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A. Members of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter fellowship during May Week activities. B. Hampton Alumnae Chapter honored the community woman of the year. C. May Week speaker, Elaine Nichols, senior curator of culture, Smithsonianâ€™s National Museum of African American History and Culture with Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter members. D. Shelby Alumnae WE E K
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Chapter members worshipped together at Shoal Creek Baptist Church. E. Rocky Mount Alumnae sorors at the sisterhood luncheon after worship service F. Orangeburg Alumnae Chapter held an Appreciation Tea honoring their young scholars.
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SOUTH ATLANTIC REGIONAL JOURNAL N AT I O N A L C O N V E N T I O N I S S U E
SIERRA CUNNINGHAM Regional Representative DELORIS B. HARGROW Regional Secretary REV. DR. TRISH HARLESTON Regional Chaplain BRIDGETTE WILSON Regional Journalist
JUANITA B. MASSENBURG Regional Director
FRANCES McIVER Regional Parliamentarian SELENA EDWARDS JACOBS Assistant Regional Journalist
Message from the Regional Director and Representative
Our Sensational Year in Review 2016–2017
Sisterhood Luncheon Program
KAYE WEBB Assistant Regional Parliamentarian
BERMUDA LEADERSHIP ROSETTE SIMMONS Coordinator
NC LEADERSHIP SELENÉ H. BRENT State Coordinator
In the Spirit
May Week Around the Region
MELISSA HAYBAN State Facilitator ALFREDA BRYANT State Secretary
12 New Membership Intake Structure
SC L EADERS HIP MONICA OWENS State Coordinator
13 Congratulations New Initiates
JORDAN BARNES State Facilitator
16 Divine Nine NC Legislative Day
JONI WILLIAMS State Secretary
18 Calendar of Events
VA L EADERS HIP MICHELLE LEWIS State Coordinator
JULIA-IVY CHAVIS State Facilitator FANCHON GLOVER State Secretary
CASSANDRA MURPHY Regional Photographer
g r e e t i n g s s o ro r s !
As we celebrate the 53rd National Convention of our beloved Sorority, we are proud to showcase the accomplishments of the South Atlantic Region. Sierra and I are elated to welcome you to the South Atlantic Regional Sisterhood Luncheon. The 2016-2017 year has been replete with amazing accomplishments. The 152 chapters across the region was able to raise over 1.5 million in scholarship funds. We have worked with so many youth and contributed to our local communities. This has been a stellar year. This issue highlights some of our achievements as well as some national changes to our membership intake process (MIT). We also worked with the Divine Nine at the 2nd Annual North Carolina Legislative Day. This was a great achievement as we led the way on laying out a legislative agenda of critical issues for the State of North Carolina. Not only was the Divine Nine recognized in the Senate Chambers but one of the critical issues was discussed on the Senate Floor. It is amazing what can happen when we are unified and on one front. The theme of our Sisterhood Luncheon is “Living Like Life It’s Golden.” That means that you are living life to the fullest. You are being the best you that you can be. No matter your circumstances, you have an unwavering faith that God is able to bless you abundantly. We hope that you enjoy the wonderful luncheon that we have planned for you. So, bring your high spirits and “golden” attitudes. We are going to have a good time! Several of our chapters will be duly recognized for their hard work at serving with purpose and dedication. It is our honor to not only serve the Sensational South Atlantic Region but we count it a privilege to acknowledge all that you have done to serve your communities. Once again, you are welcomed in this place and let us always . . . Keep it SENSATIONAL!
O U R S E N S AT I O N A L Regional Programming
Chapters have Educational Development Programs
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Scholarship Donations from South Atlantic Region Chapters
as reported by June 30, 2017
Chapters have Economic Development Programs
National Scholarships Awarded to Sorors
$9,000 $11, 250
Chapters have International Development Programs
Chapters have Physical and Mental Health Programs
National Financial Aid Awarded to Collegiates
Chapters have Political Awareness and Involvement Programs
Chapters have Delta Academy
59% Chapters have Delta GEMS 30%
Chapters have EMBODI
Chapter Seed Grants Awarded $1,300
847 Sorors Reclaimed
20% Chapters have STEM Initiatives
has a cumulative GPA of 4.00
of collegiate sorors have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
of collegiate sorors have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
Chapters have P-13 Programs
of collegiate sorors have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher 5
GOLDEN SISTERHOOD LUNCHEON SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2017 PROCESSIONAL
Introduction of the Dais — DELORIS B. HARGROW, Regional Secretary
ROSETTE SIMMONS Bermuda Island Coordinator
JUANITA B. MASSENBURG Regional Director SIERRA T. CUNNINGHAM Regional Representative
ROSETTE SIMMONS, SELENÉ BRENT, MONICA OWENS, MICHELLE LEWIS, JORDAN BARNES BDA, NC, SC , VA State Coordinators and SC Facilitator
Past Regional Directors
NORMA SERMON-BOYD, DR. BERTHA MAXWELL-RODDEY, THELMA PETTIS, MARY SUTTON, YVETTE ROBINSON, LINDA WILSON, ANDRIA JEFFRIES
Past Regional Representatives
ALICIA SMITH-FRESHWATER, SHAMEKA POLLARD, AMANDA WISE, DEANDREA NEWSOME
DAPHNE MAXWELL REID
20th National President
DR. BERTHA MAXWELL-RODDEY
THE SENSATIONAL VOICES, Regional Choir
REV. DR. TRISH HARLESTON, Regional Chaplain
GOLDEN 53 RD NATIONAL CONVENTION SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS JUANITA B. MASSENBURG and SIERRA T. CUNNINGHAM CHAPTER PROGRAMMING LISA DOWNEY-HOOD AWARDS RECOGNITIONS Regional Chair, Program Planning and Development
SOCIAL ACTION AWARD DENA KING Regional Chair, Social Action SISTERHOOD AWARDS
Advisor of the Year ROSETTE SIMMONS Bermuda Island Coordinator
Collegiate Soror of the Year JORDAN BARNES Collegiate Chapter of the Year SC State Facilitator
Delta Dear of the Year MONICA OWENS SC State Coordinator
Alumnae Soror of the Year MICHELLE LEWIS VA State Coordinator
Alumnae Chapter of the Year SELENÃ‰ BRENT NC State Coordinator
ANNOUNCEMENTS DELORIS B. HARGROW Regional Secretary
CLOSING REMARKS JUANITA B. MASSENBURG and SIERRA T. CUNNINGHAM
Written By Rev. Dr. Trish Harleston South Atlantic Regional Chaplain
WILL YOU BE THAT SISTER?
Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked. — Exodus 2:7 NLT I suspect that there are very few Christians who aren’t familiar with the story of a great biblical leader by the name of Moses. This character is most known as the one whom the Lord used to rescue the Israelites out of Egypt. But even before Moses was aware of this magnificent call of leadership upon his life, there was someone who played a critical role in his survival and his destiny. That individual was his sister. In the story of Moses, having a sister who was concerned with his well-being proved to have a profound impact upon his life. It was his sister who spoke up on his behalf and caused him to be cared for by his own mother until he was weaned and old enough to live in the palace. Moses’ blessing was his sister that day; and certainly, this story would have turned out differently without her concern for him. Likewise, women who are fortunate enough to become a member of our organization immediately gain the gift of sisterly love and sisterhood, whether she has biological siblings or not. And sisterhood is a tremendous gift.
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Join us for Monthly Manna.
As a sister, we can hold the key to change the trajectory of someone’s life. But we must be willing to use it.
A moment of meditation and prayer to guide us through the month.
As a sister, we can speak up when someone’s reputation or credibility is at stake. But we must not sit silently.
First Sunday evening of each month at 8 p.m.
As a sister, we can affect the reality of someone else’s dream or vision. But we must be diligent in our pursuit to help. Perhaps Moses’ sister didn’t understand the magnitude of her decision that day, but we know the impact upon his life. Many of the women within our organization are just like Moses, called to accomplish great exploits in leadership, in politics, in education, in technology, in the arts and in religion throughout this world. Will you be the sister who will help her walk into that destiny? We are all called to make a difference in the lives of others. So, let’s begin with our sister. As members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, let’s endeavor to be the sister who gives life to another sister’s dream. Will you be that sister?
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CHARLESTON ALUMNAE CHAPTER 2017 MAY WEEK PROGRAM
“Strengthening Our Communities through Faith, Education and Community Involvement” he Charleston Alumnae Chapter, founded in 1940, has observed May Week with a public program for nearly seventy-seven years to award scholarships, recognize finer womanhood young ladies, salute citizens who demonstrate exemplary contributions to the community and honor the chapter’s Delta of the Year. This year’s 2017 May Week Program was held at Mother Emanuel AME Church, one of the most historic African American churches in Charleston, S.C. The May Week Program also honored our departed Soror, Myra Singleton Thompson, who lost her life, with eight other angels, known as the Emanuel Nine in the most unspeakable and heart wrenching tragedy that took place at Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Soror Myra Thompson epitomized the principles and values of education, scholarship, finer womanhood, community service, sisterhood, and the foundation of it all – Christian love – that was highlighted throughout the May Week Program. The Sensational Guest Speaker, South Atlantic Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg, delivered an awesome heart-warming message that captivated the purpose and spirit of the May Week Program. Soror Myra Singleton Thompson’s daughter, Soror Denise Quarles, was presented with a plaque in honor of her mother’s contributions to the chapter and to the Charleston community. The chapter honored eighteen finer womanhood recipients, five community service honorees, four chapter scholarship recipients, four book stipend recipients, the recipient of the MaeDee Brown Scholarship, named for a chapter charter member and the recipient of the Myra Singleton Thompson Memorial Scholarship were recognized. Soror Lynn Marie Boone was honored as the 2017 Charleston Alumnae Chapter Delta of the Year before a crowd of more than one hundred twenty sorors in attendance and an abundance of Divine Nine Greek members, family, and friends.
pIn the sanctuary of the Emmanual A.M.E. sorors united during the display of our symbols during the May Week Program.
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uRegional Director, Soror Juanita B. Massenburg, served as speaker for the Charleston Alumnae 2017 May Week Program.
p Soror Denise Quarles receiving her mother’s, Soror Myra Singleton Thompson, Award. Soror Myra Singleton Thompson was killed in the Emanuel Nine Shooting.
Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg, Oxford Henderson Alumnae Chapter members and Martha Lucille Taylor Hudson, 98 year old Community Service Award recipient.
Bennettsville-Cheraw Alumnae Chapter presented their Community Service Award to Carlo Bowen.
The Gastonia Alumnae Chapter conducted a fun game of Bingo at one of the local assisted living facilities.
Greensboro Alumnae Chapter following worship service with Dr. Willie Funderburke, Pastor of Mt. Olivet AME Zion.
Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter presents its honorees of May Week 2017.
Georgetown Alumnae Chapter sorors stand with scholarship recipients.
Greenwood Alumnae Chapter recognized Soror of the Year and the Delta Dear of the Year Award.
Sumter Alumnae Chapter members and May Week event participants.
Roxboro Alumnae Chapter held a book drive during May Week in hopes of keeping children reading during the summer.
Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter kicked off its new program, Youth Job Shadow Day with their youth initiative participants.
High Point Alumnae Chapter members are joined by the ladies of the community to take a â€œpost sweatâ€? picture after the Dancing with the Deltas May Week event.
Raleigh Alumnae Chapter held joint Deltas on the Move activity with Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter.
Suffolk Alumnae Chapter presents Soror LaVerne Faye Nicholson with her fifty year pin.
Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter members stand with Mayor Allen Jones.
Richland County Alumnae presented certificates and a check totaling $15,000 to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients at the annual May Week Program.
Virginia Northern Neck Alumnae Chapter President Gail Haynie (center) poses with Past Regional Director Yvette Robinson and Past Regional Representative Natalie Pennywell.
High Point Alumnae Chapter members served as panelists at the May Week Career Exploration Lunch and Learn at T. Wingate Andrews High School. Richmond Alumnae Chapter recognized the Delta of the Year at the May Week Luncheon.
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Alumnae Chapter recogized Soror of the Year, Soror Lucille Kannick.
THE 2016-2017 MEMBERSHIP INTAKE SEASON began with a new structure in our region. The new structure entails assigning one seasoned membership intake trainer to the chapter who is conducting membership intake. The trainer remains with the chapter, beginning with the chapter vote, until all paperwork has been submitted to headquarters. The chapter feedback has been very positive and the new structure provides confidence and assurance that the membership intake process is implemented in accordance with the Membership Intake Doctrines.
The Membership Intake regional leaders are Joni Hicks, Regional Chair; Alycia Marcena, North Carolina Regional Co-Chair; Rosemary
New Membership Intake Structure Proves Valuable. Pictured: Gamma Chi, Claflin University I â€œ40 Remedies of the Crimson Resumptionâ€?
Hickmon, South Carolina Regional Co-Chair; and Lynn Sawyer, Virginia Regional Co-Chair. With a combined total of over 50 years, these dynamic sorors are no strangers to the membership intake process and doctrine. The membership intake trainers are awesome and willing to ensure that the membership intake process in the South Atlantic Region is sensational.
NEW INITIATES PERFORMANCE SPRING 2017
Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter I “Destined Divas of 4-t tude”
Delta Xi, Fayetteville State University I “10 Women of Mass Destruction (W.O.M.D.)”
Alpha Lambda Chapter, North Carolina Central University I “40 DSTinguished PeArLs of an Eminent REDsurrection”
Eta Phi Chapter, Voorhees College I “The 11 Forces of DSTruction”
Enfield-Roanoke Rapids Alumnae Chapter I “The Lucky Thirteen”
Eta Tau Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University I “The 13th Regiment: Diplomatic Anomaly”
N E W I N I T I AT E S PERFORMANCE (continued from page 12)
Gamma Chi, Claflin University I “40 Remedies of the Crimson Resumption”
Gamma Iota, Hampton University I “Bourne Identity”
Kappa Gamma Chapter, Lander University I ” Nine Testimonies of Infinite Knowledge”
Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter I “FavoR.E.D. 30:1”
Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter I “Flight 23 - F.I.R.S.T Class”
Welcome TO THE SISTERHOOD SORORS
Upsilon Mu, Davidson College I FOURtress of Amity: Keepers of the Flame”
Omicron Iota Chapter, Elon University I “The 8 Destined Queens”
Oxford-Henderson Alumnae I “RubiXX cube”
Virginia Northern Neck AlumnaeChapter I “Epic 11”
Upsilon Alpha, High Point University I “DiSTinct FOURtitude”
Western Wake Alumnae Chapter I “DSTv Season 1: 26 Episodes”
Delta's Participate in the Second Annual Divine Nine North Carolina Legislative Day... a Powerfully Collaborative Success! The Divine Nine made history in Raleigh, North Carolina during the 2nd Annual Divine Nine Legislative Day that was held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. We experienced the best in national and international
leadership, collegiality and unity among 848 members in record attendance to discuss the critical issues that affect North Carolina and the nation that included voter registration and suppression tactics, body cameras for police officers in every city, getting the legal age limit changed from 16 to 18 for teenagers not to be tried as adults and so much more! It was a very historic and heartfelt day of kindred but progressive action, thought and tireless commitment as International Presidents, Regional leadership, Presidents and Administration from HBCU's, smashing speakers, elected officials from the North Carolina House and Senate and across the state and attendees lifted our voices, plan of action and unyielding commitment forward! This followed a phenomenal meeting at the Governor's mansion Tuesday night, May 16th where Governor Roy Cooper graciously welcomed the leadership and engaged dialogue of the issues.
(A) Pictured left to right, Soror Kristi Jones, Chief of Staff, NC Governor's Office, Soror Tayon Dancy, Soror Angela Knox, Roy Cooper, NC Governor, Soror Juanita B. Massenburg, Soror Dena King, Soror Terry Spicer (B) Sorors made a powerful statement at the 2nd Annual Divine Nine NC Legislative Day. (C-D) Soror Juanita B. Massenburg, leaders of the Divine Nine and First Lady Kristin Cooper
National leadership included Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Thomas L. Battles, Jr., Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Dr. Everett B. Ward, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Jennifer Jones, President of the National Panhellenic Council, Dr. Glenda Glover, International First Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Juanita Massenburg, South Atlantic Regional Director, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Rachel Morris, Executive Director, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, T. Diane Surgeon, Esq., Eastern Regional Director, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Keivin Clayton, NC State Director, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated represented their organizations on behalf of their National Presidents who apologetically could not attend. Other Regional leadership included Eston Williams, Southern Regional Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Tejuan Manners, ANCA District Director, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Joyce Henderson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Carlos Watson, Esq., Regional Director, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Nakisha Boulware, NC State Director, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and Howard Jackson, Sixth District Representative who was the amazing Chair of the Planning Committee. Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, Grand Chaplain, was the Keynote Speaker and he powerfully brought the house down! Andrea Harris, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. delivered a dynamic address on the state of North Carolina HBCUs. Cassandra Deck Brown, Raleigh Chief of Police and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. stopped by to render greetings.
The Garner Road Community Center was blessed as our Community Partner with financial support from each organization as we visited and toured the facility with Mozetta Johnson, CEO and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Divine Nine was recognized in the Senate Chambers and one of the critical issues discussed that we collectively outlined was being discussed in the Senate. God blessed this body of work and execution with gracious grace! Thank you to the National and Regional
leaders for their selflessness day in and day out as we continue to impact humanity. Congratulations to the Planning Committee for a job well done! Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was honored to host this amazing and overwhelmingly successful event. â€œWE ARE ONE!â€?
*This press release was reprinted with the permission of Terry W. Spicer of Epiphany Public Relations, publicist for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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Contact Guide HOW CAN WE DIRECT YOUR CALL? Use th is gui de to hel p det e r m in e wh o t o co n t ac t w hen y ou hav e q u e s t io n s .
Soror Juanita Massenburg email@example.com
STATE COORDINATORS & FACILITATORS
Soror Rosette Simmons Bermuda State Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Soror Selené Hudson Brent NC State Coordinator email@example.com Soror Melissa Hayban NC State Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org Soror Monica Owens SC State Coordinator email@example.com Soror Jordan Barnes SC State Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org Soror A. Michelle Lewis VA State Coordinator email@example.com Soror Julia Ivy Chavis VA State Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org
Soror Sierra Cunningham email@example.com
Soror Deloris Baker Hargrow firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC RELATIONS Soror Kimberly Bracy email@example.com
Soror Patricia “Trish” Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Soror Shellena Atlas email@example.com
CHAPLAIN’S PRAYER REQUEST Soror Trish Harleston firstname.lastname@example.org
RITUAL & CEREMONIES
Soror Rhonda Long email@example.com
Soror Bridgette Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
REGIONAL NEWSLETTER AND JOURNAL
If your chapter has news and would like to announce it in the Regional Journal, please email the Regional Journalist at email@example.com
REGIONAL WEBSITE If you have any questions regarding the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIND SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION ON:
Soror Jean Patterson email@example.com
South Atlantic Region journal
When submitting articles, be sure to adhere to the following guidelines: • Third-person narrative • Topic-oriented (tell how the program served with purpose and dedication) • Microsoft Word format ONLY (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.
Next Issue: Fall 2017 Submission Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017
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Submit your chapter news to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Calendar South Atlantic Region 2017-2018 Events
BY THE SEA VACATION RETREAT Bermuda Alumnae Chapter
Fall State SEPT. 22-23 SOU T H CA RO L I N A Camden Alumnae Chapter Camden, SC
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2017 Sisters By The Sea Vacation Retreat Bermuda Alumnae Chapter 2018 EVENTS
North Carolina Founders Day East Greenville, NC Greenville (NC) Alumnae Chapter
OCT. 6-7 VI RGI N I A
Roanoke Alumnae Chapter Roanoke, VA
OCT. 20-21 N O RTH CA ROLINA
Oxford-Henderson Alumnae Chapter Raleigh, NC
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Virginia Founders Day Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter
South Carolina Founders Day Greenville, SC Greenville Alumnae Chapter
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Bermuda Founders Day Bermuda Bermuda Alumnae Chapter
North Carolina Founders Day West Winston-Salem, NC Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter
SC Divine Nine Legislative Day Columbia, SC
NC Divine Nine Third Annual Legislative Day Raleigh, NC
“Monthly Manna” Devotional Call (see page 6) First Sunday evening of the month at 8 p.m.
with Purpose and Dedicationâ€Ś Keeping it Sensational