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Midwest Missile Sisterhood Scholarship Service

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Re-Tracing ! Foot"eps of Our F#nders

Photograph from 2013 Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913 Pictured: Frankie M. Freeman (L), 14th National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre (C), National President, Thelma T. Daley (R), 16th National President; and Mona H. Bailey (Back Left), 17th National President Photograph Courtesy of James V. Henderson, Sr., http://royalimagephotography.zenfolio.com

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Michigan is on the Move! !

Features ... Greetings from Our Leadership The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Article Submission Reminders

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State of Affairs ... Illinois in Review

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Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Alumnae Chapter Detroit Alumnae Chapter Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Flint Alumnae Chapter Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter Midland Alumnae Chapter Pontiac Alumnae Chapter Southfield Alumnae Chapter

Ohio Making a Difference !!

Peoria Alumnae Chapter Springfield-Decatur Alumnae Chapter

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Evansville Alumnae Chapter Bloomington Alumnae Chapter Anderson-Muncie Alumnae Chapter Hopkinsville Alumnae Chapter Frankfort Alumnae Chapter Paducah Alumnae Chapter Louisville Alumnae Chapter

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter

East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter

Kentucky is Shaking Things Up

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Magnificent Minnesota

The Torch Visits the Midwest Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter Chicago Alumnae & Lambda Chapters Rockford Alumnae Chapter Schaumburg-Hoffman Alumnae Chapter

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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!

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Nu Phi Citywide Chapter Columbus Alumnae Chapter Wilberforce Alumnae Chapter Toledo Alumnae Chapter Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter

Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter Beckley Alumnae Chapter Bluefield Alumnae Chapter

What’s Happening Wisconsin

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Zeta Xi Chapter Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter Lambda Alpha Chapter

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Midwest Missile Greetings from Our Leadership It’s hard to believe we are almost at the end of another sorority rear.  This was a year marked with celebrating 100 years of sisterhood and service.  I count it a privilege to have been able to celebrate with many of you at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Regina R. Harper Parade, our Founder’s Day Midwest Regional Director  Celebration and Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital and at our Torch events in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit.  Now we are preparing to meet in July at our 51st National Convention in Washington, DC. However, let us continue to be about the business of Delta as we celebrate. Sorors, let’s have a strong finish to this sorority year.  I expect each of you to support your chapter’s remaining programs, be present at our last two sorority meetings and complete all compliance paperwork on time.  Before we know it, Sorors will be in Washington, D.C. painting the town crimson and cream. I look forward to the opportunity to highlight the region’s great work at the Midwest Region’s Sisterhood Luncheon during the 51st National Convention.  As we celebrate with all of our sorors in July, let’s make sure we show them how we do it in the Midwest: From the Heart We Lead, We Serve and We Empower. Delta Love and Mine, Regina R. Harper Regional Director

Greetings sorors of the Mighty Midwest Region! I hope all the collegiate sorors have ended the academic school year with success! This has truly been an amazing Sorority year! The calendar has been jam-packed with Diona M. Morgan Centennial activities - and Midwest Regional we have truly celebrated Representative  in Grand Style. I have enjoyed meeting many of you at each event. The 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March was sobering, as thousands of us joined together to “Re-Trace the Footsteps of our Founders.” We then shifted focus to Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital. We gathered to consider legislative issues and discuss those policy concerns with our representatives on Capital Hill. We also celebrated the Centennial with Torch activities in various cities around the Midwest Region: Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland. Now, our 51st National Convention is just around the corner. I remind you, as we converge on Washington, DC in record numbers, we are SISTERS and our patience and civility with one another will ensure that we have a wonderful Centennial experience. Also, please watch out for our cherished Delta Dears! Sisterly Love, Diona M. Morgan Regional Representative

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MIDWEST MOMENT The Stellar Gospel Music Awards: A Premier Gospel Event With a Midwest Region Soror at the Heart of it All As an organization founded on Christian principles, sorors know the power of gospel music. It is a living experience, that is always inspiring, always giving but the genre has not always been recognized. That was until Chicago native Don Jackson and his wife, Soror Rosemary Jackson, gave us the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Soror Jackson says she and her husband founded Central City Productions in 1970 to create original programming to inspire and encourage AfricanAmericans. Jackson says, years after the company was founded, her husband went to a gospel concert and had an idea. “He said gospel artists did not get the recognition they deserved and that they should and it should be on television,” said Soror Rosemary Jackson. And the Stellar Gospel Music awards were born. Soror Jackson says Central City Productions took on the challenge of producing the gospel awards program. Jackson says it was tough to get the idea off the ground because sponsors weren’t eager to get behind religious based programming.

“It was a struggle, but we kept the faith and we focused on the fact that we were doing this to honor God’s work,” said Jackson. Now in its 28th year, Jackson says the Stellar Awards is the first and longest running, gospel music awards show in the country. It is now syndicated in over 140 markets nationwide and, Jackson says, other organizations, like the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, now recognize gospel music. “I’m just really proud of the fact that Central City stayed with it when it was really tough” Jackson’s husband, Don Jackson, is still the executive producer of the awards program but Jackson says she isn’t the only soror on board. Her sister, Soror Erma Gray Davis, is President and Chief Operations Officer for Central City Productions and her niece, Soror Jennifer Jackson, is an executive producer. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards is now a lasting legacy. An idea inspired by the power of gospel music and, Soror Jackson says, sustained by God’s grace. by Tanisha Mallett Regional Co-Journalist

Illino" in Review ... #e TORCH V"its $ Midwest

The flame of the National Torch Tour burned bright in frigid Chicago, Illinois, on March 23-24th. The Chicago tour highlighted over 90 years of service for Deltas in the Chicagoland area. Sorors provided information about National Founders from Illinois: Osceola McCarthy Adams and Marguerite Young Alexander and the creation of Lambda Chapter in 1921. It also recognized several past national presidents: 4th National President Anna Johnson Julian of Oak Park, IL., and 5th National President Gladys B. Shepherd, 7th National President Jeanette Triplett Jones and 11th National President Dorothy P. Harrison all of the Chicagoland area. The ceremony concluded with the torch being extinguished at the gravesite of Soror Founder Marguerite Young Alexander. CAC President - JoAnn Thomas Woods, PhD; Lambda President – Meshe#e Johnson; 2nd Vice-President - Chelsea C. Hayes, and Midwest Regional Director - Regina R. Harper at the Torch Ceremony at the University of Chicago.

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ILLINOIS ... IN REVIEW BLOOMINGTONNORMAL ALUMNAE CHAPTER

ROCKFORD ALUMNAE CHAPTER Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March

BNAC Celebrates 30 Years On March 27, 1983, Hortense Golden Canady, the Sorority’s 18th National President, chartered the Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter (BNAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 2013 marks, not only 100 years of sisterhood for Delta Sigma Theta, but 30 years of BNAC serving the Bloomington-Normal community. With so much to celebrate, the chapter launched a weekend of events. BNAC president, Soror Angela Carr said, “I really and truly feel an extra sense of renewed sisterhood and commitment to our sorority after this weekend. Let's carry these sentiments forward through the rest of this sorority year.” CHICAGO ALUMNAE AND LAMBDA CHAPTER March for Babies In support of the Sorority’s National initiative, the Chicago Alumnae Chapter, sponsored a team during the March of Dimes March for Babies event on April 28th. Team CAC walked with their new partners from Chicago State University’s Nursing Department and the collaboration with Delta Literacy and Lambda Chapter. Each participant made a donation, secured sponsors and walked. The March of Dimes has been supporting families and their babies through education, handson support and financial assistance for seventy-five years. Coordinated by the Physical and Mental Health committee,

BNAC Sorors at Sunday Brunch

The Rockford Alumnae Chapter stayed busy in March 2013 participating in two events celebrating the Sorority’s Centennial. On March 11, sorors commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March that originally took place March 3, 1913. State Representative Chuck Jefferson held a forum to discuss the involvement of various women’s organizations in the Women’ Suffrage March. Rockford Alumnae’s president, Soror Joy Sockwell, was one of the featured speakers giving a historical perspective to the community of the important role our 22 founders played in the march. On March 23, members of RAC proudly participated in the Chicago Torch Celebration, marching with the RAC banner down the cold streets of Chicago.

Team CAC walked with thousands of other groups from the Chicagoland area, including members of the Divine Nine, each with a singular goal of helping the March of Dimes to raise funds to increase awareness of premature births and the important support for healthier babies. Team CAC began their collaborative outreach during the March chapter meeting. The team provided information on the March of Dimes and the March for Babies event, signed up walkers and called on chapter members to support the event by contributing and spreading the word among their families and friends. On the campus of Chicago State University, Team CAC members RAC commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the identified their Women’s Su&age March with its own march activity. marching partners, as well as provided information on the event.

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SCHAUMBURG-HOFFMAN ESTATES ALUMNAE CHAPTER Career Fair Day The Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter equipped 60-plus educational program youth participants for the future with a first-rate “Career Fair Day” on March 9. It was an impressive “Impact Day” with professionals sharing facts on a variety of careers. The panel featured a hospital administrator, pediatrician, veterinarian, accountant, corporate trainer, attorney, financial analyst, social worker/crisis counselor, author and motivational speaker, director of inventory management, social studies teacher, WGN news reporter, vice president of Courtesy Auto Group and a director of admissions at Kellogg School of Management. The professionals provided a brief bio about their childhood, college years, and degrees. They told why their jobs interested them, and then shared key learning experiences and career-path pros and cons. The chapter of celebrated National Women’s History Month, and its anniversary, at the Elgin Artspace Lofts Gallery on March 2. The chapter was chartered on March 2, 1991, and has over 60 active members. The community was invited to view an exhibit featuring the members, accomplishments of the Sorority and celebrate the chapter’s 22 years of service in the Northwest Suburbs. Celebrating Sisterhood and Service was the first event in the beautiful gallery of the Elgin Artspace Loft. It was befitting that Artspace, whose motto is building better communities through the arts, welcomed the chapter into its space. St. Claire County Sheriff, Rick Watson (who attended the event), pictured with East St. Louis Alumnae Soror Cheri Smith, Domestic Violence Chair.

Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter hosts a Career Day during IMPACT Day 2013 EAST ST. LOUIS ALUMNAE CHAPTER Hosts Walk in My Shoes East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter sponsored “Walk in My Shoes,” in support of victims of Domestic Violence. Twenty-five women participated in the event that was held Saturday, February 23, at the Delta Economic Development Center in East St. Louis, Illinois. Soror Cheri Smith is Domestic Violence Chair. The exercise allows women (and men) to “walk in the shoes” of abused individuals. It is a preventive educational tool that helps men (and women) better understand and appreciate the experiences of the abused, with the goal of helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. It also shares information with the community about services that are available for recovery. Debbie Mize, director of the Violence Prevention

Pictured below: Peoria Alumnae Chapter Members on Centennial IMPACT Day

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.! Center in Belleville, hopes the women who attended will be encouraged and seek help to start a new life. While Cerether White, a St. Clair County Sheriff's Department domestic violence investigator, encouraged participants to report domestic abuse and seek help. Adriann Adams-Gulley, President of ESLAC, offered that as an organization “We want to make sure we do our part to end domestic violence.” This event was featured in the Belleville News-Democrat on February 26. PEORIA ALUMNAE CHAPTER Hard At Work On Saturday, February 16th, the Peoria Alumnae Chapter held a “Delta Day Party.”  The music, food and Mardi Gras theme made the event fun while supporting a worthy cause.  A portion of the proceeds raised at the day party were donated at the March of Dimes Walk in Peoria, IL on April 20th.  The Peoria Alumnae Chapter volunteered and assisted with set-up, tear down and food distribution at the Peoria March of Dimes Walk.   The Peoria Alumnae Chapter, in collaboration with the Central Illinois Links, Inc., presented the 2013 Day of Impact.  The theme for the event was entitled “Finding the New You: Embracing a Healthy and Active Lifestyle.” residents of the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, serving lunch at an area Ronald McDonald House, collecting books for school children, providing lunch for a local domestic violence shelter, collecting school supplies and toiletries for the Boys and Girls club and collecting winter outerwear for the local women’s

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The free event provided the community with creative ways to enhance lifestyle changes to impact their physical and mental health. Representatives and experts from the Peoria healthcare community presented educational sessions and fun physical activity sessions such as Latin dance and Zumba. The Day of Impact was held on March 9, at Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center. The event encouraged healthy living by engaging the community, collaborating with health care professionals and raising awareness on the fight against obesity. SPRINGFIELD-DECATUR ALUMNAE CHAPTER Centennial IMPACT Day Event To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter (SDAAC) held a Centennial IMPACT Day on January 26 as part of its Founders Day celebration. Twenty-two public service projects honoring the sorority’s Founders were conducted. They included collecting old eye glasses, serving a meal at St. John’s Breadline, serving refreshments and socializing with the

correctional facility. SDACC was awarded the 2013 Fraternal Award for community service by the Springfield Branch NAACP at its annual awards celebration on February 9. The chapter’s 37 years of community service were highlighted in the nomination. In addition, the chapter held its IMPACT EAC members flex their muscles for IMPACT Day. Day 2013, “A See article next page. Journey to Wellness – Fight Obesity” on March 9 at the downtown Springfield YWCA. Chapter sorors, along with members of Kappa Zeta, provided activities for children to

encourage movement. The youth had an opportunity to dribble soccer balls along a course, jump rope, do sit-ups and jumping jacks and shoot baskets. The event also featured obesity facts, healthy snacks and door prizes.

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INDIANA EVANSVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER “If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?” Local and national TV stations and newspapers covered Evansville Alumnae Chapter’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage March. After the march, in which other local women’s organizations took part, several sorors participated in a re- enactment

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. play entitled, “If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?” The play was written especially for EAC by a local playwright to chronicle Delta’s involvement in the Suffrage March. Sabrina Stewart-Thomas, chapter president, was one of nine women to receive an award at the annual Phenomenal Women of University of Southern Indiana and the Community event. The event, held during Women’s History Month at the University of Southern Indiana, honors and celebrates women of diverse backgrounds who have made extraordinary contributions to USI and to the community at-large. The program inspires other women to embrace and promote diversity within their own lives. EAC was also recognized at Leadership Evansville’s annual Celebration of Leadership event for its outstanding public service to the community. Celebration of Leadership honors individuals, businesses, organizations, and projects that make significant, collaborative, and sacrificial contributions that improve the lives of people in need. Finally, the chapter organized an exciting Impact Day that included group ZUMBA exercise, followed by a healthy lunch. After completing a one mile walk through Evansville’s downtown historic district to the scenic Ohio River walkway, sorors gathered to register themselves and other participants for the Get to the Goal initiative promoted by the American Heart Association.

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Serving the Community

It is estimated that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted. A new initiative for the sorority focuses on educating our community and providing tools to help residents recognize and prevent domestic and sexual violence. Bloomington Alumnae Chapter hosted a domestic violence awareness program: “What’s Love Got to do With It? Taking Back My Life.” The program included: a monologue and a poetry arts segment from a victim who shares her personal story of abuse. Participants also viewed a clip from the movie “What’s Love Got to do With It?” starring icon Tina Turner, who also suffered spousal abuse; and a presentation from local advocate, Elizabeth Lopez, who provided information on how abused women can get the assistance they need. The event was held at the public library in Bloomington and more than 35 people attended. The chapter also hosted its fourth annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Long Horn Steakhouse in Bloomington. Sorors worked and served with help from Gamma Nu undergraduate Chapter and students from the Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. All proceeds support scholarships, public service, and community programming. Under the leadership of Dr. Mary HowardHamilton, a passionate and fortuitous leader, this small but mighty chapter has now become an award winning chapter. The Bloomington Alumnae Chapter received the coveted Building Bridges BLOOMINGTON ALUMNAE Award. It was presented to the chapter at Indiana CHAPTER University’s 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Breakfast for rendering service to the Bloomington community. Bloomington Alumnae Chapter members pictured at the Pancake Breakfast.

ANDERSON-MUNCIE ALUMNAE CHAPTER College Bound Basketball Program Young athletes in the Muncie area were exposed to college opportunities off the court, thanks to a partnership between the Anderson-Muncie Alumnae Chapter, the Muncie Boys and Girls Club and Union Missionary Baptist Church. This collaboration gave more than 80 elementary and middle school students the

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. opportunity to participate in College Bound Basketball. Partially funded by a SEED grant, this program encourages young athletes to think about their future off the court, considering college readiness and vocational training opportunities. The program’s overall objective was to prepare a captive audience of basketball tournament players for college access opportunities. To that end, day two of the three day educational program focused on introducing the students to college and how choices play an integral role in their success. College Bound Basketball also addressed misconceptions and common ideas the athletes had about academic preparation and college access.

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Investing in Young Minds

The Hopkinsville Alumnae Chapter presented the Annual Christmas Scholarship Nannie Croney (C) pictured with Soror Bea Standard (L) Fundraiser in and Hopkinsvi#e Alumnae Chapter President, Soror December Bonnie Lynch (R). 2012. The event is a holiday organized to teach valuable career celebration where the community exploration and work and college joins the sorority in observing the readiness skills to middle and highEducational Development school students. The workshop component of the Five-Point began at 9:00a.m. Participants were Program Thrust. Each year, as part of divided into two groups, by age, to the program, Hopkinsville sorors hear from local presenters. present a scholarship to a recipient IS SHAKING “School Success” was presented who despite their circumstances, is by Omar Gletten from the GEARTHINGS UP determined to succeed. The 2012 recipient is Nannie Croney. Nannie is UP Kentucky Program presented School Success, Rana Johnson from the daughter of a single parent and the Kentucky Council on Higher HOPKINSVILLE has six siblings. She is pursuing her Education presented “College studies at the University of Louisville ALUMNAE CHAPTER Preparation”, and Mark Hoover, and has a 4.0 grade point average. from the Kentucky Higher Her dream is to become an attorney and the voice for juveniles in Education Assistance Authority, presented “Obtaining Financial the legal system. Middle and High School Students Participate Aid.” Participants also heard about in the “Show Me the Money” Workshop hosted “The World of Work” from Frankfort business owner William by Frankfort Alumnae Chapter (Kentucky). FRANKFORT Morton and “Military ALUMNAE Opportunities” from Major Bobbi J. CHAPTER Mayes from the Kentucky National Guard. “Show Me the Money” Panel highlights included a slideshow presentation and photos from Major Mayes’ tour in The Frankfort Alumnae Afghanistan focusing on the work Chapter held a workshop she did with economic and social entitled “Show Me the enhancement of women and girls in Money!” at the Franklin that region. In addition, the County Cooperative participants engaged in a teamExtension Office on building exercise focused on thinking Lakeview Court. The event, outside the box to achieve a goal. coordinated by Soror Daphne Jackson, was

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PADUCAH ALUMNAE CHAPTER Participates in the Tournament of Roses When Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated became the first African American Greek Letter organization to have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, there were 100 walkers representing the centennial and 22 walkers representing the sorority’s founders. One of those sorors, Soror Sonya Thompson, is a member of the Paducah Alumnae Chapter. Below Soror Thompson’s firsthand account of what it felt like to walk in this historical moment. I can’t express in words what pride I felt walking down Colorado Avenue in Pasadena, California, making history with my beloved sisters of Delta Sigma Theta. It was an honor and privilege being chosen to represent the sorority in this historic event. The parade and Gala were kick-off events marking our centennial, and I can only imagine what is in store for the remainder of 2013. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is known for public service, community involvement, and making history. This we did, and we did it in a big and profound way. It is truly a blessing and honor to be a part of an organization of college educated women dedicated to “Transforming Communities through Sisterhood & Service.” How fitting as this was the theme of our float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme of the entire parade was “Oh the Places You Will Go!” This is also fitting as Delta made it to the Rose Bowl Parade. Just think of the places we will go!

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Sonya Thompson of Paducah Alumnae Chapter is Pictured Walking in the 2012 Tournament of Roses. Scholarship Committee hosted “An Evening of Jazz.” More than 200 sorors and guests participated. All The Louisville Alumnae Delta proceeds went to the chapter’s Dears started off the sorority year scholarship fund. with a weekly lesson in technology to On Friday, January 11, the improve and increase Sorors’ use of Membership Committee hosted digital media. The Delta Dears also “Cheers to 100 Years” at 60 West visited sorors in nursing homes and Bistro. During this sisterhood hospitals and assisted one another reclamation event, sorors were able to with divorce and relocation issues have dinner and socialize with one when needed. This committee is very another. More than 80 sorors and 64 civic-minded as demonstrated by guests attended. Soror Eukie Weaver who was On Saturday, January 12, featured on the Charla Young’s Power Louisville Alumnae gave back to the to Change television program. Soror community through service. EightyWeaver is a volunteer for the Mother- six sorors conducted three Mentor Program in the Louisville community service projects to benefit community. the families residing at the Louisville Louisville Alumnae Chapter also area Ronald McDonald House. commemorated the Sorority’s Sorors cleaned the four-story building centennial with a weekend of and collected and donated a total of activities to highlight and celebrate 651 items to stock the pantry for the impact the sorority continues to residents. Chapter members also have throughout the community, the purchased and prepared a full dinner nation, and the world. for the residents that evening. The On Thursday, January 10, the chapter collected donations totaling

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$2,000 to adopt a room at the Ronald McDonald House in the name of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for a full year. The donation will also help families to stay at the house free of charge. On Centennial Morning, 94 sorors and their families joined together to worship at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. Special recognition was given to the Deltas in honor of our Centennial Founders Day. A Congressional Certificate of Honor was presented to Louisville Alumnae Chapter by Kentucky’s Third District U.S. Representative John Yarmuth and was received by Second Vice President Tina Johnson.

MICHIGAN IS ON THE MOVE BENTON HARBOR - ST. JOSEPH ALUMNAE CHAPTER Walking in Unity, While miles Away It was front page news in the Benton Harbor – St. Joseph Herald-Palladium. On March 3, the alumnae chapter of these twin cities led a 100 year commemoration of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March, just as sorors were doing on that same Sunday in Washington D.C. More than 50 participants, including a charter member of the Chapter and guests from other sororities, were led by 22 sorors who each held high a sign bearing the name of a Delta Founder. The marchers gathered at Lighthouse Ministries for prayer, then walked through the community to the offices of the NAACP’s Twin Cities Branch. Lighthouse Ministries Executive Director, the Rev. Lisa Gorman, is the Chapter’s chaplain. The Chapter’s Social Action Chair and Historian, Lisa Peeples-Hurst, vice chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, addressed the marchers. She called the Founders’ participation in that 1913 March, the Sorority’s first public act of social advocacy, “an act of sheer heroism.” The names of each of the 22 Founders were then read aloud.

Members of Louisvi#e Alumnae Chapter participate in community service projects Founders Day Weekend.

DETROIT ALUMNAE CHAPTER Centennial Celebration is City-wide, Chapter’s Logo Goes Worldwide Detroit was selected as the 12th stop on Delta’s National Torch Tour and made community service a component of the event by also kicking off the “100 Ways to Serve,” volunteer opportunity link-up campaign. Representatives from non-profit organizations and committed metro Detroiters joined Deltas on a symbolic march and passing of the torch to kick-off a year long, city-wide campaign to inspire and promote volunteerism. The campaign encourages metro Detroiters to take a “Pledge to Serve” and provides more than 100 selected hands-on service activities of non-profit organizations. For more information, go to www.100waystoserve.org The Chapter is also presenting a year-long exhibit of Delta memories and memorabilia at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “Celebrating a Century of Sisterhood, Scholarship & Service 1913 – 2013,” is a curated exhibit of historical, educational and cultural icons and iconic images, documenting Delta’s 100 years of service to the community. All events, including a full size “poster quality” fold out brochure, have been branded by the graphic designs of Detroit Delta Fay Jackson. Jackson created the gold centennial logo that chapters and individual Deltas in the U.S. and abroad have used for their events and social media presence. Now “imported from

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Pictured Le,: Sorors -om the Benton Harbor – St. Joseph Alumnae Chapter holding a local Su&age March reenactment, in solidarity with the March taking place at that same moment in D.C.

FLINT ALUMNAE CHAPTER Community Basic Needs Fair Partnering with the Flint Public Library and a wide variety of social service agencies, sorors of the Flint Alumnae Chapter volunteered for the Fourth Annual Community Basic Needs Fair. Deltas assisted agencies in providing information and assistance with temporary shelter, long-term housing, healthcare, warm clothing and nutritious food. Bags of needed goods were also EPSILON EPSILON CHAPTER distributed to the first 70 families to attend. Delta Week at Michigan State “The Flint Public Library co-hosted this event to was Flaming Hot increase the community’s awareness of the services available through agencies, during these tough economic Epsilon Epsilon Chapter’s Delta Week began with a times, and also of the resources available through the program entitled “Flaming,” which commemorated the 22 expert staff, collections and services of the Flint Public Founders, a skit reenacting the founding, musical Library,” said Wanda Harden, the library’s public relations selections by Soror Shelia Roby, dance by Soror Ashley coordinator, a member of Flint Alumnae. Staley, a step from the current chapter, and reflections of The event was widely promoted through the local key moments in Delta history. The February event media including WJRT TV-12 (ABC), WFLT 1420 AM, attracted a crowd of 150 people. African American Inspirations radio, and press releases to The week continued with programs that aligned with various newspapers. As a result, the event drew more than the Five Point Programmatic Thrust and the Chapter’s 100 attendees – all of whom received services. Members domestic violence prevention initiative. The week’s of the Flint Alumnae Chapter celebrate being able to programs addressed the educational disparities between assist the more than 70 families who attended the the majority and ethnic minority communities and the Community Basic Needs Fair. problem of foreign and domestic human trafficking. Delta Gems of Grand Rapids AC have a fun break -om The week ended with community service at the Boys activities and display their gi, buckets! and Girls Club of Lansing, and a church service. See story on the next page. During Epsilon Epsilon’s Delta Week the chapter sold cupcakes to help fund the annual scholarship ball. Epsilon Epsilon continued the semester by collaborating with the Lansing Alumnae Chapter to host Michigan’s Statewide Founders Day. Falling under the initiative Project ACE, this allowed collegiate sorors to be mentored in event planning and to establish relationships with the alumnae chapter. Epsilon Epsilon will continue the semester with the Giving Hand Scholarship ball on April 13. Two students will be awarded scholarships for their efforts to better the community through service. Detroit,” this DAC centennial logo (with the strategically omitted localization of our chapter’s branding) has been embraced as a symbol of Delta’s Centennial literally all over the world. 

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. GRAND RAPIDS ALUMNAE CHAPTER Chapter Serves With and For Youth They are active leaders in their community, and maintain high academic standards. They are the 18 young ladies, in grades 9-12, who participate in the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Gems youth group. Participants have learned about financial aid from Ferris State and Grand Valley State University representatives, had a personal finance workshop with representatives from Huntington Bank, and workshops on topics such as ethical decision-making, positive self-imaging, and connecting college study to career readiness. This year, the Delta Gems will host the first annual “Dancing with the Gems” event to showcase the Divine Nine youth programs in Grand Rapids. The Chapter is also busy raising dollars for youth. On February 16, they welcomed 200 sorors, family and friends at their annual jazz brunch, “A Red Carpet Affair,” held at Charlie’s Crab Restaurant. The event raised more than $12,000 for scholarships that will be presented during May Week.

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The Chapter’s other mentoring involves working with collegiate Deltas in Lambda Pi Chapter of Grand Valley State University, Tau Psi Chapter of Hope College, and Zeta Rho Chapter of Ferris State University, to celebrate Founders Day on Sunday, January 13, on the campus of Grand Valley State University. Members were invited to begin the day by worshipping together at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, followed by a special rededication program. Sorors then enjoyed fellowship at the banquet, which included poetry, singing, and a powerful presentation by Velva Flowers, of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter, who brought the audience to their feet. The celebration concluded with awards and special accolades bestowed upon members who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their local chapters.

MIDLAND ALUMNAE CHAPTER Double Red! For Heart Health

There are some occasions when Deltas, and nonDeltas alike, all go red. That’s what happened when the Midland Alumnae Chapter partnered with the American Heart Association for the Great Lakes Bay Region GO RED for Women Conference in February. Some 250 women from all Midland Alumnae Chapter member Kimberly Houston-Philpot around the region and nearly two dozen (standing) executive chair for the annual GO RED for sorors from both the Midland and Women Conference, welcomes Dr. Betty Jones to the Saginaw Alumnae Chapters gathered in fundraiser that raised more than $100,000. red to support heart health. Chapter member Kimberly HoustonPhilpot served as the executive chair for the annual conference event which raised more than $100,000 for AHA cardiac disease research and educational programs. This is the fifth year that the chapter has sponsored the GO RED event.

PONTIAC ALUMNAE CHAPTER Centennial Celebration Includes the Community and a Living Museum The Pontiac Creative Arts Center was transformed into “A Reflection of Sisterhood: Celebrating Delta's 100 Year

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Journey,” for Pontiac Alumnae Chapter’s Centennial community celebration. Nearly 200 sorors and community guests took a walk down memory lane via a display of Delta and Pontiac Alumnae artifacts. A living museum featuring exhibits that came to life showcased historical aspects of the sorority, including the Women’s Suffrage March, Fortitude, the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, Arts and Letters and international Delta projects. “Our goal was to share our Centennial celebration with the sorors and the community in which we serve,” said PAC President, Valerie Reese. “Delta has always been in the business of transforming lives and impacting the community, so why not celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime occasion with members of our community.” The program designed by the Founders Day and Arts and Letters committees included interpretive dance and a musical tribute, as well as a video highlighting Delta and Pontiac Alumnae history. The Pontiac Alumnae and Southfield Alumnae Chapters received a special proclamation from the Oakland County Board of

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Commissioners commemorating the sorority’s centennial milestone.

Leaving Legacies,” included interactive and fun workshops on financial awareness, study skills, and healthy living for the more than 100 SOUTHFIELD ALUMNAE GEMS and guests in attendance. CHAPTER The Chapter also held its third diabetes educational and bowling Chapter Shows itself event, “Spare a Life…Strike out ‘Honorable’ to both City Diabetes.” Nearly 100 participants and County bowled and were given American Diabetes Association provided pamphlets and handouts on the signs In recognition of the sorority’s and symptoms of diabetes. Chapter centennial, Southfield Alumnae member Monica Easterling, a licensed Chapter was recognized by the dietitian, spoke about proper Oakland County Board of planning for a balanced meal and Commissioners (along with Pontiac Alumnae) and the City of Southfield, cookbooks with healthy recipes were distributed. The event raised $1,000 where Chapter member Brenda which was donated to the American Lawrence serves as mayor. The SAC executive board was presented to the Diabetes Association. The Chapter kicked-off its City Council and given the Key to the Sisterhood Month with a Trivia City during a televised Council Extravaganza, testing knowledge of meeting. The recognition came for past national presidents, honorary service including the 28 year tutorial members, African American History, program, participation in Adopt-aWomen’s History and Pop Culture. Highway, health initiatives and Southfield’s Delta Dears are also scholarship awards. SAC has also active, having taken a daylong trip to served and mentored community Detroit, “Destination Motor City,” in youth. January. The group visited eight stops The Delta GEMS were led in planning, facilitating and hosting their in the emerging redevelopment area of Paradise Valley / Harmonie Park. Second Annual “Girl to Girl Summit” in February. “Ladies

Marcia D. Griffin, SAC president and SAC member, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, are flanked by the dozens of sorors on hand when SAC was presented the Key to the City at a televised meeting of the City Council.

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Magnificent MINNESOTA

OHIO Making a Difference

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL ALUMNAE CHAPTER

NU PHI CITY WIDE CHAPTER Hosts Founders Day

A Chapter Focused on Sisterhood The Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter has been busy focusing on planning the 16th Annual Literary Luncheon featuring Walter Mosley, 8th Annual Delta Dear Tea, and the 1st EMBODI program. In preparation for a politically charged year, the chapter has planned a Voter Education and Registration Drive for the Twin Cities community. This was a perfect follow-up to the large part that the chapter contributed to Greek Day at the State Capitol in conjunction with the fellow Divine Nine chapters in the Twin Cities. While the chapter is busy planning, there continue to be amazing events to enhance the sisterly bond within the chapter and its connection to the community. Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter had an amazing Sisterhood Month in March filled with a fantastic list of events centered on the nine jewels. The activities ranged from calling an assigned Delta Dear on the 13th of March, a Zumba class paired with a diabetes seminar for sorors and the community, and reclamation efforts through cluster dinners with sorors in the same neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. Expect to see more from the great state of Minnesota and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter!

Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter Greek Day Participants at the State Capital

On March 9, 2013 Nu Phi City Wide Chapter held its Founders Day celebration at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate 100 years of service, the ladies of Nu Phi Chapter held a very exciting, uplifting and festive celebration. With the theme “Leaving Your Legacy,” Nu Phi presented a special video it created as a tribute to the Founders for guests to view. The special guest speaker, Midwest Regional Director Regina R. Harper, gave a phenomenal speech. Soror Harper gave everyone in the audience something to think about. “We are a movement by ourselves, but we are a force when we are together,” said soror Harper. As these words settled in the hearts and minds of the audience, the room was filled with love and appreciation for one another. The program ended with a celebratory “stroll-off ” with Sorors from Nu Phi, Columbus Alumnae, and Epsilon Rho chapters.

COLUMBUS ALUMNAE CHAPTER The Columbus Alumnae Chapter and Nu Phi Citywide Chapter partnered together for I.M.P.A.C.T. Day of Service at the YWCA in Columbus, Ohio. The focus that day was childhood obesity. Under the theme, “Let’s Move, Stomp Out Obesity” the day began with a workshop to discuss ways to prevent childhood obesity. Registered nurses who are members of the Gamma Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a professional nursing organization, led the discussion on proper nutrition. They shared with participants the importance of developing healthy eating habits during pregnancy. Parents participating in the discussion were provided with a nutritional placemat that encouraged eating the proper amounts of protein, vegetables and starches. It included examples of each food group along with what is considered a serving size. What does the Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter and the Cleveland Cavaliers have in common? Uplifting and encouraging young African American males! On March 8 the Columbus Alumnae Chapter treated its EMBODI program participants to a fun filled trip to Cleveland, OH, to see the Cleveland Cavaliers face off

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WILBERFORCE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Hosts Founders Day Our long anticipated Founders Day observance, a Candlelight Centennial Dinner was held March 17, 2013, in the Ballroom of the Wright Patterson Banquet Center. The theme was “Our Past…To Our Future.” Dinner chimes opened the event followed by the National Anthem and other musical selections rendered by the Air Force Security Assistance Center Unity Choir. Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter with EMBODI program participants at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH for the Cleveland Cavalier-Memphis Sorors Shasta Sain and Laverne Sci presented a centennial vignette, a Grizzlies Game Friday, March 8, 2013. dramatic presentation of Miss Hallie Quinn Brown (an Honorary member against the Memphis Grizzlies. First on the agenda was a of Delta Sigma Theta) and an inspiring yet confused workshop entitled, “Working on my MBA and not my young woman who lacked direction and goals for life. NBA.” This panel driven workshop focused on careers The dramatization was outstanding and it showed beyond the basketball court and all things that can be how Soror Brown redirected the young woman to pursue achieved with a college education. The young men were opportunities and seek empowerment through exposed to careers in Sales, Service, Marketing, education, contribution, and becoming a member of the Communications, Finance and Information Systems. organization that was started by twenty-two dynamic EMBODI participants were also accompanied by young women at Howard University in 1913, Delta men of Sigma Theta. Alpha Phi Keynote speaker, Ohio State Coordinator Soror H. Alpha Michelle Toney, presented vast perspectives on Delta’s Fraternity, contributions to our families, communities and our Inc. and nation all inspired by the determination of our visionary Omega Psi founders. Soror Toney emphasized the notion that Delta Phi was predetermined and therefore it is. She enforced our Fraternity, theme by revealing that our organization’s courage and Inc. who strength has enabled us to meet the needs of the 20th are mentors century with purpose and well defined goals. She in the challenged us to continue in this 21st century to follow program. in the footsteps of our Founders and make a difference through service and friendship to others.

TOLEDO ALUMNAE CHAPTER Celebrates Heart Health Month

President of Wilberforce Alumnae Chapter, Soror Deidra K. Kennedy (le,) and the Ohio State Coordinator Soror H. Miche#e Toney

In honor of Heart Health Month, the Toledo Alumnae Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter, engaged in a fitness challenge to see which organization could lose the highest percentage of weight. The challenge weigh in took place at each sorority’s February chapter meetings and at Mercy St. Anne’s Hospital where both organizations came together for an evening of fun,

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the Ninth Annual Black Heritage Celebration kickoff. At halftime 50 sorors made a pyramid on the court, while a greeting from Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, our esteemed 21st National President, was played. Paying homage to the Sorority’s 100 years of public service, The CAVS presented GCAC with an official wine and gold jersey emblazoned with the number 100. Toledo Alumnae’s Team Delta celebrates Heart Health Month with a healthy competition against Team AKA.

health education, healthy snacks and to gear up for the competition between TEAM DELTA and TEAM AKA. The challenge officially started on March 1, 2013 and lasted eight weeks. Mercy agreed to sponsor the challenge, provide health screenings and track each organization’s weight. Kristal Barham, Program Coordinator for Chronic Disease Management for Mercy, was instrumental in assisting and planning the event. Mercy President & CEO, Andrea R. Price, FACHE, served as the guest speaker at an April 16, 2013, dinner held to commend competitors and discuss the importance of leading healthier lifestyles. Michelle McCaster, Mental and Physical Health Committee chair for Toledo Alumnae Chapter, came up with the idea to initiate the challenge. “I wanted to encourage my chapter to lead healthier lifestyles and I thought it would also be a great idea to include the AKAs as well,” said McCaster. “Our National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, encourages fostering partnerships and

this was an awesome way for the two organizations to join forces with MHP in an effort to impact the community.”

GREATER CLEVELAND ALUMNAE CHAPTER The Cleveland CAVS

WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA EASTERN PANHANDLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Celebrates its Centennial

The Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter held its Founders Day luncheon on February 23rd bringing together sorors from all Hundreds of sorors filled Quicken across the four-state area: West Loans Arena Friday, February 8, as Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and the Cleveland Cavaliers paid tribute to Pennsylvania. This event Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during Pay Tribute to Delta Sigma Theta

The Cleveland Cavaliers present members of Greater Cleveland Alumnae with a gold jersey emblazoned with the 100 to commemorate Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 100 years of Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.

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BECKLEY ALUMNAE CHAPTER Finances Matter

EPAC gave Sorors in attendance at its Founders Day Celebration these one-of-a-kind, beautiful Sisterhood Ba#s made of West Virginia blown glass. The ba#s are engraved with the Sorority’s Greek letters and 1913-2013. Those interested in these gems should email Ohdivas@aol.com.

commemorated 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service across the world. “We were founded by 22 undergraduate students who were ready to speak out for social justice during their time and we’ve continued that legacy of speaking out for social justice during our time as well,” says Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, the 22nd Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the keynote speaker for the EPAC Founders Day celebration. “They were women who were academically on the top of their game and we continue to promote academic excellence even 100 years later,” Boyd adds. “We are so excited about the Centennial and this celebration of our Founders Day here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. As a young chapter (chartered in 2007) we have done some amazing things in such a short time,” says Dr. Angela Oglesby, President of the EPAC. “We have numerous community service projects, such as mentoring groups, Delta Gems, Delta Academy, an annual Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction scholarship event, March of Dimes programs, Domestic Violence Initiatives, healthily lifestyle programs, and many more. We are excited to serve,” adds Oglesby. Sorors in attendance at the EPAC Founders Day event received Sisterhood Balls (one-of-a-kind West Virginia blown glass) as a gift for attending. If anyone is interested in purchasing a Sisterhood Ball call email Ohdivas@aol.com.

The Blazing Beckley Alumnae Chapter presented a Financial Fortitude Workshop on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The workshop was presented as a part of the Beckley Area Women United in Christ Fall Conference held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Tony Mazelon, Financial Consultant with Hilliard Lyons, discussed the importance of developing an individual or family financial plan, a practice that is rarely done within our community. He also shared tips to help individuals create a more secure financial future. One tip was to prepare a personal financial statement, annually. The statement should be made up of assets minus liabilities. Another tip is to prepare a monthly cash flow statement which shows how much money is coming in versus how much is going out. Mazelon also discussed the difference between useful debt and bad debt and shared debt elimination strategies. He ended his presentation with the importance of planning for retirement and how 401K’s and employee-sponsored retirement plans can help with the planning process. More than 50 women, between the ages of 22 to 80, participated in the workshop. The attendees expressed their appreciation for the information that was presented. Lisa DeLilly is the president of Beckley Alumnae Chapter.

BLUEFIELD ALUMNAE CHAPTER Appreciates Our Female Veterans Members of the Bluefield Alumnae Chapter joined sorors from New York, Alabama, California and Mississippi during IMPACT Day activities during the Founders Day Weekend Celebration in January in Washington D.C. Sorors Alicia Guyton and Marsha Houser assisted with delivering gift bags to all of the female veterans who have been admitted to, or receiving treatment from, the Washington DC Veterans Hospital. On Saturday, January 12, bags were given out to women at the Women’s Health Clinic in Washington, DC.

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Pictured Le,: Bluefield Chapter members participate in IMPACT day activities in the National’s Capital.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

WISCONSIN ZETA XI CHAPTER A Few Good Men Members of the Zeta Xi Core chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority wanted to do something different for the young men in their EMBODI program. Feeling that the participants had already heard much wisdom from sorors, they decided to draft a few good men for their event held on February 15. Hosted at West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, the event took on the form of a student organization fair. Organizations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, primarily focused on serving the male student body, were invited to the high school to staff tables and talk to EMBODI students. The young men heard from Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, in addition to the African Student

Association, the Wisconsin Association of Black Men, the UW School of Education and more. They learned about career opportunities and planning ahead for their future, yet particularly enjoyed getting to learn a few steps usually reserved for Greek step shows. Staff from the university who attended this first-time event remarked that they hope this will not be the last time for A Few Good Men.

MILWAUKEE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Invites Guests to Take a Journey to Wellness For Women’s Day/National Impact Day of Service, the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., invited the community to take part in its “Journey to Wellness.” The March 9, event was hosted by the chapter’s Mental & Physical Health Committee. The keynote speaker for the day was Soror Kimberly Montgomery, one of ten 2013 Go Red spokeswomen chosen nationwide by the American Heart Association to celebrate the Go Red Campaign’s tenth anniversary. She shared her personal story of surviving a heart attack. Sorors -om Wisconsin's four co#egiate chapters pay tribute to Delta's founders as 2nd National Vice President, Chelsea Hayes, looks on during a statewide centennial celebration.

A physically active and health conscious person, Soror Montgomery didn’t consider herself to be a candidate for heart disease. However, one afternoon she became suddenly ill after a hot yoga class. She was nauseous and sweating profusely – two symptoms of a heart attack. At a friend’s persistence, Soror Montgomery went to an urgent care clinic and was taken immediately to a hospital emergency room. The move saved her life. “We need to be reminded to take care of our bodies and pay attention when something is not right,” said Soror Montgomery. “We tend to focus so much on how everyone around us is feeling that we forget about ourselves.” In addition to Soror Montgomery’s message to take charge of one’s health, all guests had access to information and screenings provided by the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and the Sisters Network, Inc. After the presentation, Deltas gave out “hand prints” with facts and statistics related to African-American women and Diabetes. In addition, sorors also presented information about breast cancer and why it’s important to do monthly breast exams.

LAMBDA ALPHA CHAPTER Nelson to Give Commencement Speech     The Lambda Alpha Chapter is proud to announce that Soror Sydney Nelson, a graduating senior in the chapter, has been selected to give the

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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. 2013 commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Those in the running for the honor were required to submit a speech and go through a round of interviews. “Support your beliefs. Remain strong in your ideals. Never waiver with your morals.” Those are just a few of the words that captured the attention of the selection committee. Some of Soror Nelson’s activities and experience most likely did, as well. Pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and a minor in Spanish, Soror Nelson had the opportunity to be an intern at Ernst & Young. Less than a week after the internship ended, she traveled to London, England, for four weeks and participated in yet another three-credit travel study course that concluded with a trip to Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Guilin and Shijiazhuang, China. “Whitewater has been the single most important factor that

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Lambda Alpha Chapter member, Soror Sydney Nelson, selected to deliver commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

contributed to developing each of us into the socially responsible individual that we have become,” further writes Soror Nelson in her speech.

Co-Journalists KIMBERLEY CROCKETT, ESQ.

Kim is a member of the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter, WV. She is an attorney working as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in West Virginia, where she prosecutes major felonies. Soror Crockett is a native of Delaware (where she was a member of Dover Alumnae Chapter) and now lives in Falling Waters, WV with her husband Brian and their sons, Satchel (8) and Sidney (7). Crockett was initiated into the Omicron Upsilon Chapter (WVU) in Spring 1991. TANISHA MALLETT

Tanisha Mallett is a general assignment reporter for WBNS 10TV in Columbus, OH. She covers daily news stories including breaking news for the evening newscasts - Monday -Friday. Soror Mallett is a native of Queens, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of arts in journalism. She was initiated into the Kappa Phi Chapter in the Spring of 1992 and is currently a member of the Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter.

Do you have a successful chapter service, event or program you’d like to share? Then we want to hear from you! Using the Midwest Missile article submission criteria, write a brief event summary. Be sure to proofread it for content, flow and logic. Be sure to verify spellings of names, dates, times and other important information. Then, submit the article to your State’s Journalist. STATEWIDE JOURNALIST Zanette Sanders (IL) Dionne Blue (IN) Shannon Drane (KY) Alicia Nails (MI) Marquisha Lawrence (MN) Ameerah McBride (OH) Marsha Lawson (WV) Vivian King (WI) NEXT EDITION October 1, 2013 CRITERION • 250-word maximum • Third-person narrative • Topic-oriented • Microsoft Word format • Limit one high-resolution digital photo (JPEG) Regional Journalists May Edit, Delete Copy or Photos

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