South Atlantic Region, Delta Sigma Theta, Christmas Journal 2017

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Christmas Journal

4 Message From The Regional

Director And Representative 5 2017 National Convention Recap 8 Sisters By The Sea

F E AT U R E S : 10 Richmond Alumnae Chapter 11 Danville Alumnae Chapter 12 Hilton Head-Bluffton

Alumnae Chapter

14 Around The Region 24 In The Spirit 26 Sensational Sorors 32 Snapshots: Fall State Meetings

JUANITA B. MASSENBURG Regional Director SIERRA CUNNINGHAM Regional Representative DELORIS B. HARGROW Regional Secretary

DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. south atlantic regional convention

AUG. 8-12, 2018 I CHARLOTTE, NC

REV. TRISH HARLESTON Regional Chaplain BRIDGETTE WILSON Regional Journalist SELENA EDWARDS JACOBS Assistant Regional Journalist FRANCES MCIVER Regional Parliamentarian KAYE WEBB Assistant Regional Parliamentarian

BERMUDA LEADERSHIP Rosette Simmons Coordinator


SC LEADERSHIP MONICA OWENS State Coordinator JORDAN BARNES State Facilitator JONI WILLIAMS State Secretary


South Atlantic Region DECEMBER 9, 2017

Advisor Training hosted by Delta XI and Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter (Fayetteville, NC)

JANUARY 5-6, 2018

Area Founders Day East hosted by Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter (Greenville, NC)

JANUARY 12-13, 2018

Virginia Founders Day hosted by Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter (VA Beach, VA)

JANUARY 19-20, 2018


JANUARY 27, 2018

Northern Virginia Area Wide Founders Day hosted by Prince William County Alumnae (Manassas, VA)

FEBRUARY 2-3, 2018

Area Founders Day West hosted by Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter (Winston-Salem, NC)

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

Project H.E.R.S. hosted by the Alpha Lambda Chapter on the campus of North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC)

South Carolina Founders Day hosted by Greenville Alumnae Chapter (Greenville, SC)

FANCHON GLOVER State Secretary CASSANDRA MURPHY Regional Photographer


“Monthly Manna” Devotional Call (see page 24) First Sunday evening of the month at 8 p.m.

Season Greetings It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Sorors! This year has been filled with amazing examples of sisterhood, scholarship and service. Every corner of our region has served with purpose and dedication. Your tenacity is incredible. It makes us so proud to see you giving your time and energy to serve our communities with grace and humility. For that, we are eternally grateful. The focus of this special Christmas Journal is to highlight acts of kindness, service and giving. Our great Sorority was founded with a purpose to perform public service, so it comes with no surprise that the chapters in our region have been civic leaders in their respective communities. This special issue will highlight chapters that have selflessly given of themselves to others. It is always important to be kind to one another no matter what time of the year. However, during the Holiday Season we must be especially careful to reach out to friends and family as well as those that are less fortunate. During this Christmas season and as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us take a moment and reflect on the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Great or small, each blessing is a reminder to live a purpose-filled life where we give back, pay it forward, and serve. We are reminded of Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace...” (NKJV) This is our prayer for each of you. Therefore, in all that we do, let’s take time to recharge, spend time with those you love and show kindness to everyone you meet. It is with Much Love, Appreciation and Gratefulness that we wish you a blessed Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!




National Convention 53RD

LAS VEGAS I AUG. 3-9, 2017

White dress. Check. Pearls. Check. Violets. Check. comfortable shoes. Check. a wrap for cold rooms. Check. ritual. Check. Any Delta that has ever prepared for traveling to a National Convention knows this checklist very well. Thousands of Deltas made their way to Las Vegas this past August including approximately 1,500 registered sorors from the Sensational South Atlantic Region. The Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center and the other nearby hotels were decked out in crimson and cream and the proverbial red carpet was rolled out in grand style. The Las Vegas hostess chapters treated the registered attendees to an amazing welcome event. There was also a spirit-filled praise and worship service led by Rev. Otis Moss III. The opening Ceremony did not disappoint with its regal pomp and circumstance. During this session, Patience Stephens, Ph.D., was welcomed as an Honorary Member. The next several days were packed with completing the business of Delta. The convention concluded with a new administration to be led by newly elected National President and CEO Beverly E. Smith.

B (A) Regional Director Massenburg and Regional Representative Sierra Cunningham greet our newly appointed Executive Director, Soror Jeanine Arnett. (B) Soror Alycia Marcena leading the congregation in a word of prayer. (C) The liturgical dancers ushered in the holy spirit through motion. 5












(D) An amazing view of sorors during the Ecumencial Service (E) Regional Award recipients during the Sisterhood Luncheon (F) Collegiate Chapter of the Year – Iota Rho Chapter along with (l-r) Sorors Cunningham and Massenburg (G) Past Regional Directors along with 20th National President, Dr. Bertha M. Roddey (H) (l-r) Sorors Sierra Cunningham, Roseline McKinney, Juanita Massenburg (I) Sensational Voices Choir at the Sisterhood Luncheon (J) Members of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter (K) (l-r) Honorary Member Daphne Maxwell Reid and 20th National President, Dr. Bertha M. Roddey (L) (l-r) Immediate Past 2nd National President, Taylor McCain and 25th National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker 6


writtten by rosette simmons

The Bermuda Alumnae Chapter welcomed 120 visitors from the South Atlantic Region for the first “Sisters by the Sea Retreat.” Mrs. Rosette Simmons, Chapter President, stated, “The retreat was a weekend of sisterhood, scholarship and service.” Chapter members and visiting Sorors performed community service projects. Feed My Lambs Ministry, cleaning a local school library, sorting through hurricane relief donations, and painting. A Taste of Bermuda reception showcased Gombey dancing, kite making and Bermuda products and cuisine were enjoyed by all . National President and CEO, Beverly E. Smith stated, “The first part of my vision for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is “Joy in our Sisterhood.” A description would be a picture of Bermuda Alumnae Chapter”. Juanita Massenburg, South Atlantic Regional Director, acknowledged, “Five days of beautiful weather, great food, wonderful Bermudian hospitality, fulfilling our principles. Thanks Bermuda Alumnae Chapter for a job well done.”

South Atlantic Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg and National President and CEO, Beverly E. Smith, enjoying the “Sisters by the Sea Retreat.”


Photos courtesy of Bermuda Alumnae Chapter


Richmond Alumnae Chapter

Service, Giving and Acts of Kindness Throughout the Sensational South Atlantic Region it a call to serve locally or calls to serve internationally, the sorors of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter are always ready to respond! A call for little girls’ cotton underwear went out from the chapter’s International Awareness and Involvement Committee on Tuesday, September 13. On Saturday, September 16, sorors responded by bringing more than 437-pairs of cotton underwear to the chapter meeting. All colors, designs, and sizes were spilling from a 24” x 20” x 9” expandable suitcase as sorors brought 55 multi-packs, ranging in quantities of six to twelve pieces. The underwear were STUFFED into the suitcase, more than $50 was donated by sorors to cover the airline excess baggage fee and the suitcase was delivered to a local church preparing for a mission to Haiti in October. In recent years, the chapter has

answered calls to Haiti by donating more than 400 little girl dresses, which had been made from more than 750 donated pillowcases and T-shirts. Most recently, the chapter responded to a local call to service by being one of several participating organizations for a Community Thanksgiving Distribution. The community project was organized to feed 2,000 families (8,000 people). Again, one-week prior to chapter meeting, sorors of Richmond Alumnae were challenged to donate 1,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese. As expected, the challenge was met and surpassed. Soror volunteers also assisted with the November distribution of turkeys and fixings to qualifying families. We Serve. We Give. It is more than an “Act” of Kindness; we do it with sincerity!

Donations of food and girl's underwear provided by the Richmond Alumnae Chapter


Members of Danville Alumnae and others pose with HCHS Comets Varsity football staff, players and Superintendent.

Danville Alumnae Chapter

Sorority Hosted Its First Pre-Game Meal for HCHS Comets Varsity Football Team On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DAC DST), hosted the Halifax County High School Comets Varsity Football Team for its pre-game meal. The meal was held immediately after school at 3:45 p.m. at Ernie’s Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd, South Boston. Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg joined 38 varsity players and coaches for this buffet-style meal. Donations from the Danville Alumnae Chapter, local members

of the chapter as well as others were used to cover expenses for the meal. Ernie’s Restaurant owners, Ronnie and Joyce Green, provided a special buffet meal for the occasion which was enjoyed by all. DAC DST considered this activity as an extension of its public service efforts in Halifax County. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on


the Black community. The Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on April 6, 1946, to serve the Danville (VA), Pittsylvania County (VA), Halifax County (VA) and Caswell County (NC) areas. The Danville Alumnae Chapter is a member of the South Atlantic Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Danville Alumnae Chapter is led by Mary Williamson, chapter president.

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Alumnae Chapter

HOMELESS, YET NOT HOPELESS Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Alumnae Chapter (HHIBAC) partnered with Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton to help alleviate poverty and homelessness in their service areas via Family Promise of Beaufort County. Family Promise is an agency that has established a partnership with local congregations to provide temporary shelter and possible solutions for families experiencing a housing crisis. Soror Lucille Kannick, a member of Campbell Chapel AME and also a HHIBAC member, took the lead in this endeavor. Sorority members volunteered, knowing that training and background check via Family Promise was part of the commitment. When the 15 passenger van arrived, sorors went out to greet the passengers. There were little ones jumping out of the van carrying small bags and stuffed animals. Sorors were greeted with sincere hugs and laughter. Emotions almost got the best of us. Then came the mothers, two with a baby in hand, another mother with a duffle bag, while the teenager carried the car seats and were greeted warmly, with hugs and smiles. The classrooms in

the church were transformed to a comfortable room for a good night’s rest for the next seven nights. In the meantime, sorors prepared dinner for the family meal in the fellowship hall. Everyone, including sorors, ate together as a family. There were three families, three mothers with children. Some sorors brought games for the children and played with them before bedtime. The next morning, sorors made sure that they were up and ready when the van arrived to transport them to work, school or to the day center. Sorors prepared breakfast and lunch. This continued for seven days. What a joy, homeless, but not hopeless! HHIBAC gave a gift of hope by partnering with Campbell Chapel AME and Family Promise of Beaufort County. Soror Patricia Montgomery and Soror Pam Redmon attend to clean-up detail.


(Far Left) Sorors Marion Shumake and Patricia Montgomery prepare to set up the food for Family Promise Families. Soror Delores Anderson pours the drinks and pictured in the background is Soror Florida Miller.

Family Promise is an agency that has established a partnership with local congregations to provide temporary shelter and possible solutions for families experiencing a housing crisis.

Nettie Faulcon Receives Lifetime Achievement Award The 11th South Atlantic Regional Director and current member of the National Constitution and Bylaws Committee, has just added another honor to her accolades. Nettie Faulcon is now the recipient of the 2017 Seatack Community Civic League Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognized for her inspiring dynamic community leadership and high standards of excellence. Soror Faulcon was the first African American female accepted in the Engineering Training Program at NASA Langley Research Center in 1967. She broke barriers for women and African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers. Several sorors from her home chapter, Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae, were in attendance, along with other family and friends.



Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter

For the third year in a row, Virginia Beach Alumnae has partnered with Sentara Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to host monthly BINGO with the center’s residents. The third Sunday of each month, chapter members facilitate BINGO games, assist residents with their game cards, and interact with residents throughout the BINGO session. Chapter Sorors contribute $1-$2 each month towards the pot for winners. The monthly visits to Sentara Nursing Center have expanded beyond just playing BINGO. Each December, the chapter incorporates a Christmas theme to the monthly BINGO games. In December, Sorors donned Santa Hats and sung Christmas Carols, accompanied on piano by chapter charter member, Soror Eleanor Butts. The chapter also donated holiday care packages to the BINGO participants containing toiletries, socks, puzzles, and other comfort items.

Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter

The Accomack - Northampton Alumnae Chapter (ANAC) and the Eastern Shore Virginia-Maryland Baptist Association Sunday School Convention partnered in December 2015 and December 2016, donating initially dozens and subsequently 100+ pairs of socks to VA local nursing homes. In 2015, the sorors’ donation was to Arcadia Nursing Home residents, Gargatha (Accomack County). The 2016 donation was to the Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Nassawadox (Northampton County). All took time to visit briefly with residents in the community areas; the visits were specifically to drop off the donations rather than a scheduled program. Partnering with like-minded organizations is key to maximize the Chapter’s resources. Our 5-Point Programmatic Thrusts position us to identify government, academic, industry and other organizations with mutual interests. The ANAC is filled with sorors who remain continually active in other areas outside of the Chapter, making partnering relatively easy. 14


Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter

The Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has formed a partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to support a local school. The partnership began with our Social Action Co-Chairperson (Annette McFarland) hosting a meeting with the Educational Chair of the local NAACP to discuss school issues. They discussed the need to provide a back to school backpack drive. Falling Creek Middle school is a title one school and 91% minority. The school needed assistance with school supplies, accreditation, and gym clothes. As the school supplies were delivered, it was mentioned that 170 students did not have Chromebooks to complete their curriculum requirements. The Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held a drive with sorors, employers, and our friends with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Richmond Chapter) to secure the Chromebooks. The NAACP also held a drive to purchase the books.

Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

This year, at our 53rd National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter’s Arts and Letters Committee was honored for their continuous outstanding work within the community. They received the beautiful “On Fire to Inspire” Delta Sigma Theta Inc. National Arts and Letters Award. Soror Janice Robinson is the Chair of the Committee and she and her committee members are, “On Fire to Inspire,” indeed. Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter’s Arts and Letters committee stays ignited all year with their phenomenal programs. Their objective is to promote a positive image of the African-American experience, through literature, performing arts, and visual arts. Programs like the Red Velvet Book Club, the Red Carpet Events at the movies, and Community Nights at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, consistently keep us and the community inspired.



Goldsboro Alumnae Chapter

“It is better to give than to receive”, and the sorors of Goldsboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated are practicing this truism by giving their time and financial support in 2017. The Chapter’s giving began in January with Founders Day. The Wayne County Boys and Girls Club, the GoldsboroWayne County Habitat for Humanity, and Cures for Colors each received a $1,000 public-service donation.

Gastonia Alumnae Chapter

The Gastonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated hosted their annual Health and Wellness Fair for the Gaston County community at the Gaston County Country Club. The Chapter partnered with Joe Seidel, certified senior advisor of BAYADA Home Health Care, for the event. BAYADA Habilitation is a program that helps clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live safely at home and participate in their communities with comfort, independence, and dignity. The event brought in over 120 members of the community and hosted 23 exhibitors of varying backgrounds from mental health, feminine care, wealth planning, rehabilitation services and overall body care. The Country Club provided lunch and the local radio station personality Eddie Owens of Old School 105.3 hosted the lunch portion promoting the vendors and giving out prizes to the community. The Gaston County community enjoyed a total mind, body, and mental experience at the Health and Wellness Fair.


In February, after sponsoring a “Heart Healthy Walk” at the local mall, Goldsboro Alumnae donated $100 to the American Heart Association. In April, the chapter donated refreshments for the “Special Populations Dance” sponsored by Goldsboro Recreation and Parks. In September, chapter members participated in the St. Jude Walk and raised over $700 for that cause. November brought the Annual Harvest Collection to which sorors donated non-perishable items to the Food Bank of the Salvation Army of Goldsboro. Chapter members have also signed up to donate time as Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army for two weeks in December. Through Founders Day funds, donations have also been presented to 20 causes in 2017.


Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter

The Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter hosted their 4th Red Hat Gospel Scholarship Fundraiser Brunch on Saturday, June 24th at the Greenville Hilton. The event was held to raise scholarships for Pitt County High School graduates who exemplify excellence in community service and overall outstanding academic achievement. Entertainment artists included Grammy-nominated Anita Wilson, comedian Les Long and local young talent Mariah Barrett. Close to 350 people were in attendance. Licensed Delta vendors were on site as well as local entrepreneurs. Activities during the event involved a 50/50 raffle which raised additional funds for the scholarships. The recipients were four African-American seniors who lived or attended schools in Greenville, NC. Each recipient had a minimum 3.0 GPA and presented a powerful essay about their leadership abilities, community service, career goals, and aspirations of interest.

Hampton Alumnae Chapter

The Hampton Alumnae Chapter began it annual support and partnership with the Fine and Performing Arts Series at Hampton University, with its first production, “Blithe Spirit� on October 1, 2017. The Arts and Letters Committee provided refreshments for the patrons in attendance during the intermission of the play.



Hickory Alumnae Chapter

July normally signals a time to relax, re-energize and strategize valuable community programming for the sorority year. This year however, the Hickory Alumnae Chapter’s commitment to serve outweighed the desire for a break. Membership answered the call to collaborate with Hickory North Carolina’s Parks and Recreation in support of their annual Fostering Inspiration Renewal Empowerment (F.I.R.E) Community Festival on July 15, 2017. The F.I.R.E Community Festival provides health resources and community education through advocacy, empowerment and positive experiences. Hickory Alumnae not only participated in the community resource fair, but also shared time and talents by hosting and facilitating the annual “Dessert Bingo”. Our membership’s participation was instrumental and impacted the lives of more than 200 people within the community.

Students gather for the Domestic Violence Walk on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill University.

Kappa Omicron Chapter

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Every October, the Kappa Omicron Chapter or Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted our annual Domestic Violence Series in support of Domestic Violence Awareness month. During each series, we place silent witnesses around our campus. These red, wooden silhouettes include the story of a victim of Domestic Violence from North Carolina. Each year, we ask campus organizations to sponsor a silent witness with a donation. In addition, we end our series with our annual Domestic Violence Walk. Participants walk with chapter members, advisors and community members to different spots on campus where they hear the story of a victim or survivor of domestic violence. Upon registration for the walk, we also ask for a suggested donation of $15. All donations we collect are then given to the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill on behalf of our chapter. This year, we are pleased to announce that we raised over $1300 for the Compass Center. 18


Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter sponsored the Wake Forest Candidate Forum on October 28. This interactive forum was the ideal atmosphere for the two Wake Forest mayoral candidates and five Town Commissioners to share their platforms with the Wake Forest residents. All of the candidates running for office participated in the forum moderated by Jordyne Blaise, Esq. Comprehensive land use plan, affordable housing, and transportation were the hot topics during the forum and sparked the most interaction between the candidates and the audience. To encourage the community residents to attend the forum, social action committee members canvassed the Northeast End Community in Wake Forest to discuss the importance voting and making informed decisions. Because of their efforts, members of this low economic community attended the forum to meet the candidates.

Lexington Alumnae Chapter

The Males Only Service Club is a young men’s club that originated in 2008 at Lexington Senior High School in Lexington, North Carolina, under the direction of Mr. Donnie Holt. This club mainly targets young men in grades 9-12. Since its inception, the program has serviced approximately 200 young men. Their focus is on building character, integrity, and academic achievement. The Lexington Alumnae Chapter has made a financial contribution to this program and they are participating in the group discussions with the young men at each elementary school. Their partnership with the Males Only Service Club and the “Dress for Success” program is very gratifying. The chapter members were overwhelmed with heartwarming emotions to see all the young men in their attire for the day. This program will assist the chapter in fulfilling one of the goals set by the Social Action Committee at the 53rd National Convention. That goal is to “help prepare males for educational success with an emphasis on reducing the high rate of school expulsion and suspensions.” 19


Norfolk Alumnae Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to focus on community involvement. Norfolk Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. launched its 2017-2018 chapter year with the first community service effort aligning with National Headquarters. Shauna Barringer, President of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter; Cynthia Calhoun, 1st Vice President; Vickie Madison, 2nd Vice President, and several chapter members presented a welcome back-to-school gift to the children at Ingleside Elementary School. Green uniform shirts were collected and will benefit the school’s children. Dr. Alana Balthazar, Principal, thanked Norfolk Alumnae Chapter during the Ingleside Elementary School’s Annual Open House.

North Charleston Alumnae Chapter

The Social Action Committee of North Charleston Alumnae Chapter (NCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held an informative Property Tax workshop for Charleston residents. The Workshop was jointly sponsored by Distinguished, Empowered, Ladies Taking Action, Inc. (D.E.L.T.A., Inc.). The major focus of the workshop were the 4% property tax exemption for owner occupied residents, and the “Homestead Tax Exemption” that is available to homeowners 65 years old or older and reside in their place of residence. Many workshop participants, including some sorors, benefited and applied for refunds. Some participants have already received refund checks. The workshop was such a success that a second workshop will be scheduled. Committee Chair, Diane Hamilton commented “ many Sorors have become “Ambassadors” and are sharing information learned and helping others to become aware of the savings for owner occupied property owners.”



Omicron Phi Chapter Clemson University

Omicron Phi Chapter at Clemson University participated in building a home for Habitat for Humanity on September 29, 2017. Sorors spent time serving the community by helping build the walls of the home that would later be completed in the following weeks. This service project was rewarding to the chapter and allowed members to learn that the Omicron Phi Chapter was the first collegiate organization at Clemson University to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Omicron Phi continues to volunteer for this initiative and will continue to do so. This was a rewarding experience for Omicron Phi Chapter. Sorors were reminded that our mission is to continuously serve others as our duty as members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Raleigh Alumnae Chapter The Health Awareness of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter (RAC) partnered with Capital Care Collaborative of Raleigh, NC to host Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment Events. Although the ACA has been the target of multiple repeals, it is still the law of the land. Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act was open from November 1st - December 15, 2017.Volunteers were asked to work 2-3 hour shifts. The RAC Health Awareness Committee was committed to assisting as many people in the community as possible.



Roanoke Alumnae Chapter

The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter was pleased to host the Virginia Fall State Meeting on October 6-7, 2017 at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia, where over four hundred sorors were in attendance. Helen Dean and Cheryl Gray served as committee co-chairs while Gloria Randolph-King served as the site manager. Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg and Regional Representative, Sierra Cunningham spoke on the “State of the Region,” which revealed scholarship donations for 2017 totaling $1,432,534.00 and the reclamation of 847 sorors! Workshop sessions included a variety of topics from “Identity Theft Scams,” to “Sisters Taking Action.” Virginia delegate, Sam Rasoul, was also present to discuss the Virginia legislative system.

Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter

During the sisterhood luncheon and closing session, The sorors of the Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter in Rock Hill, SC partnered with Affinity Health Center to provide book bags and school supplies to children in need during the Back 2 School Block Party at the Galleria Mall. The event took place on August 5, 2017, a week before the start of school. Chapter members stuffed backpacks with notebooks, pens, pencils, and folders so students would be able to start their school year off prepared. They donated over 500 book bags. Dr. Joya Holmes, a local educator and chapter member shared these words. "As an educator and member of RHA, it was an amazing experience to be able to assist so many families by providing backpacks and school supplies! The families were so appreciative and relieved to not have to worry about what could have been a costly back-to-school expense."special guests were honored and a significant donation was made to the local Rescue Mission.



Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter

Winners of the 2017-2018 Prestigious Awards were announced at the 53rd National Convention held in Las Vegas. Soror Christine D. Horne, Delta Dear of the Year and Soror Tia Lucas, the Small Business Plan winner, are both members of the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter. Soror Horne, as Risk Management Coordinator, excelled in providing education and laying the groundwork needed for success of our sorority’s youth programs. Under her leadership, the Delta Gems placed 3rd for their educational initiatives during the 2014 Regional Conference and 1st at the sisterhood luncheon during the 52nd National Convention. She has also served at the forefront of the Social Action Committee. Soror Lucas won the Small Business Plan Award, where the primary aim is to assist rising entrepreneurs financially and connect them to resources that will aid in developing viable business plans. She will continue her work to open doors for other entrepreneurial women.

Shelby Alumnae Chapter

The Shelby Alumnae Chapter collaborated with Bayada Home Health Care to host a Community Health Symposium at The Legrand Center in Shelby, North Carolina. The event was supported by the Divine 9 and the Ebenezer Baptist Association. Community members in attendance received valuable information on home care options, preservation of assets, Lady Bird deeds, and veteran benefits. Guests enjoyed a complimentary lunch with entertainment provided by Tonal Spectrum, an award-winning acapella singing group from a local high school. The event also included community vendors for guests to enjoy and was a huge success.


always make room written by dr. Rev. trish harleston


Join us for Monthly Manna. A moment of meditation and prayer to guide us through the month. First Sunday evening of each month at 8 p.m. Call In Number (515) 739-1020 Access Code: 457798 Also, remember to submit your daily prayer requests to

As we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I am reminded of the story of His birth in the 2nd Chapter of the Gospel of Luke. We are told in the scriptures that our Lord was born in a manger because there was no room left in the inn. I would suspect that the innkeeper obviously had no idea what was about to come to pass. He had no clue as to the miracle that would take place on that night. He could not have imagined what would be birthed on his property when those expectant parents happened upon his inn. For I believe that had he known, he would have made room in his most comfortable "suite" for this wonderful birth to take place. I am certain that he would have perhaps given up his own sleeping quarters had he known that a king would be born. I suspect that he would have scurried around his inn to MAKE ROOM available for this miraculous occasion. As was mentioned in our recent cycle of Fall State Meetings, I am honored to be affiliated with an organization who always allows time for us to “make room� on the agenda to acknowledge Jesus Christ. This is a wonderful example to each of us, that no matter what business we set out to accomplish throughout the day, let us never neglect the opportunity to make room for our Savior. Of course, it was the plan of God to fulfill the word of the prophets that our Lord would be born in a stable. It was ordained that He would come to earth with humble beginnings. As we remember this story during this upcoming Christmas season, think about how often we don't make room for Jesus in our cluttered, full, busy lives. Or




consider the times when we should have made room for someone in need and we were too busy. Just as I am sure the Innkeeper would have made some adjustments had he known how this story would end, we never know what’s planned on the other side of any decision with which we are faced. Therefore, we must be discerning and always flexible enough to entertain schedule alterations in order to make (room) time to invite the Spirit of the Lord in our gatherings, in our meetings and in our day. This season, let’s consider what we can do to open some appointments or unclutter some things in our life to make more room for Jesus. During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas excitement, make time to not only fit Jesus in, but make time to fit in meeting the needs of someone else who is hoping to see Him through your kind words or deeds. We never know what wonderful idea, business, ministry, or program can be birthed in us or through us if we will consistently make room to include time and space for Jesus.


Regional Chaplain (Chaplain's Council Chairperson) Durham Alumnae, NC VICKI MCCAIN Greensboro Alumnae (NC)


ALYCIA MARCENA Durham Alumnae (NC)

HILTON COOPER Florence Alumnae (SC)

SCHRENDRIA ROBINSON Richland County Alumnae (SC)

PATTY SMITH Shelby Alumnae (NC)

KATRINA SMITH Loudoun County Alumnae (VA)

CASSANDRA EVANS Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae (NC)

JACQUE HOOD MARTIN Loudoun County Alumnae (VA) LILLIE STOKES Clinton Alumnae (NC) CAROLYN MARKS Smithfield Alumnae (VA) KAREN WICKER Sandhills Alumnae (NC) TAYON DANCY Western Wake Alumnae (NC)


DEBRA MCKOY Raleigh Alumnae (NC) KIM JOHNSON Newport News Alumnae (VA) LYDIA SIMMONS Portsmouth Alumnae (VA) SHELLENA ATLAS Raleigh Alumnae (NC) TAMMY WHEELER Lancaster Alumnae (SC)

Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS DR. ALLISON MATHEWS Dr. Allison Mathews has been recognized for her work promoting health equity. She started the 2BeatHIV project, which uses crowdsourcing contests to identify community ideas that improve HIV cure clinical research engagement and design an HIV testing stigma reduction campaign from the ground up. 2BeatHIV has reached over 350,000 people online and 1000+ people at in-person events in North Carolina. With colleagues, she is developing Digital LinCS, an online case management system that improves access to wrap-around health services. She received the Dr. John Hatch Early Career Professional Achievement Award, was recognized as an ABC-11 Community Influencer, and was nominated for the ACHI Magazine Health and Wellness Award. She earned a MA and PhD in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Medicine and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease.

ANDRENETTE L. INGRAM On October 17, 2017, the City of Chesapeake, VA honored Soror Andrenette L. Ingram. Chesapeake’s Mayor, Alan P. Krasnoff, presented a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Service to Soror Ingram for her expertise in education and leadership as an administrator in the city’s public school system. He also esteemed her dedication to training and mentoring of young people and community volunteerism as President of Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter, to shape a better tomorrow for the citizens of Chesapeake.


CAROL GOINS Soror Carol Goins is a new Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Attorney Advocate, representing the children in abuse and neglect cases in Buncombe County District Court. She has represented parents in such cases for over 20 years as well as handling conflict cases in the dual role of GAL and Attorney Advocate. Soror Goins was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science by North Carolina Central University and her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She will maintain her private practice in family law, misdemeanor/traffic cases and general civil litigation. Soror Goins was initated in the Alpha Lambda Chapter at NCCU in the Fall of 1983.



Coordinating disaster relief donations to hurricane victims is the latest extraordinary service project for Soror Earline Page Washington, a South Carolina native. Having lived on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for decades, Soror Earline epitomizes “retired” life. She donates countless service hours to the local Salvation Army, NAACP branch, and as a poll worker and local college Board member. These are but a few examples of how this esteemed soror provides ongoing public service while maintaining hobbies including sewing, cooking, bowling and playing cards and board games. A Minerva Circle member for Spring 2017 Intake, Soror Earline inspires local chapter sorors and is a Charter Member. Her Delta light burns strong, as she is Past Chapter President and Treasurer and presently Chairs Hospitality and works on internal audits. Soror Earline traveled to the 52nd National Conference and only missed the 53rd due to family medical considerations. Phenomenally sensational is she!

Soror Jacqueline D. Grant is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. The NCBA is a statewide organization composed of more than 20,000 lawyers, paralegals and law students. She was elected by acclamation on Saturday, June 24, at the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville. She will be officially installed as the 124th president of the NCBA in 2018. Soror Grant is a partner and litigator with Roberts & Stevens, P.A. where she has practiced her entire career.

DR. FRANKIE DENISE PENN POWELL Soror Dr. Frankie Denise Penn Powell , President of the Lumberton Alumnae Chapter, played an enormous roll as a volunteer as 76 people who died at the hands of loved ones were honored during a candlelight vigil sponsored by the Southeastern Family Violence Center in Lumberton. The Vigil which shed light on domestic violence was held at the downtown plaza in Lumberton this past October. As victims of domestic abuse were remembered, family members, friends, and Lumberton Alumnae sorors were brought to tears as all 76 names were called and their stories were told so elegantly by Soror Dr. Powell. After the last name was called, one last candle was lit to represent all the unnamed victims. “The one thing we want to remember is they all had names. Their stories could have been our story” said Carol Deloach, the center’s financial director.


Soror Grant graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in 1992, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995. Soror Grant was initiated into Delta at the Pi Gamma Chapter at Western Carolina University in the Spring of 1990.

Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS JADA MYCHELLE WEATHERS Soror Jada Mychelle Weathers of the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is one Sensational Soror. Jada is a senior, English and African American Studies double major, with a special interest in education and specifically resource equity for all children. Jada is not only a dedicated member of the Kappa Omicron Chapter, but she also serves as the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Under Jada’s tireless leadership and determination, this past weekend, NPHC held the ceremonial groundbreaking for the NPHC gardens, which will be the first monument to NPHC organizations in the history of UNC. After graduation, Jada has been accepted to become a teacher in Dallas, Texas, through the Teach for America Corps. Jada is a driven and capable student, as well as a supportive and loving sister. She serves her community and herself sensationally!

DR. JENISHA L. HENNEGHAN The Hampton University Forty Under 40 program is exclusively designed to identify and recognize Hampton’s most exciting young alumni. Dr. Jenisha L. Henneghan has been named a Forty under 40 honoree for 2017. Dr. Henneghan is a Cum Laude graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Public Health from Florida A&M University. During her 14 years as a physical therapist, Dr. Henneghan has developed hospital clinical education programs, initiated fall prevention programs and provided mentorship to students aspiring to be physical therapists. She also serves on the executive board for the Triangle HBCU alliance, is the scholarship chair for a non-profit organization, Dare 2 Be D.E.A.F, and is the President of the Raleigh Chapter of NHAA.

KRYSTAL BLUE Soror Krystal Blue, Norfolk Alumnae Chapter member, is proud to make “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, (Fulghum), a reality for her diverse students in a Title I School in Norfolk, Virginia. She keeps it real by making her classroom reflect life-long connections. Her dream is for all students to attend college, even though the world says differently. She created a “Read and Relax” Station which houses books of all genres, STEM related games, and hands-on math and science technology programs. Bright and colorful soft seats provide the opportunity for students to snuggle up with a good book. A real working cash register helps students make connections to real- life situations. One of Soror Blue’s students remarked,” I wish I could live here.” Sensational Soror Blue believes that it is important that young children receive a strong foundation to build confidence and create 21st century learners.




Dr. Mary Phillips was honored as the “2017 Woman of the Year” by the North Carolina NAACP State Conference of Branches. Selected by her branch as their “Woman of the Year”, she represented them in the statewide, fundraising competition which they won for the first time in the competition’s 62-year history. Soror Phillips began her association with the NAACP after the passage of North Carolina’s regressive voting law in 2013. She sought to have Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter and the branches work together to protect voting rights. Her efforts have included annual NAACP membership drives and five Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns where her team called 11,500 voters and knocked on 450 doors. Her work with NAACP attorneys helped identify voters harmed by the law, in the NAACP’s successful case against North Carolina. The chapter received four consecutive Social Action awards including two first-place awards. She received the branch’s Community Service Award.

With a mission to enlighten and empower, Spectacular Magazine has named Dr. Monica Leach as the 2017 recipient of the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Award in Education. Dr. Leach currently serves as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Leach was nominated due to her outstanding performance over the last three years at the institution. Leach has led the expansion of the NCCU brand blueprint through strategic enrollment initiatives and innovative technological advances. Her commitment to Eagle Excellence and delivering on the Eagle Promise prepares them to SOAR by meeting the needs of their 21st century scholars.

DR. REBECCA BRANCH GRIFFIN Dr. Rebecca Branch Griffin, our esteemed Soror made history on Sunday, October 29, 2017. She became the first female Pastor of the one hundred plus year old Hood Temple AME Zion Church in Richmond, Virginia. During the past twenty-five years, Dr. Branch-Griffin has served as Pastor of five AME Zion churches within the Virginia Conference to include Paradise, Blackwell Temple White Rock, Oak Street and now Hood Temple. Soror Griffin was appointed and served as the first female Pastor at each of these churches. Through her ministry she has brought a wealth of pastoral, health care administration and anointed preaching skills to all facets of her ministry. History was also made at the 151st Virginia Annual Conference when Bishop W. Darin Moore appointed Dr. BranchGriffin as Pastor of the leading AME Zion Church in Virginia. 29

Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS RHONDA HARRIS Soror Rhonda Harris has been promoted to Assistant Principal of Tanners Creek Elementary School in Norfolk, VA. Her 17 years of dedicated service to Norfolk Public Schools have been stellar assisting students, faculty and staff to exceed the expectations of the Virginia Department of Education and community stakeholders. Harris earned her Bachelors of Science in early Childhood Education from Norfolk State University. In addition she holds a Masters of Education-Educational Leadership, as well as a Masters of Arts-Urban Education/Math Specialist. She is a devoted member of Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter and currently serves as Chair of Ways and Means. Soror Harris recently used her innovative talents as Chair of Decorations Committee for 2016 Regional Conference.

DR. SAVON FULTON MAULTSBY University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) alumna Savon Fulton Maultsby is now Dr. Maultsby upon successfully defending her thesis February 2017. On May 20, 2017, she graduated with a Doctorate in Education from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. The title of her dissertation was The Impact of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP) on ACT Scores, Graduation Rate and Minority Enrollment in Postsecondary Education. Dr. Maultsby is the first Soror in the Lumberton Alumnae Chapter to achieve a Doctoral Degree in Education. She is an Assistant Principal at Lumberton High School, one of the largest schools in Robeson County.

VIRGINIA WARE In May, Philadelphia native, Soror Virginia Ware, under the pastorship of Rev. Artie Odom Jr., was appointed as the Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kelly, North Carolina. Soror Ware was an Itinerant Minister, Teacher, Encourager, Mentor, and Mother. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Divinity Degree at Payne Theological Seminary. Soon after moving to Fayetteville in 2001, she joined St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church and pursued her call into the ministry. Rev. Ware’ initial sermon was at St. Luke and was licensed to preach in 2003. Rev. Virginia Ware, believes that those in ministry must mentor, train and disciple others. She states, “To win others to Christ, is the best part of being in ministry.”



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T he Sensational South Atlantic Region

REGIONAL DIRECTOR Soror Juanita Massenburg REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Soror Sierra Cunningham


U s e t h is g u id e t o h e lp d e t e r m in e wh o to c o n t a c t wh e n y o u h a v e q u e s t io n s .

REGIONAL SECRETARY Soror Deloris Baker Hargrow

PUBLIC RELATIONS Soror Kimberly Bracy

STATE COORDINATORS & FACILITATORS Soror Rosette Simmons Bermuda State Coordinator Soror Selené Hudson Brent NC State Coordinator Soror Melissa Hayban NC State Facilitator Soror Monica Owens SC State Coordinator Soror Jordan Barnes SC State Facilitator Soror A. Michelle Lewis VA State Coordinator Soror Julia Ivy Chavis VA State Facilitator



Soror Bridgette Wilson

Soror Patricia “Trish” Johnson

REGIONAL CHOIR Soror Shellena Atlas


RITUAL & CEREMONIES Soror Jean Patterson

TECHNOLOGY Soror Rhonda Long


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• Third-person narrative • Topic-oriented (tell how the program served with purpose and dedication) • Microsoft Word format (don’t add any additional design elements like borders or fonts) • Limit three high-resolution digital photos (JPEG format, 300 dpi) • Submit photos separately. Don’t embed the photo into the Microsoft Word document • For photos – Identify people, left to right, and or add captions • Journalist reserves the right to edit and cut copy • Please provide contact info (phone number, and email) for each article submitted Journal articles are requested in the following areas: • Feature Topic – (500 word maximum) Articles submitted for this section should align with the issue topic and provide tips, action items and resources. • Around the Region – Chapter News & Event (150 word maximum) – articles submitted for this section should include unique chapter programs. Please use clear action photos. • Sensational Sorors and Sensational Scholars (150 word maximum) – Articles submitted for this section should highlight the soror’s recent accomplishment and also provide a headshot or action shot of the soror.

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SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION 2 8 th re g i onal c onference We are excited to share opportunities for partnership, with the chapters of the South Atlantic Region, as we raise funds for what will be a truly Sensational Weekend. We are asking all chapters to contribute to the

28th Regional Conference Chapter Challenge to help raise $80,000 in support of regional conference activities and events. Suggested amounts to be contributed, by chapter, to the CHALLENGE:

Contribution Chapter Size Level

Donation Amount

Number of Chapters in the South Atlantic Region

Fundraising Goal

Violet 1-25 Members




Ruby 26-50 Members




Pearl 51-100 Members




Gold 101-200 Members




Diamond 201-500 Members




Legacy 500+ Members





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aug ust 8-12, 2018 We invite you to support our fundraising effort as we work together to make our 28th South Atlantic Regional Conference a success. As an incentive, the FIRST chapter to pay the Chapter Challenge in each chapter size category, excluding the host chapters, will be recognized during the South Atlantic Regional luncheon. You are encouraged to be creative in chapter fundraising such as using raffles or having sorors contribute an amount correlating with their shoe size to help meet chapter challenge goals. Fundraising progress and ideas on ways to meet chapter challenge goals can be obtained through chapter regional conference liaisons. Please submit payment for the chapter challenge goals by MARCH 31, 2018 to: Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Attn: 28th Regional Conference Chapter Challenge P.O. Box 36942, Charlotte, NC 28236 For questions: