B A S.“Government I L E U S Mshutdown”: E S S A G EWhat's the cost to the taxpayers?
Volume 2 “Chapter shutdown”: What’s the cost to the membership? Issue 8 According to various reports, shutting down the government is costing the federal government well over Oct. 2013 $2 billion dollars if it resembles the last shutdowns in 1995-1996, though the economy would be harmed in additional ways that are nearly impossible to measure. This process can also affect a chapter with an outcome just as devastating. You may ask what I am trying to say when I say chapter shutdown? Like in Washington, DC, we have elected officers and committee chairmen that the membership has entrusted with great honor. As leaders we are charged with knowing our documents & procedures and abiding by them. In doing so, our membership can feel empowered and trust we are moving in the right direction. Leaders of LTO and TPF are we leading by example? While I can’t thank you enough or pay you a salary for the countless hours you have dedicated to improving our organization, I must ask have we
Upcoming Events in October 6th—Miss Prominent Pearl Informational Tea at Flossmoor Country Club 3:00PM 8th—TPF Board and LTO Executive Committee Meetings at St. Andrews Church 6:30PM 10th—13th—BETA 100th Celebration 12th—TPF Membership and LTO Chapter Meeting at ST. Andrews Church 2:00PM 27th—Jazz in the AKAnoon 3:00PM Oakbrook, Illinois
prepared our members to receive the torch? December is right around the corner and the torch must be passed. Have we done our part to assist and prepare our future leaders? If you are an officer or committee chairman, ask yourself the following: Have I hosted two live meetings this year? Have I been inclusive in reaching out to all members to embrace them and their ideas to support my committee? Have I thoroughly reviewed my written documents to ensure they are consistent with the information on website relating to our practices? Do I come to meetings with a positive attitude ready and prepared to engage in productive conversations? Do I submit five copies of my report at executive committee and 11 to the foundation board of directors at meetings? Do I seek approval from Basileus/President before confirming a meeting so that it is posted on calendar and or distributed to membership? Do I seek approval from Board of Directors before making a purchase and want it noted as a restricted donation? Do I review a potential grant before presenting to membership to ensure it’s in line with the goals of our organization? Do I plan and host events or activities without seeking approval of Basileus/President? Do I speak at meetings before I am recognized by presiding officer? Do I take time to inquire about a concern with a chairman or presiding officer before involving a host of others? Listed above are a few examples of how a shutdown can occur and be felt across the chapter when leadership is not adhering to our written procedures and protocol that is expected of the membership. Lambda Tau Omega Chapter and Twenty Pearls Foundation are great organizations with knowledgeable and caring leaders and members. We have two award winning organizations with evidence to support that. Ongoing education is a must if we want to continue to grow. All members are encouraged to attend the Twenty Pearls Foundation training scheduled for October 19, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Matteson. We have secured two dynamic presenters, Faye Terrell Perkins and Lorine Samuels. We plan to focus on team building topics and Foundation roles & responsibilities. Consistency and understanding of our practices is needed, but more importantly your presence is needed. I want each of you to think of one leader you would like to emulate and be prepared to step up to a leadership position. The time is now! LTO & TPF needs your skills, knowledge, fresh perspective and “can do attitude”. See you at the training on Saturday, October 19, 2013!
PLANNED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome to Beta Boulevard: 100 Years in the Making Location: AKArama Foundation/Theta Omega Chapter Community Service Center, 6220 -28 South Ingleside, Chicago, IL 60637. Guest Ticket Cost: $40.00 Attire: Casual, Paraphernalia FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013, 12 NOON – 3:00 PM Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive Guest Ticket Cost: $70.00 Attire: Business SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Including Beta Plaque Dedication and Tour of the University of Chicago Campus) Location: University of Chicago Campus (Specific Site Details-TBA Attire: Casual, Paraphernalia – Sorors are requested to wear the Beta Commemorative T-Shirt
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM The Beta Journey Gala (Dinner, Dancing and Remembering) Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive Cost: $100.00 Attire: After Five
submitted by Jennifer Lyle Moore
October Hodegos Highlights submitted by Rashea Ratliff
October Birthdays Soror Patricia Oâ€™Neal Soror Natalie Chadwell Soror Kristen Hamb Soror Caletha White Soror Sylvia Taylor Soror Equesta White
Wedding Anniversaries Soror Patricia Parrish & Husband Mark AKAversaries Soror Ellen Douglass Soror Melody Ferguson Soror Roshaunda Ross
Prayer Soror Rosalind Pendergrass Soror Allison Bonner-Evans Soror Lois Parks Soror Melody Ferguson Soror Gloria Bondâ€™s Family
Maintains proper decorum in business meetings Dresses appropriately in business attire Arrives before the official start time Turns off all electronic communication devices (pagers, cell phones, etc.) that will interrupt the meeting Speaks only when recognized by the presiding officer Projects voice or moves to a microphone when speaking so everyone can hear Addresses the presiding officer before speaking. (Example: Madame Basileus, I move that...) Respects the Alpha Kappa Alpha Order of Rank Keeps remarks brief and concise Accepts the decision of the majority Avoids individual conversations during meetings Avoids walking during meditation periods Offers corrective criticism with the intent of being a part of the solution; avoids undue criticism. Welcomes visitors and new sorors to the chapter to help them experience friendly, warm, welcoming atmosphere.
submitted by Ashley Gardner, Protocol Committee
Chaplin’s Corner It is October again with all its beautiful colors and chilly nights, for some this is their favorite time of the year. In October we say our goodbye to the dog days of summer and officially usher in the fall season. I contemplated how the seasons came to get their names and found out that this season was originally referred to as “harvest”. It later came to be known as the “fall of the leaf” and today this season is known as” fall”. In my research I realized that the word fall is defined as an act that haphazardly happens. For this reason fall is often coupled with words to show a downward movement as in “fall apart”, fall in, fall down, fall away, and fall in love. This season because we know that we are living on purpose and with purpose let’s change this around and add order to the haphazard falling around us. Yes, it is the fall of the year, and because of this I am asking you to introduce a little order in this season. Let us walk in order, stand in order, speak in order, see with orderly vision and live an ordered life. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Psalms 119:133-134
Jennifer Lyle Moore, Chaplain
Hopefully, you all have heard some raves about the workshop and received JordyCakes business card as proof of the excitement shared among them all. Pictures are forthcoming...I think!! I am in the process of updating our roster for 20132014 and will confirm with those non/returning girls in the next week. Please let me know if you intend to keep your daughter in our group so we can plan accordingly. Remember to send me those report cards showing they passed to either 3rd, 4th or 5th grade by Friday, October 4th. As always it is a pleasure to see your daughters smiling faces with great ambition in their attitudes. See you all in October! Remember PINK is the color for this month share thoughts on the purpose of the pink ribbons if your daughters aren't familiar. submitted by Mel
October 2013 Newsletter Lambda Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated