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Oh,

What a Beatufiul Bride

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SALUTIING THOSE WHO SERVE

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Soror AbrĂŠ Conner Joins the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Team

IGB Underwood and The Talk receive Emmy nomination!

TAKING THE LAW INTO HER OWN HANDS

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., honors Sorors and friends who serve in the U.S. Armed services

A Special Lifestyle Feature with Personal Interviews, Stories and Highlights of Zeta Brides throughout the years. T H E

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GRAND UNDERWOOD NOMINATED FOR A DAYTIME EMMY


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Zeta Initiatives & Partnerships

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NPHC Radiothan A Great Success St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital unites with NPHC to Fight Pediatric Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease.

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All Sugar is Not Sugar The truth

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From Boyhood to Manhood An

about high-fructose corn syrup.

update from the President of the Zeta Male Network.

HONOR AND HOMAGE

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Chapters with one or more New Members with a 3.0 or above GPA..

Awesome Atlantic Region Gamma XI Zeta – A Blue-licious Event; What is Royalty in the State of Delaware; Tau Eta Zeta Chapter Youth Auxiliaries and more!

A Blue Bird of Paradise Soror Noemi Perez serves as Deputy Chief of Communications for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Soror Spotlight Soror Sheila D.

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Inspiration from our National Chaplain Why Did I Pledge Zeta? and

Great Lakes Region The

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News from the Mighty Southern Region Pi Omega Zeta Members Give

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The Personal Experience

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Chapter Spotlight: Alpha Omicron Zeta Tea Honoring Chapter Zeta Doves

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Youth Spotlight: Omani Bleechington

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There’s a Zeta in Every Girl — Part II Celebrating Diversity within Zeta

Acevedo – Overcoming Challenges and Introducing Soror Linda Thomas (p72).

Southeastern Region Honors Past Grand Dr. Eunice S. Thomas

ZETA LIFE & LEISURE

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Vote, Our Civic Duty Encouragement

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Celebrity Spotlight: A brief look into

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3 Steps to Better Relationships at Home and at Work Dr. Michelle

Noteworthy! Highlights of

accomplishments and accolades of Sorors around the country.

Chapters, Charters and Reclamations

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Taking the Window City by Storm Highlights of 2012 Boulé entertainment and events. Top Attractions in Chicago.

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the life of Kim Kimble: A-List Sylist to the Stars and Actress.

Callahan’s practical advice on achieving success in relationships.

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That Couldn’t Happen to Me...

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We Want It All: Professional Success and Personal Fulfillment.

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A Letter from Love on Marriage

Executive Board Update — From the desk of National Executive Board Chair

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Zeta Phi Beta Legal Advisory Council The purpose and function of the

Time and Money, Mu Zeta Chapter Welcomes New Members, and more

There’s a Zeta in Every Girl

A Zeta Aborad: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Renovations to Birch Haven and Headquarters.

Zeta Legal Advisory Council.

News from the Magnificent Midwest Region Omega Iota Zeta

Pacific Regional News Growing up in a Fattening World; 2012 Blue Encore Debutante Debut & Scholarship Program and more.

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Division of the House (p76).

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Alabama Tiffany Warren; Beta Eta Zeta Chapter Joins March of Dimes and more!

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Chartered in Kansas City Metro; Chi Zeta Chapter Celebrates 75 Years of Service and more!

South Central Regional News Miss

Keeping Your House in Order

Eastern Regional News Psi Mu Zeta Chapter Scholarship Prayer Breakfast; Reading is Still Fundamental and more!

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Decatur Georgia Zetas Helping Other People to Excel; Zeta Legacy Tied Together Tightly and more!

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Transformation of Nu Sigma; Delta Nu Community Clean-Up, Blazing Trails in Champaign-Urbana and more!

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Sorority News

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Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Baltimore City

Love has a special message for the lovely ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

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CREDTIS

PUBLISHER

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ARCHON EDITOR IN CHIEF Sheryl P. Underwood • 23rd International Grand Basileus

Archon Production Credits Contributors PROJECT MANAGER Stacye

Montez Executive Director

Phanalphie Rhue Still FOR Square One Communications

ARTICLE COORDINATION & EDITORIAL CONSULTANT

Shanté C. Dash

Mary Burton

BASILEUS, BETA DELTA ZETA CHAPTER

MU ZETA CHAPTER

Michelle Mack Williams

Geraldine G. Peeples

YOUTH COORDINATOR, EPSILON RHO ZETA CHAPTER

THETA LAMBDA ZETA CHAPTER

Iva P. McBride

GRAPHIC DESIGN Joseph

Anthony FOR Jaylite Publications, LLC

National Execuitve Board

Sheryl P. Underwood NATIONAL FIRST ANTI-BASILEUS Mary Breaux Wright NATIONAL SECOND ANTI-BASILEUS Scarlet H. Black NATIONAL GRAMMATEUS Michelle Porter Norman NATIONAL TAMIAS Michelle A. Joubert NATIONAL PHYLACTER Emma Faulk CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD Katy S. Campbell, Esq. CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL TRUSTEES Rosa T. Brown NATIONAL TRUSTEE Dr. Shirley Stansberry NATIONAL TRUSTEE Dawn Kemp NATIONAL TRUSTEE Darneta G. Brown NATIONAL TRUSTEE Antoinette Gordon GRADUATE MEMBER-AT-LARGE Jacqueline Lemon-Denton GRADUATE MEMBER TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Shaneesa N. Ashford UNDERGRADUATE MEMBER TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Brittni Johnson UNDERGRADUATE MEMBER TO THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Geneen Brower 22ND INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS Barbara C. Moore 21ST INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS Dr. Barbara West Carpenter 19TH INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS Dr. Eunice S. Thomas ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR Jacqueline C. McNair EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR Lynette Banks-Harris GREAT LAKES REGIONAL DIRECTOR Cynthia McCoy MIDWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR Lonnette Dafney PACIFIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR Nui Brown SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL DIRECTOR Dr. Constance Hendricks SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR Chrislyn Turner SOUTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR Anitra Kennedy Furlow INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS

Photographers

Phanalphie Rhue Still COVER PHOTO Carell Augustus UNDERWOOD HAIR AND MAKEUP Dell McDonald IMAGES PROVIDED BY AND USED WITH PERMISSION FROM: CBS, FrontPageFirm PR, Sara Leibowitz, Simon & Schuester, Christina Hunt, Mr. Robert Ross — Georgia State Leadership Conference, Chicago Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Regional Photo Submission T H E

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BASILEUS, EPSILON XI ZETA CHAPTER

Susan Johnson

Dr. Cheryl Burton

BASILEUS, UPSILON KAPPA ZETA CHAPTER

3RD ANTI-BASILEUS, GAMMA UPSILON CHAPTER, UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR

Adrienne E. Turner XI MU ZETA CHAPTER

Gertie L. Tippitt

Linda J. Williams

GAMMA XI ZETA CHAPTER

PRESIDENT, ZETA BETA ZETA CHAPTER

Aisha Sharif Lucas PRESIDENT, LAMBDA LAMBDA ZETA CHAPTER

Bridget Brown BETA PSI ZETA CHAPTER

Donniele R. Mills

Ramona Collins

LAMBDA LAMBDA ZETA CHAPTER

CHI ZETA CHAPTER

Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne

Lonnie Dafney

PRESIDENT, TAU ETA ZETA CHAPTER

19TH MIDWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Tanya Bacchus

Danielle L Henderson

RHO OMEGA ZETA CHAPTER

OMEGA IOTA ZETA CHAPTER

Kim Eley

Deborah Weathersby

ALPHA OMEGA ZETA CHAPTER

BASILEUS, ALPHA PSI ZETA CHAPTER

Delquency Capers

Nui Brown

ALPHA PHI ZETA CHAPTER

PACIFIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Tyechia Culmer 3RD ANTI-BASILEUS, ETA PHI ZETA GRADUATE CHAPTER

Tonya Jones BASILEUS, MARTINSVILLE CHAPTER

Soror Lynette Banks-Harris EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Royetta Perry SIGMA ETA ZETA

Elizabeth O’Neill Yvette Clark BASILEUS, LAMBDA PI ZETA CHAPTER

Alicia Williams

Shellisa Multrie

NU OMICRON ZETA

PSI MU ZETA CHAPTER

Myra F. Reese

Tomikia LeGrande

GEORGIA STATE DIRECTOR

2ND ANTI-BASILEUS, RHO ZETA CHAPTER

Angela E. Lee

LaToya Bledsoe PHI LAMBDA ZETA CHAPTER

SIGMA RHO ZETA CHAPTER

Stacy L. Jones, Ed. D.

Janet Boyd

PRESIDENT, BETA ETA ZETA CHAPTER

BASILEUS, THETA ZETA CHAPTER

Jaclyn Buford

Michelle Higgins

DELTA NU ZETA

DELTA NU CHAPTER

Kathy Tatum

Kellie Glenn

BASILEUS, ETA SIGMA ZETA CHAPTER

ETA ETA CHAPTER

Tanya D. Fitzgerald

Cynthia A. McCoy GREAT LAKES 22ND REGIONAL DIRECTOR

NATIONAL CHAPLAIN & STATE DIRECTOR, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Sheryl Edwards

Sheryl Hamilton

EPISTOLEUS, ETA UPSILON ZETA CHAPTER

FINANCIAL SECRETARY, NU ETA ZETA CHAPTER

Danielle L. Henderson

Janice Pickett Rowe

OMEGA IOTA ZETA CHAPTER

BASILEUS, PSI PHI ZETA CHAPTER

Charity Martin Via

Brandi J. Osborne

PRESIDENT, GAMMA ZETA ZETA CHAPTER

BASILEUS, SIGMA CHI ZETA

Tonia Jenkins

Hattie H. Barnes

GREAT LAKES REGION EPISTOLEUS

BASILEUS, ZETA PSI ZETA CHAPTER

Jessica Holden

Althea Spencer

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FROM THE GRAND

from Sheryl P. Underwood International Grand Basileus

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s we approach the end of our sorority year, we’ve assembled an Archon that is full of wisdom, accomplishments, information and entertainment. The Archon, and its dynamic new look and feel, has been so well received. It is a publication that has served our organization well and will continue to do so into the future. Our goal is to include content that helps you to be the strongest, most empowered women of our time; sharing sorority accomplishments to inform; sharing wise counsel to empower and offering interesting content to uplift. As the Bible says, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. (Luke 11:33) The Archon is one of our “stands” upon which we place our activities and accomplishments for the world to see. Within the following pages we will shine our light so that the world can see the phenomenal women, projects and accomplishments made by a unified organization of women committed to our founding precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. We are very pleased that our publication has been so well received by the corporate community as well. I have worked diligently to offer our corporate partners the opportunity to be included within the Archon. Their support reduces the financial impact that production costs have on our organizational budget and brings more visibility and resources to help carry out our programs. A special thank you to our Archon corporate sponsors: Herff Jones, UPS, the FBI, the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. We are honored to partner with you and continue our work toward shared visions of positively impacting our communities and the world. This has been an amazing year for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. We have increased membership and experienced programmatic success, moving us closer to our goals. The end of one year, signals the beginning of the next, and we look forward to a new year and even greater success moving forward, including retiring the debt on National Headquarters. Let’s keep it going! For months, we have been preparing for The Magnificent Boulé in Chicago, Illinois. As you will read, it’s going to be an exciting time, filled with stellar entertainment, awards and recognitions,

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It was lots of fun because I, like Zeta women over the world, want it all, successful career, loving supportive family, a husband and fulfilling community service. I am blessed to have most of this, but the slot for “husband” is still open.

Thank you to all of you who have congratulated me on my EMMY Nomination! I and my co-hosts of THE TALK are so pleased that our team has been honored in this way. I am thrilled about this on a number of levels: professionally, I join an elite group of nominees, including our competitive colleagues Ellen Degeneres, Regis and Kelly and the ladies of THE VIEW; personally I know what this type of international accolade and visibility does for our beloved Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Wish me well as I continue to lift up the Royal Blue and White on network television and beyond. Be sure to check out the Talk of The Town section!

In our “Saluting Those Who Serve” section you’ll meet a sampling of our Sorors who are balancing service to our country, with family and sorority endeavors. To all who serve, their families and their support systems, we salute you and continue to pray for you, and with you, as you defend our country and protect our freedom.

Now a very special thank you to all of the dear Sorors who shared their Wedding Day photos with us for our “Oh, What A Beautiful Bride” section. It is a touching and heartwarming section that brings a smile to our faces, especially those of us who are waiting to be found by “Mr. Right.” I thought it would be fun to see what the “white dress” felt like, so I enlisted my friend and model John Dudley for a very special photo shoot.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Archon is published quarterly by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 1734 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009. The Archon is the official organizational publication of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Information presented within the pages of the Archon are for the information and benefit of the members Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. PUBLISHER: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL OFFICE 1734 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009 Phone: (202) 387-3103 WEBSITE: www.zphib1920.org SUBMISSIONS: Members, Chapters, States, Regions and Auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. may submit articles for consideration for inclusion in the Archon to the National Headquarters, Attention: Soror Stacye Montez, National Headquarters Executive Director. Email: executivedirectorsm@ zetaphibetasororityhq.org. No political or campaign ads or articles will be accepted for publication. EDITORIAL DISCLAIMER The Archon reserves the right to edit submitted articles or ads to ensure they adhere to the publication’s design and editorial standards and requirements of the publication. The articles and information submitted for inclusion may appear in any issue of the Archon as deemed appropriate by the Editor-In-Chief. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy and timeliness of submitted content. Inaccuracies or corrections should be submitted in writing to the Publisher. ABOUT ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. Founded in 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was established for the purposes of promoting the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promoting charitable projects on college campuses and within the community; fostering the spirit of sisterly love, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood. Copyright © 2012 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or transmitted electronically without the specific written permission of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

HAPPY SUMMER! While you enjoy the delights of the windy city and the other destinations on your summer calendar, please note that Headquarters staff is busy preparing for the new fiscal year and will be ready to receive 2012 - 2013 membership dues upon our return from Boulé. Beginning August 1, 2012, Headquarters will be providing tours on Fridays between the hours of 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Call Carolyn McCorkle to arrange your visit. We are also excited to have Bill Council of Image Solutions working with us in the Zeta Boutique! I’m sure you will enjoy the samples you will see at the HQ booth during Boulé. We will have items that all of our Sorors can be proud of — from neophyte undergraduates to our cherished Doves. Be sure to visit all of our vendors as they have worked all year preparing one of kind items for you. Enjoy your summer.

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Stacye Montez Executive Director

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National Individual Appointments Charlissa Davis ADOPT-A-MILITARY BASE/FAMILY INITIATIVE DIRECTOR Ophelia Sanders, Ph.D. MISS ZETA PAGEANT DIRECTOR Tanya Fitzgerald NATIONAL CHAPLAIN Kendra Wilson NATIONAL CHOIR CO-DIRECTOR Lamesa Furlow NATIONAL CHOIR CO-DIRECTOR Kay Jones Rosebure NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF AMENITIES Mary Strozier-Weaver NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF AMICAE AFFAIRS RoseMarie Farngalo Ph.D. NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF BUDGET & FINANCE Kimberly Smith-Tann NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF CONVENTIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS Mwanaisha Woods NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF HEALTH JUSTICE Karen Gipson NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS Brenda Williams NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF SECURITY Lynette Banks-Harris NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF VENDORS AND EXHIBITS Rev. Dr. Barbara King NATIONAL HONORARY CHAPLAIN Valerie Preston NATIONAL HONORARY MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR Dorothy Perrault NATIONAL LIFE MEMBER CO-DIRECTOR Hon. Willie Whiting NATIONAL LIFE MEMBER CO-DIRECTOR Wanda Claiborne NATIONAL OBSERVANCES DIRECTOR Renee’ Goodwin NATIONAL ORATORICAL/ SPELLING BEE DIRECTOR Weldina Lewis NATIONAL PROTOCOL DIRECTOR Ruth Mosley NATIONAL SOCIAL ACTION CO-CHAIR Ella Scarborough NATIONAL SOCIAL ACTION CO-CHAIR Dr. Lucille Perez NATIONAL CONSULTANT-GRANTS & PROGRAMS Melody Graves NATIONAL STEP TEAM DIRECTOR Evelyn Brown NATIONAL STORKS NEST DIRECTOR Benealia Carter NATIONAL Z-HOPE DIRECTOR Ruth Kemper RESIDENT AGENT – BIRCH HAVEN Marjay Anderson RESIDENT AGENT – WASHINGTON DC Lena Smith SCIENCE FAIRS/YOUNG CHEMIST CO-DIRECTOR Allison Rivera SCIENCE FAIRS/YOUNG CHEMIST CO-DIRECTOR Gia Neil SHIELD TO SHIELD CO-DIRECTOR Sonya Wilson SHIELD TO SHIELD CO-DIRECTOR Kathryn Malvern UNITED NATIONS DIRECTOR LaSonya Gibbs YOUTH AFFILIATES CO-DIRECTOR LeSean Shelton YOUTH AFFILIATES CO-DIRECTOR Robbie Latimore ZETA DOVES DIRECTOR Vivian Marvray ZETA MALE NETWORK DIRECTOR

National Headquarters Staff Stacye Montez EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Darlene Meyers MEMBERSHIP SERVICES Carolyn McCorkle MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

National Committee Appointments

INTERNAL AUDIT COMMITTEE Kay Jones Rosebure CHAIR Anitra Furlow Vanessa Elkins-Rogers Mary Strozier Weaver Bonnie Banks

HEALTH JUSTICE COMMITTEE Mwanaisha Woods CHAIR Thometta Cozart-Brooks Constance Hendricks Ph.D. Doris Holeman Lucy Perez, M.D. Betsy Simon Mary Ann Tillman, M.D.

ZOL COMMITTEE Evelyn Wesley, Ed.D. CHAIR Yvonne Barnes, Ed. D. Robbie Latimore, Ed.D. Jacqueline C. McNair Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Mary Strozier-Weaver

Rosie Thompson-Pridgen, Ph.D.

CHAIR, AMICAE

Bennie Reams, Ed.D. Eunice S. Thomas, Ph.D.

Myrtle Ballard CHAIR, BRICKS

19TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT CONSULTANT

RoseMarie Farngalo Ph.D. CHAIR, BUDGET & FINANCE

Barbara C. Moore

Dorothy Perrault CHAIR, LIFE MEMBERS

22ND INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT CONSULTANT

Anitra Furlow

Kimberly Smith-Tann, M. Ed. 14TH ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR CONSULTANT

CHAIR, MEMBERSHIP

Rosa Brown CHAIR, TRUSTEES

National Educational Foundation (NEF) Board of Managers

Alice Craft Beatrice Nelson CHAIR, ZETA SAPPHIRES

Dr. Kathryn T. Malvern CHAIR Dr. Bennie Reams Katrina Wallace Juanita Robinson Mary E. Singletary Evelyn L. Byrdsong Dorothy J. Perrault Issie L. Jenkins, Esq. Sheryl P. Underwood

LEGAL ADVISORY COUNSEL Issie Jenkins, Esq. CHAIR Arlinda Clark, Esq. Gwynndolyn Edwards, Esq. HANDBOOK COMMITTEE Arlinda Clark, Esq. CHAIR Mary Strozier Weaver Rose Marie Farngalo Chrislyn Turner Britnii Johnson Emma Faulk Dr. Lucy Perez Wedina Lewis Wanda Claiborne Gladys Graves Vivian Marvray LaSonya Gibbs Seamster LeSean Shelton

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Scarlet Black NATIONAL SECOND ANTI-BASILEUS

National Service Providers Smith, Ozman & Joseph’s

CONVENTION MANAGEMENT & MARKETING

Jaylite Publications GRAPHIC DESIGN

Square One Communications PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Charleston Group GENERAL COUNSEL

Tate & Tryon ACCOUNTANT Thompson, Cobb, Bazillio & Associates EXTERNAL AUDITOR Professional Insurer’s INSURANCE AGENT

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Vote!

OUR CIVIC DUTY

Coretta Scott King with campaign organizers, including SCLC leader Ralph Abernathy locking arms to her left. Photo taken from the Jack Rottier Collection.

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ecuring the right to Vote was bought and paid for by the struggle and blood of countless civil rights advocates; so it is not only our right

to vote, it is our civic responsibility. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is committed to exercising our commitment and responsibility to our members and our communities by providing education and information relating to voting and our political process. The nation is currently warring with a national trend relating to voting, particularly in the upcoming presidential election – requiring IDs to vote. This practice, although innocent in its presentation, will undermine the ability of already negatively impacted populations, including African American, Hispanic and other minorities. National Urban League in their “Open Letter to Governors: Oppose Voter Suppression” reports that a 2006 survey found that 7% of citizens do not have ready access to

documents to prove citizenship and 11% of citizens do not have government-issued photo identification. Black citizens disproportionately lack photo identification – 25% black voting age citizens do not have a current government issued photo ID, compared to 8% of white voting age citizens. The inability to produce a valid ID will suppress the vote of African Americans and Hispanics disproportionately. An empowered citizenry is an informed citizenry.

The American Promise: The Right to Vote Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right... The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. — President Lyndon Johnson, “The American Promise,” March 15, 1965

VOTING AND VOTER REGISTRATION RESOURCES

NAACP.org • NUL.org (National Urban League) • USA.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting T H E

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what Zetas are reading

THE ZETA BOOKSHELF

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Michelle R. Callahan, Ph.D.

The Order of Melchizedek

Making Sweet Lemonade

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The Crossing

The Holy Bible

Dr. Francis Myles

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ongratulations to the woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for your enthusiastic participation in the 2012 NPHC Call to Service for St. Jude. In March 2012 International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood issued the call for Zetas around the world to join thousands of other Greeks to raise funds to help

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue its mission of finding cures that save lives. Zeta’s participation helps provide lifesaving treatment and world-class care to patients suffering from cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases at St. Jude and in communities everywhere. According to Grand Basileus Underwood, “Our efforts were a success. Fundraising in

March culminated with the radiothons that took place April 5, 2012. In total, we helped

Pat J. Schulz

Robert T. Kiyosaki

raise, in conjunction with Radio One syndicated shows and inspiration stations, a combined total of more than $1 million for the patients and families receiving life-saving care at St. Jude. Thank you for joining me in support of St. Jude’s mission to find cures and save children with life-threatening disease.” The money raised through the NPHC ‘Call to Service for St. Jude’ helps ensure that patients will continue to be treated at no cost to their family. Families never pay for anything at St. Jude. Your support also helps to bring awareness to the African American community about the great work St. Jude is doing to help children everywhere. Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the other participating National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations volunteered at Radio One and other radio stations for the Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon.

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ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® unites with NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL to Fight Pediatric Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease


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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” —MAHATMA GANDHI

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hen Grand Basileus Sheryl Underwood looked into my face, her eyes aglow, and asked, “What attracted you to join Zeta? And what can we do to bring more minorities to Zeta?” my reaction was: Eeek! Several members of our chapter, Alpha Omega Zeta, went to the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Richmond in 2011 and we visited Soror Underwood in the club’s dressing room during the intermission. Although she was likely exhausted from her energetic performance, she graciously welcomed all of us in. Our group was excitedly talking, laughing and taking pictures when Soror Underwood stopped and hugged me. As the only white Soror in our chapter, my Sorors were excited to point me out. When her eyes lit up and she asked me about Zeta, I was caught off-guard – I wasn’t expecting to speak! I just stammered, embarrassed by my lack of a thoughtful reply. Soror Underwood kindly asked me to think about these questions and let her know my thoughts.

The question, “What attracted you to join Zeta?” is something I think about frequently. I have always felt from an early age that what we are inside is more important than what we are on the outside. When I was a little girl, my mom made the curtains that hung in the windows of my room. On the curtains was a pattern with children of many different nationalities and colors, holding hands. They had brown eyes, blue eyes and green eyes. There was a little blonde girl holding hands with a little brown skinned boy who was holding hands with a little Asian girl. I used to look at my curtains and wish for a world where we would all hold hands together. But little girls and boys grow up. While I had a number of African-American friends when I was growing up, it seemed when I went to college that students tended to separate themselves by race. As a white undergraduate at William and Mary, I found the traditionally black sororities and fraternities to be mysterious. One of my freshman roommates joined Alpha Kappa Alpha. I was fascinated when she started carrying a tiny ivy plant everywhere she went. When my roommate started associating with her fellow sorority sisters, I felt like she was growing apart from us while she was growing together with them. It was hurtful and confusing. While we had black and white students on campus, living in dorms, attending classes, and going to football games together, at the end of the day it still seemed to me that black students mostly socialized with black students and T H E

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While I was an undergraduate, I joined a traditionally white service organization and made many friends. To this day I happily remain friends with a number of the members of this group, but we do not actively participate in our organization anymore. That’s how it seems to be with many of the traditionally white Greek and service organizations. You join, you are active for the years while you are in college, and then you leave the group behind. End of story. Years went by. I was fortunate to start work with a great company and became friends with some wonderful people, including some amazing women who are African-American. These ladies were comfortable and confident with themselves but they were also friendly and accepting. Perhaps it was the work environment but I never felt intimidated or isolated by these fantastic women. We talked about everything under the sun, went to parties and socialized together. Race was never an issue.

If we are true to our word as Zetas and are sisterly, helping the community, and assisting others to have the same educational opportunities as we have been blessed to have, then women of all races, creeds and colors will find they are Blue and White inside, no matter what shows on the outside. met were equally welcoming and made me feel at ease.

young African-American women see my being a part of the organization as a reason not to join? Perhaps Emma, who was the membership chair when I was joining Zeta, knew what was going through my mind the night she looked at each of my line sisters in the eye during our course of study and asked, “Are you committed to make this decision?” All of the doubts surfaced in my mind. Then I thought about the five founders of Zeta – what went through their minds as they decided to charter this organization? Weren’t they a little scared of what they were going to do? Courage after all is not the absence of fear, but doing what you know is right even when it is scary. I looked Emma, my friend and mentor, in the eye and said, “Yes, I am committed.” In that moment, I gathered all my strength and made up my mind to be committed to being a Zeta. I knew if I show my passion, it will show to all young ladies, black, white, Latina, Asian, and so on, and they would feel inspired, not put off, by my being a Soror. I was proud to join my line sisters, including Caron, when we became Sorors.

At the open house, I saw my friends from work: Emma Newberg, Tanya (Toliver) Jones, and Andrea Smith. These ladies not only made me feel comfortable with them as friends but I also admired them as they are Later when I read this quote from Zeta founder pillars of our work community. These ladies Viola Tyler, I knew I had made the right are co-workers on whom you can rely to get It was through a conversation with one of decision: the job done right. When the Sorors from my white friends and co-workers, Caron Caruso, that I learned that several of our work Alpha Omega Zeta asked me during the open “[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a house why I was attracted to Zeta, I said, Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or friends were members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. Caron and her husband “Because I want to be more like Emma, Tanya color, who has high standards and principles, and Andrea.” John had attended Alpha Omega Zeta’s a good scholarly average and an active Spring Fling in 2002 and had a great time. interest in all things that she undertakes to Caron shared with me what she had learned The more I learned about Zeta, the more I accomplish.” knew that I was a perfect fit for this group about Zeta including the amazing community that from the outside might have appeared projects that Zeta does. I was impressed Yes, I get funny looks when people pass me to be an unusual match. I love Z-Hope and that sorority women in a graduate chapter on the highway and see my Zeta license plate the activities that Zetas do for the community– holder! When I am with my Sorors, people were still so active, as that was not the case with most members of most white sororities. I am so excited to support March of Dimes, sometimes look at me twice as if to say, who’s Stork’s Nest, and other projects we do locally Caron was excited about Zeta and their legacy that white woman with the Zetas? I just smile such as Special Olympics, Making Strides and that got me excited about Zeta. At the and laugh. My race may draw attention, but time, I missed helping the community as that Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life. I am just one of many wonderful Sorors in Education is a huge part of my life –I truly my chapter and I am so proud to be a Zeta. was one of my favorite parts of being a believe education is the key to a brighter member of my undergraduate service future and a better community. Zeta’s emphasis organization. In examining how to attract other minorities on scholarship mirrors my passion. After the to our organization, I believe the key lies in open house, I decided to pursue becoming Caron and I were invited to attend an open how we act as Zetas. My Sorors’ lights shone a Zeta woman. house to find out more about Zeta with the to me before I even knew they were Zetas. Alpha Omega Zeta chapter. I will be honest Once I learned they were a part of this However, I had nagging doubts – would I fit – I was scared to death! All of my normal wonderful group, I wanted to join. I want to in? Would I take away from the sisterhood insecurities about meeting new people – Will be like my friends and mentors who are now as a white woman in a traditionally black they like me? What if they are all mean? my Sorors. That is my answer to Grand sorority? My white friends added to my What if I have to do something embarrassing? Basileus Underwood. If we are true to our - were escalated. I thought: What if they don’t confusion. When I told one friend about my word as Zetas and are sisterly, helping the decision to join Zeta, she said, “But Kim, you like me because I am white? What if I say community, and assisting others to have the are the whitest white girl I know!” I wasn’t something accidentally that offends someone? same educational opportunities as we have sure what to make of that! Another friend Will they think that this white woman has been blessed to have, then women of all said she was concerned that my decision lost her mind coming to a black sorority open races, creeds and colors will find they are would negatively impact Zeta and other house?? I was shaking and looking paler Blue and White inside, no matter what shows traditionally black Greek organizations as a than usual when I arrived to the open house on the outside. venue where African-American women can that Saturday morning. I will never forget SUBMITTED BY Soror Kim El ey, a be leaders. That did make me worry. I want how one of the Sorors, Renita Dingle, greeted member of the Alpha Omega all young women to see the members of Zeta me and gave me a big hug as soon as I walked Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Phi Beta and think; I want to be a leader like in. She must have seen my fear because she Sorority in Petersburg, VA her. Would my being a white Soror take said, “Come on in, baby, everyone is welcome away from another African-American Soror’s here.” Ah, relief! Her hug and her words desire or opportunity to be a leader? Would helped put me at ease. The other Sorors I

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white students socialized with white students. It made me sad to see this self-segregation but I accepted it. As one of my favorite singers, Bruce Hornsby, sang, “That’s just the way it is.”


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2012 marks a special time for Idlewild and Birch Haven.

For such a celebration the Department of Natural Resource’s created the Idlewild Lake Walking Tour and has selected Birch Haven to be Number 16 on the heritage route that took place on June 2, 2012. The signage read:

Birch Haven was the summer residence of Ms. Violette Neatly Johnson Anderson, Eigth National Grand Basileus, and her family. Ms. Anderson was the first African-American woman to practice law in the U.S. District Court Eastern Division. She served as the first female Chicago prosecutor in 1922-1923, and became the first AfricanAmerican woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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dlewild is on the National Register of Historic Places and is celebrating 100 years (1912-2012). Known as the largest land-based African American resort ever assembled in the United States, efforts to restore Idlewild to its former stature as ‘Black Eden’ has taken place with the restoration of buildings and property with history for the area. Festive events and activities have taken place throughout the year in honor of this 100 year celebration.

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Second bathroom prior and progress. Old laminate wall removed, new drywall paint and trim for the entire house. Tile floor placed in bathrooms, new fixtures, tub, and vanity

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ABOVE: Living room prior and progress. Fire place leveled, rotted floor beam replaced through the entire length of the house to correct sagging floor. Window trim and seals replaced throughout the house. Sliding door lock repaired and missing screen placed on all windows.

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Dining area prior and in progress. Old paneling removed, new drywall paint and trim for the entire house. Laminate wood floor throughout the entire house. Birch Haven has undergone some major repairs that began early spring 2011. Zoe Grant-Lewis, owner of ZGL Engineering Services, Inc. and Zetas CO and WYState directory has taken on the task of overseeing the repairs that were well overdue. Birch Haven is located at 16766 Lake Drive, Idlewild, MI 49642 in the heart of Idlewild on a historical lake front property and in an area of heavy tourism and activities including the annual Jazz Fest. The 5600 sq. ft. home has five bedrooms, two full baths, a large living, dining and utility room overlooking Lake Idlewild. The white exterior building with blue shutters and stained glass windows was begging for some love, attention and overdue repairs.

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ABOVE: Bedrooms prior and progress. Closet paneling removed drywall, wire shelving added and closet door, new light fixtures, cracked windows replaced. All interior doors are new and key individually for locking security.

The repairs were necessary not only to eliminate liability of safety issues but to keep up the sorority’sinvestment we have in the historic vacation and retirement community of Idlewild. The repairs have brought great value to the area and the Sorority’s asset.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Headquarters Repairs. Soror Zoe Grant-Lewis has joined the team to assist in the repairs of our National Headquarter building. Phase One repairs are scheduled to be completed by June 30th and include the removal of problem trees, new gutters, roof repair, installation of new commercial water heater and landscaping of the front for curb appeal. Rewiring of the building to move the server to the third floor from the basement will take place during the 2012 Boulé.

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Soror Rhonda Lawson Balances Zeta & Military Service

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s an active duty soldier, contemporary fiction author and single parent, Soror Rhonda M. Lawson wears many hats, but one of her most satisfying roles is that of being an active member of Chi Pi Zeta Chapter. Soror Lawson has been a member of Zeta since May 31, 1993, when she was inducted as a charter member of Iota Omicron Chapter at Loyola University in New Orleans. This was a dream come true for her since prior to chartering the chapter, the only two African American Greek-letter sororities on Loyola’s campus were Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha. “I had attended rushes for both of the organizations, but I didn’t feel the connection with them like I felt with Zeta,” said Lawson. The chapter began with a line of four ladies, and a Soror who had joined the sorority only a year

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prior. They were all active, but they soon found that keeping a chapter viable, while still maintaining their grades, was a lot of work. “We did it all!” said Lawson. “Between community service, fundraising, step practices and just learning our way through life as a Zeta, we spent almost all of our free time together. It paid off because we learned a lot, and most of all, are still very close to this day.” Unfortunately, Soror Lawson was unable to finish the year with her chapter. The following semester, financial problems forced her to leave college. She joined the Army a few months later, but found that her first duty station, Fort Knox, Ky., didn’t have a chapter. However, she kept close ties with her sisters at Iota Omicron, who had grown the chapter while she was away. Soror Lawson’s career as a Soldier took her to different corners of the country, and different chapters, which, in her words “had its advantages and disadvantages.” “The good part about being in so many different

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number of Z-HOPE events. Additionally, she’s taken care of Beautiful when Soror Lawson has had to leave home.

To me, it’s an honor to spread the light of Zeta, and I will continue to do so as long as I’m able.

Deployments and overseas assignments also proved to be challenging, but they actually served as catalysts for keeping Zeta in her heart. For example, she was a member of Delta Mu Zeta chapter in Tacoma, Wash., when she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her chapter Sorors constantly sent care packages and messages of encouragement, which kept her going. There were no Sorors around when she later moved to Sinai, Egypt, but her chapter sisters in Tacoma remained in touch. “That’s what sisterhood is all about,” Soror Lawson said. “Community service is wonderful, but if we can’t be sisters, we’re just a bunch of ladies working on projects together. We need to be able to depend on each other spiritually and mentally.”

also joined the Pearlettes during this time. “My students always asked me how I was able to do all that I did, and I would always tell them it was through lots of prayer,” Soror Lawson said. “For me, it was easy to juggle everything because I was doing everything that I loved. I love being a mother, I love my job as a Public Affairs Officer, I love writing fiction, and I absolutely love working for Zeta!”

She returned from Egypt in 2004 and moved to Glen Burnie, Md., where she joined Tau Eta Zeta chapter in Baltimore. The chapter had only formed less than two years prior to Soror Lawson’s arrival, but had already grown to more than thirty members and was very active in the city of Baltimore. “This is a chapter full of phenomenal women,” Soror Lawson said. “I learned so much from them. Watching them work made me want to jump in with both feet!” And she did just that! In the two years she was with the chapter, she started the Sharon K. Harvey Memorial Scholarship Fund, assisted with Z-HOPE events, and was voted as publicity chair, all while promoting her first book, “Cheatin’ in the Next Room,” and teaching basic journalism to service members at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md. Her daughter, Beautiful,

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 confirmed her love for Zeta. When the storm threatened New Orleans, her family found themselves driving to safety. Her mother’s house had been completely flooded, leaving her homeless. Soror Lawson happened to mention in an email to her chapter president that she was working on getting her mother, Phyllis Jones, up to Maryland. The president, Soror Tamara Harris, then sent a message to every Zeta in the area to help Soror Lawson get her mother to Maryland. “I never asked her to do it, but when I saw her message, it brought tears to my eyes,” Soror Lawson said. “I began receiving donations from everywhere.” Her mother has lived with her since that time, and although she’s not a Zeta, she supports the organization. She’s been a guest speaker at Tau Eta Zeta’s youth council meetings, and has attended a

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In 2006, Soror Lawson was sent to Camp Red Cloud, Korea for two years. Although she missed her family, she found a family in Pi Eta Zeta chapter. “Pi Eta Zeta has got to be one of the most successful military chapters I’ve ever seen,” Soror Lawson said. “They have true love for each other and continually stay active in the military community. The experience Sorors gain there has been a blessing to chapters they’ve joined later.” Soror Lawson left Korea in December 2008 and moved to Richmond Hill, Ga., where she found former Pi Eta Zeta members, Sorors LaRita Dalton and Alisha Johnson. Both had expressed their interest in starting at chapter in the Fort Stewart area, so Soror Lawson pulled from her Iota Omicron days and helped them begin Chi Pi Zeta, along with Sorors Connie McCurtis, Kymila Cheese and Debra Booker who also chartered her undergraduate chapter. “Again, it wasn’t easy, but we all had a vision that we wanted to see it through,” said Soror Lawson, who was the chapter’s first president. I am very proud of the work the chapter has done. We have consistently won Z-HOPE awards, even through the times when we only had three active members. We have become well known in the Hinesville community, and we continue to grow by leaps and bounds. I’m excited to see where we’ll be in the next couple of years.” One thing Soror Lawson has learned about juggling military, family, school, her literary career and Zeta is BALANCE. Although she maintains a busy schedule, she has learned not to let any one factor overpower the other. She’s also learned that staying active with Zeta is easier than some may think. “If I had known what I know now, I would never have gone inactive during my early years of Zeta,” she said. “It is a financial and time commitment, but there is nothing like 2 0 1 2

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chapters, was that I was able to see Zeta from a number of different perspectives, which gave me a lot of growth,” she said. “The bad part was that I really didn’t have time to establish ties with any one chapter. I met a lot of great Sorors, many of whom I still keep in contact with today, but never spending more than two years in one place didn’t give me a lot of time to see projects grow and flourish, to see what worked and what didn’t work.”


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Women in the Military

Army Sergeant 1st Class, Ontika R. Fudge

Air Force Chief Master, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Sergeant Jessica M. Mason NaKeasha L. Garth

Soror Rhonda Lawson (CON’T) staying affiliated with a chapter. This is the only way we can truly effect change in our organization and in our communities.” Soror Lawson knows this first hand. During her last deployment to Iraq in 2010, she affiliated with Zetas and Sigmas, as well as other Greeks in her area. They not only became a support system for each other, but they also volunteered around the base, donated to chapter events back home, and even sponsored a Relay For Life event. “Relay For Life was an event I will never forget,” she said. “More than 500 Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians participated in our event, many designing their own T-shirts. We even had a firefighter group who ran the entire event wearing their full gear, including helmets!” Soror Lawson is moving to Belgium this summer, and plans to retire from the Army after that three-year assignment. She still plans to stay active in the Sorority, and is already planning activities she can do in the name of Zeta. “There is no chapter in Belgium, so I will continue my membership with Chi Pi Zeta,” she said. “However, if the opportunity rises, I will start a chapter there. This would be the third chapter I’ve chartered in my 19 years as a Zeta. To me, it’s an honor to spread the light of Zeta, and I will continue to do so as long as I’m able.”

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Navy Chief Petty Officer, Janette R. Chandler

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n Saturday, March 24, 2012 Beta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in Miami, Florida celebrated its Sixty-Sixth Finer Womanhood Community Fellowship Awards Luncheon. This year’s theme was: Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment “Great Women of Strength, Inspiration and Courage.” For their audacious acts of serving to protect our country, Beta Tau Zeta Chapter recognized and honored six military women who had served in Iraq. These heroic women received special honors for their leadership and dedication in protecting our country as members of the active military. The honorees were Army Sergeant 1st Class, Ontika R. Fudge; Air Force Chief Master, Sergeant Jessica M. Mason; Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, NaKeasha L. Garth; Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Kristie Hamm; Navy Chief Petty Officer, Janette R. Chandler and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, Michelle L. Trinidad. Beta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is proud to have had the opportunity to support the “Joining Forces” Initiative initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama in support of military families.

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Love to Sorors in the Military

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he Sigma Rho Zeta Chapter of Cary, NC celebrated 10 years of service by expanding our reach beyond NC borders. Spearheaded by Soror Dianne Jinwright, the chapter celebrated and encouraged active duty and/or deployed Sorors by sending “Dove Love” care packages and cards. Our Sorors were delighted to receive the gifts and have begun regular correspondence with our chapter. One Soror writes “It meant a lot to me to see you took time out of your busy schedules to do this for me and other Sorors who serve. I keep your card on my

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desk as a reminder that I have sisters at home who care.” We invite other chapters to join us in supporting our Sorors in Service by sending “Dove Love” overseas! We are presently building our database for Veteran’s Day 2012! If you know of a Soror in Service (active duty or deployed) please send their name and military branch, chapter of origin and address to sigmarhozeta2002@yahoo. com attention Soror Dianne Jinwright by August 31st. To all of our Veteran, Active duty and deployed Sorors, Sigma Rho Zeta Chapter salutes you for your sacrifice and service to our country!

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Serving Her Country and Sorority with Pride

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eta Lieutenant Commander Michelle N. Joachim, a native New Yorker, entered the Navy in April 1990. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus in Brookville, New York and was commissioned as an Ensign via the Officer Candidate School program in Pensacola, Florida in May 2000. Soror LCDR Joachim is currently serving her country as the N4 Department Director for Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic on JEB Little Creek. She says “My affiliation with the sorority has never faltered during my time of active duty. I am a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.” She adds, “I pledged into the sisterhood in Spring 1986 as an undergrad attending C. W. Post Campus Long Island University on Long Island, New York. I fully participated in all facets of the organization as a young Soror, and enjoyed all that I was able to receive and give to the Blue and White family.” As her travels with the Navy have taken her around the world Soror Joachim says she enjoyed meeting fellow Greeks from all branches of the National Pan-Hellenic Organizations, and net-

working with them as often as she could. Soror Joachim completed Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia in May 2001 and is scheduled to receive a Master of Science Degree in International Military Studies and Strategies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in June 2012. Her afloat logistics assignments include Coded 918A Individual Augmentation in 2003 for 6 months serving with the Joint Task Force – Civil Support 94th Signal Company (US ARMY); Customer Service Officer (S-9) and Disbursing Officer (S-4) USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71; Supply Officer / Food Service Officer onboard USS OAK HILL (LSD 51). Her ashore commands include Supply Officer of Naval Submarine School – Groton, Ct.; Defense Subsistence Officer in Charge – DLA; Philadelphia, PA.; Student at the NWC; Budget Analysis LHD CLASSRON; and ILO Project Coordinator – FISC – Norfolk, VA, and EWTGLANT Little Creek, VA. She is Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I qualified and authorized to wear the Naval Aviation Supply Officer (NASO) and SCSWO qualification pins. Her personal

awards include Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (3); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7); Joint Service Medal; Joint Commendation Medal; Navy Battle “E” Ribbon; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal (2); Southwest Asia Service Medal; GWOT Service Medal; GWOT Meritorious Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon (2); Military Sea Service Ribbon (9) and Marksman Rifle. She is the Treasurer of National Naval Officer Association (Tidewater Chapter); a member of the West Indian United Association of Virginia and Assistant Director of Young People Development (YPD) of St. Mark AME Church, Virginia Beach. Lieutenant Commander Michelle N. Joachim has an 18-yearold daughter named Courtney and is a proud member of Sigma Delta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She states, although it gets lonely, “We stand ready to answer the call, not just for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., but for this great nation as well.”

Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter SUPPORTS Military Base The Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. supported the National initiative of Saluting Those Who Serve by presenting several Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to active duty military families.

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he Ladies of Psi Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Voluntary Service, held the first annual “Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Salute to our Nation’s Heroes.” Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Pinkerton Park located on Hwy 96 in Williamson County. This very special day in the park kicked off at 9:00 am with the Presentation of the Colors by the City of Franklin Fire Department and America the Beautiful sung by Gertrude Bracey. Soror Shirley Corry, the 2nd Vice President of Psi Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Soror Rosetta Fisher-Oliver, the Chief of Voluntary Service on behalf of the Executive Leadership delivered the welcome on behalf of the Chapter and the VA Service. Veterans are truly special people who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this Nation. Often after battle, Veterans have a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the U.S. Department

of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits are legislated in Title 38 of the United States Code. Many Veterans are not aware of the benefits available to them. Each year, we will host this informational event to equip Veterans and their family members with the knowledge related to benefits they have earned. We must do everything we can to ensure that our Veterans have the tools they need to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. Our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers and fathers who serve on the frontiers of freedom need to know that they return home to a nation that respects and honors them for their service. For this reason the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Psi Phi Zeta Chapter will salute Veterans across Middle Tennessee with a special annual day in the park. As quoted by President Abraham Lincoln, “To care for him who shall

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have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…” Psi Phi Zeta Chapter will continue to pursue inactive Sorors, new members and focus retention. We have a commitment from four inactive Sorors to join the chapter for the fiscal year 2012-2013. We are currently in process of our first chapter intake. We will continue to make our presence known in Williamson County and the surrounding area as we continue to be about the business of our Beloved Sorority.

United in Service two others will depart for duty in Afghanistan this summer. The chapter is a relatively young chapter, chartered in 2009 with six members. Since then, the chapter has grown to the current roster of 28 members having reclaimed 4 sorors during the 2012 reclamation season with 3 of the 4 being active duty soldiers. This is a testimony to the chapter’s efforts at committed service to the community, as well as honorable service to this nation.

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Sheryl P. Underwood !IR&ORCEs2ESERVE Alpha Psi Zeta

Capt. Ashshanae Chew

Barbara Jones-Deans

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Candace Murphy

-ARINE#ORPSs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Alpha Omicron Zeta

Danielle May

!IR&ORCEs!CTIVE$UTY Epsilon Theta

Diana Burks

!IR&ORCEs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Epsilon Mu

Dianne Jinwright

!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Psi Nu Zeta

Earnett D. Nolden

!IR&ORCEs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Gamma Gamma

Javita Facion

!IR&ORCEs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Lambda Rho Zeta

Lisa Wallace

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Natasha Sunday Clarke

Nieva Brock

Nina D. Nichols

!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Pi Eta Zeta

.AVYs!CTIVE$UTY Phi Kappa Zeta

Shaneen Daniel-Dalton

Shalonda L. Tanner !IR&ORCEs2ESERVE Eta Omicron Zeta

!RMYs2ESERVE Omicron Kappa Zeta

Tameko T. Friend

Teresa A. Ellis

Victoria Parrish

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!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Pi Eta Zeta

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Shanti Ray

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Lana Daniels

Rhoshawnna Clark

Angela Butts

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!RMYs2ESERVE Tau Phi Zeta

!IR&ORCEs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Alpha Omega Zeta

!RMYs2ESERVE Mu Lamda Zeta

!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Gamma Kappa

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Angela Wilkerson

Elizabeth Adadi

Lashonda Harris

Sana McDonald

AnnMarie Walker

Elizabeth Peterson-Morton

Lisa M. Burns

Santita Mitchell Glover

April S. Bullock

Elizabeth Thomas Reeves

MAJ Carla Whitlock

Shenequa Johnson

Arizone H. Brown

Erica L. Thompson

MAJ La’Ketha D. Prioleau

Shirley Wesley Lawson

Ashley Wilson

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Bryant Wellman

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Marilyn Hall

SPC Kenyata Coleman

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!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Tau Eta

Marisha Kinkle

!RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Zeta Mu

Fredda Bryan .AVYs2ETIRED!CTIVE$UTY Beta Theta Zeta

Conese Moore

Glenda Perry (Miller)

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Sonja Burks

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!RMYs2ESERVE Sigma Mu

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Fredda Bryan

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Meissa Jones

Tisha Spencer

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Nakisha Roberson !RMYs!CTIVE$UTY Nu

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Jacenta M. Sutton

Pamela A. Youngblood

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Jacqueline Nelson

Patricia Atchison

Wendy Gooch

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Debra Booker

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Quiana Martin

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The Awesome Atlantic Region Gamma Xi Zeta Heartily Welcomes International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood and Hosts 49th Annual Scholarship Luncheon - A Blue-licious Event

Honorees: March of Dimes Northern Metro Division stands proudly in partnership with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. Soror Gertie Tippitt, Chapter Basileus, Honoree International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood and Soror Monifa Tippitt, Luncheon Chairperson, presenting the award.

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aturday, March 17, 2012 may have signified Saint Patrick’s Day in the “Big Apple” but in Westchester County, the Golden Apple tribute to the International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the order of the day. Representatives of all of the “Divine Nine” applauded International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood, as she acknowledged them and their presidents, whom she named one by one, at the 49th Annual Scholarship Luncheon of Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Since White Plains, New York, the county seat, is also home to the national headquarters of the March of Dimes, Grand Basileus Underwood also emphasized the long-standing relationship between Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the March of Dimes. Her theme of “Zetas For Health Justice” reminded all that premature births are the primary cause of infant deaths, particularly in minority communities. She also acknowledged the roles that International Grand Basileus Janice Kissner and former Atlantic Regional Director Beryl Battle had played in the establishment and growth of Zeta’s signature Stork’s Nest program. Both Sorors Kissner and Battle had served as employees of the National March of Dimes.

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International Grand Basileus Underwood and our Stork’s Nest Founder, Soror Beryl Battle, MOD Representative Soror D. Durant and Gamma Xi Zeta’s Stork’s Chariperson, Soror Mary Dupree.

Scholarship recipients (left to right): Brianna Peebles, Aiyana Crews, Sharaha Ingram, Yumiko Phillips, Rahsaan Elijah Simmonds.

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THE R.O.Y.A.L. MISS BLUE REVUE EPSILON RHO ZETA YOUTH AUXILIARIES

The capstone program for the Archonettes of the Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter is the R.O.Y.A.L. Miss Blue Revue Debutante Mentor Program. 2011-2012 was the inaugural year for this program, which consisted of a five-part workshop series facilitated by Sorors and external speakers. The workshops were: • College Readiness Workshop–a seminar that explores ways to afford college, and how to design a college readiness timeline for freshman through senior years.

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he Youth Auxiliaries of the Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter of Wilmington Delaware uses the theme of R.O.Y.A.L. (Reaching out to Youth for the Attainment of Leadership) as a way to provide alternative approaches to motivate and engage girls, ages 4-18, through workshops, hands-on activities, group work and community service. Each month, the youth auxiliary young women meet with their respective groups and engage in workshops or community service projects that focus on the theme or principle dedicated to that month. In support of a state of Delaware initiative, set by our State Director Ms. Lisa Lindsey, called “Zetas Against Hunger”, the Youth Auxiliary collaborated with the Basket Brigade of Delaware, assembling and delivering food for families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. These services were instrumental in feeding over 2,000 families in the state of Delaware. The Youth Auxiliaries collaborated with the Food Bank of Delaware, to assist in the preparation of 360 food care boxes and services to the elderly residing in the New Castle County area of Delaware. This year also marked the second year the Youth Auxiliary participated in the annual Food Bank of Delaware’s Parade to Fight Hunger. The commitment to service demonstrated by Epsilon Rho Zeta’s Youth Auxiliary is illustrated

with their annual support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Organizing a yearly “Pizza Party,” in collaboration with Season’s Pizza and Grotto Pizza, the youth were able to raise 15% of their initial goal of $1,000 raising money for cancer treatments. This year, the Pearlettes & Amicettes will be running a lemonade and popcorn stand to raise additional money for cancer treatments. During the holidays, the Youth Auxiliary contributed to the MACY’S Believe campaign by writing and delivering approximately 23 letters to Santa at a special Santa letterbox at Christiana Mall MACY’S store. In addition, a donation of $1 or more was donated by each auxiliary member to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Recognizing a need in our homeless community, the young women in our Youth Auxiliary group sought to develop a fundraiser for homeless teens. The Youth Auxiliary collaborated with other organizations in the community conducting two Z-HOPE projects this sorority year: Jeans for Girls and Helen F. Graham Cancer Center Toiletry Care Package Drive. For the Jeans For Girls project, the youth partnered with students and faculty at a local elementary school to collect over 100 pairs

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he Baltimore City, Maryland, Tau Eta Zeta Chapter Youth Auxiliaries mean business. After an informative discussion regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 15th Amendment and The Civil Rights Movement, the Amicettes held elections. During the Amicette Club election, the candidates gave speeches highlighting their accomplishments, commitment to meetings/events and

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Etiquette and Professional Attire Workshop- a seminar that is designed to give adolescents the social skills necessary to help them mature into confident and self-assured adults.

Healthy Relationships Workshop- a seminar designed with major elements of respect, trust, mutual intimacy, caring and empathy, communication, self-awareness/self-worth and social media.

Financial Literacy Workshop - a seminar in which the debutante learns the basics of personal finances such as opening a bank account and budgeting.

Self Esteem Workshop- a seminar that focuses on positive body image and selfesteem.

To celebrate the Archonettes who will be graduating in 2013, the 2012-2013 sorority year, will begin with the first Blue Revue Debutante Ball, which will occur on October 20, 2012 at the Sheraton-South Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware. All youth auxiliary groups will participate in the program portion of the ball.

participation in community service projects. They also vowed to represent the Amicette Club like the Finer Women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The Youth are just as busy as their sponsoring chapter with volunteering at Nursing Homes, Feeding the Homeless, March for Babies Walk-a-Thon, Collecting Canned Goods & Books for the less fortunate & Donating Christmas Gifts.

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of new and gently used jeans to donate to teens at local area homeless shelters. For the Toiletry Care Package Drive, the youth partnered with the Helen F. Graham Cancer Care Management department of the Christiana Care Health System to collect full-size toiletry items in order to create male and female care packages for the patients in need that receive care at the cancer center.


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PUTTING WESTERN PA ON THE MAP Reconstructing Lambda Lambda Zeta Chapter

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aying that 2012 was an amazing year for the Lambda Lambda Zeta (LLZ) Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is an understatement. For LLZ, 2012 was a year of change, growth and success. The chapter has changed in that it has significantly increased its visibility in the Pittsburgh community, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through its chapter and event reporting, representation in community outreach programs locally, as well as State Executive Board and committee representation, and its commitment to building and maintaining positive relationships with organizations (Greek and otherwise) within the Pittsburgh community and across the Commonwealth. The chapter has grown significantly (over 50%) through recruitment and reclamation, as well as maintaining sponsorship of six undergraduate chapters (the most in the Commonwealth). LLZ experienced overall

success due to several accomplishments, including their celebration of 30 years of service to the Pittsburgh community; the chartering of their Zeta Amicae Auxiliary; their recognition for going above and beyond in their Z-HOPE programming and philanthropy and their establishment as a “Green Chapter,” just to name a few. Needless to say, the chapter was in need of significant change. Armed with a new vision, “No excuses in the pursuit of excellence,” as well as a new strongly compassionate executive board, LLZ began reconstructing itself, starting with the executive board, and working from the inside out. “We wanted to make sure that members of the executive board were not only driven by their love for Zeta, but also that they had chemistry, were able to keep a strong bond with each other, and that they wanted to be leaders for the right reasons,” states LLZ Basileus

Aisha Sharif-Lucas. She adds, “As the executive board, we must be on one accord with chapter goals, stand by the decisions that we make for our chapter, and lead the chapter by example. A strong and positive executive board will, in turn, create a strong and positive chapter. The chapter continues to execute its vision by setting and meeting goals, raising and surpassing the bar, holding itself accountable, and becoming a united force. I am proud to be a part of this chapter and look forward playing my part in LLZ’s continuous progression in Pittsburgh, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Awesome Atlantic Region and nationally. Looking at the direction of where this chapter is headed, it is easy to see why LLZ is responsible for putting Western PA on the Zeta map, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is just the beginning. ”

Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter

Hosts Awards Tea & Meet the Objectives of Scholarship

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he Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Trenton-Princeton, New Jersey held their Annual Triumphant Soror Erma Jean Nicholson Memorial Awards Tea on Sunday May 20, 2012 at the Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, New Jersey. The Triumphant Soror Erma Jean Nicholson Memorial Awards Tea was named in memory of the Late Soror Erma Jean Nicholson who served in a variety of capacities while a member of Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter; these included Secretary of the chapter, Sponsor of the Princeton-Trenton Zeta Amicae auxiliary, Zeta of the Year in 1973. She was also an active member of the Atlantic Region Executive Board. The 2012 scholarship recipients were: Louise Kekulah, Naquan McRae, Chelsea Rose, Takesha Richards, Lamone Burgess, Tracey Parsons and Jasmine Peters. Book Award recipients were: Louise Kekulah, Kimelle Ash, Jasmine Peters and Sherelle Davis-Clarke.

contest. The Essay winners from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School were: Chadsity Molder, Lavashe’a Tobler and Fatima Traore. Essay Winners from Dunn Middle School were: Jeustin Navarro, Diana Guzman and Shayla Daniels. Honorable mention awards were presented to students at each of the schools, as well. More than 200 individuals were in attendance at the event including proud parents, teachers, Epsilon Xi Zeta supporters, Amicae from the immediate area and sorors from Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter. A fantastic time was had by all! Sorors Jamie Hopkins and Dr. Harriet Green Richardson were chairpersons for the annual event. Soror Iva P. McBride is the chapter’s President.

The Chapter also presented Essay Awards named in memory of Triumphant Soror Jean E. Harris. Soror Jean E. Harris was a Life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., National Historian of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., New Jersey State Director and she served in a variety of other capacities, as well. This year’s essay was titled “Reducing Childhood Obesity”. Two schools from the Trenton Public School District, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Grace Dunn Middle School, participated in the annual essay T H E

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eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated’s New Jersey Undergraduate MetroChapter of Psi Lambda at Rutgers University-Newark, Bloomfield College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology is taking Greek life on campus by storm After welcoming into the chapter five new members, Psi Lambda has hosted an array of programs such as sexual awareness programs, self-defense programs, and programs for proper interview etiquette all of which encompass the center stone of Zeta’s finer-womanhood. The well-rounded women on Psi Lambda’s executive board not only take initiative within the chapter

membership, Greek Advocacy Committee, Event Planning Committee, and various occupations.

to provide leadership and organization, but also hold other positions in the campus’ clubs and organizations.

The women of Psi Lambda have continued to uphold the principles of the organization, on and off campus, since the chapter’s inception; and will continue to do so as the chapter thrives.

Psi Lambda’s Basileus, Soror Amber Evans; Anti-Basileus, Soror Shaniery Perez; Grammateus and Z-HOPE Coordinator, Soror Tyler Harrison; and Tamias, Soror Yvelyne Carius, are all on their campus’ Greek Council and provide innovative, diverse ideas to be presented to the public and interest base. Amongst these executive board memberships are also other responsibilities such as: Resident Assistant, Black Organizations of Students

PSI LAMBDA MEMBERS: Soror Amber Evans, Basileus Soror Shaneiry Perez, Anti-Basileus Soror Tyler Harrison, Grammateus and Z-HOPE Coordinator Soror Yvelyne Carius, Tamias Soror Shaniqua Royal, Phylacter Soror Kenisha Roper Soror Valencia Hunt Soror Madia James

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Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter

ace University, Pleasantville, NY, recently became the home of Gamma Upsilon Chapter, sponsored by Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter. The chartering ceremony, officiated by Soror Jacqueline McNair, Atlantic Regional Director, was held at the New York State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY on May 4, 2012.

Sponsors New Chapter at Pace University

The charter members are: Sorors Joanne Williams, Adriana Miller, Kayla Turner, Alexandria Tribble, Megan Haye and Zarinah Scott, the chapter’s first Basileus. Dr. Cheryl Burton, is the chapter’s advisor. Gamma Xi Zeta is also the proud sponsor of Omega Lambda, Westchester Metro Chapter.

ZUMBA with the Zetas for a Cure

Each first-time participant received a gift bag filled with useful information about breast health, nutrition, and other health information. We also provided free bottles of water for participants. With the “ZUMBA with the Zetas for a Cure”, Zumba classes, we raised $959.00! With the additional support from Sorors, members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and through private donations, we exceeded our fundraising goal. On Mother’s

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eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Beta

certified Zumba instructor, Soror Courtney

in the 5K Walk and presented a “big check”

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Z-HOPE

Carrington, and were held every Thursday

for $1,540.00 to the Susan G. Komen Race

Committees

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for the Cure and were photographed with

worked in partnership to embark on a first

We had more than 25 participants from the

one of their beloved board members, who

time chapter initiative designed to raise

Philadelphia community join us for Zumba

proudly wears a pink tuxedo for the race

awareness and donations for the cure of

classes at $5 per person, per class. Each

each year. We even had one of our Zumba

breast cancer, with “Zumba with the Zetas

week, we enjoyed returning participants,

class participants walk with us with her

for a Cure.” Our collective goal was to raise

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grandmothers,

daughter. We look forward to raising even

$1500.00 to donate to the Susan G. Komen

co-workers, friends and welcomed new

more awareness next year with our “Zumba

Race for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate.

comers at each class, coming together to

with the Zetas for a Cure” campaign.

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EASTERN Regional News Prayer Changes Things

PSI MU ZETA CHAPTER Sponsors Scholarship Prayer Breakfast

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arch 3 was a busy morning in Charlotte, NC! People were just settling down to sleep after hanging out for the CIAA basketball conference. Others were contemplating all the fun that would be had later in the day with friends from all over the country. But a captive audience of nearly one hundred guests rose early Saturday morning to attend and support the 1st Annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by Psi Mu Zeta Chapter. The theme for this year was “Prayer Changes Things.”

a performance by Evangelist and radio personality, Soror Denise Hill, entitled, “A Woman and Her Well.” The one woman play deals with the challenges and lessons from the timeless biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well, then enters into the present time through this one woman stage play, to expose and affect the current realities of those hurting from abuse, loss, depression and addiction. The audience was captivated during the performance that ended with moving corporate prayer that was both encouraging and empowering.

During the prayer breakfast, the chapter awarded its first book scholarship to Miss Tynijha McIver, a local senior graduating with a 3.8 GPA. She will be attending Eastern Carolina University in the fall. Many guest made additional donations to the scholarship fund during the event to ensure that more students can be rewarded for their accomplishments in the future.

This event was a blessing for all who attended and was the first event of its size and scope for Psi Mu Zeta Chapter. The Scholarship Prayer Breakfast resulted in over $1000 for future scholarships. The chapter was chartered with six sorors in September 2010 and has grown to more than twenty sorors. The chapter seeks to promote life-enhancing civic work to address the ever changing needs of the Charlotte community through collaborative partnerships and member development that will enhance our ability to uplift the community. See you next year!

Entertainment was not lacking during the southern breakfast buffet, with the gospels sounds of Raymond and Kim Larkin. The prayer breakfast also featured

Pearlettes and Amicettes Help Our Troops in Afghanistan

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he Pearlettes and the Amicettes of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Delta Zeta Chapter, proves that little girls can have a big heart. They recently decided to do their part in the war effort by sending American troops fighting in Afghanistan care packages from home. The men and women eagerly responded with their wish list. Items were sent to Keta Banks, Program Manager for the USO, in Afghanistan. The Pearlettes and Amicettes contributed the following items: 30 bottles of Hand Sanitizer; 10 Sunblocks; 4 packs of Wet Ones; 20 toothbrushes; 20 toothbrush holders; 6 large packs of Redvine Twist candy; 8 large Snicker bars; 24 Almond Joy candy bars; 32 packs of Kit Kat candy; 24

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bars of Hersey candy; 6 bars of Butterfingers candy; 6 large Twix; 48 Reese Peanut Butter Cups candy; 6 bars of Butterfingers candy; 6 large Twix and 48 Reese Peanut Butter Cups candy. The Pearlettes are girls ages 4-8 and the Amicettes are girls ages 9-13 years old. The Pearlettes and Amicettes offer young girls the opportunity to develop attributes and characteristics of Finer Womanhood and Community Service and acquire the fundamental appreciation for Scholarship and Sisterly Love and to build strong, lasting relations with positive, educated members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Eastern Region - Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Chapel Hill, NC

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he Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Chapel Hill, NC has been dedicated to serving Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and surrounding communities in Orange County North Carolina since July 1974. In partnership with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA and Darkness to Light (D2L), a non-profit organization, the chapter brought awareness to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and helped raise funds to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to a child experiencing sexual abuse. Girls and boys are affected by child sexual abuse, and the abuse can impact society. More than 20% of child sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8, and majority of those sexually abused have a relationship and/or trust their abuser. Furthermore, child sexual abuse can and often does increase drug use, alcohol dependence, and mental illness. (source: National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) Passionate about child sexual abuse prevention, the Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter, local companies, community organizations, schools, and families supported the Darkness to Light initiative by dining at local Chapel Hill restaurants during the month of April. When patrons mentioned “YMCA” the Darkness to Light received at least a 12% donation from each meal purchased. Supporters also had a chance to win prizes on the prize wheel, enjoy a tasty D2L green milkshake, and learn more about Stewards of Children education and training on child sexual abuse prevention in Chapel Hill. In addition to the Chapel Hill event, there will be Stewards of Children trainings in Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties in NC. If you’re interested learning more about Darkness to Light, go to www.d2l.org or www. chcymca.org/d2l/ “We are joining the movement to better protect the children in our community,” said Crystal Sterling Simmons, an authorized facilitator of the Stewards of Children training who volunteers her time to this cause. The mission of D2L is to reduce the incident of child sexual abuse through public awareness and training.” A member of the Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Crystal has facilitated over half a dozen Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention trainings in Orange and Durham counties. The Stewarts of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention trainings are free and available to those 18 years of age or older.

April is Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Supporting the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA and D2L reinforces the sorority’s commitment to Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel). The Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA was able to raise a little over $600 in the April, and the proceeds will support the community projects of Darkness to Light in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. The Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter will continue to uphold the tenants of the sorority, while brining awareness to issues of need. During the Spring/Summer the chapter will be supporting the March of Dimes’ March for Babies; fundraising and awarding the Torchbearers’ Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior; and hosting the Denim and Pearls Summer social in collaboration with the Chi Xi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Clayton, NC and Eta Beta Zeta Graduate Chapter of Durham, NC.

Soror Katherine Hairston

Soror Memphis Keen

Upsilon Delta Zeta Chapter Celebrates Two Sorors with over “116” years of Combined Active Service

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psilon Delta Zeta Chapter in Martinsville, VA is proud of the legacy, life and service rendered by two of our dear sisters, Soror Katherine Hairston and Soror Memphis Keen. Soror Katherine Hairston joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1957 on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA. Soror Memphis Keen joined Zeta Phi Beta in 1951 on the Campus of Winston-Salem Teachers College which was later named WinstonSalem State University. Both Sorors are active and dedicated members of Upsilon Delta Zeta in Martinsville. Soror Katherine serves as the Chapter Treasurer.

Reading Is Still Fundamental: Celebrating National Read Across America Day In the eyes of Sorors in the Nu Xi Zeta (NXiZ) chapter, reading is still a fundamental part of every child’s development. For the fifth year, NXiZ has partnered with an Alexandria, VA library to celebrate National Read Across America Day. Read Across America is a National Education Association event that recognizes the importance of literacy and the legacy of Dr. Seuss. Each year on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (and the days immediately before and after), schools, libraries and recreation centers across the country hold programs to promote literacy. On March 3, 2012, the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter T H E

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irls Rock was the theme for the Second Annual Finer Womanhood Program sponsored by the Martinsville chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The Dutch Inn Restaurant, decorated in royal blue and white, was the setting for the lovely breakfast banquet and program honoring five outstanding women from our area. Over one hundred family members and friends came to support and honor these individuals. The women have all demonstrated their commitment in several categories important to the Sorority. The 2012 Awards went to the following individuals: The Zeta Entrepreneur of the Year is Ms. Shirley Marsh, owner and operator of SM Boutique in Martinsville. Marsh has been in the fashion business for over fifteen years and her store caters to the plus

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Tonya Jones – Upsilon Delta Zeta Basileus, Ashli Hairston Zeta – Youth of the Year, Kathy Carter – Zeta Educator of the Year, Shirley Marsh – Zeta Entrepreneural of the Year, Nicole Matthews – Zeta Woman of the Year, Not pictured: Annie Katherine Hairston – Zeta Community Service of the Year.

size customer. Marsh is the widow of the late Bryant Ronald Marsh. The Zeta Youth of the Year is Ms. Ashli Hairston, a senior at Martinsville High School where she is a recipient of the Big M Award. Hairston is distinguished as having had perfect attendance since she was in second grade. She is the daughter of Michael Hairston and Donna Battle. Zeta’s Educator of the Year is Mrs. Kathy Carter, a Math instructor in the Martinsville City Schools System with over 34 years of service. She is the wife of Mr. Sandy Carter. The Zeta Woman of the Year is Mrs. Nicole Matthews. She is employed with the Henry County School System as a Technology Resource Teacher. In 2011 she received the Southern Virginia Region Technology Consortium Instructional Technology Award. She’s married to Rev. Ray Matthews. Sr.

Ms. Annie Katherine Hairston is the Zeta Community Service Award recipient. She volunteers with many organizations both locally and afar — Board of Director with Fayette Area Historical Initiative African American Museum and Cultural Center (FAHI). All of the honorees were given an opportunity at the conclusion of the program to acknowledge their guests and to give expressions of gratitude. This Finer Womanhood program benefits the Sorority’s Scholarship Fund while promoting the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The local chapter Basileus is Soror Tonya Jones. For additional information about the Sorority please go to: www.martinsvillezetas.homestead. com.

Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter Celebrates A PHI-nomenal Sorority Year Growing Zeta & Amicae…The Time is Now!!

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n addition to hosting the Virginia State Meeting in November and recommending a Virginia Statewide Partnership with the Governor’s Re-Entry Initiative for the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Richmond, Virginia City Chapter welcomed five new members to our illustrious Sorority. Filled with eagerness, creativity, inspiration and energy, the ladies pictured accepted the commitment of Sisterly Love, Service, Scholarship and Finer Womanhood in the Spring of 2012. Left to Right: Soror Victoria Hampton, Soror Patrice Gregory, Soror Amelia Easley, Soror Kimberly Lankford and Soror Lisa Thomas.

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n March, the chapter expressed appreciation for one of its auxiliaries (Zeta Amicae of Richmond) by sponsoring a “Tea” in their honor! The auxiliary has been in existence since 1974. The highlight of the mid-day affair entailed Sorors

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randomly selecting two Zeta Amicae and decorating their tables to “showcase” individual interest of the “Amicae Guests of Honor.” It was a grand opportunity for all to exemplify the ideal of “finer womanhood” with fashions of adorned hats, gloves and elegance. A program was designed for this affair to include sampling of “International and Healthy Tea” as well as, a speaker to enhance the audience’s knowledge of diabetes. The Amicae enjoyed the sisterly love that was shown towards them as they were showered with gifts, conversation and personalization.

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n Friday, April 20, 2012, the members of Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. were proud to present to the community an evening of fine elegance and dining at the 2012 “Continental Moods in Blue & White” Cotillion. Six young ladies (along with their escorts) from the Richmond Metropolitan Area High Schools were spotlighted through academic achievements, aspirations and a variety of talent. The Cotillion serves as a tool to embrace, guide and teach young ladies through a program, which encourages the development of mind, body and spirit. The gala concluded with the crowning of “Miss Continental Moods in Blue & White 2012-Miss Alexus Holmes”, a junior from Highland Springs High School, Henrico, VA. Through support and encouragement of continuous educational endeavors, this event thrives to develop “Finer Women” by providing scholarships.

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n partnership with the March of Dimes Eta Phi Zeta Chapter supported and participated in the March for Babies in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Local funding of the March of Dimes sponsors research and community grants so that one-day, all babies will be born healthy. Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter, local companies, community organizations, schools and families participated in the March for Babies event Saturday, April 28, 2012. In addition to the walk-a-thon event, members of the chapter sold raffle tickets to raise funds for the March of Dimes. The prizes included an Arbonne® gift basket and $25 VISA gift card, $150 gas car and the latest Kindle Fire. “Thank you all very much for making this the BEST WALK EVER!” said Abby Lowry, Community Director of the North Carolina Chapter, Eastern Carolina Division of the March of Dimes. “We had a phenomenal year: 1681 registered walkers online; approximately 5,500 walkers at the event; and an average $522 raised by each team.” The Sorority has designated the March of Dimes as the primary focus of the

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organization’s philanthropic efforts, and the Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter has raised at least $5,000 over the past 5 years. The 2012 chapter fundraising goal was $1,500, and the Soror with the most online donations received was Soror Crystal Sterling Simmons and the Soror with the most March of Dimes raffle tickets sold was Soror Dina SneedMartin.

fundraising and awarding the Torchbearers’ Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior and hosting the Denim and Pearls Summer social in collaboration with the Chi Xi Zeta Graduate Chapter of Clayton, NC and Eta Beta Zeta Graduate Chapter of Durham, NC.

The annual walk-a-thon is the March of Dimes’ single largest fundraising event of the year. March for Babies gives the community an opportunity to celebrate all babies and expecting parents with the Stork’s Nest and countless research initiatives. Members of the Triangle Area Undergraduate and Graduate Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, in addition to the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. volunteered and/ or walked at the event. The Eta Phi Zeta Graduate Chapter will continue to uphold the tenants of the Sorority, while bringing awareness to issues of need. During the Spring/Summer the chapter will be supporting the Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA and Darkness to Light for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Awareness Month (April);

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at New York’s prestigious Julliard School of Music. Miss Neal was one of the five founders of the National Sorority in 1920. It is Rho Zeta’s distinct honor to have had her serve as the second president of the local chapter from 1938 to 1940. After her tenure as president, Miss Neal continued to support the chapter financially through fundraising for scholarships as well as through her service on various committees. Often commuting from her home in Charlotte, NC at 7:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month, Miss Neal remained a supportive member of the chapter from 1935 until her death in 1978. The theme of the program was, “A Celebration of the Performing Arts.” The program included dance performances by the Institute of Divine Arts, iDA and Ms. Janaa Smith, a senior at Winston – Salem State University. Additionally, scholarships were presented to the recipients.

Rho Zeta Chapter and Scholarship Recipients (left to right): Soror Mesia Moore Steed, Ph.D., Basielus; Treyaun Fulton, Soror Leeanna Lee, Rho Zeta Chapter Scholarship Chair, Kaylyn Parson, Lacoya Robinson

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ho Zeta, the Winston – Salem chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated held its annual “Pearl Anna Neal” Scholarship Luncheon at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center in Winston – Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, May 19, 2012. It is quite fitting that the scholarship luncheon should bear her name. Born in

1900, Miss Neal was keenly aware of the importance of education. She received a diploma from Lincoln Academy in NC; and earned a degree in Music from Howard University, Washington, DC. Miss Neal earned a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in 1938, becoming the first black woman to earn a Master’s in the State of New York. She completed further studies

The 2012 - 2013 scholarship recipients are: Mr. Treyaun Fulton, a senior at Parkland High School who will attend UNC – Chapel Hill as a Business Major; Ms. Kaylyn Parson, a senior at T. W. Andrews High School, High Point, NC who will attend Queen’s College, Charlotte, NC as a Nursing Student and Ms. Lacoya Robinson, a senior at Winston – Salem Preparatory Academy who will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University as a Nursing Student.

Theta Zeta Chapter Recognizes 98 Year Young Active Soror in West Virginia

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oror Ora Johnson just celebrated her 98th birthday in October. Soror Johnson is an active member of Theta Zeta Chapter (the eighth graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) in Bluefield, West Virginia. She is one of the members who re-activated Theta Zeta Chapter, after it had been dormant for approximately 10 years. Soror Johnson currently serves as the chapter Chaplain. In the past she has served as Basileus. Soror Johnson became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. while attending Bluefield State College, which at that time served as a Historically Black Teachers College. She attended during segregation and when all of the seven Black Greek organizations were fully functional at Bluefield State College. Soror Johnson’s line sisters were Keri Hargrove, Neddie Bumbgardner (deceased), and Soror Johnson and Soror Ora Middleton. After becoming a Zeta, Soror Johnson traveled with Soror Middleton for years going to various conferences and Boulé’s. T H E

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Soror Johnson quit College to marry Albert Johnson, a coal miner, which allowed Soror Johnson to be a fulltime housewife and mother. They have two wonderful children, Dr. Mildred Johnson-Thompson, who is a psychiatrist and Dr. Albert Johnson Jr., a meidcal doctor. Many years later, Soror Johnson’s husband died of Black Lung. She was alone with nothing to do so she decided to go back to school at Bluefield State College where she earned her Regent Bachelor of Arts degree in May of 1987, when she was 74 years old. She received many awards and honors throughout the state of West Virginia for graduating at age 74. She received a special award from the Governor of West Virginia as well. Currently, Soror Johnson has been an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bluefield, WV for over 50 years. She currently serves as the President of the Missionary Society and a member of the choir. Soror Johnson also serves on the Bluefield State College Alumni Association as

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Chaplain. In her spare time she loves to read (preferably Christian books) and she use to knit and crochet. Soror Johnson was asked the question of what changes has she seen Zeta go through over the years and she replied, “Initiation is different and conferences are different also. I think that the conferences have changed for the better”. Soror Johnson was asked what she would like to see changed in Zeta, she replied, “I would like to see us go back to following the Constitution and By-laws of the Sorority. It seems that they were upheld and stricter in the past”. Soror Johnson is very happy and excited that Theta Zeta Chapter has been re-activated. She is eager to work and help put Zeta back in the forefront in Bluefield, WV. Soror Johnson’s love for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is something that the younger generation can learn from and emulate.


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FROM FAILING TO AWARD WINNING— THE TRANSFORMATION OF NU SIGMA Since chartering in 2005, the Nu Sigma Chapter at Northwestern University struggled to find its bearings on campus. With dwindling numbers and small-scale programming, the chapter prepared to shut its doors. However on March 5, 2011, the chapter managed to initiate two new members. Soror Jessica Holden assumed the role of Basileus three days after initiation. Though a new member, she was determined to lead the chapter towards success. Nu Sigma embarked on a long and overdue journey in order to showcase the principles of Zeta on campus. The chapter has had many accomplishments, such as increasing membership by 200%, hosting its first Epiphany Scholarship Luncheon, offering weekly study hours, building a chapter website and holding several philanthropic events. At t h e 2 0 1 2 G re a t L a ke s Re g i o n a l Conference, Nu Sigma took home 2nd place in Z Hope points, Soror of the Year, Neophyte of the Year, two Scholars of the Year, and the Royal Blue Chapter of the Year Award. Two weeks later at the Northwestern T H E

Order of Omega Awards, Nu Sigma won Advisor of the Year, Chapter President of the Year, Joint Philanthropic Event with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Most Improved Chapter, Outstanding Academic Programming, Outstanding Recruitment and Retention, and Outstanding Chapter Management. Nu Sigma maintains one of the highest chapter GPA’s in the council. Despite the difficulties the chapter faced, it has blossomed into a model chapter. Nu Sigma never bothered to count its numbers. It simply made those numbers count.

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Theta Lambda Zeta (TLZ) Chapter in Champaign, Illinois extends its legacy with the formation and introduction of the chapter’s first youth auxiliary. The young ladies have completed instruction for sustaining a strong organization— l e a d e r s h i p , a cce p t i n g a n d s h a r i n g responsibility, principles of service to others, and youth appropriate program planning

Soror Chelle Higgins and Brother TJ Dow worked together to plan the Community Clean-Up Project.

The Councilman’s office supplied the rakes, gloves, and bags as we traveled along the streets of Addison and East 79 picking up litter and raking leaves giving the grass a chance to soak up some of the sun after being hidden all winter long. Constituents rode by thanking us and even helping out by bringing more bags for us and inform us of their “Annual Do-Gooder Day” that will take place. After a long hot day in the sun, (temps rose to 70 that day) the councilman treated all the participants

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as a Zeta organization. The young ladies were eager to engage with the community and their activities and accomplishments have endeared them in the community. They made and delivered Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards to residents in a local nursing home; made and mailed cards to

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During TLZ’s annual Finer Womanhood Breakfast held at the University of Illinois campus hotel, youth auxiliary members were introduced and recognized for their hard work academically and their service to the community. In addition, the youth also hosted a concurrent Z-HOPE workshop for the youth in attendance at the Breakfast by partnering with Parkland College’s Dental

Hygiene program. The program director and three senior students conducted the workshop, which was highlighted on the evening’s television news. Imagine the auxiliary’s delight at being awarded first place for service at the recent Regional Conference! The legacy of this dynamic auxiliary is ensured as they have captured the heart of the community. A local group presented them with a check for $300 to support their work. The auxiliary has also been invited to be a part of the Youth Move Illinois, thus enhancing their leadership and service in the community.

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eta principles of scholarship, service, finer womanhood and sisterly love permeate all of Theta Lambda Zeta’s (TLZ) activities as seen in chapter accomplishments. Scholarship service has always been in the forefront of the chapter’s community activities. Six Resilience Scholarships were awarded to deserving high school students at the annual Finer Womanhood Breakfast. Scholarship funds were generated through the annual GospelFest Concert fundraiser and extended with the sponsorship of three Memorial Scholarships given by Sorority members in honor of family members and a Triumphant Soror. During participation in community-wide Champaign-Urbana Days, the Z-HOPE project that was conducted distributed backpacks, school supplies and motivational information. The community T H E

was also able to witness the chapter’s commitment to scholarship as Zeta Youth Auxiliary members were recognized for their academic achievements. Service remains at the heart of TLZ’s prominence in the Champaign-Urbana community. Zetas were up for the annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer—contributing funds and walking in honor of Valerian Summerville, one of TLZ’s charter members who is on a personal journey with breast cancer. The chapter participated in the Walk for Babies, highlighted the need for support for premature babies at events, and contributed funds raised to the annual local campaign. Other service endeavors included: participation in a health clinic; mentoring the youth in their service projects; volunteer service with the

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Boys and Girls Club and NAACP; adopting a family at Thanksgiving; and conducting Z-HOPE workshops for youth TLZ was at the forefront of developing InterGreek relationships. The first Black Greek in Champaign-Urbana Cookout was held with our own Basileus, Demetria Candler helping to coordinate. This event was not only a promotion of Greek unity, but also an opportunity for a Greek service project as food was also donated to the T.I.M.E.S. Center, a local homeless shelter for men. When one hears “Zeta” in Champaign-Urbana, it is synonymous with high ideals and a commitment to helping other people excel in Mind, Body and Spirit.

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service men and women serving in Iraq; collected and distributed bottles of lotion to incarcerated women, baked cookies for men in a local homeless shelter; and fed a family for Thanksgiving.


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78TH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Soror Cynthia A.McCoy 22nd Regional Director

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he Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center was the home of the 78th Great Lakes Region Leadership Conference, held May 3-6, 2012. More than 400 Sorors, Amicae and guest were in attendance from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Highlights included: Meet and Greet with the NPHC Metro Detroit, Miss Zeta Amicae of Great Lakes Region, $3000 donation including clothes were donated to the Covenant House of Michigan, and Undergrads were awarded throughout the region for high honors. We appreciate everyone’s support and their contribution to a successful conference.

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n the aftershock of the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, communities across America have been banding together to take a stand. The use of hooded sweatshirts has become a national call to arms to eradicate injustice across the United States. Spearheaded by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Delta Nu Chapter and the nine historically black Greek letter organizations (Divine Nine) took a stand for justice for Trayvon Martin on the corner of Lakeside Avenue and East 9th in Cleveland Ohio. This area is well known for the “FREE STAMP” memorial sitting in the T H E

grass off the intersection. A representative from each of the Divine Nine organizations came to show support for this cause. Organizers Karen Shields and Chelle Higgins have spearheaded the events details, including arranging for donation of photographer Dion Harris’ services for the photos. The photo shoot took place March 28th at 6pm eastern standard time, on the corner of Lakeside Ave and East 9th in Cleveland Ohio. Donations were taken for the family through April 21. Donation details were available on posters from the photo shoot.

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The event not only served as an opportunity to support a family, but to educate on the bigger issue. The self-defense law, which was being used to protect and prevent the prosecution of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, is severely outdated. The law, under normal circumstances, would use self-defense to describe the events and innocence of a party. In this case, the fact that Trayvon was only armed with food products recently purchased at a local market and the release of emergency calls show the accused directly disobeying a police dispatcher’s instruction not to pursue, resulting in the murder of this young man. 2 0 1 2

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had an escort for the ball, in which the escorts participated in approximately 10 hours of etiquette and enrichmentbased training. The Princess Waltz began promptly at 5:00 p.m. The 2012 Class of From Girls to Pearls included 13 teens from Columbus City Schools and 1 each from Grace Christian School, Pickerington Local Schools, Reynoldsburg City Schools, and Whitehall City Schools.

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n Sunday, May 6, 2012, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter and the Gamma Zeta Zeta Education Foundation presented 17 young teens from Central Ohio in the 5th Annual From Girls to Pearls Ball. Janet Jackson, President & CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The goal of the From Girls to Pearls Program is to “provide a program for female adolescents of color to prepare themselves physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and culturally for passage from childhood to teen.” Participants are ages 1213. Each princess completed six, three-hour rites of passage courses at The Ohio State University and 4 dance rehearsals

at Thompson Recreation Center, for approximately 30 hours of training. Course titles included The ABC’s of Finance, Becoming a Pearl Charm School, and an Honor the Mother Dinner where chefs taught the young girls how to prepare a meal in the state of the art instructional kitchen at The Ohio State University. The Civic Engagement Course was taught by notable Columbus City Councilwoman, Priscilla Tyson. “Workshop presenters represent graduate women from various professions and disciplines,” notes Gamma Zeta Zeta President; Charity Martin-Via, “The program is an example of providing gap services which meet the needs of young girls.”

Scholarships were awarded to past program recipients: Princess Tyler Holliman of Bexley High School, who will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall studying nursing with a career goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Princess Corryne Shuler of Tree of Life Christian School who will attend Wright State University or University of Akron in the fall studying theater with a career goal of becoming an actress. The City of Columbus congratulates Committee Chair, Cathy Mock on a job well done!

The celebration ball was held at the Makoy Center, 5462 Center Street at 4:00 p.m., with a reception at 3:00 p.m. Each princess

Eta Upsilon Zeta’s Te Shauna Russell

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oror Te Shauna Russell joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 2006 as an Associate Member of Eta Upsilon Zeta and she has been very active from the beginning. She took on any task that was assigned to her. She became the Grammateus (Secretary) until the undergraduate chapter was rechartered in 2007. She was voted president of Beta Xi and was instrumental in completing 22 community service projects her first year with the help of Soror Tonya Ashford. Soror Te Shauna has worked tirelessly to get Zeta Phi Beta recognized on the campus of Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne which took over two years.

her Associate Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in 2007, Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a concentration in Human Resource Management in 2009, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2011. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Global Leadership at Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her energy is infectious and she has been an example for others to follow with her ability to balance family, work, school, and community service. Soror Te Shauna Russell was awarded the 2012 Zeta of the Year Award for exemplifying finer womanhood, sisterly love and service.

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ta Eta Chapter of Youngstown State University, OH received an “Outstanding Commitment Award” (February 16, 2012) for the dedication and hard work they put forth on the campus of Youngstown State University and within the community. Along with dedicating their time to many hours of community outreach programs, the Zetas of Eta Eta have hosted various educational and empowering events to get student involvement, to uplift and promote self-worth. The Zetas also received an award for “Ministry of Comfort” for collecting over $2,400 towards the family of Jamail Johnson during their time of need. (Jamail Johnson was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Zeta Gamma Chapter. He lost his life by saving other lives during a February shooting in 2011.)

*In Photo: (Left to Right) Sharie McQueen, Tekya Woods, Monica Byrd, and Veronica Wesley.

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he local Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Chapter, Eta Upsilon Zeta, held their 38th Annual Finer Womanhood/Scholarship Program Luncheon at the beautiful Landmark Conference & Reception Centre on Sunday, May 20. The theme of this year’s event was “Honoring Life Savers,” Fire Fighters, Police Officers and Nurses. The guest speaker was Letitia Beckett-Haywood, MSW, LCSW, CYT, Ella, Inc. from Indianapolis. Awards were presented to the following life saver organizations and individuals for their leadership, community service and the saving of lives in the Fort Wayne Community: Fort Wayne Fire Department and Captain Wyman Ashford (Firefighter); Fort Wayne Police Department including Deputy Chief Nancy (Becher) Chamberlin and Captain Bennie Edwards; and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Zeta Eta Chapter. T H E

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Two scholarships were awarded in the amount of $700 each to Nikya Ashford and Jasmine Hogue and one book stipend of $250 was awarded to Justice Montgomery. These winners selected were former members of the Amicettes and transitioned to the Archonettes. The young ladies were very active in school activities, their communities and the Zeta Youth Groups. Nikya and Jasmine both plan to attend the University of Indianapolis and Justice plans to attend Purdue University. The 2012 Zeta of the Year Award was presented to Te Shauna Russell for exemplifying finer womanhood, sisterly love and service to the Sorority.

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Archonette Wins Scholarship Nikya Ashford was selected for a $500 scholarship from the American Legion Riders Chapter 148, Fort Wayne, Indiana for her outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities, sports and community

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Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter, Archonettes and Amicettes participated in the annual Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving dinner at Jerusalem Community Center on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Sorors and Youth helped by organizing donated items for the clothing drive, set-up for the dinner and helped serve the Thanksgiving dinner.

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Congratulations on the Birth of Twins

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Soror Shonda Phillips Cann and her husband are the proud parents of twins, Arria LaSha Cann weighing in at 2.4 lbs, 15 inches and Ayden Lee Cann weights 3 lbs, 14.25 inches. The twins were born early on November 15, 2011. Shonda and babies are doing well. On November 19, the planned baby shower for Soror Shonda was held. Although she had just been released from the hospital, she did attend the shower.

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at the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 4, three days after ITT’s defense operation completed its

spinoff from ITT Corp. Walker-Lewis, the center of excellence manager for operations test team in the company’s Geospatial Systems, was the only Fort Wayne employee at the bell ringing. (Source Journal Gazette, November 13, 2011.)

service. She has participated in cheerleading four years, science club two years and ecology club one year. Nikya began volunteering in the community at a young age. She has been involved in the Pilgrim Baptist Church Sunday School Department, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, United Voices and Young Adult Beta Sorority, Inc. Youth Groups, Amicette and Archonettes for many years.

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many positions of leadership, participated in numerous community service projects and was awarded the First Annual Youth Award in 2010. Nikya plans to attend Indiana State University to study Exercise Science with a minor in Physiology. She is the daughter of Wyman and Tonya Ashford.

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enetta leads HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. As a community activist, in 2003 she formed the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition (ACHDC), a program of HealthVisions which addresses health disparity in the minority. The coalition began with 10 area agencies and has grown to over 70 organizations addressing the lack of health care in Allen County.

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HealthVisions Fort Wayne received the Community & Science Award for the work they have done in collaborative community engaged research. This award was given at the Community Health Engagement Program’s 4th annual meeting on March 20, 2012 in Indianapolis. CHEP’s mission is to promote collaboration among community partners throughout Indiana to improve research, health and health care. HVFW conducted a number of community based participatory research projects such as Diabetes, Black infant research, Black Men Study, Health Literacy, and they are presently working on a Food Study Project.

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Omega Iota Zeta Chapter

Chartered in the Kansas City Metro Area When asked why this new chapter was established, the women felt there needed to be more of a presence in the community to bring light to the organization through service and outreach. When asked about chartering a new chapter, President Melissa Jones said “This chapter was charted with our hearts and minds stayed on the Excellency of Zeta. We are committed to strategic growth and visibility of the Sorority on a local, regional, and national level.”

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eta Phi Beta held a local ceremony to officially welcome a new chapter into the organization on April 14, 2012. Chartered on March 16 by six professional women, Ramonda Dillard, La Veta Gardner, Danielle Henderson, Melissa Jones, Felicia Robinson and FaKeisha Wright, Omega Iota Zeta will serve in the greater Kansas City Area.

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Aside from working in the community, the members of Omega Iota Zeta felt it necessary to also offer current inactive Sorority sisters a place where they come once again be active in the activities of Zeta Phi Beta. In doing so, they believe it will help encourage sorority sisters in the community to once again be a part of their organization. Through the resilience, drive, and determination of these six women, the chapter will continue to work the vision of the Sorority’s five founders

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ineteenth Midwestern Regional Director Lonnie Dafney is a Global Talent Development Consultant working for Pioneer Hi-Bred, International a DuPont Company and has 15 years of Human Resources and Learning and Development experience. Soror Dafney’s areas of emphasis and specialization are Leadership Management Development, Executive Coaching, Talent Management, and Diversity.

those in the community, and to the Zeta of the Year, Soror Marian Martin and Undergrad of the Year, Soror Kayla Minor.

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learning content design, classroom and virtual facilitation, and support of talent development needs and initiatives for the international operations businesses. Soror Dafney’s job has taken her to Chile, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, and China. In 2012 she will travel to France, Zimbabwe, and South Africa to continue developing leaders of the organization. “It is an amazing experience to travel and meet leaders at all levels of the organization in their home countries. It provides invaluable experience for both me and the leaders. I get a chance to experience their culture while providing them with essentials skills necessary to continuing growing with the organization personally and professionally.”

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n April 26, 2012 members of Xi Zeta Chapter in St. Louis, MO participated for the fifth straight year in the St. Louis Effort for Aids organization’s “Dining Out for Life.” St. Louis Efforts for Aids is a service organization in the St. Louis area which provides education on the prevention of HIV infection and comprehensive support services to those in the community affected by AIDS. Throughout the city, for one night, over 148 restaurants took part by donating 25% or more of a guest’s bill to the organization. Xi Zeta Chapter not only served as hostesses at one of the local restaurants but also dined, encouraged friends to attend and made individual contributions to the organization. Because it is imperative that young women understand the importance of taking care of themselves, Xi Zeta Chapter also sponsored a workshop on HIV and other STD’S at a local children’s facility for expectant teen mothers. The workshop presenter was from a local city health clinic and provided the girls with information on the dangers of HIV and the importance of protecting themselves and their unborn babies.

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dance for all of the participating boys, as well as a formal dance with their mothers. Our 2012 Gem Winner was Darrick Smith a sixth grader at Morton Middle School. Darrick is the son of Ricky and Shawntal Smith. Darrick enjoys playing his violin, computer activities, physical education and learning about science. Darrick plans to attend College and become either a lawyer or a chef when he grows up.

Arthur Brown III 2008

Anthony Green III 2010

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All proceeds from this event help support community programming and fund college scholarships awarded by the Beta Psi Zeta Chapter.

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Next, the Sorors of Alpha Psi Zeta explained the food pyramid and the combination of foods that constitute a healthy meal. Included in this discussion were the parents of the foster children. Finally, the children were taken to the bowling alley where they bowled and challenged each other in teams. For some this was their first time bowling. Due to rules of confidentiality, pictures of foster children are altered or taken from the rear. Soror Gwen Hogans gave a seminar on eating healthy and an overview of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. This discussion focused on the initiative that was formulated by our First Lady, Michelle Obama. Soror Barbara Searcy jumped right in helping the children to understand the different foods on the pyramid and complete their survey forms. Deborah Weathersby, Basileus of Alpha Psi Zeta was instrumental in ensuring this event took place. Due to her encouragement, dedication and support for Z-HOPE, this was a successful event. The children and parents were very thankful for the support of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. When the bowling alley owners heard about the efforts of Zeta, they gave a free game.

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ix young ladies each donned a floor-length white gown, opera length white gloves and a string of pearls as they embraced the arms of their formally attired escort and were introduced to their community and society at the 2012 Blue Encore Debutante Debut & Scholarship Program, on Saturday, May 26 at The Reef in Long Beach, CA. The event, sponsored by Sigma Eta Zeta chapter (Long Beach, CA) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., is the culmination of a ten month program geared towards mentoring young women through their formative high school years and as they transition to their life beyond high school.

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The Blue Encore Debutante Debut & Scholarship Program is an annual From left to right: Skye Jasper, Dominique Wheatley, Jemina presentation to introduce a select Billoups, Royetta S. Perry (coordinator), Ashshay Watson, group of young ladies into society by Alexis Hendon, and Jazzmyne Freeman. showcasing their charm, beauty, and Beginning in August and culminating in grace. Members of the Beach Cities May, debutantes participate in workshops, Zeta Archonettes Club must be in the 10th or 11th grades, demonstrate an active service projects and bonding activities that positively reinforce critical self-esteem interest and involvement in community principles that will last a lifetime. They also activities, maintain a scholarly grade point average, and exemplify the highest ideals learn the value of community service, fund raising, health and fitness, public speaking, of finer womanhood. It is an opportunity for young ladies to experience an assortment and financial responsibility. of educational and social activities.

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ZETA AMICAE OF LOS ANGELES PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON AND AWARDS

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he premiere event for the Los Angeles Amicae is their annual luncheon, featuring the Kathleen Morton-Cosby Scholarship Award. The proud recipient this year is Amicae member, Juanita Ramey, who received a well-deserved scholarship to assist in her quest to become a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. upon graduation. The Amicae also honored long-time Amicae member Amica Lucy Woods as their Amica of the Year 2012. A special award of recognition was given to the Amicae Advisor, Zeta Dove Margaret Wheeler, for her leadership and guidance T H E

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n November 19, 2011, three foster families received beautiful thanksgiving baskets presented in red and green storage tubs, decorated with a beautiful flyer and a festive autumn decoration scarecrow. Inside was a fresh Zacky Turkey and trimmings. Sorors Debra Benjamin and Kristine Hogans chaired this event and the following Sorors participated by making presentations on auxiliary programs sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, with emphasis on youth auxiliaries: Anita Lee-Smith, Debra Benjamin, Deborah Weathersby (Basileus, Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter), Gwen Hogans, Kristine Hogans, Zeola Sherrell, Desiree Rideaux, and Monique Rideaux (Amicette). The families were delighted to receive information about the sorority and its brother fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Brother Gary Hogans was in attendance from Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. He took pictures and helped lift the Thanksgiving baskets. The families were surprised to learn about the community work done by sororities and fraternities— we are not just about stepping. The three grateful families consisted of two Girls’ Homes and one Boy’s home with children from ages 9 to 18 and had from 4 to 6 children each. This was a wonderful example of a community project of Zeta’s Helping Other People to Excel. We all left with a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that the Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta is providing service to its community. A special THANK YOU goes to Kimberly Benjamin, who created the flyer that was placed on each basket.

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This was the last foster family of the night. Soror Weathersby made sure that the families knew how to put keep the turkey in the fridge for safe keeping.

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is a full-time substitute care of children outside their own home by people other than their biological or adoptive parents or legal guardians. Children, who are removed from their biological or adoptive parents, or other legal guardians, are placed in foster care in a variety of settings by the court. They may be placed in the care of relatives, excluding the family members involved in the neglect, or they can be placed with non-relatives for therapeutic or treatment foster care, or they can be placed in an institution or group home. Children come to foster care for a number of reasons. In many cases, they have suffered physical or sexual abuse, or neglect at home, and are placed in a safe environment. A small percentage of children are in foster care because their parents feel unable to control them, and their behavior may have

led to delinquency or fear of harm to themselves or others. Some children have been neglected by their parents or legal guardians, or have parents or legal guardians who are unable to take care of them because of substance abuse, incarceration, or mental health problems. These children are placed into custodial care while the parents or guardians receive treatment or counseling, or fulfill their sentences. Foster parents must be licensed by the agency that handles a specific region’s foster care. When a child is placed, the foster family takes responsibility for feeding and clothing the child, getting the child to school and to appointments, and doing any of the usual things a child’s parents or legal guardians might be called to do. The foster parent aims to help the foster child develop normally in a safe family environment.

Soror Rideaux explains about the different programs that Zeta sponsors to one of the foster parents. Families were left with brochures of Zeta auxiliaries and programs.

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Since the 30-year inception of the Walk For Education in Los Angeles, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., has supported the UNCF, a non-profit organization that offers scholarship opportunities for education to students in low-to-moderate income families. For the last three years, we have worked in partnership with the Greeks of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)—a group which comprises each of the Los Angeles Chapters of the Divine Nine—to reach our fundraising objectives. The Walk was held at Exposition Park on June 2, 2012. With one week remaining in the campaign, L.A.-area Zetas have raised over $1,200 in contributions. They are currently on target to surpass their goal of $1,500, as they expect over 100 walkers to participate in the event. Our efforts were just as impressive in 2011. Zeta raised over $1,600 in last year’s Walk For Education, alone. The San Fernando Valley’s Nu Omicron Zeta (NOZ) chapter tops the list for most donations this year, while Sorors Mignon Washington and Andretta Hamilton lead as individual fundraisers for 2012.

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In 2011, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the UNCF launched a TextTo-Donate initiative with the goal to provide financial assistance to seniors at UNCF-affiliated colleges to achieve timely graduation. As one of the nation’s most historic philanthropies, the UNCF’s motto, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste,” has resonated with communities both nationally and internationally for the past 68 years and continues to penetrate racial and demographic barriers. Contributions to the organization aid over 60,000 students within its 38 private HBCUs, in addition to hundreds of non-black colleges and universities nationwide. Ten thousand scholarships are awarded annually to provide tuition and room & board assistance for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Your tax-deductible dollars keep tuition fees at each of UNCF’s member schools 35% below comparable institutions, while providing necessary operating funds for these historically black organizations.

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oror Zelda P. Hutcherson visited Howard University to celebrate 50 years as a graduate of the historically black university in Washington, DC. Howard University hosted celebratory events for its alumni during commencement weekend. The 50-year graduates received a special invitation to attend the President’s Luncheon on the Howard University Quad. Other alumni classes enjoyed themselves at the All Classes Luncheon. The Honored Class was bestowed the privilege of marching in the Commencement Processional wearing their gold medallions, a special souvenir given to them. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Masters degree in Urban Studies from Howard University. Additionally, Soror Zutcherson received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. She was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in 1961. As a Zeta Dove, she has served Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for over 50 years. Soror Hutcherson has held the positions of Basileus (Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter —Los Angeles), California State Director, Chair of the Pacific Regional Executive Board, and Chair of the National Nominating Committee. Presently, Soror Hutcherson is a member of Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter (South Bay) in Carson, California. She is the Pacific Regional Zeta Amicae Coordinator.

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(MASKED) Gala. Annette Aron, LaVita Y. Gill, Linda Y. Jackson, Marie Pierre, Ashlee Pope, and Ashley Smith assisted with components of the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature gala. Huston-Tillotson University is a historically black university and the oldest institution of higher education in Austin, Texas. During the past ten years, Pi Omega Zeta has awarded more then $10,000 to high school African American female graduates attending the five Pictured are Pi Omega Zeta (Round Rock, TX) members Marie Pierre (second from left), Andrea Charlton, President LaVita Y. Gill, Annette Aron, Linda Y. Jackson (far right), Ashlee Pope (center), and Ashley Smith (front right) with Huston-Tillotson University students Jasmine Cormier (left), Breaion King (red dress), and SamĂĄj Nelson (front left) at the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninth Annual Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mankind Assisting Student Kindle Educational Dreams (MASKED) Scholarship Gala. Cormier is CURRENTLY-ISS(4AND+INGSERVEDASTHE -ISS(4

high schools in the Round Rock Independent School District and contributed more than $2,500 to UNCF.

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Amicettes Participate in Natchitoches, LA Relay for Life

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u Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. welcomed two new members to their sisterhood. New members are Candice Nelson and Jessica Askew. Candice is a native of Natchitoches and graduate of Northwestern State University(LA) and University of Phoenix. She is the proud parent of twin girls, Faith and Miracle, and the daughter of Sharon Nelson. Jessica is also a native of Natchitoches. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a recent graduate of Northwestern State Universtiy with a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. She is the daughter of Walter and Barbara Askew of Natchitoches. Jessica is a member of First Baptist Church, North Street, Natchitoches, LA.

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Partners for “Healthy Baby” Shower bottle of water to attendees. The orange juice’s label contained nutrition facts and the water bottle label gave healthy tips concerning the need to drink water. The United Care representative presented a discussion on “Eating Healthy on a Budget”. The luncheon menu was centered on this topic and included healthy food choices along with the water and juice that Mu zeta passed out.

Shown are Sorors Mary Burton, Julia S. Carnes, Ms. Frankie Robinson, Louisiana State Director of March of Dimes, and Soror Geraldine Simms.

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u Zeta’s Stork’s Nest partnered with March of Dimes and United Healthcare to host a Healthy Baby shower. The shower was held on April 21 at the Mu Zeta Sorority House at 2021 Harding Boulévard, in Baton Rouge. The Healthy Baby Shower is a March of Dimes project that increases awareness of maternal/child health issues while providing essential baby items to expectant mothers. The twenty

one participants at the event interacted in a seminar increasing their knowledge of proper prenatal care, the importance of full term pregnancies, breast-feeding and resources available to low-income mothers. There were four supporters of the twenty one expectant mothers-tobe, three presenters and eight Zetas in attendance. As a Z-HOPE project Mu Zeta served a bottle of 100% orange juice and a

Embracing the Legacy U psilon Nu Zeta continuously embraces the legacy of the Five Pearls while blazing new and exciting paths and setting high standards of excellence. The chapter was committed to Z-HOPE programming and serving the community through various activities and initiatives. Retired Sorors and Amicae visited various nursing homes and assisted living facilities. During the Sit & Be Fit program residents were given tips on being active and eating healthy. This was a wonderful time of fellowship for the residents. Donations were made to help support on-site programs at the facilities. The chapter partnered with the Tatum Elementary PEARLS for the first Girls Rule the World workshop for girls and their mothers. This half-day workshop gave girls the tips needed

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to be empowered, academically successful and physically fit and healthy. Throughout the year the chapter participated in numerous community service activities including Prematurity Awareness, shopping and wrapping Christmas gifts for low income families during the Christmas Shoppe sponsored by the Lancaster Outreach Center, helping children make Christmas ornaments at the Lancaster Recreation Center, stuffing Easter baskets and collecting children’s items for Captain Hope’s Kids, participating in the Go Red for Heart Disease awareness observance, and walking throughout the night during Relay for Life where Sorors also set out Luminaria bags in honor of cancer victims.

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In December the partnership groups manned an informational booth at the K-Mart store in Gonzales, LA. Shoppers visited the booth where prenatal-care information and health care tips were shared. They were asked to purchase baby items while shopping and to leave them at the booth. Monetary donations were also accepted. The monies received were turned in during the March for Babies campaign. These items along with Mu Zeta’s new layettes and United Health Care’s health care items were given to the participants at the shower in a smart canvas tote provided by MOD. This project was repeated in several cities in Louisiana. This effort allows Zetas to educate mothers concerning prenatal care and to keep Zeta’s signature project Stork’s Nets visible and alive.

Upsilon Nu Zeta was able to distribute $3000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The scholarships are named for two of Upsilon Nu Zeta’s distinguished members who were also long-time educators, Drs. Mary E. Beck and Joyce W. Teal. During the annual March for Babies sponsored by the March of Dimes, Upsilon Nu Zeta marched in memory of Grace Saniya Tisby. Baby Grace was born prematurely to Soror Shauniesa Sisk, but unfortunately did not survive. Funds were raised in her honor and memory. Upsilon Nu Zeta is always busy in in the community and committed to making a difference in the lives of others.a

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Health Fair Committee Chair Soror April Edwards with DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson

ANNUAL COMMUNITY HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR Iota Eta Zeta Chapter sponsored their Annual Community Holistic Health Fair, Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall in Decatur, Georgia. This year’s theme, “Caring for Our Whole Selves: Mind, Body and Spirit,” was carried out by organizing vendors who promote healthy living in all aspects of our lives. The event included eye care screening, weight loss products, fitness boot camp, blood pressure screening, health care providers, The Salvation Army, Mental Health Resources and the Center for Disease Control. DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson was on hand to speak to participants about the importance of maintaining healthy habits for African Americans.

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he undergraduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Delta Beta Chapter on the campus of Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA celebrated a momentous occasion on April 24, 2012. At 8:20 pm, the excited crowd at the HPE T H E

IOTA ETA ZETA SORORS PARTICIPATING IN FITNESS DEMONSTRATION. ARCHONETTES HONORED On Friday, May 11, 2012, Iota Eta Zeta honored nine Archonettes and presented four scholarships at its first Blue and White Scholarship Dinner at Cameron Hall located in Conyers, GA. The dinner was the culmination of a year of volunteer work and cultural events for the Archonettes, including feeding the homeless on Christmas Day (with the Pearlettes and Amicettes), Stone Mountain Middle School clean up on Martin Luther King Service day, UniverSoul Circus (also with the Pearlettes and Amicettes), and attended a performance of the Atlanta Youth Orchestra Symphony Concert. The Archonettes also participated in several mini-workshops on financial responsibility and etiquette. Iota Eta Zeta chapter presented academic scholarships to two DeKalb County seniors and one Archonette senior, along with a book scholarship to a second Archonette senior. The scholarship application process required proof of academic excellence, community involvement, and a written essay on “How First Lady Michelle Obama Influences Young Girls in America.” The chapter was able to fund the scholarships using the proceeds from their annual “Royal Zee Games” Casino and Game Night.

Complex on the FVSU campus witnessed 27 Sorors be introduced to society as members of Delta Beta chapter. The chapter had been absent from the campus for 2 years, but came back strong exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood in “27 Shades of Blue”. This event was attended by regional and state officers, Georgia State Director Myra Reese as well as Zetas, Zeta Youth, and Sigma brothers from near and far. Special thanks to the Undergrad Advisory Board, chaired by Soror Frances Caldwell, in reactivating and mentoring Delta Beta chapter. These sorors also attended the Georgia State Leadership Conference as their 1st official Zeta event. Ð

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eta Rho Zeta and Delta Beta Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. commemorated Finer Womanhood Observance with “Finer Womanhood on the Lawn”. This event was a lawn party held at the home of Soror Evelyn McCray. The sorors enjoyed fellowship with each other, a tour through the chapters’ archives and parliamentary workshop conducted by Parliamentarian Soror Veronica Pittman. Also invited were reclaimed and inactive sorors as well as Zeta Youth.

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ot only does Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. connect Sorors Shaniqua and Sekemia Caldwell, but also genetics through their mother Soror Frances Caldwell. Both Shaniqua and Sekemia currently hold leadership positions in our illustrious sorority. Soror Shaniqua Caldwell is the Southeastern Region Youth Coordinator since 2010, the newly re-elected Basileus of Beta Rho Zeta Chapter in Fort Valley and immediate past Georgia State Youth Coordinator since 2004. Shaniqua also placed 2nd runner-up in the 2nd Annual Miss Zeta Pageant at the 2010 Boulé’ in Dallas, TX. Shaniqua has also

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served on numerous local committees and held other leadership positions in her undergrad and graduate chapters. Soror Caldwell is an educator in the Peach County School System where she was named Teacher of the Year 2007-2008. Little sister Sekemia Caldwell is the newly re-elected Georgia State Grammateus and 2nd Anti-Basileus of Beta Rho Zeta Chapter. Sekemia has served and currently serves as chair of local committees and held leadership positions in her undergrad chapter. She also is an educator in the Sumter County School System. These sorors followed in the footsteps of their grandmother, Triumphant Soror Evelyn McGhee and mother, Soror Frances Caldwell, in the education field, becoming basileus of their chapter and simply being the epitome of a finer woman of Z Phi B.

an ad for the Michelin sponsored “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” competition that was held in Greenville, South Carolina at the TD Bank Convention Center. Soror Black was one of two principals selected to represent more than 100

principals in Greenville County Schools in a television commercial about the importance and benefits of the event sponsored by Michelin USA. Michelin USA is located in Greenville, South Carolina. The commercial aired for several weeks leading up to the event.

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h e E t a Th e t a Ze t a Foundation, Incorporated and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosted a conference, “Remembering the Past, Participating in the Present, and Insuring the Future of The LaneyWalker Boulévard Corridor” at the Historic Luvenia Pearson Home on April 27–28, 2012. The Foundation purchased the home and has completely renovated it as a Zeta House.

ABOUT THE PROJECT The intent of this conference was to inform the people of the Central Savannah River Area that by remembering the past of the Laney-Walker Boulévard neighborhood and participating in the present programs and events, they would help young people involved in these programs ensure that the area and its culture are vital and thriving in the future. In an article in Historic Augusta News, the writer describes the importance of the area. It is “a part of the revitalization project that is a significant historic resource in the upper blocks of Laney-Walker Boulévard and offers an opportunity for Eta Theta Zeta to become active in preserving a piece of AfricanAmerican history in their own backyard.”

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and survival of persons of African American decents in the area. Dr. Richardson, as Humanities Scholar, attended all sessions and guided the discussions of works to ensure that they were humanities-based. Soror Arvella Robinson is Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated; Soror Betty Bryant is the chairperson of The Eta Theta Zeta Foundation; and Soror Lola Richardson wrote the Georgia Humanities Council Grant. The conference was partially funded by the Georgia Humanities Council.

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Spotlights Excellence 38th Annual ‘Blue Revue’ elta Epsilon Zeta of West Palm Beach Florida,held its 38th Annual “Blue Revue.” On April 21, 2012, our hearts were all aglow as we amplified the true essence of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s founding principles; Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.

her with notable honor. She exemplifies the tenants of Zeta’s spirit of service, commitment, leadership, and faith. SCHOLARSHIP: MEETING CHALLENGES AND EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. In spite of the troubled economy, and the increased number of scholarship applications this year, Zeta answered the call with a $36,000 fundraising campaign. Twenty-one students received scholarships. Historically, this is the largest number of scholarships awarded in one year by this chapter. Through the years, Delta Epsilon Zeta has awarded hundreds of scholarships to deserving and outstanding youth.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: POSITIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION. From homeless to a safe house for many, Mr. Foster, once a homeless veteran himself now helps other veteran’s access housing and community resources. His transitional housing program “Stand Down House” opened in 2000. In 2009 he was recognized as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes. Today he continues his heroics and has served over 900 veterans in Palm Beach County. Through donations, Delta Epsilon Zeta recognizes and supports the work of Mr. Roy Foster. Delta Epsilon Zeta also recognized and honored the achievements of Ms. Sylvia Gibson, our Greek

sister of Delta Sigma Theta. Ms. Gibson received the Governor’s Teacher of Excellence Award. She lives in and serves the children of Palm Beach County. How befitting for colleagues to recognize

SISTERLY LOVE: NURTURING SISTERLY RELATIONS. Delta Epsilon Zeta, the sponsoring chapter of the Pi Eta Chapter at Florida Atlantic University, welcomed and sponsored the Blue Revue attendance of our new beautiful undergraduate sorors. Our roles are to guide, model, assist, support, and nurture their flight into Zetadom. FINER WOMANHOOD: RECOGNIZING PROMINENCE. This year during Finer Womanhood observance, Delta Epsilon Zeta celebrated the contributions of our lovely Doves for each of their 50+ years of Zeta service. They chartered new chapters and territories to set the course that we continue to sail. There are eleven distinguished Doves including two founding members: Soror Bettye Bryant, Soror Dr. Dorothy Peck, Soror Miriam Brown, Soror Gertrude Eutsay (founder), Soror Elizabeth Munnings (founder), and Soror Betty Corbettm Soror Josephine Harrison, Soror Sarah Lawrence, Soror Merle McDonald, Soror Vernell Richardson and Soror Ianthia Woolfork).

Soror Christelle Vereb is one of three Young Harris College runners named to the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District V Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field First Team. The members of the College Sports Information Directors o f A m e r i c a , by d i s t r i c t s , selected the teams and the first-team members will now be considered for Academic All-America® honors. District V consists of NCAA Division II institutions in the Gulf South, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic and Sunshine State conferences. The district also includes independents and schools in the south that are either in their candidacy years or provisional members of NCAA. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or a significant reserve on his team. Vereb, a junior from Hayesville, N.C., had her best 5K time of the 2011 season when she finished the Southeast Classic in a time of 23:01. Vereb, who has a 3.53 cumulative grade point average as a communication studies major, received the Humanities’ Outstanding Speaker Award in 2012. The award recognizes the most promising public speakers in the Area 1 communication classes at YHC and is chosen by the communication studies faculty. Photo: (left to right) Erica Brooks, Heather Richbourg, Christelle Vereb

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he first Stork’s Nest Project was launched in Atlanta, Ga., in 1972. This project was conceived by Zeta Member Evelyn Brown who currently serves as the National Stork’s Nest Director. It was one of many educational and service projects of Better Infant Birth (BIB), a highly successful program sponsored by the Fulton-DeKalb-Clayton Chapter of the National Foundation of the March of Dimes, which actually enlisted the services of 12 member organizations including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Stork’s Nest has since become a national project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in cooperation with the National Foundation of the March of Dimes.

Currently, the Southeastern Region has 46 nests and we continue to grow. Below are a few highlights of Stork’s Nest events: STORK’S NEST OF JACKSONVILLE CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY Beta Alpha Zeta’s Stork’s Nest of Jacksonville is celebrating its first anniversary. In the few short months since being established the organization has helped many expecting mothers by providing prenatal educational classes, nutritional meals and much needed baby items. Lead by Co-Directors Dr. Vallie Holloway and Soror Jewel Flornoy, the program has already expanded to two locations and is planning to open a third location. The directors’ community involvement has helped the organization to develop many community partnerships. Director Jewel Flornoy is pictured with Irvin PeDro Cohen, Director of New Town Success

SOROR DR. PAMELA WILSON FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF ALLEN UNIVERSITY Dr. Pamela M. Wilson is the 24th President of Allen University, Columbia, SC. She is the first female to be inaugurated and serve as president in the 142

Zone and Stork’s Nest clients. Director Vallie Holloway is pictured accepting a donation of Gateway Computers from Chamberlain College of Nursing, for the implementation of the educational component of the Stork’s Nest curriculum. She is pictured with Dr. Katherine Dimmock and Mr. Allen Smith. STORK’S NEST BLITZ IN GEORGIA Annually the Atlanta Metropolitan chapters sponsor the Stork’s Nest Blitz which began in 1998. The Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter of Atlanta, Georgia began the baby item collection drive which was the brainchild of chapter member, Tonya Cook. This event was established to gather items needed to stock the “nests”. An assortment of newborn baby items, such as diapers, bottles, receiving blankets, shirts and more are collected and assembled on site during the event into layettes, which are later distributed to clinics participating in the Stork’s Nest program located in Metro Atlanta. The Stork’s Nest prenatal education modules were added to the Blitz program where mothers receive incentives for attending the prenatal health workshops.

SC ZETAS OPEN 4TH NEST AND POISED TO WORK WITH GOVERNOR HALEY Mu Pi Zeta Chapter of Beaufort, South Carolina continues to promote the Stork’s Nest. Through the hard work and leadership of their Stork’s Nest co-chairs Sorors Grace Bulls and Cherie Mack, they have opened their fourth Stork’s Nest at the Port Royal Medical Center. Mu Pi Zeta’s four Stork’s Nests have been able to serve an estimated 120 women of diverse ethnic backgrounds and their families each month and is the only chapter in South Carolina to sponsor four nests. Soror Lois Jenkins and Soror Hattie Ficklin embrace the babies during the Annual Stork’s Nest Baby Shower at the Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton Comprehensive Health Services Port Royal Medical Center. The chapter hopes to be able to continue this needed work in their community. Mu Kappa Zeta Chapter of Marion in conjunction with The Original Six Foundation of South Carolina will host a community baby shower and provide prenatal educational for the Health and Jobs Fair being held in June. This foundation is the brainchild of South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley.

year history of the university. A strategic and visionary leader, Wilson has led Allen University through an intensive period of stabilization and improved accountability since her appointment in August 2010.

Indiana State University; and a Doctor of Philosophy in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition and a concentration in Business and Administrative Communication from The Ohio State University.

An experienced educator, both as an administrator and Professor of English, Wilson has served Allen University since 2006. She is a native of Blair, SC and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications from Voorhees College; a Master of Arts in English and American Literature from

She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and also is a member of multiple National and International Honor Societies, including Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Kappa Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Chi. Other active civic involvement includes the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia

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he Nu Delta Zeta Chapter presented eight young ladies at the 14th Biennial Blue Revue Debutante Ball on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Kroc Center Performing Arts Theatre in Greenville, SC. The young ladies presented were high school juniors and seniors with at least a “B” grade point average. The Blue Revue Debutante Ball provides young ladies with the opportunity to be involved in educational and personal growth activities. One of the activities was “Project Zeta” which consisted of sessions that focused on scholarship, service, and finer womanhood. Miss Kirsten Brock, a senior at Greenville High School, was crowned 2012 Miss Blue Revue. She will attend Winthrop University this fall.

Co-sponsors a Tribute to Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy On June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African American citizen to earn an International Pilot’s License in France because she was not allowed to do so in the United States as a Negro. an

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At the age of 34 she was preparing for an air show in Jacksonville, Florida on April 30, 1926 when her plane crashed. She fell 5,300 feet killing both herself and her pilot. Paxon School of Advanced Studies is located on Paxon Field where Bessie met her untimely death. A reception honoring Bessie Coleman was held at the historic Ritz Theatre and Museum which included a remarkable portrayal of the life of the famed aviator by Sandra Campbell. The Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc. (BCAL) is a nonprofit organization, with a mission to ensure that future generations of African Americans know that aviation/aerospace is a career option and as a result of this legacy.

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The Omega Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was honored to co-sponsor the event with other Greek organizations and local businesses at the request of Mr. Tony Hill, Federal Government Liaison for Mayor Alvin Brown.

Nu Delta Zeta Chapter 2012 Miss Blue Revue and Runner-Ups

During the event, Nu Delta Zeta announced the scholarship winners for the chapter’s Junior and Senior Scholarship program. The chapter has awarded a total of $18,000.00 in scholarships since the creation of its scholarship program. The Junior Scholarship winner was Miss Tjura Hicks, a junior at James L. High School. The Senior Scholarship winner was Miss Destiny Dawkins, a senior at Hillcrest High School. She will attend Agnes Scott College this fall. In the future, Nu Delta Zeta plans to increase the number of scholarships awarded to help deserving students meet their goal of acquiring a college education. T H E

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hese are exciting times in our Sorority! And this year has been a year to remember for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in The Great State of Georgia. As we prepared to convene the Magnificent Boulé’ 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, Georgia celebrated their accomplishments at its spring 2012 Georgia State Leadership Conference held in Macon, Georgia.

Our phenomenal accomplishments echoed the sentiments of “A New Foundation Built on Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.” Georgia S o ro r s c a m e to g e t h e r a n d h e av i l y contributed to chapter building by new graduate chapters in Madison and Forsyth, Georgia; an undergraduate chapter at Young Harris College; reactivation of two undergraduate chapters at Albany State University (Pi Beta-12 new members) and Fort Valley State University (Delta Beta-27 new members); chartered Stork’s Nests in Covington, Warner Robins and Winterville, Georgia; an Amicae Auxiliary in Winterville and reactivated the Amicae

SOUTH CAROLINA SOROR SERVES AS FIRST FEMALE MAYOR OF CHESTER Chester, SC Mayor Wanda Stringfellow believes her city needs to be progressive while combating economic issues that have lingered for years. Soror Stringellow, a Chester native, is a graduate of Benedict College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. She obtained a master’s degree in Urban Education from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA, in addition to an Ed.S. She is currently a doctoral student pursuing her Educational Doctorate. In addition to being the Mayor of the City of Chester, she is employed with the Chester County School District.

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auxiliary in Augusta, Georgia and formed numerous new Youth auxiliaries across the state. Welcome to the Sorors of these new chapters, Omega Epsilon Zeta, Psi Rho Zeta, Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Delta Beta and Pi Beta, along with the new Amicae, Stork’s Nest and Youth auxiliaries. Sorors came together and contributed heavily to several national signature sorority initiatives including Z-Hope, Stork’s Nest, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. We’ve played a major role in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial unveiling in Washington, DC and the Stevie Wonder Toys for Tots campaign. Donations of $1200 and over $5,000 (toy and monetary donations) were donated to each, respectively. One of the greatest highlights of the conference was the induction of 106 Doves into the Georgia Doves chapter. The Doves who have given 50 or more years of service to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated are the reason we are illustrious.

At this state conference, we will honored a leader of the Macon, GA community, Mrs. Carolyn Crayton, founder of The Cherry Blossom Festival. Yet, Georgia’s primary goal was to contribute to the “Burning of the Mortgage” by Boulé’ 2012. The Sorors, Amicae, and Youth of the State of Georgia committed to raise at least $50,000 to help finally end the mortgage for our National Headquarters. We believed we could do it. Thus, at this leadership conference, we held the first Ms. Zeta Pageant in Georgia. All proceeds from the pageant and calendar were donated to the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Capital Campaign Fund. The culmination for the conference was the Meet and Greet for International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood. During the Meet and Greet, The Great State of Georgia presented a check for $50,000 to International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood to help burn the mortgage for National Headquarters!

After serving two full terms and one incomplete term on the Chester City Council, Stringfellow made history in 1999 when she was elected mayor, becoming the first woman to hold that position in Chester. Stringfellow is also one of only two African Americans to hold the position of mayor in the city of Chester. In addition to being a daughter, sister, mother, educator and mayor, she is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., She also serves on the Board of Directors of Catawba Regional Council of Government, Former Board of Directors Member of National Association of Black Mayors, Former President of Women’s Caucus National Association of Black Mayors,

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Awards Stork’s Nest/Yarn College Scholarships to Class of 2012 ALPHA UPSILON ZETA

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lpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., through its Tallahassee Zeta Stork’s Nest program, awarded eleven scholarships, totaling approximately $8,000.00, at its annual scholarship reception, June 7, 2012. The Scholarship Reception was held at the annex of the Leon County School Board office in Tallahassee, Florida. Scholarships ranging from $500, $750, and $1,000, were awarded in honor of the late Ray and Catherine Yarn, devoted community leaders and active members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, respectively. Additionally, four graduates received Academic Support Awards, in honor of Mrs. Mildred Hollins, a long-time Zeta member and stalwart supporter of the sorority and its Stork’s Nest/Yarn Scholarship Program. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and members of Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, were in attendance. Dr. Linda Fortenberry, Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee for Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter, presided. Mrs. Mildred Hollins gave a comprehensive overview

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of the origins of the Zeta’s Scholarship program and its great success through the years. Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter President, Dr. Malinda W. Jackson James, along with Dr. Marvin Henderson, Deputy Superintendent of Leon County Schools, and Yarn Family member, Mary Wells, gave special remarks before making the presentations. Special recognition was also given to scholarship winner Shaakira White, the 2012 Valedictorian of FAMU/DRS. Ms. White has been an active member of Zeta’s Archonettes, serving most recently as the state president. Ms. Carrie Herring, Geographical Region I Coordinator, presented Ms. White the 2012 Rosa T. Brown Leadership Scholarship, named in honor of Mrs. Rosa Brown, Chair of the Executive Board for Alpha Upsilon Zeta Chapter, founder and current director of the Mosley House Museum, and Chair of the National Trustee Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sonority, Inc. Members of the Zeta Phi Beta, Inc., Alpha Upsilon Zeta Scholarship Committee are Dr. Linda Fortenberry, Chairperson; Mrs. Rosa T. Brown, Ms. Ellenar Harper, Ms. Alegra Harrell, and Mrs. Mildred Hollins.

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The 2012 Zeta Phi Beta, Inc., Alpha Upsilon Zeta Stork’s Nest/Ray & Catherine Yarn Scholarship Recipients MILDRED HOLLINS ACADEMIC SUPPORT AWARDS Albert Collins - FAMU-DRS Alexis Lewis/Godby Victoria Ash/Godby Sinclaire Wilson/Godby

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Jennifer L. Berrian/Rickards Taylor R. Williams/Rickards Brandon M. Baker/Lincoln Shaakira White/FAMU-DRS Zemoria Johnson/Rickards Kyle Bussey/Chiles Myrtle-Mary Evans/Rickards


The sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. thank our distinguished brothers, the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, who are always standing by to lend a hand, shoulder, and whatever else is needed, to support our endeavors. We are excited that they are joining us in ensuring that the extra-curricular activities, throughout our stay in Chicago, will be befitting of a Finer Woman. We especially acknowledge the support of Brother Jimmy Hammock – National President of Phi Beta Sigma and his National Executive Board, for hosting our Executive Board Dinner; Brother Darryl Anderson – Executive Director of Phi Beta Sigma, for working with us and Brother Maurice Black – Great Lakes Regional Director for Phi Beta Sigma for coordinating the after-Boulé activities for visiting Sorors.

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iffany Warren a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the reigning 2011 Miss Alabama for the Alabama Association of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is a 2005 graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After graduation, she was hired by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences as a Forensic Scientist specializing in controlled substances as well as death investigation. She has excelled in her six years with the Department of Forensic Sciences, and was just recently selected by the Department to receive a full scholarship toward completion of the doctorate in Chemistry. She wears many hats in the department such as scientist, analytical chemist, crime scene investigator, and Health and Safety Officer. She also represents the department in numerous capacities outside the lab such as speaking to college and high school students about her career and encouraging them to seek degrees in the sciences. She has been through extensive training with both the FBI and DEA labs in Quantico, Virginia and has received departmental awards for her efforts within the department. She recently received the Director’s Award of Excellence for being a high case producer within the drug chemistry discipline.

2012 Salute to Outstanding Minority Youth— Delta Nu Zeta Chapter, Meridian, MS

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Since receiving its charter in December 2007, the ladies of Phi Lambda Zeta Chapter in West Point, MS have worked tirelessly towards shining the Zeta light in their communities. From Reclamation and Retention to Recruitment, Phi Lambda Zeta seeks to implement national, regional, and state initiatives by upholding the chapter’s motto: “Striving for Excellence through Dedication” In January 2012, Phi Lambda Zeta added an Amicae Auxiliary. Five beautiful ladies dedicated themselves to assisting Zeta in promoting the ideals of our Founders. Soon to follow, eight wonderful, intelligent, and excited women were initiated into the Zeta Sisterhood as new members. As a part of the embellishment period and as a way to encourage bonding among Sorors, the entire chapter participated in the 2012 Finer Womanhood Zeta Roundup Workshop. Designed to reignite the Zeta light, this event revisited the foundation of our Sisterhood and focused on appreciating diversity, understanding organizational structure, chapter management, and reviewing protocol and etiquette.

Phi Lambda Zeta continues to move onward and forward, constantly seeking opportunities to promote “A new foundation built on Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.”

Beta Eta Zeta Chapter joins March of Dimes in leading the charge to improve the health of Tuscaloosa babies More than 10,000 Alabama babies will be born premature this year, Dr. Stacy Jones, Basileus of the Beta Eta Zeta Chapter and the members of her chapter are working with the March of Dimes to change this. As members of Zeta Phi Beta we understand the importance of the mission of the March of Dimes. That is why Dr. Jones accepted

the privilege of serving as one of two cochairs for the 2012 March for Babies event. In her role as co-chair she will help to raise awareness in addition to her duties on for the fundraising campaign. Through her commitment to serve as co-chair she has agreed to help the Tuscaloosa March for Babies meet its goal of raising $150,000. March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. “I have a long standing commitment to the mission of the March of Dimes, because of my involvement with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., as well as the March of Dimes student organization at The University of Alabama. This particular campaign gives me another opportunity to help the community that I love. And I can’t think of a better cause than our babies,” said Dr. Stacy Jones, who will be visiting local businesses to request support in the coming months. “One in six of our babies here in Alabama are born premature, and that’s just not acceptable. It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure moms have healthy pregnancies.” “We’re so excited to have Stacy on board to help us at a local level,” said Jessica Callahan, Senior Community Director for the Alabama March of Dimes Chapter. “Her passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event On April 28, 2012. We are grateful for thetime and support she is able to lend us.”

ETA SIGMA ZETA PRESENTS THE 2012 MISS BLUE REVUE SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT Serving the Community while Empowering our Youth

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PHI LAMBDA ZETA welcomes new Sorors and Amicae

As the summer advances and the temperatures climb, Phi Lambda Zeta kicks off its annual Summer Breeze Project. Electric fans are collected and distributed to the elderly and disabled in the Clay County region. This year another component to the project has been added. In light of last year’s tornadoes, Emergency Kits will also be donated. Phi Lambda Zeta will also continue to collaborate with local medical professionals to provide free health screenings as part of Zeta’s Health Justice Initiative.


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n Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 the Middle Tennessee graduate and undergraduate chapters in the South Central Region collaborated for the first-ever geographical joint Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Founders’ Day program to commemorate the 91st year of our organization’s establishment. The local chapters fellowshipped at the Smyrna Towne Centre in Smyrna, TN. These chapters included: Pi Zeta (Nashville), Rho Alpha Zeta (Hermitage), Rho Mu Zeta (Clarksville) and Sigma Chi Zeta (Murfreesboro). In addition, collegiate chapters were in attendance; including Mu Theta (Middle Tennessee State University), Gamma Nu (Austin Peay University), Mu Sigma (TennesseeTech), Kappa Gamma (Fisk University) and Omega Pi (Vanderbilt University) The theme was “Together We Can,” signifying a spirit of unity within Middle Tennessee and the organization overall. We honored our Five Pearls, who created a legacy to serve the community through sisterhood

while exemplifying Finer Womanhood by walking the path as a lady of dignity and character. The mistress of ceremonies for the celebration was Soror Lisa M. Jones of Sigma Chi Zeta. The Tennessee State Director, Soror Ernestine Wilson led the dias and guest speaker Soror Rev. Janie Dandridge of Webb Grove A.M.E. Church, Murfreesboro ministered to us in a sermon entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Words.” Over 100 sorors were in attendance for brunch and fellowship. Middle Tennessee Founders’ Day Celebration. On Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 the Middle Tennessee graduate and undergraduate chapters in the South Central Region collaborated for the first-ever geographical joint Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Founders’ Day program to commemorate the 91st year of our organization’s establishment. The local chapters fellowshipped at the Smyrna Towne Centre in Smyrna, TN. These chapters included: Pi Zeta (Nashville), Rho Alpha Zeta

(Hermitage), Rho Mu Zeta (Clarksville) and Sigma Chi Zeta (Murfreesboro). In addition, collegiate chapters were in attendance; including Mu Theta (Middle Tennessee State University), Gamma Nu (Austin Peay University), Mu Sigma (Tennessee Tech), Kappa Gamma (Fisk University) and Omega Pi (Vanderbilt University) The theme was “Together We Can,” signifying a spirit of unity within Middle Tennessee and the organization overall. We honored our Five Pearls, who created a legacy to serve the community through sisterhood while exemplifying Finer Womanhood by walking the path as a lady of dignity and character. The mistress of ceremonies for the celebration was Soror Lisa M. Jones of Sigma Chi Zeta. The Tennessee State Director, Soror Ernestine Wilson led the dias and guest speaker Soror Rev. Janie Dandridge of Webb Grove A.M.E. Church, Murfreesboro ministered to us in a sermon entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Words.” Over 100 sorors were in attendance for brunch and fellowship.

BETA ETA ZETA CHAPTER SUPPORTS THE TUSCALOOSA COUNTY SALVATION ARMY WITH GIFT BAGS OF TOILETRIES FOR THE MANY CLIENTS IT SERVES. Pictured from left to right: (front row) representative of the Salvation Army, Aretha Thomas, Linda Moore-Cheatem Elizabeth Thomas, Miranda Carlisle, Dr. Cassandra Ford, Brenda Ervin, Lillie Harris, and a representative of the Salvation Army (back row) Dorothy Martin, Maxine War.

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he Non Stop Nu Eta Zeta Chapter of Tuscumbia, AL is one of the smallest chapters in the state, but has received several awards and certificates at the National, Regional, and State Leadership Conferences. The South Central Regional Appointed Officers are Soror Carla Hamilton (Musician), and Soror Sheryl Hamilton (Youth Co-coordinator & charter member). Other members include: Soror Hattie Fossett (chapter Dove & charter member); Soror Pamela Gilbert (charter member); Lena Crinel; Ethel Hodges; and Soror Inez Southern (an advisor to the undergraduate chapter). Soror Carla Hamilton is the Basileus holding the torch. During the 2011-2012 sorority year, Lacey Barber, Ashley Barber, and Tammy Rhodes joined the sisterhood and three more new members are anticipated before the close of the year— Sorors Margie Permenter, Marcia Strange, and a zeta legacy Soror Charitta Swoopes.

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he 28th Debutante Cotillion, sponsored by Zeta Psi Zeta, was held on Dec. 10, 2011 at the Civic Auditorium in Clarksdale, MS. Before this extravagant affair came to fruition, many activities were fostered to inspire the girls educationally, socially and religiously, including:

• A season-opening exercise held at the Jerusalem Baptist Church. The guide for the program was Soror Margaret D. McGlown. • A Leadership Brunch during which officers for the Debutante Society were elected and information on leadership and protocol was imparted. The theme was “Developing Leaders to Greet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow.”

• For Premature Awareness Program in November 2011, Chairperson Soror Regina Gilbert presented factual information about premature births, how many happen yearly in the community, why and how African Americans should be concerned and how to prevent them. Nu Eta Zeta contributes yearly to the March of Dimes.

• Worship services with several Zetas at Bell Grove Baptist Church. Focusing on Christian growth, the girls, their parents and their escorts were in attendance. • The Sisterhood Showcase in Memphis, TN exposed the Debutantes to an array of presentations/exhibits focused on educational, cultural, and enrichment topics.

• The local Christmas Party held at the Tuscumbia MultiPurpose Center included games, Christmas songs, food and fun. Soror Tammy Rhodes was the chairperson.

• A charm and etiquette workshop — traits that are essential in the life of a young lady.

• During the Founders Day and Academic Excellence Program in January, our five Founders were recognized, the history of our national and local organization were presented and area high school students from four counties were presented certificates for their good grades. Soror Inez Southern was chairperson.

• A character building workshop with facilitator, Soror Violet Furdge on the well-manicured lawn of her family estate. Practicing their ladylike skills, the debutantes and escorts enjoyed delectable dining and melodious tunes. • Community service projects which teach the girls the importance of volunteering and serving to make the community a more wholesome place to live.

• Nu Eta Zeta Chapter had its Royal Blue and White Beauty Walk on March 17, 2012. The event focused on self esteem and confidence, celebrating both glowing outside beauty and quiet inside beauty. Winners included: Top winner Devin Jones (Russellville High School); Runners-Up Justice Qualls (Colbert County High School) and Dene Turner (R. A. Hubbard High School). Soror Patricia Swoopes and Soror Sheryl Hamilton were the chairpersons. • The Finer Womanhood Banquet—themed “a Classy Evening on the Blue Carpet”— will be chaired by the three newest Sorors. Awards will be presented to scholarship recipients throughout the Tri-Cities and Lawrence County Area and community leaders. • The chapter has approved the organizing of the Amicae Auxiliary.

Debutantes winning special awards were Shandrea Stevenson, Miss Energetic; Keendra Hooker, Runner Up to Miss Energetic; Shakaya McDaniel, Miss Hospitality; and Biance Bailey, Miss Congeniality. Not pictured is Jasmine McCaskill, Debutante of the Year.

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ailing f r o m the Pacific Region, Soror Noemi Lujan Perez is a ‘first’ among many. As an Executive Appointee to serve as the Deputy Chief of Communications for the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she was the highest ranking “woman of color” hired to the bureau in 2011. In her position, she is also the only person of color to serve among all of the Communications Chiefs in the DOI’s bureaus. Not known to many, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the nation’s only agency charged to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. She plays a crucial role in getting urban and minority communities as part of the Obama Administration’s initiatives. This includes raising awareness among diverse communities about the need to protect and conserve the nation’s protected “paradises” and endangered species like migratory birds.

From Alaska to the U.S. commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, she is helping urban and diverse communities connect to nature. The first feather in her hat at the Services includes the partnership development between the Steve Harvey’s Foundation and various bureaus across the DOI. The partnership would include youth engagement programmatic activities throughout the nation. A public relations professional, producer and entrepreneur, Soror Perez’s background is a fusion of civil rights, media and tough skin. She formed part of Microsoft Corporation’s diversity PR team, leading a national team to drive the corporation’s diversity and philanthropic activities to African American, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian communities. Her portfolio also includes the MGM MIRAGE properties, RLJ Companies, the Heinz Foundation, AIDS Action Foundation, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If you ask her how she’s made it in Washington, DC she’ll tell you she got her training as a Zeta. Soror Perez was initiated into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through the Gamma Lambda chapter at the University of Southern California in 1995. As a member, she became the first nonAfrican American individual to join one of the NPHC organizations on campus, and the first American-Indian/ Latina to join the Sorority in the State of California. All of this while being the first in her family to attend and graduate from a university. Soror Perez is also proud to represent the many kids that have experienced homelessness, foster care, and abuse. She adds, “Each of my accomplishments were fought for and earned, one by one.”

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reating a program that targets young males and addresses contemporary issues, is of vital importance to Zeta Phi Beta as the sorority moves forward. According to International Grand

Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood, “As we look at the universe that is “Zeta” we must embrace the entire family and be acutely aware of enhancing relationships with all family members. We have opportunities for young girls to become Archonnettes, Amicettes and go on to become legacy Zetas, like their mothers. We now have the Zeta Male Network which is guided by the mission statement: “The young to hear, be guided, become knowledgeable and wise through the instruction of Men of God and Honor.” According to the National Director of Zeta Male Network Soror Vivian L. Dawson-Marvray, “The Zeta Male Network is a assembly of distinguished men that are put in place as resources. They will be a networking mechanism that will help guide both young men and women.” If you know a distinguished gentleman willing to offer his resources and talents to benefit Zeta, please contact National Headquarters to inquire.

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oror Sheila D. Acevedo faced challenges as a child and used those challenges to strengthen her determination to complete high school, college, and become a teacher. Traveling throughout her childhood as a daughter of an Air Force officer, she learned much about cultures and languages. For a time, the family lived in Morocco, where she learned some French, and a little Arabic to add to her English and Spanish. It was the culture- the people, the lifestyles, the religions, and the languages that fascinated her most. For her, there was no division among people. When the family returned to Florida, she was shocked by the culture of the south where people were divided by color. This compelled her to help others, bringing people together by building bridges where there had been none. As a preteen and teen, during her own family’s turmoil, she spent more than three years in children’s homes with her younger sister separated from her mother and other siblings. During that time, she turned toward God and education to lead others to higher vistas. After completing a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, as a young mother who attended the University of Central Florida through War Orphans benefits, Ms. Acevedo began her teaching career in which she has worked tirelessly for 35 years, teaching and supervising kindergarten through university level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English, and Spanish. Initially, Ms. Acevedo taught Mexican-American migrant children at a rural school in Orange County, Florida. Soon she was selected to supervise Cuban and Haitian refugee programs for Florida International University and Orange County Public Schools. She also developed

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Trafficking). The project bridges Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches with the Chi Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Coalition, St. George Episcopal Church and Community Center, and the Haitian American Solidarity Coalition, Inc. to educate the public about Human Trafficking, signs to look for to recognize victims, and train the public in what to do about human trafficking. In her retirement, Soror Acevedo plans to open an after school program for 13 to 18 year olds for homework assistance, job skills, community service, and mentoring. She also plans to expand her work with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Real Life Children’s Ranch, Operation Restoration, and Project U.N.I.T.E. Her motto is “When you touch the life of a child, you touch the future”. A “Mom” to many, Soror Acevedo has raised two daughters, Angela Acevedo Martin and Margarita Anne Acevedo, and two sisters, Cheryl Ward and Lisa Sabrkhani. She is also “Mom” to her “daughter” from South Africa, Elaine Black. Additionally, she has 2 grandsons, 3 “granddaughters”, 15 nieces and nephews, one great nephew, and 14 Godchildren. Willing hands, an open heart, and a caring spirit make Soror Sheila D. Acevedo special to those who know her.

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Taking the Law into Her Own Hands Zeta Abré Conner Joins the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Team

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oror Abré Conner, a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. since 2007, will join the Washington, DC office of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund working on civil rights litigation and policy cases, including the recent voter ID laws. Hailing from Lakeland, Florida, Soror Conner is an active participant in her chapter’s community service efforts and says, “My local chapter held voter registration drives and created a positive impact in the lives of those within my community. I plan to approach my time at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund the same way. I will utilize my prior experiences on Capitol Hill, at the White House, in agencies, my training from Zeta, and other leadership positions, to look for effective ways to cure social harms and fight for social justice.“ A graduate of the University of Florida (UF) in 2009, with dual degrees in Political Science and Marketing from Warrington College of Business, Soror Conner has served in numerous capacities, which form the foundation for her newest venture. She was a student government senator at American University, is an active NAACP member and once interned with Adam Putnam, a former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 12th congressional district. Her junior year of college, she founded the first pre-law minority mentoring program at UF and worked as an absentee voting specialist with the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office in Gainesville, FL, primarily with an initiative called “Move the Vote. “ According to results, this initiative increased voter turnout by over 30 per cent for the 2008 Primary and General Elections. On Capitol Hill, Soror Conner has worked with Senator Bill Nelson’s office, briefing legal counsel regarding immigration, employment, and Supreme Court nomination issues and the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee in the Investigations Counsel office assisting with hearings, drafting memoranda, and research for investigations. Soror Conner has worked with the Department of Education in the Equal Employment Opportunity Services, where she researched laws and policy regarding employment discrimination and sexual harassment, and the Office for Civil Rights where

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ARCHON: What does Zeta mean to you? SOROR CONNER: Zeta is a sisterhood where intelligent women from all walks of life come together and create a diverse yet cohesive landscape for service across the nation, and internationally.

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ARCHON: Who is your Zeta inspiration you? SOROR CONNER: Soror Violette Anderson was the first black woman attorney to be admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court. Through her work she has exemplified what Zeta truly means. As a new law school graduate, Soror Anderson was not only a trailblazer for Zeta or for women generally; she served as a positive demonstration of a person of character and endurance. Through giving back to Zeta and working for justice, she exemplified the meaning of a Zeta woman.

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im Kimble is a celebrity stylist and style maker who has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is known for working with celebrities Beyonce Knowles, Mary J Blige and a host of wig-wearing A-List celebrities you’d never even suspect (and she’d never tell). That’s because, when it comes to using hairpieces, wigs and weaves to create undetectable, beautiful and fabulous hairstyles, Kim and her crew, at Kim Kimble Hair Salon in Hollywood, CA, are second to none. Kim’s talent was recognized by Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, who hand-picked Kim to handle the hair duties for her daughter when management responsibilities for Beyonce’s career escalated. She later was asked to tackle creating more than 50 wigs for Beyonce’s hair transformations for her role of “Deena” in Dreamgirls. T H E

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Although much of her success has come from augmenting a person’s own hair, her grandmother taught her the importance of having healthy hair, gladly sharing remedies for growing hair and keeping it healthy. We asked Kim to share a few of her tips for healthy hair care? --- KK: “To maintain moisture and shine, I would suggest using a leave-in conditioner like the Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry Leave-In Condition that I developed as part of my Kim Kimble Hair Care Systems line. Another option is to roll hair and sleep with a silk bonnet, which helps keep the hair’s natural oils from depleting.” Kim was formally trained at the Universal College of Beauty of Los Angeles in Leimert Park, Culver City College of Beauty, Vidal Sassoon Academy, and Dudley Cosmetology University in North Carolina. For more information on the Kim Kimble Hair Care Systems line visit www.kimblehaircare.com.

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Soror Conner served as the 2011-2012 National Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), a 501(c) (3) organization comprised of over 200 chapters and 6,000 members. In this capacity, she oversaw the entire advocacy program for NBLSA. This included legislative and judicial advocacy and implementation through social action programming. In June of 2012, not one to rest on her laurels, she finished an Associate position in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. After the bar, Soror Conner will start her new job as a legal fellow with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and work, giving back to the community, something she says she learned early on in Zeta.


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yogurt, mayonnaise, etc. when perused, expose the presence of this seemingly ubiquitous sweetener. Most of these foods are inexpensive an readily available to poor and at-risk communities. These are the same communities with the highest burdens of obesity and heart disease.

An article was published by researchers at Princeton University in May of 2010 that looked at the effect of high fructose corn syrup on rats. These researchers found that the rats who were fed the high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those rats who consumed regular sugar. In addition, these researchers also noted abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and an increase in circulating triglyceride concentrations.

Another observation of the Princeton study was the appearance of signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome in test animals. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of abdominal obesity, hypertriglyceridemia (high cholesterol), elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, and reduced HDL (good cholesterol). It is also known as Metabolic X syndrome and is a known risk factor for stroke and heart attack.

But, we are getting ahead of ourselves. What is high fructose corn syrup anyway? HFCS is an inexpensive, corn-based sweetener that has been on the market since the 70’s. It is a mixture of glucose and fructose that is inexpensive, easy to transport, and keeps foods moist. In the forty years since it’s introduction, its consumption has increased over 1,000 percent. HCFS is a blend of fructose (fruit sugars) and glucose (a simple sugar). Glucose is the form of sugar that your body utilizes and is transported from your digestive tract in the blood and used for energy or stored as fat. Fructose is the primary carbohydrate in a lot of fruits, and is the primary sugar in honey. Unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion, this means the sugar can not be imported to target cells for use. Also, because fructose does not stimulate insulin, it also will not stimulate leptin, a hormone controlled by insulin. Leptin tells your brain it is time to stop eating. So, fructose means no insulin, no insulin means no leptin, no leptin means you will overeat and gain weight. HFCS is found in a large variety of foods. The labels of ketchup, most sodas, cereal, juice, bread, T H E

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iven the state of today’s economy, most people are over-worked and stressed out. As women leaders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, you may be so busy with all the commitments in your lives that you feel like you don’t have the energy it takes to spend time and effort to connect with your loved ones. This summer, why not make a commitment to develop and maintain healthy relationships? Whether it’s a family member, your significant other or a colleague. Our relationships with the most important people in our lives can energize or drain us. We have the ability to help nurture and develop those relationships so that they can be the healthy foundation we need when the world around us seems more stressful than ever. Here are three steps you can follow to improve your relationships with the people who matter the most.

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arve out time to connect face to face with family, friends and colleagues. Sometimes you literally have to schedule the time, put it on your calendar and protect it just like you would a meeting at work. With everyone being so busy from day to day, sometimes we’re together but we are barely paying attention to each other. We need to spend, not just time together, but quality time. For it to be uninterrupted time, it’s important to put the smartphones down for an hour. This is especially important over family dinners and business lunches/meetings. It could mean going on a date with your partner, whether it’s a go out date or just some romantic time together at home. At work this could mean having lunch with a colleague or your manager who you want to get to know better or having a team building or off-site meeting with your coworkers.

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ABOUT DR. MICHELLE // Dr. Michelle R. Callahan is the savvy, “tell it like it is” psychologist and relationship expert you’ve seen hosting the syndicated talk show Wedlock or Deadlock and as a guest on popular shows like Oprah, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Tyra and the Today Show. She is the author of Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success (Three Rivers Press, 2010) and the “Sex and Relationships” advice columnist for Women’s Health Magazine.

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marriages are based on covenants, vows, and pledges. It is my strong opinion that covenants are not meant to be severed, but rather they are meant to establish lifelong fellowship and unity. Let us consider the idea of a covenant from a biblical perspective. The entire Christian faith is based on covenants. Because of the Word the Lord has spoken to us we are assured of hope for tomorrow. Whether the issue is spiritual, natural, relational, and even financial, the Lord has made provision through the Word of God. The Bible says: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good (Numbers 23:19, KJV).” We can rest, absolutely confident that He will keep and protect us just as He promised. There is no greater evidence of His love than the covenant He made with us. Having made a covenant (an unbreakable oath) He voluntarily bound Himself to us as our God, with us as His people. Sorors, I recently celebrated ten years of uninterrupted service to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. I have yet to break my oath to the Sisterhood. But do not think there were not instances where I wanted to walk away or take what many call, a “Zeta Break” or a “Zeta Sabbatical”. I can even recall a time when I was unemployed and struggling to pay bills, yet I remained financial on all levels. Have I ever found myself disappointed in Zeta’s policies? Yes. Have I ever disagreed with procedure? Oh, yes! Have I ever found myself with a broken relationship with a Soror? Affirmative. Nonetheless, I am still here loving, honoring, and obeying as a result of “the oath”.

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As we close out another sorority year, I challenge you to answer this question, are you a fair-weather Soror? Are you someone who is not steadfast and able to be relied upon only when things are going well? When everything was going according to her plan, she trusted and relied upon the Sisterhood. Yes, Zeta was good then. But as soon as things did not go according to the plan, she lashed out at Zeta and walked away from the covenant. So many times we are Zeta’s fair-weather Sorors. When it suits us, we are gushing out praises of Zeta constantly. But the accolades are sent only when things are going our way. As soon as calamity strikes, we faint with weariness because things are not going according to plan and before we know it, we have broken our vows. As the song writer wrote, “I just can’t give up now. I’ve come to far from where I started from. Nobody told me the road would be easy”. Every relationship is tested, but not every relationship has to fail its test. Sorors, I leave you with this scripture, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

Soror Tanya D. Fitzgerald National Chaplain Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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Living a Full Life by Putting God First

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oror Linda J. Thompson lives by the scripture “Do not be weary in well doing: for in due season you shall reap, if you faint not. (Galations 6:9 KJV). Her “well doing” has included nurturing a family, raising children, building a career and serving community. She is one of those Zeta’s who can answer the question: “Can you have it all?” with a resounding YES! But she adds, “You can, but you must prioritize.” What this means for Soror Thompson is putting God first. She says, “ If you give God His time, talent and tithe, He will give you the time to do what you want to do.” This Oklahoma native says by putting God first He has helped her to see things from the right perspective so that she can focus on what is really important and what He wants. She says that with so many things competing for your attention, everything falls into place if pleasing Him is your first priority. She believes that with a strong spiritual base, you CAN have it all.

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Soror Thompson joined Zeta in 1972 - Xi Beta Chapter - on the campus of Lincoln University of Missouri, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. This year she celebrates her 40th year as a Zeta. After years of focusing on her family, career and education (she received a Masters of Business Administration with honors from Strayer University in 1995) she knew it was time to give some of her time to the sisterhood that she loves. She is thrilled to be part of Nu Xi Zeta Chapter in Northern Virginia. Although the chapter is nearly an hour and half away, she looks forward to joining the Sorors in the work they do. “It has been a wonderful experience with Nu Xi Chapter. They are very involved in the community and I love that. I want to be a beacon of light in life, work, church and the community and share with the younger Sorors that being with Zeta is a life changing experience.” Professionally, of the Office Department Development.

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she was the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Prior to joining U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she was the Executive Director of Bethel House, Inc., a non-profit faith-based organization, where she coordinated one of the first Faithbased sponsored welfare-to-work job readiness program in the Washington metropolitan area. She has also served as the National Executive Director of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for ten years. When she became National Executive Director she and her husband, French, had a 1 year old and a 3 year old. Working in Missouri at the time, they made the decision to accept the position. To support her dream, her husband gave up his job, to become “Mr. Mom” and they moved the family to Washington, DC, somewhat of a culture shock for them all. They knew if they could find a good church that they would be fine. They did and they were. Soror Thompson says that having the support of her husband and the foundation that Zeta had instilled in her was key to her success. Humorously

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she adds, “The first 10 years I was constantly on the road and my husband was Mr. Mom. He was wonderful, but each time I came home I didn’t know what my daughter’s hair was going to look like.” She adds seriously, “He always would say ‘I got your back. We’re partners. We’ll work it out.” Having this kind of support has been very important to Soror Thompson so we asked how she and her husband met. She says that, if asked, he will say, to this day, that God put a spotlight on her on campus and said ‘This is your wife’.” She says God didn’t tell her. So through love and tenacity they finally wed after six years of dating. It was four years later that their first child was born. Their daughter Emerald is now also a Zeta and is a member of the same chapter.

She is the founder of Kingdom Building Journey, Inc. and has published the book Kingdom Building: A Labor of Love Journey, that focuses on faith, trust, and principles in doing God’s will in your life for economic development projects. The book also directs faith-based organizations on how to build their capacity to launch community outreach ministries and programs. Soror Thompson attributes a lot of her career development and life skills development to the sorority, particularly the ten years she served as Executive Director. She adds, “Zeta has been such a positive influence in my life. Soror Thompson is married to French F. Thompson, Jr., They are the proud parent of three young adults, Anson, Emerald, and French III. They have four grandchildren.

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he Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Legal Advisory Council is comprised of Sorors who are members of the legal profession. The Council is separate and distinct from external retained Legal Counsel. Retained legal Counsel represents the sorority with respect to external matters regarding the business operations of the sorority, and matters which have the potential for litigation against the organization or on behalf of the organization. The services of the Council are provided on a voluntary basis and consist primarily of providing internal advice and recommendations on relevant Sorority procedures and policies.

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nternational Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood is not slowing down and now with an Emmy nomination for her work on the CBS daytime show THE TALK…that’s right THE International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is nominated for and EMMY! Not only is her star is rising even higher, she is bringing enhanced positive visibility to her beloved Zeta. She, and co-hosts at THE TALK are in some great company, going up against “Ellen”, “The View” and “Regis and Kelly.” In her first season with show Grand Basileus Underwood has shared conversation with some of the most interesting people in entertainment and media like magnate Donald Trump, megaproducer, director Tyler Perry, CBS This Morning host Gail King, vocal icon Tony Bennett, health guru Dr. Ahmet Oz, Country star Trisha Yearwood, Dancing With the Stars hunk William Levy and the ever popular Betty White AND she’s made sure to bring the Royal Blue and White to millions of viewers of THE TALK and network television, all while lifting up Greekdom… whew.

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Stork’s Nest We get tired just keeping up with her. But this dynamo seems to never tire, always working on behalf of Zeta to promote the sorority she loves. Professionally, THE TALK is a magnificent opportunity for Grand Basileus Underwood; personally she is using this opportunity to support the sorority and the outstanding work we do. She recently worked with CBS to facilitate a portion of a $1 million baby shower gifts donation be given to our Stork’s Nest Atlanta GA. Brava! Grand Underwood. Brava!

The Talk is a magnificent opportunity for Grand Basileus Underwood; she is using this opportunity to support the sorority she loves and the outstanding work we do.

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talk show hosts on Twitter As a tech savvy, social media conscience personality Grand Basileus Underwood can be found tweeting to world, keeping us all up-to-date on what’s happening. Congratulations go out to her for being named one of the 10 most influential talk show hosts on Twitter! She and two of her colleagues from THE TALK, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Taylor captured three of the top 10 slots. Brava!

Keeping Up with Grand Basileus Underwood If you plan to keep up with Grand Basileus Underwood you’d better eat your Wheaties because you could be on the set of the THE TALK today or taping an episode of the hit soap opera the “Young and the Restless” (her second episode) or jetting off for shows, tapings, interviews, photo shoots, meetings and more on the east coast, then back to the west coast, with stops at all points in between.

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SPOTLIGHT Alpha Omicron Zeta Tea Honoring Chapter Zeta Doves

Division of the House

A Message from Our NATIONAL CHAPLAIN

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.. – Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)

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lpha Omicron Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest chapter in South Carolina, celebrated Finer Womanhood on March 17, 2012 by hosting a

Zeta Tea honoring our “Zeta Doves”. Our Doves were entertained with poetic readings and songs. The Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, and our Sigma Brother, praised our Doves for 50+ years of service and commitment to our beloved sorority. Our Zeta Doves were presented with tokens of love from the chapter and a delicious lunch was served. Family, friends, and Sorors enjoyed a wonderful

One reason I look forward to attending the National Boulé is directly related to the unavoidable charge to re-evaluate my service to our illustrious sisterhood. Not just what I do for Zeta, but how I serve Zeta. In reading instructions like these found in Ephesians, we are charged with examining the intimate personal relationships within our sisterhood. Paul shows in Ephesians that the life we are called to live is characterized by five qualities: humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and love, the last of which embraces the preceding four and is the crown of all virtues. Each of these qualities enables us to act in grace and abide in peace. God’s Spirit empowers us to use these qualities to overcome “unsisterly” behaviors and attitudes. God loves us and has an ongoing concern for us. If God so loves us, then we ought to love each other (I John 4:11). Accordingly, we are bound to forbear with one another and act kindly, in mercy. Anybody focused on herself as the center of the universe will have a difficult time thinking kindly of others, and unity will be difficult, if not impossible. It is no wonder, then, why division in other areas of the sisterhood continue to surface. A focus on the self does not allow much room for humble, kind, and compassionate thoughts of service for others.

afternoon of storytelling and entertainment. Since our tea, Alpha Omicron Zeta Chapter has lost four of our beloved Doves. We sincerely love and appreciate our Doves for their commitment and service to our chapter and plan to honor them every two years.

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Without sisterly love and peace, we will never have unity. As long as we are proud, easily angered and offended, jump on every little thing, lack patience, and as long as we cause strife—there will never be unity. Even with all that God does, it will not happen. Sorors, God will not force unity upon us if we show that we do not want it. The natural order of things is that we will divide further if we fail to show Him that we are working toward it. So, without these virtues, even with God flooding us with His Spirit, we will not have unity. Beloved Sorors of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, I challenge you to observe our founding principle of Finer Womanhood by walking worthy of your Zeta calling. Our calling is to be one body strengthened and unified.

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That Couldn’t Happen to Me… Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Baltimore City

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the panelist confirmed; and Sorors are in place and ready for their queue. This has been the ritual on and around World AIDS Day each year for the members of Tau Eta Zeta Chapter. Why a program each year? There has been a dramatic increase in the number of new HIV cases in Baltimore city; and African American women have been particularly vulnerable. African Americans make up only 13% of the U.S. population, but contribute to nearly half of all newly diagnosed cases of HIV in this country. In Baltimore City, the situation is even more critical. Of the 932 HIV cases reported in Baltimore City in 2009, African Americans made up a daunting 87.1% of those cases; and the numbers are continuing to grow. One reason for the upswing in diagnoses is the attitude: “that couldn’t happen to me.” The truth of the matter is that it can, and it does; every nine and half minutes in the United States. The past two World AIDS Day events have been particularly memorable for Tau Eta Zeta chapter. In 2010 the chapter welcomed a young, intelligent, charismatic, and articulate college student to the event. Many assumed he was just another guest in attendance. When he was escorted to the front of the room to his seat amongst the panel of doctors and community advocates, a curiosity ensued. What was he doing there? What could he T H E

possibly have to say? As it turns out, he would have a lot to say. He would tell his story of working since high school, putting himself through college, and being an active member in his campus and community activities. He would recite a poem; an expression of creativity and an outlet when the world got a little rough. By the end of his we would understand his place amongst the panel. He was HIV positive. He told his story. A freak accident with a contaminated syringe at one of the jobs he held in high school would alter the course of his life forever. The most difficult part as he would go on to explain was the reaction to his diagnosis from those around him. What would they think? What would they say? Perhaps most interesting was not the responses to the diagnosis itself, but more curiosity surrounding how he contracted it. “He must have been doing something wrong, right?” It was assumed that his “lifestyle” played a role in his contracting HIV; an intimate encounter gone wrong. This was simply not the case; a victim of being at the right place at the wrong time. What this young man did for this event would be discussed in chapter meetings and other events for months to come. He was able to put a name, face, and personality to a disease that thrives in silence and ambiguity. HIV/AIDS was no longer just a concept; it was real and had a voice. In 2011, the chapter would again take the event A R C H O N

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Guests were also treated to a short film produced and directed by a local artist. Repercussions was a short film highlighting the complexities of interpersonal relationships, responsibilities, choices and the impact of HIV/AIDS. The characters were could all relate to; the conversations, we’ve all had before. The difference is that these young people were dealing with HIV/AIDS; some knowing that they had it, others not. To make it easier for participants to take advantage of resources available, the chapter not only provided information to outside resources but also brought testing resources in-house. A Baltimore based organization called Women Accepting Responsibility provided free onsite, confidential HIV testing at the event. Guests were encouraged to take advantage of the services. To end an evening full of information, discussions, and visuals the chapter would be greeted by a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. She read aloud a letter written to the chapter by Senator Mikulski that said in part: “I applaud the hard work of all your partners who have joined with you today to recommit your energies to eradicating this disease. I am gratified by your compassion for the human condition and your passion to assure that testing and preventative care is available.” ~Senator Barbara Mikulski Zeta called and Tau Eta Zeta chapter answered; saying in one collective voice: “HIV/AIDS is OUR problem and we are willing to lead the village in fighting it.”

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to another level. The topic was not new. The panel of experts was familiar. One of which the chapter would honor as an Unsung Hero in later months for his work with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore and Africa. This time around however, participation, engagement, and empowerment would be in every detail of the event. Guests entered the room to a series of Public Service Announcements being streamed on a large screen at the center of the room. Celebrities, including Common, Ludacris and international HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent would encourage viewers to get tested and participate in safer sex practices. The Marsha Ambrosius music video “Late Nights and Early Mornings” would display just how easy it can be to become a victim. The experts in attendance, whose areas of expertise would range from mother/child transmission to pharmacological impact, transmission and everything in between, engaged in roundtable discussions with attendees instead of lecture style of previous programs. There were small break out groups where participants got to discuss with the experts in a more intimate setting facts surrounding HIV/AIDS. They were able to ask question that may not have been asked publicly. Having the difficult conversations, making good choices, and getting tested were the most common themes among the conversations at each table.


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KATY S. CAMPBELL, ESQ.

The National Executive Board takes care of the business of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. when the BoulĂŠ is not in session. T H E

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I attended the 2012 NEB meeting before I was elected. The NEB did not get through the agenda and there was much work left to complete. Many of the NEB members and committee chairs were disappointed because they had not been able to make a report during their entire term of office.

In order for the business of Zeta to be taken care of I knew drastic changes had to be made. After my election in 2010 I immediately took steps to improve handling the business of Zeta. First, I opened up the lines of communications with the Grand Basileus and the Executive Director. Second, I disposed of the duplication of committee work. Third, I streamlined the reports so that only the officers and committee chairs made reports. NEB members making reports had to submit written reports that were in a certain format. Fourth, I insisted meetings follow the approved agenda. Fifth, any motion made had to be germane to the subject under discussion. Sixth, I insisted officers and committees report on their office or committee and not observations of what another officer or committee should or should not be doing. The changes allowed me to complete all of the business at each NEB meeting. After review of previous agendas and in

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consultation with the Grand Basileus, I moved her report to the first report on the agenda, followed by key committee reports and the financial reports. Previously, committees were working but they had not been able to make a report. Reports that did not require Board action were moved to later in the agenda. I moved my report to last as a catch all for any important items that had not been dealt with during the meeting. By moving the Grand’s report up many of the Sorors’ concerns were answered in the beginning of the meeting rather than later in the meeting. Since my election at the 2010 Boulé’ I have called three meetings of the NEB. The first meeting of my administration started out rocky because it was not business as usual and change is not always easily accepted. However, halfway through the first day the meeting NEB members as well as the Sunshine Sorors were elated that business was actually being accomplished. My first National Executive Board meeting was held January 7-8, 2011 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angles, California. Most significant at the first meeting was the adoption of the Member Code of Conduct and the Anti-Hazing Policy. Both documents were recommended by the Legal Advisory Committee and are crucial in guiding the conduct and activities of Zeta members. The Anti-Hazing Policy covers hazing that takes place during authorized or unauthorized activities. The Member Code of Conduct sets out the standards of how a member should conduct herself. The

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Anti-Hazing Policy and the Member Code of Conduct has been mailed to each chapter and is posted on Zeta’s website in the Member’s Only Section. The approval of these two documents would not have been possible if the Legal Advisory Committee had not been able to make a report. Also, of major significance at the first meeting was the donation of $19,200 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Part of the Grand Basileus’ report included a presentation of the donation to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. After hearing the report and seeing the video presented by Alpha Phi Alpha NEB members were so excited they each wanted to take an active role in the donation. Within a matter of minutes Zeta members raised enough money on site to cover the cost of the gift made to the MLK National Memorial. On November 11, 2011, the second meeting of the NEB was held by telephone conference, specifically to handle financial matters. Under my leadership the NEB formally accepted the resignation of the former accountant, approved the Financial Statement and Audit for the year ending June 30, 2010 and accepted the Report on Internal Control Related Matters for the year ending June 30, 2010. I sent these documents out in advance of the meeting so that the NEB members would have ample time to study these documents before the meeting. I also informed the NEB of my appointment of Sorors Bonnie Banks, Vanessa Rogers, Mary

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hearing following the business portion of the meeting. In addition, reports were heard and accepted from the International Grand Basileus, National Executive Director, Officers, the National Education Foundation, Trustees, and others.

The third meeting was held January 6-7, 2012 in sunny Miami, Florida. The NEB adopted a much needed Expulsion Policy which was also recommended by the Legal Advisory Committee. This policy sets the guidelines under which a member may be expelled from the Sorority. Hopefully, it will be rare that we have to use this policy but it gives the Sorority a stronger legal standing when polices are in place and followed.

I am a firm believer that the NEB members must contribute financially as a NEB member. As a result I asked the NEB members to make a financial contribution to the National Education Foundation and the Capital Campaign. I was able to collect $4,120 for the National Education Foundation and $3,150 for the Capital Campaign during the January 2012 NEB meeting from NEB members.

At the January 2012 meeting, I also provided an extensive board training. Part of the training included the Grievance Procedure. This training proved to be very timely as the NEB held a Grievance

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Services, Economic Development, Political Awareness and Inter-Organization. A few of the new strategies included, but not limited to, the following projects:

Project Zeta - “Just Say No” was and outreach program designed for parents, teachers, church advisors and youth (Kindergarten through 12th grade) that focused on staying away from drugs. The Alpha Zeta Chapter in Baltimore, Maryland sponsored the 4th Annual city-wide public forum. Over 70 “Just Say No” Clubs were organized and over 500 youth participated. The slogan was: “I’m going to grow tall and to drugs I will never fall.”

Project Zeta - FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education)- was a two-year drug prevention program for college students. The program was in partnership with Benedict College of

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Columbia, South Carolina. Services provided included a wide range of prevention training and/or technical assistance for collegiate chapters and other groups. The U.S. Department of Education funded this project in the amount of $191,657 (this was the first federal grant awarded to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated).

Project Zeta - Project Hope House was an Aids Awareness and Education pilot project managed by Gamma Lambda Zeta Chapter in Daytona Beach, Florida. Project Hope House provided temporary housing for women substance abusers and their children. Parent training, job training and counseling (through the Stuart County Treatment Center) were a few of the services. The project was funded with two mini-grants with the cooperation of the federal and state governments.

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Project Zeta - African-American Male Crisis Program was another outreach intervention program to help young men build a sense of pride, selfworth and fortitude. Services focused on illiteracy, unemployment, high school drop out, lack of medical care and the deterioration of family values. The financial support of Darrell Willis, a 1992 Olympic hopeful in the high jump, was an example of Zeta chapters in the regions to promote the worthwhile efforts of African-American males.

OTHER SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING DR. THOMAS’ ADMINISTRATION •

Zeta Skin Care Product Line was established as part of the Economic Empowerment Program. The slogan was “For the Finer Woman in You”

Zeta Leadership Training Academy was inaugurated to identify and train individuals aspiring for leadership within the organization.

The Stork’s Nest Charity Fund was granted a 501 ( C) 3 tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service

The membership Intake Process was developed and first implemented by Soror Thomas and the committee- Soror Linda Thompson, National Executive Director; Soror Martha Wilson, Maryland State Director and Attorney Lucy Edwards, the sorority’s legal advisor.

In 1989 and 1991, Grand Thomas was instrumental in organizing a one-day Forum on Capitol Hill as part of Zeta’s National Basilei Leadership Conference.

Ebony Magazine, May 1991, featured Grand Thomas and the accomplishments of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

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A Presidential appointee and worked under four cabinet-level secretaries in the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Transportation and Department of Labor.

Director of Community Service with a budget in excess of 2.8 billion dollars. She administered numerous programs under the Family Support Services Administration.

Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization in the Department of Transportation. Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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mani Bleechington is a member of the Zeta Gamma Zeta Youth Auxiliary Group. When she is not excelling in school as a 6th grader at Plato Academy in Clearwater Florida or serving the St. Petersburg community with the graduate chapter—she is operating her own web review company. Omani launched her independent web-based company, Omani’s Opinion, in 2007 (yes as a 7 year old!). The website is www.omanisopinion.com and has been used as a vehicle to expose children and families to “her opinion” on cultural events, food and travel. Omani has also included on her site feature stories on people of interest such as artist, designers, politicians and noteworthy events. Omani’s business has taken her to exotic locations like France, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and several US cities. Omani has been featured in Shepreneur Magazine, Oprah’s Most Talented Kids Web feature, and is rated the Power Brokers Magazine’s Top 20 Under 20. Her mother, Soror Nicole Johnson says, “I am proud of my daughter and my Amicette. I believe her business model and tenacity for success at such a young age will be inspiring to other Zeta youth and adults alike!”

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e want it all. That’s right, we want professional success in a career that we love, a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, great children, fulfilling work in the community and time to express ourselves creatively. We are blessed to have the option for all of this and to live in a time when women and girls are encouraged to be all that we can be; to pursue academic success, which potentially leads to professional success; to ultimately marry and have a family while making important contributions through community service and taking care of ourselves – mind, soul and body. To juggle all that “having it all” entails, our goal in life should be to find out what our purpose is and march confidently in that direction. When we are flowing in our purpose, everything that we need is along the way, at the appropriate interval – ready and waiting for us. This includes the perfect job, with the perfect income or the perfect entrepreneurial venture with the perfect partners; the husband that will be a help-meet to you and you to him; children that you give birth to or children that you raise; community issues that need your energy and insight for solutions and innovation and this while learning along the way what is important and what is not.

Set Goals and Prioritize Having it “all” is definitely possible. So Sorors, we can have it all but, as the seasoned Sorors might share with the younger Sorors, you have to set goals and establish priorities. Having it all requires that you define what’s important to you, identifying short and longterm goals, and then prioritizing them so that you focus your time and energy in those areas. If you want to be a world-class athlete and participate in the Olympics, and that’s your priority, then you may not be able to be a successful lawyer at the same time, because of the intense time requirement both demand for success. In prioritizing, there may be conscience trade-offs that you have to make.

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Seasons It could be overwhelming to think that you have to have it all, at the same time – from youth to Dove – but if you think of it in terms of seasons, with the greatest season being when you can juggle career, family, selfexpression and community service effortlessly, then it is much easier to get your arms around. And don’t hesitate to change your priorities from time to time, especially as seasons shift and your interests change.

Define “All” for Yourself To have it “all” you must first define what “all” is for you, in every season of your life – and it will change from season to season. Be flexible and open to change. Act on your own time schedule and be careful not to let others define your “all” for you. You will have the grace to manage the various aspects of your life as you pursue “having it all” only if it is “your” plan that you are executing and not some else’s.

Balance Successfully having it all means balance. Over-committing in one area or committing out of season (not the right time in your life) can throw things out of balance. Lack of balance can create stress and stress can have a negative impact on your body and your well-being.

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women worked in the plants manufacturing supplies that supported the men at war, as well as becoming nurses to care for the injured soldiers when they returned. When the men came back from the war, the women lost their jobs. This was a great awakening for women, who now realized that they had more value than taking care of a house and raising children; they could work outside the home and generate income. And so the dance began between strong capable working-woman and loving, submissive wife. This is when things began to swing out of balance somewhat.

Fast-forward to today If we fast-forward to today, women are in the workforce in nearly every occupation you can imagine, from pharmaceuticals to engineering; the medical profession and one of the hardest, yet most fulfilling jobs of all – that of being a wife, mother and homemaker. And in our quest for “having it all” many of us have decided that to have only a successful career, and not the husband of our dreams and the family many of us desire, is a life out of balance. As time has passed, we have realized the importance of a loving supportive relationship with our mates and the impact that this part of our lives has on the rest of our lives. But the question remains can we have it all. Can we have a successful career, get married and have the wedding of our dreams, a wonderful family life - raising happy, healthy, spiritually sound children who love God and their parents and who are good citizens - and the fulfillment of giving back to our community, and time to take care of ourselves? The answer is Yes if that is how “you” define “having it all!”.

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Soror Tranitra Avery (Psi Gamma Zeta-Auburn, AL, Sapphire Member) has been selected by Black Enterprise as one of the Top AfricanAmerican Female Executives under 40.

NCAA recently announced that Kentucky State University’s (KSU) Director of Athletics, Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks, daughter of Soror Dr. Constance Hendricks, has been selected to the Division II management Council. Hendricks, who will serve as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) representative, begins her four-year term January 2012, replacing outgoing SIAC representative and Benedict College Director of Athletics, Willie Washington.

Soror Diane Spicer (Director, left) and Soror Angela Philmore (Asst. Director, right) brought to life Smokey Joe’s Café at Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing, MI. The production featured talented singers, dancers and production team members. This postWorld War II American musical was a huge success during Black History Month February 16-19 & 23-26. Both ladies are members of Theta Rho Zeta Chapter, Lansing MI. Zeta Phi Beta hosted a sold-out performance on February 17, 2012 as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

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Soror Etoshia Butler (Tau Eta Chapter) was recently inducted into the prestigious Omega Theta Chapter of the Order of Omega at the University of Mississippi.

WSFA 12 News and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Alabama awarded scholarships to the winners of the Future Black Leaders essay contest, including Soror Alexis Smith (South Central Region). Students across central Alabama submitted an essay on the subject “How can I, an African American youth, develop and promote leadership skills among my peers?” Soror Smith was among ten finalists were recognized during a ceremony in Montgomery, AL.

Amica Cromartie, a native of Seminole County, Southwest, Georgia, was crowned the Georgia State Queen for 2011-2012 during the annual state leadership conference. After winning at the state level, Amica Cromartie went on to compete at the November 2011 77th Annual Southeastern Regional Conference held in Charleston, South Carolina for the regional crown. Amica Cromartie has been a Zeta Amicae of Thomasville Georgia since 2009. Amica Cromartie is a widow; she is the mother of two (2) daughters, three (3) sons, twelve (12) grand-children and a full time parent to Amber Cromartie, her adopted granddaughter. Della is a faithful member of the First Missionary Baptist Church, 21st Century Club, Celestial Voices and Pearl H. Moore Choirs and Julia Haddock Usher Board. Della proudly served on the Seminole County Board of Commissioners from November1988 to February 1994. After completing Judicial Education Classes at the University of Georgia Institute, of Continuing Education, she served as Magistrate Judge of Seminole County.

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When Soror Melissa Jones married Bro. Lester Jones (Kappa Alpha Psi) the joy was even sweeter when she thought back to how he proposed.

THE PROPOSAL: THE ZETA’S POINT OF VIEW — I planned to take Lester to Las Vegas for his birthday. We were pressed for time to the airport due to traffic and I was starving, so as we rushed through security and to the boarding gate, I ran to grab something to eat. Lester went ahead to board the flight and secure seats on the plane. When I returned, I boarded the plane and took my seat next to him. As I settled in I started to eat lunch. I brought something for Lester, but he couldn’t eat. He doesn’t like to fly, so his behavior wasn’t surprising to me. I relaxed as the flight took off, but he was still nervous. As the plane reached cruising altitude of 30,000+ feet the Captain came on the loud speaker and made an announcement. This is pretty normal, so I wasn’t really paying attention until I heard my name! The captain began to read a letter over the loud speaker that Lester had written to me. At this point, I couldn’t keep my composure and all I could do was look at Lester while he stared back at my teary eyes. The next thing I remember is the flight attendant calling us to the front of the plane. Once we got to the front of the plane, Lester got down on one knee and proposed to me in front of everyone. I am sure if I could have seen my own face it would have been flushed, but even in the midst of a plane full of complete strangers, I felt like we were the only two people there. No passengers, no crew, no plane, just the two of us in the clouds at 30,000+ feet. It was as close to heaven as I have ever been. THE NUPE’S POINT OF VIEW — Knowing we were going to Las Vegas , I contacted SWA where I spoke to customer relations. I told them what I planned to do for the proposal, and they were extremely accommodating. On the morning of the flight, customer relations informed the flight crew of my plans and everyone was more than willing to assist me in making Melissa the happiest woman in the world. When we arrived at the boarding gate, Melissa went off to get something to eat.. Timing was perfect! I checked in with the boarding attendant and he took me to the jet-way to meet the flight crew. The flight attendant confirmed my plans T H E

and took the letter, which I had written to Melissa, to the flight captain. I went to my seat and informed my neighbor passengers what my plans were. As the plane reached a cruising altitude of 30,000+ feet the captain came on the speaker and read the letter I had written to the love of my life. As the captain read the letter, Melissa was in tears. Through her beautiful smile she said yes!! And the rest is as they say… is history.

THE WEDDING DAY We thought you’d like to see some of your sisters on their wedding day, re-live some of their memories and soak in some wisdom from one of our dear Zeta Dove sisters. Even our own, International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood has visions of one day exchanging vows with the love of her life; creating memories and sharing a long life of love, laughter and service. Soror Keniele Henderson’s groom was involved from the beginning. “A few people commented on my royal blue and white color scheme, but my husband actually picked the colors and it took no convincing for me to agree.” She even added a pop of Royal Blue via a pair of stylish pumps.

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Although your wedding is one of the most significant days of your life, and you try to control e v e r y element, sometimes things just happen. S o r o r Geraldine G. Peeples says “My wedding day was nearly perfect - 99 F; first U.S. airline strike, good cake…and now, 46 years in love!” Soror Marian Anderson Hairston says “On the day of our wedding the rain came down in sheets, the thunder roared and the lightning flashed. At exactly 5 pm, the rain stopped, the sun came out and we had a beautiful 6 pm wedding.” And Soror Nicole Clements remembers, “We had an outside wedding, all week it was gorgeous! That Saturday it rained. My hair fell, bugs were out and I thought, while laughing hysterically, this was the most beautiful day EVER! And it was because I married my King!”

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And with a day this special, you want to include those most precious to you, as did Soror Patricia and Ronnie Geter. Groom Geter surprised our Soror by presenting her daughter with a ring also. “My husband gave my daughter a ring vowing to not only love me but to also love her for the rest of our lives.


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For Soror Christilyn Levarity “My memorable wedding moment was when the florist was closed and I had to call them to get my bouquet. I cried until they were delivered to the wedding site.” The pressure of planning a wedding, making decisions together and planning a life of “happily ever after” can take its toll, but a supportive, loving groom, standing with you can make it all better. This applies especially after the wedding is over and the marriage begins. Soror Vivian L. Dawson Marvray says “When he looks at me and tells me “it’s going to be OK”, a calmness comes over me, because I know it will be alright, simply because he told me.” And for those who think it’s too late for you, b e encouraged by S o r o r (Reverend) Ann JonesPierre who calls her April 2006 wedding “A Fall of Life Marriage;” or Soror Malinda Jackson James who says “I got married at age 61 last year, after being single for 25 years. Needless to say I had given up and the Lord sent me the love of my life.”

The pressure of planning a wedding, making decisions together and planning a life of happily ever after can take its toll, but a supportive, loving groom, standing with you can make it all better.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone on your wedding, ask Soror Crystal Traylor, “The scariest thing about that day was having to kiss in front of HUNDREDS of people, my pastor, and my grandmother! But I survived!”

a wedding is not for you. Soror Priscilla Sumpter and her groom decided to elope. Others have opted for exotic locations for a destination wedding. Soror Dr. Phyllisa Deroze said I Do in Paris, France. Soror Christmas H. Chambers enjoyed romantic Rios, Jamaica. Soror Chavonne Good and her groom married on beautiful Sapphire Beach in St. Thomas U.S.Virgin Island during a week long cruise and Soror Natasha McMahan Smith and her husband had a fairytale wedding at Disney World, complete with horse and carriage! So whatever your preference, remember – it’s your day. We all know picking a date for the wedding, that everyone can agree to, can be difficult, but consider the date that both Soror Christel Missouri Beal and Soror Patricia Louis-Mills chose – 10/10/10. However you approach the wedding day, just remember this day is the start of a marriage. For wisdom on having a successful marriage, we turned to the inspiration for this section, Soror Dorothy Perrault. Soror Perrault is National Life Member Chair, a member of Upsilon Mu Zeta chapter in New Orleans, a Zeta Dove, a Diamond Life Member and bride of over 50 years, for on October 24, 1959 she married her sweetheart Harry J. Perrault, Jr.

Soror Danika Alston Loadholt and her husband dated in a long distance relationship for 10 years before getting married. So their wedding day was so very special and a long time coming. She says, “Being introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Brian Loadholt is a moment I will never forget.” Maybe all the pomp and circumstance of T H E

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“It was a blessing for my Sigma husband and I to have all Zetas and Sigmas in the wedding party, including the preacher, to celebrate with us on our joyous occasion.” — MAE HALE (#46) T H E

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married for so many years.” — SYNTHIA ELMORE (#79) 63. Michelle & Daryl Gillard — May 15, 2011 • Pacific • Xi Psi Zeta // 64. Natasha & Rufus Smith, Jr. — April 19, 2003 • Pacific • Pi Zeta Zeta // 65. Patricia & Arnold Woods, Sr. — March 17, 1990 • South Central • Nu Kappa Zeta // 66. Melvion & Eric Knight, Sr. — August 12, 2011 • Eastern • Epsilon Theta Zeta // 67. Phoebe & David Jones — August 14, 2005 • Atlantic • Rho Omega Zeta // 68. Patricia & Kendrick Mills — October 10, 2010 • Southeastern • Eta Nu Zeta // 69. Mwanaisha Woods & Eric Stephens — February 13, 2011 • Southern • Lambda Zeta // 70. Sharon & Ronnie Dukes — July 16, 2011 • South Central • Alpha Eta Zeta // 71. Bobbie & Erskine Moorehead — August 26, 1961 • Nu Alpha • Southern // 72. Natasha & James Clarke, Jr. — May 31, 2008 • Southern • Mu Delta Zeta // 73. Tamyra & Ronald McSeed — July 23rd, 2011 • Southeastern • Phi Xi Zeta // 74. Shandela & Jefereal Johnson — August 8, 2009 • Southeastern • Beta Tau Zeta // 75. Patricia Jones — // 76. Qwonthafia & Tory Jones — September 3, 2011 • Eastern • Eta Beta Zeta // 77. Nadirah & Ismail Muhammad — November 14, 2008 • Atlantic • Eta Omicron Zeta // 78. Ronetta & James Poellnitz — November 9, 2002 • Great Lakes • Upsilon Kappa Zeta // 79. Synthia & Larry Elmore — June 2, 1990 • Atlantic • Tau Delta Zeta // 80. Stacey & Julian Smith — May 18, 1991 • South Central • Alpha Eta Zeta // 81. Sera–Ann Hicks — April 22, 2012 • Atlantic • Iota Theta Zeta // 82. Roxie P. Ball — May 12, 1962 • South Central • Alpha Eta Zeta // 83. ShaRhonda Welch & Anthony Gipson — May 26, 2012 • South Central • Gamma Beta Zeta // 84. Sharolet & Gary Clayton — February 19, 2011 • Southern • Omicron Gamma Zeta T H E

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“...the memory that stands out from my wedding day is my sister, Melissa, getting me ready for my big day. She was my maid of honor and fussed at me the night before about sleeping on my freshly-permed hair. I practically had to sleep with my head off the side of the bed! I hold this, and other memories of her close, as she passed away SUDDENLYINAFTERABRIEF illness. My husband, Larry, was very supportive of me, which is probably why we’ve been


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My beloved Soror Perrault is one who should know what it takes to have a strong marriage. Over 50 years ago she and her betrothed stood before me and vowed to love, honor and cherish each other, such a glorious example of my love.

What is marriage? Marriage is a pledge of unity, love and commitment through life’s memorable moments and challenges until death due you part.

TEN RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE: Have faith in God and in each other, adhering to the vows of matrimony. Frequently express love, perform kind acts, be thoughtful, and render support to each other as needed. You should have fun together and plan activities that both enjoy; marriage should be a courtship that never ends. Soror Dorothy & Harry Perrault, Jr. ORIGINAL WEDDING DATE/CTOBER 

Have mutual respect for each other and keep open communication. Always remember your partner is your best friend. Never draw a line in the sand. Be willing to go a second mile to resolve any conflict. Set mutual goals and convey feelings of joy to each other for individual or joint accomplishments. Avoid power struggles, deception, abusiveness, and trying to keep up with the Jones. Also, forget the word “Me”! Avoid telling your business and taking everyone’s advice. Be flexible and sensible in coping with the challenges of life and marriage.

Soror Dorothy & Harry Perrault, Jr. —9EAR7EDDING!NNIVERSARY

Jointly seek professional and/or religious counseling to find solutions to any unresolved problem. Promote family cohesiveness. Spend time together and with your children at meals, events, church, etc. Remember to be a role model for your children and to be unified in your discipline of them. Always be true to each other. If the above recommendations are followed, your marriage will be strong.

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you know of which I spoke…Love, Wedding Celebrations, Marriage and Oh, What A Beautiful Bride. I wanted to show you this form of love, in all its glory. My brides are beautiful. But I also wanted to share some wisdom with you regarding how to have a successful marriage after all the songs are sung and the cake is cut. For that I enlisted my dear Zeta Dove Soror Dorothy Perrault. She hears my heart and has penned wisdom on marriage that I want you to have. It’s never to late to apply these nuggets to your existing union nor is it ever to early to meditate upon them.


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New & Reactivated

New Amicae Charters FY 2011-2012 Sigma Eta Zeta Amicae Pacific • California

CHAPTER CHARTERS,

Phi Lambda Zeta Amicae South Central • Mississippi

Lambda Delta Zeta Amicae South Central • Alabama

Psi Xi Zeta Amicae Eastern • North Carolina

Theta Theta Zeta Amicae Southern • Louisiana

Amicae Charters, New

Upsilon Theta Zeta Amicae Great Lakes • Michigan

Phi Chi Zeta Amicae Southeastern • Georgia

Omicron Pi Zeta Amicae Southeastern • Florida

New Members FY 2011-2012

Members AND Reclamations

Atlantic - 30 Eastern - 32 Great Lakes - 32 Midwestern - 3 Pacific - 24 South Central - 39 Southeastern - 24 Southern - 22 Total - 206

New Chapter Charters FY 2011–2012 Psi Tau Midwestern • Kansas

Reclaimed Members FY 2011-2012

Omega Beta Zeta Eastern • Virginia

Omega Gamma Zeta Eastern • Virginia

Atlantic - 30 Eastern - 27 Great Lakes - 38 Midwestern - 5 Pacific - 10 South Central - 27 Southeastern - 37 Southern - 24 Total - 198

Omega Epsilon Zeta Southeastern • Georgia

Omega Zeta Zeta Southeastern • Florida

Omega Delta Zeta Southern • Texas

Reactivated Chapter Charters FY 2011–2012 Theta Zeta Eastern • W Virginia

Zeta Alpha Zeta Great Lakes • Kentucky

Sigma Alpha Great Lakes • Ohio

Nu Beta Zeta Great Lakes • Kentucky

Nu Lambda Pacific • California

Omega Kappa Pacific • California

Psi Mu Pacific • California

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To the Charleston Group, thank you for your wise counsel and measured direction in representing Zeta in various legal scenarios throughout the country. Smith, Ozman and Joseph for elevating our conferences and events to the next level of organizational excellence. Thank you to the BoulĂŠ Registration Team and Election Trust as well as all of the Ms. Zeta Pageant coordinators and contestants for showcasing the many aspects of Zeta. We thank our many partners: March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Sprite, Library of Medicine, FBI, The Hilton Corporation, UPS and St. Jude Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital for their work with us throughout the years. We also take time to welcome back an old friend, Herff Jones who will be providing our pins and other special jewelry.

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hat an honor it is to serve as the President of the Zeta Male Network.

The Zeta Male Network is a group of men who support the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. One of the primary goals of the Zeta Male Network is to educate young men on how to be a positive and productive man. We have the unique opportunity to serve young men as mentors. During these trouble times, young men need positive guidance. They need someone who understand their challenges and who can explain what it means to be a man, husband, and father. We bring men together from every facet of life to teach them about these characteristics. The young men glean from the mentors’ educational background, professional experience, and life lessons. Our young black men are falling prey to society normalcy, where it is considered more prestigious to go to jail than school. Formal education is substituted with “street credibility”. And thuggish mentality has put its spin on manhood that says in order to become a man you must pose harm to someone to prove your manhood. This is not manhood! As a boy, I was taught about manhood from joint mentors. I was fortunate to grow up in a household with both parents. But we grew up under the opuses that it takes a village to raise a child. It started with a Christian environment. As I reflect on life lessons, I go back to my bible roots. The respect and love for God is the key; this is a concept of the past.

We need more men to stand for what is right and help train our young men to be respectful and productive citizens. We need to get back to basics and instill Bible principles into our young men. This is not a one organization problem but an epidemic in our black community. We need more men to stand for what is right and help train our young men to be respectful and productive citizens. It is my prayer that The Zeta Male Network will be a positive influence in just one young person’s life. We aim to give guidance to a starving young generation and serve as mentors for our young black males. We welcome and encourage all males of a Zeta and other organizations to participate in this effort. May God continue to bless and keep us as we move forward in this endeavor.

Andre’ B. Marvray, I President, Zeta Male Network

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ometimes, we all need to rest. Like most of us, for many years now, my life has been overly full. A full time demanding career with international travel; third anti of my chapter with two undergraduate chapters, and working on chartering a third (which is now complete); head of the social justice ministry of my church; working with local and national Fair Trade Organizations, plus friends (some having babies) and family. There was hardly time to work out! (Z-Phi-B Fit after all!) In the years between 30 and 33, I gained

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about 20 pounds, much from stress, some from being on the road, some from not working out as much as needed, and some from just plain getting older. Over the last few years, through my prayers it became clear to me that I needed a sabbatical – a break from the never-ending rat race. I was increasingly angry; my fuse was so short that the little irritations, at work or in my chapter, were hurting more than they had in the past. I went from loving working with undergrads, to wanting to strangle them most days. I hoped that some time away could give me some perspective and renew my spirit. So, I saved, I planned, I prayed (a lot) and in Jan 2012, I came to England for a six month stint.

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FEATURE Royal Crescent in Bath, England — Public Domain I moved to Bath, England, a town of about 100,000 people. It’s a beautiful place, in a country where walking is a hobby. (Entire vacations are dedicated to walking in the UK.) So I started to relax - watched TV, read books, went to daily mass, walked everywhere. I started volunteering at a thrift store, and assisting teaching in a Pilates studio. It took a little time, but I made new friends, absorbed the culture, and lost 15 pounds. It was also important for me to see as much of the UK as I could, and now I have seen many parts of the Island of Brittan, including, the South West (where Bath is) Cornwall, Wales, and Scotland. The countryside is like no other in the world, full of rustic beauty. There was a time walking in Wales, I thought perhaps I was the only person left on the planet. Food here is so much more conscious than in the States. Packages are marked “British Beef/Pork/Chicken”. Everyone knows what Fair Trade is, and they support it as well as buying local. I have seen the food future of the USA! There are a great many things I love about the UK, but as time went on, I found myself missing “my life”. It’s funny, they say home is where the heart is, and it sounds so cliché. Maybe that’s because generally it is intended for romantic love, but my truth makes it relevant for the life I have built in the US. There’s a scene in the last season of Sex and the City, where Carrie is in Paris, and she walks by a café with four friends in the window, and she has a pang, that even though she is living her dream, the dream is not complete without her friends, her life – my life. The day I left, I didn’t believe I would miss Zeta at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love Zeta, it’s been 16 wonderful years. But I have an amazing set of friends, who after those same 16 years, have become more like my blood sisters. Our families spend holidays together and know each other. We have all essentially been adopted by each other’s families, and those with kids, have three grandmas. But in this time away, my love for Zeta has been revitalized. I miss my sorors/friends, and yes, I even miss my undergrads.

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When I was packing up my house, getting ready to leave, only Soror Helaire Hamilton, was there at the very end. I honestly would not have been able to get out of my house on time without her. I find, I miss the enthusiasm and joy and youthful spirit that undergrad Soror Serena Powery, brings to my life. And in five months of being in England, the only gift I’ve bought is for Soror Carly Ntoya. I saw something, and had to have it for her. Even though I have best friends, I also have Sorors, who are so intrinsically woven into the fabric of my life that it unravels without them. It’s like my crockery; my best friends are my favorite sauté pan, the one pan, IF I had to choose, I could do everything in. But my Sorors are like my stock pot. It’s the second pan I take with me, the one I can cook pasta or bolognaise or Arroz con Candules or chili in. I have lots of other pans, and even an electric griddle! But those two pots are the ones I use and love the most. Sometimes we all get burned out on Zeta; the politics, the drama, the people who have never left the undergrad mindset. But, when we remember why we joined in the first place, and what we owe to Zeta, who it has entwined into the tapestry of our lives, we come home. In early Catholicism, monks would go to the desert to find their way. Some stayed indefinitely, but some went for a short respite, to re-center, find their bearings, and redirect them to God’s path. England has been my desert. Sometimes we need time away (while still being financial of course) to recharge, to remember who and why we love. But also to find our own boundaries; I have new ideas, that I will experimentally put into practice, about my new boundaries for my life when I return to the USA. How much of myself can I afford to give away? One thing is certain; Zeta is forever woven into the fabric of my life, never to be removed. Sometimes perhaps a bit frayed, but always to be mended. Submitted by Soror Elizabeth O’Neill

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he organizational history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. many firsts for which Zeta is renown. Zeta Phi Beta was the first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternal organization; the first to centralize our National Headquarters; the first to charter a collegiate chapter in Texas during an era of racial discord and the first to charter a chapter in Africa. Zeta has been a trailblazing beacon of light for other organizations since its inception in the early 1900s. But one little known first is the diversity which is woven into the fabric of our organization’s legacy.

There’s a Zeta in Every Girl Celebrating Diversity within Zeta Phi Beta

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Just after the birth of organization, a young woman named Violette Anderson, became the first practicing African-American lawyer in the U.S. District Court - Eastern Division, later the first African-American prosecutor in Chicago. In 1933, Soror Anderson, born to a British father and African-American mother, became the eighth President of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority and the first biracial president of international birth. Soror Violette Anderson Johnson heard the message of Founder Viola Tyler Goings, “... there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color...” and that message has held steadfast nearly a century later, for there truly is “A Zeta in Every Girl.” The diversity within Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is ever increasing, and while historically Black, the message and principles which bind us as like-minded women, attracts diverse women. Soror Amy Colbert found sisterhood that “transcends racial barriers” in the Rho Kappa Chapter at Florida State University. Soror Colbert, a Soror of Irish decent, expresses her attraction to the organization, “I could see their [Zetas] genuine love for each other. I also noticed that they could not be stereotyped. They were all so different, yet still had an authentic sisterly bond that was unmatched” Soror Pecolia Bransford Major of Mu Theta Chapter, notes the same message when she heard the call to Zeta. “It was the philanthropies that attracted me and Zeta was the only one that had diversity on Campus.” Soror Major is of Native American, Hispanic, and European descent and found the Zetas at Middle Tennessee State University embraced her without conditions. Soror Erin Lynch of Rho Mu Zeta remembers growing with an Irish father and African-American mother, just a stones throw from the Nation’s Capitol and the hardships of being asked by peers to conform to one cultural group over the other. “My mother is a Delta, so I grew up knowing about Delta, but Zeta was the only organization where I saw women who not only looked like

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me, but thought like me. Every Zeta I met was sisterly, and committed to something that was deeper than just self.” This commitment to representing an ideal greater than self drove Soror Lynch to represent her state of Tennessee in the Miss Zeta Pageant, and ultimately be crowned Miss Zeta 2011. Soror Diane Roman Gutherie of Zeta Omicron Zeta reflects on her chance to represent an ideal greater than herself when she competed in the 1996 Olympics. “I was a proud representative of Zeta during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and I know the Atlanta Sorors especially, really appreciated that.” Soror Gutherie , who is Jamaican born and raised, moved to the United States when recruited by George Mason University’s Track and Field program. It was there that Soror Gutherie developed life-long bonds with the Sorors on her team and around the country as she traveled for competitions meeting sisterly Zetas on most every campus she stepped foot. The sisterly love is not the only trait that so many Sorors have voiced as the attraction they experienced. Soror Ashli McDonald of Omicron Gamma Zeta chapter at Tarleton State University expresses the love she has for Zeta’s commitment to the world, “Zeta

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has given the world an organization of women who have taken four principles and stretched them into a framework that encompasses nearly every aspect of improving daily life...I love her commitment to enriching the lives of others, her bond that ties ladies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and walks of life together.” This sentiment is the very same notion set forth by the founders, to create an organization strongly rooted in service, and it did not matter what a woman looked like, as long as she had that zeal for improving the world around her through scholarly endeavors and service, then she was welcomed with sisterly love in Zeta. Service is a trait within the spirit of every Zeta woman. Soror Angela Nguyen, who is half Cambodian and half Vietnemese, reveals her dedication to service in her decision to major in Social Work at the University of Memphis. Already driven to help her community, Soror Nguyen found that Rho Gamma Chapter mirrored her dedication to service and subsequently attracted her to Zeta in 2008. “I love what Zeta represents. Not only do we believe in our principles but I believe it radiates through our actions and character.” Soror Nguyen mentions that she always felt at-home with Zetas, “I didn’t have to fit anyone’s stereotype. I am my own person” and for this she loves Zeta Phi Beta.

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Zetas all over the country speak to the service that Zeta allows them to perform. Soror Colbert will travel to Haiti for a sixmonth mission trip where she will not only do the work of Zeta, but also the work of the Lord. “I believe that God brought me to Zeta, and I want to serve Him and others through the sisterhood He has given me.” Another critically important trait to a Zeta woman, regardless or race or color, is creed. There is a Zeta in a woman who holds herself to a higher standard, a Godly standard, to love all in the great family of humanity. These principles created by our founders, forged into the hearts of all Zeta women, and carried forth upon the visions and dreams of young women across the world, are the distinguishing characteristics of Zeta women, debunking the demographic traits stereotyped by Greek-society. Truly, our Honorable Founder Viola Tyler Goings’ statement that “In an ideal collegiate situation, there is a Zeta in a woman regardless of race, creed, or color...” is not merely an ideal situation. It is a reality that has come true, for nearly a hundred years Zeta has attracted women who are likeminded in their dedication to humanity, and we will continue to do so for another hundred years.

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It is the love for Zeta that drives young women everyday to further the mission of our organization, and to further promote our own successes for the benefit of hers. Soror Kristie Sanchez Holt quotes Ghandi as it relates to the purpose of our organization, “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” For nearly a hundred years, Zeta has been helping young women lose themselves in service. National initiatives such as the work with March of Dimes which helps premature babies, regardless of race and color, is a profoundly important initiative. Soror Megan Mercedes, of Lambda Eta chapter at Sam Houston College states, “Zeta has helped other people succeed in more than one way. I feel that the two of the biggest contributions come from Stork’s Nest and extensive community service, especially with auxiliaries.” The purpose of the Stork’s Nest initiative is to serve mothers in need also devoid of demographic prerequisites, such as color or race. Zeta initiatives let its members seek to serve the global community and local communities.


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Undergraduate Chapters with one or more NEW Members with a 3.0 or above GPA Atlantic Delta Delta Epsilon Epsilon Nu Epsilon Rho Eta Kappa Eta Sigma Gamma Kappa Omega Rho Omicron Alpha Omicron Gamma Psi Pi Rho Theta Rho Xi Sigma Nu Sigma Sigma Theta Sigma Xi Delta Zeta Iota Chi Theta

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South Central Alpha Mu Beta Beta Delta Iota Delta Lambda Epsilon Gamma Gamma Eta Iota Gamma Kappa Gamma Lambda Beta Lambda Delta Phi Theta Tau Eta Tau Gamma Tau Xi Theta Beta Xi Theta Zeta

Alpha Omega Iota Phi Phi Beta Pi Nu Rho Nu Upsilon Xi Xi Sigma Zeta Alpha Zeta Gamma Great Lakes Beta Xi Chi Xi Delta Kappa Delta Nu Delta Theta Eta Alpha Gamma Epsilon Iota Epsilon Iota Mu Lambda Rho Lambda Tau Omicron Pi Sigma Kappa T H E

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Committee is working diligently to calculate the extraordinary service the organization has completed. In this year we have not only surpassed the goal of completing our preliminary Z-HOPE program requirements per chapter size, but we have increased the number of local community partnerships, and increased our annual donations to local and international causes. In speaking to our national community partnership liaisons, the general consensus is that Zeta always exhibits professionalism and an unmatchable zeal for all initiatives regardless of size or demographic.

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Throughout this fiscal year the, National Z-HOPE Committee has focused on developing, improving and executing the following tasks listed below. • • • •

Increase accuracy and reporting of all Z-HOPE programs. Increase timeliness of Z-HOPE Program communication in the organization. Create format for annual National Z-HOPE Fiscal Year Agenda To construct a National Z-HOPE Point schedule for all levels of Zeta to standardize point accreditation within the sisterhood. Begin drafting Volume III of the Z-HOPE Manual.

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conduct, evaluate, record, and report all Z-HOPE activities. The committee has drafted several operational tools that will assist chapters and zeta auxiliaries in accurately executing programs. In addition, the National Z-HOPE Committee will make sure the sisterhood promotes programs that are in accordance with the State of Black America 2020 Census and Z-HOPE program principles. In closing, on behalf of the National Z-HOPE Committee, I applaud the sisterhood for providing world class community service. Zeta remains the premier Greek lettered organization that consistently conducts community conscious, action oriented service through mind, body, and spirit. Soror Beneal ia D. Carter, National Z-HOPE Director SUBMITTED BY

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Taking Are you ready for Chicago and The Magnificent Boulé? Maybe we should ask “Is Chicago ready to be blanketed in Royal Blue and White!” Sorors, if you were at the Boulé in Dallas then you know that The Magnificent Boulé is going to keep the ball rolling with a stellar slate of award winning and talented performers. You won’t be disappointed. Of course, we’ll take care of the important business of the sorority, network with our sisters, engage in meaningful dialogue around issues of importance to our sorority and our communities but, oh yes, we’re going to have a good “magnificent” time with a stellar slate of major talent and entertainers.

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about using his voice to make a difference in his community and driving people to move to action. On this evening, his voice will mingle with the voices of those we honor during the Zeta Doves Pinning Ceremony.

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Blackness! Get ready for a concert performance that showcases Nesby’s signature soulful gospel style, which has earned her acclaim among her fans and within the music industry. Nesby has also conquered the theatre having appeared in “Sing Hallelujah” under the direction of the award-winning gospel artist Donald Lawrence, as well as the big screen, playing the role of Aunt Sally Walker in the movie The Fighting Temptations opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles. She has amassed an impressive musical repertoire and catalog spanning over two decades.

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lettered organizations, but the new trend is Stroll-Offs and this time around, we are going to have a show-down among undergraduates. The Stroll Off will be exciting and full of energy! This sisterly competition will showcase teams demonstrating their agility, creativity and understanding of rhythm and dance as they show precision, synchronization, originality and showmanship. Teams will compete for trophies, cash awards and the all-important bragging rights! Hey undergraduates, get ready to show your stroll, old school or new school! So Stroll On!

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ll celebrations should end on a high note and our Grand Boulé closing event will be a night for all to enjoy. And paying homage to the title of one of Lakeside’s hit songs, it’s going to be “all the way live.” If you were going to parties or listening to the radio in the 70’s and 80’ you know Lakeside. This popular R&B group scored a string of hits, including “It’s All The Way Live,” which shot to the top five on the charts. Also performing is Grammy-award winner Ledisi whose saucy vocals have brought her to the forefront of both R&B and jazzier concert venues. Her signature “Pieces of Me” hit will surely bring the house down as we bid our stay in Chicago farewell.

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t the spry young age of 81, soon to be 82 in August, Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King shows no sign of slowing down. Dr. Barbara, as she is affectionately known, joins us for the Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast - Old Fashioned Church Service on Sunday, July 8. Bishop King entered the ministry over 40 years ago, coming from a professional career in social work and psychology. Her route into ministry was more traditional, answering a “call” versus the more formal route of seminary training. With God on her side, she founded Atlanta-based Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center, a world-class ministry that she attributes to the grace and faithfulness of God. Dr. Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Southern University (1955), a Master of Social Work from Clark Atlanta T H E

University (1957), many honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees and a Doctoral degree in Ministry (DM) with a special focus on succession in charismatic leadership at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Although Dr. Barbara - the first Bishop in the New Thought Christian movement - had already earned a Master of Social Work degree from Atlanta University nearly sixty years ago and is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from three institutions, she decided to enter the three-year program at ETS - not only to fulfill the dream born years ago when she was told that women were not allowed to enroll in Seminary - but also to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. She challenges us: “For those of you who think you’re too old to go back to school; for those who have dreams you haven’t worked on – you just keep talking about it; Stop and think in your own mind, ‘What is it that I am here to do? And why haven’t I done it?’ What’s holding you back?” According to Dr. Barbara, her life and ministry are committed to “impacting lives, bringing value to people and living as an expression of God on this earth.” Dr. Barbara, her ministry, her books and her life minister healing to the whole person all while trusting God to be true to His word.

Magnificent Boulé, is going to take us all back to the Old Fashioned Church Service many of us grew up with. Zetas will be Prayed UPP! – United for Peace and Prosperity! For this energetic service we will have special readings, preaching, praise dancing and, of course, the Zeta National Choir will minister in song. As part of this special Old Fashioned Church Service we will recognize Zetas who are working in the ministry as leaders in faith institutions all across the country, holding titles such as Pastor, Elder, Minister, Regional or State Chaplain, Evangelist, or Missionary.

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Atlantic Region Geraldine Kinney Golden Life Member Beta Delta Zeta Tanaya Teamer Sapphire Donation Beta Delta Zeta Jacqueline McNair Sapphire Donation Chi Beta Zeta Costella Grant Diamond Life Member Chi Rho Zeta Geraldine Johnson Diamond Life Member Chi Rho Zeta Dr. Edith Francis Diamond Life Member Delta Mu Zeta Charbett Duckett Diamond Life Member Delta Zeta Zeta Issie Jenkins Diamond Life Member Eta Pi Zeta Lauwana Martin Diamond Life Member Gamma Nu Zeta Kimberly Smith-Tann Diamond Life Member Kappa Omega Zeta

Marjay Anderson Diamond Life Member Beta Zeta

Josi Goldsby Diamond Life Member Alpha Psi Zeta

Willie Madlyn Anderson Diamond Life Member Alpha Rho Zeta

Cortina Jennings Diamond Life Member Delta Zeta

Pauline McGriff-Smith Diamond Life Member Alpha Psi Zeta

Katy S. Campbell Diamond Life Member Alpha Xi Zeta

Charlisa Davis Diamond Life Member Gamma Upsilon Zeta

Sheryl Underwood Diamond Life Member Alpha Psi Zeta

Quinsola Elliott Diamond Life Member Beta Xi Zeta

Marzella Worley Golden Life Member Gamma Upsilon Zeta

Dr. Evelyn Wesley Golden Life Member Iota Delta Zeta

Quinsola Elliott Golden Life Member Beta Xi Zeta

Sybil Boggins Diamond Life Member Omicron Phi Zeta

Myrtle Ballard Golden Life Member Iota Delta Zeta

Ann Mathis Diamond Life Member Delta Nu Zeta

Sheryl Morton Diamond Life Member Omicron Zeta

Lena Smith Diamond Life Member Mu Sigma Zeta

Ella Gibbs Diamond Life Member Delta Nu Zeta

Bosede Laoye Diamond Life Member Phi Gamma Zeta

Nui Brown Diamond Life Member Omicron Rho Zeta

Jenifer Buford Diamond Life Member Delta Nu Zeta

Marian Hairston Diamond Life Member Rho Zeta

Cornelia Glass-Harvey Diamond Life Member Pi Zeta Zeta

Ruby Yarbrough Diamond Life Member Delta Nu Zeta

Lynette Banks-Harris Diamond Life Member Sigma Delta Zeta

Royetta Perry Golden Life Member Sigma Eta Zeta

Vivian Naylor Diamond Life Member Delta Nu Zeta

Great Lakes Region

Morine Hill Diamond Life Member Xi Lambda Zeta

Cora Edwards Diamond Life Member Gamma Beta Zeta

Rose Lewis Diamond Life Member Xi Zeta Zeta

Stacey Smith Sapphire Donation Phi Lambda Zeta

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Ernestine Wilson Diamond Life Member Pi Zeta

Cynthia Bais-Emanuel Diamond Life Member Kappa Rho Zeta

Monica Younger Diamond Life Member Lambda Lambda Zeta

Betty Esnault Golden Life Member Lambda Rho Zeta

Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne Diamond Life Member Tau Eta Zeta

Carole Wilson Grandberry Golden Life Member Lambda Rho Zeta

Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq. Diamond Life Member Xi Tau Zeta

Dorothy King Golden Life Member Lambda Rho Zeta

Dr. Rosie Pridgen Golden Life Member Alpha Delta Zeta

Dr. Kathryn Malvern Diamond Life Member Zeta Delta Zeta

Willie Whiting Diamond Life Member Psi Psi Zeta

Shirley Thompson Diamond Life Member Alpha Delta Zeta

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Sonia Butler Golden Life Member Alpha Delta Zeta

Eastern Region Cynthia Forman Diamond Life Member Alpha Beta Zeta Kathleen Thomas Diamond Life Member Beta Zeta

Gwendolyn Hogans Diamond Life Member Alpha Psi Zeta Janetta Varrie Golden Life Member Alpha Psi Zeta

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Jeanie Rucker Golden Life Member Pi Zeta Denisha Hendricks Diamond Life Member Psi Gamma Zeta Dr. Constance Hendricks Diamond Life Member Psi Gamma Zeta Tranitra Avery Sapphire Donation Psi Gamma Zeta

Sylvia Marshall Lewis Diamond Life Member Alpha Mu Zeta

Lillie Hardy Diamond Life Member Rho Iota Zeta

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Annie Baker Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Rosa Pickett Diamond Life Member Chi Phi Zeta

Harriet Green Diamond Life Member Eta Theta Zeta

Barbara Gardner Golden Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Erna Foushee Diamond Life Member Chi Zeta Zeta

Latonia Evans Sapphire Donation Eta Theta Zeta

Barbara Kirnes Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Sheila Acevedo Sapphire Donation Chi Zeta Zeta

Latonia Gilbert Sapphire Donation Eta Theta Zeta

Beatrice Barrett Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Verna Johnson Diamond Life Member Delta Sigma Zeta

Carrie Grady Diamond Life Member Gamma Zeta

Bettie Campbell Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Patricia Solomon Golden Life Member Epsilon Chi Zeta

Helen Wigfall Golden Life Member Gamma Zeta

Brenda Williams Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Dr. Eunice Thomas Diamond Life Member Epsilon Eta Zeta

Anna Littles Diamond Life Member Iota Omicron Zeta

Cora Coleman Portee Diamond Life Member Beta Tau Zeta

Marlene Sharpe Diamond Life Member Epsilon Eta Zeta

Jessie Terry Sapphire Donation Iota Omicron Zeta

Darlene Sparks Sapphire Donation Beta Tau Zeta

Mary Strozier-Weaver Diamond Life Member Epsilon Eta Zeta

Mary Evans Sapphire Donation Iota Omicron Zeta

Edna Pratt Sapphire Donation Beta Tau Zeta

Coleen McIver Golden Life Member Epsilon Tau Zeta

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