WV Delta Connection Asia Lewis named WV State Facilitator On March 13, 2012 State Coordinator, Carla Hunter announced Asia T. Lewis as the new WV State Facilitator. Soror Lewis, replaces Soror Tamarra Caul, who graduated in December 2011. Soror Lewis was born in Washington D.C and raised in Seat Pleasant MD. She is a sophomore at West Virginia University majoring in Advertising and Multidisciplinary Studies; with minors in Business Administration, Professional Writing & Editing and Sports Communication. She was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Dec 3, 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of the Omicron Upsilon Chapter (WVU) and Treasurer of NPHC. Her goals for the
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collegiate chapters include having more events and programs that adhere to the Five Point Thrust. Soror Lewis would also like all West Virginia Chapters to support each other’s events and fellowship more. Lastly, she would like to start a program designed for special needs children. Please join us in welcoming Soror Lewis to the WV State Leadership Team.
May 2012 Dates to Remember June 30, 2012 Compliance Deadline January 1, 2013 Rose Bowl Parade & Hollywood Gala January 10-13, 2013 Founders Weekend, Washington, DC
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Inside this issue:
DST Mobile App Now Available During the 2011 Regional Conference cycle, Sorors were in informed that as a part of the upcoming Centennial Celebration,
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plans were in the works for the DST Mobile App. On Valentines Day, 2012, Sorors heard the announce that the App was available for the IPad, IPhone and IPod. The release date for the Blackberry and Android
have not been released at this time. The App features a Centennial countdown clock, along with current sorority news and access to the Sisters Only Portal. Links to all of the Sorority’s official social media sites are listed.
From the President
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Carla Hunter, State Coordinator ALL ABOARD! Greetings Sorors of the great state of West Virginia, It’s time to get aboard the Delta train… destination: 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service. In a few short months Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary! I know that you are as excited as I am, but I must ask you this question, “Are you ready?” If you have not begun to prepare for the Centennial Celebration, a year long celebration of the greatest sisterhood on earth, I encourage you to begin now. First, open a centennial savings account. Designate a percentage of each
pay period to go directly into this account and only use it for centennial related activities and events. Second, find a “centennial buddy or buddies.” A centennial buddy is a Soror who is committed to attending the same centennial events that you are attending. Centennial buddies will share the cost of transportation and housing. Third, make sure that you are able to login to the “Sisters Only Member Portal?” All registrations for centennial events will be done through the “Sisters Only Member Portal.” If you are unsure, please check. Finally, continue to be an active member of your Chapter. This is an exciting time in the life of our sorority, but we must remain committed to our true purpose…service. Our motto for the 2012-2013 Sorority
year is “No West Virginia Soror Left Behind!” In Sisterly Love, Carla Hunter WV State Coordinator
Centennial Events On January 1, 2013 we will kick-off the Centennial Celebration of beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Soror Thelma Day and Soror Sheryl Lee Ralph along with a great team of sorors are planning a unforgettable celebration. We will start the year off by making history as we participate in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Later that evening a star studded Gala in Hollywood, CA. The celebration will continue with the lighting of the Delta Centennial TORCH that will journey across the country to Washington, DC. The official Centennial Celebration Founders Day Weekend will begin on January 10, 2013, as the National President and members of the National Executive Board, along with sorors from near and far will be in the crowd of all of the morning network shows.
Once the shows are completed, members will be greeted by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. For $50 you can join the DELTA CARAVAN that will be traveling to Washington, DC where they will be greet by Mayor Vincent Gray. On January 11, sorors will visit Howard University and participate in 22 Impact Day project and gather at the Convention Center for the Welcome Event. Saturday we will have a special Rededication ceremony and later that evening the “Delta Centennial Honors” will be held to award special honoree that have made significant contributions in the areas of our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. On Sunday, January 13, 2013, our Centennial birthday, we will gather for our ecumenical Worship Service, lead by our National Chaplain. Later that
evening will have our 100th Founders Day Dinner with a special guest speaker who resides in Washington, DC followed by an “After Glow Reception”. Sorors, if you plan to attend any centennial events, you will need to have a photo of yourself. This photo will be used on you badges for all Centennial events.
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Yvonne Jones, State Chaplain “The Empty Tomb; What Does it Mean?”
When I first started thinking about Jesus’ empty tomb, I asked myself “What does it mean to me?” In order to get the complete picture I had to go back to His death. On Good Friday we celebrate His death. And yes I used ‘celebrate’ because He was born to die. If He had not died I hate to think of where we would be now. During His three and a half years of ministry He performed many miracles. He had 120 devout followers. Then He was crucified. Darkness covered the whole land. The veil of the temple was torn in two. His precious blood was shed as the perfect sacrifice. Then Jesus gave up His spirit. His body was placed in a tomb. Jesus was not the first man to be crucified or put to death in that manner. This was a common practice in those days. However, He was the first and only to be resurrected from death by the power of God. When Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb to anoint Him, all that was left were His grave clothes. So what does this mean to me? When
Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, man’s relationship with God was severed. The cross has made it possible for me to have a personal relationship with God. I do not have to have an intermediary between me and God. I have direct access. I can come boldly before the throne of grace. Jesus’ shed blood makes possible all things impossible, healing, prosperity, joy, etc. Jesus now sits on the right hand of God so He is my advocate with the Father. My big Brother is backing up my prayers to our Father. My Redeemer lives!!! He has saved me from my sins. Because Jesus lives, I have eternal life because I believe in Him. Ephesians is full of examples of what the empty tomb means. Here are just a few. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. We have the wonderfulness kindness that God has poured out on us because we belong to Jesus. Our sins are forgiven. God has showered His kindness on us along with all wisdom and understanding. We have received an inheritance from God. He identified us as His own by giving us His Holy Spirit. God will give us everything He has promised and He has purchased us to be His own people. God gave us life
when He rose Jesus from the dead. We have been created anew that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. That is what the empty tomb means to me. That is what Ephesians states we have in Christ because of the empty tomb. This is all because He lives. What does the empty tomb mean to you?
Delta Days at the Nations Capital The 23rd Annual Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital was held February 47, 2012 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. A records number of fifteen Sorors from West Virginia attended this year. Delta Days was also the debut of West Virginia’s own, Social Action Commissioner Michelle Barnes. Soror Barnes is a member of the Eastern Panhandle Chapter in Martins-
burg, WV. Collegiate Sorors and Advisors from Alpha Delta and Omicron Upsilon Chapters attended collegiate forum on Saturday, whole members from Beckley, Bluefield, CharlestonInstitute, Eastern Panhandle and the Greater Morgantown chapters attended the “Tribute to Frankie Freeman”, visited the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Social Action luncheon featuring Michael Eric Dyson and visited all of
the states congressmen and senators.
WV Sorors on the Capital Steps
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Awards & Recognitions Former Upward Bound Participant and Virginia Tech Graduate Receives State and Regional TRIO Award
the American Association of Affirma-
She remains active in her church and
the community and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Bluefield
After high school, Christina attended
and was graduated from Virginia Tech Christina K. Brogdon, a 1985-1988 participant in the Virginia Tech Upward Bound program, was recently named Virginiaâ€™s TRIO Achiever for 2011. She will be recognized at the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity State Conference in October and will be presented an award at the Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Regional Conference in Washington, D.C., in March. Brogdon is a 1988 graduate of Graham High School and the Virginia Tech Upward Bound Program. She currently serves as director of human resources at Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W.Va. This year she was named the West Virginia state coordinator for
with a B.S. in management. She later received her MBA from Averett University. In addition to her B.S. and master's, she has received Professional in Human Resources Certification as well as a Certificate in Social Justice Mediation. Prior to accepting her role at Bluefield State College, Christina held several positions at Virginia Tech, including human resources consultant, EOAA coordinator, and human resources coordinator/staffing specialist. She also served as a human resources administrator for Hechtâ€™s and Belk Department Stores. While a student at Virginia Tech, Christina worked with Upward Bound
There are currently 50 TRIO programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Federal TRIO programs include Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Ronald McNair PostBaccalaureate programs, and Educational Opportunity Centers
as a residential tutor/counselor during the summers.
Congratulations Graduates Awesome Achievement By Joanna Fuchs Your college graduation Fills us with love and pride. We always knew that you could do Whatever you really tried. It's a long and challenging journey To get a college degree, But you wouldn't quit it, you just went and did it, And we're beaming affectionately. Your achievement is awesome, Sorors; You've worked hard and you've passed the test.
We love you so, and we want you to know, We think you're the very best! Shavonne Moore, Alpha Delta, degree in Criminal Justice Delkira Maybin, Theta Omega, degree in Business Management Whitley Mayo, Theta Omega, degree in Forensic Chemistry We hope that you have found an Alumnae Chapter to transition to. If you have not, Soror Alicia Johnson, CoChair of the Collegiate Transition Task
force, can assist you. Contact her at email@example.com. Special congratulations to Soror Makeisha Washington, Greater Morgantown Alumnae Chapter for receiving her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy
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Beckley Alumnae Chapter The Blazing Beckley Alumnae Chapter continues to Impact Lives and Empower the Greater Beckley Community. The chapter completed its third and final installment of the Parent Empowerment workshops under the Educational Development programmatic thrust. Entitled “Where there is a Will, There is a Way”, the workshop focused on the financial aid process, applying for scholarships and developing a college readiness plan for students. This effort was chaired by Soror Roslyn Clark Artis and featured presentations from Sorors Elizabeth Thompson Nelson, Kelli Anderson and Lisa DeLilly. The chapter held a Red Carpet event in support of the “Red Tails” movie premiere at Marquee Cinemas. Chapter members sponsored 35 young men from the Park Middle and Woodrow Wilson High School basketball teams and from local churches. With the addition of other community members, sorors and their families, Beckley Alumnae Chapter accounted for over 80 individuals attending this screening. The chapter observed “Go Red for Women” Awareness Day on Friday, February 3, 2012. Members encouraged family, friends and co-workers to wear red on that day to increase awareness of heart disease in women. Through the chapter’s Facebook page and other social media outlets, the effort was supported by family and
friends in states outside of West Virginia. Chapter members and community supporters also wore the red dress pins throughout the month. Lisa DeLilly, BAC President, represented the chapter at Delta Days at the Nation’s Capitol. Soror DeLilly met with a member of Congressman Nick Jo Rahall’s staff during her visit on Capitol Hill. Information packets detailing Beckley Alumnae Chapter’s programs and activities were left for Senators Rockefeller and Manchin and Congressman Rahall to review. The Blazing Beckley Alumnae Chapter presented its IMPACT Day of Service on Monday, March 19, 2012. In collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center and Heart of God Ministries, over 40 participants attended workshops designed to increase the awareness of domestic violence issues in the Greater Beckley Community. Counselors from the Women’s Resource Center presented sessions on three topics. Elementary school students discussed mean words and how they make them feel when they hear them. They also learned what bullying is and how to handle a situation if they are confronted by a bully. Middle and high school students discussed sexual harassment that occurs in school. They were presented with hypothetical situations and talked about how they would react if faced with the situation presented. Adults participated in a very frank conversation on domestic violence. As a result of this session, a young woman and her children were referred to the Women’s Resource Center for assistance. We are pleased to announce the family was able to leave the abusive situation and receive services from the Center. The chapter received requests from workshop participants to offer additional sessions so these muchneeded conversations can continue. The chapter will work with the Women’s Resource Center and Heart of God Ministries to meet this very important need in our community. Sorors Vicky
Bradshaw and Kristi Williams Dumas co-chaired Beckley Alumnae Chapter’s IMPACT Day of Service. Soror Bradshaw is the Domestic Violence Champion for the chapter Beckley Alumnae has instituted a Healthy Delta Initiative. This program will track the annual examinations (physicals, PAPS, mammograms, etc.) by birthday. Sorors will receive reminders that these exams need to be scheduled and will be used to insure we are maintaining healthy lifestyles. Beckley Alumnae will observe May Week 2012 on May 6-12, 2012. Activities include a dinner celebrating BAC’s chartering, a book club discussion and our 2nd Annual Western Roundup. A schedule of events will be forwarded to chapters in April.
Beckley Alumnae Chapter – Serving the Greater Beckley Community Since 1945
Bluefield Alumnae Chapter
S.A.F.E. sign in Welch, WV
To commemorate â€œImpact Day 2012â€?, members of the Bluefield Alumnae Chapter visited the SAFE House in Welch, WV. Stop Abusive Family Envi-
ronments (SAFE) was organized on March 25, 1981 to meet the needs of abused women in McDowell County. The house features 31 units that provide transitional housing for abused women and their children. Members donated clothes, toiletries and toys for the residents. A tour of the facility was provided to enable the chapter members to evaluate areas to assist with the shelters need on an ongoing basis. Following the visit, members enjoyed a luncheon as part of their March Sisterhood activity. The chapter has also donated toys to the VA Medical Center play room in Beckley, WV and reclaimed seven members.
Pictured left to right: Brenda Holliday, President; Constance Saunders, Christina Brogdon, Mary Rodgers & Marsha Lawson
WV Heritage Project Members of the WV Heritage and Archives Committee really need your help. The committee wants to publish a book on the states role and contribution for the Centennial Celebration. It is designed to feature an overview of Grand Chapter, with a detail history if Founder Ethel Carr Watson of Parkersburg, WV. The committee wants to include the history of every active, inactive and retired chapters in the state, along with the history of our
Statewide Founders Day, pictures and biographies of all of the State Coordinators and State Facilitators. Each chapter has a member on the committee and they are asking that each member share any information that you have to make this project a success Members of the WV Heritage Project are: Chairs, Kimberly Crockett (Eastern Panhandle) and Marsha Lawson (Bluefield ), Eddiena Schoolfield, Kelli Anderson (Beckley), Rosalyn Cary (Charleston-
Institute), Lucinda Davis (Eastern Panhandle), Makeisha Washington (Greater Morgantown), Carolyne Brown, Marsha Dawson (Huntington).
Pictured: Founder Ethel Carr Watson and Sumner School in Parkersburg, WV where she attended school
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Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter Charleston Institute Alumnae Chapter Host Statewide Founders Day
The Charleston Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. had the distinct honor of hosting the Statewide Founders Day program for the state of West Virginia. The featured speaker was the 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Soror Cynthia M.A. Butler McIntyre. Sorors from Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Eastern Panhandle, Greater Morgantown, Huntington Alumnae Chapters, and the collegiate chapters of Alpha Delta, Omicron Upsilon, and Theta Omega joined visiting sorors from Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia in paying tribute to the 22 visionary
Founders of our illustrious sorority. The captivating speech left the audience spellbound. Representatives from the Divine Nine gave words of greetings. Despite spiraling in a “Ball of Confusion” the world needs the work done by members of Delta Sigma Theta. Soror McIntyre challenged all to be a “dash” in someone’s life. Who can we help? Who can we serve? Voter suppression, high unemployment, lack of adequate health care, widening achievement gap, high incarceration of African Americans, and victims of violent crimes are some of the issues that African Americans wrestle with on a daily basis. Who will speak for the hopeless and disenchanted? Who will work on behalf of the poor and forgotten? It is the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to serve. Who will we serve that they become a part of our “dash”. To whom much is given, much is required. We have much to do and so many depending on us to do it. Participants in the Charleston Insti-
tute EMBODI program presented Soror McIntyre with a white rose and thanked her for the work that she is doing to change the crisis faced by African American males. Another special feature of the program was the presentation of the Humanitarian Awards to Soror Phyllis Carter, Dr. Hazo W. Carter, and Reverend Matthew Watts for the contributions that they have made to society. As part of community impact, five large boxes of school supplies were presented to Mr. Ralph Miller, coordinator of an after school program serving low socioeconomic students enrolled at the West Side Elementary.
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Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated continues in its mission to positively impact the community and constructively develop the members of our dynamic sisterhood. Impact Day, a National initiative, is a celebration of our commitment to serve the community. This year’s focus was domestic and sexual violence. The Eastern Panhandle hosted 2 events in support of IMPACT Day. On March 3, 2012 the Delta GEMS participated in an educational event on dating violence. A guest speaker conducted an interactive event with
the young ladies focusing on dating violence, self-esteem, and self worth. All members were in attendance. In support of Domestic Violence on March 10, 2012, the ladies of the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter invited Mrs. Smith with the Shenandoah Women’s Center to give a presentation to the chapter. The presentation included discussion surrounding why domestic violence may occur for both men and women, what resources are available in Berkley and Jefferson County, and ways our organization can further support their efforts. This
marked the beginning of another collaboration with a community organization striving to positively impact society. In an effort to contribute to the success of this community organization and demonstrate DST stand against Domestic Violence, EPAC donated items to the Women's shelter. In the upcoming sorority year, the chapter plans to tour the facility and partner with local male organizations to redo the children’s playroom at the shelter.
Huntington Alumnae Chapter Going Red in Huntington! Food, fun, fellowship and FASHION once again took center stage in Huntington in February in honor of Heart Health Month 2012. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Huntington Alumnae Chapter, in conjunction with Ebenezer Medical Outreach, sponsored the annual ‘Go Red For Women’ Event at Sixteenth St. Baptist Church in Huntington on February 3rd. This year’s event was the biggest and best yet with more than 200 local women attending and gaining lifesaving information. The program targets women in the African American community and addresses health issues unique to us. Sorors Dr.
Shawn McKinney and Yvonne Jones, Executive Director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, offered valuable information on heart health. Sorors and members of the community participated in a style show featuring red, of course. Our own Soror Sylvia Ridgeway emceed the style show. Our own Soror Wendy Thomas emceed the rest of the event. Nearly 100 door prizes were given out and the program ended with healthy, delicious refreshments.
Soror Stephanie Holman
Soror Wendy Thomas
Making an Impact in Huntington!
The Huntington Alumnae and Theta Omega Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. teamed up to share important information on domestic violence with the Huntington, WV community. Sponsoring a program called, “It’s All About… L.O.V.E.” (Living and Loving Ourselves within Valued Environments), we presented a half-day workshop. The event took place at Marshall University and included spirited discussion on domestic violence targeting women AND men, healthy relationships and how to help those trapped in the cycle of violence. Men and women from high school through senior citi-
zens attended the event. In addition to panel discussions and break-out sessions, attendees could also gather tools through an information fair. Organizations from the community set up booths to share details on services available to help. Our own Soror Carolyne Brown, who’s served on the board of the local Rape Crisis Center, sat on the panel to discuss the history, roots and reasons for domestic violence. The event ended with a luncheon and keynote speaker
Soror Carolyne Brown speaking during the panel discussion
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From the National President National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre has sent out an email indicating that there are over 15K members not receiving her e-messages because their email addresses are not on file. If you know of any chapter members not receiving her e-blast, please encourage them to update their records as soon as possible. They must send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes their name and membership number
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
Dear Sorors and friends of Delta, On Thursday, April 26th, the United States Senate overwhelmingly voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925). The bill in its final form had bipartisan support with a total of 15 Republicans voting to extend this two decade old landmark legislation for a 68 - 31 tally. However, the bill’s third reauthorization since 2000 was not a hit out of the ballpark. Although this bill seeks to protect women against domestic violence, in a Presidential election year, the tenor is one that rings with an all too familiar political tone. To expand the provisions of this legislation, an investigation of more than 2,000 interviews were conducted nationwide within the judicial system to include law enforcement, courts, legal services as well as victim services professionals. This latest version would expand protection to immigrant, tribal, and LGBT victims. Results of the data suggest that all women need equal protection of the law; regardless of their background or orientation. In other words, no one should be turned away. The bill will now move to the House where a similar bill is up for debate. Nonetheless, the proposed House legislation is not without controversy. Specifically, a significant cadre in the House of Representatives have expressed their concerns about expanding three major provisions to undocumented immigrant victims, the ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisex-
ual, and transgender victims and the authority given to Native American tribes to address domestic violence. The House bill’s sponsor, Representative Sandy Adams (R-FL) is on record stating that controversial issues would not detract them from reauthorizing this important piece of legislation. Sorors, Deltas cannot be silent on this issue. Passage is not certain. Therefore, we urge you to act now in advocating for reauthorization of this bill. As an organization of women who have given their full support since the law’s 1994 inception, our voices must continue to be heard that women everywhere should be protected from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To express your concern, call your respective Congressional Member in the United States House of Representatives at 202-224-3121. Be sure to follow-up with written correspondence to your House Member stating why the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization needs to go to the House Floor. You may email or fax your letter urging them to support at a minimum the Senate version of this bill. When the bill comes to the House Floor, the Violence Against Women Act must be swiftly reauthorized to ensure the continuation of vital, life-saving programs and laws that protect women. Delta Sigma Theta joins several organizations in our advocacy efforts for the expeditious passage of this legislation. Sorors, your voice does count, but you must make it heard. More than 1,000 state, local, and national organizations have joined together with letters of support for S. 1925, which was recently
passed. We must continue to be on the alert for ongoing information from Delta Sigma Theta with suggested action steps for members and friends to ensure passage when the bill hits the House Floor. We must remain vigilant in our efforts and let our legislators hear from us. For more resources at this time, you may wish to visit: The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (www.4vawa.org) for additional fact sheets, toolkits, and other action information items. This letter and links to informational sources is being posted on the Delta website and sent to all members via email. The time to act is now. I am asking every Delta to write and call your member of Congress in the House of Representatives post haste regarding your expectations for their vote as a member of their voting constituency. Let all of Congress hear from us on this vital issue. Let Delta’s resounding voice, calling for the reauthorization of this act to protect all women and girls, be heard throughout the halls of Congress. Sincerely, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre National President Rev. Gwendolyn E. Boyd Patricia Watkins Lattimore Co-Chairs, National Social Action Commission
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â€œVibrant and visible chapters impacting the communities of West Virginiaâ€? Carla Hunter State Coordinator Asia Lewis State Facilitator Marsha Lawson State Journalist
Scenes from Founders Day