DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. 53RD NATIONAL CONVENTION I AUG. 3-9, 2017
JUANITA B. MASSENBURG Regional Director SIERRA CUNNINGHAM Regional Representative DELORIS B. HARGROW Regional Secretary REV. TRISH HARLESTON Regional Chaplain BRIDGETTE WILSON Regional Journalist SELENA EDWARDS JACOBS Assistant Regional Journalist
Calendar South Atlantic Region
53rd National Convention Las Vegas, NV
SC Fall State Meeting Camden Alumnae Chapter Camden, SC
2017 Sisters By The Sea Vacation Retreat Bermuda Alumnae Chapter
NC Fall State Meeting Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter, Raleigh, NC
VA Fall State Meeting Roanoke Alumnae Chapter, Roanoke, VA
FRANCES MCIVER Regional Parliamentarian KAYE WEBB Assistant Regional Parliamentarian
BERMUDA LEADERSHIP Rosette Simmons Coordinator
NC LEADERSHIP SELENÉ H. BRENT State Coordinator MELISSA HAYBAN State Facilitator ALFREDA BRYANT State Secretary
SC LEADERSHIP MONICA OWENS State Coordinator JORDAN BARNES State Facilitator JONI WILLIAMS State Secretary
VA LEADERSHIP MICHELLE LEWIS State Coordinator JULIA-IVY CHAVIS State Facilitator
“Monthly Manna” Devotional Call (see page 38) First Sunday evening of the month at 8 p.m.
FANCHON GLOVER State Secretary CASSANDRA MURPHY Regional Photographer
Sensational SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION
04 Message from the Regional Director and Representative
22 Virginia Beach Welcomes the Honorable Marcia Fudge
08 Delta Authors on Tour
33 In the Spirit
24 Around the Region
06 Founders Day 2017
34 Sensational Sorors
10 Deltas Celebrate
37 Memoriam 40 Snapshots 11 The Next Journey 14 Project H.E.R.S.
16 Collegiate Advisor Retires
20 Taylor McCain, 2nd Vice-President National Vice President
Greetings Sorors This issue is dedicated to our sensational collegiates. These young women are ambitious and dynamic. We have such outstanding collegiate leadership in our region and they are being featured in this issue. Be sure to read about their amazing accomplishments. When we began our administration, a key part of our vision was sorors joining the movement to become involved in advocating for social issues. Sorors, you all have supported that vision and have done an impeccable job with your social action efforts throughout the Region. This is a very trying time in our world and we must continue to be at the forefront, leading the way, fighting the good fight. We must hold our elected officials accountable to meeting the needs of our community. So, we meet these legislators where they are; at the State Capitols and the General Assemblies. We will not be ignored nor sit on the sidelines. After a wonderful cycle of area Founders Day, the region immediately began serving with purpose by hosting Spring State Meetings in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Each of these mock-convention meetings were accompanied by worthy service activities. During this busy time, the region welcomed over 600 new sorors into our sisterhood. Sierra and I are excited about increasing our ranks and are certain that these new sorors will support their chapters and be advocates in their communities. In closing, Sierra and I count it a privilege to serve as your Regional Director and Regional Representative. There is no other place we would rather be than the Sensational South Atlantic Region! We look forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas for the 53rd National Convention. We are planning a wonderful sisterhood luncheon for you and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see all of your beautiful faces!
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SEE YOU IN LAS VEGAS SORORS The call to convention informational booklet is now available on the national website.
FoundersDay AROUND THE REGION
Sorors of the Sensational South Atlantic meticulously planned amazing Founders Day events through-out the region. These celebrations honored our 22 trailblazing Founders who laid the foundation 104 years ago.
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Over 100 people were in attendance to celebrate and meet featured authors – Stephanie Perry Moore (Arts and Letters Commissioner), Phyllis Dixon, Trish Harleston (Regional Chaplain), Alonia HANIE PERRY MOORE PERRY VICTORIA ANGELA RAY STEPHANIE MOORE CHRISTOPHER VICTORIAMURRAY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY ANGELA RAY “Vyce” Moses-Johnson, Victoria Christopher Murray and Angela Ray. South Atlantic Regional STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE VICTORIA CHRISTOPHER MURRAY ANGELA RAY Director Juanita B. Massenburg offered greetings as well as State Coordinator Monica Owens. DELTA LIFE DEVELOPMENT CENTERCENTER DELTA LIFE DEVELOPMENT 5307 FAIRFIELD ROAD, COLUMBIA, SC 29203SC 29203 5307 FAIRFIELD ROAD, COLUMBIA, DELTA LIFE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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(Above) Members of the host chapter, Columbia (SC) Alumnae Chapter, pictured with South Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Juanita B. Massenburg. (Below) Featured authors, in red, with members of the Delta Authors on Tour planning committee.
The community, other local Delta chapters, and the Region were invited to the Delta Life Development Center to participate and enjoy the works of our very talented authors. This proved to be a very successful event as it was well attended, two authors sold out of books and had to take orders for shipping and the remaining authorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sales were great. Columbia (SC) Alumnae members, Delta GEMs and members of Gamma Pi Chapter assisted the authors with book sales and autographs while they listened to sneak previews of literary excellence. There was a plethora of laughter, fun, and fellowship. The host chapter did not miss any aspect of hospitality. They prepared a weekend of events celebrating the authors; starting with dinner on Friday evening. On Sunday, the chapter and authors worshipped together at Brookland Baptist Church followed by brunch at the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banquet and conference center. Each author was given a special gift basket for their participation. The event was an excellent kick off for the Delta Authors on Tour.
70th Anniversary Article as written in the Rocky Mount Telegram
The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently celebrated its
70th Anniversary with a fantastic weekend that included a rededication of the sisterhood, a well-attended luncheon, an entertaining evening of jazz and a Sunday service with Pastor Audrey McCarter Hedgepeth.
Highlighting the event was National President, Dr. Paulette C. Walker who made timely remarks on the theme: “Treasuring The Past and Embracing The Future.” Fully engaged, she demostrated her excellent leadership skills, as she shared reflections from both the comedic and serious sides of her personality. Commendations go to Mary B. Sutton, chairwoman, Katrina Alston Joyner, co-chairwoman, and the other members of the 70th Anniversary Committee, for a superb job. Also, Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter President, Natalie Brooks, and the other members joined in forming a united force that will make this 70th Anniversary Celebration a memorable event. Finally, the Rocky Mount Deltas, considered it an honor and a pleasure to celebrate seventy years of strong sisterhood, focused on granting enormous scholarship awards, and providing unending service. With appreciation and gratitude, we recognize those members who were always there and steered the sorority in the right direction. The past presidents are listed in the order of service from first to present: Marguerite Armstrong, Sarah Leonard, Edythe Tweedy, Jessie Pash, Julia Sessoms, Ethel Bryant, Juanita Burnette, Alice Roberson, Jessie Jones, Evelyn Scott, Irma Brown, Edythe Tweedy, Naomi Locus, Kay Thomas, 10
National President, Dr. Paulette C. Walker is pictured with Soror Katrina Alston Joyner, co-chairwoman of the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter’s 70th anniversary committee and Soror Mary B. Sutton, chairwoman.
Mabel Williams, Jessie Jones, Brenda Edge, Mary B. Sutton, Leorita Hankerson, Gwendolyn Wigen, Rita Henning, Claudia Spencer, Evelyn Hart, Lesterine Sturdivant, Penelope Vaughan, Ann P. Edge, Katrina Alston Joyner and Natalie Brooks. The following Deltas have been members for fifty years or more: Florence Armstrong, Jeanette Belfield, Frances Davis, Ann P. Edge, Brenda Edge, Carolyn Edge, Fatina P. Gaston, Mary Hannon, Jessie Jones, Gertie P. Lewis, Naomi Locus, Katherine N. Lucas, Jessie Pash, Lesterine Sturdivant, Mary B. Sutton, Kay Thomas, Marilyn Hart Vines, Gwendolyn Wigen and Mabel Williams. Angela Bryant, an active member, also has served as a representative in the NC House and is currently a NC Senator and chairwoman of the NC Black Caucus. Of the numerouse of members who entered the chapter under the name Gamma Kappa Sigma. Katherine Lucas is the only member still active.
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Ever since 22 daring, college women started our distinguished organization, their blueprint continues to chart our programming today. Such is the case with our current South Atlantic Regional collegiate leadership team, who diligently serve in the capacity of Regional Representative and State Facilitators. While juggling academics and Delta duties, our collegiate sorors have successfully marched towards graduation. Along the way, their journey has been filled with unforgettable experiences. So what’s next for our scholars? Regional Representative I Graduate, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC
SOROR SIERRA CUNNINGHAM MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:
“Walking down the red carpet after the transition into the position of Regional Representative, was a very proud and emotional moment for me. I saw my family and line sisters all cheering for me. I felt accomplished. I couldn’t believe I was so close to the national president.”
“I will attend graduate school on a full scholarship at South Carolina State University, to obtain a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. I plan to work at Orangeburg Regional Hospital as I complete my graduate program. I will transition into a local alumnae chapter and serve as a committee chair or committee member as I complete my final year as the Regional Representative.”
“Walking down the red carpet after the transition into the position of Regional Representative, was a very proud and emotional moment for me.” Soror Sierra Cunningham, South Atlantic Regional Representative 12
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SC State Facilitator I Graduate, Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
SOROR JORDAN BARNES MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:
“Serving the South Atlantic region for the planning phase and conducting Project HERS with Soror Cunningham and the other Facilitators. It was a great experience meeting new collegiate sorors in our sensational region to have fellowship and fun while learning how to conduct Delta business!”
“I will join the Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter (Rock Hill, SC) and attend Hampton University to pursue a Masters of Medical Science in the fall.”
VA State Facilitator I Graduate, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
SOROR JULIA-IVY CHAVIS MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:
“Founders Day Celebration in Richmond (my first). I was filled with so much joy and emotion. I recall thinking how very blessed I was to be in a room with so many beautiful and intelligent women who all decided to make an impact on the world and be change agents in our respective communities. It also served as a moment of reflection. I thought about the great work our Sorority does and has been doing for the past 104 years. I realized it would not have been possible without our illustrious Founders, and that these women were essentially the same age as me. It reassured me that even as a collegiate, I am able to do the great things God has planned for me.”
“I graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration on May 14, 2017. Being in an accelerated MBA program, I started graduate school this past January and will continue to pursue my MBA in the fall (to graduate May 2018). This summer I am working in the Philadelphia office of Accenture, a global consulting firm and will start full time after completion of my MBA.”
NC State Facilitator I Graduate, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
SOROR MELISSA HAYBAN MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:
“Participating in the Project HERS stroll off! It was such a fun time and lots of fellowship with sorors from across the South Atlantic region.”
“I received the Winship Fellowship through Emory University. While at Emory, I will conduct a study in research ethics in reproductive medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. During this one year fellowship, I’ll also be applying to medical school!”
Project H.E.R.S. SUPER SORORS
“Super Sorors Sustaining Our Sisterhood and Scholarship while Serving Our Community.”
South Atlantic Region’s annual collegiate retreat, Project H.E.R.S was hosted by Rho Lambda Chapter at University of South Carolina-Aiken.
Photos courtesy of Haley Dunbar Mitchell
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Soror Eleanor Bailey stand with Pi Omicron collegiate members, fellow collegiate advisor along with 20th National President Bertha Maxwell Roddey (center).
oror Eleanor Bailey was only five years into Delta, when she agreed to be a collegiate Advisor at Pi Omicron on the campus of Wake Forest University. Fast forward 15 years, and after having impacted hundreds of college sorors, Soror Bailey recently retired. Leaving she says is bittersweet. “I have truly enjoyed my experience as the primary advisor for the Pi Omicron Chapter at Wake Forest University,” she says. “I have watched sorors as they eagerly wanted to excel representing Delta Sigma Theta.” Through the years, she has experienced many milestones: chapter recognized multiple times for the highest GPA of all Greeks (AfricanAmerican and white), winning Chapter of the Year (due to outstanding programs) and being awarded Advisor of the Year. Christa Harris is one of the many sorors that Soror Bailey mentored during her long tenure. “She is very motherly,” says Harris, Pi Omicron, Spring ‘16. “She always made sure we were taken care of and did things right ethically. And she is very reliable.” So what’s next for someone whom has gained a reputation for being dependable and nuturing, Soror Baily, who also retired from Winston-
Salem Forsyth County School System relocated to Virginia to be closer to family. Consequently, Soror Bailey leaves her Pi Omicron ‘family,’ whom will miss her leadership and presence. “Despite being stern, I knew she loved us with all of her heart and she showed us the power of dedication. Soror Bailey was my mother away from home and I am forever grateful for the selfless impact she made in my life,” says J’Taime Lyons, Pi Omicron Spring ’10 A grand farewell was given by chapter sorors, including gift cards and a commemorative book filled with photos and well-wishes. “I will never forget the kind words and acknowledgements from many of the sorors whom I have advised during my tenure as Primary Advisor. Tears flowed as I read their wonderful comments,” she says. As Soror Bailey takes her final bow, she shares wisdom for fellow Advisors: be honest and establish a close bond with the chapter members, the office on Greek Life and the University. Do not try to be one of their collegiate friends. Advise a collegiate chapter the right way; the Delta way. Be knowledgeable and familiar with Delta rules and by-laws and attend webinars, state meetings, regional conferences and national conventions, because as she says “If you don’t go, you won’t know.”
“I have watched sorors as they eagerly wanted to excel representing Delta Sigma Theta.” – Soror Eleanor Biailey (pictured far left) 17
DELTA XI Fayetteville State University On May 13, 2017, SOROR TENENA E. GRYMES, a native of Washington, DC. completed her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors. Soror Grymes was crowned Miss Homecoming 2016 in the fall semester and Miss Omega Psi Phi 2015-2017. On campus, Grymes has been a part of the Student Government Association and currently serves as the current chapter president for the Delta Xi Chapter and of The National Council of Negro Women. A quote that she lives by is, “It is not what you have been through but how you got through.” Though Soror Grymes has faced many obstacles, she has taken them and made them her motivation and testimony to show young women that nothing is impossible for as long as you make it possible. By uplifting and empowering women around her to be all they can be, Tenena has proven to be truly sensational. SOROR ALEXIS N. McNEAL, a native of Charlotte, NC., is currently a junior majoring in biology with an expected graduation date of May 2018. She currently has a 3.3 GPA. Based on her outstanding performance in interview, on stage awareness, talend and evening gown, Soror McNeal was crowned Miss Fayetteville
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State University on April 23, 2017. Soror McNeal will be using her platform as Miss Fayetteville State University to encourage and promote physical and mental health in women. A quote that she lives by is as follows, “Beauty begins the moment you find yourself.” Before her crowning as Miss Fayetteville State University, Soror McNeal has been involved in a number of activities on campus including Haute Couture Fashion Society, the National Council of Negro and the Global scholars program. She is truly Sensational! SOROR TANIYAH S. ALLEN a native of Charlotte, NC. is a junior at Fayetteville State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance with a minor in Economics. Soror Allen is expected to graduate in May 2018. On April 30, 2017, Allen was crowned Miss Senior 2017-2018. On campus, Allen is a part of the National Association of Black Accounting, the Accounting and Finance Society and has been named to the Dean’s list for two years. Soror Allen lives by the quote, “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” Through all of Taniyah’s accomplishments she has proven to be truly sensational!
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NO BOYS ALLOWED was one of the chapter’s first events held on November 23, 2016. With over 150 girls
participating, this event was one of the most impactful events held on campus. The purpose of the event was to promote and encourage the well-being of all females and all were encouraged to engage in different self-esteem building activities that included, but were not limited to, dancing, games and self-affirmation exercises. To bring even more meaning to this event, all participants were asked to bring clothing articles to donate to the local Salvation Army.
KAPPA OMICRON University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill With black males making up less than three percent of the 29,400 students at UNC Chapel Hill, they could be overlooked. The Kappa Omicron chapter brings attention to outstanding black males among the students, faculty and staff each year and were highlighted during a special recognition service by the Kappa Omicron Chapter. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honorees included Boateng Kubi (biology), Chris Miller (computer science), Jordan Peterkin (business administration), Tre Shockle (business administration), Alex Neal (management and society), Osaru Onaiwu (biology) and Bradley Opere (business administration). Faculty and staff were Bernard Bell, managing director for Urban Media Solutions, who is Entrepreneur in Residence in E-Minor; Avilez Gershun, associate professor in English and Comparative Literature; and Dexter Robinson, academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Kappa Omicron collegiate sorors along with Chapter Advisor Linda Douglas.
The chapter also used the ceremony to present a $1,000 check to the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
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or many college students, attending class while balancing other university demands can be grueling. Add to the mix, serving as chapter president and National 2nd Vice-President and one could easily become overwhelmed. That is unless you’re Soror Taylor McCain. “It was a pleasure to advise Soror Taylor McCain,” says Soror Wanda Page, Regional Chair of the Advisors Circle Committee and Advisor to McCain’s college chapter, Kappa Omicron. “Taylor is confident, passionate, and an ethical young leader. Even though her responsibilities were tremendous, so was her dedication. She always led and served with a humble spirit and a smile.” Thus, how does a collegiate with a ‘humble spirit and smile’ become interested in seeking a national position? According to Soror McCain, she was already active in her collegiate chapter. Her passion, as she says, is
program planning, which shaped her interest in increasing membership among other college women. “I saw an opportunity to transform how collegiates experienced Delta. So with the motivation of Delta role models (the family legacy, past Regional officers, and friends), I felt confident in making those changes and I decided to run!” The South Atlantic Region is proud to call her one of our own. Throughout her tenue, Soror McCain has served conscientiously while at work toward her Delta goals: helping to spike collegiate attendance at regional and national events and the opportunity to work with other NPHC collegiate leaders.
fav o r i t e q u o t e :
There are things that you are uniquely suited for, and no one else can do those things as well as you. You are required to act on those qualities so that they will impact others positively.” — FRANKLIN McCAIN
Soror McCain’s grandfather, a member of the NC A&T Greensboro Four
“They have been my support system, accountability partners, and my friends. The relationships that I have built with these servant leaders has been nothing short of amazing,” she says adding she has accomplished many goals under her Taylor M.A.D.E platform. “I have really tried my hardest to make sure Sorors felt that throughout the past two years.” As she counts down her final months, Soror McCain reflects on her highlights (attending the 100th birthday of Soror Frankie Muse Freeman) and has already pondered her next journey. Plans are to attend graduate school and become active in her current chapter, Greensboro Alumnae, primarily working with Delta Academy and Jabberwock. She also has an interest in mentoring new collegiate leadership. “I want to constantly motivate our collegiate population to stay involved in Delta and I want to help them unveil their talents,” she says.”
Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter Welcomes The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge
FEBRUARY 11, 2017,
the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter had the distinct privilege of hosting a luncheon with guest speaker Congresswoman and 21st National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Marcia L. Fudge. Considering our current political climate, the theme for the luncheon was, “The Election is over… Now what?” Congresswoman Fudge instructed attendees to keep fighting to ensure their voices are heard. “Now is not the time to give up!” She also emphasized the importance of social action to the future of our nation, and stated that, “Social action is the lifeblood of our Sorority and it is time for a transfusion!” Distinguished guests included South Atlantic Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg, and Congressman for the 3rd district of Virginia, Representative Bobby Scott. The talented Soror Anita Blanton, Evening News Anchor for WAVY-TV 10, served as emcee for the event.
“Social action is the lifeblood of our Sorority and it is time for a transfusion!” –Soror Marcia L. Fudge
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Chesapeake Alumnae Chapter Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence: EMBODI 2017, hosted by Chesapeake-Virginia Alumnae Chapter and Bethany Baptist Church, was held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This program was designed to empower young males with an opportunity to receive valuable educational and motivational tools useful in making a positive impact academically, socially and within their community. Presentations included an engaging overview by local police officers on how to interact with law enforcement in both casual and confrontational situations. Additional workshop topics included entrepreneurship, understanding financial responsibility, and social media safety. Participants interacted with the guest presenters as well as with each other in a round table workshop setting. The mantra for the day, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Decisions Determine My Destiny,â&#x20AC;? resonated with approximately 45 young males, 15 mentors and 35 chapter members who attended.
Denbigh Alumnae Chapter The Denbigh Alumnae Chapter (DAC) has been working to keep the Denbigh community clean by participating in the Adopt-A-Spot program through the city of Newport News, VA. It is a program that allows local civic organizations to take an interest in the community by agreeing to remove trash and debris that is causing an eyesore. The organization receives a sign bearing their name. DAC AdoptA-Spot sign is at the corner of Warwick Blvd and Colony Road in Newport News VA. This location is in the heart of their service area called Denbigh. Each organization agrees to provide clean-up at least four times per year. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, which was Earth Day. The Denbigh Alumnae Chapter fulfilled their duty to ensure their community environment is clean and safe, recycling is practiced and that the planet was left for future generations. The clean-up has become a great bonding activity between sorors, younger family members and the DAC youth group participants as they work together and take pride in making a difference in their community!
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Enfield Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter The Enfield Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter continues to work to bring positive change to the community through political involvement and social action activities. The Chapter sponsored Delta Day at the County Commissioners on April 17, 2017. Chapter members spoke to commissioners about the sorority’s mission and activities the chapter has performed to support and improve the community such as voter registration and poll protection, health fairs, and support of youth in foster care. Members expressed a desire to work collaboratively with commissioners to ensure equitable funding for schools, provide safe communities, and improve the local economy. On April 22, 2017, in collaboration with the nonprofit, “Together Transforming Lives,” the chapter participated in the 10th Annual Senator Edward Jones Prayer Breakfast: Increasing Our Influence. Members of the chapter spoke to the community about social justice and discussed how they can use their power and influence to make communities better economically and politically.
Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter In almost any home in the United States, you might find a pair of eyeglasses that are not being used. Many people have multiple pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses or opt to purchase a new pair of prescription glasses every year. Just one pair of glasses can change another person’s life. The Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC) is a location where used eyeglasses can be delivered for the benefit of others. The Center’s volunteers sort, clean and determine the prescription of the glasses. The glasses are then distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities throughout the world. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, members of the Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter (FCAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., participated in a community service event at the Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia located in Arlington, Virginia. Members of FCAC collected and donated over 150 pairs of glasses for the program. Sorors assisted with sorting, cleaning and determining the prescription of the glasses. FCAC stands by the Lions Club Eyeglass Program’s motto of “Changing Lives, One Pair at a Time.”
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Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter The Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter’s (FAC) Arts and Letters Committee hosted several Red Carpet Events. At the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, the chapter attended “Intimate Apparel” and “The Little Mermaid.” The chapter also saw the movies, Birth of a Nation, Fences and Hidden Figures. The Red Velvet Book Club read and discussed I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillian, FORSAKEN, by Ross Howell and The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. During March, FAC partnered with the Fayetteville Arts Council and hosted A Youth Explosion. Youth from the chapter’s youth groups and other community youth groups, showcased their talents and viewed the Art Exhibit, Reflections. FAC partnered with the Child Advocacy Center, for a forum, during Human Trafficking Month in January. Later, they presented the CHOSEN documentary and seminar, informing the public of the dangers of Human Trafficking.Everyone wants a Fairy Godmother. You can find them in our chapter. Our Fairy Godmothers sponsored the Cinderella’s Closet. This year the wand transformed 121 high school girls, as they prepared to attend their proms. FAC also hosted the Premier Crimson & Cream Affair, featuring Willie Bradley and the Soul Decree Band.
Hampton Alumnae Chapter In August 2016, Sorors Jeanette Grase and Lola Rainey kicked off the Hampton Alumnae Chapter Social Action Committee year by attending a 3rd Party Voter Registration training conducted by Virginia State Board of Elections. Two months later, they held a Voter Registration Drive for eligible inmates at the Hampton City Jail and the Hampton Community Correction Facility. After a brief presentation, the inmates asked appropriate questions regarding the election, the candidates and the history/purpose of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Applications were completed by twelve inmates, and the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Form was completed by four inmates. The Voter Registration Drive was very successful and aired on the local television station, WAVY–TV10 News. The Social Action Committee is looking forward to the next election because we CAN and we WILL make a difference!
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Hilton Head Island Alumnae Chapter On Freedom Day this past February 4, 2017, Sorors Patricia Felton-Montgomery and Dot Law were primary movers in the enactment of Remembering the Days of Mitchelville, a play recounting the founding and history of the Mitchelville community of the 1860’s on Hilton Head Island. Mitchelville was the first self-governed settlement for freedmen in the United States. In 1862, shortly before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed – while most of the African-American population in the south was still enslaved – the people of Mitchelville were busy creating a completely new, self-governed culture that would be the guidepost for generations to follow. These industrious new citizens built homes on neatly arranged streets, elected their own officials, developed laws, built an economy, and implemented mandatory education for their children. In fact, reports of the success of Mitchelville were so glowing, that the famous Underground Railroad freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman, was sent to Hilton Head by President Abraham Lincoln to see this bustling town, so she could share the story of Mitchelville’s self-governed success with future freedmen towns. Soror Montgomery and Soror Dot Law originally initiated development of the play last year to be performed at the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference, which was held on Hilton Head Island and was sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Both Soror Law and Soror Montgomey are also members of the Board of the Mitchelville Preservation Project which was founded by Soror Law and other Lowcountry citizens to educate and preserve the history of the Miitchelville community. They called on Vernie Singleton, a native islander, to write a script for the play using the book Dear Sister: Letters Written on HHI, 1867 as inspiration.
Johnston County Alumnae Chapter On the afternoon of April 23rd, the Johnston County Alumnae Chapter hosted their 5th Biennial Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant. The Jabberwock Committee, a sub-set of the Educational Development Committee, had been working with the young women since September 2016. Preparation leading up to the finale consisted of a group of activities designed to enhance the academic, social, cultural and civic awareness of the nine young women of color from Johnston County and the surrounding area.
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Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae (KWF) partnered with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger NOW) to package approximately 7,126 meals and raised over $2,200. At just $.29 per meal, 80% of Rise Against Hunger meals are distributed through transformational programs like school feeding, orphanages, health clinics and vocational training. There is a growing focus on the Health, Education & Empowerment of Women as a key driver for ending extreme poverty and hunger in the world. The Delta Academy, GEMS and EMBODI participants along with community volunteers made this event a huge success and we were able to exceed the KWF fundraising goal for a second year.
Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter On January 15, 2017, the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter (LCAC) rolled out the red carpet for a special viewing of the movie Hidden Figures. A panel of dynamic local professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) were featured in this premier community Red Carpet STEM event. Panelists included emerging female scientists and engineers in both government and industry who are making a difference both locally and nationally. Panelists inspired the audience through interactive discussion and shared experiences unique to each of their journeys. The sold out event, designed to foster community engagement, emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the various STEM disciplines and engaged over 250 community participants including Delta Academy, DELTA GEMS, parents, elementary and middle school students. LCAC was delighted to have the support of organizations such as the NASA HQ Office of Education and the NAACP.
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The International Awareness and Involvement Committee Co-Chairs Sorors Joyce W. Massenburg and Thelma Wyatt, held a meal-packing event in March. The chapter made history as it packed more than 11,000 meals for the “Rise Against Hunger: Stop Hunger Now” program. More than 125 volunteers included individuals from school age to adults, a broad cross-section of ethnicities and local Pan Hellenic Chapters. According to Chapter President, Soror Tanisha Mitchell, “the committee exceeded its original goal and refreshments were served at the conclusion of the event.” The meals were packed in less than two hours. Volunteers were organized into groups and the meals included a vitamin packet, scoop of soy, dehydrated vegetables and a scoop of rice in a small plastic bag. Seventy-five countries throughout the world go through a rigorous screening process to become eligible to receive shipments. Meals have also been provided to areas in the United States that have had severe catastrophic weather occurrences.
The Richland County Alumnae Chapter in Columbia SC hosted The Black Women and Girls Rock Conference (BWGR) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Brookland Baptist Conference Center. This FREE conference provided to the community offered fun, fellowship, and a variety of hot topics to engage, inspire and inform. The breakout sessions included Money Matters, Beyond the Looking Glass, and social media education. This was the inaugural year of BWGR and the 20th year anniversary of the Mother & Daughter Relationships Conference. The keynote speaker, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, gave a great message on how to move FORWARD by celebrating your inner and outer beauty, doing you, and utilizing your gifts to make a difference. Dr. Johnson is a children’s author, storyteller and motivational speaker. The event drew over 160 participants and was the largest crowd ever in the event’s history.
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Richmond Alumnae Chapter A pep rally, block party, race, and gateway to fitness… no matter what you want to call it, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K has earned a reputation as one of Richmond’s favorite traditions. The sorors of Richmond Alumnae have become enmeshed in the tradition. Annually, sorors run/walk the 10K and participate as one of the competing spirit teams, which cheer and energize runners/walkers to the finish line. Runners/walkers have come to anticipate and look for the energetic cheering and encouragement from the ladies in red and white. Starting at 8:30 in the morning, sorors continuously cheered for 4 hours until the last runner/walker passed. Runners/walkers covered a course of 6.2 miles. The sorors of the Delta Spirit Team covered more than 5 miles in more than 20,000 steps and never moved away from their assigned position on the course. The sorors of Richmond Alumnae placed second amongst the spirit teams.
Roanoke Alumnae Chapter In celebration of Delta Sisterhood Month, the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter Membership Services Committee recognized all Roanoke Chapter Delta Dears. The acronym “DEARS” stands for (Dedicated, Experienced, Active, Respected, Sorors). They are Deltas who are sixty-two years of age or older and are honored because of their wisdom, grace, fortitude and service. Sorors Helen Dean and Rachel Wheaton were honored with a 50-Year Plaque and Soror Lisa Pennix was honored with a 25-Year Plaque for her service to Delta. The Membership Services Committee has outlined a monthly calendar of events that include a worship service and a dinner date and a Sisterhood Month reception.
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Union County Alumnae Chapter The Union County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (UCAC) unveiled its debutantes at “The Pearls of Union: A Regal Renaissance” on April 22nd. Joined by Dr. Christine Mann Darden, a Monroe, NC native and retired NASA scientist featured in the book, “Hidden Figures,” eight young ladies were presented to the community. Gabrielle Howard was crowned Miss Debutante 2017, with Tajgia Gordon and Tiarra McClary awarded 1st and 2nd runners-up. The cotillion was preceded by the “No Longer Hidden” event on Saturday that featured Dr. Darden and other STEM-related professionals. Sponsored by UCAC in partnership with the local school system, many of the 300+ registered guests gathered to hear from Dr. Darden and panelists including UCAC sorors Dr. Mary Lindsey-Barber, Anya Ruffin, and Cristal Polk; along with Andre Sloan, a local pharmacist. City officials were also on hand to honor Dr. Darden with a proclamation for the occasion.
Walterboro Alumnae Chapter In honor of Read Across America Day, the Walterboro Alumnae Chapter donated a copy of the John Lewis graphic novel series, March, to four local middle schools. The series chronicles John Lewis’ work during the Civil Rights Movement and his involvement in the historic march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Sorors also participated in reading to students at various schools in the service area. The following schools received a copy of the book: Allendale-Fairfax Middle School, Colleton County Middle School, Estill Middle School, and North District Middle School. 31
The Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter Unveils the Dorothy Height Commemorative Stamp
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he Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter partnered with Halifax Community College (HCC) for the unveiling of the Dorothy I. Height commemorative stamp. Height, 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was a tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Soror Height served at the helm of the sorority from 1947-1956 and was appointed by President Carter to the Presidential Commission on a National Agenda during the 1980’s. She also served as president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 40 years. Several local leaders participated including Soror Kimberley Robinson, a Town of Weldon Commissioner, Christopher Vincent, the Officer in Charge of the Weldon Post Office, Carlotta Banks from the district office of the United States Postal Service in Greensboro, and Dr. Felisha Whitaker, the president of the Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “Dorothy Height worked tirelessly to advocate for racial and gender equality and inspired countless men and women to work in support of social justice issues,” said Soror Whitaker. “So great was Dr. Height’s influence and accomplishments, that after learning of her death, President Barack Obama called her the ‘Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement.’
Dorothy Height worked tirelessly to advocate for racial and gender equality and inspired countless men and women to work in support of social justice issues. — Soror Felisha Whitaker, President Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter
Dr. Height earned this title from her roles in events that sparked the civil rights movement and shaped American history.” After the unveiling of the stamp, a video was played featuring each stamp included in the Black Heritage Stamp Collection. Started in 1978, the collection includes such notable names as Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, and Ella Fitzgerald. The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912-2010). Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. Soror Height passed away on April 20, 2010 at the age of 98.
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We Are Not Without A Voice Written By Reverend Trish Harleston, MACC
In Chapter 27 of the Old Testament Book of Numbers is a story of a group of women who spoke up when it mattered. Because of it, they made an incredible impact on the outcome of the law. This group of women are the five daughters of Zelophehad. Following the Israelites’ deliverance out of Egypt, the generation with whom the promise was made would all die off before the promise would come to fruition. Therefore, it would be a new generation of Israelites who would inherit the promised land. According to the law at that time, a census was taken to formulate a list for land distribution. The census consisted of all male descendants who were 20 years of age and older. Among the generation that had died was a man by the name of Zelophehad. Zelophehad had no sons, but had five daughters. Upon learning of the distribution process that only included males, they questioned the legitimacy of an obviously discriminatory process that would allow only males to receive the benefit of the inheritance. The daughters approached Moses, the leader, regarding their concern. After all, their father’s descendants should be recipients of land as well, even though they were all female. Moses made this request known unto the Lord, and according to the story, the Lord turned the situation around and the rule was changed. There are times when we must be willing to fight. Our voice is a powerful weapon of engagement. These sisters understood that discrimination was not fair then we understand that it’s not fair today. And just like the daughters of Zelophehad, we have a voice. When we speak up with integrity, with dignity, with honesty, with intellect, with wisdom, with grace and with the strength and power of God, I believe that the Lord will cause processes to be reconsidered. Just as He did in the Old Testament book of Numbers, He will reverse decisions on our behalf. Sisters, we are never without a voice; therefore, we are never without the power to change the rules and change the world.
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Soror Nadine G. Miller-Bernard was recently appointed to the Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Founded in 1993, the Child Advocacy Center’s purpose is to alleviate the trauma children experience once a disclosure of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse occurs by creating a community of collaborating advocates. She is a trained presenter of “Chosen,” a gripping documentary from Shared Hope International which opens hearts and eyes to the tragic dangers of sex trafficking and includes an educational presentation. Soror Miller-Bernard, a dedicated member for 23 years, Past President of Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter, serves as chair and member of various chapter committees, Primary Advisor-Delta Xi Chapter (Fayetteville State University) and member of the South Atlantic Regional Protocol Committee. She is a United States Army Veteran, retired Physical Education Teacher and an alumnus of South Carolina State and Fayetteville State Universities.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the Columbia (SC) Chapter President Soror Brenda Branic and the Richland County Alumnae Chapter President Soror Sharon Parker were recognized as honorees at the “My Sisters Keeper”annual award luncheon hosted by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter. The mission of the 100 Black Women is to advocate and empower women and girls in leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Each year, the organization recognizes women who serve and make a significant contribution to the community through their leadership, volunteerism, dedication and service. Sorors Parker and Branic were honored for their outstanding commitment and service to the local community.
LAUREN DAVIS, Ph.D.
Soror Lauren Davis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She was awarded Undergraduate Teacher of the Year for the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
I was born in the Congo, I walked to the Fertile Crescent and built The Sphinx. I designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls into the center giving divine perfect light . . . I am bad. — EGO TRIPPING BY SOROR NIKKI GIOVANNI
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FAYETTEVILLE ALUMNAE Soror Queen Degraphenreid received the honor of the “2017 Woman of Distinction” by the Fayetteville Senior Federation Club. Soror Rosa Torrey, was honored for her 72 years of dedication and service to our illustrious sorority. Sorors Janice Robinson and Fran Grandison, received the Regional Chapter of the Quarter award, due to their outstanding performance and lasting contributions to “Arts & Letters in Your Community.” They have each served 50 years. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Sorors Salena Staton and Debra Teasley were recognized for their stellar efforts documenting Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter’s every move through photography.
THERESE GRIFFIN Soror Therese Griffin was recognized and honored on April 13, 2017, as a Woman of Distinction from the Girl Scouts of South Carolina at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. The honorees were recognized as women who stand up for their values despite adversity, seek to serve others, and improve the world around them. In addition, the distinct honor celebrates their dedication to giving back, outstanding leadership, and setting a strong example to inspire, empower, and encourage other young women to follow. Soror Griffin is an active member and Past President of the Richland County Alumnae Chapter in Columbia, SC and Honorary Membership Task Force.
Soror Rhonda A. Hall is one of the greats in education. Her stellar career with Accomack County Public Schools on Virginia’s Eastern Shore resulted in her selection as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in April 2017. While serving as the county’s Director of School Improvement, she guided accreditation and school improvement. Accomack County’s New Teacher Academy was created through her leadership. As former Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Student Learning, she led teacher recruitment and implemented instructional best practices. Dr. Hall earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University; and a BS in Communication Disorders from Hampton University. She was a Speech and Language Pathologist in the US and in Stuttgart, Germany; she taught Second Grade in both locations and eventually became an Elementary School Principal.
Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS HELIVI L. HOLLAND, ESQ.
REGINA MI LTEER-ROCK, M.D.
Soror Regina Milteer-Rock, M.D. has been promoted to Senior Medical Director at United Healthcare Community and State. Her responsibility is to supervise Medical Directors who manage the appropriateness and quality of care for more than one million members with Medicaid benefits in multiple states. Additionally, she conducts assessments of medical policies, policy implementation, clinical guidelines, and accreditation standards to impact process improvement. She joined United Healthcare as the Chief Medical Officer for the District of Columbia Community and State Health Plan in 2008. In 2013, she became a UHC Medical Director for Prior Authorization in the Central Region. She is a pediatrician who continues to provide professional and community presentations on child health care nationally and locally. Soror Milteer-Rock is a charter member of Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter in Chantilly, Virginia and served as the chapter President, 2011- 2015. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated National Emergency Response Team Task Force.
Soror Helivi L. Holland, Suffolk City Attorney, has been selected to become a member of the Virginia Law Foundation Fellows Class of 2017. Prior to serving as City Attorney, the Suffolk native was the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) following an appointment in 2010 by Governor Bob McDonnell. As a prosecutor for more than ten years, Soror Holland served in the Portsmouth and Suffolk Offices of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. For more than 12 years, Soror Holland served as an adjunct professor at Paul D. Camp Community College. Soror Holland has been active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Center, Suffolk Education Foundation, Suffolk Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Genieve Shelter. Additionally, she is a proud member of First Baptist Church, Mahan Street, in Suffolk, and a Diamond Life Member in the Suffolk Alumnae Chapter.
Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals. — DR. DOROTHY I. HEIGHT, 10TH NATIONAL PRESIDENT
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Soror Laurel Tucker Duplessis, Hampton Alumnae Chapter Laurel Tucker Duplessis was a retired museum curator and an artist who incorporated the fine art of papermaking into her work. Born and raised in New York City, Duplessis studied with Charles Alston at City University of New York (CUNY). She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Hampton University. Soror Duplessis, a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was commissioned by the Sorority in 1992 to create a piece of artwork that reflected the Summit III, Preparing Our Sons for Manhood, which is housed at the Sorority’s National Headquarters. In preparation for the 42nd National Convention in 1994, Duplessis secured a sculpture from Elizabeth Catlett, world renowned artist and also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National Commission on Arts and Letters, Soror Duplessis was asked to write, Basic Ideas for Collecting African-American Art, a handbook that informs the public about how to collect African-American art. The book was written over the course of several months while she was hospitalized awaiting a heart transplant and during her post transplant recovery. The booklet was published in the Spring of 2007 and made its debut at the Sorority’s Regional Conference in Greensboro NC. Soror Duplessis entered into Omega Omega on February 8, 2013.
The Hampton University Museum Gift Shop is named in Memory of Laurel Tucker Duplessis on April 22, 2017.
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____ past president (1997-99) and remained active until her death. She was also a member of Fidelity Chapter #576, Order of the Eastern Star, charter member of Herbert Bell Shaw Assembly #337 and El Jebel Court #48. She is survived by her husband Levi Jeffers, daughter Candice Jeffers, three grandsons, great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Soror Maxine Harris Clinton Alumnae Chapter
On February 26, 2017, the Omega, Omega was held in Clinton for Soror Maxine Harris, a charter member of Clinton Alumnae Chapter. Since 1997, Soror Harris served as a councilwoman for the city of Clinton and was elected mayor pro tem in 2001. She made history by becoming the first woman to serve on the Clinton City Council and was the first African-American to serve as mayor pro tem. A Sampson County native, Soror Harris, earned a degree from North Carolina A&T University. Soror Harris is survived by two daughters, Dwan Paxton of Wilson, and Rekel Mott of Greensboro; sister, Margirie Foster of Clinton; and two grandchildren.
Soror Marolyn J. Wiggins Portsmouth (VA) Alumnae Chapter
Soror Marolyn J. Wiggins, a member of Portsmouth (VA) Alumnae Chapter, made her transition into the Omega Omega Chapter on October 8, 2016 in Georgia. Born in Portsmouth, VA, Soror Wiggins lived her life as a true unsung hero. Small in stature, her heart and passion for service was bigger than life. Educated in Portsmouth schools, Soror Wiggins earned her degree in business from North Carolina A&T State University. She was initiated into the Alpha Mu Chapter at North Carolina A&T in 1963, where she pledged her lifetime commitment to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. After graduating, she transferred her membership to Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter where she worked diligently on committees and as a member in various capacities throughout the years including: PanHellenic Council representative, Courtesy (chair), Jabberwock, volunteer for Community Service, Social Action, Physical and Mental Health, and EMBODI. Marolyn exemplified a life of service, service to God, her family, her work and her community. She had an a deep and abiding love for her family, her church and the Charles Peete Little League. In May of 2015, she was honored with the Unsung Hero award, a befitting tribute to her many years of devoted service. Soror Wiggins dedicated 47 years of civil service as a budget analystfor Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
Soror Gladys W. Wagstaff Roxboro Alumnae Chapter
Soror Gladys W. Wagstaff of the Roxboro Alumnae Chapter, Roxboro, NC, entered into Omega Omega on September 28, 2016. Born in Durham County, NC, she was raised in Roxboro (Person Co) NC. She graduated from Person County High School in 1952 and is a graduate of Winston Salem Teachers College (Winston-Salem Sate) in Winston-Salem, NC. She taught in the Person County School system until retirement in 1989 and continued to work in the school system until 2012. She dedicated fifty-three years of her life to her profession. Soror Wagstaff was initiated in 1988 in the Roxboro Alumnae. She served in numerous positions in the chapter and is a
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