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Ivy Pearl

Congratulations Soror Tracey Morant Adams

“Your greatest strength is love.�

Pictured on front row, left to right: Upsilon Eta Omega Sorors Manessa Wilson (Anti-Basileus), and Cynthia Todd, Cynthia Edwards (wife of Dr. Lonnie Edwards), Soror Tracey Morant Adams, the Honoree, and her mother, Callie Morant, followed by UEO Sorors Michelle Harris and Cheryl Kidd. Second row, left to right: UEO Soror Malera Traylor-Wright, followed by three Sorors and UEO Sorors Sherrill Alexander and Corvetta Vann and Soror Carolyn Shields (South Eastern Region Parliamentarian, and Psi Xi Omega member).



Ivy Pearl


Vol. 22 • Issue 2 – February 2017 The IVY PEARL Newsletter: Official organ of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Upsilon Eta Omega (UEO) Chapter in Fairfield, Alabama.

Soror Ida Tyree Hyche Ivy Leaf Reporter & Chair, Public Relations Committee (205) 601-8645 Committee members: Soror Ayla Russell, Basileus Soror Manessa Wilson, Anti-Basileus Soror Karla Dillard, Graphics Artist Soror LaKorya Jackson, Print Media

Special Features FEATURE


Simply Stated, A Message from the United Nations ………………….


Pretty Girls Walk & Run……….....


Mystery of the Motion……………….


Parliamentary Procedure Quiz…


South Eastern Region Turns 85…


HERstory is Black History….…….


Soror Rukiya McClain, Social Media Soror Tanesha Howard, Print Media


Soror Tomeshia Hubbard, Social Media

The Public Relations Committee meets every 2nd Tuesday at Birmingham City Hall, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Submission deadlines*: Articles must be submitted by the 5th day of each month via electronic mail to: The IVY PEARL is published monthly by the 3rd day of the month as an electronic document. Hard copies are available upon request for a fee that equates to the cost of printing the individual newsletter. Hard copies of printed and mailed or delivered to Golden Sorors.

*Deadlines subject to change

Answers to Parliamentary Quiz:


A Letter From The Chapter Basileus Greetings Sorors, As we celebrate the month of love, we will rededicate ourselves to the love we have for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The love we have for our illustrious Sisterhood should not only be verbalized but also shown in our actions to one another. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 13: 4 that love is patient, love is kind. Thank you for being so patient and so kind to me as we continue Launching New Dimensions of Service. This month we welcome Soror Manessa Wilson as our Anti-Basileus. Let’s love on her by supporting our program activities. Let’s take time to meet a new soror or even reintroduce ourselves to someone who’s been in the chapter awhile. We are all connected through the bond of Sisterhood. I encourage all reactivations, transfers, and any soror who may need a refresher to attend our New Member Orientation at 8:00 a.m. prior to the March 4th chapter meeting. It will be a great way to learn about our chapter and meet other new sorors.

Soror Ayla Russell, Basileus

Let’s also make sure we continue to love on our Golden Sorors: Soror Marguerite Stone, Soror Mildred Simpkins, and Soror Vanteal Jones. Send them a card, give them a call, or just give a friendly hug when you see them. The years of wisdom and dedication should be embraced and celebrated at every opportunity. Sorors, I love AKA, I love our chapter, and I love each one of you. Thank you for your love, Soror Ayla


CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Soror Kimberly Davis, Chaplain "We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

“BUT GOD!” adapted by writing by Larry Stockstill

We know from the biblical account of Israel's exodus from Egypt

that Moses grew weary of the Israelites' constant grumbling. Though


miracles on their distasteful feelings of being left them bitter. "root


“But God can turn bitterness into blessing.”



many journey,



robbed or cheated had Esau, too, developed a bitterness"


12:15-17 KJV) because he felt Jacob had stolen his birthright. Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, changed her name to Mara (or bitter) because she lost her husband and two sons through death (Ruth 1:20). Bitterness can happen to anyone who has been hurt. Reflections of

“She who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil

the past can pour back into our minds, spilling poison into the waters of our relationships. But God can turn bitterness into blessing. That's just what He did when he showed Moses a tree that made the bitter waters sweet. The cross of Jesus can be thrown into any bitter pool and its waters made sweet. In their darkest hour, Paul and Silas chose to praise God in the Philippian prison (Acts 16:25), and God made their bitter waters sweet. Only the cross of Christ will keep us free from the root of bitterness as well as the fruit of bitterness: Disease. Let the cross sweeten your waters today. Be healed, emotionally and physically, from the waters of Marah.



“Why Not Me?”…..”Why Not Us?” Greetings, my fellow Sorors of Upsilon Eta Omega:

Soror Manessa Wilson Elected Anti-Basileus During Special Election In February

It is indeed a very humbling honor and privilege to have been elected Anti-Basileus for the 2017-2018 chapter administration. Upon initiation into this illustrious sisterhood, I have jumped in feet first, because there was much anticipation and a continuous interest in learning and serving. I would imagine that the days and weeks ahead spent developing new knowledge and responsibilities will be challenging at times; however, with the support and collaboration of everyone, I know and believe that together we can advance this chapter’s exemplary service to the heights that our founders envisioned. I encourage everyone to work together to support our Basileus, Soror Ayla, and her vision for Upsilon Eta Omega by: ü -increasing our presence in the community ü -reclaiming and retaining our lost pearls; and

ü -nurturing our ivy through sisterly relations.

Although I know we all live very busy lives, and many times spread ourselves too thin with commitments to our family, careers, etc., I’d like to challenge each of us in 2017 to consider adding “at least one” form of participation outside of monthly chapter meetings— ü Attend at least one committee meeting per month, if scheduled ü Attend at least one program activity per month, whether you are on the committee or not ü Attend at least one executive board meeting per quarter, if you’re not a regular attendee


Participate in at least one leadership training opportunity scheduled throughout the year



“Why Not Me?”…..”Why Not Us?”

Small changes can bring about big rewards, especially if we’d at least try. Many times it takes only one try to spark a thirst to do and be more.

I look forward to working and serving with each and every soror as we move forward.

I also request your prayers and encourage your individual participation as we work to make our chapter programs the best we are capable of offering. And guess what? My “why not me?” has turned into “why not us?”—why not us, working together collectively to make Upsilon Eta Omega the model chapter of the Southeastern Region, while being of service to all mankind. In sisterly love, Soror Manessa

About Soror Manessa Employed by Laboratory Corporation of America Specimen Management Supervisor- Brookwood Medical Center Core Lab Graduated University of Alabama at Birmingham- BS, Healthcare Management Initiated into Upsilon Eta Omega Contact info:; 205.305.5279 Don’t tend to check email/texts/voicemails after 10 pm, but will respond as soon as possible the next day Hobbies: family, baking, relaxing, traveling Greek family: Husband, Bobby, initiated into Alpha Phi- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and both daughters are sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Jasmine initiated into Eta Beta, Vanderbilt University, and Jalen initiated into Lambda Eta, Mississippi State University One of many favorite scriptures: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. “ James 1:2-4 (NIV)



Sisterly Relations & Nurturing the Ivy February sorority meeting began with LOVE. Gifts were given to our three Golden Sorors: Sorors Vanteal Jones, Mildred Simpkins and Marguerite Stone. The Golden Sorors received a pink teddy bear, pink scarf, and Hershey kisses. Next, our chapter officers received gifts. All chapter officers received a Soror Bianca Moore, Hodegos personalized clipboard with their name on it. Officers received instructions to place their chapter and Executive Board reports on the clipboard and present from it. Of course, the officers were overjoyed and loved the gift! Thanks to our Basileus, Soror Ayla, for purchasing the officer gifts. This is a prime example of how we can love on one another as sisters.

Sisterly Relations & Nurturing the IVY

Sisterly Concerns ü

Soror Veronica Ellison's grandmother passed away. Please keep the family in your prayers.


Please keep Soror Tareya Witt in your thoughts and prayers.


Soror Debra Hawkins’ aunt, Janet Hatcher, passed away at age 56. Please keep the family in your prayers.


Soror Doris Bentley’s nephew was shot and killed in Ensley on January 26, 2017. Please keep the family in your prayers.


Soror Tara Edwards had gall bladder surgery. Please keep her in your prayers.


Soror Mary Conner, Madame Regional Director lost her niece, Jamelah Mason. Please keep her in your prayers.

AKAlades Soror Richell Craig graduated with her 4th Degree in Instructional Leadership in December. She is the lead teacher, lead mentor, administrative designee, PST Chairperson, Outreach Coordinator, the discipline school coordinator, and Extended Day tutoring coordinator at her school. Soror Tracey Morant Adams received the new University of Montevallo Distinguished Minority Alumnus Award named for Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards for outstanding alumni who have brought honor to the University by distinguishing themselves professionally and are active contributing members to society.

Soror Shakeitha Tatum is now Director of Community Service Response Center for United Way of Central Alabama.

Soror Jennifer Oliver accepted a position as Senior Manager of Trade Marketing with RJ Reynolds Corporation and is relocating to Indianapolis, IN.


Pretty Girls WALK, JOG AND RUN!


By Sorors Jamie Bell and Jerri Haslem

On Saturday January 14, 2017 several Sorors of Upsilon Eta Omega participated in the inaugural MLK 5K Drum Run in Birmingham, Al. This 5K (3.1 miles) was founded by Mr. Herman Mannings, III, son of Pictured, left to right: our chapter member Soror Judy Soror Dr. Jamie Bell and Mannings. Soror Jerri Haslem The race was centered in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, home to nationally recognized sites such as Kelly Ingram Park, the Historic 16th Street Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The race course was amazing, the weather was beautiful, and the spirit of the participants proved that "The Dream" continues to live on.

“Woohoo! Sorors Kimberly Hall Sellers and Gloria Carter enjoying their walk/run.�


Pretty Girls WALK, JOG AND RUN!

Soror Jerri Haslem cheering runners in! Don’t miss this NEXT YEAR!

Soror Dr. Tomeshia Hubbard at the finish line! Go, Soror Tomeshia!

Soror Dr. Jamie Bell in her “ runner’s heaven” mode with music and the love of the run!


“Madam Basileus, I MOVE……” The Mystery Behind the Motion


By Soror Cheryl Anderson Kidd, Parliamentarian Chair, Constitution & Bylaws

is the mystery behind the

Motion? A motion is generally define as a formal proposal by a member of an organization to do something. Motions become the foundation for making decisions and creating consensus within the organization. Motions serve to move the body in a definitive manner towards a common goal. When making a motion the “mover” should do so in such a manner that states the action to be taken or express an opinion. A motion to NOT do something should not be offered if the same result can happen without anything being done; you will sometime hear this referred to as making a “negative motion”. This could cause confusion and should not be done. The mover should state an affirmative motion by stating, “I move that we buy 50 toy soldiers at a price of $50.00. A negative motion would be, “I move that we do not purchase toy soldiers at a price of $50.00”. When stated in the affirmative your yes vote approves the item and your no vote clearly states that you will not purchase the toy soldiers. How do I make a motion?


This is a very simple process that allows members to bring forth what they believe is an action that needs to be taken by the body. The first member will make a motion, another member will second the motion. Remember that in order to make a motion the member must be recognized by the chair. Once the member is recognized the member would stand and address the chair by stating their name, in our instance—Madam Basileus Soror Cheryl Kidd, I move that we… a member seconds the motion and the chair restates the motion and this places the motion before the assembly for debate. Once debate is complete the chair puts the item to a vote. Once the vote is determined the chair announces the results of the vote and what happens. This is certainly basic parliamentary procedures, a motion can take on several layers and we will discuss a few of those layers in more detail in our next installment: “Madam Basileus I move to cut off debate---“.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE QUIZ Circle the answer that you think is correct. 1. A board president votes only in case of a tie. True


2. At a meeting with four members present, a motion is made and seconded. The vote is 2-2. The motion is defeated. True False 3. An agenda item may be postponed to the next meeting for action. True


4. On important questions before the board, you may limit the length of discussion on a motion. True False 5. Unanimous vote is the same as consensus. True



Target I: Educational Enrichment

ASCEND Students Visit Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM) By Soror Corvetta Vann, Chair, ASCEND(SM)

ASCENDSM is a free program, designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students (grades: 9-12) in reaching their maximum potential. ASCENDSM focuses on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills. Students in the ASCENDSM Program have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment. ASCEND’s cultural outing this month began with a tour of the Negro Southern League Museum (NSLM). The tour was a great cultural experience for our students. Great lessons were learned during Black History Month. Most of the students did not know of the museum’s existence. They could learn about the history of black baseball through the eyes of Birmingham, Alabama; as well as, view the largest collection of Negro League baseball artifacts in the country. The history of the Birmingham Black Barons, the integration of Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Satchel Paige as the Negro League’s best pitcher were displayed. An exhibit of Fairfield, Alabama native, Willie Mays, was also featured on the tour. These, amongst many others, were just a few icons the students learned about. The final stop of the tour contains some of the most historically important national treasures and artifacts to Negro League Baseball. One student, Oscar, was able to sum the experience, “We have all this history right here in Birmingham. We have a rich heritage and its right here in our city!”

Target I: Educational Enrichment


South Eastern Region turns 85…

Soror Michelle D. Harris 85th South Eastern Regional Conference Grammateus As the conference Grammateus, it is my responsibility to take accurate minutes for the conference planning meetings, conference plenaries and conference workshop presentations. I also forward communications to the planning committee chairmen and chapter basilei from the Regional Director, the conference chairman and vice chairmen. At the first plenary session, I take roll by calling the names of the chapters in the South Eastern Region. I prepare the design for the conference minutes CD, and have the minutes transcribed to the CD for mailing to each chapter in the region. You must be a good listener and extremely organized…oh, and timely.

“Magnifying the Magic in the Pearl”…the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 85th South Eastern Regional Conference is on track for March 16-19, 2017. The magic will take place at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel. To mark this magnificent milestone of the region turning 85, Cluster 7 sorors have planned a conference in magical style. Conference Chairman, Soror Cynthia Rena Ramsey (Phi Iota Omega), said, “We are so excited to welcome sorors from across the South Eastern Region to the city of Birmingham.” Soror Gwendolyn Tilghman (Omicron Omega) serves as Conference Vice Chairman. Upsilon Eta Omega sorors serving in leadership roles for the conference are: Michelle Harris, Conference Grammateus, Brooke Adams, Budget and Finance Committee Chairman, Ida Tyree-Hyche, Music Committee Chairman, Maria Hawkins, AKA Office Chairman and Jamesel Lewis, AKA Office Co-Chairman, Tracey Morant Adams, Formal Banquet/Gala Committee Chairman and Malera Traylor-Wright, Formal Banquet Committee Co-Chairman, Sharon Ward, Logistics Co-Chairman, Glenda Brown Wade, Registration Committee CoChairman, Jamiese Mims Guest Service Committee Co-Chairman and Ayla Russell, Facilities and Plenaries Committee Co-Chairman. Special guest attending will include Madame Regional Director, Soror Mary B. Conner, Supreme Basileus, Soror Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, First Supreme AntiBasileus, Soror Glenda Baskin Glover and a host of international program guests. The sorority’s One Million Backpacks is ongoing. Sorors are encouraged to donate at least one backpack for the conference service project. Please fill the backpack with No. 2 Pencils, crayons, wide rule notebook paper, spiral notebooks, folders, hand sanitizer and zip lock bags. Let us continue our mission of service to all mankind and support this initiative. Let’s not forget why we are supporting the conference…the WORKSHOPS!! Oh, and…the Stroll Out, Sing Out, HBCU Gospel Brunch, Undergraduate Luncheon, and Regional Director’s Dinner. We are excited to support Soror Vanteal Jones as she receives her Golden Soror status. “I am excited to join the ranks of so many other sorors that have reached this milestone in the sorority’s level of service. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to attain it”, says Soror Vanteal. Sorors, please purchase a ticket for the Diamond, Golden, and Silver Star Sorors Luncheon to honor Soror Jones. Also, the Formal Banquet…”An Evening of Elegance and Entertainment as we Magnify the Magic in the Pearl” Pink and Crystal attire, please! The reception for this event will prove to be exciting too as we unveil the 85th South Eastern Region’s video of the region at 85 and sip on a custom cocktail. So, now that you have read about a few of the plans for the conference, don’t forget your PINK and GREEN attire. Sorors, this is the conference you don’t want to miss!!

In orderly, knowledgeable fashion, Soror Jamiese wrote a skit that members of the Basilei Council enacted during the February Chapter meeting. (In top photo) Former Basilei pictured left to right are Sorors Tracey Morant Adams, Cheryl Anderson Kidd, Lessie Rodriequez, Malera Traylor Wright, Jamiese Mims, Michelle Sallie Lee, and Michelle Harris.

The Soror Rosa Parks Plaque in Montgomery, Alabama at her bus stop Soror Dr. Mae Jemison, Astronaut


Congratulations, Sorors! We raised $250 for the American Heart Association!

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