Happy New Year Sorors, I hope that you and those you hold dear are staying well-physically and emotionally. Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding the 84th Southern Regional Conference. Due to the rapidly rising increase in COVID cases and other developments regarding the pandemic, our conference will be held virtually. Registration information will be listed in the soon to be released Call to Conference. Communication has been our main focus during the pandemic. The Executive Committee has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the bonds of sisterhood remained strong. Our new Enterprising Women Series highlighted Sorors showcasing their businesses, talents and experiences. A special shout out to presenters for sharing their expertise and helping to keep us engaged. We are grateful to Sorors for tuning into Facebook and supporting them. Our Chaplains Corner offers a designated time to request prayer, express anxieties and hear a word from the Lord. A special thank you to our chaplains for their time and commitment to this new program. Dial in, Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at 7 pm ET, (425) 436-6343 Access code: 8177156 to participate. The pre-recording can be accessed by dialing (562) 349-7009. We are also grateful for your support of our Iota Talks presentations. The participation has been wonderful. The National Board takes to heart your suggestions and works to host programs of interest. The LMPF Webinar series has also had a record number of participants. Thank you for your support of these programs. Through the Enterprising Women Series, Chaplains Corner, Iota Talks presentations and LMPF Webinars we have learned more about Iota, each other, and the world around us, enabling us to grow both personally and professionally. Thank you Sorors for all you do every day for Iota! Yours in Sisterhood, Phyllis Phyllis A. Moore Southern Regional Director
Southern Region Chapters Journalists and Point of Contact Delta Chapter - Atlanta, GA Kristen E. Smith Lambda Chapter - Tuskegee, AL Jacquelyn Carlisle (Chapter President) Mu Chapter - Montgomery, AL Tanikia Barker - Jackson Nu Chapter - Savannah, GA Lisa Barnes Rho Chapter - Durham, NC Kimberly W Moore Alpha Eta Chapter - Birmingham, AL Tiffany Todd Alpha Xi Chapter - Knoxville, TN Bessie Jowers Alpha Sigma Chapter - Tampa, FL Christine Frazer Beta Zeta Chapter - Columbus, GA Toni Goosby (Chapter President) Beta Xi Chapter - Mobile, AL Donna Montgomery
Beta Rho Chapter - Selma, AL Shirley Holmes (Chapter President) Gamma Alpha Chapter - Miami, FL Kristina Rao Epsilon Rho Chapter - Orlando, FL Samantha Jones (Chapter President) Epsilon Psi Chapter - Nashville, TN Verta Ross Zeta Alpha Chapter - Fort Lauderdale, FL Rachel Dailey Zeta Delta Chapter - Memphis, TN Keisha Burnett Zeta Epsilon Chapter - Pembroke Pines, FL Jeri Clinch Zeta Eta Chapter - Allendale, SC Erica Boatwright Zeta Theta Chapter - Charlotte, NC Britney Robertson Southern Region Journalist Michelle Greene
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Accessory Magic: Headwraps Are the Key to Easy Style Vibrant colors and bold patterns offer unlimited choices With a variety of vibrant colors and bold patterns, headwraps are an attractive and simple addition to any look. You won’t need to put much effort into the rest of your outfit when you accessorize with a coordinating headwrap. They add quick, easy, colorful pops of fun. Quick Fix On days when you just don’t have time to tend to your curls, choosing a headwrap is a stylish alternative. This can be done in minutes, with minimum effort and maximum results. Headwraps are also perfect for today’s digital age. When you’re home for days, it can be impractical to fix up your hair for a quick video chat with family and friends. Wearing a headwrap is a super-fast and easy way to appear put together. Making a Statement Headwraps can turn even the simplest outfit into a bold look, perfect for any event. Add them as a focal point for any ensemble, whether it's casual jeans and a t-shirt, that cute maxi dress you live in all summer, or the little black dress for date night. Spice things up with a bold print, or choose a color that complements a pattern in your clothing. You can take it a step further and match your eyeshadow or lipstick. You can style most headwraps to keep your hair off your face and neck, providing an ideal opportunity to wear some large hoops or a statement necklace; and this can be done in minutes. Cultural Significance In Africa, headwraps hold particular significance for women who wear them as a cultural statement as well as a fashionable accessory. In other languages, the headwrap is called “dhuku” (in the Shona language), “duku” (Chichewa), “gele” (Yoruba), and “iduku” (isiZulu). Headwraps in Africa can indicate a woman’s age, marital status, and even wealth. They come in a variety of prints and materials, like the Ghanian Kente cloth and general West African Ankara wax print cloths. While headwraps were originally associated with enslavement in the U.S., African American women have reclaimed the style as a symbol of culture and pride. Ashro’s collection of headwraps is so versatile, you can find a design to go with anything in your wardrobe. There are infinite ways to wrap and style a headwrap, meaning you can add impact to any outfit with just a twist. However you choose to express your personal style and individuality, you can’t go wrong with these affordable selections. Article from : https://www.sistersletter.com/style/accessory-magic-headwraps-are-the-keyto-easy-style?cmp For videos on how to wrap scarfs go here: https://www.ashro.com/blog/headwraps/how-totie-headwraps-videos/
Mary's Sugar Cookies
Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon almond extract 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar ¼ cup granulated sugar for
Recipe Summary Prep: 15 mins Cook: 8 mins Additional: 2 hrs 2 mins Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Directions Step 1
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and stir in the vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; blend into the creamed mixture. Cover and chill for at least two hours. Step 2
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Divide the dough into two parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of the dough out to 3/16 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle cookies with plain or colored granulated sugar. Step 3
Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Happy New Year To Our Southern Region Sorors From Soror Moore, Soror Boynton, Soror Levine, Soror Wilkerson, and Soror Greene
DELTA NEWS Volume 1, Issue 1
Preserving our History
Recruit, Reclaim & Retain
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL) We were notified on September 2nd by Derek T. Mosley, Archivist at the AARL the processing of Delta Chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Archival Collection had been completed and available for research purposes. Here is a link to the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Delta Chapter finding aid: https://aafa.galileo.usg.edu/repositories/2/resources/210
On Sat., Oct 23rd Delta Chapter hosted our first Netflix Party, featuring Miss Virginia. While the event was open to the general public special invites were sent to interested women and inactive Sorors. Stay tuned for details about our next Virtual Movie Night 2.0, January 2021.
The Archive Committee Over the past two decades members have made a conscious effort to compile, review and donate our documents to the (AARL), located in Atlanta, GA. In 2018 each chapter member received a copy of the Deed of Gift. Delta Chapter envisions co-hosting a public program with the AAPL in 2021.
The chapters lives or die based on how we store our documents.
Welcome to the ATL Delta Chapter welcomes Soror Sherress Hicks who transferred from Gamma Zeta Chapter, Hampton, VA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eastern Region. We are excited Sherress decided to continue her Iota journey with us!
Soror Sharon Robinson, (Retired Librarian) 4-19-2001 Chapter Historian continued on page 2
Soror Sherress Hicks
#VOTE Soror Levine volunteered with The Collective on Newsletter Sat., Oct 31st calling registered voters. The goal was to inform them that early voting had begun in their state. Moreover encourage them to make
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. TURTLE TRIBUNE Mu Chapter Montgomery, AL Volume 3, Issue 2 – Second Quarter American Education Week
Mu Chapter hosted our Annual AEW Program and Evelyn D. Wilkey Essay Contest: 4 Winners were Celebrated 1st Place: Ke'Shaye Savage 2nd Place: Micah Dupree 3rd Place: Ashley Leonard 4th Place: Isaiah Thomas
November 2020 - January 2021
Mu-Chapter Welcomed 6 New Sorors
SKIP Annual Christmas Event
On December 5, 2020, Mu Chapter welcomed six new sorors (Dutchess Jones, Diamonique Franklin, Perdale Johnson, Theresa Osborne, Melody Soto, LaTonya Duncan) into the sisterhood.
Congratulations Soror of the Year: Dr. Patricia Thomas
Mu Chapter held their Annual Career Exploration Program event on Jan 16, 2021
Spring Rush o Feb 13th @ 1:30 pm Black History Month o Feb 20th @ 10 am-12 pm Toys U Can’t Return/ Imap o Mar 20th @ 10 am-12 pm 75th Anniversary & Hat Extravaganza o Jun 19 @1100 am
Congratulations Businesswoman of the Year: Andrea Rogers-Mosely
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Inspirational Quote: “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice”. Michelle Obama
Mu Chapter Sorors Pat Thomas and Gloria Jean Williams, Pelati Edna Savage, and FILs RaeAna Thomas, Ke’Shaye Savage, and Isaiah Thomas dedicated MLK by picking up litter in the community.
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc NU CHAPTER
IOTA GOES PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!!!! Nu Chapter hosted a community event in October to raise awareness to breast cancer and to stop domestic violence.
We sold 30 face masks and 31 Tshirts.
WE SOLD 100 CUPS OF COCOA FOR OUR COCOA AND CAROLING EVENT
Rho Chapter Donates to the Durham Angel Tree Members of Durham's Rho Chapter continued to give back to families during the holiday season despite our limitations in moving around to shop for gifts. The members made a financial contribution to the Durham Angel Tree Program sponsored by the Division of Social Services.
Counting Our Blessings in 2020 Rho members hold a virtual holiday party sharing games and a toast to 2021!
The HEARTS team has continued to provide services via their bi-monthly sessions and 1-to-1 sessions. The young ladies have endured with the support that staff and volunteers have been able to provide remotely. The opening of The
The Raleigh Durham United Airport Authority is
Love Bug Children's Closet for teen moms and
working with Duke University, North Carolina Central
dads in crisis provides the resources needed to
University (NCCU), North Carolina State University,
meet their basic necessities. This has helped to
UNC-Chapel Hill and Research Triangle International
eliminate the barriers associated with being
to improve the air travel experience by finding more
young parents. Sessions have focused on self-
ways to keep passengers safe and healthy during the
awareness/self-care and financial
dining and boarding processes. Rho Chapter member
Gail Hollowell, Ph.D. is representing NCCU in this effort.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! FROM RHO CHAPTER 2021 is an opportunity for all of us to renew and continue our commitment to Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
challenge all members and perspective members to let 2021 be the year that you make a real difference on all levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; local, regional, and national. Best wishes to all for what you have done in 2020 and the great endeavors I anticipate for 2021!
Rho Chapter President Faye Hyman
Apple for the Teacher—AEW 2020
HEALTH KORNER . . . Gamma Alpha Sorors participated in several health-related activities in partnership with the Women’s Breast and Heart Institute: The Pink Walk, B’Fore Pink Golf Tournament, “Wine Talks” and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund Raiser Gala where its theme was “Hope, Promise and Dream Re-imagined.” Our upcoming plan is to become Pen Pals with senior citizens residing in assistance living facilities who are without family during these isolated times due to COVID-19! Also, we will participate in the St. Jude Celebration of Hope virtual program the end of January.
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter celebrated 2020 American Education Week with a virtual Apple for the Teacher program. Honorees had combined teaching experience of 90 years! Recognized for their dedication to teaching were: Mrs. Twyla JohnsonMiller (Henry L. Flagler Elementary), Ms. Leshawn Jones-Patterson (Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary) and Ms. Paula Munnerlyn (Coral Gables Senior High). Gamma Alpha was ecstatic to honor these more than deserving educators. Special kudos to our AFTT Committee: Ms. V. D. Barr -Fisher, Chair, Dr. B. Hawkins, Mrs. B. Rao, Ms. K. Rao, Dr. I. Richardson and Ms. J. Jones, President.
Mrs. Twyla Johnson-Miller & Ms. Paula Munnerlyn
Ms. Leshawn Jones-Pattrerson It was #AMAZING! Our 38th Annual Iphilam Phantasia 2020 reunited and there was no stopping us from finishing our 20192020 project as our theme songs indicated. Our Gems & Gents (FIL) ic!
and G&G. and
Thanks to all our viewers, parents
Special KUDOS to Soror Julia for the magnificent
#tagteam: Sorors Reed, Burnett, Miller-Marsh, Gordon, Sellers, Barr-Fisher, Richardson, “Double” Rao’s and the amazing and graceful Sorors of Gamma Alpha! Gamma Alpha’s Gems & Gents (FIL) were “9 strong” in their participation in “The Red Alert Series on Human Trafficking” Symposium sponsored by Miami-Dade’s DST Alumnae Chapter. We are grateful to expose our youngsters to such needed information to increase their awareness of unfavorable activities where Florida has been ranked #3 in the nation. THANK YOU for including our Gems & Gents. Special thanks to all the presenters, moderator and Soror Gilchrist for such an informative and well needed symposium. Other activities thus far with our 2020-2021 G&G (FIL) was the Dr. MLK Jr. Symposium, a session on the local NAACP Youth Council presented via Zoom with a super PowerPoint on their various activities in the Miami-Dade County Community and a Kwanzaa celebration where they learned the Seven Principles. We are definitely looking at one of our BEST groups ever! Celebrating our Youth in a pandemic world!
IT’S ALL ABOUT OUR YOUTH!
Gems and Gents (FIL) went virtual and our “Magnificent 7”
EPSILON PSI November - January 2021 Quarterly Email Newsletter curated by our Journalist
Epsilon Psi salutes our Veterans - Sorors Kimberly Clinton, US Army and Tina Clark, US Navy. Our MOI's, Sean Adams, Rubin Collick, Robert Millhouse and Michael Odum.
Happy Educators Week! A huge shout out to our all of our Educators and parents during a pandemic. We celebrate our Chair of Career Exploration for providing resume writing at Tennessee State University.
DECEMBER What a Holiday Celebration!! The 2020 Fall into Wine, Christmas Raffle Edition event was a HUGE SUCCESS selling 2,040 raffle tickets and raising over $6,000 for scholarships. The Guest Hostess was Radio Personality, Sissy Brown from 92Q, Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top black radio station.
Toys U Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Return and Future Iota Leaders (FILs) joined together to produce a 4-part video series on Cyberbullying & Online Safety by Shamika Hinton, Child & Family Therapist. Click here to view the video series.
Membership Committee members Nekii Ward, Cynthia Harris and Alicia Smoots crea 12 Days of Iota. Click Here to view.
JANUARY Epsilon Psi partnered with the efforts of the People Loving Nashville (PLN) organization and donated socks, hats and gloves for the homeless. During the pandemic one of the most forgotten about group of people is the homeless.
A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is a chance to write a beautiful story for yourself Have fun, peace, joy, faith, care, love and success ahead! !
HAPPY NEW YEAR, SORORS!
Blessings and renewed hope to ALL my SR Sorors as we embark on 2021! May God’s peace, love and goodness surround you and your families! This is the beginning of the next chapter of our Southern Region and our country! Soror Jo Ann Jones, President
Greetings to all of my sisters throughout Iota Land! May 2021 bring you love, friendship, peace, health, & wealth. Soror Drabina Washington
I would like to wish Iota Phi Lambda Sorors a prosperous New Year in 2021!
Soror Dr. Barbara T. Hawkins
Greetings Sorors! Wishing each of you a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Year! Peace and Blessings in 2021! Turtle Love... Soror Helen Faye Reed
Greetings Sorors, Wishing you a Happy New Year in 2021. Also, good health and happiness for you and your family. God Bless. Soror Corliss Sellers
"Wishing You a Peaceful and Memorable New Year in 2021!” Sisterly, Soror Hattie
My New Year resolution. Peace, Love & Happiness
Soror Denise Miller-Marsh
Sorors, May the Lord bless you and keep you. May your days be filled with much love and happiness. May 2021 be a year filled with great health & prosperity and may the Lord bless and keep you and yours. Turtle Love, Soror Nadine Roach
Greetings my sorors of Iota Phi Lambda. Let us remember that every end marks a new beginning. So, keep your spirits and determination unshaken with courage and faith. Cheers to a prosperous new year!
Greetings my sisters of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, No one can go back in the past to change what has happened. So, let us work on the present to make ourselves a wonderful future. Wishing you a happy new year! Soror Ella Morris
Happy New Year, Sorors. May God bless and keep you in His protective care. Hope that you can find peace, love and safety as you go through this year. Love, Soror Dr. Ivis Richardson
Happy New Year, Sorors. I am praying that God will give you peace, guidance and wisdom throughout 2021. May God continue to bless you all abundantly and protect you from all hurt, harm and danger. This is my prayer, in Jesus name. Amen!
Praying for all our Sorors near and far and that each of you experience the gift of life at its finest in 2021. May God bless and keep you in His care. Sorors Leola, Franciel, Betty, Eoline, Mary, Doris, Beverly, Kristina, Bryley, Vannie, Shirley and Gia.
Soror Kathleen Gordon
Soror Julia Gilchrist
“Let words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart…Oh, Lord, OUR strength and OUR redeemer.”
LOMEPA Induction Ceremony
Zeta Delta Chapter demonstrated Christmas cheer, even during the time of Covid-19 and social distancing. Sisterly Relations Chair Soror Gloria Woods organized a fun holiday scavenger hunt. For the 12 days of Christmas, Soror Gloria instructed sorors to find a specific artifact of Christmas and post it to our chapter’s GroupMe. These artifacts included snowmen, wreaths, decorated mailboxes, and poinsettias, to name a few. Soror Bertha Downer Wright won the contest for finding and posting the most items!
The LOMEPA induction ceremony was held virtually on January 9th. Seven LOMEPA’s are currently working hard to fulfill the requirements for membership into the chapter. Zeta Delta is excited for the continued growth of the chapter!
Fundraising in the Time of Covid
Small Business Gems Series On January 16th, the chapter hosted Small Business Gems on Facebook Live Stream. Entrepreneur, business coach, tax preparer, and credit counselor Lavera Coleman was the guest speaker. In sharing her entrepreneurial journey, Ms. Coleman imparted valuable knowledge and wisdom on starting a business, the importance of good credit, and tax considerations every budding entrepreneur should be aware of. This video is available for viewing on the Zeta Delta Facebook page.
Covid-19 is no threat to the creativity of the chapter in its fundraising efforts! The first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest was held via Zoom on December 14th with a great turn out. The fundraising committee planned a night of online Bingo and Black trivia while listening to the sounds of old school and new school music by DJ Sketch! After the sweaters were judged and a winner determined, the night concluded with a performance of live R&B music by Diamond Life. Yes, this was all conducted on Zoom! The chapter raised over $1000 to support chapter programs and projects. Soror of the Month:
December: Soror Lodie Rogers January: Soror Monifa Roberts
Sisterly Relations Activities:
December 19th: January 19: Book Club Feature: “When Women Pray” by T.D. Jakes. Moderated by Soror Nashonda Johnson
Zeta Epsilon Gazette
Winter 2021, Volume 3, Issue 2
“Zeta Epsilon’s White Christmas”
Zeta Epsilon Chapter celebrates American Education Week—November 16—November 20, 2020 by seeking middle and high school students to submit essay for our local Evelyn D. Wilkey National Youth Essay contest and celebrating one of our great educator.
Our winner of the Evelyn D. Wilkey National Youth Middle School local essay contest Winner, “Ariana Desouza”
Sorors: Sonjia Reese, Angelique Ash-Adderley, Sarah Thomas, Fredonia Brown, and Jeri Clinch
Zeta Epsilon Chapter celebrates Linda Pierre, Ph.D. an educator at Sawgrass Springs Middle School. Thank you for encouraging your students to reach high in their education.
Scholarship Opportunity, High School Senior
Iota Mothers Assistance Program (IMAP) Zeta Epsilon Chapter’s pampers/wipes and Christmas donations was a success. This is Zeta Epsilon Chapter third year supporting His Caring Place. Due to the pandemic, Zeta Epsilon created a registry through Amazon so items could be delivered to His Caring Place. His Caring Place prepares and equips women facing pregnancies and/or parenting young children to be successful moms.
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.—Zeta Epsilon Chapter in the Southern Region, South Florida , sunny Pembroke Pines Florida .
Come out and meet the ladies of Zeta Epsilon Chapter.
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One Box, Sorority Bag or Photo Our seasoned Sorors continue to amass material whether from their respective homes or donations by the families of our Roses beyond the Wall. Cautionary tale, chapters live on or die based on how we store our documents. Make a plan.
L-R: Bettye L. Sain, Catherine Breakfield, Jessie Jackson*, Dr. Joseph Jordan, former Research Library Administrator of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Vivian Moreland*, Sharon Robinson, & Janice R. Green (*deceased) ~ Photo taken 4-19-2001 .
#VOTE Soror Levine volunteered with The Collective on Sat., Oct 31st calling registered voters. The goal was to inform them that early voting had begun in their state. Moreover encourage them to make a plan, vote early or on Election Day. Soror Janice R. Green represented on Nov. 3rd distributing water at 3 different polling sites.
Soror Janice R. Green
AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK Social media campaign was launched to solicit Evelyn D. Wilkey National Youth Essay Contest participants. As a public service activity Delta Chapter will electronically present Certificate of Appreciation to various Metro Atlanta and Suburban Counties and their respective School Systems. Our week concludes with virtual Educatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Panel Discussion. L-R: Jessie Jackson*, Bettye L. Sain, Vivian Moreland*, Sharon Robinson, Catherine Breakfield & Janice R. Green (*deceased) ~ Photo taken 4-19-2001