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Volume 1: Issue 1

January, 2016

My sincere thanks to each of you for allowing me to serve as Basileus of this awesome sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The strength of this organization is the unwavering commitment of its members to the core mission of service and fostering bonds of sisterhood. The theme of my administration: “Heart to Heart (Sisterhood and Service)-Many Hearts Beating as One,” is representative of the bond which has sustained our sisterhood for more than a century. This year has gotten off to a fast and busy start. Sorors, you are to be commended for your commitment and willingness to serve. I am overwhelmed by the awesome response to my request for Newsletter submissions. As you can see, the articles have an abundance of valuable information. As you read this Newsletter, I hope that you will find the information beneficial. Please visit the Event Calendar to keep abreast of committee meetings, activities and workshops. You have a lot of choices for involvement in committees. Committee participation allows you to understand chapter operations, shows you the processes involved in chapter operations and teaches you the process for introducing change via the By-Laws Committee. All of our lives have been filled with changes and choices. In our childhood, everything was new, fresh and meaningful. We wanted our teen years to be over so that we could be adults. In young adulthood, there were many changes and choices: college, marriage, the birth of children or the choice of a job. In middle age and even in our “golden years,” there are still changes and choices. Yes, life is filled with changes and choices. Just remember that God is Faithful and he will take you through all the changes. Our bonds of sisterhood can be strengthened by our willingness to show understanding, forgiveness, and love for our each other. Speak a kind word to a soror, you never know what kind of hurt or difficulty she is experiencing. A kind word or a smile might encourage her along her journey. Lastly, always pray for each other. Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and to keep him as your own. Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it. Thanks for putting love into the service that we provide to the community. Sisterly, Soror Barbara, Basileus

LTO January 2016 Newsletter