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State of Affairs ... Illinois in Review
Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter Pi Omega Chapter Theta Epsilon Chapter Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter Peoria Alumnae Chapter Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter Chicago Alumnae Chapter Joilet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter Waukegan Alumnae Chapter Rockford Alumnae Chapter Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter Statewide Founders Day
Evansville Alumnae Chapter Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter
Kentucky is Shaking Things Up
Lexington Alumnae Chapter Frankfort Alumnae Chapter Louisville Alumnae Chapter
Michigan is on the Move! ! Detroit Alumnae Chapter Epsilon Epsilon Chapter
Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter Lansing Alumnae Chapter Pontiac Alumnae Chapter Nu Chapter Tau Chapter Southfield Alumnae Chapter Battle Creek Alumnae Chapter
Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter Nu Epsilon City-Wide Chapter
Ohio Making a Difference !!
Cincinnati Queen City Alumnae Chapter Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter Akron Alumnae Chapter Youngstown Alumnae Chapter Nu Phi City-Wide Chapter
Wild, Wonderful West Virginia!
Beckley Alumnae Chapter Bluefield Alumnae Chapter Charleston Institute Alumnae Chapter Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter Greater Morgantown Alumnae Chapter Huntington Alumnae Chapter Omicron Upsilon Chapter Theta Omega Chapter WV Social Action Committee WV State Founders Day
Whatâ€™s Happening Wisconsin
Zeta Xi Chapter Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter Lambda Alpha Chapter Madison Alumnae Chapter
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Midwest Missile Greetings from Our Leadership It is bittersweet to greet you, one last time, as the Regional Director of the Mighty Midwest Region. I count it an honor, and a privilege, to have been able to serve you in this position the past five years. Sorors, you have done much to make the region strong. Regina R. Harper With your support, and hard Midwest Regional Director work, we have been able to accomplish much in the past five years. Some of those accomplishments include: *Total of 12 chapters reactivated *Certified more than 100 Membership Intake Trainers *Certified more than 60 DID Trainers *100% of Midwest chapters execute at least two programs in each of our Five Point Programmatic thrusts *55% of Midwest chapters execute programs under the regional diabetes initiative. In addition, the Midwest Region has established several new programs. Two of them, Partnering with AARP and Delta Emergency Response Team (Delta ERT), have been adopted nationally. This is the work that has truly made the Midwest Region "Mighty." Thank you sorors for always keeping my charge foremost in your service: From the Heart We Lead, We Serve and We Empower. Leadership from the heart. Together we have led the way in programming, training, social action and living the sisterhood from the heart. Delta Love and Mine, Regina R. Harper Regional Director
Greetings to my dynamic Sorors of the Mighty Midwest! As sisterhood month and Founders Day celebrations come to a close, I pray your hearts are centered and refocused on continuing the work our Founders started Gillian Griggs those 101 years ago. As the school year starts to Midwest Regional close for my collegiate chapters, Representative start preparing for the following year. How can you strengthen the chapter? What leadership positions are right for you? Are there mentors you can approach for guidance? Also, be thinking of programs that worked this year and ideas for new programs for the following year. It is never too early to get a start on the work that must be done. Take this time to reflect on the past year and praise and encourage one another for jobs well-done. To all those completing or reaching the MIT finish line, congratulations and welcome to our glorious sisterhood! We greet you with love and compassion. I look forward to seeing you all come June in the Derby City - Louisville KY. It will be an honor to welcome you to my home city, and the home of both my undergraduate and alumnae chapters. We have been working hard to prepare an amazing conference, so please do not miss out. Your leadership plans to leave office with a BANG! Don’t forget to pack your Derby hats, glitz, and glam and I’ll see you at the starting gate. To God be the Glory, Gillian Griggs Regional Representative
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ILLINOIS ... IN REVIEW CHAMPAIGN-URBANA ALUMNAE & ALPHA NU CHAPTERS
Two, Four, Six, Eight Stop the Violence - Stop the Hate On March 8, 2014, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Champaign-Urbana Alumnae and Alpha Nu Chapters hosted the Women’s Suffrage March Re-enactment at the Independent Media Center in the Urbana community. Since domestic violence rates have soared in ChampaignUrbana in recent years, the focus of the march was on empowering victims. Our goal was to raise awareness and support for domestic violence victims and their loved ones. The program was co-sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) and MENgageMENT. Molly McLay, Assistant Director of The Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presented statistics on domestic violence, signs of abuse, and resources to women who have been victims of domestic violence. Students from a local elementary and high school performed for those who were in attendance University of Illinois students and local residents participated in the march and chanted alongside us, “Two, Four, Six, Eight. Stop the Violence. Stop the hate!” The Re-Enactment of the Women’s Suffrage March is one of the “40 Days of Nonviolence” events hosted by the Black Greek Alumnae Association. SCHAUMBURG-HOFFMAN ESTATES ALUMNAE CHAPTER City of Elgin Honors Chapter for Community Service The City of Elgin, Illinois, under the leadership of the Honorable Dave Kaptain and Elgin Council, honored the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter on February 26th for its outstanding service in the community. The chapter’s service includes extensive work with the Elgin Community Crisis Center through the donation of 6000 size one diapers, donating business attire to women in transition, providing holiday cheer through annual holiday celebrations and holding varied fundraising events to provide donations to the center. Additionally, the chapter has provided support to the Elgin Arts Center as well as the Second Baptist Church of Elgin through varied service initiatives.
PI OMEGA CHAPTER For Girls Only Since its reactivation in fall 2013, sorors of the Pi Omega Chapter have hit the ground running. The six women, who make up the chapter, implemented a successful Delta Week during the month of January. The week featured programs ranging from a panel discussion on healthy relationships, to an interactive selfdefense seminar. Pi Omega has committed itself to encouraging students to stay focused on their studies by hosting a number of “Study with the Deltas” events. As part of Women’s Appreciation Month, the Pi Omega Chapter held a seminar called “For Girls Only.” The seminar, which was geared toward middle and high school students, focused on college life, and being involved with organizations while managing to keep good grades. The chapter will end the semester with an Exhibition Yard Show.
THETA EPSILON ALUMNAE CHAPTER Founders Week 2014 After celebrating 101 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service, on January 13, 2014, the Theta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., presented its annual Founders week to the Bradley University campus. Held February 9 - February 14, 2014, the week’s theme and title was “Thank God for Founders.” The events celebrated and commemorated our chapter’s charter day, the 19 courageous women who chartered Theta Epsilon, and the chapter’s 43 years of service to Bradley University and the Peoria, Illinois, community. Pictured Right: Members of Pi Omega Chapter Celebrate a Successful Delta Week
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BLOOMINGTON NORMAL ALUMNAE CHAPTER The Seventh Annual Soulful Gospel Brunch The Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter (BNAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its seventh annual Soulful Gospel Brunch on Saturday, March 15. More than 250 guests enjoyed an extensive buffet and performances from some of the great gospel talent in Central Illinois. This year’s special guest was Gigi Burrell who is originally from Peoria, IL, and now lives in Houston, TX. Burrell has appeared in several live productions and sings with a variety of gospel artists and groups. She will release an album later this year. Proceeds from the Gospel Brunch are used to fund scholarships and the Delta Academy and Delta GEMS programs. The BNAC chapter looks forward to hosting the Eighth Annual Soulful Gospel Brunch in 2015. PEORIA ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Pictured Above: Members of Bloomington Norman Alumnae Chapter children they serve and who would receive gifts during the holiday season. The chapter donated 70 dolls and toys, making their toy drive a huge success. This collaboration is in alignment with our mission “To provide public service with a primary focus on the Black community.” The Neighborhood House is dedicated to providing a safe haven with comprehensive services that meet the social, emotional and material needs of individuals and families from infancy to the elderly. The common goal of all services is to enhance the quality of life and foster independence of those served.
Helps During the Holidays The Peoria Alumnae Chapter responded to a need from the Neighborhood House Toy Shop and donated dolls of color for the
Pictured Above: Soror assisting Evanston Township High School to register newly eligible teens to vote. Pictured Le": Members of Peoria Alumnae Chapter pictured with the many do$s and toys co$ected for The Neighborhood House.
EVANSTON NORTH SHORE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Social Action Committee Is on the Move The Evanston North Shore Alumnae Chapter’s (ENSA) Social Action Committee was hard at work during the first quarter of 2014. In January, ENSA partnered with the Evanston League of Women Voters, the YWCA, and the NAACP to host a Voting Rights Forum. Soror Evonda Thomas-Smith, co-chair of ENSA’s Social Action Committee, moderated the event. In addition, ENSA hosted a voter registration drive at Evanston Township High School to register newly eligible 17year-olds to vote. ENSA then took its energy to Washington, D.C., sending four sorors as well as two Theta Alpha (Northwestern University) sorors, to Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital. Sorors met with representatives from the offices of Sen. Durbin and Sen. Kirk to discuss key legislation and ways to support positive change in Evanston. ENSA sorors returned from Delta Days ready to work and sent two delegates to the, “Get Covered Illinois” statewide training that
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.! certifies individuals to assist others with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The chapter then hosted its own training in March where 14 sorors and guests were trained by Get Covered Illinois. ENSA and Get Covered Illinois hosted phone banks that informed people about the Affordable Care Act. The volunteers reached more than 250 uninsured individuals and made more than 800 calls to give consumers information about getting coverage under ACA. ENSA registered at least 16 people for health insurance. CHICAGO ALUMNAE CHAPTER Encouraging Young Men During the month of February 2014, the young men of EMBODI were busy participants in structured community service intended to convey the importance of giving unselfishly of their time, presence and ideas. The month began at Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing and services to families of hospitalized children. The young men prepared a meal for 30 residents; some of them experienced cooking for the first time. At the end of the day, the residents were grateful to the young men of EMBODI who took time to talk with them and hear their stories while providing a meal to share with good company. As February came to a close, EMBODI collaborated with the Delta Academy, the Delta GEMS, the Domestic Violence Committee, the Special Projects Committee, the Lambda Chapter and the Kappa Leadership Institute-Chicago for the 2014 Teen Summit – Keepin’ It Real. More than 115 young people participated in workshops focused on bullying, domestic violence and human trafficking. Spirited discussions were held about teen dating, the importance of positive interactions with law enforcement, achieving good decision-making skills and the consequences of negative actions.
Representatives from Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs provided information, shared their knowledge and provided career insight to all in attendance. JOILET AREA/SOUTH SUBURBAN ALUMNAE CHAPTER International Day of Service When the Sorors of the Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter (JASSAC) learned that young girls in Africa don’t have access to sanitary supplies, and are forced to miss school every month, they knew they had to get involved. JASSAC, in conjunction with its International Awareness and Involvement Committee, decided to join the campaign to “Empower Girls: Period” and provide at least 50 “HURU” Kits to girls in Africa! The HURU Kits, which cost $25 each, provide each girl with eight reusable sanitary pads, three pairs of undergarments, soap, and a bag to carry the supplies to and from school. Additionally, HURU International will provide an educational session to the girls when they receive their kits that will focus on HIV and AIDS Prevention. The Kits, which are assembled in Africa, will also provide employment to the adults in the respective community. This project is a WIN, WIN, WIN, which will enable us to EMPOWER GIRLS: PERIOD!!! EAST ST. LOUIS ALUMNAE CHAPTER EMBODI Highlights Its Transition to Adulthood Successfully Program One group of adolescents at greatest risk for failing to make a successful transition to adulthood is delinquent youth who end up in the “deep end” of the juvenile justice system. These youth come disproportionately from impoverished, single parent homes, located in disinvested neighborhoods. East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter’s (ESLAC) “Transition to Adulthood Successfully” program is designed to Photo Le": Forming an unprecedented partnership with the I$inois Judicial Community, DST-ESLAC has embarked on an eﬀort to seal and/or expunge eligible juvenile criminal records.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.! improve the odds for those youth so they can make a successful transition to adulthood. Forming an unprecedented partnership with the Illinois Judicial Community, DST-ESLAC has embarked on an effort to seal and/or expunge eligible juvenile criminal records. That will ensure those young people are not barred from college entry or employment. The most recent law informational assembly was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at East St. Louis Sr. High School for more than 100 students. Theresa Lyons Flanders is EMBODI Chair and Adriann Adams-Gulley is East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter President.
Pictured Right: Members of Waukegan Alumnae Chapter together with the distinguished Masons of the David Worthington Lodge #11 North Chicago, IL
WAUKEGAN ALUMNAE CHAPTER EMBODI Program Partners with David Worthington Lodge #11 The Waukegan Alumnae Chapter has offered EMBODI program activities to its service area since the 2009 – 2010 sorority year. This sorority year, the chapter joined forces with the David Worthington Lodge #11 AAR of North Chicago, Illinois, to create programs for EMBODI. The collaborative effort has resulted in strong programs for EMBODI participants in Lake County. The programs include; monthly sessions geared toward problem solving, goal setting and meeting objectives; college and career readiness; interpersonal communication; personal accountability; and community service. The young men prepare, and serve, breakfast to the residents of the Leo Kukla Towers and Thompson Manor senior housing communities in North Chicago. Each monthly session features a hands-on activity (i.e., learning to properly tie a tie, doing mock job interviews, etc.) as well as time for the young men, and the Masons, to speak “man to man.” The young men of EMBODI
enthusiastically participate and enjoy the time with the Masons. David Worthington Lodge #11 AAR is a subordinate lodge of the Regular Grand Lodge of Illinois Ancient & Honorable Fraternity of Free & Accepted Masons. Its mission is to promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. ROCKFORD ALUMNAE CHAPTER Gospel Brunch
On February 22nd, the Rockford Alumnae Chapter hosted its fifth annual Gospel Brunch. The theme was “Down by the Riverside” and the brunch was held at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center in Rockford. The luncheon brought together business and community leaders to help raise money for the chapter’s annual scholarships. The chapter also honored one of its charter members, Soror Karen Portis, for her hard work and dedication to the Rockford community. The spirit was moving through the venue as guests were entertained in song, and dance, by talented representatives from the Rockford, Freeport, DeKalb, and Beloit service areas. Chicago native Kalind L. Haynes, a contestant on Season two of BET’s “Sunday’s Best,” blessed the crowd with his powerful testimony and voice. The Rockford Alumnae choir gave moving renditions of contemporary gospel tunes. Although we were raising funds to support our efforts, we wanted to give God the praise, glory and honor because he is worthy. Pictured Le": Sorors of Rockford Alumnae pictured at the 5th Annual Gospel Brunch.
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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA ALUMNAE CHAPTER Sisterhood Lunch Series This year, sorors in the Champaign-Urbana Alumnae chapter, decided to join in fellowship after each chapter meeting. Under the theme, “Sisterhood Lunch Series,” the gatherings allowed sorors to get to know more about each other’s families, work load, progress in school and personal endeavors. The lunch outings were filled with laughter, healthy eating tips and stories that confirm the notion that, “I am my sister’s keeper.” In addition, the Sisterhood Lunch Series lent its support to African-American businesses by dining at black owned restaurants or using black owned caterers whenever possible. GLEN ELLYN AREA ALUMNAE CHAPTER Impacts Local Youth and the High School Fair On March 19th, members of the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter participated in a Health Fair sponsored by the Loyola University School Based Health Center at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL. The chapter was excited to be a part of the annual health fair, again, and engage students in conversations about the importance of taking care of themselves. This year’s focus was on Mental Health. Sorors had the opportunity to speak with more than one thousand high school students on dealing with stress and identifying symptoms of depression. These issues are becoming more prevalent in youth who are dealing with a myriad of issues at home, school, and socially. This is Glen Ellyn’s third year participating in this event and chapter sorors look forward to volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of our future leaders.
Chicago Celebrates its Statewide Founders Day with National First Vice President Beverly Evans Smith
Illinois Sorors Treated to a “Taste of Chicago” Photo Le": C-UAC members enjoy fe$owship at its Sisterhood Luncheon Series.
STATEWIDE FOUNDERS DAY Sorors from the state of Illinois were treated to “A Taste of Chicago” as Chicago Alumnae Chapter President Joanne Woods and the Chicago Alumnae Chapter hosted more than 850 Sorors for the state’s annual Statewide Founders Day Weekend. Sorors were motivated and uplifted all weekend long. Illinois State Coordinator Debbie Brooks asked Sorors to: “Do a little
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. more than you did last year, commit back to Delta,” and guest speaker, National First Vice President Beverly Evans Smith, encouraged Sorors to become “Second Century Deltas,” and lead in the next 100 years. The weekend concluded with a worship service led by Illinois State Chaplin Rev. Marilyn Barnes, who asked Sorors “Are you the one?” Highlights of the weekend celebration included the community service project “DV5,” which stands for Domestic Violence and the Sorority’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust. Sorors made contributions to DV5 that totaled $3,182. Five domestic violence agencies were selected from submissions sent in by Illinois chapter presidents. Each agency received a $762 donation. The winning Alumnae Chapters were: Glen Ellyn Area, Joliet Area South Suburban, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield-Decatur.
INDIANA EVANSVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Busy, Productive, and Effective! Evansville Alumnae Chapter (EAC) kicked off Black History Month with its second Black History Quest Competition. Assisted and timed by sorors, contestants shared their knowledge of historical African Americans in the fields of science, sports, medicine, music, literature, politics, and other areas of study. After the last round of competition, trophies and gift cards were awarded to an elementary, a middle school, and a high school winner. EAC also hosted an Affordable Care Act workshop on February 8, as part of the Social Action committee’s efforts to provide our community with the information to make educated decisions about health care. Chapter member Tanisha Carothers facilitated a question/answer format workshop, which was well attended by both
Pictured Above: Indianapolis Alumnae members assist individuals as they sign up for health care. Over 30 sorors served at the enro$ment events where over 2200 Central Indiana residents enro$ed in health care insurance. community organizations and individual citizens. An onsite navigator counseled individuals on their specific needs. Those in attendance say it was helpful to be able to register for health care while at the workshop. Based on positive feedback and several requests, a second annual re-enactment of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March was held on March 30. Following the march, and reception, a play written by a local playwright was held at the Evansville Museum of Arts, Sciences & History. The play focused on the 1964 struggles and triumphs of seven historical women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. All seven women, donned in 60s era fashions, were portrayed by members of EAC. Several other women’s organizations and many private citizens participated in the march. INDIANAPOLIS ALUMNAE CHAPTER Counts Down to Coverage The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter answered the Call to Action and was on hand to assist Eskenazi Health with two Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Enrollment Events. Eskenazi Health, the county’s public hospital, sponsored Enroll Indianapolis Day on March 15th and achieved such overwhelming success that the event was repeated on March 29th. Sorors served as greeters to assist enrollees in navigating the event and venue. Serving in one of the 23 states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage, IAC was compelled to take Pictured Le": Members of Evansvi$e Alumnae congratulate the winners of the Quest with trophies and gi* cards at its 2nd Black History Month Quest Competition.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. action and launch a Countdown to Coverage project that included both assisting in enrollment events and amplifying the “Get Covered” message before the looming March 31st enrollment deadline. Sorors shared ACA facts and enrollment event information to increase awareness and encourage enrollment via email, facebook and twitter. More than 30 sorors served at enrollment events where more than 2200 Central Indiana residents enrolled in healthcare insurance.
empowered choices. Consequently, empowered women will ask, “When it comes to domestic violence, what’s love got to do with it?”
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Delta Day in the Kentucky State Capital
IS SHAKING THINGS UP LEXINGTON ALUMNAE CHAPTER What’s Love Got to Do With It? According to national statistics, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic Violence experts in Kentucky say, in the Bluegrass State, it’s one in three. This rising rate moved sorors in the Lexington (KY) Alumnae Chapter to take action. LAC Domestic Violence Prevention Co-Chairs, Sorors Ashlee Pearson and Maxine Thomas, and their committee, produced, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Sorors partnered with the West End Community Empowerment Project for the event. Eta Rho sorors were also on hand to help engage the community and equip participants at this domestic violence prevention and selfdefense workshop.
On March 5th, the Frankfort Alumnae Chapter hosted “Delta Day at the Kentucky State Capital,” which marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March in Frankfort, Kentucky. Fifty years ago, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson, among many others, marched to the capitol steps in Frankfort for civil rights. Sorors throughout the state of Kentucky from the collegiate chapters Xi, Mu Epsilon and Eta Omicron, to the Alumnae Chapters from Fort Knox, Lexington and Louisville, participated in supporting the Social Action mission. Many took time for a photo opportunity with Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear.
Though the attendees ranged in age from 16 to 60, their needs were the same. They sought personal protection information and “how to” advice for supporting loved ones who must navigate the volatile “leave or stay” terrain. Representatives from the Fayette County Family Court and Family Rape & Crisis Center were also on hand to give advice. Inspiring testimonies from survivors, and the interactive “hit and run” techniques from self-defense experts, rounded out the event. Attendees left with renewed confidence in their ability to speak up for themselves and others. Sorors left with a renewed commitment to LAC activities that give girls a voice. Deltas know that when girls have a voice, they grow into women who make
Pictured Above: Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, pictured on the steps of the Capitol with sorors attending Delta Day at the State Capital March 5, 2014.
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LOUISVILLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER Supports Ban the Box Sorors from the Louisville Alumnae chapter, and several community organizations, participated in the “Ban the Box” rally and press conference on March 13, 2014. Ban the Box is a campaign in support of an ordinance that would remove criminal history from city job applications. The Louisville Metro Council passed the ordinance 26-0, and now applicants applying for city jobs will no longer have Sorors support the Ban the Box campaign aimed at eliminating inquiries a box on its application forms asking into applicant’s criminal history when applying for city jobs. about criminal history. Questions regarding criminal history can be explored during the interview process. It those who cannot stand for themselves,” said Jackson as is a move that gives applicants a fair chance of she thanked the Chronicle for recognizing the gaining employment. continuing legacy of the Founders. The honor capped off the sorority’s centennial year, which saw the Detroit chapter’s logo, designed by Detroit Delta Fay Jackson, used by Deltas throughout IS ON THE MOVE the sisterhood. Attached is a link to the video that was played as the DETROIT ALUMNAE CHAPTER four chapter presidents took the stage. Click on the Delta in the image below. Metro Detroit Deltas are
Legacy in Motion The presidents of the Detroit, Inkster, Pontiac and Southfield alumnae chapters gathered in December to accept the “Legacy in Motion Newsmakers of the Year Award” from Michigan’s leading African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle. The four chapter award was presented at an elegant affair in the Grand Ballroom of Cobo Center, on the Detroit riverfront. Motown founder, Berry Gordy, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. The award was accepted by Detroit Alumnae President Marcia A. Jackson, as Inkster Alumnae President Soraya Williams Farver, Pontiac Alumnae President Valerie Reese and Southfield Alumnae President Marcia Griffin all stood together on the stage. “This Centennial year of service and celebration has seen tens of thousands of Deltas travel back to D.C. to lead the reenactment of the suffrage march, worship together, honor our Founders, and celebrate 100 years of working for civil rights, women's rights and the rights of
EPSILON EPSILON CHAPTER The National Second Vice President and Her Chapter Have a Full Agenda: Spartan Service The Michigan State University home chapter of the Sorority’s National Second Vice President, Brittani Blackwell, went “old school” in January, holding a Jabberwock talent competition to celebrate Founders Day. In February, the chapter held a full week of programs themed “Your Black Is Beautiful.”
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. “Red Stains” encouraged women’s empowerment, with representatives from the campus counseling center speaking on mental health and the importance of remaining uplifted. “World Class Citizen” saw chapter members who have studied abroad encouraging fellow Spartans to do so as well, by touting the benefits and opportunities of international travel and experience. “Investing in your future” exposed students to the basics of financial investments, stocks and bonds – emphasizing how beginning early in life can pay off in large dividends in the future. “Law Abiding Citizen” was held in collaboration with the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Students were made aware of some of the newly enacted laws of 2014, especially as they relate to health care, gender identity, and the minimum wage. EE also held a fundraiser called “Cards for Kids,” which involves making cards for adolescent patients at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. For Physical and Mental Health, the chapter invited students in to Zumba! and to learn how college students can stay physically and mentally healthy. Finally, a pancake eating contest was held at IHOP as a fundraiser. The chapter raises scholarship dollars to be awarded at the annual scholarship ball.
GRAND RAPIDS ALUMNAE CHAPTER Smooth Sounds Raise Cool Cash for Scholarships More than 300 guests attended the annual Jazz Brunch scholarship fundraiser on Feb. 15, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter. The event, held at Charley's Crab riverside restaurant, featured the musical stylings of Entyce. Proceeds from the event support and encourage deserving students to continue pursuing academic excellence. Nearly $12,000 in scholarships will be presented during May week. “Over the past 20 years, the Grand Rapids Alumnae Chapter has proudly provided over $300,000 in scholarships to honor academic success, leadership, and commitment to community service of African-American youth in our community. Academic scholarships represent a point of pride, inspiration, and affirmation. They are our way of saying, ‘We recognize your hard work and we are proud of you!,’” said Chapter President Vanessa Greene.
Pictured Above: Kalamazoo Alumnae sorors, Roberts, Bates and Adalabe, at work hosting its annual blood drive in co$aboration with the Red Cross.
KALAMAZOO ALUMNAE CHAPTER An Essential Drive - for Health Each year Kalamazoo Alumnae supports the work of the American Red Cross with an annual blood drive. The vital project began in 1986 as a Pyramid service project and Kalamazoo sorors have continued this collaboration with the Red Cross ever since. The Chapter held the Jean Peterson/Dr. Charles Drew Memorial Blood Drive Feb. 12 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. The event was named in memory of a soror, and to honor the African-American physician who innovated the storing and banking of blood. Chapter members made public service announcements, gave radio interviews and distributed flyers to encourage a turn-out that netted their highest number of successful donors. This publicity also gave the Chapter the opportunity to educate the community on the need for African-American blood donors, and to provide nutritional information for potential participants.
LANSING ALUMNAE CHAPTER Delta GEMS and “Blessing Bags” The Delta GEMS of the Lansing Alumnae Chapter spearheaded a project to create “Blessing Bag” boxes, to kick off the new year in the spirit of giving and service. The bags were developed to support the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing in their efforts to uplift and sustain women who are in need of support. The gift bags held toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash, lotion, shampoo and similar personal care items, all solicited for this purpose.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Sisterhood was developed and demonstrated as Sorority members, Delta GEMS and their advisors – as well as participating parents – all gathered on a Saturday to collect, separate, organize and decorate the toiletries and the gift boxes. More than 150 women were blessed by the eight large boxes full of personal care items that were delivered to the Women’s Center on January 21. Executive Director Cindy Alwood was on hand to receive the donation. The local charity is a private non-profit organization that helps women realize their potential, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and develop emotional and physical wellbeing, regardless of their income level.
PONTIAC ALUMNAE CHAPTER The honorable Marcia L. Fudge Hits a Key Note as Founders Day Speaker Delta’s 21st National President, the Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, was the keynote speaker as the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter hosted its 2014 Founders Day celebration. More than 300 guests witnessed Advocacy in Action…100 Years and Beyond from the Ohio congressional
representative. The audience heard a resounding message as Fudge said that the voices in our communities need to be heard and respected without any need of asking for permission to speak. The chapter was joined by elected officials, business and Pictured Above: Lansing Alumnae Chapter’s community leaders as they recognized the sorority’s Delta GEMS proudly present “Blessing Bag” founding, rooted in social action boxes of toiletries to the Women’s Center of – and focused on the future. Greater Lansing. Sorors and guests were Pictured Below: Nu Chapter sorors greet treated to a musical tribute fe$ow students with breakfast written, arranged and as a show of “community.” performed by the National Music Director for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kimberly Jordan and by Marcia Butler Holt, the past co-chair of the Sorority’s national Commission on Arts and Letters. PAC’s Social Action Chair Jacquelyn McClinton recounted numerous victories won in the community through the act of voting, deemed Victory in Voting. The city’s first female and recently elected mayor, Deirdre Waterman NU CHAPTER M.D. who is a member of Alpha Wolverines at Work! Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was in attendance and presented the chapter with a special proclamation They say the best way to get from the City of Pontiac. someone’s attention is by breaking The importance of the bread with them – so the sorors of upcoming midterm elections was the University of Michigan’s Nu also stressed. Sorors and guests Chapter did just that. To show the were asked to sign a pledge campus their appreciation for committing to vote in all upcoming student support of their programs, elections and to encourage their and to provide an opportunity to friends, family and neighbors to do educate even more students on the same. Delta programming, the Chapter provided free bagels and juice to Delta’s 21st National President, the hardworking students as they rushed Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, addresses to class. The March morning Pontiac Alumnae Chapter sorors at its offering was just a little “pick-meup” but the thoughtful gesture also Founders Day celebration.
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served as a connection to the campus community. The Michigan students expressed their gratitude for the distribution of nutrition by offering donations and other support to upcoming Nu Chapter events.
TAU CHAPTER Wayne State’s Real World Focus informs Chapter Programming The sorors of Detroit’s Wayne State University celebrated Founders Day in January with a week of events, including Depression Jeopardy. Couched as a game show, the informational Pictured Above: Tau Chapter members and the men of Omega session asked students thought-provoking work together to address domestic violence. questions to raise awareness about mental health conditions and treatments – and to reduce the stigma around mental challenges. Healthy eating and The third annual Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute sufficient sleep were also emphasized, as deterrents to the Girl 2 Girl Summit featured interactive workshops which fatigue that often saps a student’s well-being, sending engaged participants through games and guided them into despair. Speakers informed students about discussions. campus facilities that provide depression screening and With the assistance of their advisors, the Southfield other services, so that they would know where to seek GEMS facilitated workshops on Financial Awareness, more information or direct assistance. Physical and Mental Health, and College Readiness – as This event followed up on an earlier informational well as a community service activity. seminar. Speak Up, Act Out: Breaking the Silence Against Domestic Violence was held in partnership with the men Emphasizing the importance of community service, each participant made a friendship bracelet and a card to of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Experts spoke on the prevalence of abuse among college-aged couples and on give to a cognitive or physically impaired student at nearby Cloverdale School. Those who participated in the recognizing the signs of impending control and abuse community service project received a certificate issues. Counselors and resources for dealing with any documenting their two hours of community service, a current situations were made available to attendees as requirement for graduation in many Michigan schools. well. At the end of the summit, all of the young ladies Chapter advisory team member and Midwest Region received a goody bag that included a resource manual. Social Action Coordinator Kim Trent serves on the Created by the Southfield GEMS and their advisors, it university’s board of governors. She greeted students, contained finance tips, information on scholarships, and encouraging them to excel academically and to be tips on living a healthy lifestyle. proactive in seeking help when it is needed. Many said they had a new appreciation of the long term impacts of short-sighted choices. The young ladies SOUTHFIELD said they received useful information on how to make ALUMNAE CHAPTER decisions to ensure that they are able to remain classy GEMS Girl 2 Girl Summit is fabulous and fly! #classyfabulousandfly! More than 125 young ladies, including Delta GEMS from the Detroit and Pontiac Alumnae chapters, as well as other high school aged young ladies, attended this year’s Girl 2 Girl summit, titled #classyfabulousandfly.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BATTLE CREEK ALUMNAE CHAPTER Lifted Up Higher! Lifted up by the sounds of Western Michigan University’s Gospel Choir, as they urged the assembled to “lift your spirits higher,” sorors from Battle Creek Alumnae Chapter joined with sorors from Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter to celebrate Founders Day on Feb. 22 at Kalamazoo’s Mount Zion Baptist Church. Morning activities began with a motivational Rededication Ceremony, followed by a catered brunch with spirit-filled entertainment from the WMU Gospel Choir. Sorors were able to fellowship and to spread that “Good ol’ Delta Love” all throughout the day.
Magnificent MINNESOTA MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL ALUMNAE CHAPTER Committed to Community Outreach, Health and Education through Multiple Programs 24th National President Cynthia M. A. ButlerMcIntyre delivered inspiring words at the Founders Day Prayer Breakfast themed “Uncompromising Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership Empowerment” on February 16. Chapter donation and outreach efforts included support for Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery on Founders Day weekend, St. James Lutheran Church’s Loaves and Fishes meal program at the Sisterhood Month worship service on March 23, and SafeZone Resource Center for Homeless and At Risk Youth during the 3rd Annual EMBODI Forum on April 5. Self-esteem and healthy relationships were areas of focus for youth programs with workshops on healthy relationships for the GEMS on January 11, teen dating violence at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on February 20, bullying and teen violence for the Academy/GEMS participants on March 8, and the Academy/GEMS monthly book club. The chapter continued promotion of healthy living by hosting two sessions with the American Heart Association at Baraza, a health expo for Black women, on March 22: Hands-Only CPR and Simple Cooking with Heart. In ten weeks of phase two of the Fit 4 Our Future program, sorors logged over 58,000 workout minutes and encouraged nearly 30 people to exercise with them. Education initiatives included a Delta Day at the State Capital on March 14 focusing on the achievement gap in Minnesota and the presentation of four scholarships to high school seniors at the 18th Annual Literary Luncheon, a signature event featuring author and actor Hill Harper on April 12.
NU EPSILON CITY-WIDE CHAPTER Pictured Above Top: The WMU Gospel Choir prepares to li" spirits with song as Battle Creek Alumnae and Kalamazoo Alumnae Chapter celebrate Founders Day. Pictured Bottom: Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter members during Delta Day at the State Capital.
Promoting Awareness of Juvenile Diabetes Research and Domestic Violence Nu Epsilon City-Wide Chapter took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, February 22. The walk raised
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. money for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research and demonstrated support for the millions of people affected by this disease. The event began with an energized rally and then participants walked the halls of the mall in solidarity wearing colorful tee shirts and holding signs. The walk concluded with child and adult ambassadors sharing their stories of what it is like to live with diabetes and what the research is trying to accomplish. The chapter participated in the walk and made a monetary donation towards the $1,318,075.93 that was raised. On Thursday, March 6, Nu Epsilon City-Wide Chapter held their first event of the semester: “Red Alert: Relationship Violence Part One” at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the first of a twopart event aimed at bringing awareness to domestic violence. The event started with a captivating documentary of a domestic violence situation followed by an interactive discussion facilitated by a professor from the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. The discussion challenged participants to think about what domestic violence is and how it affects women of color. The well-attended event left participants with a broader knowledge of the different forms of domestic violence, how it affects different genders, and how it is perceived in different cultures.
OHIO Making a Diﬀerence CINCINNATI QUEEN CITY ALUMNAE CHAPTER Sorors Share Spirit of Giving During Sisterhood Month In honor of Sisterhood Month, the Cincinnati Queen City Alumnae (CQCA) Chapter volunteered at Matthew 25: Ministries. More than 1500 personal care packages were packed to be distributed to those in need. This community service project brought together Sorors and family members for three hours on a Saturday morning. CQCA carefully chose Matthew 25: Ministries for its volunteer efforts because the organization’s mission in keeping with scripture found in Matthew 25:34-40 of the New Testament: to provide nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need. Other chapter activities
Pictured Above: Nu Epsilon City-Wide Chapter sorors are a$ smiles a"er their successful event “Red Alert: Relationship Violence Part One” at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. during Sisterhood Month included Line Dancing, Zumba, Church Service, and the chapter’s Annual Beautilltion Militaire.
CINCINNATI ALUMNAE CHAPTER CINCINNATI ALUMNAE TAKES A STAND AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter hosted the “Let’s Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence” Rally in partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department and other local nonprofits. The event was held during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, at the Madisonville Recreation Center.
Pictured Above: CQCA sorors, family, and ,iends volunteer at Matthew 25:Ministries.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. A Physical & Mental Health Committee initiative, the Rally included testimonials and a panel discussion. Police officers shared their experiences with domestic violence cases in Cincinnati schools and communities. Soror Janaya Trotter, attorney, provided a glimpse into such cases from her perspective of defending victims. A representative from Women Helping Women shared her heartfelt testimony from the vantage point of being the mother of a daughter who survived domestic violence. The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati shared information about the organization’s DV prevention, intervention and advocacy programs. The panel featured Hamilton County judges Dwane K. Mallory and Heather Russell, as well as two local officials. Attendees received purple ribbon lapel pins to promote DV awareness. Gift baskets donated by Procter & Gamble were given to DV victims in attendance. In addition to coverage on the chapter’s and partners’ websites and social media pages, the event was featured in a news segment on the local channel 5, as well as on the Fox 19 News website. “The [Rally] was a HUGE success! Our vision for the program was to give all participants a voice, increase knowledge and supportive resources to ‘Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence’” shared soror Rosalind Moore, chair of the chapter’s Physical & Mental Health Committee.
GREATER CLEVELAND ALUMNAE CHAPTER A Meal to Heal & the GEMS “Ain’t no stopping us now” could easily have been the anthem for members of the GCAC Domestic Violence Initiative committee and the Delta GEMS as they each braved crippling cold, wicked wind, and the severe snow of the late January polar vortex to serve the community. Several members of the Domestic Violence Initiative committee barreled through the cold to provide warm hands, warm words, and warm food to 34 residents of the West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The center houses a Women’s and children’s shelter that accepts homeless single women, mothers with children who have resided in substandard living conditions, and victims of domestic violence. Committee members crafted a warm and uplifting program filled with positive meditations and information about the sorority and her history of public service. During and after the meal, Sorors interacted with the families - intently listening to their stories and
Pictured Above: Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter sorors partner with local law enforcement, judicial resources, and victims of intimate partner violence to bring awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence. sharing positive messages. One resident stated, “This is one of the best experiences I’ve had since I came here.” The West Side Catholic Center was established in 1977 by several area churches that saw a critical need within the community due to extreme poverty. The Delta GEMS community service activity was held on a blustery day in late January, but despite the frosty temperatures 20 GEMS pressed forward and volunteered their time and talents at the Cleveland Foodbank. The young ladies spent four hours sorting food products for repackaging and distribution to local area hunger centers. “It was fun - it didn’t feel like work,” said Delta GEM and high school freshman Saidah. “Everyone should want do something to help others. I look forward to doing this again.” Despite the weather, the GEMS spirits were high, the work went quickly, and the Cleveland Foodbank staff was impressed with the groups’ work ethic.
AKRON ALUMNAE CHAPTER Healthy Options The Akron Alumnae Chapter hosted three community programs in March - all focused on promoting health. The Social Action Committee partnered with Organizing for America, Enroll America, and the Minority Behavioral Health Group to host an enrollment drive for the Affordable Care Act. Sixteen people were served. Of the sixteen, 6 people found Marketplace coverage, 5 people signed up for Medicare, and 5 people have applications pending. The chapter will support a second enrollment event later in the year in November. The Delta Academy and GEMS participants held a youth health fair on Diabetes. The event was organized and run by the students, who welcomed 110 youth and parents to the event. The fair included breakout sessions
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. with speakers on stress and nutrition and various booths with healthy lifestyle vendors. Additionally, 20 students from the local elementary school displayed their entries to the Diabetes Awareness Poster contest. The final event Pictured Above: Akron Alumnae was the finale to the Chapter sorors and GEMS Diabetes Committee participate in a Youth 10-week “Biggest Health Fair on Diabetes. Loser” Greek Challenge. Akron Alumnae challenged the other Divine 9 organizations to create a team and take part in a weight loss challenge to lose a minimum of 10 pounds and promote Diabetes awareness. During the 10 week challenge, there were food and label reading workshops hosted in a local minority-owned grocery store, line dancing held in the mall, and a power-walk day around the interior of the mall. Of the 117 participants, the top 10 lost a combined total of 153.4 pounds.
YOUNGSTOWN ALUMNAE CHAPTER Adopts School in Nigeria, West Africa The Sorors of YAC are committed to public service. The citywide chapter has adopted a West African school. The small village in Nigeria is the home to many children who attend school without electricity, running water or bathroom facilities. The chapter president, Dr. Michelle McCollin, takes the donated items from Sorors and community members to Nigeria during her travels and the children are always grateful for the supplies. The chapter has donated more than $1,500 in teacher supplies and student resources within the past two years. This March, 40 science content books were donated to the school library. Currently, the school’s library contains only severely outdated workbooks from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The chapter has also donated more than one thousand pair of new and used prescription eyeglasses and reading glasses to the same community inasmuch as this West African village has the largest per-capita population of blindness and vision problems in the world.
NU PHI CITY-WIDE CHAPTER H.A.N.D.S. Program On February 27, the divas of Nu Phi City Wide Chapter hosted an event on the campus of Ohio Dominican University titled, “Let’s Talk About It! Issues in America.” This program, aligned with the chapter’s on-going initiative “Diva Movement,” and covered several key issues impacting Black America: the negative portrayal of black women’s bodies, state gun laws, and voter suppression among college students. The event began with a discussion of the critical topic facing black women each day: the negative protrayal of black women’s bodies in “The Gossip of the Black Woman’s Body.” The event included sharing the story of Sara Baartman, including watching a media clip about her life story. Students then engaged in deep conversation comparing how the black woman’s body is portrayed now and during the lifetime of Sara Baartman. As a part of the Diva Movement, sorors also researched, distributed information, and discussed the epidemic of gun violence locally and nationwide. Sorors also provided information and facilitated a discussion around voter suppression in Ohio, especially as it relates to collegiate students. Participants were actively engaged in the discussion of each topic and committed to passing the information and resources along to colleagues, friends, and family.
WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA BECKLEY ALUMNAE CHAPTER February was Political Awareness and Involvement Month for the Blazing Beckley Alumnae Chapter! Soror Felizia Polly was BAC’s delegate at Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital. During her meetings with Senator Joe Manchin, Representative Shelley Moore Capito and staffers from Representative Nick Jo Rahall’s office, Soror Polly shared the concerns of the Greater Beckley community regarding the Affordable Care Act, clean water and gun violence and control. As a result of her meetings, the chapter has received correspondence from
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elementary schools. As many of the Student Union on the beautiful chapter members are educators, they campus of West Virginia State encouraged the membership to make University. The 17 young girls and class room donations during the their parents were hosted by Miss second half of the school year as Ricci Kellum, Miss Jabberwock 2012. most of the supplies that are Miss Kellum spoke to those collected during the beginning of the gathered about her experience and school year have been depleted. the benefits of participating in the Members also collected clothing 2012 Jabberwock. She felt as if the donations to distribute to the SAFE Delta women that she interacted with Pictured Above: Soror Felizia Po$y House Women’s shelter in Welch, will have a lasting impact on her life. with WV Senator Joe Manchin. WV. Chapter members partnered Miss Kellum encouraged all of the with the NAACP and attended the young girls to enjoy the experience annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and have fun! Senator Manchin’s office regarding luncheon, celebrating the life and The members of CIAC engaged ACA implementation within the state legacy of Dr. King. WV State the participants with a public of West Virginia. Coordinator, Carla Hunter, speaking activity, encouraging them The chapter conducted a public challenged all chapters to increase to describe themselves using a awareness campaign on the Bond and their membership to the NAACP by positive adjective, being proud to Excess Levy Call election for Raleigh 10 percent, yet Bluefield Alumnae speak that adjective with their name County Schools. Letters were sent to Chapter exceeded the goal and (such as “Brilliant” Brittany), and area churches asking for support in increased its membership by 25 challenging the parents to use their encouraging their members to get out percent. daughters’ adjective-choice when they on February 8, 2014. In addition, the speak with them each day. The letter also explained the composition chapter also led a friendship bracelet CHARLESTON of the bond and excess levy call activity and taught the girls the INSTITUTE which included building projects and importance of dying trades and ALUMNAE CHAPTER funding for extracurricular activities making homemade goods. The Tea and enhancements for the county. ended with a photo shoot of the girls, The sorors of the Charleston The chapter utilized Facebook and including taking individual pictures Institute Alumnae Chapter (CIAC) Twitter to increase community with the Princess “Miss Jabberwock kicked off their 2014 Jabberwock awareness and asked chapter 2012.” Each girl was able to take members to use their personal social with a Tea Time with the Princess on home a 5x7 picture as a keepsake. Sunday, March 23, in the Wilson media outlets to share the message. Jabberwock committee members On February 11, the chapter held Delta Day at Mount Hope City Pictured Below: Charleston-Institute Alumnae Jabberwock Participants Council in support of Councilwoman pictured with Ricci Ke$um, CIAC’s Miss Jabberwock 2012. Kathleen Scott, a member of BAC. Mayor Michael Martin recognized the chapter and thanked us for supporting Soror Scott and the residents of Mount Hope.
BLUEFIELD ALUMNAE CHAPTER As 2014 began to roll in, the members of the Bluefield Alumnae Chapter began their Educational Awareness Program by collecting school supplies, along with hats and gloves, to distribute to the local
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shared with parents the importance of the program and some of the overarching themes, such as building self esteem and character through workshops and planned activities.
EASTERN PANHANDLE ALUMNAE CHAPTER On March 1, the ladies of Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter (EPAC) shared an evening with Charles H. Fuller, Jr., as part of the introduction of Shepherd University’s 2014 Contemporary American Theater Festival held in Shepherdstown, WV during the Summer. EPAC has an onPictured Above: Pulitzer Prizing winning playwright, Charles Fu$er, going partnership with Shepherd pictured with EPAC members: Cheryl Roberts, Doris Griﬃn, Kimberley University, and its members were Crockett, Carla Hunter (WV State Coordinator), and Velma Greene. recognized at the event for their commitment to the Arts and support of Shepherd University’s programs. (More info: GREATER MORGANTOWN www.catf.org). This year’s Festival features five amazing new plays by ALUMNAE CHAPTER five outstanding authors, of which 3 are black writers. Charles Fuller wrote a new play specifically for the The Greater Morgantown Alumnae Chapter (GMAC) Festival entitled, “One Night,” which rages against the participated in a variety of programs; beginning with the searing subject of sexual abuse in the armed services. annual American Heart Association’s Heart Walk 2013, as This suspenseful and provocative play asks: “Why am I a part of Project 13. Sorors volunteered with registration, hero if I die, and a nuisance if I live?” providing information, encouragement, and assistance Fuller is a playwright who is perhaps best known for with activities during the walk. The chapter presented the his play, A Soldier’s Story, for which he won the 1982 American Heart Association with a donation in honor of Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A Soldier’s Story told the story Soror Cheryl Williams, Chapter President, as she of the racially charged search by a black captain for the continues to successfully battle heart issues. The murderer of a black sergeant on a Louisiana army base in GMAC is excited to continue this partnership. 1944, as a means to discuss the position of blacks in The chapter welcomed the opportunity to give back white society. Fuller wrote the film adaptation, which by helping Christian Help of Morgantown with its Backstarred Denzel Washington. Fuller was nominated for an to-School Drive. Christian Help, a non-profit United Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and it won an Way agency, aids the less fortunate by providing food, Edgar Award. clothing, and comfort. Each year Christian Help hosts The chapter is also continuing in its programming its annual Back-To-School event to provide elementary, with support for Eastern Panhandle YoungLives, which middle and high school students with new backpacks provides mentoring, referrals to community resources, equipped with school supplies and clothing for the and life skills training for teen parents - meeting the 2013-2014 school year. Sorors sorted and organized practical needs of young moms and their babies. donated items, as well as assisted families in back-toOn March 26, the chapter hosted its first Line school shopping for their children. Dancing Workshop in its commitment to Physical and In November, the chapter hosted its first Afternoon Mental Health, with over 50 people in attendance. Tea to celebrate the milestone reached by 4 chapter The chapter’s Delta Academy and GEMS are active members: 25 years (or more) of service and dedication with meetings monthly. In April, the girls will have a by Eveldora Wheeler, Kasey Statum, Claudia Brooks, and session with Soror Sophia Jackson Casey, an amazing Life Claudette Brooks. Sorors and friends were treated to a Coach who will discuss resisting negative peer influence. variety of teas, tea sandwiches, and pastries. The
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impacts sons of Deltas. West Virginia sorors concluded the event by honoring the dynamic outgoing State Coordinator, Soror Carla Hunter and State Facilitator, Soror Parissa Rodgers, for their outstanding leadership and service. No Founders Day perhaps is as complete or sweet as the Sweetheart Song sung to the Delta Dears in attendance. Oh, what a glorious Founders Day celebration!
OMICRON UPSILON (WVU) CHAPTER The women’s basketball team at West Virginia University has made everlasting impressions on the city of Morgantown. Omicron Upsilon members, Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer guided the team this afternoon also included games, laughs, and memories. year - helping to to break old records and making new Service awards were also presented to Robyn Wade, ones. Towanna Gwynn-Johnson and Rochelle Thomas for their During the regular season the Mountaineers went 16-2 on-going commitment to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in their regular season. With a win over Kansas University the three sorors were awarded Big 12 Regular Season HUNTINGTON ALUMNAE CHAPTER Champions. Bussie is from Randallstown, Maryland. She just On Saturday, March 15, 2014, sorors from Beckley finished her last year as an athlete at WVU. Her presence Alumnae, Bluefield Alumnae, Charleston Institute is admired by the city of Morgantown and she will be Alumnae, Eastern Panhandle Alumnae, Greater missed as she plans for her future. She is now preparing Morgantown Alumnae, Huntington Alumnae, Omicron to enter the 2014 WNBA Draft as a prospect. Upsilon and Theta Omega, gathered for Founders Day Caldwell hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. The hosted by Huntington Alumnae. The statewide senior is an All Big 12 First Team. In the 2013-2014 celebration established in 1986 by Huntington Alumnae season she earned her 1,000th career point. Bussie and Chapter rotates with West Virginia Alumnae chapters Caldwell crossed together Fall 2011 in Omicron Upsilon serving as hosts annually. Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, Chapter at WVU. Both women always motivate one pastor, scholar, writer, cultural critic and soror, served as another on and off the court as sisters and teammates. the celebration luncheon’s keynote speaker. Soror Caldwell also looks toward being a prospect for the draft. Callahan’s ‘There’s More to Me Than What You See” Taylor Palmer, senior from Mount Vernon, New York, message challenged attendees to look beyond what the has blazed a trail through WVU’s sport program. Palmer natural eye sees and often misconstrues. Soror Callahan reached her 1,000th career point during the 2013-2014 and Soror Sylvia Ridgeway, Statewide West Virginia State season. The senior was initiated at Omicron Upsilon in President for the NAACP reminded sorors of their the Fall 2012. obligation to continue the work of Delta with repealing The athletes continue on to place high bids in the laws such as Stand Your Ground, which now Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship and the NIT Invitational. They gave the basketball program a strong sense of pride and love between their teammates and coaches. Pictured Above: GMAC Members & guests pictured with WV State Facilitator Parissa Rogers (far right).
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DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. to take back to their respective communities to spread the word about affordable healthcare. Immediately following the presentations; the delegation was As the semester is coming to a greeted by WV Governor Earl Ray close and the spring flowers are Tomblin, where each chapter was blooming, so are the ladies of the presented with a certificate thanking Theta Omega Chapter. The ladies them for their service to the state of recently joined with another sorority West Virginia. on their campus and volunteered at (Visit http://www.flickr.com/ the local animal shelter. They also photos/governortomblin/sets/ have been working on collecting 72157641916402503/ to see the dimes from the Marshall University official photos with the Gov. community for March of Dimes. The Tomblin). chapter will be ending its semester A lunch meeting was held with Dr. with Delta Week, where it will be Carolyn Stuart, Director of the hosting numerous events throughout Office of Minority Affairs, where she the week. Some events include Beauty charged the sorority to identify Shop, which will cater to females and common issues in their communities empower them. One event will and with the assistance of her office include Awareness Day that will shine to help make a difference in the entire light on the subject of Autism. state. The committee proposed Ribbons will be made by the ladies having each chapter identify 5 areas in and will be worn around their college their communities and to use the campus. The chapter will do a most common area to begin the community service project and also project. have fundraising opportunities during this week. The Theta Omega Chapter WV STATEWIDE will be ending the spring semester FOUNDERS DAY with a bang, just how they anticipate starting the Fall semester. Guided by Faith
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WV SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE On March 5, 2014, members of the WV Social Action Committee, along with chapter members from Charleston-Institute Alumnae and Huntington Alumnae Chapters met in Charleston, WV for Delta Day at the State Capital. The day began with a presentation by Carissa Shirley, In-Person Assistant with the WV Senior Services, on the Affordable Health Care and Medicaid Expansion Program. Ms. Shirley helps with assisting individuals and families with signing up for health insurance in the Charleston, WV area. She shared her experiences and provided the attendees with valuable information
With the theme “Guided by Faith, the next 100 years,” the Huntington Alumnae Chapter welcomed sorors from all over the state to celebrate Founders Day.
Following the Rededication Ceremony, led by State Coordinator Carla Hunter, more than 100 Sorority members and guests were greeted by Wendy Thomas. Guests were welcomed to Huntington by Mayor Steve Williams, with additional greetings from Soror Hunter and Parissa Rogers, State Coordinator and Facilitator, repectively. Following the greetings, the invocation was given by Yvonne Jones. Soror Sylvia Ridgeway, WV NAACP President, informed the attendees of the three goals the WV NAACP plans to address, which include, reinstating Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, fighting Stand Your Ground Laws, and getting an African American appointed to the WV Higher Education Policy Commission. Musical selections were offered by Denise Seay of the Beckley Alumnae Chapter, mother and daughter Jackie and Renee Moore, and a video presentation was shared featuring programs completed by each chapter under the sorority’s Five Point Thrust and Project 13 programs. The highlight was the keynote address given by Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan, the first female pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Callahan serves as Commissioner for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and is a member of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter. Her message, “There’s More to Me than What You
Pictured Below: WV Social Action Committee members with Carissa Shirley as part of Delta Days in the State Capital.
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members from the local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Lambda Beta to host a speed dating event on campus. The week ended with a little heart and soul as Zeta Xi supported the Madison Alumnae Chapter at its19th annual scholarship ball, Heart & Soul.
MILWAUKEE ALUMNAE CHAPTER “The Total Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit” The Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted its annual Women’s Day on Pictured Above: West Virginia State Leadership Team Saturday, March 29, at the Milwaukee Heart Institute on pictured at the WV Statewide Founders Day Celebration. the Aurora Sinai Medical Center campus in Milwaukee. The theme for this year’s event was “The Total Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit.” It focused on topics like See,” taken from Esther 2:5-7, encouraged the audience relieving stress, how to avoid strokes and calming your to always remember the first things they were taught in spirit. life and to use those “first lessons” as a guide. The free event included health screenings. Aurora Health Care provided blood pressure readings, Body Mass Index status updates, aromatherapy and chair WHAT’S HAPPENING? massages. The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin provided much needed information about enrolling in the marketplace of the Affordable Health Care Act. There was also information on hand from the Wisconsin ZETA XI CHAPTER Alzheimer’s Institute, the American Heart Association, Sisters Network and Cynthia’s Breast Cancer Giving Got Fortitude? That’s the question the Zeta Xi Core Circle, an organization that provides financial support to Chapter asked during its annual Delta Week, held February 8 – 15 for the student body at the University of women battling breast cancer. Anique Ruiz shared a session on the importance of Wisconsin-Madison. Under the catchy theme, the chapter planned events designed to maintain the spirit of faith and health - holistic medicine. Sorors Vivian King and Carole McKinney-Rice, past presidents of the Black History Month. chapter, shared their personal stories about recovering The week began with the chapter’s sixth annual from a stroke and a pulmonary embolism. Tyler Brown community variety show, DeltApollo. Zeta Xi provided helped attendees wind down, giving tips on how to scholarships to the competition’s winners and gave Elephant Awards to several students and campus leaders, relieve stress and avoid depression. Nearly 120 women attended the event. Sisters Network even showed its highlighting their various accomplishments and appreciation with a service award given to the Milwaukee contributions. The following day, attendees enjoyed a Alumnae Chapter. “chicken and waffles” Sunday brunch and a great discussion about “Spirituality in 2014.” Delta’s Wisconsin State Chaplain, Reverend Peggy Williams, Pictured Below: Zeta Xi pictured a"er its DeltApo$o Event and Reverend Everett Mitchell, members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., led the discussion. The remainder of the week featured a faculty panel discussion about segregation in higher education, cultural enrichment from UW-Madison’s own storyteller and oral historian “Teju,” a meet and greet with successful student entrepreneurs at the entrepreneurship-focused “Financial Fortitude” event, and a male appreciation night in collaboration with 100 Black Men of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association of Black Men. Valentine’s Day brought the Deltas together with
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. incorporating relaxing music, snacks, coloring and studying. The week ended with a Lip Synching contest, which ended up raising more than $200 for charity – a The Lambda Alpha Chapter at the great playlist indeed! University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is forty years old this year. While it MADISON ALUMNAE will celebrate this milestone with an CHAPTER anniversary event at the end of the Promotes Diabetes semester, it kicked off the year with a Awareness successful Delta Week, also known as “The Crimson Playlist.” On Saturday, March 15, the It all started and ended with chapter’s Physical & Mental Health service. The chapters first day had Committee hosted its first-ever members volunteering at a women’s “Strike Out Diabetes” event. As a shelter, cleaning, filing and fundraiser for the American Diabetes organizing. Next on the list would Association, attendees ranging from satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, a week ages 1 to 83 took to the lanes in long crimson and cream bake sale, support of Diabetes awareness. complete with red velvet cupcakes According to the Wisconsin and personalized cheesecakes. Department of Health Services, this Your health matters, too, which is disease is the seventh leading cause of why the chapter followed up desserts death in the state. with a healthy food seminar and its Aaron Perry, Diabetes annual InsaniDST event, where Management expert, attended the everyone participated in an Insanity event to educate bowlers on workout. Since the week fell during prevention and management midterms, it included a stresstechniques and distributed relieving Mandala drawing event, educational materials to the
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participants. Throughout the laughter, support and even a few gutter balls, the event was an overall success. All proceeds were donated to the American Diabetes Association. Following a directive from the National Executive Committee, Madison Alumnae also facilitated an Affordable Care Act enrollment event on March 22. With the enrollment deadline on March 31, the chapter saw the opportunity to help people locate appropriate health care resources as a perfect opportunity to carry out our Sorority’s mission. Held at a local church, sorors served as hostesses while two individuals certified to assist with enrollment provided guidance and answered questions. In total, seven individuals received assistance and several others dropped by to ask general questions. “Madison Alumnae is proud to take on a National leadership initiative and involve ourselves in the effort to ensure that people have access to affordable health care coverage,” says President Carola Gaines.
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Your Midwest Co-Journalists, Tanisha Mallett and Kimberley Crockett, would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the dynamic ladies who served as statewide journalist within the Midwest Region during our threeyear term as the Midwest Region’s Co-Journalists. The state journalists have gathered interesting and compelling articles from within her state for consideration in the Midwest Missile. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed. Joyce Dawkins (IL) Joyce is a member of Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter, where she was initiated in Spring 2012. She serves as statewide journalist and Co-Chair of Public Relations for GEAAC. Joyce works as an Auditor.
Shannon Drane (KY) Shannon is a member of Louisville Alumnae Chapter, where she was initiated in Fall 2010. She serves as statewide journalist for Kentucky and is a Consultant for Humana, Inc.
Dionne Blue (IN) Dionne is a member of Evansville Alumnae Chapter, and she was initiated in 1996, at Spokane Alumnae Chapter. In addition to serving as statewide journalist she is primary advisor to Kappa Nu City-wide Chapter. Dionne is a K-12 Educator and Chief Diversity Officer at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.
Alicia Nails (MI) Alicia is a member of Detroit Alumnae Chapter and she was initiated in Spring 1977, at Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at Michigan State University. In addition to serving as statewide journalist she is Chair of Public Relations, and a member of the Tua Chapter Advisory Team. Alicia is Director of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Demress Stockman (MN) Demress is a member of Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter, and was initiated at Nu Chapter at the University of Michigan in Spring 1992. In addition to serving as statewide journalist she serves her chapter as First Vice President & Scholarship Chair. Demress is employed as an Electrical/Control Systems Engineer. Ramona Benson (OH) Ramona is a member of Akron Alumnae Chapter, where she was initiated in Spring 1996. She serves as the statewide journalist and is Corresponding Secretary for her chapter. Ramona is employed as a Project Manager. Marsha Lawson (WV) Marsha is a member of Bluefield Alumnae Chapter, and she was initiated at Beta Pi Chapter at Bluefield State College in Spring 1979. In addition to serving as statewide journalist, Marsha serves her chapter as the Financial Secretary, chapter journalist, and Social Action
Chair. Marsha is a Tax and Revenue Auditor for West Virginia State Tax Department. Vivian King (WI) Vivian is a member of Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter, and was initiated at Epsilon Psi in 1985. In addition to serving as statewide journalist, Vivian is a member of the National Information & Communications Committee. She is also a member of her chapter’s Mental and Physical Health Committee and Social Action Committee, and she is employed as Vice President of Community Relations at Aurora Health Care. Jessica Strong (WI) Jessica is a member of Madison Alumnae Chapter, where she was initiated in 2013. She stepped in temporarily as state journalist during the Fall of 2013, to assist Soror Vivian King who was recovering after having suffered a stroke during her term. Soror Jessica Strong also serves her chapter as the Social Action Chair and she is employed as a Congressional Aide.
Midwest Region 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 WV, 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 (9) and Sidney (8). Soror Crockett was initiated into the Omicron Upsilon Chapter (WVU) in Spring 1991.
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.
ARTICLE SUBMISSION IN THE MIDWEST MISSILE Do you have a successful chapter service, event or program you’d like to share? Then we want to hear from you! Contact your state journalist listed below for criteria to submit articles. STATEWIDE JOURNALIST Joyce Dawkins (IL) Dionne Blue (IN) Shannon Drane (KY) Alicia Nails (MI) Demress Stockman (MN) Ramona Benson (OH) Marsha Lawson (WV) Vivian King & Jessica Strong (WI) NEXT RELEASE Regional Conference Issue Regional Journalists May Edit, Delete Copy or Photos
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