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Official Publication of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter

The Volume 22 | Issue 1



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UEO Sorors “spotted” in leadership roles for planning and operations of the upcoming 85th South Eastern Regional Conference (SERC) to convene in Birmingham, Alabama, March 16-19, 2017.

pictured: Soror Michelle Harris, 85th SERC Grammateus (left, seated) & Soror Brooke Adams, standing at podium giving report as Chair, 85th SERC Budget Committee during December 2016 planning meeting in Shelby County, AL


Pictured: Soror Ida Tyree Hyche, chair, 85th SERC Music Committee, standing and speaking to the Regional Director, Soror

Pictured above: Golden Soror Marguerite Stone as she arrived early for January 2017 chapter meeting; Pictured below: Sorors Rolessa Coleman and Sharon Ward at 85th SERC planning meeting

Pictured: Sorors Beverly Dixon, Evelyn Nettles, Jamiese Mims, Malera Traylor Wright, Manessa Wilson, and Elaine Mosley at 85th SERC Planning Meeting




Vol. 22 • Issue 1 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

Special Features FEATURE


Meet Your 2017-2018 Chapter Officers……………………………….......


A Day of Service……………………...


UEO Celebrates Founders’ Day...


Soror Karla Dillard

Joint Founders’ Day Worship….


Soror LaKorya Jackson

Pink Goes Red………………………….


Soror Rukiya McClain

AKA One Million Backpacks…….


Soror Tanesha Howard

Sisters are the Perfect Best Friend..……


Soror Tomeshia Hubbard

Skee Wee Sound Mark Announcement..


Madame Chair, I Move………………………..


Committee members: Soror Ayla Russell, Basileus

The Public Relations Committee meets every 2 nd 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.


A Letter from the Chapter Basileus


Chaplain’s Corner




“Sister Love”


The Grammateus’ Pen


Announcements & Save The Dates


Standards Snippets

*Deadlines subject to change

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A Letter From The Chapter Basileus Greetings Sorors, I am so excited to begin our journey together over the next two years. I pray everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is now “Inspired to Serve” in 2017. A new year brings a new beginning and reenergized focus. We will take on 2017 with a deliberate spirit to make an impact in our community and enrich lives. There is much work for us to do in 2017 and it will take all of us to take our chapter to new levels. There are three (3) areas of emphasis in 2017 I would like our chapter to effectively address: 1. Increase our presence and visibility in the community through our programs;

About Soror Ayla Russell, Basileus

2. Reclaim and Retain our “Lost Pearls”; and 3. Nurture our Ivy by increasing our sisterly relations activities.

Upsilon Eta Omega is a wonderful chapter that gives lots of sisterly love to its members and we must continue that loving spirit to help us reach our goals today and beyond. The key to our success is our members. It starts with each one of us giving our sister a warm hug, sending a thoughtful card, and just simply praying for one another.

Also, we must never forget that our purpose is to provide Service to All Mankind. Support our programs. Our committee chairs work hard to provide service to our community and we all have a responsibility to support those efforts. I encourage each of you to join a program committee and help execute the Launching New Dimension platform. All service projects are open to all Sorors. Feel comfortable about bringing your children and other family members to those activities. I am looking forward to 2017; and, I know that, through our collective hard work , it will be one of the best years yet. With Sisterly Love, Soror Ayla

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Employed by the Personnel Board of Jefferson County as Business Systems and Reporting Manager University of Alabama – B.S., Commerce and Business Administration Columbia Southern University – MBA with HR Concentration Initiated in Rho Lambda Omega in Jackson, MS / 205-901-2436 – cell I try to go to bed by 10 p.m. and consider myself an early bird I enjoy sports, cooking, shopping, and

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I am a huge University of Alabama fan. ! I also root for Texas Southern University (Think HBCU) where my son, Eric, is a member of the basketball team. My favorite professional teams are the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Cavaliers (just because I like LeBron) and Atlanta Braves. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to

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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Soror Kimberly Davis, Chaplain "We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19 To misjudge the source of something can be embarrassing — as in incorrectly guessing the sender of an anonymous love letter. It can also be painful — as in having the wrong tooth filled. Finally, it can even be dangerous — as in repairing a gas leak by soldering the pipe just shy of where the actual crack is.

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

To assume that our ability to love another person has its source in our own hearts carries with it the potential to be embarrassing, painful or dangerous. "We love because He first loved us." While early in our sisterhood the depth of our love may seem to thrive in the abundant delight and overflow of our own hearts, but eventually, a day may come when finding a drop of love or respect in our heart for our Soror will feel impossible. Where does that leave us?

It leaves us with the call to look at Jesus — God made flesh and came among us. He is the One from whom love begins. He is the One from whom we are given both access to love and patterns with which to offer love. Consider Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Consider Him willingly and sinlessly going to the cross for our sins. This is what draws us out of ourselves and into the heart of Love, this place where his mercy meets our unworthiness and still, He loves us. Standing in that place of watching Jesus, the call becomes both clear and accessible. It is then that we become willing to lay down our own rights and pour out that same love to the one we call Soror. The one we are joined with through service to all mankind. Adapted from Jim and Jean Daly

Meet Your 2017-2018 Chapter Officers

Pictured, left to right: Sorors Kimberly Davis, Ida Tyree Hyche, Bianca Moore, Venita Wesley, Michelle Sallie Lee, Cynthia Todd, Tomeshia Hubbard, Ayla Russell, Miriam Blankenship, Aneidre Allman, Gloria Carter, Elaine Mosley, Angela Kirkwood, Deborah K. Thomas, and Cheryl Kidd.


EPISTOLEUS Venita A.B. Wesley HODEGOS Bianca Moore PHILACTER Angela Kirkwood IVY LEAF REPORTER Ida Tyree Hyche HISTORIAN Deborah Thomas GRADUATE ADVISOR Michelle Sallie Lee PARLIAMENTARIAN Cheryl Kidd CHAPLAIN Kimberly Davis


"A Day of Service" by Soror Deborah Kennedy Thomas

In keeping with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision to serve humanity, the Sorors of Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, participates in a Day of Service each year to honor him. On January 16, 2017 Chapter members, along with their ASCEND students, met at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, Alabama to fulfill our commitment "TO SERVE". The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging for families of very ill children at the house to prepare breakfast for the families and to spruce up the facilities. Due to the limited kitchen space, some Sorors cooked while others, along with ASCEND students, cleaned windows, dusted in the sitting areas, sanitized toys and dusted floors. We were honored to participate in the MLK Day of Service as we move closer to Dr. King's vision to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, and create solutions to social problems. May we continue to fulfill our commitment to provide service to all mankind.


Hidden Figures Becomes Known to ASCEND Students By Soror Corvetta Vann, Chair, ASCEND

This month’s STEM activity for ASCEND students was a viewing of the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures. On Sunday, January 15, 2017 students learned of the untold story of three brilliant, gifted, African-American women- Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson- and their contributions to the space program at NASA. Because of their skills and knowledge of mathematics, these women were identified as human calculators. The movie made the real-world connection with the importance mathematics, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The three skills emphasized in the ASCEND program. ASCEND student Mya stated, “This is something I never heard of. And to know black women helped to make it happen is awesome!” A story of hard-work, perseverance, and dedication is always motivating. The ASCEND students left the movie theatre empowered and motivated to continue to do and be their best. As one student said, “Black Girls Rock!!!” These three women were the epitome of that.

ASCEND Students Provide Service Community service is one component of the ASCEND program. Students volunteered their time at the Ronald McDonald House during the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service Monday, January 16, 2017. Students helped with general cleaning of the facility before families were served breakfast prepared by the UEO Chapter members. Along with general cleaning, students assisted with the aluminum can tab drive for recycling. ASCEND student E. J. summed up the morning activity. “It’s always good to give back to the community. I had the time. Even though I’m out of school today, it’s worth it.” Soror Corvetta Vann, reporting


Sister Love

Soror Bianca Moore, Hodegos

The ‘Hidden Figures’ Movie Is Based On Three Members Of Alpha Kappa Alpha On Sunday, January 15 (Founders' Day), Upsilon Eta Omega packed out a theater at Patton Creek in Hoover, AL when nearly 200 sorors, family, friends, children and ASCEND youth attended for a private screening to see Hidden Figures. This movie is the incredible untold story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — brilliant African-American women working at NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. This was one of many private screenings held by AKA Chapters nationwide that helped the movie reach the No. 1 spot in the box office for the second consecutive weekend since its release on January 13.

“Walk beautifully, talk beautifully, live beautifully.”




The Chapter kicked off Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Founders’ Day weekend with a sisterly relations outing at Olivia’s Bar and Grille on Friday, January 13, followed by Founders’ Day worship at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church in Birmingham.




Upsilon Eta Omega Sorors who gathered outside before entering for worship. Pictured in the center in green jacket is Basileus, Soror Ayla Russell. Others in attendance were Sorors Yvonne Monroe, Sharon Ward, Cynthia Todd, Tracey Morant Adams, Sherrill Alexander, Deborah Thomas, Linda Nelson, Ellen Spencer, Angie Thomas, Gloria Carter , Judy Mannings, Kimberly Sellers Hall, Lawanika Coleman, Michelle Harris, Cheryl Kidd, Malera Traylor Wright, and Patricia Staton



From the Grammateus’ pen When you enter the chapter meeting, you will normally see three people seated in the front: the Basileus, the Parliamentarian, and me, your Grammateus. As the Grammateus of Upsilon Eta Omega, I take notes and provide minutes of every chapter meeting. But did you know that those are not my only duties? I am also responsible for: • maintaining an accurate roll of financially active members • keeping records of attendance at each committee meeting (this information is provided to me by the committee chair) • certifying delegates for Regional and Boule Conferences • collecting and sealing ballots whenever the chapter votes As Grammateus, I must be detailed oriented, organized, a great note taker, a good listener, and timely. Thank you for entrusting me with this position; it is my pleasure to serve you and Alpha Kappa Alpha!!!

SAVE THE DATES! Chapter meetings Feb. 4, 2017 Mar. 4, 2017 Apr. 1, 2017 May 6, 2017 Jun. 3, 2017 Sep., 2, 2017 Oct. 7, 2017 Nov. 4, 2017 Dec. 2, 2017

Soror Miriam Blankenship

“Say it straight, simple and with a smile.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS Ø February 3, 2017, PINK GOES RED (Line Dancing) – 6pm at the Dannon Project Ø February 11, 2017 Soror Tracey Morant-Adams receives The University of Montevallo Distinguish Minority Alumnus Award. Ø February 11, 2017 ASCEND Birmingham Black Barons Museum Ø February 23, 2017 Alabama AKA Day at the Capitol, Montgomery - $40 registration Ø February 25, 2017 Joint Service Project at Manna Ministries, Alabaster (Target III donations)

Ø SOUTH EASTERN REGION: Ø March 16 – 19, 2017 South Eastern Regional Conference, Sheraton, Birmingham, AL Ø INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: Ø July 11-13, 2017 2017 Leadership Conference, Las Vegas, NV Ø January 11-14 2018 110th Anniversary Commemoration, Washington, DC Ø July 7-13, 2018 2018 Boule, Houston, TX 14


By Soror Ida Tyree Hyche, Ivy Leaf Reporter

It has been said that the world is filled with astonishing occurrences of coincidence and synchronicity that defy explanation. Such may be the case with two members of Upsilon Eta Omega chapter.

“Where there is love, there is no question.”

More than sorority sisters, Sorors Kristin Nieves (pictured right) and Tri’Sheena Stokes (pictured left) are long-time best friends. “We have been friends since 1996, when we met in sixth grade,” said Soror Kristin, immediate past chair, UEO Connection committee. “We were both initiated on March 12, 2006 in two different chapters. I was initiated at Stillman College in Delta Sigma and she was initiated at Alabama State University in Beta Pi.” That was ten years after their friendship began. Soror Tri’Sheena married the love of her life on August 18, 2012 while Soror Kristin wedded her love on November 8, 2015. Both Sorors/best friends discovered they were pregnant in July 2016. That is Ten years after they became sorority sisters. After sonograms, both Sorors are having girls! Soror Kristin’s daughter is due April 2, 2017 and Soror Tri’Sheena’s daughter is due April 21, 2017.

Take Inventory, Sisters Soror Eunice Rogers, Chair, Standards

The Standards Committee is conducting an inventory of all items that have been purchased by Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter in order to properly account for equipment and supplies. Bring any item(s) to chapter meeting or contact Standards Chair via email to This is in keeping with UEO chapter operations and the AKA Manual of Standard Procedure and Standards Resource Guide.


Skee Wee Sound Mark Announcement from the Supreme Basileus on January 26, 2017 Greetings Soror, For decades, the "Skee-Wee" call has been a part of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's official and at times, unofficial history. In late 2014, the Launching New Dimensions of ServiceSM administration reinstated the usage of "Skee-Wee" and the pinkie hand gesture. On January 10, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority a sound mark having U.S. Reg. No. 5,116,853 for the "Skee-Wee" call. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority now joins a small group (218 out of over five million confirmed registrations) of sound mark registrants consisting of companies and individuals (ex. AT&T, AFLAC, 20th Century Fox, NBC) that have successfully trademarked a sound. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority not only becomes the first not-for-profit and Greek-lettered organization to secure a federal registration for a sound mark, but we are also the only registrant to register a sound mark for association services, i.e., membership. Click HERE to view the Certificate of Registration and visit the USPTO link to hear the trademarked "Skee-Wee" audio. Special thank you to Soror Ada Hardy (Delta Upsilon Omega - Seattle, WA) for providing the voice behind the trademark. At the onset of this administration, we committed to enhancing our image and fervently protecting our brand and intellectual property. The "Skee-Wee" trademark, along with enhanced protection of our other symbols and logos over the last two years continues to adhere to our promise of honoring our 109-year history and ensuring our long-term perpetuity. Please feel free to share this news of the new trademark with your friends, family, and fellow members of NPHC. Thank you Sisterly yours, Soror Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Supreme Basileus


“Madame Chair, I MOVE……”

By Soror Ida Tyree Hyche, Ivy Leaf Reporter

Role of a Parliamentarian A Parliamentarian is an expert in rules of order and the proper procedures for the conduct of meetings of deliberative assemblies. Parliamentarians assist organizations in the drafting and interpretation of bylaws and rules of order, and the planning and conduct of meetings.

Drafting and Interpreting Bylaws Bylaws define the make-up, governance, rights and responsibilities of a given organization and it’s members. They also define specific rules, which may be unique to an organization, which can not be suspended, but must be adhered to. When a parliamentary authority has been adopted, such as the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, the parliamentary authority provides clear definition of many of the rules of order and procedures which the organization does not have to try and recreate in the bylaws, except for those specific cases where there is a variance or when the organization does not want the rule to be able to be suspended. Parliamentarians assist the organization in drafting and interpreting bylaws, specific to the needs of the organization. Working with the organization’s legal council, the parliamentarian will ensure that the bylaws are legislatively compliant. Parliamentary Opinions Parliamentarians are often asked by organizations, “given our current bylaws and rules of order, how do we do this, or, what is the proper procedure to accomplish this objective?” The Parliamentarian will review the organization’s governing documents and provide an opinion as to how to proceed within the rules. Meeting and Convention Planning Parliamentarians are often called upon to assist organizations in planning meetings or conventions. Most of the items that must be considered are listed on a checklist under the “Meeting Checklist” tab. In the planning for the meeting, the agenda will specify the proper sequence of events, but consideration must also be given to such things as proper protocol, say in the presentation or introduction of various attendees, opening ceremonies, seating, etc. The parliamentarian is of special use in the preparation of scripts for the chair, credentials reports and considerations, election forms and reports, and the processes in the consideration of motions and bylaw amendments. Serving as Parliamentarian at Meetings The role of the parliamentarian at a meeting is to be a resource to the chair, to assist the chair in the conduct of the meeting. The parliamentarian sits adjacent to the chair and unobtrusively gives the chair help, guidance and support during the meeting. The chair can and should consult with the parliamentarian when not certain on how to rule on a question or proceed in the circumstances. 18

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