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May 2016

Volume I

Greetings Sorors, While reading from “Launching New Dimensions of Faith” I came across “Words of Wisdom and Inspiration” written by Former Supreme Basilei. The words of Soror Matellia Bennett Grays, 18 th Supreme Basileus (19701974), in her article entitled “The Fruit of Leadership,” spoke to my heart and expressed my feelings regarding sisterhood. I am pleased to share excerpts from her article with you. Former Madam Supreme challenged us “to always be mindful that ours is a sisterhood; to bring sisterliness back into the sisterhood; to remain committed to the vision of our Founders; to do nothing that dishonors the vows we took when we pledged to do all within our power to perpetuate this organization; to do nothing to demean, disrespect or destroy another sister…and leave a future for all sisters who come after us, so we can truly and forever be worthy of calling ourselves Alpha Kappa Alpha ladies!” “As leaders, you cannot overlook your responsibility in the development of our members. Good leaders are good teachers and serve as good models for those they lead.” Additionally, the true meaning of sisterhood must be understood by every member of our sorority. When the true meaning of sisterhood is understood, we “will see signs along the way, such as”:

May 11th: AKA Day at the Capitol. See the Connection Committee Report. Direct questions to Soror Jerry Bridges. May 13th – 14th: “Spring Retreat 2016 ” Part I: Friday Evening, @ Marie Irwin Center, Homewood, IL, 6:00-10:00 P.M. Part II: Saturday, @ Doubletree Inn/Hilton, 5000 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL. 8AM-3PM. Cost $40/Soror. Direct questions to Soror Jeanette Rogers June 11th: June Luncheon, Silver Lake Country Club, Orland Park, IL See Soror Tonika Roach for details. Sept. 18th: AKA Klassic, Chi Sox Bar & Grill, 320 W. 35th-

Street Chicago, Il 60616 Oct. 30th: A Gospel & Jazz Brunch, The Serbian Social Cen-


Strong, committed members who willingly accept the responsibility of membership

ter, 18550 Stony Island Ave. Lansing, Il 60438


Members becoming more careful in the selection process. Too many ego-driven self-promoters spoil the balance and the chapter lose focus.

July 9-14: 67th Boule, Atlanta, GA


Each soror remaining so proud of belonging that she will willingly model only those characteristics that will enhance our image as a premier organization.

In This Issue:


Spiritual Oversight


Glden Soror of the Month


Tamiouchos Tips


Protocol Tips to Remember


Leadership Pearls


LTO Tech Byte





The Legacy Continues


Soror Barbara, Basileus

Mint To Be


Membership Potluck


GSU Relay For Life


Soror Angela Williams




Newsletter Submission



Each soror bringing to our sisterhood a measure of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol!

Leaders at all levels will be measured by the leadership qualities you exhibit during your term of office and beyond. Good leadership qualities will earn the respect of members and will inspire other capable sorors to seek leadership roles to secure our organizations future. Take advantage of all leadership training opportunities.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about”…


LTO May 2016 Newsletter