Sta r THE DELTA RHO OMEGA
VOLUME I ISSUE 5
WHERE EVERY SOROR IS A STAR
MARKETING YOUR PROGRAM Tips and Advice from your Ivy Leaf Reporter and Business Manager
18 NEW! GOLDEN NUGGET Reflection from Golden Soror Jacqueline Charity.
VOLUME I ISSUE 5
PINK AND GREEN BALL 2011 Unpacking our theme and everything that is in store for our biggest fundraiser of the year.
29 CELEBRATING MOTHERâ€?S DAY Insight from some DRO mothers and daughters
Just Bet ween Us
My Dear Sorors of Delta Rho Omega chapter,
Dawn M. Baskerville Basileus Victoria Thomas First Anti-Basileus
Karen Abel-Bey Second Anti-Basileus
Wanda Berry-Joseph Tamiouchos
Gina Chavez Pecunious Grammateus
Monique Okumakpeyi Grammateus
Mary Mewborn-Broadus Anti-Grammateus
Shannon Bowers Epistolous
Josephine Hernandez Parliamentarian
Joan Tropnas Graduate Advisor
Sabrina Gates Business Manager
Carole Brinkley Business Manager
Shadawn Smith Ivy Leaf Reporter
Patricia Weston Member-At-Large
Peta-Gayle Arbouin-White Member-At-Large
Jean Hughes Philacter
Carole Jenkins Historian
Joanne Joyner-Wells Hodegos
Mary Alexander Pan Hellenic Representative
Joelle Bonny Pan Hellenic Representative
Mary Jemison Head Chaplain
Simone Belgrave Custodian
How to behave like a lady. How to keep God at the center of my life. How to move gracefully through the world. How to keep house. How to laugh at myself. How to love. These are some of the life lessons that I learned from my mother. Along the way of life, I’ve had other “moms” adopt me, showing me the ropes in various facets of living, like how to properly apply eyeshadow, how to represent well in a boardroom, or how to work a slot machine. And then there are those special AKA “moms,” some not much older than I am, who, over 30 years, have taught me the ins and outs of being a good Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. I continue to learn from all these “moms” in my life— even those who are no longer physically with me—and I draw on the example of their strength and courage to this day, since I’m still a work in progress. I’ll bet each one of you can think fondly of the “moms” in your life, of direct descent or of no relation at all, who helped shape you into the woman that you are today. While it is customary to pay tribute to our mothers during this month, no matter your age, we should all use Mother’s Day as an official reminder to honor our “moms” at every opportunity—in thought, word and deed. By being a good “mom” to someone in need of a little mothering, regardless as to whether or not you gave birth to them, you help to keep the revered institutions of motherhood and sisterhood going strong, into perpetuity. I had the best time yet reading through and editing the entries contained in this edition of our newsletter. I laughed, I cried and I was deeply moved by the willingness of so many, despite demanding and unforgiving schedules, to share their thoughts, feelings and pride in the hard work that they do as contributing members of our chapter. We’ve got chaperones, mentors, volunteers, undergraduates and even a beauty queen telling us their stories this month. I am humbled by their commitment and generosity and am proud to call them my sorors. I hope that you are too. To all you mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, daughters and nurturers reading these pages—thank you for continuing the tradition of proud and noble womanhood. And may each of you feel the deserved recognition of Mother’s Day every day of the year!
Shine on, sorors! Ollie Dent Carole Jenkins Ellen McCatty Sylvia Stovall
Emma St. Bernard Doris Alexis Sonja Davis Patricia Ramseur
Carole Brinkley Tomasina Boone Yolanda Holmes
From my heart to yours,
Soror Dawn Basileus Delta Rho Omega
“Every Soror is a Star”
May is dedicated to Asthma, Stroke and High Blood Pressure Awareness in the United States. Asthma is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty. This chronic disease affects 20 million Americans. But, with proper management, people can live healthy and active lives. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer. High blood pressure is a cardiac chronic medical condition in which the systemic arterial blood pressure is elevated.
May 21 at Middle School for the Arts 587 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Health Fair is dedicated to emphasizing health and wellness for the entire family. There will be fitness demonstrations, health screenings, and health information for men, women, children and seniors.
Thank you to everyone that attended “An Evening of Financial Literacy” conducted by the AKAnomic Impact committee on April 19 and the “Very Young Girls” screening on April 26. In addition, our Kianga House, PEARL and EYL programs are progressing nicely and kudos are extended to the College Tour committee on conducting another successful tour from April 18-22. Sorors, the work that we are doing for the benefit of our community is making a difference! I appreciate your dedication and continued support of our programs. Please remember that in order for In support of these health con- DRO to continue its outreach to the comcerns, Delta Rho Omega will munity we must support our fundraising sponsor two health fairs this May. The Cir- events. Therefore, I look forward to seeing cle of Love committee (formerly the Senior you at the Jazz brunch on May 21 and the committee) in partnership with the New Pink and Green Ball on June 24. York Missionary Baptist Church Association will conduct a health fair at the Center Sorors if you have any questions about profor Nursing and Rehabilitation on May 20 grams, I encourage you to consult the profrom 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The fair will bring gram directory located electronically on the awareness to health issues that affect se- chapter connection or feel free to contact me niors. If you have loved ones that would ben- at firstname.lastname@example.org. efit from this program, please contact Soror Doris Alexander. The Health Committee Victoria Thomas will sponsor a Black Family Health Fair on First Anti-Basileus
SECOND ANTI-BASILEUS’ MESSAGE This past April 2011, I had the pleasure of serving as the first Regional Philacter at the NAR Conference held in Atlantic City, N.J. under the leadership of Soror Constance Pizarro, our Regional Director. Prior to attending this conference, I thought about the sorors who had registered for the conference and who had eagerly volunteered to work on the conference’s regional philacter committee. I set out to contact each and everyone personally by telephone to introduce myself; say hello; and thank them in advance for their upcoming service. Through all the phone calls and conversations, one thought continually came to mind -- Every Soror, One Voice. This new theme of the DRO Membership Committee guides our members in serving the chapter as the chapter continues to move in the same direction. I was reminded that “we help each other” as sorors even when we have never met one another. We are bound by our sisterhood and together must strive to reach our common goal. At NARC, my committee’s goals were uniformity and conformity for Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. As DRO Membership Chairman, my goal is exactly the same. When
we as sorors pull together and work towards one purpose despite our diversity, it shows that stepping out a little further, and working just a little harder to complete the task at hand, is a rewarding experience for all. It is a great feeling to be on a team in which each of us is supportive of one another. There is no limit to what we can do and in our DRO chapter this is the key to continued success. The interaction which we have through Sisterly Activities, Fundraising Projects and Community Service is what this is all about. As we get to know each other better, we begin to speak in unison and act in concert thereby illustrating the DRO Membership Committee theme of Every Soror, One Voice.
SOROR TO SOROR
FIRST ANTI-BASILEUS’ MESSAGE
As I look back on NARC events, all the success that our chapter achieved was done by working together and, at times, with sorors we had just met. I look forward to our chapter’s continued embrace of the idea that everyone who plays on your team, no matter how long or how short the time, is a vital partner. All of us are on “AKA Team 1908.” Let us always remember and reflect on the ivy vine which was planted at Howard University symbolizing continuity in time and purpose. The DRO Membership committee thanks you in advance for your continued support and service. Karen Abel-Bey Second Anti Basileus
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
-William London “Every Soror is a Star”
HONORS Soror Bernada Villalona was honored by the members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Soror Gina Strachan - Chairperson Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror Soror
Dawn M. Baskerville Angela Carey-Adams Lorna Davis Sharon Fortune-Bowden Margaret Jenkins Michelle Horne-Findley Tricialee Riley Yvette Mack Safiya Jihan-Miller Zena Mine Monique Okumakpeyi Miatheresa Pate Loretta Patton-Greenidge Zakiyah Salim Jacqueline Smith-Bartley Shavon Williams
BIRTHS Soror Tracey Thompson gave birth to a baby girl, Brielle Riley, on April 16th.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SORORS May 9th Soror Courtney Wiley-Harris May 10th Soror Tarvatta Simmons-Nanton
GRADUATIONS Soror Vanatta Ford who left Delta Rho Omega to pursue her studies, just received her doctorate degree
May 16th Soror Barbara Nobles
Soror Tamara Jordan sends her love to DRO from Chicago where she will earn her JD/MBA degrees this spring
May 18th Soror Nakia Haskins
May 26th Soror Dawn M. Baskerville May 26th Soror Patrice Maynard May 30th Soror Imani Johnson May 31st Soror April Tucker
Soror Janice Taylor is recovering from surgery on both feet. Surgery was done on Tuesday 4/26. She is doing well. Soror Janice will be staying in NJ with her mother for motherly care and speedy recovery. Please send sisterly love to Soror Janice (718-909-8887). All cards should be sent to 8 Exeter Drive Freehold, NJ 07728.
Dr Sharifa Amerora was honored at Pi Pi Omega chapter’s Blacks in Action luncheon
MAY HOSTESS COMMITTEE
Soror Carmelita Bradley-Coit became an Ivy Beyond the Wall late last month. Soror Carmelita was initiated in Alpha Mu in 1956. Her funeral was held in the Bronx where she resided most of her life. Soror Margaret Rice, a former member of DRO, lost her son, Douglas Rice, on April 17. Cards can be sent to Margaret Rice, Henson Creek, 5075 Temple Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD. 20748. Soror Valarie Tavares lost her father in South Carolina on April 25. Soror Dena Douglas lost her Father-In-Law and her uncle earlier this month. “Every Soror is a Star”
ALPHA MU NEWS
Our newest Alpha Mu sorors were asked what they’ve learned since becoming a member of the sorority and what they hope to get out of their experience as Alpha Kappa Alpha women
Tiffany J. Williams School: Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus Year: Sophomore Major: Nursing Major Desired Career: M.D OBGYN or Pediatrics specializing in Neonatal ICU. What I learned most since being a member would have to be the slogan of "Not 4 Years, But Forever" I hold that very dear because as a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. I have high hopes of being that Diamond Soror one day. I want to forever be of service to people and my community and that's why I have an immense love for health sciences. As an aspiring doctor, I love the fact that I'll be able to go to work and help a different person every day, to make a difference in people's lives. My happiness stems from making others happy through service and assistance, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc has taught me that "service to all mankind" is never ending.
Chelsi Johnson School: Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Year: Graduating Senior Major: Journalism What I have learned most about being an Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman is that it takes a lot of dedication and commitment. Everyone has something to learn and to teach.
April Bolden School: Brooklyn College Year: Junior Major: Sociology Desired Career : Entertainment Lawyer. Since becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, I have learned the importance of sisterhood. Working together to achieve goals is so important in the organization. I hope to travel the globe with our organization, meet and help all different people, create lasting friendships with my sorors and to give my time in doing service to those in need.
Catching Up With Our Undergrads
Bintia Princesse Boure School: The City University of New York’s Brooklyn College Major: Political Science major with a minor in Television and Radio. My ambitions include working for the United Nations in the Human Rights Department where I hope to continue in efforts to make the world a better place. As a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, it is my desire to continue to help those in need. This includes other students like myself, adults, as well as children. I hope that being an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman will also open many doors for me in helping others and also in furthering myself in life.
Dawnasia Freeman School: Long Island University Year: Senior Major/Desired Career: Business Management As an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman I hope to gain better leadership skills, and life long relationships with the members of the organization. Doing this will help me become a well rounded woman with the skills and abilities I need to inspire others and be successful in the future.
“Every Soror is a Star”
Tips and Notes from the Parliamentarian AMENDING A MOTION
When Amending a motion: I move to amend by adding...... I move to amend by inserting...... Until the chair states the question, the maker of the motion has the right to modify her motion or to withdraw it entirety. (RROR p.38)
POINT OF CLARIFICATION Sorors, as we practice parliamentary procedure in our monthly meetings. It is important we understand what we are voting on. If we are about to vote, and someone did not really hear the question, asking for A point of clarification is in order at that time. Soror Josephine Hernandez Parliamentarian
NEWSWORTHY Submitting something to the newsletter. Remember these helpful hints. 1. Please submit your entry in a timely manner. 2. Please know that every submission may not be printed. Check with the epistoleus if you have an idea. 3. Submit your text in Word (do not pdf) using a 12pt Times New Roman font. 4. Be sure to include logos or photos if applicable. Please send them as a separate attachment. 5. Please have someone else review your document before you submit it.
THE IVY REPORT Your Public Relations Committee has been extremely busy! You can preview our work in the Public Relations folder in our yahoogroups listerve files. I will update the folder again this month. Iâ€™m working hard with my committee to keep our chapter in compliance and relevant. At NARC this year, I attended the media workshop, which gave me new ideas about where we need to go. Our committee has created a template for press releases, and soon we will have a standardized information sheet on our Sorority and DRO/Ivy Rose Foundation for information packets, sponsorship requests, etc. Before we break for the summer, the committee will create a template for media blasts and community news advisories. In addition, I worked with our Business Manager, Soror Sabrina, and the Technology Committee to create a PR/Marketing form. These templates and standardized forms will have the correct language, logos, and format to ensure DRO is in compliance. DRO is a very active chapter, which makes it difficult for the committee to keep up and handle promotion at the drop of a hat. Without a formal program and fundraising calendar, certain activities may fall through the cracks. Iâ€™ve established strong communication with our First Anti-Basileus, Second Anti-Basileus, and Business Managers to develop an informal calendar for the committee. Whenever possible, the committee will have a presence. However
Sorors, please do not wait until the last minute to request our help. It makes our job even harder and results in poor marketing. The earlier you notify us, the more time we have to create and implement a marketing strategy. Again, remember that any type of communication that will be made available to the public must first be approved by the Basileus and me. We must do this to ensure that we send a consistent and accurate message to the community. Please note that if I you wait until the last minute you may not receive a speedy reply. The Basileus and I work hard to provide approvals (with edits if necessary) within a 24hour time period, but life happens. Make sure you mark your approval request as urgent if this is the case; however, there is still no guarantee of a faster approval turnaround if your request is up against a deadline. For all program and fundraising chairs, please check out the special media article that appears in this issue of the newsletter. Until next month! Shadawn Smith, Ivy Leaf Reporter email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiration public relations social media Facebook Twitter
Over the past few month Delta Rho Omega chapter has hosted some amazing events. The Public Relations and Technology committee want to offer up a few tips on how you can make a fantastic event even better. Over the next two months we want to share with you tips and best practices for improving your reach/marketing your program both before and after the event.
Before the Event
Complete the PR/Marketing Form
This form is your first step in the process. In addition to enabling the PR committee and Technology team to assist you, it will help you begin to think about who your audience is and what strategies you might employ to get them to your event. We want you to remember to be consistent in your messaging. From your flyers to your signage, it helps set your event apart. You must submit this in a timely fashion. These committees will not be able to give you 100% if it is a last minute request. And
last minute promotion is as good as no promotion.
Create Your Flyer Your flyer is perhaps the easiest and most prevalent tool you will use to promote your event. It is imperative that the information disseminated is accurate and complete (please see the flyer checklist for what should be included). If you want your flyer posted to the internet, be sure that you use images and colors that stand out. Whether it is a program, workshop or
fundraiser, make sure that the words are clear and that you offer the audience some insight as to the benefits of their participation. Finally, give some consideration to printing your flyers. Do not assume that everyone has access to the internet or that this is their preferred method of communication. Think about what is appropriate for your audience. Then send it to the Basileus and Ivy Leaf Reporter for their approval.
blast or advisory. The PR committee will assist in drafting this material. Be sure to submit to the Basileus and Ivy Leaf Reporter prior to dissemination.
Promote, Promote, Promote
It is everyone’s job to promote our events. Don’t assume that because your event has a flyer and has been posted on Twitter or Facebook that this is sufficient promotion. Each member of Press Release your committee should be encouraged to spread Develop a press release. This provides our the word. chapter with an opportunity to seek coverage (Suggestions for promotion: List Serves, of your event and/or potentially publicize it Events, Community Calendars (i.e. NY1, to a larger audience. The PR committee has a BCAT), Bloggers, Event Websites, Email template available to help you. You will find the Friends and Family, Change Your Facebook template located in the Public Relations folder Profile Picture to the Event Picture) of our listserve. If this seems too formal for your event, you might consider doing a media
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Remember the following when trying to capture your awesome program and/or fundraiser: Have a main photographer with extra helping hands. Why? You need a point person to ensure that key pictures are taken, but those extra helping hands provide a variety and ensure spontaneity. If working with a PR Committee member, please discuss in advance what role she will be playing in capturing these moments.
haves are snapshots of donation/award presentations, all VIP guests, “action shots,” and post-event shots with VIP guests, DRO Leadership, and Committee members (include the chapter banner or flyers). Action shots should be of Sorors performing service with or for the participants, during the question and answer period, and participants’ responses (make sure the photo release forms are in hand, and if the participants are minors, make sure you have parental permission to take and publicly use these photos.)
Know the key must-have shots. What are those? The must- Prior to your event, discuss
your list of “must-haves” to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Always take at least two pictures of the same shot! You just never know. If you don’t need it, you can always delete it. Be nice and provide a copy of your photos to the Business Managers, Technology Chair, and Ivy Leaf Reporter. This will assist in chapter promotion, future award presentations, website upkeep, and chapter history documentation.
DURING the Event
in the future. Documenting excellence through high reviews is also highly marketable. EvaluaMake sure you have someone available and pre- tions also offer an opportunity for us to find out pared to take photos. The PR committee will how attendees heard about the event! likely have someone on hand but never assume that they will. Do not leave the visual docu- Sign-In Sheets mentation of your event to one person. Things happen and it is always better to have more than Make it a habit of collecting more than just none. (Please see “Lights, Camera, Action!” sec- names at the door. Collect email addresses and ask if your guests would like to be added to our tion below for some photo suggestions.) mailing list. This will help us build our database and spread the word about the wonderful Photo Release work we do and fundraisers we host to more We must start capturing us in action and that and more people. includes those we are serving. As we continue to grow our presence on the internet, it is im- Shadawn Smith, Ivy Leaf Reporter portant that we safeguard ourselves from any email@example.com potential liability. Evaluations - How did we do? It does not sound Sabrina Gates like a marketing tool but if we do not know how Business Manager we did, we will not know how to do it better
FLYER CHECKLIST Name of Event q Subtitle q Date q Time q Location q Directions or Cross Streets q Description q Contact Information q Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./ Delta Rho Omega Chapter Name (please make sure you list the sorority first) q Delta Rho Omega Logo q Alpha Kappa Alpha Soq
rority, Inc. Logo (if approved) q Partner/Sponsor Name(s) q Partner/ Sponsor Logos q Foundation Name q Foundation Logo q Special Details q Website q If you indicate use of paypal or require advanced registration, make sure they are set up. q Be timely, don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself three to four weeks or more depending on the event q Remember your event is
not the only program/fundraiser that Delta Rho Omega is promoting at any given time APPROVALS CHECKLIST q Program Chair or Fundraising Chair q Ivy Leaf Reporter (REQUIRED) q Basileus (REQUIRED) q Ivy Rose Foudation President Also send to: Business Managers Technology Chair
CONNECTING THE DOTS City Hall News
On April 29th, the Committee on Community Development for the New York City Council held an oversight hearing on the importance of mentoring for low-income, disenfranchised youth. Our own Soror Victoria Thomas as First Anti-Basileus and Program Chairman, attended the hearing and informed the Committee about the various programs DRO provides with mentoring services. The Committee Chair, Brooklyn’s Councilmember Al Vann, seemed impressed as Soror Victoria
gave testimony on some of our signature and newly-created programs that feature mentoring: Emerging Young Leaders, P.E.A.R.L., Kianga House, HBCU College Tour, the Beautillion/Rites of Passage program, and GEMS. Soror Vickey’s testimony is now part of the City’s official record, and the hearing will air on the City Council’s cable network station. This opportunity promotes the work of Delta Rho Omega and offers the possibility of partnerships with other mentoring organizations and service providers. Delta Rho Omega was the only Greek-lettered organization represented at the hearing. By giving up a few hours of her day, Soror Vickey demonstrated how Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Delta Rho Omega Chapter are leaders as mentoring service-providers for youth through the strength of our membership. Shadawn N. Smith Ivy Leaf Reporter
FIVE STAR POINTS OF REPORTING* ANTICIPATE QUESTIONS Ask yourself, “Who?” , “What?”, “When?” “Where?”,“Why?” and “How?” BE FACTUAL Try not to interject your own opinion. AVOID LOOSE DECISIONS Whenever possible, offer a well researched committee recommendation ARTICULATE Be lively, speak up, and be concise USE TECHNOLOGY Be wise, and prepared
Reflections from our Golden Sorors
Jacqueline Hampton Charity When I was about 12 or 13, I became conscious of three women whose dignity and accomplishments I admired: Sorors Ollie Dent, a neighbor; Dorothy Bostic , with whose sons I attended high school; and Carmel Carrington Marr, a next door neighbor of my aunt’s. Learning that these women were AKAs and hearing of other women my mother admired who were AKAs, I decided that when I went to college I was going to become an AKA.
and initiated Soror Jeannette Bauser Walrond – all of whom have inspired me.
At a rush tea about eight months after Alpha Mu Chapter was chartered, I met women who were to become my Ivy sisters, my worm line sisters and my life long sisters. We are still in close touch. I also initiated Soror Sylvia Stovall with my sister, Pat; was Dean of Pledges to Soror Carole Jenkins;
What I love about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in general, and our chapter, Delta Rho Omega, is that our sorors take seriously our purposes of scholarship, sisterhood and service – and their pledge to make Alpha Kappa Alpha supreme in service to all mankind. Love you, Sorors.
I graduated in 1958 and went into Delta Rho Omega Chapter . Being an AKA in Alpha Mu and Delta Rho has given me an added opportunity to receive and give little kindnesses that mean so much.. Sorors Sybil Gowdy, Christine Thomas, Rosa Weatherless, Carole Jenkins, Sylvia Stovall and Jeannette Walrond come to mind in that category.
DID YOU KNOW
Alpha Kappa Alpha member Althea Gibson makes history by winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals, the first Black to win either tennis crown; she repeats the accomplishments in 1958.
1920 - Sara Brown, a physician with the American Red Cross and the first alumna trustee of Howard University, is inducted as an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The Ivy Rose Foundation has a responsibility to the community to use the funds it receives for the purposes for which they were solicited and to keep accurate records of those funds. It also has a responsibility to the members to provide a full accounting of its activities and to safeguard the assets and resources it manages. Therefore, it is imperative that we review the Ivy Rose Foundation, Inc. Handbook and Guide to Financial Procedures, to insure that all our activities and programs are seamless in their execution.
time for review prior to the date of execution • Contracts require 2 signatures-The Basileus of Delta Rho Omega and the President of the Ivy Rose Foundation, Inc.. • Solicitation of donations and any agreements resulting from such solicitations can be considered contractual, therefore, any solicitations must be pre-approved • The Committee Chair is the person submitting vouchers for payment and they must be accompanied by receipts, invoices, and contracts • All vouchers should be completely filled out with all the necessary signatures prior to submission for payment • All vouchers for payment to vendors must be submitted prior to the activity.
IVY ROSE NEWS
Tips for Seamless Execution of Activities and Programs
See you next issue with more “Tips for Seamless Execution” of our activities and We shall begin with the section “Contracts” programs. found on page 8 in the Guide followed by “Payment Vouchers” found on page 9. Re- Soror Beryl J. Miles President member. . . • Contracts must be submitted (a hard Ivy Rose Foundation copy) for approval and signing with ample
FOUNDATION BOARD Beryl Miles President
Denise Bruce First Vice President
Jessica Johnson Financial Secretary
Loretta Easley-Gibson Board Member
Joan Tropnas Second Vice President
Zena Mine Recording Secretary
Jacqueline Charity Board Member
Claudia Smith Treasurer
Yvette Mack Board Member
NATIONAL PAN HELLENIC NEWS
In celebration of the 81st Anniversary of the National Pan Hellenic Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater NY presents our Founders' Weekend Celebration on May 19th to May 22nd 2010 THURSDAY
May 19th Join the Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater NY for our After Work Mixer at Taj II Lounge - 48 W. 21st Street, Manhattanâ€˘ New York - Admission is Free and There will be a Business Card Trade off - 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY May 20th -Game Night! SATURDAY Morning- May 21st - Serving the community with a food pantry at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. On the corner of 116th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. 7 a.m. to noon - contact Soror Lena Green to sign up at - misslena22@ yahoo.com SUNDAY Day of Worship with the NPHC Friendship Baptist Church in Harlem -144 West 131st Street in Harlem - Rev. James A. Kilgore, B.A., M. Div. Pastor (Frater of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated) Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater NY Presents Founders Day Program - Keynote Soror Carla Harris of Delta Sigma Theta- 3 p.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus - Luntey Lounge - 1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY- Food Provided and admission is Free!!!
CALENDAR Please mark your calendars with the following events and programs. Day Event
CALENDAR MAY S
HBCU College tour workshop
Emerging young leaders
Middle School of Arts 790 E. 9:00AMNew York Avenue 12:00pm
DRO Chapter meeting
Monthly business meeting for Delta Rho Omega
Fort Greene Senior Center 966 Fulton Street
2:00 pm4:00 pm
Putnam between Grand and Fulton
11:00 AM4:30 PM
Graduation- Closed to committee members.
Emerging young leaders
“Moving Up Ceremony”
Doris Harris Committee
12:00 PM2:30 PM
Brown Memorial Baptist Church
DRO Chapter Meeting
Middle School of Arts 790 9:00AME. New York Avenue 12:00pm
Last day to register for this conference.
Pink pamper party DRO Membership Activity
Polish Bar BK Vanderbilt Avenue @ Prospect Place
SENIOR HEALTH FAIR
Health Fair at the Center of Nursing and Rehabilitation
Closed to committee members
Please mark your calendars with the following events and programs.
Middle School of Arts 790 E. 9:00amNew York Avenue 1:00pm
DRO Health Fair
Monthly business meeting for Delta Rho Omega
Middle School of Arts 790 2:00PME. New York Avenue 4:00pm
“Salute To Excellence”
Community Education Awards Breakfast
Saturday, June 11, 2011 9:00 am Laguardia Plaza Hotel
Spring fundraising event
Piquant 259 Flatbush Avenue
11:00 pm3:00 pm
Tickets $50.00 See our EAF Captain, Marvelie Tribie for tickets and information!
Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:00am-3:00pm PIQUANT 259 Flatbush Avenue | Brooklyn, NY Music by the Don Hanson Quintet.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter and the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in partnership with New York Missionary Baptist Association present
LIVING HEALTHY IN THE GOLDEN AGE
A HEALTH FORUM FOR SENIORS Friday, May 20, 2011 1:00pm- 3:30pm Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 520 Prospect Place | Brooklyn, NY
Come learn about Fitness, Heart Disease & More
Don’t forget to wear your most fashionable shoes for our Jazzy Shoe Competition. Tickets will be available at chapter meeting and online. For more information contact: Doris Alexander, Chair – 917-692-1231, Sylvia Stovall, Ed.D, Co-chair – 646-417-1424, Jackie Kennedy-Saddler, CNR – 718-636-1000 ext 437
RACEWAY IS COMING RACEWAY IS COMING1 This is a sisterly reminder that our Annual Rosa Weatherless Day at the Races is just around the corner. The Sorors of Delta Rho Omega are off to the races!
SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 15, 2011 Belmont Racetrack
$ 50.00 per ticket (Note New Price!)
Sorors interested in serving on the Raceway Committee should contact Soror Joanne Joyner-Wells or Soror Nicole Dorrell. Let me know if you need anything else!
CIRCLE OF LOVE COMMITTEE The Circle of Love Committee (formerly known as the Senior Committee), celebrated Easter with approximately 40 residents at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on April 18, 2011. The program started at 2:30 p.m., with welcoming remarks by Soror Doris Alexander, Chairman, who introduced the sorors. A meditation on the reflection of Easter was given by Soror Jean Hughes. The committee (11 sorors) entertained the residents by dancing to the Cupid Shuffle and the Electric Slide. The residents
clapped their hands and moved to the music. The interaction between the residents and sorors was warm and the atmosphere was festive. The sorors mingled with the residents as we played games of Bingo and Hot Potato. They were excited when one won a prize and we cheered them on; they too, joined in cheering. Gift bags and Easter cards were distributed to the residents. The response from the residents was touching. They expressed appreciation and feelings of joy. Soror Jackie Charity led the closing prayer, and we wished everyone a blessed and enjoyable Easter. Doris Alexander Chairman, Circle of Love Committee
An Evening at the
Friday, June 24, 2011
orors, the Pink and Green Ball 2011, “An Evening at the SophistAKAted Speakeasy,” is nearly upon us. The Pink and Green Ball Committee has worked hard to bring you an event that is sure to be an evening of wonder and pure enjoyment. The event will be held on June 24, 2011 at the historic Grand Prospect Hall. It will be reminiscent of Brooklyn in the 1920s. As such, Delta Rho Omega’s guests will be transported back into time where speakeasies were “jumping” and “happening.” Our patrons will be entertained by a live jazz band, singers, casino games and, of course, dancing. The Roaring 20s was an era when New York was buzzing with a new culture of artistic and literary expression coupled with jazz and glamorous nightlife. For a moment in time, all were blissfully moving their feet rhythmically to the upbeat music known for the first time as jazz. During this time, speakeasies contributed to the Black Renaissance by enabling people of color to drink and be entertained without racial discrimination.
8 pm – 1am Grand Prospect Hall 263 Prospect Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215
For more information about the Pink and Green Ball 2011, please visit our website www.pinkandgreenball. org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, please contact Soror Georgena Campbell-Bland at (718) 791-9514. To purchase a journal ad, please contact Soror Pamela Barreau at (954) 579-6663. To make a tax-deductible corporate or personal donation to the Ivy Rose Foundation, Inc., please contact Soror Kyla Britt at (510) 290-8958.
The 1920s also saw the rise of a more modern woman. Speakeasies hosted high-class women on dates with their beaux. Flappers were the real heroines of the Jazz Age. These women dared to be seen in short skirts and bobbed hair, challenging the taboos of smoking cigarettes and drinking cocktails just like the men. They hung out in speakeasies and nightclubs where they danced the Tango, the Black Bottom, and the biggest dance craze of all—the Charleston—with bare arms and legs flying. These ladies turned down their pantyhose and painted their lips bright red.
allowed for drinking, gambling, and socializing for paying clientele. "Gin joints" provided fun for adults who were disappointed by the lack of excitement and alcohol in "straight" establishments. To gain admittance to a speakeasy, a secret password or handshake was often necessary. This requisite greeting showed the individual to be "one of their own." The Grand Prospect Hall is actually the perfect location for this event as it was once used as a speakeasy! In fact, it still holds a fun remnant from its past life. You can tell a speakeasy bar by its drainage system – featured on the top of the bar. In case of a police raid, all the patrons would tip their glasses onto the bar, allowing the liquor to run down the drain and right into the New York City sewage system. It provided a perfect way to get rid of the evidence! Grand Prospect Hall still has its original drainage system intact. In the spirit of the speakeasy, and its trailblazing patrons, the Pink and Green Ball 2011 will feature 1920s signature drinks, poker and black jack tables as well as nods to jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong. In true fabulous Delta Rho Omega style, we will be hosting our speakeasy the best way...the Brooklyn way! So, Sorors, put on your best 1920s inspired attire - flapper dresses, evening gowns, feather boas, opera gloves, sequined or feathered headband, and long pearl necklaces. Let’s party like it’s 1920!
Joelle Bonny Speakeasies were illegally set up bars estab- Natalie Brown lished during Prohibition. They often includ- Tracey Thomas ed entertainment such as lounge singers, jazz Pink and Green Committee musicians, and dancers. These secret locations
College Tour 2011
To date, Delta Rho Omega’s HBCU College Tour has impacted the lives of over two hundred college-bound high school students. Led by Sorors Jennifer Robinson, Tarvatta Simmons-Nanton, and Karmia Berry, the 2011 College Tour was a resounding success! From April 18 – 22, 2011, seven chaperones and forty-seven students traveled to ten historically black colleges and universities from Maryland to Georgia including Morgan State University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University. The chaperones for the tour included Sorors Tarvatta Simmons-Nanton, Fern Alexander, Beryl Miles, Verneda White, Zena Mine, Jennifer Velasquez, and our male chaperone, Dr. Randolph McGee.
casing the group's creative side during an on bus talent show where the students (and Soror Beryl) stole the show! The trip itself is only the tip of the iceberg in the overall College Tour experience. For five weeks leading up to the tour, participating students had the opportunity to prepare to make the most of their time on campus through workshops conducted by the College Tour Committee and special guest speakers addressing pertinent topics such as Scholarship and Financial Aid, College Application Assistance, PSAT/SAT Prep and College Life. The Committee also implemented a few new elements into the college tour program this year including an expanded College Life workshop where Soror Bernarda Villanova gave students the real deal on the dos and don'ts of life on your own, and students had the opportunity to get a head start on their college applications by submitting a personal statement to the Committee for a critique. The College Life workshops included a guest appearance by A. J. Calloway, the former host of BET's 106 & Park.
The Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the College Tour possible. Thank you for keeping the tour in your prayers for our safe travel and return to Brooklyn. All Sorors, parents, and friends are welcome to attend the College Tour wrap-up session at At several schools, the tour was greeted warm- 10:00am on Saturday, May 14th at the Cadman ly and guided by past participants of DRO's Plaza, Brooklyn Public Library. tour who have successfully transitioned to col- Thank you! lege and they were all excited to see us! While taking in all the information each college had Soror Verneda White to offer, the tour also allotted times for the stu- College Tour Chaperone dents and chaperones to interact socially, from visiting the National Museum for Crime & Punishment, a bowling night out, and show-
Happy Mother’s Day Enjoy the reflections from our Delta Rho Omega Soror-Moms and Soror-Daughters as we celebrate Mother’s Day.
A FAMILY AFFAIR Three Generations OF AKA ing time with family and just enjoying each other’s company. Most people don’t believe us when they hear Alex or I call “mom,” “grandma” or “mommy,” they ask, “Are you sisters?” We just smile and respond, “Yes, that is what everyone says,” and little do they know we are “Sisters.” Sisters bonded together in the illustrious sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Continuing the Legacy of three generations strong. A special bond cherished in our hearts that will always be there, even when we are apart. The love and support that we share will remain a beacon, guiding future generations. Soror Doris Alexander, Spring 2005, Delta Rho Omega Chapter A mother, a daughter and a granddaughter, a family bond like no other. Most people call us the three musketeers because we do everything together, traveling, shopping, spa dates, dining out, worshipping at church, talking on the phone, spend-
Soror Fern Alexander-Ebanks, Spring 2001, Delta Rho Omega Chapter Soror Alexandra Ebanks, Fall 2010, Mu Pi Chapter, Spelman College
An Alpha Kappa Alpha Mother
An Alpha Kappa Alpha Daughter
When my daughter, Blayne, was born, I started envisioning what it would be like for her to become a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha. I never pressured her to join, because whether she was in the sorority or not, I would support her future endeavors. But as time went on, there remained a nagging thought in the back of my mind: What if she decides to join another sorority? To calm my fears, pink and green bedspreads, dinnerware, clothes and anything else I could surround her with were very visible. Who were Mommy’s best friends? Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha, of course. And who did Blayne see performing community service projects? The women of AKA! I wanted her to see that there was more to AKA than just the pink and green. There was the key element of “service to all mankind”.
Having a mother who is a Silver Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a Life Member has helped set the standard of the type of soror I wanted to become. I understood the importance of giving back to my community, serving those who need it the most, and feeling like you’ve made a difference in someone’s life from watching my soror-mom. While I was in college, I attended my mom’s Silver Star luncheon, but I couldn’t grasp what it meant to be in an organization for 25 years or more, or why my mom and other women were happy to parade around in plastic tiaras! It wasn’t until I became a Soror that I fully understood the pride that goes into being an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, and why the tiaras meant so much to Sorors! It’s been a great experience having a soror-mother. I was so used to being “just” a daughter, but when I became a soror, it allowed me to work side-byside with my mother and gives us both the opportunity to be proud of one another’s AKA accomplishments. Not everyone knows we are mother and daughter, so when it comes up I usually tell people it’s a rumor someone started because they think soror Joan and I look alike! I am so proud that I have a mother who can be a role model, soror and friend to me. I look forward to the day when I am a Silver Star and my mother is a Golden Soror.
For me, there are two events that I particularly cherish in sharing our sisterhood with my daughter. The first is when she was initiated. I remember my hands were very shaky as I tried to place my badge over her heart. The sense of pride and emotion at seeing my only daughter continue the AKA legacy was overwhelming. Having Blayne’s Soror Blayne Jeffries “AKA aunties,” (most of whom have known her since birth) present to embrace and welcome her into the sorority signified to me that she was continuing to become the woman most AKA mothers wish for. The second event is when Blayne and I attended the Centennial Founder’s Day event at Howard University in 2008. Linking arms with her and walking with hundreds of other sorors in a silent march to honor the Founders is an indelible memory, one that I was grateful to share with my daughter. Blayne did not have to choose AKA, but she did, and having her as a soror and daughter makes sharing these memories even more special. Soror Joan Tropnas
LEGACY "It's a girl. It's a girl!" My Future AKA is now my Soror! From the moment my dear child was born, I knew that I had work to do if I was going to raise a smart, successful and self-reliant woman. When Jessica was six, she saw her family extend to include a tribe of aunties dressed in the same pink and green that now adorned her room. The work got even harder: I now had to set an example of Alpha Kappa Alpha womanhood for her to follow. She enjoyed coming to many service projects wearing her Future AKA T-Shirt and would ask, “Mommy, I’m doing a good job, right?”
and to (finally) proudly march with her in the Legacy Parade was truly a blast of fun.
While our organization has a provision for legacies, it had been a trial for her to finally gain membership, but I believe the 13 Pearls of Perseverance was the best fit and at the right time. Weeping may endure for a night but joy truly cometh in the morning! I am proud to say that I raised a young lady who not only embodies the values of our sorority, but one who truly understands what this sisterhood is about and who would not be It still feels like a dream to be working alongside denied being counted among its ranks. Jessica is my daughter at Kianga House or when I catch a my daughter by birth, and I am so proud that Alglimpse of her sitting attentively at our Chapter pha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Delta Rho Omega Chapter has made us sisters. meetings. This may have been my most memorable NARC Soror Janice L. Taylor ever, as I was able to cheer as Jessica claimed victory as a part of our stroll team Proud mother of Soror Jessica Martin
IN REMEMBRANCE Golden Soror Doris R. Rudisel 1935-2010 ately about the work DRO does in the community and its successful programs. I remember several suitcase-packing sessions before conferences and boules, and I will never forget the excitement and joy she felt the year she became a golden soror. If you knew my mother, you know that her calen- One of my fondest memories is the day my mothdar was always full. She had to schedule time to er pinned me. On March 6, 2005 we called each relax! She was devoted to the people she loved other soror (she called me Soror Daughter, and I and cared about, committed to several projects called her Soror Mom). We celebrated an exciting, and causes, and blissfully busy with her favorite new chapter of our mother-daughter relationship. activities. It may have been difficult to keep up with her, but it was never difficult to find her. Most Whenever I attend a chapter meeting or an AKA of the time she could be found at Concord Baptist event, I feel my mom’s presence and the supportChurch of Christ, at a beading or line dancing class ive, comforting arms of DRO. When she delivwith her fellow retired teachers, at a luncheon or ered the MIP worship service, she focused on the a meeting of the Protestant Teachers Association fruits of the spirit. She knew her sorors were kind, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of good, and loving (to name just a few of the fruits). America, or, of course, attending one of the many She appreciated the care and concern of her besisterly activities of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, loved sorors during her illness, and I continue to be appreciative of your kindness. So much of her Inc. My mom loved AKA and was an active member warmth and kindness radiates from those of you for 57 years. She was initiated into the Alpha Epsi- whose lives she touched. lon Chapter of AKA Sorority at Virginia State Uni- I lovingly remember my mom, our soror, today and versity in 1953, and she lit up whenever she talked always. about our illustrious sisterhood. Long before I learned these things for myself, she spoke passion- Soror Christine Rudisel Remembering Today, only a few days before Mother’s Day, my thoughts turn to my mom, Soror Doris R. Rudisel. I feel her love and remember her smile, her enthusiasm, and her caring spirit.
that you’d like to work in and stick with it. Some people join four and five comty that grew from being on campus be- mittees but if you pick one for a while, cause I shared a room with two Deltas! you can focus on giving them your serOn my line I was #4 and my line name vice and do the best you can. was “Insignificant Worm.” I was happy to be that Insignificant Worm because out of 150 girls that showed up to rush, Are you involved with other orgathey picked 17 of them for the first line nizations besides AKA and the NPHC? to ever be initiated at my college, and I was number four on the 2nd line that was initiated. At the time I was initiI’m a member of Kappa Delta Pi, ated, most women in the sorority were which is an honor’s society at New York teachers and nurses because those University, where I received one of my were the jobs that were available. Now master’s degrees. I’m also a member of we have sorors who are doctors and the Top Ladies of Distinction, which is a lawyers and so many other professions. community service group. That’s significant because it shows that black women are progressing.
A: I have a strong love for the sorori-
Soror Mary Alexander Questions With
Learn more about our newest Golden Soror.
Q: What keeps you motivated to do
the work of Alpha Kappa Alpha?
I enjoy attending Regional Conferences and Boules because after 50 years, it’s like going to a family reunion!
Q: Why are you so passionate about Q:
A: I take courses with the UFT (United
How did you get into teaching and when did you retire? I retired in 1995 from Brooklyn Tech (High School) where I taught health instructions. I started out wanting to be a dancer. I took dancing for 10 years but as a dancer at that time, you couldn’t think of making it a career. Also, there was not a major for dance at my college. My family wanted me to go into education. I received a Bachelor of Science from Albany State College in Albany, Georgia in 1962 taking courses in science, education, art and music, so when I graduated I was considered pre-med.
sustaining a relationship with the National Pan-Hellenic Council?
What keeps you busy these days?
Federation of Teachers) such as dance, bridge and art. I also do work within my church and my community.
Congratulations in becoming a Golden Soror! How has the Sorority changed since you were initiated in 1961?
What is one thing most DRO Sorors may not know about you?
A few years ago, I was named Woman of the Year at my church (St. Clare’s in Rosedale, Queens.) At the time I started attending the church, I was one of a few black women in the congregation so to be named woman of the year a few years ago was a high honor. I’d also like to share a quote that I think is very important, and I had it printed under my picture in the program for the Golden Soror luncheon at NARC: “Where there is a vision, doors might open. Where there is service rendered, people may reach new heights, and where there is Alpha Kappa Alpha, there is sisterhood.”
I’ve been a Pan-Hell rep since 1985, and it’s interesting because there are different groups you encounter and people in my age bracket. It’s nice to know what’s going on with other organizations. Soror Blayne Jeffries Public Relations Committee What advice would you give the newly-initiated and semi-seasoned Soror Shadawn Smith DRO Sorors about maintaining the leg- Ivy Leaf Reporter acy of Alpha Kappa Alpha?
I would say to choose an area
“Every Soror is a Star”
SORORS IN ACTION
Embracing your womanhood means embracing the catalyst.
Embracing your catalyst means celebrating the original Diva that influenced you from the onset.
: Miss Puerto Rico- National Puerto Rican Parade 2010 Wish you could be queen for a day? What about a year? Me too! Well, that dream came true for me on May 29, 2010, when I was crowned Miss Puerto Rico for the National Puerto Rican Parade 2010. Although the end of this month marks one year since I was crowned queen and the end of my reign, I still rejoice about how great my reign truly was during that time. As Miss Puerto Rico, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in various national and local television and radio shows, and public and private events to promote the parade as its official queen. I also received my own custom parade float and costume during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. With my title, I served as an ambassador to the Puerto Rican and Latino community at-large. As a young Puerto Rican woman, I also used my title as a platform to share my knowledge and pride of my heritage with the younger generation. From a young age, my family fostered my understanding of my ethnicity (Taino, Spanish, and African), culture, and community. I advocated to the younger generations to embrace their culture, learn the Spanish language, and always appreciate where they came from so that every day they are as proud as I am to identify as Puerto Rican. From my experience as Miss Puerto Rico, I take away greater understanding of my heritage, abounding professional relationships, and a renewed sense of respect for my beautiful island of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people. Thank you to all of the Sorors who shared in my precious moments as Miss Puerto Rico National Puerto Rican Parade 2010. You helped me to capture a vision fair! Soror Jennifer Velasquez
On this Mother's Day, embrace the legacy that has been passed on to you. Don't search in the latest issue of Essence, Uptown, Vogue or Sister2Sister to find your authentic voice or self. There is always a model within the pages that is supposed to influence you. Instead, turn the pages of your childhood memories. Visit the place of your authentic giggle, authentic smile, authentic swoon- that's right, the place of authentic love. You remember all of these moments with a woman who allowed you to be 'that little girl.
EMBRACING YOUR WHOLE BEING
Embrace the legacy of your mother Embrace the legacy of your grandmother Embrace the legacy of your Aunty Embrace the legacy that lies within the pages of your fondest memories. Speak it to life and listen for that authentic voice that only belongs to you. Happy Mother's Day to the woman that is within you, the woman that is next to you, the woman that is you. Encouraged to inspire, Soror Karen St.Hilaire, President Kadence LLC
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