Virtuoso Studio Hair virtuousathena@gmail.com styleseat.com/thevirtuosostudio

Wesley Smith Wesley K. Smith Insurance Insurance wes@wesleyksmith.com wesleyksmith.com

Talishia Robins Coily Coiff, LLC Hair Products coilycoiffinfo@coilycoiff.com CoilyCoiff.com Lusette Walker Luse Hairs Hair lusehairs@gmail.com lusehairs.com Kelly Walton-Boyd Salon Red Hair Ustylyn2@aol.com

Brett Wyatt Brett Wyatt Insurance Agency Insurance wyattmanagement@kc.rr.com brettwyattinsurance.com/

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Ray Edgerson RBE Insurance Insurance edgersonins@sbcglobal.net

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Lori Butler Drake Anthony Jewelry info@drakeanthony.com drakeanthony.com Chris Goode Ruby Jean's Juicery Juicery info@rubyjeansjuicery.com rubyjeansjuicery.com Johnny Wilson Club Rain Lounge johnnielwilson@yahoo.com


Stacy Yeager-Huddleston Mary Kay makeup syhuddleston@marykay.com maryky.com/syhuddleston

Marketing

Ed Atkins Vivid Creative Services Marketing Services edatkins2@gmail.com govividteam.com

Louis Byrd Mellie Blue Branding Marketing Services byrd.louis@gmail.com mellieblue.com

Ken Lumpkins H.G.E. Marketing LLC Marketing Services kendl@hgekc.com

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Promotions

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Pet Sitting

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Summor White Sitting Comfortably Pet Care Pet Sitting PetSitting@petsittingkc.com petsittingkc.com Steven Clines Steven Clines Photography Photography slc49230@gmail.com Jessikha Williams Iconic Visuals Photography Iconjaiwill@gmail.com Shantelle Tomlin Tomlin Academy Early Childhood Center

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Chris Evans T-Shirt King Printing chris@kingpromo.com kingpromo.com James McGee Black Vine Records Promotions blackvineenterprises@gmail.com blackvineworldwide.com Stanley Taylor Stan Da Man Productions Promotions standaman1914@gmail.com

Jason Parson Parson & Associates Marketing Services jason@parsonkc.com Asa Barnes Asa Music & Entertainment Music asabarnes06@gmail.com

Preschool mstomlinacademy@gmail.com tomlinacademy.org/

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DC Collins DECO Group Real Estate deco@decogroupkc.com Vewiser Dixon Real Estate vewiser@yahoo.com Bilal Hazziez Premier Homes & Investments Real Estate bilal@premierhomesinvest.com PremierHomesInvest.com Robert L. Hughes, Jr. Hughes Development Co., Inc. / Universal Management, Inc. Real Estate rhughes@umikc.com umikc.com

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Omega Danielle Sidney

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Jabir Hazziez Principle Intelligence Security jabir.hazziez@gmail.com

Weddings

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. KCMO Alumnae D'Onica Hodgkin Pat Jones Johnnie Terry-Flemming Evelyn Hedge

Brian Butner NPB Companies, Inc. Security contact@npbcompanies.com npbcompanies.com

Speaker

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Angela Brown Empowering Actions Speaker empoweringactions@gmail.com empoweringactions.com Josie Terry JR's Bookkeeping Accounting & Tax Service Tax terryjosie67@gmail.com Marquetta Glass Travel mglasses7@sbcglobal.net Duane Joseph MaranthaEd Tutor djosephsr@maranathaed.com maranathaed.com

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Real Estate

Harrel Johnson Reece Nichols Real Estate Harrel@ReeceNichols.com harrel.reecenichols.com Malcolm Malone Integrated Renovations Real Estate malcolm@mamalone.com integratedrenovations.com

Restaurant

Kimberly Scoggin-Bush Wing Busters Restaurant kimscoggin@yahoo.com wingbuster.com

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Sam West Chic-Fil-et Restaurant swest@firstfidelityks.com

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TIPS “You have to trust the process.. Set realistic expectations. Set personal goals.” Trevor Wells “Always plan your workouts before hitting the gym so that you are not walking around aimlessly. Do the same with your meal prep; know what calories and macros you need daily and drink plenty at least a gallon of water. Contact a trainer if needed.” Ke'Lan Mitchell: MitchellFHIT

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Sylvester H. Pearl III & Trocelia Rana Pearl Wed April 3, 2016. Sylvester H. Pearl III Omega Psi Phi Frat. Inc., initiated at the Epsilon Delta Chapter of University of MissouriColumbia in Fall 1992. Currently VP of Beta Omega Chapter KCMO

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Chapter Initiated: Beta Alpha Current Chapter : Beta Omega Initiation School Florida A&M University Ship Name: Renaissance of Mystified Elegance (ROME) Current City: Overland Park How's it feel to reach this milestone year? A great achievement! Looking forward to serving mankind for another 25 years. 49


SALUTE

Frenchette Anderson Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Alpha Epsilon Zeta Chapter

Marquetta Broome Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.. Eta Zeta Zeta Chapter

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25 YEARS

Shanta Bailey Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Xi Tau Omega Chapter

Pastor Darron Edwards Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pi Omicron Chapter


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Herb Hardwick Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Lambda Chapter

Tracy Owens Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter

Dr. Sequita Richardson Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Boule/ Rho Alpha Charter

Gena Williams Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Beta Alpha/Beta Omega Chapter


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Since 1991 Toyiah Cavole, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Initiated: Psi Chapter University of KS Thelma Crawford, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Beta Omega Chapter Initiated: Gamma Omega St. Louis, Missouri June 2, 1991 Duane Joseph, Sigma Phi Beta Sigma Frat., Inc. Initiated: Nu Alpha Nicholls State University Ship: Line of Destruction Rev. Dana Patterson Nelson Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Initiated: Alpha Pi ChapterClark Atlanta University Line: 36 Peridots of Perfection #2; Lupita 11/24/1991 Active as General Member Ozanna Obasi Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Beta Omega Chapter Initiated: Beta Omega Kansas City, Missouri

chants and even songs that help mold their conviction to being able to overcome anything. Rorick Rhodes faced some challenges. Learn from his story.

Rorick Rhodes Fighting Cancer 1. Where did you cross? I crossed 2-3-91. S.S. Genesis, Zeta Gamma Chapter CMSU (University of Central Missouri) 2. What’s your profession? Wine & Spirits Sales Rep 3. So what’s the health battle you faced? I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia 2-23-16. What got me through my diagnosis was my faith! I had a lot prayers from family & friends. I some dark moments but I kept a positive attitude & accepted my diagnosis. I trust the Lord & when you do that man, you just gain this assurance that says, “You ‘re gonna be alright! I was placed in remission 7-23-16! Thank God!

4. Any advice for those facing challenges? Advice I will pass along is life is going to throw you some curve balls. You and only you will determine what you’re going to do about! There are the 3- F's of life! Freeze-"do nothing " Flight-" Run from your problems" or Fight-" Take on the challenge ".... I fought! I won!

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS KC QUES, KC Deltas, Hot 103 Jamz, and the American Red Cross participated in the 2016 Charles Drew Blood Drive KC QUES, KC AKAs supported the 2016 American Breast Cancer "Making Strides of Kansas City" Walk Beta Omega - Adopt a street cleanup

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Eight Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter Members Celebrate 50 and 10-Year- Milestones Eight members of the Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate milestones during this sorority year. Soror Georgia Berry celebrates 50 years in the sorority. Sorors Yolanda Bryson (current Chapter President), Arletta Gray, Krystal Jolly, Sharon Moore, Donna Rue, Shanike Williams and Erica Wills celebrate 10 years of membership. The Chapter recently celebrated its 47th anniversary on Nov. 1, 2016. The Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter was charted on Nov. 1, 1969 with 21 charter members; Soror Grace Bowlin was the Chapter’s first president. The Chapter will host the Central Region conference in 2018 during its 48 th year.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS ALUMNAE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. PO BOX 12663 Kansas City, KS 66112 www.dstkcks.org

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Awards and Recognitions Jacqueline A. Dillard was elected as the Central Regional Director Tiffany Williams won the Collegiate Advisor of the Year Award Lisa Hardwick won the Soror of the Year Award KCMO Alumnae Chapter won the Collegiate Transition Award 2016 Highlights Chapter again participated in the Susan G Komen Race For the Cure Continues to expose elementary school kids to the Arts through our Arts in the School Initiative Hosted our first Founders Day in our new home, The Delta Athenaeum (visit www.deedkcmo.org for more information regarding the Delta Athenaeum). Hosted the national Delta Authors on Tour event Assisted the Black Healthcare Coalition with their Baby Shower event Attended multiple high schools where we were able to register eligible high school students to vote Awarded over $52,000 in scholarships funds in 2016 through our Cotillion Program

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Members with New Babies Astra Garner- baby girl Whitney Davis- baby boy Laquisha Ross- baby boy Weddings Nicole Bohannon D'Onica Hodgkin Lovelace Pat Jones Johnnie Terry-Flemming Tanya Smith Evelyn Hedge

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ROLAND MARTIN GREEKS: POWER IN NUMBERS

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f you look at all Black organizations in America, [the divine nine] probably has the most sophisticated infrastructure—that is both horizontal and vertical— but I firmly believe we’re not even close to maximizing our potential.”

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DJ Diamond Diva Sha-Ron Turner, a.k.a. DJ Diamond Diva has become one of the best and most requested DJs in KC.

She’s an accomplished professional, even beyond music. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse . Sha-Ron has also been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. since Fall 2004.

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Sha-Ron plans to be a worldwide figure. "I don't want people to just say I'm one of the best female DJs they've heard, I want to be known as the best DJ period.�


Roland Martin Tells the Greeks THERE’S POWER IN NUMBERS

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tand Up. Pat yourself on the back. You’re Greek and proud of it, and rightly so. We represent some of the best and brightest, among any. Yet, with all of our intellect, education and platform on social justice, we’ve still failed to harness our full strength to create the change needed today. Roland Martin, national anchor and correspondent with the NewsOne network, came to town for the “Not In My City” symposium hosted by Pastor Darron Edwards and United Believers Church. His visit to KC included a stop by TWELVE Magazine’s Winning Ways networking event, on October 6th, featuring KC’s Black organizations. He shared some thoughts with Black organization leaders and Black Greek Letter Organizations present. “I’ve said this around the country. The Divine Nine probably has, if you look at all Black organization in America, probably has the most sophisticated infrastructure—that is both horizontal and vertical—but I firmly believe we’re not even close to maximizing our potential,” says Martin. Martin believes Greeks could use their influence to change lives on a large scale. He cites the instance in 2012 when Ohio implemented new laws, commonly classified as voter suppression, such as limiting early voting, to changing polling times and more. To combat the law, the state needed 300,000 signatures to get a referendum put on the ballot, to combat the legislation. When asked at the time, says Roland, Black leaders said they were short of that count because no one knew about it. “There are 120 Divine 9 chapters alone in Ohio. Why are we not sending our members out in colors to do that?” That illustrates the massive reach and impact we have if we execute. 71

The idea of “mass” can be applied to education too. “A mentoring program helping 10,15, 20 kids, is small potatoes. How are we impacting a large number of Black kids?,” challenges Martin. “Imagine if the largest five organizations, if they said ‘in five years, we’ll open 50 charter schools across the country’, that’s 250 schools in the country. If each school has 500 kids, that’s thinking big.” Acting on critical issues of today are necessary. “There are too many Issues where our organizations are silent, says Martin, speaking on the violence and police brutality in the community. “We get so caught up in our internal business. We literally have to reassess why we’re here.” “We have to be leveraging our power. We’re allowing our power to reside silently. Heinous crime, poverty, need members of the Divine Nine show up in their colors and say we oppose this. Why are we are walking around throwing up our signs and colors if we are not using our power?” To further illustrate how our power can be used, Martin give an example by addressing violent music. “Imagine if every fraternity and sorority said we’re tired of a certain music. We’re going to elevate Black consciousness. Once a week buy this song. In Martin’s example, we’re able to use our influence to impact dollars and influence content. “No other organization has that level of influence. So, how are we taking this power we have and change our community?” Martin declares If we exert our true influence, we could change the world. What’s next then? The change happens by not knowing what to do. As Martin closes, “The question is, do we have the courage?”


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ROLL CALL! Sound Off! Shanta Bailey, AKA 25yr, S.S. New Beginnings

It feels amazing to reach being a Silver Star. I look forward to continued service through AKA Ebony McNulty, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions

Rewarding to serve and develop sisterhood Andrea Jackson, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions Tanika Bullock, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions

I love my DST! Howard Berry, Alpha. 25yr

Joining Alpha has been a great inspiration to me. Now it is ONWARD AND UPWARD to the next 25 years! Paul Anderson, Sigma 2016 | 1st Year S.S. Invictus

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LaMar K. Anderson Avery C. Cannon, Sr. Mark A. Moore, Jr. Clarence W. Powell Aaron R. Scroggins

Gena Williams, AKA Renaissance of Mystified Elegance (ROME) Florida A&M University

A great achievement! Looking forward to serving mankind for another 25 years. Pastor Darron Edwards, Alpha Pi Omicron, Texas A&M Line: Seven Wise Men: Spirit of Knowledge, Fear of the Lord

Feels Great! God is good!! Keith Jones, Sigma 2016 | 1st Year Dana Grissom, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions

10 years in DST has been a journey of commitment, growth, sacrifice, love and sisterhood. Tiffany McElroy, Delta 10yr, D.S. 36 Dimensions

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Cameron P. Cooper Anthony Draper Nosakhare J. Eke Seth M. Fisher Dariyan J. Springfield Corey M. Tucker

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2016 HIGHLIGHTS Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity participated in the Greater Kansas City March Of Dimes Sigmas worked on a revitalization project at the Elementary School of George Washington Carver in Neosho MO. Brothers came out to support Benjamin Banneker Elementary first day back to school.

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Lance Wesson ( ) and wife, Lauren Wesson Married: Feb 14, 2016

Nicole Bohannon ( ) and husband, Harold. Married: Nov 12, 2016

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Keandra Johnson President

Local Organization Facts 2nd Cancer Walk- participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Kansas City where we joined 12,000 walkers and helped raise $325,000 in the local area. Our chapter raised over $1,300. Home to a member awarded Teacher of the Year at the Santa Fe Elementary School in the Hickman Mills School District. The teachers were nominated from each building in the district. – Morgan Sydnor Home to a member selected as a finalist for Smithfield Foods’ first ever ROI Award where candidates (domestic and international) were selected from nearly 200 submissions – Melissa Walton-Jones Held 1st Education Matters Campaign with local schools in the Kansas City area

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2016 Key Happenings Elder Care Adopt-A-Highway – Missouri Department of Transportation Feed the Homeless

OMEGA IOTA ZETA Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 4741 Central Street, Suite 146 Kansas City, MO 64112 eVoice 816.336.ZETA I eFax 816.817.0581 eMail info@zpb1920oiz.org I www.zpb1920oiz.org

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advice, encouragement and congratulations. Ms. Campos was then presented with a scholarship check in the amount of $1000.00. Awarded in the name of Kansas City Freedom School founder and Cultured Pearl, the Carolyn A. Booker scholarship is awarded each

the Muriel Kaufman Foundation in her honor. On May 24, 2008 the Kansas City Freedom School held a Carolyn Booker Day. Soror Booker retired from the Kansas City Missouri public school district in 1996. She subsequently retired from the Kansas City Freedom school in

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Psi Sigma chapter (Kansas City, Missouri) and the Sigma Salutes Foundation 501c3 awarded the third annual Carolyn A. Booker Scholarship. The winner of the 2016 scholarship is Sally Campos of Sumner Academy in Kansas City, KS. Ms. Campos excelled academically earning a 4.2 G.P.A. and was involved in several student organizations including. She will attend University of Missouri Kansas City in the fall and plans to major in Criminal Justice. Along with her mother and sister, Ms. Campos, attended an awards ceremony hosted by the foundation’s Scholarship Committee. 2015 scholarship recipient, Victoria Wilson, offered words of

year to a deserving high school student residing in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Soror Carolyn A. Booker (deceased) played an integral role in the development of the Freedom School initiative in the Kansas City area. In 1995, under Soror Booker’s leadership, the first Kansas City Freedom School was established at the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. During her tenure with the Kansas City Freedom school she received many accolades. On May 23, 2005, she received the Kansas City Freedom School Initiative Pioneer Award celebrating the naming of the Carolyn Booker Skill Development Institute at

2010. The scholarship is named after Soror Carolyn A. Booker (deceased) in memory of her tireless work as a lifelong educator in the Kansas City community. Students who exemplify high scholastic achievement, student involvement, and community service are encouraged to apply in January of each year. It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service. 94


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DELTA SIGMA THETA Ernestine Davis Inez Kaiser (KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)

Brother Thurman H. Garrett 1960 initiate of Gamma Chi Chapter Pittsburg, KS

Clarice Strawn (KCMO Alumnae Charter Member)

Brother Mike Law Former president Pi Omicron Lambda Chapter Leavenworth, KS

AKA Vivian Wynn Bassa – April 12, 2016

Bro. Arnel "Spanky" Monroe Zeta Gamma UCM

Mary Jean Booth Dodd – April 23, 2016

Brother Dr. Thomas Pawley National Historian Emeritus Past Midwestern Regional Vice President Lincoln University Professor

Julia Hicks Hill – August 11, 2016 Inez Kaiser

ALPHA PHI ALPHA Dr. Les Becker Initiated in 1941 Eta Chapter Columbia University

Brother Leon Scroggins Delta Rho UMKC Bro. William Watson 1947 Beta Kappa Chapter Langston University Born 7/11/25

Bro. Edwin R. Byrd 1940 Initiate Upsilon University of KS

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