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Delta Days at the Grow DeSoto Market Place is an Economic Development initiative of the Dallas Alumnae and Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapters to support new and emerging minority owned businesses in a predominately AfricanAmerican community. The Grow DeSoto Market Place is a public/private partnership between the City of DeSoto, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation, and Options Realty which provides opportunities for small businesses to expand without taking on the full burden of stand-alone businesses. These businesses are able to rent small spaces for a nominal fee (that includes utilities and internet) in order for them to build their customer base and business acumen to the point that they can be more successful in opening a stand-alone business. There are currently several businesses in the market place including food, fashion, skin care, scents, arts and fitness. There are also a few empty spots in the market place that can be ‘borrowed’ for a one-day activity. Most of these businesses are minority owned, and most of those AfricanAmerican. There are at least 3 businesses owned by Sorors in the market place.

Come and go or stay as long as you like! Planned activities (subject to change) 1 pm

Greetings Chapter Presidents Soror Mayor McCowan Sorors on DeSoto City Council

1-6 pm


1:30—2 pm

“Pitch Perfect” How to get your business into the Grow DeSoto Market Place Presented by the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

2—4 pm

Painting with a Soror! By subscription at TripZ Art


Delta Stroll


Voter registration Complete Count Chapter Info

SPREAD THE WORD! New and emerging businesses need customers! We need to fill the space with Deltas and friends coming through to take a look. Even if you are not able to personally attend, tell several somebodies to come by in your place. We need to pack the house and give these entities the opportunity to earn your business!


Deputy voter registrars are needed as well as volunteers to pass out Census information and Chapter marketing materials. How about leading a stroll? Any volunteer DJ’s available? We could also use photographers, videographers and social media reporters to keep the information flowing. To join click here for service team. (or email (DAC) or (SWDCAC) using subject line “DST—I WANT TO JOIN”)

REGISTER FOR ART CLASS! Not painting with a twist, painting with a Soror! Support this Soror owned business while enjoying fellowship with other Sorors. We need at least 10 people (can go up to 40) to make a class. The price is $33 per person and will be due no later than October 19. To join, click here for paint class (or email (DAC) or (SWDCAC) using subject line “DST—I WANT TO PAINT” )

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It was a historic day for D a l l a s , Te x a s , i n 1 9 2 4 w h e n the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was established. Founder Frederica Chase Dodd, one of the twenty-two National F o u n d e r s , o rg a n i z e d t h e chapter and served as its first president. Along with Founder Dodd, the following members will long be remembered as the cornerstones of the chapter: Jessie P o l l a r d , R u t h M a s o n , R u b y P o l l a r d R e e d , N e t t i e Wy c l i ff , R o w e n a Wi l k i n s B l a c k m o n , L i l l i a n T h o m p s o n , K o l e t t a J e ff e r s o n Wa s h i n g t o n , M a r i e S t a r k s B u r k e , J e s s i e T. R i c e , R e z o l i a T h r a s h , D o r i s Ti p p s , I r e n e D o b b s J a c k s o n , D e r a l i n e Wi n s t o n M c K e n z i e , L e a t r i c e P o r t e r, M y r t l e S a d d l e r, a n d D e A r t i s P r y o r P u r i f y. To d a y, a s i n h e r i t o r s o f a r e m a r k a b l e l e g a c y o f g r e a t n e s s , t h e D a l l a s A l u m n a e Chapter has withstood the test of time and continues to grow tremendously in its membership, which enables the chapter to be in the forefront fulfilling the m i s s i o n o f t h e D e l t a S i g m a T h e t a S o r o r i t y, I n c . e m p o w e r i n g p e o p l e a n d m a k i n g a d i ff e r e n c e i n t h e D a l l a s , Te x a s c o m m u n i t y.

Fifty-one members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority came together to charter a new chapter in the southern sector of Dallas County. On April 30th, 2004, the Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter (SWDCA) officially launched a new era of community service concentrated in the area for which it was named. The chapter charter members are unique because many were non-active sorority sisters with the desire to rededicate themselves to public service – the basic tenet of the organization. They come from every part of the United States and various professional backgrounds. The charter members are Marline Nkemdemlim Anyaibe, Joycelyn Marie Mitchell Caesar, Stephanie Lynn Carter, Esther Denise Roache Davis, Neldra Christman-Davis, Pier Glover Crenshaw, Derlyn Louise Branch Daniels, Geanenita White Darlington, Jacquelonne Larisia Davis, Gilberta Jean Dickey, Sarah E. Dickey-Hill, Davonah Chaney Dodd, Edith Frances Finley, Cheryle Gail Berryman Fleming, Danielle N. Ford, Leona E. Green, Sylvia Hamilton, DeNeene Williams Henderson, Detra Denise Green Hill, Bashie Howard, Vivian Ellanore Johnson Hunter, Lori Jan Todd-Jackson, Debera Lynn Jones, Monica JonesDavis, Shirley Wesley King, Tengemana Hill Knight, Kira McKinney, Chandreia Owens, LaQueta D. Parker, Sharon Phillips-Watson, Connie Pitts Page, Kimala Lenise Pogue, Jacqueline Ann McNeir Renfro, Lanetta Ross, Shayla Dionne Roy, Gloria Jean Roy, Tabatha Lou Roy-Evans, Kalina Sanders, April Shaw, Laquetta Shaw, Terra Smith, Linda Aldridge Terry, Deborah LaVerne Williams Traylor, Angela Kennell Washington, Ellie Muriel Washington, Kathy Lynn Coppage Washington, Regina Gail Washington, Arnetta Williams, Floretha Richards Williams, Rhonda Gale Pinson Williams and Rochelle Denise Williams. The chapter serves as a vehicle of change through its various community projects and partnerships throughout Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster and Wilmer. SWDCA promotes the sorority’s national Five-Point Program Thrust in its commitment to Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. SWDCA joined three other Dallas area chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Today, there are over 1,000 chapters worldwide. The sorority was founded in the nation’s capital on the campus of Howard University in 1913.

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