The Royal Review
Spring 2018 Volume 1, Issue 2
Passing The Torch Farewell from our Basileus “How do I say goodbye to what we had? The good times that made us laugh outweighed the bad.” Sorors thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the last four years. With you, this administration has taken Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter to new heights. We are ending the year as Chapter of the Year (Chapter Size 51+); Auxiliary of the Year; Amicae Chapter of the Year along with Amicae Queen (Friend Connie Lincoln). We also continue to lead in fundraising for March for Babies, Z-HOPE and Social Action/Get Engaged projects. These awards show that we continue to be an action-oriented community conscious chapter. I want to personally congratulate all our chapter members that are currently serving our organization as elected and appointed officers on the State, Regional and National Level. Since our chapter’s inception we are known for making “Epic Leaders.”
Congratulations to our 13th Basileus, Soror Tara Lockett and her new administration. The torch of leadership and the gavel of justice will be yours to protect on July 1, 2018. Please remember don’t quit when you get tired; quit when the job is done. Sorors, I encourage you to take some time over the summer months to reflect, release and renew yourself so you are ready to give your time, talents and finances to Zeta.
Inside this issue Dear Ms. K IZ Abby ............................2 Chaplain‘s Corn er .............................3 Founders’ Day ..................................4 Finer Womanhood Month .............7
Stat e Conferenc e..............................8 Memb ership ......................................14 Basel ei W isdom ...............................18
My assignment as Basileus is completed. Thank you for all your love and support over these last four years. Being Basileus of Kappa Iota Zeta has enriched my life forever. Sisterly, Shannon B McGuire-Lee Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated 12th President of Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter
Dear Ms. KIZ Abby
Dear Ms. KIZ Abby, As Zeta Phi Beta S orority, Incorporated approaches its Centennial Year, share some of the piv otal moments you have experienced in Zeta and y our current chapter? Sisterly, Pivotal Moment for 2020
Dear "Pivotal Moment" Soror, Great question! You really know how to make Old "Miss Zeta Abby" think!
As I reflect, let me take it back to pivotal point #1, the moment I became a Zeta. I was so darn excited. Nervous. Anxious. Scared. You know we had heard all of "these stories" about "crossing" into Zeta land. Without going into too much detail, when I became a Zeta, it was very underwhelming. Nothing like the pledge movies I had seen nor the stories I had overheard. I thought to myself, "Really? That's it?" Eye-opening, yet a letdown. I was expecting something. I don't know. Something. You know, something more than a Zeta shirt and some pictures with my new sorority sisters. It took me years to figure out . . . my ceremony WAS a pivotal moment. I learned:
1. Zeta is NOT what you expect. It's what YOU make of it. Zeta will not just happen with greatness. I get out of it what I put into it. To be treated as a friend, I have to be friendly. To be treated as a Soror, I need to sisterly. This means just doing things for someone for no apparent reason. Just being kind.
2. Knowing history takes time. Yes, I learned all my 1734 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. history. I had to stay up late to study, PLUS do little projects to learn more about Zeta. What does this have to do with learning Zeta history? It is a sacrifice of time. With over 10 years into Zeta, I am here to tell you . . . If you are going to bed on time and consistently getting a full nights rest . . . You ARE NOT letting your Zeta light shine. Working on committees and learning the history of the committee (to either support or revise the work) takes time and effort. 3. Humility. Being scared. Wondering what is going to happen next. Your first chapter meeting, pivotal. Your first executive board meeting, pivotal. Your first committee meeting, especially as the Chair, pivotal. Your first state or regional conference, pivotal. Your first Boule, UNBELIEVABLY PIVOTAL! Your first Zeta Burial Service ceremony, pivotal. Your first time getting your feelings hurt by a Soror, pivotal. Your first time hurting someone's feelings and hoping your apology is accepted, pivotal. The first time you are given Zeta correction when you thought you were right and decided to not be defensive, pivotal. The first time you give Zeta correction and someone reminds you that you've done the exact same thing a few years ago, EGO-SHATTERING pivotal. Yes, my membership intake process may not have seemed like a pivotal moment when it happened. However, as I look back, that moment taught me everything I need to know and how I need to conduct myself as a Finer Woman! See you in New Orleans for Boule 2018. If not, don't miss Centennial! Ms. KIZ Abby
Avoiding Zeta Burnout: Maintaining the Zeal by Dr. Mildred McCoy, KIZ Chaplain Almost everyone experiences some kind of burnout at some point in life. Burnout, which is commonly described as an exhausted state in which a person loses interest in a particular activity, often leads to emotional, social, spiritual and physical exhaustion. Most times, burnout is the result of an extended period of work at a particular assignment or the carrying of too many responsibilities. Many of us experience what we call volunteer burnout. It is similar to work-related burnout -- only you are not getting paid. You are tired, stressed, disengaged, resentful and at your wits end. Your volunteer work is no longer fulfilling and you may find yourself making excuses for not attending meetings or participating in events sponsored by the organization. In both the workplace and in other organizations, burnout is expressed by a rise in the amount of worry expressed, chronic crankiness, combativeness with others and overreaction to minor problems. As with other organizations, unfortunately, we experience burnout in our service with the sorority. Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority are usually highly motivated and deeply dedicated ladies who are committed to helping others, and burnout is the occupational hazard of those who help. So what can we do about it? How can we maintain the zeal and avoid total Zeta burnout? As a counselor and chaplain, I cannot tell you how many times that I have felt like I was burning the candle at both ends. If they would admit it, even the most dedicated mothers and the most capable therapists are subject to getting out of balance and suffering with symptoms of emotional and physical fatigue, depression and other health issues sometimes. Here are a few hints that I have found to be helpful. It is not a sin to be tired. In fact, itâ€™s a good sign that we are working hard. Fatigue is not sin; it is simply a symptom of our finitude. We are not made of iron. We are flesh and blood, and we run out of energy. Schedule a Sabbath and fuel up. Learn how to say no. Women often see a vacuum and move in to fill it before counting the cost of what it is going to take. Other times they feel guilty, manipulated, or pressured into volunteering to do something that is going to conflict with other responsibilities. We are not irreplaceable. Sometimes we go out beating the bushes, and there might be a person more equipped to help than we are. If you are busy administering first aid when there is a nurse standing behind you, then by all means, defer to her. Let her take over.
Define boundaries. Limit your availability and accessibility to toxic people, work demands, and annoying interruptions. Be focused and present with the people in your path or projects on your plate. Set goals and stay the course. Finally, please remember that Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28â€“30). The ultimate solution for anyone who is experiencing burnout is to find refreshment in Christ. For those with a particularly high level of burnout, this refreshment may include obtaining medical support and drastically altering their life activities. Others may find refreshment through seeing a counselor. It may sound simplistic, but one of the best defenses we have against burning out is the close bonds that we can build with our sorors. Sisterhood is not a substitute for the relationship we have with God; but it is a zealous supplement. The sisterly relationship that we can develop with each other now can be a foretaste of the close, spiritual, family relationships we will share for all eternity.
January: Foundersâ€™ Day 2018 On January 16, 2018 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated celebrated 98 Years of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. The Life Members of KIZ sponsored a wonderful breakfast for the January Chapter Meeting with assistance from our brothers Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated - Lambda Sigma Chapter.
January: Metro Atlanta Joint Founders’ Day Celebration
The Metro Atlanta Joint Founders’ Day Breakfast was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at St. Philips AME Church. KIZ Soror LaNise Thrasher was the Mistress of Ceremony. Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and a Zeta Soror, was the guest speaker. Thank You to Soror Contessa Paige and Soror Ivory Burden for representing KIZ on the committee.
March: Tea With Z
Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter hosted their annual Tea with Z event on Sunday, February 25th at the Georgia International Convention Center. Attendees enjoyed learning information about renowned author and beloved member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Zora Neale Hurston. While enjoying fellowship over tea, attendees participated in the celebrated "Hattitude Stroll" and the Centerpiece decoration competitions. KIZ members also provided their teapots and books by Zora for display. Congratulations to committee co-chairs Cindy Givens and Michelle Langham-Robinson and their committee for a beautiful event
March: Finer Womanhood Month Kappa Iota Zeta (KIZ) Chapter and Epsilon Zeta (EZ) chapter hosted Zeta International President Mary B. Wright for a weekend of activities in Atlanta, Georgia. The weekend kicked off with a Welcome Dinner at Louisiana Bistreaux Restaurant. Members of KIZ, EZ, the Youth Auxiliaries, Undergraduates and family were able to spend some quality time together while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans. Saturday was the Finer Womanhood Luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott Gateway Hotel. Attendees enjoyed an inspirational speech from Fox 5 News Reporter Portia Bruner as well as an interactive discussion about Sisterhood facilitated by 11 Alive Weatherman Chesley McNeil. The weekend culminated in Church Service and Rededication at Hillside International Truth Center led by Dr. Barbara King, our Zeta Soror. Kudos to Co-chairs, Veronica Robertson and Kimberly Middleton and their committee for organizing a stellar series of events.
March: 2018 Joint State Conference, Colombus, Georgia
Congratulations Kappa Iota Zeta for winning the following awards:
Chapter of the Year (51+ members) Soror Vicki Pearson was elected as Chair of the State of Georgia Executive Board KIZ Charter Member Soror Cornelia Glass was pinned and honored as a Dove Stork’s Nest: 1st Place Operational Management (Tara Lockett) March of Dimes Fundraising—Undergraduate Chapter: 3rd Place Psi Chapter March of Dimes Fundraising—Graduate Chapter: 1st Place Kappa Iota Zeta Most Social Action/Get Engaged Events Completed Youth Auxiliary of the Year: Kappa Iota Zeta Amicae Auxiliary of the Year: Amicae of East Point
Z-HOPE Youth Auxiliary: 2nd Place KIZ Graduate Chapter (51+ members): 2nd Place Amicae of East Point: 1st Place
AMICAE of East Point Most Outstanding Program Promptness Award Membership Award Social Action Recognition Award Amicae Queen Contest Winner: Friend Connie Lincoln
March: 2018 Joint State Conference, Colombus, Georgia
April: March for Babies and Blue Revue
On April 28, 2018, KIZ participated in March for Babies. Under the direction of Soror Dana Scott, KIZ had 12 registered walkers and qualified for Z-HOPE points. Thank you to Soror Dana Scott for her many years as the committee chair. #ZPhiBM4B2018 #ZPhiBMOD45 #marchforbabies
Blue Revue Equals Scholarships Congratulations to Sorors Garryne Parks and Regina Mosley for chairing the Little Miss Blue Revue event. The pageant raised several thousand dollars for the KIZ scholarship program. Congratulations to our winners:
Miss Blue Revue: Joy Johnson, First Runner Up: Arshanti Williams Junior Miss Blue Revue: Dymond Cooper-Nickelson, First Runner Up: Jazaiah Crayton Little Miss Blue Revue: Samiyah Strong, First Runner Up : Peyton Lacour, Second Runner Up: Chloe Davis
April: 2018 Scholarship Luncheon On Sunday, April 29, 2018, KIZ participated in the Joint Scholarship Luncheon with Lambda Sigma, Epsilon Zeta, and the Sigma Zeta Foundation. KIZ awarded five recipients the Marynette B. Lovejoy Scholarship. This years recipients were Nylah Boone (returning recipient), Elise Foster, Kiyara Alexus McLain, Erin Roberson, Lauren Seroyer, and Alycia Triplett. Kudos to our Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Mildred McCoy and Tecia McKay for organizing a stellar event.
April: Autism Committee
The Autism Awareness Committee shared scholarships with two kindergarten students from Asa Hillard Elementary School. The scholarships will be used for resources for these two students during Summer 2018. The Autism Committee continues to share researched articles about Autism with KIZ chapter members and the East Point community. Thank you Soror Jacqueline Ward Williams and Dr. Mildred McCoy for taking the charge in Autism Awareness.
April: KIZ Youth KIZ Archonettes participated with the AKAs in a Voter Registration Drive.
April: Storkâ€™s Nest Grads Soror Tara Locket and members of her committee participating in Graduation Shopping Day.
May: Welcoming New Members to Zeta
Kappa Iota Zeta chapter welcomed 16 new members into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Spring 2018 Members: Sierra Jordan, Bridgitte Allen, Kenya Usher, Kiera Johnson, Jasmine McNeil, Debbie Okirie, LaToya Evans, Janeal Perry, Beonka Weems, Sherrell Henderson, Rachel Reeves, Leslie Marable Hawthorne, Maxine Williams, Briggitte Warde, Teresa Payne, and Taria Wooten. Psi Chapter at Clark Atlanta University also welcomed 10 new members and participated in a joint reception with KIZ. Kudos to 1st Vice President LaNise Thrasher and the Membership Committee on a wonderful reception. Congratulations and Welcome to our new Sorors. Âˇ
May: Greater Atlanta NPHC
Soror Vickey Silas representing Zeta and the Greater Atlanta NPHC at the 18th Annual Atlanta Area Outreach Initiative Conference at the Loudermilk Conference Center.
KIZ Youth Auxiliary attending Union City Inauguration Soror Cindy Givens and the KIZ Youth attending the Union City Inauguration. Pictured with KIZ Youth are Mayor Bill Edwards, City of South Fulton and Ed Richardson, Co-CEO of Atlanta Metro Studios.
May: Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Kappa Iota Zeta partnered with the East Point / College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and the Greater Metro Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill to present a political candidates forum featuring the candidates for Georgia Governor. Several candidates for various offices were given the opportunity to present their platform to the attendees. Special thanks to Ms. Stacey Godfrey Evans for her attendance and participation. Many thanks to Soror Brandie Bishop-Stacker for representing KIZ. The forum took place at Atlanta Metropolitan College.
May: Finer Woman 5K Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter and the Amicae of East Point participated in the 2nd Annual Finer Women Walk at Woodland Middle School in East Point, GA. The event was organized through KIZâ€™s partnership with Epsilon Zeta chapter and Omicron Kappa Zeta chapter. Proceeds from the walk benefited the March of Dimes. Congratulations to Soror Alexis McCoy, KIZ ZHOPE Women Committee Chair on a successful event.
Passing The Torch To Madam Basileus Lockett
If a task is once begun, never leave it till its done. Be the labor great or small. Do it well or not at all. Jacqueline Ward Williams KIZ 4th Chapter Basileus
Madame Basileus Lockett, Greetings in the ROYAL name of Zeta! It is indeed an honor, privilege and certainly my pleasure to greet you as you prepare to embark upon an amazing journey in our sisterhood.
You have been elected to lead, in my opinion, THEE most dynamic graduate chapter in Zeta!! Kappa Iota Zeta stands on such a rich and exquisite history that truly exemplifies those principles that we pride ourselves on as Zetas. KIZ, as she is so affectionately known, has produced some of our sororityâ€™s strongest, most vocal, highly educated and dynamic sisters and we as a chapter should be extremely proud of that. And now, itâ€™s your turn to pick up the torch and carry us to the next level. You have shared your vision for us as a chapter and you clearly understand the charge that is now upon you as our Basileus. It will not be easy. You will have many long Zeta days and nights but never forget that you have a band of sisters who have walked in your shoes and will be there to help you carry out your goals. I stand in awe of what the future holds for you and for us as a chapter. You have all of my peace, blessings, love and encouragement and I am here for you. Congratulations my Soror.....
Sisterly I am, Dr. Yovanda Deason Horton KIZ 7th Chapter Basileus
Passing The Torch To Madam Basileus Lockett Congratulations to Soror Tara Lockett for becoming the 13th Basileus of Kappa Iota Zeta. The Past Basileii wanted to leave you with some encouraging words: Dearest New Basileus, Remember life's best kept secret, no matter how peculiar the situation, in the end, everything will be fine. Welcome to "the good life!" We love you, Tecia McKay, Life Member KIZ 9th Chapter Basileus P.S. Keep that eye on 100 in membership!
â€œLeadership is Action, Not Positionâ€? (c) Donald H. McGannon Vicki Pearson KIZ 10th Chapter Basileus
You are the right woman at this, the right time, to lead by serving Kappa Iota Zeta right now! Therefore, do the work that needs to be done!" Sisterly,
Candice Williams-Hickman KIZ 11th Chapter Basileus
Passing The Torch To Madam Basileus Lockett
Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many season. Sisterly, Shannon McGuire-Lee
KIZ 12th Chapter Basileus
Thank You Sorors One of my favorite quotes comes from Harvey Mackay and I would like to share this with you: “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying Thank You”.
Thank you to everyone who supported the production of the KIZ Royal Review. As you flip through the pages, you will see why KIZ is “Kaptivating”. Never allow anyone to dim your light and continue to allow your Zeta Light to shine bright! The Royal Review Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter 2526 Delowe Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30344 Phone: 404-559-9022 Website: www.zphibkiz.org
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Laissez les bon temps roule— Let the Good Times Roll. See you in Boulé 2018 New Orleans and 2018-2019 Sorority Year!
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