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Z-Hope 16 in Ghana

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TORCHBEARERS OF A LEGACY

Z-Hope Supports United Nations Millennium Development Goal for Education Empowerment

A look at the History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 1920–1997.

Z-Hope Closefields Pre-School Training Program Takes Shape in Ghana

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SOROR HONORED FOR THE LEGACY OF BEING Zeta Celebrates Actress and Educator Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart.

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LOVE SHOULD NOT HURT Harmony in the Home event hosted by Tau Delta Chapter.


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Zeta Initiatives & Partnerships

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In the Image of the FBI A Zeta

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Retirement Feels Elusive for Many A statement from the National

Reflects on Her Career.

Committee to Preserve Social Sercurity and Medicare.

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A Historic Wakeup Call for Global Action to FIght Chronic Disease A New Paradigm in the Fight Against Cancer — American Cancer Society.

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HONOR AND HOMAGE

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Torchbearers of a Legacy The

History of Zeta 1920–1997.

Taking the Time to Remember and Observe Our Legacy A quick

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Soror Emma Faulk Joins Board of National Parliamentarians; Phi Zeta Impacts Williamson Cty., TN and more.

Pacific Regional News Beauty

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Southeastern Region News The Braxtons Visit Spelman College; Detal Eta Holds 57th Debutante Ball; Put Your Feet in Pink for the Cure and more!

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Reclamation! List of New Chapter

The Mighty Southern Region

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Capital Campaign Update

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Break Combats Stress; Introducing the Inglewood Amicettes; Zeta Youth of San Jose Give Rather than Receive and more!

Stemons House Fund and Keep America Beautiful Campaign.

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Zeta Convenes in Our Nation’s Capital Leadership Development and

Awesome Atlantic Region

Zeta Hosts Annual Old School Prom for Scholarships; A Commitment to Volunteering and more!

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Boulé 2012 Registration Brochure Everything you need to know about the Magnificent Boulé including schedules and registration forms.

from the National Chaplain

Certification.

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Great Lakes Region Sigma Phi

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sorors making a difference in America and the world.

Honoring Past Grand Basileus Isabel Morgan Herson and Triumphant Sorors Official

Girls to Pearls Delta Zeta; Eta Phi Zeta Photo Gallery and Soror Wickham Gives University Founder’s Day Addesss.

Recognizing our Capital Campaign Contributors.

Zetas in High Places Profiles of two

look back at our Founders.

Eastern Regional News From

Charters, Reinstated Chapter Charters and New Member Numbers by region.

Sorority News

Zetas are Prayed UPP! A message

Phi Lambda Renowed; Heart for the Homeless; and Still Going Strong: Eta Pi Zeta Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Commander In Chich: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady

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resolution and list of triumphant sororos.

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South Central Regional News

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Regional Round-Up

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News from the Magnificent Midwest Region First Wyoming Undergraduate Chapter.

UNICEF’s Response to the Horn of Africa Emergency An Update from UNICEF on their releif efforts in the African drought.

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ZETA LIFE & LEISURE

History and Strides of the National Educational Foundation An outlook on the

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important benchmarks of the NEF.

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money in top shape!

Talk of the Town IGB Underwood:

Enhancing the Visibility of Zeta.

Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter Offers Tax Preparation Assistance Pacific Region chapter offers free tax assistance to underserved communities.

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latest release Where it All Begins.

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A Dream Come True: Z-Hope Health Center in Traboum, Ghana Formally Dedicated

Love in the Kitchen with Chef Jamika

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Celebrity Spotlight: Lalah Hathaway An in-depth look at Lalah’s Research That’s Fun and Exciting Nielson consumer-based

research.

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How to Avoid Winter Money Woes 10 financial tips to get your

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Dear Zeta: A Letter from Love Love has a special message for the lovely ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

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Winter 2012


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

GRAPHIC DESIGN Joseph

Anthony FOR Jaylite Publications

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

Jacqueline McNair

Kimberly Dawson

ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR

TAU ALPHA ZETA CHAPTER BASILEUS

Cynthia A. McCoy

Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne

22ND GREAT LAKES REGIONAL DIRECTOR

BASILEUS TAU ETA ZETA CHAPTER

Vivian L. Dawson-Marvray

Eva Gibson

ALABAMA STATE DIRECTOR

RHO MU ZETA CHAPTER

Nui Brown

Kenya Henderson

PACIFIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR

NEVADA STATE DIRECTOR

Lynette Banks-Harris

Mary Singletary

EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Z-HOPE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COLOR INITIATIVE

Dr. Constance Hendricks SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Lonnie Dafney MIDWESTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Chrislyn Turner SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Valerie Preston SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR

Dr. Kathryn T. Malvern NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION CHAIR

Kay Jones Rosebure NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF AMENITIES

Karen Gipson Leah P. Fullerton Yvonne Brown Mitchell OMICRON RHO ZETA CHAPTER

Tanya D. Fitzgerald NATIONAL CHAPLAIN

Kimberly Smith-Tann 14TH ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Erika Jones Delta Kina Davis GEORGIA UNDERGRADUATE COORDINATOR

Valerie Preston SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR

Annette C.Ross-Gray OHIO STATE DIRECTOR

Kim Woods Sigma PHI ZETA GRADUATE CHAPTER

Mia Johnson UPSILON PSI ZETA CHAPTER

Jennifer Scott UPSILON PSI ZETA CHAPTER

Kathy Sanders UPSILON CHI ZETA CHAPTER BASILEUS

Bibliana L. Bovery NU OMICRON ZETA CHAPTER

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Sheryl Edelen ETA ZETA CHAPTER

Tyler Harrison GRAMMATEUS AND ZHOPE COORDINATOR

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

Wenona C. Smith Janice Pickett Rowe Angela Garrett OMEGA EPSILON ZETA CHAPTER

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Patricia J. Wilcox AMICAE OF MIAMI FLORIDA PRESIDENT

Crystal Hardin LAMBDA EPSILON CHAPTER

ZETA CHAPTER CHARLOTTE NC PEARLETTE YOUTH ADVISOR

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BETA IOTA ZETA CHAPTER TAMIAS

PSI PHI ZETA CHAPTER BASILEUS

OMICRON ZETA CHAPTER FIRST ANTI-BASILEUS

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Rev. Pam Lewis EASTERN REGION CHAPLAIN

Stacye Montez ZPB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Phanalphie Rhue Still Deven Trowers The Frontpage Firm Simon and Schuster American Cancer Society Carl Franklin DuPont, Jr. Cynthia Elliott, CPA Alabama State University Raymond Lambert The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) FBI Nielsen CBS

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FROM THE GRAND

from Sheryl P. Underwood International Grand Basileus

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elcome to the 2012 Winter Archon. In this issue, we explore many facets of life through the lens of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Everyday, Zeta women stand strong and resilient, united in our common stance of community service, education and womanly strength and confidence. Around the world, across the country and on local streets in the communities where we live and work, Zetas stand for strength, stand for unity, stand for those too weak to stand on their own. Let us continue to raise our collective voices as advocates for those in our world, nation and communities that need extra help to close the gap between what’s in their hands and what they need. As we look back over 2011, it was a year in which we celebrated many successes in the area of charitable endeavors and partnerships, but it was also a year in which we mourned the loss of some of our nation’s iconic heroes and heroines. In this issue, we pause to remember the advocates of the Civil Rights movement, including our own Soror Clara Shepard Luper (featured in our 2011 Fall Archon) that went home to glory. Annually, in the month of January we celebrate our history and are reminded that our legacy, as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., is one filled with strength, determination, commitment and compassion. We have weathered the storm’s of segregation and suffrage; of wars on foreign soil and wars against drugs in our communities; we have led organizations and provided the woman-power to organizations impacting the lives of people across the country and the world; we have survived both man-made and environmental attacks on our nation and educational attacks against our children.

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We, Zeta, are poised to have an even greater impact in the world. By telling our story and sharing our successes in dynamic and exciting mediums, like the Archon, we let the world know who we are, what we have done and the positive impact that we have on our world. The Fall 2011 issue of the Archon introduced a new vitality and energy to our corporate publication. Thank you for such an amazing reception! We are keeping the momentum moving forward with the Winter issue. Inside the pages of the Winter Archon, we introduce you to several Zetas who are shining examples of our many members who are excelling in the arts, business and internationally; we highlight the great work being done within our Sorority and share information about our upcoming 2012 Magnificent Boule in Chicago, IL.

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And what well-rounded publication would be complete without offering up a few tips for taking care of your finances, your health and a little celebrity input. With Valentine’s Day memories still in our hearts and March Madness at hand, be sure to check out the tasty recipes we’ve put together for upcoming intimate gatherings and family parties. Finally, we encourage you to purchase additional copies to share with your mother, father, sister, brother, colleague, friend or church. The Archon is a great way to let them know more about the amazing organization with which you are affiliated.

Sheryl P. Underwood International Grand Basileus


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 © 2011 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.

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s the season of new beginnings is upon us, I’m sure we are adhering to our resolutions on being better, wiser and stronger for 2012. I certainly have. No doubt, you have invested much thought on improving not only your mental and physical health but that of your loved ones and extended community. Equally, a committed effort is being made to be better stewards of our time and money. More importantly, we have promised ourselves to be diligent in our work for Zeta. I’m excited that we have new faces at headquarters who will be assisting me in the business of Zeta and I look forward to introducing you to them in the next Archon. I am also excited about the work HQ is doing to prepare for a ‘Magnificent’ Boule and look forward to sharing more with you as we get close to the event. With a flurry of Zeta activities ahead of us: Finer Womanhood Month celebrations and observances, our annual Walk for Babies fundraiser and membership intake, I leave these few words of inspiration from poet Sam Walter Foss penned so many years ago: “I see from my house by the side of the road By the side of the highway of life, The men who press with the ardor of hope, The men who are faint with the strife, But I turn not away from their smiles and tears, Both parts of an infinite plan— Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man.”

Sincerely,

Stacye Montez Executive Director

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NEB & APPOINTMENTS

National Individual Appointments

National Committee 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 Shawn Dixon 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

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. CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Mary Strozier-Weaver CHAIR, AMICAE

INTERNAL AUDIT COMMITTEE Kay Jones Rosebure CHAIR Anitra Furlow Vanessa Elkins-Rogers Mary Strozier Weaver Bonnie Banks ZOL COMMITTEE Evelyn Wesley, Ed.D. CHAIR Yvonne Barnes, Ed. D. Mauri Hamilton Robbie Latimore, Ed.D. Jacqueline C. McNair Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq. Rosie Thompson-Pridgen, Ph.D.

Myrtle Ballard CHAIR, BRICKS

RoseMarie Farngalo Ph.D. CHAIR, BUDGET & FINANCE

Dorothy Perrault

Bennie Reams, Ed.D. Eunice S. Thomas, Ph.D. 19TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT CONSULTANT

Barbara C. Moore

CHAIR, LIFE MEMBERS

22ND INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT CONSULTANT

Anitra Furlow CHAIR, MEMBERSHIP

Kimberly Smith-Tann, M. Ed.

Rosa Brown

14TH ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR CONSULTANT

CHAIR, TRUSTEES

Alice Craft Beatrice Nelson CHAIR, ZETA SAPPHIRES

LEGAL ADVISORY COUNSEL Issie Jenkins, Esq. CHAIR Arlinda Clark, Esq. Gwynndolyn Edwards, Esq. Mazie Ferguson, Esq. Tiffany Yancey, 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

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

National Educational Foundation (NEF) Board of Managers

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. Isable Herson 16TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Sheryl P. Underwood 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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LIFESTYLE

by: Cynthia Elliott, CPA Whether you need to purchase a winter coat, TV play station or a new car, you should follow these steps explicitly to avoid those winter money woes. These steps can be used throughout the year.

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SET-UP A SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT.

Set aside time from your busy schedule to figure out the important things in your life. Spend some time by listing them. The important things in your life should be reflected in your budget, in other words your checkbook. Whatever you value, let it be transparent through your checkbook by the direction of your budget.

SET-UP A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT. Budgeting is the master key to financial freedom. To become free from your financial woes, you need a detailed plan on how to spend your income. Please note that you should NEVER allow any outside sources, such as store advertisements, family, neighbors, etc. to control your spending. The budget plan should be initiated, set-up, and adjusted by the members of your household.

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH.

all that is required such as your discount paper, use only for the item that you need. Decide in advance the date/time you plan to make the trip to the store; make sure that you have eaten. Shopping on a full stomach may prevent you from making impulse purchases and going over your budget. Be aware that in addition to a full belly, a detailed list with the budgeted amount to be spent will add the extra security needed for an enjoyable trip.

This step is considered to be the hardest step, but adding to a separate account may be necessary in order to increase your cash flow, balance your budget and stabilize your bottom line. Decide what you are lacking, then open up an account in that name. It is essential that you decide on what you need, how much you need and when you need it. To keep you from being tempted to use the money before its time, set-up a separate bank account for safe keeping. Only use the account for “deposits only”, allow it to draw some interest until you have reached your goal. Once reached, focus on your next goal; keep the account open for your next savings project.

NEGOTIATE.

CONTROL IMPULSE BUYING Negotiating is tough to do especially when you desperately want the product. At least you have convinced yourself of this. Thank goodness, there is another great way to save money while avoiding impulse buying. Just, negotiate by leaving the store. Establish a rule that if you see something you want, tell yourself to wait at least 72 hours before purchasing it.

GATHER A LIST. PLAN

OUT YOUR EXPENDITURES

READ THE FINE PRINT.

Now, you are ready for the details. What or who do you plan to spend it on and how much? You may have already completed this step. If not, you must do it now. Make a detailed list.

SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS

Before you finalize your purchase, know what you are buying. Understand all that is in the product. You may need to go back to the drawing board if it doesn’t meet your approval. Ensure that you have covered everything. Read the fine print. Is this what you requested? What about the product’s shelf life? Does the item meet your expectations? Even after the gift is presented, you should maintain your receipt. Who knows - you may decide to return it or even exchange it.

DO SOME RESEARCH.

Pull out a calculator, sum up all your cash-on-hand and compute how much income you plan to bring home for the remaining of the year. Gather up and count all cash under the mattress, in your wallet or just in the piggy bank. Don’t forget to count the cash at those third party institutions such as a bank. Next, calculate your monthly income; this is your expected income. Once you have considered all that you have to work with, pause to figure out your expenses. These expenses will be deducted from your income. Now use that calculator and evaluate your finances. Are your expenses higher than your income? Are you short some funds? Cynthia Elliott, CPA — an entrepreneur and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Tennessee. This Zeta has an MBA with a Finance major. She is he author of ABCs That make Cent$ — Tools needed to successfully climb your financial ladder to wealth. T H E

COMPARE PRICES

This step is required because you must do your homework before buying anything. Recognize that comparing prices can be time consuming but worth the effort once you can visualize the savings. Go online and shop around. Don’t forget to consider the shipping costs. Look for sales but do not be tempted by irresistible yet costly offers and promotions. Try not to consider buying extra stuff in order to get the discount for the product you really want. Stick to the list; maintain your budget. After you have done your research, then your next step is to go shopping.

ENJOY YOUR PURCHASE.

SET ASIDE SOME TO GIVE OTHERS Wow, you have made it. You can sit back and enjoy your purchase. This is the step where you would reward yourself and smile...you have focused your mind, body and spirit in making your dreams come true while maintaining your budget, making a list, and negotiating an agreeable price. If you have some extra cash leftover, this would be a great time to give to others in greater need than you.

SCHEDULE YOUR SHOPPING TRIPS. GO ON A

FULL STOMACH

Before you step out of your house, make sure that you have your detailed list of items you require for the moment. Bring

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DETERMINE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.


PARTNERSHIP

IN THE IMAGE OF THE FBI:

A ZETA REFLECTS ON HER CAREER

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hen you speak with ZPB member Tracy Bradford, her enthusiasm for the Federal Bureau of Investigation is undeniable. She’s a 17-year veteran that has been on assignment from Atlanta to Iraq, and she’s excited about the future of women in today’s FBI.

Unexpected Path Ms. Bradford was planning for a legal career in criminal justice, when a friend from the local police force encouraged her to approach the FBI in Birmingham, Alabama. Within six months of her initial inquiry, she entered the FBI Academy. “It all went so fast, I was just living in the moment,” she recalls. Initially assigned to the FBI’s Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1996 Olympics, Special Agent Bradford was working the night of the Centennial Park bombing. “I was a small part of a massive FBI response,” she states. Her next assignment was in Drugs and Gangs, where she stayed until leaving Atlanta for the Domestic Terrorism unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. After a short time in DC, she transferred to the Director’s Research Group and an international assignment in Lagos, Nigeria. “An agent needs to be flexible,” Bradford emphasized. “There are different challenges every day.” Next, it was on to FBI offices in Houston, Texas, and subsequent trips to South Africa, Ethiopia and Iraq. Today, she’s back at FBI headquarters working in Human Resources. “I never expected to get into HR,” she admits. “But that’s the beauty of the Bureau, the diversity of career paths. Work hard, treat everyone right and opportunities will come to you.” T H E

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Unlimited Opportunities Supervisory Special Agent Bradford now focuses on the FBI’s Leadership Development Program, helping to pave the way for new recruits. In addition to agents, there are many other positions at the FBI including analysts, language specialists, IT experts and scientists. “People have misperceptions. It’s not like you see on TV. We’re not just kicking down doors,” she smiles.

Supervisory Special Agent Bradford now focuses on the FBI’s Leadership Development Program, helping to pave the way for new recruits. Joining the Bureau offers new hires a new level of respect among their family, friends and neighbors. “People see you differently,” Bradford explains. “You have to live up to certain responsibilities. In the eyes of others, you are the image of the FBI. You are the Bureau.” She also has some words of wisdom for young people who might be interested in working for the FBI: “Stay out of trouble and be careful choosing your acquaintances. Everything shows up in a security check.” Bradford believes that the FBI can only benefit from increased diversity among its ranks. She advises women to research the career and reach out to their local field office. “If you have the desire in your heart, go for it,” she says. “If you’re motivated and dedicated, you’ll have the opportunity to travel and meet people from different backgrounds. You’ll also build lasting friendships during what can be a stable long-term career.”

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et us introduce you to one of our sisters who is soaring high in the world of banking, and making a difference in the community and the world. Meet Soror Patricia (Patty) Brooks-Nobles. Soror Brooks-Nobles is a Bank of America Commercial Market Executive for Government Banking in the southeastern portion of the United States. She leads client teams who are responsible for providing a full array of financial solutions to state governments and agencies, counties, municipalities, various authorities and public higher educational institutions in 12 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. She has served in this role since March 2011. Prior to her current role, for seven years she lead the Mid-Atlantic Healthcare & Institutions market where her team focused on the financial services needs of healthcare, educational, national association, cultural, civic, religious and other large not-for-profit organizations. Soror Brooks-Nobles joined Bank of America in 1984 after completing the commercial banking training program at Trust Company Bank, in Atlanta, GA. She began her career at a Bank of America predecessor as a Relationship Manager in Business Banking. Over the next five years she progressed to Team Leader for the Middle Market Banking in Prince Georges County, Maryland. She had lead various aspects of specialty banking teams since 1991 when she established a team focused on not-forprofit organizations in Greater Washington. Soror Brooks-Nobles earned her B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia and her M.B.A. from the School of Government and Business Administration, George Washington University. It was in the spring of 1980, at the University of Virginia, that she pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Tau Theta Chapter. Currently, Soror Brooks-Nobles is a board member of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and Howard University School of Business. She is a member of Leadership Greater Washington

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(Class of 2001). Additionally, she is executive sponsor for two Bank of America associate affinity group chapters in her community, LEAD for Women and the Black Professional Group. As a result of her many years of dedicated commitment to the community, in 2010 she was recognized with the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Volunteer Service Award for Greater Washington. Her previous community service includes Board President of the YWCA of the National Capital Area, Board Member of the Greater Washington Urban League, and the Annual Luncheon Co-Chair of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Patty, a native Washingtonian, resides in Washington, DC with her husband and children. ARCHON: How has being a part of Zeta Phi Beta has enhanced your life? SOROR BROOKS-NOBLES: Zeta has instilled a strong sense of service in my life. Over nearly 30 years of working in financial services, I have made a permanent place in my life for giving back to the community in which I live and work. Early on in my career I gave back to kids through teaching high school and middle school students in both Atlanta and Washington, DC, about our economy and financial literacy as a Junior Achievement (JA) Volunteer. Years later, I became involved in JA of Greater Washington and currently serve on the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors. For more than 10 years I was on the Board of the YWCA of the National Capital Area, where I was able to help strengthen that organization and enhance its ability to deliver on its mission to Empower Women and Eliminate Racism. Although I am not a Howard University alumnae, I have served on its School of Business Advisory Board for more than 10 years, supporting the school to achieve its goal of developing young people for professions in business. This service-ethic was placed in me by Zeta more than 30 years ago.

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ARCHON: What brings you the greatest joy in life? SOROR BROOKS-NOBLES: At the end of the day, I get my greatest joy on earth with my family and friends. It has been an amazing thing to watch my kids grow and experience life. It has been amazing to learn how right my parents and elders were about so many things in life. And, it has been amazing to grow and expand my horizons over the years. ARCHON: What advice would you give to Zetas regarding how to succeed in life, both personally and professionally? SOROR BROOKS-NOBLES: I’m still working on this thing called “success”, but at this time, I’d suggest the following: 1. Keep God 1st in your life; if you don’t believe in God, find and keep your spiritual center. 2. Continue to learn and grow. Expand your horizons. Education remains critical; it can never be taken away. 3. Cultivate friendships with a diverse array of individuals … Deltas and AKAs; young and old; white, black, blue or gray; Americans and non-Americans; democrats and republicans... who are success-oriented and can add value and give free advice and counsel to you along with this journey called life. 4. Choose your mate carefully and objectively, passion is great but it will abate; focus on building a strong friendship which will stand the test of time. 5. Love, respect, and cherish your parents and family... always; give them “flowers” while they are alive, don’t take them for granted.

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ARCHON: What would you say to a young woman considering becoming a member of ZPB? SOROR BROOKS-NOBLES: Most of my absolute best friends are Zetas! You’ll also develop or enhance a spirit of giving, service to others, and selflessness that will allow you to sleep at night throughout your lifetime.

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embers of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. are serving in some of the highest posts in the land, impacting our communities and our world. We are pleased to introduce you to our own Soror Beatrice Wilkinson Welters, U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. Soror Welters was sworn in by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2010. Ambassador Welters holds an Associate in Arts from Ulster County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College, and an Master of Arts from the City University of New York. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Along with her husband Anthony, the Ambassador was the recipient of the 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, presented by the Woodros-Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ambassador Welters entered the high tech industry in its infancy and was part of the revolution that transformed America’s economy. During a seventeen-year career at IBM, Welters distinguished herself in a number of executive capacities, rising to

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the position of technical authority of IBM’s marketing team. Prior to her new role, Ambassador Welters was President and Chairperson of the AnBryce Foundation, which is an organization that she founded. The AnBryce Foundation provides long-term academic and leadership enrichment programs for underserved youth. The Ambassador established the Foundation in 1995. From 1977 to 1991, she worked at IBM, holding several positions, including systems engineer. Ambassador Welters was also a past Presidential Appointee to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, serving on its Executive Committee. She also served on the Library of Congress Madison Council and as a Trustee for several organizations, including the Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Jesuit Academy, and the Maret School. She was a member of Nu Xi Zeta chapter in Virginia. CONTRIBUTOR: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

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FEATURE STORY

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ne of the richest historical resources available to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is the book Torchbearers Of A Legacy – The History of Zeta 1920-1997. Torchbearers traces the sorority’s history from the conception of the idea

to establish a sister organization to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 1920, through the birth, growth, development and significant moments of dear Zeta up to 1997. This comprehensive document was painstakingly assembled and lovingly compiled under the leadership of Triumphant Soror Lullelia W. Harrison, 12th International Grand Basileus and National Historian. Torchbearers is 362 pages of rich heritage in text and nostalgic images. In the dedication, Soror Harrison states, “This history is intended to remind the reader of the impact of these phenomenal women and to inspire those to whom the torch and the Zeta legacy will be entrusted for years to come.” This legacy is ceremonially remembered with the start of each new year, as on January 16 members world-wide honor the founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.– Arizona Cleaver (Stemons), Myrtle Tyler (Faithful), Viola Tyler (Goings), Fannie Pettie (Watts) and Pearl Neal – five strong, principled coeds who, in 1920, formed a worthy foundation upon which the sorority is based. The Founders saw Zeta as more than an organization–they saw it as a movement, building it upon founding principles of Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. These principles have sustained and encouraged Zetas around the world to hold fast to the ideals initiated and developed by the founders and earliest members. We thought it appropriate, in this issue of the Archon, to share excerpts from “Torchbearers Of A Legacy.” These excerpts, lifted from the pages, are but a small part of the comprehensive history included in “Torchbearers.” After reading the words that chronicle Zeta’s history, we hope that you will be inspired to strengthen your embrace of dear Zeta. As printed - Excerpts taken from Torchbearers Of A Legacy

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Introduction

member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. From this auspicious beginning Zeta

19th International Grand Basileus, 1986-92

Phi Beta became the first Black sorority to charter international chapters, to establish adult and youth auxiliary

There was no fai-

groups and to organize its internal af-

rytale beginning, no

fairs within a central, national office

once upon a time with Zeta Phi Beta

administered by a paid staff. These

Sorority. It began with the simple be-

pages record the birth of a legend, re-

lief, emblazoned on the hearts of her

capturing her successes and also recap-

founders–Arizona Cleaver (Stemons),

ping her disappointments. It is a story

Myrtle Tyler (Faithful), Viola Tyler

told by her children–pearls jewels and

(Goings), Pearl Anna Neal, and Fannie

gems.

Pettie (Watts). These five Black women founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1920 on the campus of Howard University

Founders’ Legacy

in Washington, DC. They believed that sorority elitism and socializing

While the initiative and energy of

overshadowed the real mission for

the founders were the catalyst

progressive organizations and failed to address fully the so-

that led to the establishment of

cietal mores, ills, prejudices,

the new sorority known as Zeta

and poverty affecting hu-

Phi Beta, there had to be a need

manity in general and the

for the organization or the idea

black community in par-

would simply have faded away.

ticular.

The sustained energy, interest, and enthusiasm of its members are what give and nurture the life

Their belief, coupled with

of any group.

the dream of two staunch members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity–Charles Robert Sam-

Sororities founded before Zeta Phi Beta

uel Taylor and A. Langston Taylor–

were usually organized as socially ori-

gave impetus to the founding of Zeta as

ented groups. Academic standards were

the fraternity’s sister organization. The

set by the individual college for mem-

two groups thus became the first constitutionally established, Greek-letter sister and brother organizations. This book provides a rare opportunity to reminisce about, illuminate, and project the future of this noble organization. In documenting the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority fully and accurately, this book presents the accomplishments and achievements of this unique sorority gathered from both printed and non-printed sources.

The founders envisioned a sorority which would directly effect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise the consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members through sisterhood. These founding principles – Scholarship, Sisterly Love, Service and Finer Womanhood – have steadfastly been embraced by each new and seasoned T H E

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bership in all groups on the campus. The groups therefore sometimes employed such superficial traits as physical appearance and economic status as criteria for membership. Thus, many fine young women were not extended an invitation to membership in some organizations. From these ranks, Zeta Phi Beta attracted, welcomed, and benefited from the membership of the many outstanding women of accomplishment. Zeta’s 1 7

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founders established scholarship as the

soror, Eugenia Childs, who submitted

Pan-Hellenic groups on predominantly

first criterion for membership, and there

plans for the national celebration.

white campuses with little success. When

were many women with good minds who

the movement against sororities and fra-

were eager to belong to a sisterhood. Be-

The celebration has continued to be a

ternities, which began in the 1960s, sub-

cause these first sorors were not “color

major focus for Zeta. In recent years,

sided in the 1980s, a renewed interest in

struck” nor limited by the barriers of

the event has been expanded to Finer

Greek-letter organizations surfaced with

other biases, the doors were open to all

Womanhood Month because it was dif-

an energy stronger than ever before.

women who saw academic achievement

ficult for all chapters to plan celebrations

as the true accomplishment of the col-

during the one week in February. Now

lege experience. The five pearls who

each chapter plans its own program at

founded Zeta Phi Beta laid the ground-

the best time for its members between

work for a strong organization and set

the last full week in February and the

the standards for the many outstanding

end of March. While almost always in-

sorors who have worked to keep the so-

corporating a religious service, this week

rority true to the ideals set forth by these

emphasizes the standards, morals, cus-

pioneering women – scholarship sisterly

toms, and attributes of fine young ladies.

love and service.

Some chapters recognize an outstanding woman in their community based on

It would be unfair to ignore the two

such criteria as scholarship, religious ac-

men who were so instrumental in your

tivity, community service, and character.

establishment of the sorority–Charles R. S. Taylor and A. Langston Taylor. They were the first to encourage the creation of the sorority and they remained in-

Through the Eyes of an Elder Soror Lullelia

terested in its success. Because of them,

Walker Harrison

Zeta became the first national sorority

12th International Grand

to be organized as a sister organization

Basileus

to a fraternity, and today the two groups remain the only “sister-brother” affiliation.

Zeta Phi Beta changed as the established chapters on integrated campuses and Greek-letter groups began

Finer Womanhood Week

to lose their appeal among college students. In order to include people who

One of Zeta’s principal activities, which

had not had the opportunity to attend

became a trademark, has been the cele-

the best public schools, the academic

bration of Finer Womanhood Week. This

requirements for membership in sorori-

was first introduced in 1923 at the con-

ties and fraternities were lowered. Every

clave in Atlanta Georgia, by an Atlanta

effort was made to charter the National

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Zeta’s founders established scholarship as the first criterion for membership, and there were many women with good minds who were eager to belong to a sisterhood. After nearly 70 years of Zeta activities, I have never seen so much enthusiasm as I do now. The motivation of sororities and fraternities has changed from that of social pursuit to a desire to serve the needs of communities and to contribute to the betterment of society.


might be construed as hazing, and frivolity

lead to more cooperation between Zeta

is discouraged. This is a difficult problem

Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma and among

to address particularly among the men.

all other collegiate Greek organizations.

The colleges have made rigid regulations

Such a combination of efforts can only

for organizations–men and women, but

strengthen the impact of all activities and

they are often violated and disregarded.

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This more focused direction perhaps will

projects. This cooperation could certainly be achieved while maintaining the identity

Today Zeta Phi Beta’s “torchbearers” of

and promoting the unique characteristics

the legacy and all those who follow must

of each individual organization. Perhaps

be committed to promoting the highest

it would even motivate unity among all

standards of scholarship, character ser-

African-Americans.

vice, and love for mankind. The National Pan-Hellenic Council’s nine member or-

There was a time when Greek-letter or-

ganizations are urged to encourage such

ganizations were so socially oriented that

commitments and to give leadership by

they were concerned only with who could

precept and example. Today the torch is

give the best dance or party, but as the

in the hands of each “Greek” who wears

1900s draw to a close, all sororities and

a badge of any of the groups. As we move

fraternities are giving thousands of dollars

into the 21st century, such commitments

in scholarships to young people to help

by all of Greekdom can improve the qual-

them stay in school. They are supporting

ity of life in all communities. Zeta Phi

other service groups with funds and par-

Beta commits to giving complete coopera-

ticipation. Now sororities and fraternities

tion to fellow “Greeks” and others with

are encouraging other Greek-letter orga-

similar goals and ideals. Thereby, together

nizations to accept comparable standards

all groups will grow stronger, communities

of academic achievement and community

will benefit, and the United States will re-

service. The big corporations are funding

main the world’s number one democratic

sources for those who need help in fur-

leader.

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thering their education. Strong efforts are

he first official publication of the sorority was called X-Ray. It was touted as an effective tool in the sorority’s growth. Preserved in sorority archives is one of the earlier editions, which carried a letter from Soror Venetia E. Nichols, Grammateus Tamiochus. In her letter, included in “Torchbearers”, she states “Ours is indeed a wonderful organization. No Greek-letter organization has a greater movement than ours –“Finer Womanhood.” No one will think that our sorority is wonderful, nor will they know that such a movement exists, if we do not, by words and deeds, let it be known.”

being made to eliminate any activity that

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SORORITY NEWS Arizona Cleaver Stemons

Myrtle Tyler Faithful

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ur first annual Observance is Founders’ Day. It was, of course, established so that every chapter would have an opportunity to pay homage to the founding of our great sorority on January 16th of each year. On Friday, January 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect. This amendment (National Prohibition Act) halted the transportation, sale and production of liquor in the United States of America. Many people across the country were in an uproar and were very

Viola Tyler Goings

Fannie Pettie Watts

discontented. But, on the campus of Howard University, quite the opposite feeling was in the hearts of five (5) students, in particular. Instead of an uproar there was exhilaration. Instead of discontentment there was anticipation. Indeed, Founders Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl A. Neal, Viola Tyler Goings, Myrtle Tyler Faithful and Fannie Pettie Watts stood on the threshold of what we see today! This is why on January 16th, or as near to it as possible, chapters should be mindful to perform community service projects and/

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or to hold special chapter meetings and celebratory activities. All Sorors, whether financial or not, should be encouraged to participate in Founders’ Day celebrations. Shortly after Founders Day, our next observance is held in recognition of Finer Womanhood. As we travel back in time to 1923, the 4th annual Conclave (now called Boulé) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was held in Atlanta, Georgia. A Soror, Eugenia Chiles, from Atlanta, stood before the body to present plans for a national celebration

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...On January 16th...chapters should be mindful to perform community service projects and/or to hold special chapter meetings and celebratory activities. that would span a week of activities. With Finer Womanhood as a founding principle, surely expectations were high as Sorors listened to the report unfold. Originally, the Finer Womanhood Observance (FWO) was celebrated during one week in February. However, by the time Soror Isabel M. Herson became the 16th International Grand Basileus (1970-74), there were 305 Chapters in Zetadom. It was becoming increasingly difficult for every chapter to adhere to the designated one week. It was Soror Herson who started the tradition of holding Finer Womanhood activities anytime from the last week of February through the entire month of March.

As members of this illustrious organization, it is imperative that each of us understand why we have these observances and the protocols for their correct implementation. During FWO every chapter should conduct programs that provide public exposure, with emphasis on what it is to be a Finer Woman. The sorority colors should be worn and visible. It is also the expectation that all members, financial or not, rededicate themselves to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Chapters should make an effort to reach out to inactive members and invite them to attend their rededication ceremonies. An unfinancial/inactive soror should locate a local chapter that is having a rededication ceremony and participate.

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Rededication is a “sorors only” ritual and sorors shall be dressed in uninterrupted white. This includes shoes, buttons, zippers etc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has much to be proud of and Founders’ Day and Finer Womanhood Observances should always be set aside as a time to remember and pay tribute.

Submitted by Soror Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne (left), National Observances Director and Soror Weldina M. Lewis (right), National Protocol Director

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LIFESTYLE

Orange Rosemary Salmon with Zucchini Succotash

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4 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

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2 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound (about 2) medium zucchini, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

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Coarse salt and ground pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese 8 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 ½ pounds

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Bourbon Street “Sweet Heat” Chicken Wings

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon mustard

2 ounces bourbon

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup Buffalo wing sauce

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3 cloves garlic, minced •

2 cups ketchup

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

4-6 pounds chicken drumettes, patted dry

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A Message from the National Chaplain

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hen two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.- Matthew 18:1920 (Message)

start praying prayers for protection, peace, and prosperity now. With that said, we are excited about a new initiative, “Zetas Are Prayed UPP: United For Peace & Prosperity!” Look forward to the opportunity to join our Sorors who serve as Pastors, Elders, Ministers, Regional & State Chaplains, Evangelists, and Missionaries who will join me in praying for the needs of the Sisterhood, Community, Government, Families, and to simply give God thanks.

When we pray together, the effects can be very positive. Corporate prayer edifies and unifies us as we share our faith. Usually when people get together to pray, a whole array of prayers are offered by each individual instead of the group simply bringing a few focused prayers in complete unison before the Lord.

Anticipate a special invite to “Pray 60” as we will set aside one hour of corporate prayer time via conference call. Together we will make our petitions known to our Heavenly Father. Then we will watch Him move into action.

Corporate prayer is extremely powerful when we truly appreciate its value and perform it. Corporate prayer for all people will bring the Presence of God into manifestation on the earth and bring change and revival in our homes, at our schools, in our neighborhoods, in our cities, in our States, in our Regions, in our Country, and in this world we live in. Instead of waiting for the next natural disaster to unify us in prayer, let us be proactive and

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James Fauntleroy, Rahsaan Patterson, Terrence Lilly, Jonathan Richmond, Mike City, Dave Young, Bryan Sledge, Eddie Serrano, Rich King, Andre Harris and Vidal Davis. Recruiting such toptier songwriters – some of who have penned hits for Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Bilal, Babyface, Musiq Soulchild, and host of others, demonstrates Hathaway’s long-held status in contemporary R&B. “Where It All Begins” comes on the heels of Hathaway’s most successful album to date, 2008’s “Self Portrait,” her first record for legendary soul label Stax Records. The album reached the top ten on the Top R&B Albums chart and included the Grammy® nominated (Best Female R&B Vocal) song “That Was Then.”

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alah Hathaway is one of contemporary R&B’s most prized artists and in-demand vocalists. On October 18, 2011, she released “Where It All Begins”, her fifth solo album and second for Stax Records. The versatile, criticallyacclaimed musician, songwriter, vocalist and producer found creative regeneration and newfound energy making this record, an artistic re-birth she’s eager to share with anyone willing to listen. “Everybody is an artist in some way,” Hathaway enthuses. “I wanted to explore what that really means. For me it meant walking into being the artist I’ve always wanted to be. It was an opportunity for me to embrace my independence as an artist through my music and connection to my fans.” The Archon asked Lalah what advice she would give to aspiring artists? “Be yourself. Figure out who you are. Take your time and get on the road to being the best that you can. Give 200% each time. You are the best to ever do- YOU.” Hathaway brings that message home splendidly on the gorgeous title track, penned by her and Ernest Green. “If you say what you mean/And mean what you say,” she croons at the beginning of “Where It All Begins,” showcasing her sensual alto over a languid, hypnotic groove. In addition to Green, Hathaway recruited other esteemed kindred spirits to either co-write or contribute tailor-made tunes. The list includes Lewis Williams, Lee Hutson, Jr., Errol Cooney, James Day,

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Indeed, Hathaway intoxicates as a storyteller. Even though her voice brims with magnetism, she never overpowers to the point of drowning out the lyrics. As with previous albums, “Where It All Begins” comes loaded with enduring songs that sound personal yet easily relatable, touching upon affairs of the heart as well as the everyday joys of life. When it comes to honoring her predecessors, perhaps there’s no other greater example on “Where It All Begins” than with her spellbinding take on “You Were Meant For Me,” a chestnut that her late father – the incomparable Donny Hathaway recorded. In view of Donny Hathaway’s landmark albums and indisputable influence on generations of singers worldwide, she speaks of him as a guiding light, especially when it comes to interpreting other people’s music. “I really listened to my dad’s own songs,” Hathaway says fondly. “‘Jealous Guy’ by John Lennon – I always thought my father owned that,” she laughs. “I just grew up with the approach of opening yourself up to create something beautiful, that’s a love letter to what came before.” On “Where It All Begins,” Lalah Hathaway unquestionably succeeds at opening herself up in new and profound ways, striving for artistic higher ground and to ‘create something beautiful.’ “I feel like I’m at the top of my game, like I’m at the beginning again,” she says, excitedly. “There aren’t many artists, particularly female singers, who after 20 years, are kind of still on the come up. I feel like I’m on the come up.” To hear Lalah Hathaway’s new single “If You Want To” visit: www. lalahhathaway.com

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he history of Zeta is inextricably bound to the civil rights history of our country. Many iconic civil rights captains like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hooks, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Attorney Fred Shuttleworth and Zetas own Soror Clara Shepard Luper, fought against discrimination and for our freedom and access to opportunities throughout every aspect of life; opportunities in transportation, the military, finance, schools and beyond. In 1954, as the country struggled with equality for all, the sorority was encouraged to support the Supreme Court landmark decision in Brown vs Board of Education that made racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. At that moment in history, Zeta heeded the charge, issued by International Grand Basileus Dr. Patricia Cannon Partridge, to demonstrate Zeta’s belief in integration by broadening the sorority’s base of membership. The chapters listened and began integrating the membership with sorors, chapter sponsors and honorary members of other ethnicities. During this time, the sorority accepted the responsibility that integration was a social achievement and not a legacy that can be inherited. It would require work

to maintain. Zetas worked along-side their Greek, business and personal counterparts, committed to ensuring access and equality for all. As chronicled in the sorority’s history book Torchbearers Of A Legacy, the sorority contended with discrimination from its earliest days. Since some universities would not allow a Black sorority on campus, chapters were organized in cities were interested college students and graduates lived. As time moved on, efforts to charter National Pan-Hellenic groups on predominately white campuses was met with little success. There was a movement against sororities and fraternities that began in the 60s, during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, and did not end until the 80s. Each January, as we celebrate the founding of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., we also pause to honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To honor his legacy and recognize the founding of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1920, International President Sheryl P. Underwood announced the donation of $19,200 to support the completion of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial that now stands on the National Mall in

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Washington, DC. The National Board of Directors of Zeta Phi Beta approved the contribution, which is part of Zeta Phi Beta’s on-going commitment to enhancing the lives of people all across the country and building unifying bridges between people of various backgrounds. According to International Grand Basileus Underwood, “The sacrifices made by Dr. King and others continue to clear the path toward freedom that allows us to dream and to live a purposeful life, serving man and womankind in meaningful ways.”

In Honor and Memoriam Over the past couple of years, many of our noted leaders of the struggle, who committed their lives to serving their community – including one dear soror – have gone on to glory. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood joined the world in mourning the passing of these noble servants and influential leaders. In April 2010, our country was rocked with the passing of not one, but two significant civil rights figures when both Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hooks and Dr. Dororthy I. Height passed away.

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With the passing of Rev. Dr. Hooks (85 years), our brother of Omega Psi Phi, the world is short yet another civil rights champion and historical figure who helped shape American culture. He will long be remembered as one who fought to eradicate bigotry and injustice. The leadership he provided to our nation, and especially the NAACP, provided access to millions who knew no access, and under his leadership, the NAACP realized lowered debt, increased membership and heighten visibility. Rev. Dr. Hooks fought for the underserved and the overlooked. From the halls of justice to the baseball field, he remained committed to creating opportunities for inclusion for people who had long been relegated to the back of the line or the back of the bus. He was a servant leader with great vision; working to open doors of employment, community development and access within some of our nations most tightly shut institutions.

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was Chair and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Dr. Height (98 years) is recorded in America’s civil history as one whose legacy is that of positive impact, influence and change. Dr. Height was a leader of the civil rights movement and was one of the most notable women who strategized with men whom we lift up as icons of the Civil Rights Movement, men like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our Phi Beta Sigma brother the Honorable John Lewis. She was loved and admired by many, with leaders of the free world seeking her words of wisdom. From Dwight D. Eisenhower to William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton to our current President Barack Obama, Dr. Height advised Presidents on both sides of the aisle. In 1994, President Bill Clinton presented Dr. Height with the Medal of Freedom. President George W. Bush would

later present her with the Congressional Gold Medal. Whether advocating for better working conditions for black domestic workers early in her career, serving as National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority or leading the National Council of Negro Women during the civil rights era, Dr. Height was always a leader with vision, action and energy. Having had the chance to meet Dr. Height at the Uncommon Heights Gala, International President Underwood, a member of NCNW, remarked, “She still had a twinkle in her eye and the glow of a woman comfortable in her legacy.” There is a void now where she once stood but we will forever be grateful for having had the opportunity to know her, experience her kindness and strength and have memories to sustain us.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth In October 2011 we acknowledged, with great sorrow, the passing of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, an icon of the civil rights movement. Rev. Shuttlesworth (89 years) will be remembered as a man who bravely confronted segregation and the oppressive, often violent system that sustained it. Rev. Shuttlesworth was a key figure in the civil rights movement, working alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as they battled the inhumanity that was the focus of the civil rights movement. He endured bombings of his home, beatings and even being jailed so that freedom and justice could indeed be applied to all. He was the last remaining member of the civil rights era’s trio known as the “Big Three,” joining Rev. King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy in forming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. When history is retold and the story of the civil rights movement is recounted the name of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth will rise to the top as one who never wavered from his commitment to providing access to truth and justice for all.

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Soror Clara Shepard Luper In June 2011, Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc., with immense heartfelt sympathy acknowledged the passing of Soror Clara Shepard Luper, our beloved Zeta sister and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. Our dear Soror Luper (88 years) truly exemplified the founding principles of Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood, upon which Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded. We are honored that our sister bravely stood strong at a time when leadership was most needed during a tumultuous time in our world. History has recorded her great works and noble deeds but we also remember our sister who was a teacher, a writer, a radio personality, an activist, a humanitarian, a woman who fought for equal rights for all. We will speak the name of Soror Luper when we reflect on the great civil rights icons that helped to pave the wave for the election of our country’s first African American President. She was a brave warrior, leading sit-ins at the Katz Drug Store lunch counter in Oklahoma City and providing leadership and mentorship that led to the integration of 38 Katz Drug Stores in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. When she received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Langston University, and later her Master of Arts in History Education from the University of Oklahoma, which she helped to integrate, I wonder if she knew that she would one day be recorded in the very history books that she studied. Soror Luper had a vision for a better world and a confidence that, through peaceful protest, that vision could become a reality. Today we know that the world is indeed a better place for us having had her with us for 88 years. Her love and strength will remain firmly planted in the hearts and minds of each one of us who owe her a debt of gratitude for the work she undertook on our behalf.

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ZETA CONVENES IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION

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he 2009 and 2011 Zeta Organizational Leadership (ZOL) Training and Certification Conferences were held at the elegant J.W. Marriott Hotel in the sorority’s birthplace, Washington, DC. Attendees engaged in sessions designed to provide the functional knowledge needed for leaders in the Zeta organization. Participants, who were from across the country, developed skills needed for success in the sorority, their professional careers and their community. International President and entertainer/ entrepreneur Sheryl P. Underwood, welcomed attendees to an “historic weekend of sharing and learning, with dynamic sessions led by successful and proven leaders.” Attendees came with a willingness to avail themselves to knowledge that would enhance their leadership skills, thus enabling them to be recognized as the leaders they are in Zeta, professionally and in the community.

The ZOL Conference was chaired by Dr. Katheryn Davis, who worked diligently, along with the ZOL Steering Committee, to develop content-rich and thought-provoking sessions. According to Dr. Davis, “It is was our sincere hope that the participants of ZOL learned much and that each one left the conference equipped with tools that moved them forward as competent leaders, not just in Zeta, but in each of their respective life situations.” Davis adds, “The completion of the ZOL Training and Certification event means that the participants are expected to perform at a high level of leadership competency; exemplify positive leadership attitudes and behaviors; and demonstrate an enhanced ability to effectively relate to others.” During the conference 2009, over 300 people visited the Zeta Headquarters on New Hampshire Avenue. This was the first

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time many had seen recent renovations to the facility. IGB Underwood noted that, “the agendas planned for 2009 and 2011 were full and the schedule aggressive, but we also included some fun within the serious aspects of learning.” ZOL is an energy charged gathering that also includes entertainment like contemporary Gospel recording artist Spenesha Baker; jazz duo Kloud 9, R&B group After 7, the Legendary DJ Kool and others. ZOL is a dynamic, intellectually stimulating conference, which has a new energy and some non-traditional elements, while holding fast to the philosophical foundations of the organization.


LIFESTYLE SOROR KAREN GIPSON Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Lifestyle Management Consultant, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. National Director of Health and Wellness.

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t’s time to up the fitness ante! However, we all know that this can be one of the hardest resolutions to put into action. How can you make your get-active goals stick? Here are four tips and tricks to make exercise a year-long commitment.

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Taking care of yourself on a daily basis, if you don’t already maintain a fitness routine, can be challenging. From daycare to Sorority meetings or just catching up with friends, it can often feel like “you” don’t really fit into the equation of “your” day.

Your fitness goals are too lofty and could set you up for failure. For example, it’s January and you want to run a half-marathon by March or you’re hoping to lose 10 pounds in one month.

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Talk to your doctor before starting any fitness regimen to help you set realistic fitness goals. Make an appointment with a qualified personal trainer who can assist you in breaking your larger New Year’s resolutions into smaller more tangible fitness targets and tasks. This will keep you motivated and increase your odds of being successful. A medical or fitness professional can also help you plan for and overcome the inevitable hurdles that may hinder your workout schedule; for example, illness, injury, or family and work obligations.

Start making yourself a priority. Let people around you know that you’re going to make a big fitness change in your life and ask them for their support. See if your friends can help you with a few day-to-day tasks -- or even exercise with you. Get your husband to clean-up the dishes so you can head off to the gym or outside for a walk. By sticking to your “I need me time” plan, you’ll be more likely to keep an exercise schedule.

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You want to lose weight and tone your muscles, but haven’t set any concrete targets and you’re not sure how to go about achieving your fitness goals.

You would rather go out with your friends for an après-a-bad-day-at-work drink than head to the gym.

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Studies show that people who write things down, from what they eat to how they feel before, during and after exercise, are more likely to stick to a new healthy living plan. So, before you start any routine, go to your local bookstore and buy a journal to track your fitness goals (or keep one online). Include inspirational quotes in your fitness journal to inspire you to exercise whenever you feel like taking a day off (or feel too lazy to get off the couch). Doing this will help you feel more organized and in control of your fitness future.

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Get your friends to hop on the fitness train with you. People are more likely to stick to a fitness regimen if they have someone to support them. While hiring a personal trainer works, a more cost-effective and emotionally significant way to do this is to work out with a friend. Not only will you be able to motivate each other to stick to your long-term plan, you’ll also get to indulge in some quality bonding time. These mini-fitness resolutions will make your ultimate goal to exercise more this year an achievable reality. 2 0 1 2

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Z-HOPE CLOSEFIELDS PRE-SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAM TAKES SHAPE IN

Z-Hope Supports United Nations Millennium Development Goal for Education Empowerment

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n 2007, five Zeta Sorors from the District of Columbia (DC), Sorors Georgia Davis (BZ), DC State Z-HOPE Chair; Carolyn Glover (OPZ) DC State President; Martel Cooper (BZ); Vernal James (BZ) and Triumphant Soror Generva White (BZ) visited Ghana to commission two water wells they had funded in the Wieja Constituency. There they met with the Honorable Mrs. Shirley Botchway, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Weija Constituency in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. During this meeting they were asked to assist in the development of a pre-school program that would help the young mothers who work, especially the young, uneducated women who worked with their babies strapped to their backs. Many of these mothers were

losing their babies to animal predators and poisonous insects because they were forced to lay their babies on pallets on the ground while they labored in the fields or stone quarries. The DC Sorors witnessed firsthand the hardships on these mothers and their families and were deeply moved to accept the challenge, posed by the Honorable Mrs. Botchway, of creating programs to assist these young women and their children. For three years they researched and planned a way to implement a pre-school program in the Greater Accra region. In the interim, a request for a pre-school Program was presented to International

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Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood, during her visit to Ghana, by the Minister of Education of the Ghana Education Service. With the recommendation from the National Z-HOPE International Women of Color (IWC) Committee, the DC Sorors, who are all educators with pre-school experience, devised a plan to partner with a local school that had the staff and the space where the proposed program could be implemented. The site selected was the Closefields School in Mankessim, Ghana. The DC Sorors developed a pilot Early Childhood Learning Center Training Program and a comprehensive pre-school curriculum in partnership with the principal and teachers at the Closefields School.


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The aim of the program is three-fold: 1. To address the Millennium Development Goal for education for the United Nations and UNICEF, and the accreditation of the sorority. 2.

To train local men and women to establish and operate Early Childhood Learning Centers in their villages. These trainees/interns will be required to have a minimum educational qualification of a high school diploma.

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To train parents to work cooperatively with the teachers and trainees/ interns to assist in the educational development of the pre-schoolers (a cooperative teaching model.)

To support this effort, the DC Zetas have been busy collecting gently used preschool educational toys, books and learning materials to be sent to the model site. They have also been instrumental in getting churches and individuals to donate the funds needed to provide free tuition for pre-schoolers, whose parents work in the program, to attend the school. (The cost for

The plan involves selecting trainees from villages where Zeta water wells have been built, bringing them to the Closefields school as paid Teaching Assistant Interns, providing housing for them for the one year they will be in training, and providing intensive “learn-by-doing” training in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service. At the end of their training period, the Interns will receive an Early Childhood Education Certificate, approved by the Ghana Education Service. This certification will qualify them to work with infants and toddlers in a Learning Center setting. They will also be given some basic supplies from the DC Zetas that will enable them to return to their villages and set up Early Childhood Learning Centers. The school currently has two interns.

This year, we are proud that we were able to witness the program in full operation. the schooling is approximately $30.00 per child per term and there are three terms per year.) On a return trip to Ghana on July 3, 2011, the DC Zetas conducted on-site training demonstrations for the teachers, staff, interns, and parents at the Closefields School. Representatives from the Ghana Educational Service observed the training and reviewed the curriculum and educational materials that were donated. They reported that they were impressed with the quality and thoroughness of the curriculum and the teaching methods presented by the DC Sorors and their

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special guests who were experts in the field of Early Childhood Education. For over three years this pre-school project has been the Z-HOPE International Special Project focus of the District of Columbia Zetas. This year, we are proud that we were able to witness the program in full operation. We can see the impact it is having on the education of pre-schoolers in Ghana, the enhancement of teaching strategies for the teachers, the broadening of roles of parent volunteers who work in classrooms as teaching assistants, and the enlightening of the whole school staff and community as they look forward to their site serving as a model for others to learn. ”We and other Zeta pre-school educators will continue to conduct training classes in Ghana during the up-coming years”, commented Soror Georgia Davis, the project coordinator. “The success of our model is when our trainees return to their home communities and duplicate the process by setting up Learning Centers in their villages utilizing our “Learning Stimulation” curriculum and parents as teaching assistants.” Z-Hope, IWC, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will implement another United Nations program toward the empowerment of women and the education of children in Ghana. We truly have witnessed Z-HOPE – Zetas Helping Other People Excel. Submitted by Soror Mary Singletary, Z-HOPE ICW International Coordinator; Soror Georgia Davis, DC State Z-HOPE Chair and Soror Carolyn Glover, DC State President.

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Regional Round-Up WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF ZETA

The Awesome Atlantic Region PSI LAMBDA RENOWNED

Heart for the Homeless

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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. The chapter has hosted an array of programs targeting sexual awareness, self-defense and proper interview etiquette, all of which are key to Zeta’s finer-womanhood. The young, elite eight active members of Psi Lambda have participated in community service walks in the urban community to spread awareness of Breast Cancer, Lupus and Sickle Cell Disease to minority population that live in these areas. The well-rounded women on Psi Lambda’s executive board not only take initiative within the chapter to provide leadership and organization, but they also hold other

n any given evening, in Baltimore City, over 4,088 individuals sleep on the street at night. Homeless shelters fill rapidly leaving many with very limited resources. This heartbreaking situation leaves many of us wondering, “What can I do?”

positions in campus clubs and organizations. 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, all serve on their campus’ Greek Council and provide innovative, diverse ideas which are presented to the public and stakeholders. In addition to their executive board memberships, they also have other responsibilities such as: Resident Assistant, Black Organizations of Students membership, Greek Advocacy Committee, Event Planning Committee, and various occupations.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Tau Eta Zeta Chapter seeks to address the issue of homelessness with its annual Heart for the Homeless Coat and Clothing drive. Since 2004, THZ has been distributing coats and warm clothing to underprivileged citizens of Baltimore City. This noteworthy event has provided hundreds of individuals with items they need to endure during the inclement weather months. In January 2011, this annual coat and clothing drive was the most successful event of its kind to date. Not only were the homeless individuals provided coats and clothing, but warm meals and beverages as well.

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.

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mentals of life as well as introduces them to society. The chapter recently completed its 17th Cotillion in the spring of 2011 – awarding collegiate scholarships to the top three winners.

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ta Pi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on November 11, 1973 in Montgomery County, Maryland. It was among the first predominantly African-American social and community service organizations to be established in Montgomery County and resulted from the lowering of housing barriers for African Americans after the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As new families moved into the county, a Montgomery County chapter was needed to provide other Zetas the op-

Eta Pi Zeta is promoting awareness and advocacy for two initiatives: sustainability and domestic violence. Eta Pi Zeta is successfully demonstrating how to go green while wearing blue through various programs, impacting not only chapter members, but extending the impact to the surrounding community and natural environment as well. The chapter is also raising awareness against domestic violence. lion, health awareness fair, assistance to the needy and community outreach activities and support of the Black College Tour for high school students. Additionally, Eta Pi Zeta chapter is associated with the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Montgomery County Women’s Commission, the Pan Hellenic Community, Rockville Senior Center, Crossway Program Family Leadership Program and Montgomery County Women’s Center. Eta Pi Zeta received first place in the state at the State of Maryland conference in March 2011 by completing 39 Z-HOPE programs/ initiatives. The chapter is active in its partnership with the local chapter of the March of Dimes – March for Babies. In April, the chapter raised a total of over $3,700 in donations toward the March for Babies event.

portunity to remain active and to provide a voice in the county for the new residents. Eta Pi Zeta has continued to carry out the mission of the organization through various community service activities and programs including: an educational scholarship cotil-

The chapter has an energetic youth group with all auxiliaries active: Pearlettes, Amicettes, and Archonettes. The youth girls have played bingo with seniors and collaborated with the social action committee to conduct a Build-A-Bear event with a total of 55 stuffed animals donated to the Montgomery County Family Justice Center (MCJFC). In March, the youth group received first place in the state at the State of Maryland conference by completing the most Z-HOPE programs of all the youth auxiliaries. Eta Pi Zeta further empowers high school aged ladies by hosting Cotillions that teach the etiquette of being a woman and the funda-

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Eta Pi Zeta Chapter actively supports the National Educational Foundation (NEF), not

only through its annual financial contributions to NEF scholarships, but in partnering with the NEF in planning and presenting community education programs and scholarship benefit programs for the NEF endowment fund. In joint sponsorship with the NEF, the chapter conducted a successful workshop for youth in the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland area on Healthy Choices for a Brighter Future. Along with other Maryland Zeta chapters, Eta Pi Zeta partnered with the NEF in its Scholarship Benefit Breakfast, for the endowment fund. To learn more about Eta Pi Zeta and its initiatives, please visit the chapter website at www.etapizeta.org

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ETA PI ZETA CHAPTER CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY


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Eastern Regional News FROM GIRLS TO PEARLS

Delta Zeta Chapter Nurtures Young Girls to Create Great Leaders

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erving the community is not an adult’s job; it is the job of all individuals who call it “Home”. Since 1934 the Delta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated has served the Charlotte community with grace and poise. Now it is time for the youth to step up and show out and let Charlotte, NC know that we appreciate them. Charlotte is the home of all three youth auxiliaries, and each one does their part in being visible and promoting positive environments. Through building lasting relationships with advisors we hope to foster young women who will be great leaders in their communities. The Archonettes participate annually with Samaritan’s Purse collecting shoe boxes from the community to ship overseas to countries who are not as privileged as ours. They also participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Charlotte, NC, and

Workshops to promote awareness (Internet safety, history lessons, bullying). The Amicettes have had a busy year serving the Grier Heights community in Charlotte, NC. They have participated in National Night Out (which promotes drug and crime prevention), Youth Clean-up Day, canned food drives, Urban Eagles Bash (promoting social awareness), and annually participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade. The youngest of them all have made their mark in the Charlotte community. The Pearlettes have participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade, canned food drives, Pearl Talk (engaging youth in issues from school, families, and friends), and creating centerpieces for a church’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Soror Wickham Gives HU Founder’s Day Address

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oror Joan McMillan Wickham, who is the President of the National Hampton Alumni Association, gave the keynote address at the 119th Annual Hampton University Founder’s Day ceremony on Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Ogden Hall on the campus. Wickham has been an educator and administrator for 34 years. She is currently a music educator and director of special projects at Lee Hall Elementary School in Newport News, Va. As an educator and music instructor, Wickham has been a

third grade teacher in Ludwigsburg, West Germany; music educator in Harrisonburg, Va. and Columbia, S.C.; choir director and music theory instructor at Allen University in Columbia, S.C. and City Colleges of Chicago, Stuttgart, West Germany Campus. She also has expertise as a choral director on the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels and is currently the director of the Crusaders Male Chorus. Wickham is a mezzo-soprano and has been a featured soloist locally, nationally and internationally. Wickham is a Hamptonian many times over and has received three degrees from HU and is now in a doctoral program. She earned the Bachelor of Science in music education in 1978, a Master of Arts in secondary education

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in 1982, a Master of Arts in education leadership in 2010, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the education leadership and management program. Wickham has served her alma mater through many positions in the National Hampton Alumni Association and the Boosters club. She became the president of the National Hampton Alumni Association in 2010. Wickham has been recognized for her work in education and the community including the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, Hampton University Outstanding Twenty Year Alumnus Award and as a National Appointee to the National Educational Foundation of ZPB.


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or the past few years, proceeds from the annual Sigma Phi Zeta Annual Old School Prom, an evening of dinner, dancing and a silent auction, have gone toward raising money for the Royal Blue Dove Foundation. “The annual prom allows us to raise funds to bestow academic scholarships to deserving female high school students in Lake County, IL,” stated April Clincy, the Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter President. “The 2011 event enjoyed very strong attendance, drawing enough to fill the Milan

Sigma Phi Zeta hosted the fabulous event, which had the last word in excellence—from the delicious food, to the flowers, live jazz entertainment, and the dazzling guests who turned up in elegant black tie attire. The most anticipated part of the evening featured special awards and presentations given to a few individuals. Special presentations were given to our 2011 prom court Soror Kim Woods and Soror Mary Jackson-Minor. Soror Woods joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in the fall of 1987 while studying theatre at the University of Alabama- Birmingham. Soror Jackson-

Minor was inducted in the fall of 2002 as a member of the “Fabulous Fourteen” charter line for the Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter. Congratulations were extended to Soror Joyce Thomas-Williams on 50+ years in Zeta! Soror Thomas-Williams was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Zeta chapter in 1953 in Austin TX. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Samuel Houston College and an Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas-Austin and worked many years as an educator. Sigma Phi Zeta chapter looks forward to our 2012 Old School Prom, which will be held April 21, 2012 at the fabulous Milan. Please email Zsigmaphizeta1920@yahoo.com or call 224-698-ZETA (9382) for tickets or for more information.

A COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEERING – UPSILON CHI ZETA CHAPTER Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Upsilon Chi Zeta Chapter, in Rockford, Illinois, has continued their mission of volunteering their time and talents throughout the Rock River Valley community. The chapter assists the Rockford Park District with their Flag Football Camp with the Chicago Bears, their Youth Basketball Camp and mentors young ladies on daily life and parenting skills through the Rockford Meld. The chapter also participates in the annual March of Dimes Walk and Prematurity Awareness Day. In January and March, respectively, Upsilon Chi Zeta Chapter will host the annual Founder’s Day and Finer Womanhood celebration where sorors can reaffirm their commitment to the sorority and celebrate the accomplishments of the chapter. T H E

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Empowering Our Brothers Upsilon Psi Zeta Chapter of Oak Park, Michigan Produce 2012 Black Male Empowerment Calendar

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n an effort to dispel myths about African American men only engaging in gang violence and incorrigible behavior, the sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Psi Zeta Chapter of Oak Park, MI, aimed to spotlight our fraters of the Divine 9. For a second time, Upsilon Psi Zeta unveiled their Black Male Empowerment Calendar, this one focusing on Men of Service. Every calendar provides the sorors with an opportunity to showcase prominent positive leaders and role models in the community while also raising funds to award a scholarship to a deserving black male in the community. This year the sorors were successful in finding men who served in various branches of the military and law enforcement within the Metro Detroit area.

The Upsilon Psi Zeta Black Male Empowerment Calendar launch took place December 2, 2011 at L!V Lounge in downtown Detroit. The event attracted representatives from each of the NPHC organizations, along with family, friends and other supporters. Calendars were sold prior to the event for $15 and all calendars sold at the event, and after, cost $20. During the three-hour event the sorors of Upsilon Psi Zeta sold more than 125 calendars. Calendars are still available for sale. Those interested in purchasing the calendars and supporting the scholarship fund can purchase one for $20 via Upsilon Psi Zeta’s PayPal account. Email upsilonpsizeta@gmail.com to make a purchase.

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he Holiday season tends to bring out the best in people. On November 20, 2011, that’s just what happened for the ladies of the Tau Alpha Zeta Chapter of Richton Park, IL. Despite the decline in the economy, we were able to increase our giving this year. With the help of the Rich Township Pantry, we provided turkeys and the trimmings for ten families in the Richton Park community. The families met us at the Pantry and we handed out, to each family, a 10-12 pound turkey and a bag filled with

stuffing, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn and more to ensure that each family received a complete holiday style meal for Thanksgiving. This is Tau Alpha Zeta’s seventh year in helping the Pantry alleviate some of the stress and hunger that families unexpectedly face in times of crisis, especially around the holidays. Throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Tau Alpha Zeta continued the spirit of giving. On Saturday, November 26,

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2011, sorors once again gave their time and unwavering support to the Lakeview Pantry in Chicago, IL. Sorors actively participated in unloading the food and inspecting and sorting out appropriate items for distribution to the deserving families. Sorors also had the opportunity to assist clients with signing up for case management services. TAZ takes pride in uniting in a sisterly fashion and emulating our principle of service.

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elcome to the Sisterhood: Phi Tau Chapter, 1st Undergraduate Chapter in Wyoming.

History was made during the administration of International Grand Sheryl P. Underwood and 19th Midwestern Regional Director Lonnie Dafney, and Colorado & Wyoming State Director Zoe Grant-Lewis when the first Undergraduate chapter in Wyoming, Phi Tau, was chartered. The chartering was held on May 1, 2011 on the University of Wyoming Campus, in Laramie Wyoming. The chapter is associated with Phi Tau Zeta Graduate Chapter and was established to take in collegiate students from the University of Wyoming.

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SOROR EMMA FAULK JOINS BOARD OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARLIAMENTARIANS

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eta Phi Beta’s National Phylacter Soror Emma Faulk has been appointed to the National Board of Directors of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Soror Faulk, who is an Alabama State University faculty member and a professional registered parliamentarian, was installed as the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) District-Three director in St. Petersburg, Florida during their convention.

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reetings Sorors! Rho Mu Zeta in Clarksville, Tennessee has been busy expanding upon Scholarship, committing acts of Service, sharing Sisterly Love and enhancing Finer Womanhood!

Soror Faulk, an assistant professor in Business/Marketing Education, will serve in this position for 2011-2013. As a member of the National Board of Directors Soror Faulk will serve as a liaison between the board of directors and the associations, and unchartered states or provinces within the district. Soror Faulk’s district includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. Other unchartered regions under her domain are Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean.

PSI PHI ZETA IMPACTS WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TN

Scholarship: Rho Mu Zeta presented a graduating high school senior with a scholarship. This young lady is now a freshman at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. Service: The Dovely Ladies of Clarksville have successfully completed many Z-Hope projects. West Creek Middle School benefited from the generous donation of school supplies for students in need. The Zetas also visited a women’s safe house in Clarksville and donated feminine products for clients there. Additionally, a men’s health workshop was presented at the APSU recreational center to emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. Sisterly Love: Rho Mu Zeta encourages the expansion of sisterly love and welcomed seven new members into the family this year. Finer Womanhood: The Clarksville Graduate Chapter held workshops on self-care and treating oneself as a woman of value. Additionally, Rho Mu Zeta shares this vision with the local undergraduate chapter and the youth groups. T H E

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n April 4, 2011 seven brave and phenomenal women embarked on trailblazing a new path of service in an area where our presence was unknown. On this date, Psi Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated received certification to officially become a new chapter by International Grand Basileus, Sheryl P. Underwood with the blessings of Regional Director, Dr. Constance Hendricks and State Director, Ernestine Wilson. We were officially chartered on June 48th, 2011 at the South Central Regional Leadership Conference held in Huntsville, Alabama.

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The chapter has begun serving the community by partnering with some local elected officials and community leaders at Centennial High School in Franklin, TN, for a diversity workshop and round table discussion. The charter members of Psi Phi Zeta Chapter are excited about the opportunities to partner and build relationships to serve in Williamson County, as well as, build chapter membership and increase awareness of our beloved sorority. Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.

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Beauty Break COMBATS STRESS An experience, designed with the goals of relaxation and stress reduction, “Beauty Break” indulged expectant mothers and mothers with infants with services such as: relaxing aromatherapy massages, visualization and meditation techniques, Green

Today, African American infants die 2 to 3 times more often than infants in other groups. Stress is a large factor that contributes to the 11.6 deaths per 1,000 live births each year. BIH’s goal is to help moms reduce stress and provide the emotional and psychological support families need. “Stress plays a large role in women in

Stress plays a large role in women in the African American community...Some moms need social support and are not connected with their families. Tea masks, Thai hand scrubs, and professional hair care services. “We had 15 moms show up,” says Community Liaison, Marlene Rowlett. “The event is always a great success, because we roll out the red carpet for moms.”

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s a group of five women from the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program rallied together in an effort to host their annual “Beauty Break” event for African American moms – Zeta was there to answer the call of service. Zetas from the California San Fernando Valley’s Nu Omicron Zeta (NOZ) chapter, received a special invitation from the Black Infant Health Program (BIH) to help sponsor an event that was created to assist in reducing the rate of infant mortality within the African American community by combating stress.

Displaying their hearts and talents, Zetas brought pure white gift bags stuffed with generous donations of candles and compact mirrors for moms and receiving blankets babies. As a special treat, Soror Tanita Harris-Ligons, led a “Move It” class for expectant mothers, coinciding with the theme of physical health and nutrition. Moms participated in prenatal and postnatal exercises, intertwined with special “Afrocentric” movements. While moms enjoyed the “Beauty Break”, those that volunteered expressed the importance of the day’s events. “This was an opportunity to focus on pampering and de-stressing mothers for a change, making her feel special just for an afternoon. This, in turn, helps the baby. A healthy mommy [means a] healthy baby,” says chapter Basileus, Bibliana Bovery.

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the African American community,” says Rowlette. “Some moms need social support and are not connected with their families. [And] some just want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.” BIH reaches out to community agencies and organizations to raise the issue of infant mortality and informs these groups and individuals about the work they are doing to help. The group expressed its appreciation for Zeta Phi Beta’s dedication to community service - a mission that BIH shares to further advance its work. “Your goal of working with black mothers is beneficial in helping the community,” says Roxanne Wilson, a Community Health Outreach Worker. In working together on “Beauty Break”, she said, “[It] was just a natural extension to reach out to your sorority.” BIH offers a full service environment. It provides medical and social health services with the goal to give expectant mothers and their babies the best possible chance for a healthy start in life.

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Youth INGLEWOOD AMICETTES Zeta Auxiliary of San Jose Give Rather Than Receive Gifts for Christmas

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micron Rho Zeta Chapter chartered an Amicette auxiliary group on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The induction and chartering ceremonies were held in the “Wonders of Reading” library at Annalee Elementary School in Carson, California. The following six young ladies are charter members of the Inglewood Amicettes: Mya Ford, DeVine Hill, Zoe Johnson, Courtney Martinez, Janan Shaheed, and Jordyn Wilson. The ceremonies were well attended by family members of the Amicettes, the principal of Annalee Elementary School, Robin L. Willis, and members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, including State Director Valerie Preston. All of these young ladies are academic scholars at Annalee Elementary School. They have already started volunteering in their school and local communities. The Amicettes sponsored a Thanksgiving

Canned Food Drive and donated dozens of canned goods. They assisted Omicron Rho Zeta chapter in making and delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to eleven families at the Midnight Rescue Mission’s Transition Housing Unit in Inglewood, California. The Inglewood Amicettes also partnered with Hope for the Homeless, Omicron Rho Zeta chapter, and Kappa Delta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, in distributing Thanksgiving food items to the community. Ms. Yvonne Brown, the President of Omicron Rho Zeta chapter, is very proud of each of the young ladies. “We congratulate these young ladies on making the decision to become Amicettes. We applaud them for their commitment to serving the community, and we look forward to seeing the finer women they will become.”

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n lieu of their annual gift exchange, the Pacific Region’s Z-HOPE Award winning youth elected to collect toys for Stevie Wonder’s “House Full of Toys”. Congratulations to the Zeta Youth Auxiliary of San Jose, CA for donating 30 toys.

t had been sixteen years since the last intake class of Psi Mu Chapter had entered into “Zeta Land”. In Fall of 2011, Psi Mu Chapter was reactivated with six new members on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. We welcome new members : Soror Lauren Burrus-Fikes, Soror Nenah Reed, Soror Monè Blackburn, Soror Phaedra Hopkins, Soror Jamilia Jernigan, and Soror Dominique Williams. We congratulate California State Directors, Soror Tanya D. Fitzgerald and Soror Valerie Preston and Soror Nui Brown on a successful reinstatement of Psi Mu Chapter.

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Sorors Traci andTowanda Braxton, along with their sisters Tamar & Trina, visited Spelman College on October 19, 2011 to promote Season 2 of their WE-TV hit television show “Braxton Family Values.� Soror Arienne Jones and Soror Jasmine Williams welcomed them to Spelman College on behalf of the Beta Iota Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Raising the Bar in the Capital Campaign DELTA ETA ZETA Holds 57th Annual Debutante

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he Delta Eta Zeta Chapter, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, extended its legacy by presenting its 57th annual cotillion on April 2, 2011. The event was first held in 1954 with an all girls debutante cotillion. It has grown to include Debutantes, Sub-Debutantes and Masters. Through the Zeta Dove Academy, the participants complete activities and seminars to enhance the mind, body, and spirit. Some of the sessions offered were Financial Management, Legal Rights and Responsibilities, Dining Etiquette, College Life and Love Should Not Hurt. The Dove Academy activities and seminars were culminated with a Blue Rose Dinner and Dance.

This community event spotlights the accomplishments and academic achievements of deserving students each year. Academic scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors. The Delta Eta Zeta Chapter, along with the Zeta D.O.V.E. Foundation, Inc. dispersed over $15,000.00 in scholarships during the 2010 - 2011 year. The legacy of this event has been sustained over the years due to the outpouring commitment of chapter members, and their generous referrals of family, friends, and associates. This event continues to thrive and remains as a staple in the local community. Hats off to another successful year!

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he Southeastern Region is off to an incredible start with the Capital Campaign and reaching our $250,000 goal. As a region, we sold 573 tickets and raised $14,325 in Capital Campaign Ticket Sales. The Southeastern Region has also produced the highest number of Golden, Diamond and Platinum Life members throughout the country. Currently, the Southeastern Region has also cultivated four Sapphire Members and is encouraging many more non-life members to do the same. Thus far, the region has raised over $54,325 and is working diligently to Burn the Mortgage in Chicago during Boule 2012! Stay tuned for future correspondence and additional promotions regarding the 2011-2012 Capital Campaign.

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he Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Nu Chi Zeta hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Event on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Palms at Pelican Cove on the island of St. Croix. Proceeds from this event were donated to the St. Croix Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Yvonne Ashley Galiber Foundation, two organizations that work tirelessly to provide financial assistance and transportation to a cancer treatment facility for women in need.

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psilon Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (Greenwood, SC) has celebrated several successes over the past sorority year. The chapter followed its yearly tradition of presenting scholarships to graduating seniors. Epsilon Psi Zeta chapter hosted a scholarship luncheon in honor of the recipients in June, 2011 to celebrate the presentation of scholarships to Danielle Donaldson, a freshman at South Carolina State University and Lyea Morton, a freshman at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. Both young ladies are doing well and are in constant contact with the chapter since leaving for school.

Over 100 guests and supporters were treated to an evening filled with song, poetry, inspirational dance and door prizes. “Phenomenal Sorors” gave a crowd pleasing and unique rendition of Phenomenal Women by Maya Angelou and an original musical rendition dedicated to the breast cancer survivors in the audience. Over 20 local businesses provided door prizes to lucky winners. The evening ended with a parade of pink shoes! Soror Rissa Fabio was the crowd favorite in her pink cloth stilettos. Soror Paulette Edwards served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for this event, where every guest wore pink shoes.

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u Pi Zeta Chapter continues to promote one of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s signature programs, the Stork’s Nest, in the Beaufort County area. The chapter is proud to announce that through the hard work and leadership of their Stork’s Nest cochairs Sorors Grace Bulls and Cherie Mack, they have opened their fourth Stork’s Nest at the Port Royal Medical Center.

Epsilon Psi Zeta also hosted its Tiny Tots program in May, 2011, with the top winner Master Kaden Walker, being sponsored by Soror Nikki Richard. The second and third place winners were Little Miss Shekinah Morris and Master Jeremiah Williams, sponsored by Soror Annie Chapelle. The Tiny Tots program is an event used to generate monies for the chapter to continue to implement programs and activities in the Greenwood, Edgefield, Abbeville and surrounding communities.

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The other Stork’s Nests are located at Queen Chapel AME Church, Chelsea Medical Center, and their oldest nest at Wesley United Methodist Church. 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. Mu Pi Zeta is the only chapter in South Carolina to sponsor four nests. The chapter hopes to be able to continue this needed work in their community.

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eta Delta Zeta Chapter launches a national campaign to secure the future of the home of Founder Arizona C. Stemons in Philadelphia, PA. at the Boule of Sisterly Love in Dallas, Texas. The house was originally purchased by the Atlantic Region in 1982, and on October 27, 1989, Beta Delta Zeta Chapter became the owners and caretakers of the home where our beloved Founder Arizona C. Stemons resided for over 52 years. The chapter later funded the over $40,000 restoration and opened it to the sisterhood with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Past Grand Basileus Dr. Barbara West Carpenter during the 2000 Grand Boulé in Philadelphia. Since then, Beta Delta Zeta has maintained the home with an annual budget of up to $10,000 towards ensuring the maintenance and security of our sorority’s national treasure.

Keep America Beautiful Campaign TAU KAPPA ZETA CHAPTER • SLIDELL, LOUISIANA

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Greetings Sorors, Amicae and Youth, One of the components of the “Plan of Purpose” of the International Grand Basileus; Soror Sheryl P. Underwood – outlines a goal oriented, incentive based program designed to celebrate extraordinary accomplishments of Chapters and Auxiliaries who fall under the umbrella of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Distinguished Pearls Program ideals of service. One of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s core beliefs is delivering excellence at all times; thus sustaining an environment focused on doing the right thing and demonstrating imagination, foresight and sensibility in our service attainment. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

The name of Pearls will be bestowed upon them because they “live” by the adage of:

Pearl Excellence And Rendering Loyal Service

Induction will take place during Boulé of 2012 which will be held in Chicago, Illinois. ELIGIBILITY: AWARD VALUE: Awards will be judged on a point system as outlined in the Distinguished Pearls Program document. WHO: Any Chapter/Auxiliary who meets the criteria may submit their name for consideration. HOW: All Distinguished Pearls Program documents can be located via the National Website under the Members Only Section detailing the:

I look forward to partnering with you as we continue to sustain our service goal attainment success!

Cynthia A. McCoy Soror Cynthia A. McCoy

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high-flying action epic inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit, the Lucasfilm Ltd. production of Red Tails launched on January 20, 2012, released by Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson, the gripping WWII actioner is directed by Anthony Hemingway (“Treme,” “The Wire,” “Battlestar Galactica”).

Zeta’s own IGB Underwood personally visited the Tuskegee Airmen Museum at Balad Airbase in Northern Iraq during her 2009 USO Tour to entertain the troups in Iraq and Afghanistan. During her visit, she took time to visit the display of the “Red Tail” now immortalized in the movie. According to IGB Underwood, “it was their heroic effort that paved the way for people like me to serve our country proudly, as members of the armed forces as an Air Force Reservist. I am grateful that the Tuskegee Airmen, and others, opened the door through which I was able to walk.” Anthony Hemingway says of his involvement in the film “I am humbled and honored to

direct the story of the Tuskegee Airmen – heroes who have paved the way so others could have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” He adds,“To be selected by George Lucas and Rick to direct this film was more than my wildest dreams come true. It’s been a blessing to work with them, along with the amazingly talented artists at Industrial Light & Magic. I’ve grown a lot on many levels from this experience. As director, I had the fortune to work with a highly skilled crew from the Czech Republic, U.K. and the U.S., along with a remarkably talented group of actors. The resonant beauty, strength and dedication of our heroes is reflected in the powerful ensemble cast.” Red Tails stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Crash), Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters), David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Tristan Wilds (“90210”), Grammy® Award winner Cliff Smith aka Method Man (“The Wire”), Kevin Phillips (Pride), Rick Otto (“The Wire”), Lee Tergesen (Monster), Andre Royo (“Heroes”), Grammy-Award winner Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus T. Paulk (Take the Lead), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights,” Chronicle) and Daniela Ruah (“NCIS”). For information on the Tuskegee Airmen visit www.tuskegeeairmen.org. For more on the film and study guides visit www. redtails2012.com

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MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested AfricanAmerican pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.


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n 1973, at the request of the Sorority’s Executive Board, Soror Issie Shelton Jenkins, Esq. began working on documents to establish the National Educational Foundation (NEF), with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as its principal donor. The Trust Agreement was approved and executed by the Executive Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on August 23, 1975, under the direction of Soror Dr. Janice Kissner, Grand Basileus and Soror Ione Gibson, Chairman of the National Executive Board.

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The mission of the NEF is to support higher education achievement through scholarships and conduct community education programs and related research to improve individual and community living standards. Accepting the Trust as the first Trustees, (Called the Board of Managers) were: Dr. Deborah P. Wolfe, Soror Isabel Herson, Dr. Lullelia W. Harrison, Dr. Mildred Bradham, Soror Evelyn D. Brown, Soror Frances Hawthorne, Attorney Issie Shelton Jenkins, Dr. S. Evelyn Lewis, and Soror Arthalia Lott. One of the responsibilities of the Foundation Board of Managers is fundraising and assuring that donor contributions are received and managed well. Under the Guidance of Dr. Deborah Partridge Wolfe, Chairman (1975-1995), 1976 with the assistance of Issie L. Jenkins, Esq. and Lester K. Katz, Esq., the Foundation was granted 501C(3) status with the IRS; the by-laws were established and the Foundation Policies and Procedures were adopted and the Foundation Scholarship program was established, with criteria for each of the scholarship categories. Chairman Wolfe was instrumental in the Foundation becoming an active participant in the Zora Neal Hurston Scholarship and under her leadership the NEF began annual board meetings. During the early 1980’s under Past Grand Basileus Dr. Edith V. Francis, financial support from Sorors and Chapters grew. In the

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ment Fund; make the sorority membership aware of the Foundation’s policies, procedures, its funding needs, its scholarships, and its programs; improve the scholarship process and the number of awards; and develop proposals and projects for community education/ research programs and

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Scholarship Endowments In 1996, Soror Dorothy Perrault, and Omicron Nu Zeta Chapter initiated the Creation of a Perpetual Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Foundation in the amount of $57,000, exceeding the $50,000 goal. The interest for the fund supports scholarship operations of the Foundation and local scholarships awarded by Omicron Nu Zeta Chapter. The creation of the Soror Mildred

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conferences and its sustaining efforts as a long-time foundation. The Foundation was beginning to be highly respected in the scientific community due to the professional and successful manner in which the HGP conferences were sponsored by the Foundation! 2001 was a busy year for the Foundation, as three major conferences, and a one-day conference were planned and implemented in Atlanta, Georgia; Pennsylvania Black Caucus; Washington, D.C. and in Mt. Laurel, NJ (a one day conference).

Spicer West Memorial Scholarship was established with provisions from Past Grand Basileus Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, her daughter, and grew to $12,500. In 1998, the Foundation sought a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant was to support a Community Information Program on the Human Genome research. The Foundation grant received was in the amount of $10,000. In April of 1999, the Foundation sponsored its first Human Genome Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in July 2000 the Foundation sponsored another conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1998, the Foundation held its first Boulé Auction; enhanced its communications to Sorors and hosted its first Book Reception and Signing in Washington, D.C., bringing to the community a historical and educational program. This same year the Foundation Advisory Council was created as a resource to assist the Foundation with reaching its goals. Having served as Treasurer and Human Genome Project Conference Director, Dr. Kathryn T. Malvern was elected as Chairman in 2000. Dr. Malvern set goals based on the Foundation’s Trust Agreement, By-Laws, Rules and Procedures, its Mission Statement, (Support of Scholarship and Community Outreach Service) and Strategic Planning. Dr. Malvern recognized the importance of bringing the National Educational Foundation into the public eye and saw the importance of “branding” the Foundation by using exciting and new literature, developing a trademarked logo, as well as utilizing other methods.

The Foundation’s programs have included an emphasis on education, which is one of the goals set in the establishment of the Foundation. Even though a large share of both private and public research dollars were devoted to study for genetic research, the level of awareness in the minority communities remained relatively low. Through writing grant proposals Chairman, Dr. Kathryn T. Malvern and immediate past Chairman Attorney Issie L. Jenkins, have been awarded more than a half million dollars in grants. Dr. Malvern wrote a proposal to U.S. Department of Energy and received a grant in the amount of $50,000 to sponsor an information conference on the Human Genome Project (HGP) for the minority communities in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20-21, 2001. Part of this grant called for follow up workshops in the Atlanta Community. The grant was supplemented by 10 mini-grants in the amount of $1000 for workshops and oneday conferences to be held in various parts of the country and to be sponsored by Zeta Chapters, States and Regions. Outreach for conference attendance was made to all segments of the minority communities, including outreach in the AsianAmerican, Native-American, Hispanic, African-American and other Communities that were interested. High School and College students attended the conference as part of their school’s curriculum. Ten mini-grants were awarded to Zeta Chapters, States and Regions. Other organizations and institutions sought the Foundation to form partnerships on observed success in producing high-level HGP

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Dr. Malvern was invited to make a presentation and proposal before the Pennsylvania Black Caucus members at the Pennsylvania State House, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Soror Juanita Robinson, a member of the Consumer Heath Foundation based in Washington, D.C. attended the conference in Philadelphia in 2000 and raised the interest of that Foundation. Soror Jenkins wrote a proposal and a grant was received in the amount of $30,000. In partnership, a grant from Kaiser Permanente Foundation in the amount of $10,000 was also awarded. The Howard University National Human Genome Center and Shiloh Baptist Church were collaborators. The National Institute of Health (NIH) formed a partnership with the Foundation and provided immeasurable in-kind support. This financial and in-kind support enabled the NEF to develop and provide a conference that caught the attention of the national eye. Over 500 participants attended each of the NEF’s three (3) day Human Genome Project conferences. In 2002, grant funding was sought and awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the Foundation for a Capacity Grant for strategic planning, in the amount of $50,000. The evaluation and planning process began in May 2003. The Foundation Board of Managers, with International Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore, other stakeholders in the sorority, scientific professionals who served as advisors, and a non-profit lawyer - who made a presentation, met in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A professional Strategic Planner was hired to guide the Foundation through the process of planning. This venture was most successful.

Strategic Goals of the NEF SCHOLARSHIPS:

Increase the impact of the scholarship program in order to develop world-class leaders and to develop and implement a systematic fundraising process to support a high impact scholarship program.

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Build on the Human Genome Project conferences to reach middle and high school students in order to bring information and the opportunity to young people who may be excited by science; assure that the NEF HGP activities incorporate community–based issues whereby the minority community voices are heard; develop internship opportunities for minority science/health students in order to increase minority representation in the sciences; work through the Regional Liaison Council in order to utilize the entire Zeta network in community education programs and investigate additional topics for community education programs.

RESEARCH: Make research integral to NEF programs in order to manage and measure outcomes. INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY:

Build capacity to deliver the plan, whereby the NEF will be positioned to do even more to achieve its mission; improve communication within Zeta community, thereby Zeta Sorors will become advocates for the NEF; build public relations and marketing capacity, thereby the Foundation’s story is told and develop a business plan to seek capacity building funding, whereby the NEF increases its ability to deliver quality and achieve goals. Internal Structure: Due to the growth and development of the Foundation and the numerous grant awards, it was necessary to change/ modify the internal structure. The Foundation Stakeholders immediately began to work to put these goals into place. Grand Basileus Moore, a consistent supporter of the Foundation, immediately announced a plan for a $1,000,000 endowment. The $1,000,000 endowment fund was implemented in July 2004 at the Hollywood, CA Boulé, and the Foundation was presented with the initial check for $34,378. Chairman Malvern identified a non-profit lawyer. The non-profit lawyer, Patricia

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Kane Williams, Esq., Lloyd Folks C.P.A., Chairman Malvern, NEF legal counsel, Soror Issie Jenkins, Esq. and Board Member Soror Juanita Robinson met at national headquarters for a one-day meeting on October 21, 2003. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the status of the NEF as a non-profit organization. The decision was made to seek incorporation as a public entity for the Foundation. Sorors Issie Jenkins and Kathryn Malvern developed the following documents for the Foundation: Certificate of Exemption; Conflict of Interest Policy; Articles of Incorporation and draft motions; DUNS Number (renewed annually by chairman); Internal Revenue Service status as a public non-profit organization; Investment Policy; Endowment Fund Policy and Trademarked the NEF logo. In 2002, an alliance and partnership was formed between the Foundation and the Mid Atlantic Cancer Genetic Network (MACGN) at Johns Hopkins University. MACGN personnel presented an educational seminar on cancer and genetics to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. during annual leadership conferences in each of the four states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Due to successful involvement with the Human Genome Project conferences, the Foundation was invited and became a member and collaborator of many organizations. In 2003, the Foundation received a grant from the National Institutes of Health, for the sponsorship of an HGP conference in Chicago, Illinois. Over 800 people were in attendance. During 2004-2005, the Foundation forged a partnership and planned a oneday HGP conference at Clemson University, Greenville, South Carolina in August, 2005. Sorors Jenkins and Malvern made PowerPoint presentations. Approximately 200 people were in attendance. Dr. Daniel Drell from the Department of Edu-

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cation (DOE) and Dr. Rodney Hood, President of the National Medical Association were both guest speakers. In December 2006 another three (3) day Human Genome Informational Conference was held in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 300 people were in attendance. Since its establishment in 1975 the objectives of the National Educational Foundation remain the same: Scholarship, Community Outreach Service and Research.

NEF Board of Managers • • • • • • •

Dr. Kathryn T. Malvern CHAIR Dr. Bennie Reams Katrina Wallace Juanita Robinson Mary E. Singletary Evelyn L. Byrdsong Dorothy J. Perrault

Founding Members Emeritae • Dr. Lullelia W. Harrison (Triumphant) • Soror Issie L. Jenkins, Esq. • Soror Isable Herson (Triumphant) 16TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

Ex-Officio Members • Soror Sheryl P. Underwood INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

• Soror Scarlet Black NATIONAL SECOND ANTI-BASILEUS

Significant Foundation Programs 2010

1. Foundation Boule Workshop “Understanding the NEF Structure”: And How it Relates to Zeta 2. Foundation Boulé “Silent Auction” 3. Foundation Workshop “Healthy Choices for a Brighter Future” (For Youth Participants) 4. Foundation Scholarship Benefit Breakfast “A Musical Adventure” 5. Foundation Scholarship Awards

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oror Constance Poitier, Volusia County School Music Educator and accomplished Soprano was invited by Dr. Jacqueline Hairston to sing the solo in a premier of the composer’s newest piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 19, 2012. In addition to being a National Board Certified Music teacher and chairing Daytona Beach’s Annual Negro Spiritual Workshop, Soror Poitier maintains an active performing schedule and it was through her work as a singer at the Atlantic Center for the Arts that she met the composer and their collaboration began in mutual respect and admiration. Dr. Hairston is an award-winning composer and arranger who has had her works performed by

The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman

Spirit of Leadership Dr. Myles Munroe

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several renowned singers, notably by the soprano Kathleen Battle. She will conduct a combined choir, comprised of singers from across the country in a number of her trademark spiritual arrangements. Soror Poitier is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Atlantic University and NOVA Southeastern University. She is currently the director of choirs at Ormond Beach Middle, directing pianist for Greater New Zion P.B. Men’s Choir and a frequent soloist and member of Crossroads Baptist. She is the wife of Mr. James Poitier, mother of Carl DuPont and Carla DuPontHuger, and the grandmother of Chase Huger.

BossLady: The Legend of Sydney Donovan Begins SaVette Brown

Getting to Happy Terry McMillan

The Shack William P. Young

Let It Go T. D. Jakes

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ho said research can’t be fun and interesting? Well it can, and that’s how Nielsen, the company that measures what consumers watch and buy, presents its informative insights to thousands of people who connect with them at hundreds of events nationwide. Nielsen engages consumers through games, social media, sweepstakes and contests regularly to share information on the purchasing and media habits of consumers. “It is imperative that the people we speak to understand their consumer power and have fun while learning,” said Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Nielsen’s senior vice president of public affairs and government relations. “We look for those ‘WOW!’ moments, because the information we share makes people think twice about their purchasing habits and it helps them realize how valuable their choices are to marketers and brands.”

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Pearson-McNeil and Nielsen’s Public Affairs team is responsible for communicating Nielsen’s message, “You Matter,” to multicultural communities nationally and in regional markets across the United States. The team’s primary focus is African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American consumers – encouraging them to say “yes” if ever asked to participate in a Nielsen research survey or panel. Nielsen also supports organizations specifically involved in the enhancement of educational programs with a STEM focus (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as organizations which support cultural diversity. At last year’s Hoodie Awards, hosted by Steve Harvey, our very own International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood had the opportunity to experience first-hand how Nielsen measures consumer television viewership, shopping habits, as well as mobile and online usage. She states, “The consumer research conducted by Nielsen is very important. It gives us a voice and that helps brands to better service and provide products for us.“ She adds, “Any time that we have the chance to provide our input as to what media we interact with or what products we buy, we should take advantage of that and quickly respond “yes” when asked to participate.”

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Nielsen was the title sponsor of the firstever interactive expo at the ninth annual Hoodie Awards. The show honors local businesses, religious and community leaders, churches and high schools for their contributions and excellence within their own neighborhoods. Hundreds of “Hoodies” attendees experienced live demonstrations of Nielsen’s Local People Meter (LPM), which is installed in homes to measure what consumers in those households watch. Nielsen’s HomeScan scanner was also displayed in a mock-kitchen to show attendees how participating households scan their products purchased in many

“For us, the most important take-away is that consumers walk away from our booth not only with knowledge, but with a memorable experience,” PearsonMcNeil said. “We want them to share these experiences with everyone so they’ll know, too, about Nielsen and our commitment to being active in their communities.” Last fall, Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), released The State of the African-American Consumer Report. The report is the first-ofits-kind, as this is the first time Nielsen has ever released a comprehensive study on one

The consumer research conducted by Nielsen is very important. It gives us a voice and that helps brands to better service and provide products for us. different grocery outlets. “These two measurement tools help us determine what types of programs consumers are watching, what channel, the time frame or what they are buying, where their purchases are made, and other insightful details,” said PearsonMcNeil. “At the Hoodies, those who visited our booth really got to physically engage with Nielsen’s measurement devices. We demystified Nielsen, which hopefully means more people will want to participate in a study if ever asked.” Not only did attendees get the information, they also got a chance to play games with Nielsen’s Fun Facts, win prizes and engage with the team members on-site.

multicultural consumer segment. It is allinclusive of African-American Consumers’ purchasing and media habits, as well as consumer trends. African-Americans are projected to have a collective buying power of $1.1 trillion by 2015. “There are nearly 43 million AfricanAmericans in this country today,” said Pearson-McNeil. “For example, the data in the report shows how Blacks have continued our strong affinity to traditional mediums such as television, but we have also embraced the world that we live in and are very active online, with smartphones, and in social media.”

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appropriately titled Commander In Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady. This book is a must have lifestyle guide, filled with valuable information, prized in-the-know tips, and affordable go-to resources that serve as today’s working woman’s style handbook.

Her name is synonymous with sophistication, elegance, style and beauty. The internationally recognized style and beauty expert is author of a new book,

In Commander In Chic, Mikki has taken Michelle Obama as her muse to write the book women who admire them both have been waiting for. A media veteran, she lends over thirty years of fashion, beauty and lifestyle expertise in this one-of-akind style guide. Mikki’s been privy to Obama’s style philosophy as well as that of countless celebs first hand through

ikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty and style. From A-list celebrities and worldrenowned cover models, to women-in-theknow, Mikki influences all types of women with her vision of beauty and style. She has devoted a lifetime to helping women manage their inner and outer beauty and inspiring them to own their lives to the fullest.

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her longtime role as Beauty and Cover Director at ESSENCE Magazine, where she collaborated with Obama’s team on fashion and beauty choices for prime photo shoots for the magazine. Having the opportunity to observe Mrs. Obama first-hand and see how effortlessly her style and confidence coalesce made Mikki decide to chronicle her observations using them as inspiration for women everywhere. Taylor was at the beginning of Michelle Obama’s rise to prominence. She first met the future First Lady in 2006 for a power story that was published in ESSENCE magazine. Two years later, Taylor sat with Mrs. Obama in her Chicago home discussing


Mikki knows that we all want to possess a signature look and a wardrobe of bankable pieces that allow us the kind of versatility where you never have to worry about what to wear again! Cover-tocover, the book is full of over 90 stunning photographs that take the guesswork out of what works. It’s like taking a journey with Mikki, day-in and day-out, one that guides readers on their style and beauty choices, and shares those covetable secrets -- from where and when to shop, to what to buy – including a must-have list of Mrs. Obama faves. Here’s the core wardrobe list women have been waiting for, the cost-saving ideas, the kind of clothing and accessory news that will teach them where to invest their money and where to hold fast! Every chapter in the book is complete with Mikkiisms in a voice and spirit that is Taylor’s signature. It delivers the kinds of concrete information and inspiring style ideas that not only make getting dressed a fabulous experience, but defines what will make one “a woman to remember.” The special chapters on beauty are filled with customized information only an authority on the needs of women of color could share.

Commander In Chic, I hope women will find everything they need to know as they go about their journey of possessing great, timeless style – simply, effortlessly, and for keeps.” All in all, the book is a goldmine of information that will inspire women on how to truly style – from headto-toe, inside and out, now and for years to come.

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In 2007, the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) honored Taylor at its 37th annual scholarship and awards dinner, acknowledging those who have penetrated and embraced the world of beauty in a significant way both in front and behind the scenes. She is also a four-time recipient of the Ceba Award, a former industry award acknowledging excellence in African-American media, as well as the winner of the Associated Black Charities Image Makers Award.

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to become the next president of the United States. That “someday” had come and that I was looking at our soon-to-be First Lady, Michelle Obama. It was in the air, in her aura, and on the faces of the folks who and quick toot of their horns as if having their “say-so” long before casting their vote.

When writing this book, I wrote it for women everywhere, as something that would become their personal style diary – one that they can refer to again and again as they own their lives. For Taylor, the number one woman at the center of this book is the reader herself. “When writing this book, I wrote it for women everywhere, as something that would become their personal style diary – one that they can refer to again and again as they own their lives,” says Taylor. “In

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nonprofit organization that services shelters in and around New York City. Taylor is also a member of the President’s Council of Fashion Group International, Inc., where she previously served as a member of its board of directors.

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the direction for an ESSENCE cover story – what she and her daughters would wear, the hair, the makeup, accessories, and the mood of the shoot. That day resulted in the Obama family’s first national magazine cover and a photo that would be seen around the world in the days, months and years to come. Since that time, Taylor has continued to critically observe Obama, visually documenting her journey as First Lady through the pages of ESSENCE and working with her on the magazine’s illustrious cover.


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nternational Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood is the only working entertainer ever to serve in the highest leadership role within Zeta Phi Beta. One thing you can be sure of – everywhere she goes, Zeta goes. International Grand Basileus Underwood will be honored in the history of the sorority has having skillfully and tirelessly used her energy and celebrity to elevate the visibility of Zeta Phi Beta to its highest heights in the sorority’s history. And in the Fall issue of the Archon she allowed us to go behind the scenes of one of her many roles, co-host of THE TALK on CBS. In this issue we keep the momentum going….

Young and The Restless International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood Debuts on The Young and The Restless. For all you fans of The Young and the Restless, Grand Underwood is living a dream. On Friday, February 10 Grand Underwood appeared on The Young and the Restless. She played a justice of the peace at a surprise wedding on the Feb. 10 episode. Grand Underwood was quoted as saying “…It takes a lot of mental

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dexterity to do a soap, but it was just phenomenal.” As a die-hard soap opera fan, this was a dream come true. Congratulations Grand Underwood! AND, she’s been invited back for another episode airing March 26!

Ratings Up on The Talk After IGB Underwood Joins the Panel According to a recent report by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, ‘The Talk’ Brings in Record Audience, Outpacing ‘The Revolution’ by 60 Percent. The article goes on to say that “recent daytime ratings give the sophomore CBS series new highs, while ABC’s new offering drops after its premiere. After undergoing a panel makeover, the second season of CBS’ The Talk is shaping up nicely in the ratings. According to Nielsen, the show has garnered the series highest audience ever. It also matched its recent best showing in the targeted women 18-49 demographic. Year-over-year, The Talk is up 8 percent in viewers and 13 percent in women 18-49. CBS’s THE TALK has been renewed for the 2012-2013 broadcast season. The daily daytime talk show – hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler – will return for its third year in September. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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S H OW T I M E Premiere This Documentary about the legendary Chicago comedy club features Zeta’s own International Grand Basileus Sheryl Underwood and Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, Monique, Adele Givens, JB Smoove, Craig Robinson, Mike Epps, Aries Spears, Deon Cole, George Willborn, Laura Hayes, Bill Bellamy, Earthquake and others. Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, a feature-length documentary about the spectacular rise and fall of Chicago’s first Blackowned comedy club. Directed by John Davies, written by Davies and Raymond C. Lambert and produced by Davies, Lambert and Reid Brody, the film tells the story of All Jokes AsideTM, a club that during the 1990s served as the launching pad for many of today’s most important comedians.

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From the Great Lakes Regional Director

From the Executive Director

Greetings Sorors, Amicae and Guests, I bring you warm blue and white Greetings on behalf of the Sorors and Amicae of the Great Lakes Region as we convene in Chicago, Illinois for our 2012 National Grand Boulé, with the theme: “The Magnificent Boulé Chicago” The Zeta chapters and Sorors have been diligently working to ensure Boulé 2012 will leave an indelible impression on your blue and white heart, one that you will always remember.

Greetings Sorors, Amicae and Guests, “Magnificence” is the standard set by Sheryl P. Underwood, our 23rd International Grand Basileus and the 2012 Boulé Planning Committee to deliver one of the best Boulés by far.

The Windy City has given birth to iconic leaders such as the 44th and first African American President of the United States; Barack Obama, and Michelle Obama, the first African American to become First Lady of the United States. Also Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Sr. his son Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson not to mention our very own; Soror Sheryl P. Underwood, 23rd International Grand Basileus. Chicago is also home to landmarks such as Buckingham Fountain, Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum Campus, Millennium Park and DuSable Museum of African American History just to name a few. We hope that you schedule some time to take pleasure in the culture, food and fun of our phenomenal city. One of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s core beliefs is delivering excellence at all times; thus sustaining an environment focused on doing the right thing and demonstrating imagination, foresight and sensibility in our service attainment. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” If you are in need of assistance or have any questions, please feel free to ask a Great Lakes member and we will ensure that all of your needs are sisterly met. I also want to introduce the outstanding Great Lakes Region leadership team: Illinois State Director, Soror Barbara Banks-Hayes; Minnesota State Director, Soror Charmaine Light; Indiana State Director, Soror Karri Woodward-Jackson; Ohio State Director, Soror Annette Ross-Gray; Kentucky State Director, Soror Lisa Ogburn; Wisconsin State Director, Soror Jennine Swafford; and Michigan State Director, Soror Elner Taylor. I also want to extend special thanks to Soror Sheryl P. Underwood, 23rd International Grand Basileus for appointing me as the 22nd Great Lakes Regional Director and giving me the opportunity to serve and grow in Zeta. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve, lead and represent the region. Enjoy the 2012 Boulé! In Blue and White Sisterhood,

Cynthia A. McCoy 22nd Great Lakes Regional Director National Director of Distinguished Pearls Diamond Life Member

Our backdrop for this festive occasion is the magnificent city of Chicago who welcomes 40 million people annually to visit 200 art galleries and theatres with over 7,300 restaurants. Truly, this is a City that Works and in that same spirit, the headquarters staff and I are working diligently in making your Boulé experience magnificent. I look forward to seeing all you of this July as we gather to show the 3rd largest city in America what Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood is all about. Magnificence awaits... Sincerely,

Stacye Montez National Executive Director Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated


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et ready to experience “The Magnificent Boulé!” Chicago is where all the action will be as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated convenes for the 2012 National Grand Boulé! We are excited to be in “Chi-town” for the first time since 1968 and so much has changed. This is your opportunity to experience one of the great destinations in America; filled with boundless culture, cosmopolitan sites, and sophisticated lifestyles. You have to see it for yourself, and what better way than to explore it with your Sorors! Join us July 6-10, 2012 for The Magnificent Boulé! Everything you expect from a national convention will be at your ready. Chicago style hospitality, magnificent entertainment, and innovative workshops, are designed with you in mind. Our exposition partners will provide you with cutting edge products and services to improve your lifestyle! Popular networking events will help you reconnect with old friends while making new ones and let’s not forget our precious Sorority traditions that are part of the excitement of what promises to make this Boulé special! Chicago, Illinois will become the city of Royal Blue and Pure White as we converge to make history! We expect this to be a huge gathering and in keeping with our theme of ‘Magnificent’, we will celebrate our successes, pay tribute to deserving individuals, equip ourselves for leadership in these changing times and take care of Zeta business. Pack your bags Sorors and get ready to have a Magnificent time in Chicago!

Sincerely,

Sheryl P. Underwood 23rd International Grand Basileus


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hen you attend the Grand Boulé, you rarely see the “behind the scenes” work that goes into the final product. Here are the people involved in making sure that your experience at this year’s Boulé will be one of enduring camaraderie, magnificent fun and excitement, service to others, personal development, lasting friendships, relaxation, and most of all – sisterly love!

Eunice S. Thomas 19TH INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS

Mary Wright NATIONAL 1ST ANTI-BASILEUS

Michelle Joubert NATIONAL TAMIAS

Katy Smith Campbell CHAIR, NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

Cynthia McCoy GREAT LAKES REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Barbara Banks-Hayes ILLINOIS STATE DIRECTOR

Kimberly Smith-Tann NATIONAL DIRECTOR, CONVENTIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Weldina Lewis NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PROTOCOL

Lynette Banks Harris NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITS

Ella Scarborough NATIONAL ELECTIONS CHAIR

Rose Marie Farngalo CHAIR, BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

Mary Strozier Weaver NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF AMICAE AFFAIRS

Mwanaisha Woods NATIONAL DIRECTOR, HEALTH JUSTICE

Bernelia Carter NATIONAL DIRECTOR, ZHOPE

Wanda Claiborne NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF OBSERVANCES

Ophelia Sanders MS. ZETA PAGEANT COORDINATOR

Vivian Marvray MALE NETWORK DIRECTOR

Stacye Montez NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cutia Blunt CREDENTIALS CHAIR

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SATURDAY

July 7, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 5: 00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SUNDAY

July 8, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 6:00 am – 7:00 am 7:30 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 10:00 pm – 12:00 am 12:00 am – 2:00 am

MONDAY

July 9, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 6:00 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 11:30 am 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

TUESDAY

Attendee Registration Begins “The Magnificent” Tour Program ZHOPE Community Initiative Collection National Executive Board Meeting Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Boulé Orientation Workshop MIP Workshop Amicae Queen’s Meeting & Opening Program Rehearsal National Executive Board Dinner Official Opening Program and Zeta National Dove Pinning VIP Reception

Attendee Registration Zeta Plenary Session I & II Amicae Plenary Session I & II Male Network Plenary Session I Exhibit Hall Amicae Luncheon (Ms. Amicae Queen to be Crowned!) Ms. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Pageant

Attendee Registration Necrology & Rededication Ceremony Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast Exhibit Hall Leadership Workshops Life Members Luncheon (optional ticketed event for Life Members Only!) Zeta Plenary Session III Amicae Plenary Session III Regional Caucuses Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/ Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet Meet the Candidates Dessert Reception Old School/New School Party & Stroll Competition featuring Undergraduates!

Attendee Registration Voting/Elections Leadership Workshops Exhibit Hall Regional and State Directors Luncheon Zeta Plenary Session IV Grand Finale Event!

July 10, 2012

6:00 am – 12:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 11:00 am – 12:00 noon 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Attendee Help Desk 5th Plenary & Closing Session Hotel Check Out & Depart for Home! National Executive Board Transition Meeting (For Outgoing & Newly Elected Members)


Official Opening Program and Zeta National Dove Pinning

Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast

The Opening Program will feature one of Ebony Magazines Most Influential African Americans, Attorney Warren Ballentine–nicknamed the “Lefts answer to Rush Limbaugh”! Ballentine’s series, The Warren Ballentine Show, is syndicated in 20 markets, and is one of the highest-rated urban talk shows in the nation. The show has been making headlines and pushing the envelope since Ballentine hit the airwaves. A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Ballentine was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side and has always had an affinity for law. He allowed passion for justice to take him through law school at Ohio Northern’s School of Law and propel him into a career that intersects the legal world with the broadcast world. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Ballentine is adamant about using his voice to make a difference in his community and driving people to move to action. We will also honor our members who have given 50 or more years of service to the sorority during the Zeta Doves Pinning ceremony

OLD FASHION CHURCH SERVICE

Just when you thought the Opening Program couldn’t be anymore Magnificent, enter twotime Grammy winner gospel artist Ann Nesby, former lead vocalist with the Sounds of Blackness! A concert performance, with her special blend of soulful gospel music, has earned her acclaim among her fans and within the music industry. Nesby has 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.

The Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast - Old Fashioned Church Service, will be a celebration the Zeta family can appreciate! We will sing, pray and rejoice with one another in the cooperative spirit of the occasion. The Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast, during the 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. If you are a Zeta working in a leadership position within your Church, we want you to let us know who you are by registering with Zeta’s National Chaplain, Soror Tanya D. Fitzgerald. Simply go online and complete the online registration form! We must all look out for each other. One of the best ways to do this is to stay Prayed UPP! As we all continue to experience devastating weather related destruction, a tight economy and other issues impacting our lives, we hope that it is reassuring to know that a team of Sorors, led by our National Chaplain, is keeping you lifted up in prayer. So don’t be surprised when you receive a phone call to let you know that we are praying for you. Join the National Chaplain in her effort to see that Zetas Are Prayed UPP!


Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet Master of Ceremonies: Art Norman, NBC-Chicago What better way of telling Zeta’s story of service around the world than with a man who’s been Chicago’s storyteller for more than 27 years. Befitting a gala where great stories about unsung “Sheroes” will be the order of the evening, Norman will weave a story of magnificence! “Art Norman’s Chicago” was a series of feature segments that recognized many “unsung” heroes doing great things throughout the Chicago area. Norman is an Emmy Award winning reporter, who has been recognized for covering breaking news, in-depth investigative stories, anchoring broadcasts and cultivating his community-oriented feature segments.

Old School/New School PARTY AND UNDERGRADUATE STROLL CONTEST! Closing out Sunday’s Magnificent line-up is something new this year: the Old School/ New School Party and Undergraduate Stroll Competition! The evening will feature the sounds of the legendary MC Biz Markie and MC Doug E. Fresh! Two of the hottest MC’s in the business who promises to keep the party fresh! So be prepared to get your groove on throughout the early morning hours. Step Show’s are a tradition among Greek–lettered organizations but the new trend is Stroll-Off’s and this time around, we are going to have a show down among undergraduates with a Stroll Competition! The show will be exciting and full of energy! The 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!

Closing Event with Lakeside! All celebrations should end on a high note and our Grand Boulé closing event will be a night for all to enjoy. A popular R&B group in the 70’s and 80’s, Lakeside scored a string of hits such as “It’s All the Way Live”, which shot to the top five on the charts. Also performing is Grammy-award winner Ledisi whose “Pieces of Me” hit will surely bring the house down as we bid our stay in Chicago farewell.


Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/ZHOPE/Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet This will be an extraordinary night as chapters are praised for their efforts throughout the year for their community service initiatives and sorority programming. On this night, we’ll showcase the most magnificent chapters and auxiliaries in all of Zetadom! Awards will be presented for ZHOPE programming, Health Justice Initiatives, and The Distinguished Pearl Chapter! This is sure be an aweinspiring night!

Life Members Program & Luncheon An optional ticketed event, the Life Members luncheon is designed to give you the opportunity to interact with one another, share ideas, and enjoy the special benefit of being a life member. This year we have a program created especially for you the life member! As seating is limited, ticket requests for seating will be processed for Life Members on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t delay in ordering your ticket. The luncheon is for Life Members only.

Workshops that Educate, Empower and Inspire! Magnificent is the only word to describe the workshops that will be presented this year. Like never before, the workshops offered this year will have a laser sharp focus on topics that will help you succeed in managing your chapter, becoming a Zeta, understanding how to market the Zeta brand, and overall, being a magnificent you! Confidence, knowledge, and finer womanhood exude from each of the leaders you will see presenting this year’s workshops. They’re all designed with you in mind!

Zeta Amicae Queens Contest! Alright, Alright! Let’s get ready to see the Amicae strut their stuff as they recognize the scholarship, beauty and finesse of the Amicae Queens! The pageantry of this event will delight and inspire all of us to reach new heights. The Amicae got it going on! We’ll cheer on the contestants and see who will be crowned the Zeta Amicae Queen!

Necrology & Rededication Ceremony A staple of the national convention is to remember our triumphant Sorors. This thoughtful yet poignant ceremony serves as a lasting tribute to those who have served Zeta before us. It is also a fitting time for us to rededicate ourselves to the founding principles of our illustrious organization, having demonstrated 92 years of sisterly love, scholarship, service and finer womanhood! As is our custom, please observe the dress code and time restrictions for participating in this special, time-honored ritual.


The Magnificent Exhibit Hall! Save your money and come with a shop til’ you drop attitude and support the exhibitors who support Zeta Phi Beta! This year’s exhibit hall will embody the best of both worlds – variety and affordability! Exhibitors from all across the country will be on hand to bring you the finest products, services, merchandise, and opportunities to help you live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Special exhibitions will include a healthy eating cooking demonstration from the world renowned culinary team from Hilton Worldwide, and merchandise from the newly revamped Zeta Boutique!

Old School/New School PARTY AND UNDERGRADUATE STROLL CONTEST! Step Show’s are a tradition among Greek–lettered organizations but the new trend is Stroll-Off’s and this time around, we are going to have a show down among undergraduates with a Stroll Competition! Featuring the talents of MC Biz Markie and MC Doug-E Fresh, the show will be exciting and full of energy! The 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!

“The Magnificent” Tour Program Chicago is a city thriving with the perfect mix of cultural likings! You’ll get to experience it all by taking one of the optional tour programs that will provide you with a tour suited to a sightseer’s taste! Because we will be in downtown Chicago, you can take a short cab ride to some of the world’s most notable shopping entities, so no need to do a tour for that. The tour program is designed to let you see ALL of Chicago and what it has to offer. See President Obama’s neighborhood, the Navy Pier, Grant Park, and Michigan Avenue, and more! The only way to do this is to get on one of the tours! It is the perfect way to make the most of your time and not miss any of the convention programs!

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Ms. Zeta Pageant Created to showcase, in a magnificent way, the finer talents within Zeta, this is a night where we will pay tribute to our principles of scholarship and finer womanhood, service and Sisterly Love. Highlighting Finer Womanhood, the Ms. Zeta Contest will feature a talent segment, special guest appearances, and the finest demonstration of the intellectual talent within Zeta Phi Beta Sorority!

Meet the Candidates Reception Each Boulé brings with it a national election. During the “Meet the Candidates” Reception you’ll have an opportunity to talk to one on one with the current and future leaders of Zeta up close and personal! The candidates themselves will be present to meet and greet you!


Meeting the Basic Needs of Those Spiritually Challenge

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Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) at its core is a housing, education, and training provider that supports and empowers people to change their lives. If they have been homeless, abusing alcohol/drugs or otherwise find themselves in crisis, the Foundation was established for people who want to dramatically change their lives. ASHF is an evidence-based recovery home model, lauded as one of the largest, most experienced, innovative providers of recovery management and supportive housing in America. They offer a unique supportive housing and recovery environment for men, women, women with children, non-violent ex-offenders, people with HIV/AIDS and Veterans who are committed to improving their lives. Their comprehensive programs are designed to support clients in their effort to achieve self-sufficiency and maintain a higher quality of life. The programs they provide include, but are not limited to: sober shelter transitional and affordable housing, clothing and meals, treatment and counseling, case management, life skills, family reunification, parenting skills, and pre-employment training. Here’s how each chapter will earn ZHOPE points for your contributions to A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) 1. A contribution of $50 2. A contribution of $100 3. A contribution of $150

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50 bonus points 100 bonus points 150 bonus points

Bonus points may be applied to any population or dimension (Mind, Body or Spirit)

Earn Z-HOPE Points for participating! 1.

Make a contribution in one or more of the amounts indicated.

2.

Send your payment to: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. PO Box 418416 Boston, MA 02241-8416

3.

Complete a copy of the Z-HOPE Chapter Summary form. Be sure to complete all required information.

4.

Make all checks payable to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The sorority will present one big contribution to on behalf of the organization. In the memo section of your check, write ASHF.

5.

Chapter credit will be given for the 2012-2013 Sorority year.


Tour #1- The Grand Tour! DEPARTS HOW OFTEN? 9:00 am – 12:00 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HOW LONG?

Tour last 3 Hours

DEPARTS FROM:

COST?

$50.00 per person

Hilton Chicago

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his is a comprehensive tour of everything Chicago has to offer and a tour full of interest, history, and beauty! Travel through both the North Side and South Side business and residential districts. During this tour you will visit President Obama’s neighborhood, all of the beautiful parks including Lincoln Park with it’s acres of greenery, lagoons, flowers, and zoo, Washington Park and Grant Park, the front lawn of the city, Soldier Field, Adler Planetarium with its sky dome, and the Joseph Petrillo outdoor band-shell where Chicagoans listen to fine music throughout the summer nights. Also on your journey is Orchestra Hall, home of the famous Chicago Symphony, and Shedd Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. See virtually the entire length of the scenic Outer Drive. You’ll stop by the Field Museum of Natural History, which is famous for the size and scope of its collections. And looking over from these sights you’ll see the 80-story Amoco Oil Building, completely faced in white granite. You’ll marvel at the world’s highest apartment building, Lake Point Towers, which is an architecturally stunning building of glass and curves adjacent to Navy Pier, Chicago’s inland port. You’ll go through Chicago’s main business section, one of the financial centers of the world that is always bustling with activity. You’ll tour the famous “Loop” and State Street - the great street where Chicago’s fame began. Travel by the striking Richard J. Daley Plaza with its acknowledged masterpiece, the Pablo Picasso sculpture, created specifically for Chicago. You’ll see the famous white Wrigley Building that announces the beginning of the Magnificent Mile, and Michigan Avenue where Chicago’s most exclusive stores exhibit their wares. You’ll see Chicago’s elegant seven-level shopping complex, the renowned Water Tower Place, alongside one of the tallest buildings in the world, the John Hancock Center.

Tour #2- The Dusable Museum of African American History & Art Institute of Chicago DEPARTS HOW OFTEN? 9:00 am – 12:00 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HOW LONG?

Tour last 3 Hours

DEPARTS FROM:

COST?

$65.00 per person (Includes Museum Admission)

Hilton Chicago

Visit the Dusable Museum of African American History to explore an array of artifacts and objects that promote the understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African American history, culture and art. Then, journey to the Art Institute of Chicago, world-renowned for the largest collection of impressionistic art. At one million square feet, it is the second largest art museum in the United States behind only the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


FRIDAY

July 6, 2012

6:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm 10:30 pm – 1:00 am

SATURDAY

July 7, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SUNDAY

Attendee Registration Begins “The Magnificent ” Tour Program ZHOPE Community Initiative Collection Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Boulé Orientation Workshop Amicae Queen’s Meeting & Official Opening Program and Zeta Doves Pinning Ceremony VIP Reception

Attendee Registration Amicae Plenary Session I & II Exhibit Hall Amicae Luncheon (Ms. Amicae Queen to be Crowned!-Optional Ticketed Event for All Except Amicae) Ms. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Pageant

July 8, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 7:30 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 10:00 pm – 12:00 am 12:00 am – 2:00 am

MONDAY

July 9, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 10:00 am – 11:30 am 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

TUESDAY

Attendee Registration Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast Exhibit Hall Leadership Workshops Amicae Plenary Session III Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/ Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet Meet the Candidates Dessert Reception Old School/New School Party & Stroll Competition featuring Undergraduates!

Attendee Registration Leadership Workshops Exhibit Hall Amicae Plenary Session IV Grand Finale Event!

July 10, 2012

6:00 am – 12:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Attendee Help Desk Hotel Check Out & Depart for Home!


FRIDAY

July 6, 2012

6:00 am – 5:00 pm 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm 10:30 pm – 1:00 am

SATURDAY

July 7, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SUNDAY

July 8, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 7:30 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 10:00 pm – 12:00 am 12:00 am – 2:00 am

MONDAY

July 9, 2012

6:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 12:00 noon 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

TUESDAY

July 10, 2012

6:00 am – 12:00 pm 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Attendee Registration Begins “The Magnificent” Tour Program ZHOPE Community Initiative Collection Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Boulé Orientation Workshop Male Network Hospitality Official Opening Program and Zeta Doves Pinning Ceremony VIP Reception

Attendee Registration Male Network Plenary Session I Exhibit Hall Amicae Luncheon (Optional Ticketed Event for All Except Amicae) Ms. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Pageant

Attendee Registration Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast Exhibit Hall Special Workshop for Real Men Only! Male Network Plenary Session II Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/ Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet Meet the Candidates Dessert Reception Old School/New School Party & Stroll Competition featuring Undergraduates!

Attendee Registration “Special” Tour (For Registered Males Only) Exhibit Hall Grand Finale Event!

Attendee Help Desk Hotel Check Out & Depart for Home!


The Hilton Chicago Conveniently situated on South Michigan Avenue, with picturesque views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, Hilton Chicago has been the Windy City’s foremost address since 1927. Step into the meticulously redesigned lobby of the impressive hotel and marvel at an ambiance both intricate and grand. Relax in well appointed Chicago accommodations. Dine in intimate restaurants. Delight in the ideal location of our exceptional downtown Chicago hotel. Move throughout the city with ease, as virtually everything to do or see is a mere stroll or short cab ride away. Reservations: 877-865-5320 Group Code: ZPB 720 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 922-4400 Internet: www.hiltonchicagohotel.com Rates: $145 + 16.4% tax per night, standard room $185 + 16.4% tax per night, concierge level

Reservation Details 1.

Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2.

No individual will be allowed to make more than four (4) reservations under the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority housing block.

3.

For each room reserved, a deposit equivalent to one night’s stay plus tax is required to guarantee the reservation. The reservation must be guaranteed with a major credit card and your credit card will be charged immediately upon receipt of the reservation request.

4.

Your deposit is refundable if you notify the hotel by June 4, 2012 that you are canceling your reservation. Please request a written confirmation of your transaction and a cancellation number.

5.

Your reservation is subject to an early departure fee equivalent to one night of your room rate plus tax. Please be certain of your length of stay prior to arriving at the hotel.

6.

By reserving a room under the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. housing block, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the conditions (policies and procedures) under which you are making your hotel reservation. Further, you agree to abide by all terms described herein and subsequent to this notice.

Check-In/Check-Out Check in time is 3:00 pm Central time and check out time is 12:00 noon. Please plan your travel schedules accordingly. Should you arrive earlier than the scheduled check-in time, arrangements may be made to store your luggage with the bell staff.

Hotel Cut-Off Date The deadline for making your reservation and receiving the group discount is June 4, 2012. This is also the deadline for canceling your reservation and receiving a refund of the deposit.


Over Booking by the Hotel

Daily Hold Charge

If for any reason the Hotel is unable to provide a guest room to a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority conference attendee holding a guaranteed reservation, the Hilton Chicago will provide you with the following services for every night they are not able to accommodate you:

When you check into the hotel, you will be required to provide a credit card in order for the hotel to be assured of payment for your room and tax charges in addition to anticipated incidental charges you may incur. In general, hotels have a set amount that each guest is required to have in available credit in order to cover incidental charges at the end of their stay. This daily amount will be held on your credit card (daily hold) in order to ensure availability of funds at week’s end. Your credit card however, will not be charged until you check out. As an additional benefit of booking under the Zeta group block, your “daily hold” charge will be limited to a maximum of $100 per day. It is advisable that you do not use an ATM card connected to your checking or savings account upon check in- use a credit card instead!

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Accommodations at a comparable hotel agreed to by Zeta’s convention management for each night the hotel is unable to accommodate you. This is at not charge to you!

2.

One complimentary round trip transport to and from the Hilton Chicago and the alternate hotel for each night the hotel is not able to accommodate you. Transportation will be provided by the hotel until you are able to obtain a guestroom at the Hilton Chicago. However, if you decline to return, then you become responsible for all charges incurred from the point in which the hotel is able to accommodate you.

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Upon your return to the hotel, you will receive upgraded accommodations (if available) and a welcome expression from the General Manager apologizing for the inconvenience.

Please carefully review your hotel confirmation for accuracy!

Hotel Extra Fees An additional benefit of booking within the group housing block is the reduction in the number and amount of extra fees you would be required to pay were you to travel on your own. These fees can be quite extensive and add up to no small amount. However, because you are booking within the Zeta Phi Beta block, the only fees you are required to pay are for the following: • The costs of your hotel room and applicable taxes. •

Early departure fees if you leave earlier than expected.

For anyone arriving by charter bus, each person will be required to pay a $5.50 (round trip) porterage fee for luggage handling. This offsets the costs of having an entourage of staff awaiting your arrival and making sure your check in is as seamless as possible.

Your one night’s room and tax will be forfeited if you do not cancel your reservation by the cut off date of June 4, 2012.

The hotel will not impose additional mandatory charges such as energy surcharges, fees for newspaper delivery or fees for in room safes. This is one of the many benefits of booking under the group block!

Hotel Parking Please be aware that the hotel charges a fee for parking. The rates vary according to the following per day schedule. Parking is at your own expense and is not included with your registration.

RATE

PRIVILEGES

Self Parking

Overnight $43.00

No In & Out

Valet

$55.00

In & Out


Convention Attire This information may seem redundant to veteran Boulé goers, but there are many first time attendees who welcome information about the attire for a Boulé. Attire at the National Grand Boulé is business, however you are encouraged to feel comfortable wearing professional looking pants suits and most importantly, comfortable shoes. We understand that the weather in Chicago will be hot, but please remember our founding principle of Finer Womanhood. Suits, ties, after five dresses and ball gowns and tuxedos are required for certain events as detailed below and please note that the dress code will be strictly enforced without fail.

EVENT

ATTIRE

Official Opening Program and Zeta National Dove Pinning

After Five

Plenary/Business Sessions

Business

The Magnificent Tour Program

Casual

Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast

Business/ Church

Old School/New School Party & Stroll Competition featuring Undergraduates!

Zeta Paraphernalia

Ms. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Pageant

After Five/Sophisticated

Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/ Distinguished Pearl Chapter-Auxiliary Award Banquet

Opera — Ball Gowns and Tuxedos

Amicae Luncheon

Business or Business Formal

Grand Finale Closing Event!

After Five, Sophisticated

Necrology & Rededication

Unbroken White (White from head to toe!)

Convention Etiquette This information is being provided to heighten your awareness of the impact that your personal behavior has on Zeta’s national reputation and its dealings with business suppliers. Each of us has a responsibility to represent the Zeta brand in the best light possible wherever we go and in whatever we do. This also holds true regardless of whether or not we have our logo or letters emblazoned across our chest. What people think of us, they think about Zeta. Etiquette is the art of knowing and using the appropriate behavior and protocol for different types of human interactions. It means having good manners in our dealings with others in order to show respect, kindness and consideration for them. It is with this in mind that we are asking all conference attendees to please observe the following common courtesies and protocols while attending the conference: 1.

Refrain from discussing Zeta business in public areas (lobbies, hallways, elevators, etc). You will be surprised what hotel personnel and others learn from our casual conversations when we are not paying attention. Please save your conversation for the privacy of your guest room.

2.

Be courteous to everyone at all times. Even when faced with a problem, do your best to handle it with a smile on your face. You can get much further by using a smile coupled with diplomacy when tackling a problem. Plus, it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown.

3.

In the interest of ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable experience at the Boulé, safety concerns, and minimizing the Sorority’s exposure to risk, no one will be allowed to harass others, form protests, or pilfer meeting space. We must be able to disagree peacefully and respectfully. For the protection of all attendees, we will have Security present at all times to help maintain an orderly environment.

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Above all else, act like a Finer Woman. When you do this, your behavior is above reproach.


Tipping Etiquette When it comes to travel, it’s the smallest detail, such as tipping etiquette that can become the most confusing. Whom should you tip? How much? Do you need to tip at all? Never fear! With this simple guide to tipping, we’ll take the guesswork out of tipping etiquette and help you focus on more important things - like enjoying your Boulé vacation. Below Are The Types Of Personnel You Should Remember To Tip: 1. Sky Cap (checks your bag at the airport) 2.

Shuttle Driver (loads and unloads your luggage onto the shuttle)

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Hotel Valet (removes your luggage from the car and hails the taxi for you)

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Bell Captain (ensures luggage arrives in your room)

5.

Valet Parking Attendant (brings and returns your car to the garage)

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Housekeeping/Maid Service (cleans your room every day during your stay)

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Mail Room/Business Center Attendant (delivers boxes or faxes to your room)

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Tour Guide (provides narration on your tour)

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Hotel Concierge (recommends and makes special arrangements for dining, shows, spas, etc.

Guide to Tipping The following are recommended standard amounts for tipping personnel. You are welcome to tip more than the standard amount as this is just a reference guide. Remember, if someone went above and beyond, please reward them.

PERSONNEL

TIP AMOUNT

Airport Sky Cap

$2 per bag for medium bag, $4 for large bag

Shuttle Driver

$3 – $4 per trip

Hotel Valet

$2 for hailing a taxi; $1 per bag for luggage

Bell Captain

$2 per bag; extra for getting ice & a tour

Valet Parking Attendant

$2 each time they retrieve your car; tipping them to park it is optional

Housekeeping/Maid Service

$4 – $5 per night; do daily as cleaning staff may change

Mail Room/Business Center Attendant

$1 – $2 per package depending on size

Tour Guide

$2 per tour

Hotel Concierge Everyone Else

Varies on service – for restaurant reservation $5; for getting you in the best restaurant on a sold out night of everyone else $20 15% – 20% of total bill. Wine Steward/ Sommelier 10% – 20% of the wine bill only.


Official Airline Carrier To offer you the best possible choice, we have selected American Airlines as the official air carrier for the 2012 Boulé. American Airlines is ready to provide a five percent (5%) discount off the lowest published fare to Chicago! This special convention fare is offered as an incentive to attendees who use the meeting desk to book their reservation. You or your travel agent can call the special toll free number to obtain the group discount. To obtain the Boulé discount call American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790 between the hours of 7:00 am – 7:00 pm EST, Monday – Sunday or you may also go online to www.aa.com/group. Please reference Promotional Code# 2562BZ for the group discount. The five percent (5%) discount is available for travel between the dates of June 30- July 15, 2012.

Airports There are two major airports that service the city of Chicago; O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. O’Hare International Airport (773) 686-2200 handles more passengers than any other airport in the world. For visitors needing information or directions, airport information booths are located on the lower levels of the domestic terminals and on the upper and lower levels of the International Terminal. It’s 13 miles from O’Hare to downtown. During rush-hour it can take about an hour. During the middle of the day and evenings it takes around 30 minutes. Taking a taxi to/from the airport varies depending on travel time from $30-50 from O’Hare. Midway Airport (773) 838-0600 is located at 5700 South Cicero Avenue and is conveniently located 10 miles from downtown Chicago. Midway’s one terminal building has three concourses – A, B and C. Airport information booths are located in the ticketing lobby, baggage claim and the concessions food court. Travel between Midway and downtown Chicago is normally 20 minutes but during rush-hour periods, travel times may increase to 45 minutes. The airport is served by the CTA Orange Line train which is a 25 minute trip from downtown. All vehicle pick-up services are available on the lower level roadway. Taking a taxi between Midway and downtown is approximately $28-$32.

Official Car Company Our official car company, Avis, has assigned a specific discount number for your convenience in identifying yourself as a member of our group. The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is D006259. Please use this AWD number when calling Avis directly at 1-800-331-1600 to receive the best possible car rental rates available. You may also go to www. zphib1920.org to use the link that takes you directly to the Avis website for the Boule to reserve your car.

Official Shuttle Service All Boulé attendee’s can take advantage of the reduced rate shuttle service provided by Go Airport Express the number one shuttle provider in the Chicago area. Go Airport Express services both airports into Chicago. The rest of that paragraph is “Make reservations in one of two ways: call 1-800-284-3826 or go online to : www.AirportExpress.com and enter your code: “ZETA” to receive 10% off of shared ride service.


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Registration Methods

Anyone who wishes to attend the 2012 National Grand Boulé must complete and sign official registration form. Zetas please note that you must be a financial member in good standing in order to register and attend the Boulé. If you are unfinancial, you must register as a guest and you will not be granted access to the business sessions.

Please choose only one of the following methods to register: Via the Internet Go online at www.zphib1920.org and process your registration at the touch of your fingertips.

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Type or print clearly with a dark pen and complete all sections of the form.

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Tickets are not issued for educational and leadership workshops. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Do not fax AND mail your form as it will be entered into the system twice and you will be charged twice.

Registration Deadlines Registration forms must be received by April 16, 2012 to qualify for the Advance registration fee and receive the discounted rate. Registrations received after April 16, 2012 but before June 4, 2012 will be charged the Regular registration rate. Registrations submitted via fax or the Internet must be date/time stamped by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on the respective deadline date. Registrations received after June 4, 2012 will not be accepted. ADVANCE

Received by April 16, 2012

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REGISTRATION ENDS June 4, 2012 NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE

Payment Full payment must accompany your registration. The following forms of payment are accepted: Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks or Certified Checks made payable to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.. The following Credit Cards are also accepted; Discover, Master Card and Visa. A credit card decline constitutes non-payment of registration fees and you will not be considered registered for the convention. You agree that Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. reserves the right to charge the correct amount if different from the total amount due Chapter checks are not accepted for Boulé registration. No person, (except by protocol) will be considered registered without payment.

By Fax If you are paying by credit card, fax your completed registration form 24 hours a day by dialing 888-463-9278 By Mail Send your completed registration form with payment to: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. -2012 National Grande Boulé 400 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 124 South San Francisco, CA 94080 Phone: 877-415-5038 (toll free) or 650-741-9390 Email: grandboule@amotive.com

Confirmations All registrants will receive written confirmation of registration via, fax, e-mail, or US mail.

Cancellations and Refunds Written requests for registration refunds must be received on or before June 4, 2012. All requests must be sent to the attention of the 2012 National Grand Boulé, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 400 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 124, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Do not send refund requests to National Headquarters or it will not be processed. It is your responsibility to send your refund request to the proper place. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS! This is an individual registration and it is not transferable from one person to another at anytime. Likewise, no substitutions will be allowed should you not be able to attend. Registration fees will not be refunded after the start of the convention and refunds will not be given for no-shows. A $125 administrative fee will be deducted from all refund requests regardless of when it is received. Refunds will be processed 6 weeks after the convention. These policies will be strictly adhered to and will not be altered for any reason or for anyone regardless of circumstances – please do not ask us to do so. No refunds will be given after June 4, 2012 for any reason. When you register for the convention you agree to this policy.


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The last date we will accept advance reservations for the tour program is June 4, 2012. Reservations will be accepted on site on a “space available” basis only. You are encouraged to make your reservations and send payment early.

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We reserve the right to cancel any activity that does not meet the minimum number of passengers required. If this should happen to you, we will refund the tour costs in full.

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The fastest way to make your reservation is via the Internet at www.zphib1920.org, or by faxing it to 888-463-9278. Please note that no cover sheet is needed. Do not fax AND mail your form as it will be entered into the computer system twice.

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If you are paying by cashier’s check, or do not want to fax your form, please mail it to: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. — 2012 National Grande Boulé 400 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 124 South San Francisco, CA 94080

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Upon receipt of your reservation form, deposit your payment, we will book your tour, and send you a confirmation.

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Tickets will be available upon your arrival at the registration desk. Please note that registration begins at 6:00 am on the same day as the tour program. We are planning for a smooth registration process and which will allow you ample time to pick up your materials and prepare for your tour. A special tour desk will be available for those with tour tickets.

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Times are subject to change. Should this occur, we will notify you in advance. Please refer to the schedules and/or tickets that you receive when you arrive in Chicago. The registration tour desk will be available to assist you.

Tickets for the following events will be available for purchase beginning at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

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Ms Zeta Pageant

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Night of the Performing Arts: Health Justice/Z-HOPE/ Distinguished Pearl ChapterAuxiliary Award Banquet

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July 8, 2012

Inspirational Interfaith Breakfast

7:30 am

July 8, 2012

Old School/New School Party & Stroll Competition featuring Undergraduates!

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July 8, 2012

Grand Finale Closing Event

8:00 pm

July 9, 2012

Tickets for the Amicae Luncheon and the Life Member’s Luncheon are available for immediate purchase through the Boulé registration form. You must purchase these tickets by the June 4, 2012 deadline.

Badge /Registration Material Pick-Up & Voting Your badge and registration materials will be held for you at the registration desk located at the 8th Street North Lobby at the Hilton Chicago. You will be the only person allowed to pick up your registration materials. Please be prepared to show a government issued photo identification (driver’s license, state ID card, passport, etc.) to receive your materials. For voting purposes, you will be required to show your government issued ID as well as your conference ID badge indicating your voting status. Only individuals who are registered and have a badge may attend events.

Registration Questions? Call: 2012 Grand Boulé Registration at 877-415-5038 (toll free) or 650-741-9390 or via email at grandboule@amotive.com.

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Tours can only be reserved using the Boulé registration form. You must be registered for the convention before you purchase a tour program.

10. All prices include tax, however gratuities for drivers and guides are not included. You may provide gratuity at your discretion. Refer to the tipping guide. 11.

In compliance with ADA regulations, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that guests with disabilities are given equal and reasonable opportunities to participate in the tours offered at the 2012 National Grand Boulé.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. nor the tour companies is responsible for lost or damaged articles; accidents; disaster; government regulation or advisory; death; injury; illness; fire; disruption; delays, modification or cancelations caused by weather conditions; or any mechanical or electrical difficulties; strikes; lockouts; acts of God; and other events beyond our control. We will make every effort to conduct the program as described; however, we reserve the right to make adjustments to the programs without affecting their overall quality. Should situations beyond our control make changes necessary, we will work with all parties on any such changes. When you book a tour, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to this policy.


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Please only check only the box that refers to your voting status at this Boulé. If you do not see your status, don’t worry, voting delegates will be reported via the voting delegate form submitted by Chapter Basilei. All others will be handled directly through registration. Life Member

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This must be signed in order for your registration form to be processed. I agree and acknowledge that I am undertaking participation in the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2012 National Grand Boulé activities as my own free and intentional act. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the organization and its agents from and against all liabilities, injuries, expenses and claims arising out of my attendance at this convention. There are no warranties, expressed or implied. I give this acknowledgement freely and I am, as a result, able to participate in the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2012 National Grand Boulé events and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being. I also agree not to allow any other individual to participate in my place. I understand that no registrations will be accepted after June 4, 2012 and I have read, understand, and agree to all of the policies related to the Boulé.

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REG I ST RAT I O N A MO U N T Received by April 16, 2012

April 17, 2012 - June 4, 2012

Zeta Graduates & Amicae

$600

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Zeta Undergraduates

$500

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Male Network

$600

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Tour #1 Chicago Grand Tour 7/6/2012

9:00 am – 12:00 noon 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$50/person

Tour # 2 Dusable Museum &Art Institute of Chicago 7/6/2012

9:00 am – 12:00 noon 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$65/person

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Amicae Luncheon July 7, 2012

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Life Members Luncheon July 8, 2012

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PAY M E N T I N F O R M AT I O N Your signature below authorizes Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to charge your credit card the total payment due and acknowledges your understanding of all registration policies associated with this convention. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. reserves the right to charge the correct amount if different from the total amount due. Please note that registrations will not be processed without accompanying payment. Please write legibly.

METHOD OF PAYMENT: Expiration Date

Credit Card Number

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Money Order/Cashier’s/Certified Check

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Fax your completed registration form with credit card information to 888-463-9278. Mail your completed registration form with payment or credit card information to: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – National Grand Boulé, 400 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 124, South San Francisco, CA 94080, Phone: 650-741-9390. Submit your registration form with credit card information online at www.zphib1920.org. Please do not mail and fax your registration.


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LIFESTYLE

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y virtually any measure, it’s been a tough few years for most Americans. Our economy is still sputtering while millions continue to look for jobs and face foreclosure of their homes. Many have watched their savings shrink and investments ride the Wall Street roller coaster only to wonder, “How will I ever be able to retire?” In spite of all of this, Washington continues to focus its deficit cutting attention on the very programs which allow 40 million

American retirees to face their senior years with a guaranteed, yet moderate, source of income. Even though Social Security is funded by contributions made by Americans throughout their working lives, and certainly didn’t cause our current economic meltdown, it remains the target for many fiscal hawks in Washington who want to cut benefits, privatize the program or raise the retirement age in the name of deficit reduction. While Social Security is vitally important to

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all Americans, it is especially critical to the financial security of women. Why? Women live longer than mven. On average, women today who reach age 65 outlive men by four years. These additional years of longevity increase the risk that women may outlive their savings or that their pensions may lose their purchasing power. Additionally, women are less likely than men to have an employer pension. On average, only 28 percent of women receive a pension

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African Americans also rely on Social Security for more of their income because they tend to have lower earnings and less pension coverage than white Americans. Social Security is especially important for African-American retirees. Consider these basic truths which illustrate how vital Social Security is to African American families: •Almost three-fourths (71%) of AfricanAmerican beneficiaries rely on Social Security for at least half their income, compared to less than two-thirds (64%) of all beneficiaries. 47% of African-American beneficiaries rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their income and nearly 40% of African-American beneficiaries rely on Social Security for all of their income. •In 2008, only 26% of African Americans received income from private assets, compared with more than 58% of Whites, while 31% of African Americans age 65

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years old and older reported receiving income from pensions, compared to 43% of Whites 65 years old and older. Poll after poll has shown the vast majority of all Americans, no matter their age and political persuasion, do not support cutting Social Security to reduce the deficit. They understand there are real-life consequences to millions of middle-class Americans and their families far beyond just numbers on a federal budget balance sheet. Activists from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare have rallied nationwide against making cuts to programs vital to hard-working Americans and retirees. The “Hands Off-No Cuts” campaign provides the American people the opportunity to organize and deliver their message to Washington loud and clear—cutting benefits to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for our fiscal failures further stacks the deck against the poor and middle class. For more information on this national campaign to preserve Social Security and Medicare for current and future generations go to www.saynocuts.org. Submitted by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

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compared to 43 percent of men. And when women do have pensions, they tend to be smaller on average than those received by men. Stated simply, in retirement women depend substantially on the benefits they receive from Social Security. These benefits last a lifetime and unlike many pensions, are adjusted for increases in inflation. In 2008, 46 percent of elderly unmarried women receiving Social Security relied on it for 90 percent or more of their total income.


FEATURE STORY

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Celebrates Actress and Educator Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart

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eta Phi Beta Sorority and International President Sheryl P. Underwood joined Alabama State University in celebrating Zeta sister, actress and professor Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart for 41 years in higher education, 40 years on stage, television and film and 20 years of transforming lives at Alabama State University, where she serves as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

being championed by Dr. Stewart. The achievements of the ASU Department of Theatre and its designation as a Center of Excellence can be directly attributed to the leadership and unique training opportunities provided and guided by Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart. This native Mississippian has long known what her professional calling was, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theatre from Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi), where she also taught for more than 20 years, and a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from The University of California at Santa Barbara. She was the first African American woman to receive a Doctorate in Theatre Arts from Florida State University. Dr. Stewart has graced stages in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South Korea, has appeared in numerous television shows and movies and has appeared at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Dr. Stewart is an award-winning actress and dedicated university professor who is best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night. On Saturday, November 26, Alabama State University honored Dr. Stewart with the unveiling of the Silvera-Richards-Stewart Center of Excellence for the Study of Being. A world-class actress, Dr. Tommie Stewart is noted as the singular second-generation teacher of the BEING method of acting and theatrical training. The center also bears the names of two of Dr. Stewart’s acting coaches Frank Silvera, who was the first proponent of the concept of BEING and Actress Beah Richards, Silvera’s first student, who is widely recognized as a pioneer in the BEING method.

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart is a loving, compassionate woman with a contagious energy who graciously exemplifies the principles of Scholarship, Service, and Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood, upon which Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded. We were honored to present Soror Stewart with the 2010 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Excellence In Leadership Award during the Boulé of Sisterly Love in Dallas, TX.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is proud of our beloved Zeta sister and her accomplishments in higher education, stage, theater, film and the community. Dr. Stewart is credited with leading the Department of Theatre into the unique position of being recognized as one of the premiere theatrical method training centers in the country, producing a cadre of uniquely qualified theatre artists who teach, perform and continue the legacy

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Join us in congratulating and honoring the achievement of such a dynamic woman, whose contributions to theatre and the world will be passed on for generations to come.

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Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter

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embers of Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter (Los Angeles, CA) took part in tax preparation training provided by the IRS and its community partners, and were certified as Vita Tax Preparers, able to provide free tax preparation service to a specific, underserved taxpayer population. On April 9, 2011 approximately ten members of Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc worked as VITA volunteers, preparing income tax returns for the community. These IRS trained VITA volunteers prepared and filed Federal and State income tax returns for approximately thirty individuals. Most of those serviced received refunds ranging in the thousands of dollars. This tax day was in support of Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s (CA-37) efforts to support the community. We met at 9 o’clock in the morning at East West Bank in Carson, California. The services that were provided included helping organize the tax site, screening and interviewing taxpayers (Intake and Interview Sheet), preparation of tax returns and quality review of prepared returns, printing of tax returns and site breakdown. On the day of tax preparation, normally there are several people from the IRS that are available to help with the tax preparation. This was not the case this time due to the potential Government shutdown. IRS personnel were told not to come to tax preparation site because of the looming government budget problems. Since congress passed the budget at the 11th hour, the budget problems were averted and the tax preparation was allowed to continue, but the IRS personnel could not be informed in time for them to show up to the tax site. This left the Zeta’s responsible for preparation of all tax returns at the site. This was a big help to Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s office as well as to East West Bank which had scheduled taxpayers to come and get their tax returns prepared free of charge. T H E

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PARTNERSHIP

A Historic

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ou may think of cancer affecting people in more developed countries, like the United States, but cancer doesn’t just hit close to home – it’s one of the leading killers worldwide. That’s why the American Cancer Society is fighting this disease in every community nationwide – and around the world. This fall, a historic meeting at the United Nations shone a spotlight on the global burden of chronic diseases like cancer, and the urgent need for coordinated action worldwide. This meeting was a significant opportunity to put cancer and other chronic, or noncommunicable, diseases – including diabetes, heart disease, and chronic respiratory diseases – on the global agenda. The world’s leaders have come together for such a meeting only once before, to tackle the challenge of HIV/AIDS – and that meeting was largely responsible for the significant global response to that epidemic. Chronic diseases caused 63 percent of global deaths in 2008, killing 36 million people worldwide. But these diseases don’t just claim lives – they also wreck economies. Cancer alone cost $895.2 billion in 2008 – which is more than any other leading cause of death, according to an American Cancer Society/Livestrong Report. That’s more than three times as much as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS combined.

“This meeting was the ‘wake-up call’ for the world,” says John R. Seffrin, PhD, CEO of the American Cancer Society. “We can no longer ignore the extent of the burden these diseases cause, the damage to both health and welfare worldwide, and the coming tsunami of disease that is guaranteed if we do nothing.” With the UN meeting, world leaders for the first time collectively acknowledged the burden of chronic diseases, unanimously approving a resolution that provides a road map for global action to fight this epidemic. The American Cancer Society and its volunteers worldwide advocated to make this historic meeting a success, but realize the most important work lies ahead. “This meeting has given us the potential to set the global health community on a path toward real change, measured in saved lives and diminished suffering,” Dr. Seffrin says. “Our work is really just beginning.”

organizations to recognize cancer as a global priority requiring an urgent response. The Society encourages anyone interested in joining the global fight against cancer to visit global.cancer.org to discover the many ways to get involved. For instance, the Society has joined with ABC News and the United Nations Foundation to ask people to join the Million Moms Challenge, a project aimed at connecting millions of American women with millions of moms in developing countries and raising awareness of maternal issues such as pregnancy, childbirth, children’s health, and moms’ health worldwide. Visit global.cancer.org or call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to learn more about the American Cancer Society’s global fight against cancer and to help create a world with more birthdays. Source: American Cancer Society Copyright © 2012 American Cancer Society, Inc. All rights reserved.

In collaboration with a worldwide network of partnerships, the Society is continuing to urge governments and international

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Carriage Hill Apartment Homes held the second Harmony in the Home event based on the Z-HOPE Theme: Love Should Not Hurt. The event was held in an effort to raise awareness on the topic of domestic violence and its effect on victims and their families.

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how domestic violence does not have a stereotype or a “norm;” anyone can be a victim of this horrible abuse. She stated that the key to preventing and stopping this epidemic is education, awareness, and advocacy. She is now working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in the Domestic Violence Unit, to help advocate for victim’s rights in this country. She also serves as VicePresident of the Domestic Violence Ministry at her church.

empowerment, spoke on community involvement in domestic violence awareness. She discussed how the community could get involved by participating in domestic violence prevention by mentoring young girls and empowering them from an early age or by teaching young males that hitting is not the correct way to handle anger and teach them anger-management skills. Either of these methods can make a huge difference in the lives of some young people and could help to stop this awful trend.

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FEATURE STORY self-worth is one of the biggest prevention methods we have. The variety of speakers also helped shed light on the fact that domestic violence knows no educational or social-economic boundaries.

her ex-husband and his abusive ways. She stated that many times he would recognize his wrong doing and attempt to do right, but would fall back into the cycle of abuse once pressures got high. She mentioned that his recognition of wrong-doing is what would make her stay; in addition to her feeling that she had no other means to support herself and her children. Ms. HarrisonGilliam’s story was very open and true and showed how she grew as a woman and learned to stand up and walk away; therefore transitioning from victim to victor.

The day ended with a Q&A session with our speakers, panelist style. Soror and Brother Horne also shared tips that have enabled them to have a successful, violence-free marriage for over 12 years. Attendees were able to ask questions or share comments with our speakers, which provided a very intimate and participatory feel to the event.

While each presenter brought a different perspective on domestic violence, they were equally as effective. Each shed light on the same concepts; no one deserves to be hit or degraded (mentally or emotionally) and you do not have to take it! Educating our young people from an early age about their self-esteem and

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What good is it my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. -James 2:14-17

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top what you are doing. Pick up your handbook and turn to page 180 of the Ritual section. Read the First Anti-Basileus part, the second sentence concerning our motto. Now, consider for a moment how much thought went into conceiving this motto. I believe that a good deal of contemplation and foresight went into the creation of this carefully crafted, yet simple and elegantly stated maxim. Our motto is powerful, biblically inspired, stands the test of time, is true, enduring, and its validity cannot be disputed. Our five Pearls knew that to create a vibrant and constantly evolving organization that would remain relevant to future generations, could not be accomplished by talk alone. For they knew, as do many of us, that talk is cheap. It’s good to do rededication ceremonies and membership intake programs because these exercises provide opportunities for introspection and reflection. During our most recent membership intake ceremony, as we were revealing the motto to our new inductee, I was reminded of what Jesus’s half brother James taught us in James 2:17 which teaches us that “faith without works is dead.” Like our motto, the words in this verse reminds us that no matter how good a plan may sound or look on paper, no matter how kind or good our intentions, no mater how much we meant to do, no matter how much you enjoy wearing blue and white, no matter how much you like wearing the Greek letters, no matter how loud or high pitched you can do the call, no matter how T H E

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long it took you to become a member, no matter how long you’ve been a member; If You Are Not Working To Advance The Mission & Goals Of Zeta Nothing Else Matters! Words and well wishes will not get us to where we want or need to be to help ourselves or humanity. Look at the world around you Sorors. There’s a lot of work to be done and only a short amount of time in which to do it. We must take our faith and commitment to the causes of Zeta to a new level. Arizona, Mrytle, Fannie, Viola, and Pearl knew exactly what they were doing when they created our motto. They didn’t stop to think about how little time they had to get things accomplished, or how much money they did or did not have, or how come someone was supporting them while others were not. They didn’t wait for things to happen to them, they made things happen for them and thank GOD they did or Zeta wouldn’t exist today! They stayed mission focused, values based, and market smart! And what they valued most, I suspect, was the sanctity of expressing their true faith through committed action. I challenge all Sorors, particularly during this special time of year in Zeta, Finer Womanhood month, to think about what action you can take to demonstrate your faith in our great Sorority. Now, turn to page 176 in your handbook and read item number 3. You promised to do that too. No more talk. Time for action. This article was reprinted with permission from its author, Soror Kimberly Smith-Tann, 14TH ATLANTIC REGIONAL DIRECTOR, when she served as Chapter Basileus.

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Chi Rho Zeta

Xi Tau

Atlantic • New Jersey

Theta Tau Eastern • North Carolina

Chi Xi Zeta Eastern • North Carolina

Chi Omicron Zeta Eastern • Virginia

Chi Kappa Zeta Great Lakes • Michigan

Kappa Tau Pacific • New Mexico

Psi Iota Zeta

South Central • Alabama

Reinstated Chapters FY 2008-2009

Psi Lambda Zeta

Rho Psi Zeta

South Central • Arkansas

South Central • Alabama

Atlantic • New York

Chi Phi Zeta

Omega Lambda

Southeastern • Florida

Atlantic • New York

Chi Chi Zeta

Phi Iota

Southeastern • Georgia

Midwestern • Nebraska

Psi Zeta Zeta

Xi Psi Zeta

Southeastern • Florida

Pacific • Hawaii

Psi Epsilon Zeta

Pi Pi Zeta Pacific • Nevada

Southern • Louisiana

Lambda Theta

Chi Lambda Zeta South Central • Tennessee

Chi Mu Zeta Southeastern • Florida

Iota Tau Southeastern • Georgia

Chi Pi Zeta Southeastern • Georgia

Eta Tau Southern • Texas

Chi Nu Zeta Southern • Louisianna

New Chapter Charters FY 2009–2010 Omicron Tau Atlantic • New York

Chi Tau Zeta Eastern • Virginia

Lambda Tau Great Lakes • Indiana

Psi Eta Zeta Midwestern • Missouri

Psi Kappa Zeta Midwestern • Missouri

Chi Psi Zeta Pacific • California

Chi Omega Zeta Pacific • California

Psi Theta Zeta Pacific • Nevada

Mu Tau Pacific • Nevada

Nu Tau Pacific • New Mexico

Chi Sigma Zeta South Central • Tennessee

Chi Upsilon Zeta South Central • Alabama

Psi Alpha Zeta South Central • Alabama

Psi Beta Zeta South Central • Mississippi

Psi Gamma Zeta South Central • Alabama

New Chapter Charters FY 2010–2011

South Central • Mississippi

Xi Epsilon Zeta South Central • Mississippi

Pi Tau Atlantic • Pennsylvania

Reinstated Chapters FY 2009–2010

Psi Omega Zeta Atlantic • New York

Rho Tau Atlantic • Pennsylvania

ATLANTIC

Upsilon Tau

Sigma Nu

Atlantic • New Jersey

Kappa Omicron

Psi Mu Zeta Eastern • North Carolina

Nu Theta

Psi Xi Zeta Eastern • North Carolina

GREAT LAKES

Psi Omicron Zeta

Mu Delta

Eastern • Virgina

Psi Theta

Psi Pi Zeta Eastern • Virgina

PACIFIC

Chi Tau

Pi Xi

Eastern • North Carolina

MIDWESTERN

Psi Psi Zeta Great Lakes • Illinois

Zeta Epsilon Zeta

Phi Tau Midwestern • Wyoming

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Psi Chi Zeta

Xi Gamma Zeta

Pacific • Alaska

Gamma Nu

Psi Nu Zeta Pacific • Korea

Iota Beta Zeta

Psi Tau Zeta

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Pacific • California

Epsilon Beta Zeta

Omega Alpha Zeta Pacific • New Mexico

SOUTHERN

Psi Phi Zeta

Epsilon Delta Zeta

South Central • Tennessee

Psi Upsilon Zeta South Central • Alabama

Psi Sigma Zeta South Central • Tennessee

Sigma Tau Southeastern • Florida

Psi Rho Zeta Southeastern • Georgia

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New Members FY 2008-2009

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Atlantic - 220

Pi Omicron Zeta

Eastern -233 Great Lakes - 253

GREAT LAKES Xi

Midwestern - 71 Pacific - 62

Sigma Theta Zeta

South Central - 274

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Southeastern - 408

Lambda Theta Zeta

Southern - 230

Nu Gamma Zeta

Grand Total - 1751

SOUTHEASTERN Alpha Eta

New Members FY 2009-2010

New Amicae Charters FY 2008-2009

Atlantic - 216

Iota Eta Zeta Amicae

Great Lakes - 267

Southeastern • Georgia

Midwestern - 55

Eastern - 178

Sigma Alpha Zeta Amicae

Pacific - 71

Great Lakes • Wisconsin

South Central - 366

Theta Omicron Zeta Amicae

Southeastern - 420

Pacific • Neveda

Southern - 213

Grand Total – 1786

New Amicae Charters FY 2009-2010

New Members FY 2010-2011

Rho Chi Zeta Amicae Atlantic • Pennsylvania

Rho Delta Zeta Amicae Great Lakes • Michigan

Atlantic - 228

Chi Kappa Zeta Amicae

Eastern - 257

Great Lakes • Michigan

Great Lakes - 281

Chi Psi Zeta Amicae Pacific • California

Midwestern - 77

Chi Lambda Zeta Amicae

Pacific - 72

South Central • Tennessee

South Central - 300

Upsilon Tau Zeta Amicae

Southeastern - 372

South Central • Mississippi

Southern - 168

Xi Xi Zeta Amicae Southeastern • Georgia

Grand Total - 1755

New Amicae Charters FY 2010-2011 Iota Nu Zeta Amicae Eastern • North Carolina

Rho Zeta Zeta Amicae Eastern • North Carolina

Sigma Phi Zeta Amicae Great Lakes • Illinois

Upsilon Psi Zeta Amicae Great Lakes • Michigan

Xi Mu Zeta Amicae Great Lakes • Illinois

Xi Gamma Zeta Amicae South Central • Alabama

Chi Zeta Zeta Amicae Southeastern • Florida

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ctor Hill Harper set aside time to play Jenga with St. Jude patients Courtney and Luis while touring St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Hill and St. Jude kicked off the inaugural “Call to Service for St. Jude” initiative last week, asking the more than 1 million National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) members, family and friends to support St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill, by going to stjude.org/ nphc. “I am a huge supporter of St. Jude and this new partnership makes me proud to be a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men,” said actor, author and winner of the Education Freedom Award, Hill Harper. “NPHC organizations have deep roots in education and making a difference in the lives of our youth. Engaging this richly diverse membership through the Call to Service for St. Jude initiative will help raise awareness about St. Jude in the African-American community, while sharing the hospital’s mission of treating the world’s sickest children with the best care.” Zeta’s International Grand Basileus Sheryl P. Underwood states, “Zeta applauds our Alpha brother Hill Harper for answering the call to service with the NPHC and St.Jude because our members are affected as well.” Recently, IGB Underwood visited with Jalise Fleming, St. Jude patient and daugh-

ter of Lashandra Jones, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In addition, IGB Underwood recorded video and audio PSAs at CBS to support the campaign. A special thanks to CBS! The NPHC is composed of historically African-American international Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities. Participating organizations include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Relationships with organizations like the NPHC are more important than ever to St. Jude because no family ever pays St. Jude for anything and more than 75 percent of the hospital’s funding comes from the public. A Call to Service for St. Jude helps kids like four-year-old Kennedi, who suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, and was referred to St. Jude where she was placed on a two-and-a-half year treatment plan. Within two weeks, her cancer was in remission. Here’s a link to the video of Kennedi’s patient story: http://bcove.me/ xj472tb5. Her mother said, “Whenever she sees the St. Jude logo, she says “There’s

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my doctor!” We trust the doctors here, and know Kennedi is at the best place possible.” Kennedi’s mother Chauntay, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and father Joseph, is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

About St. Jude Chilren’s Research Hospital Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting www. stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

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hanks to the leadership of Barbara C. Moore, 22nd International Grand Basileus, who envisioned the project and the generous humanitarian contribution of 23rd International Grand Basileus, Sheryl P. Underwood, the Z-Hope Health Center at the Afua Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School has been completed. Several years in the making, the Z-Hope Health Center at the Afua Kobi Ampen Girls High School, was formally dedicated on July 8, 2011 in a lavish two-part ceremony of cultural performances of drumming, singing, dance, and poetry, along with speeches and well wishes by distinguished speakers.

non-contagious diseases, and an 8-bed ward for contagious diseases; a dispensary; a consulting room; a treatment room; a conference meeting room; nurses residence; a staff sick room, and a nurses’ lounge. It is equipped with modern conveniences such as showers with hot and cold water and flush toilets. The Afua Kobi Ampen Girls School is home to over 2,000 girls who live on campus. The Health Center will provide them with much-needed medical services. Without the Center, the girls would have to be transported to the nearest medical facility, an arduous four-hour drive away.

Zetas Thanked for Their Contribution to Health Center

On a beautiful sunlit day, the audience of dignitaries, school and government officials, parents, friends, students, and Zeta sorors, enjoyed the festivities and listened appreciatively to the speeches delivered by, among others, the representative of the His Royal Highness, Otumfour Osei Osei Tutu II, Asantehene (the ruler of the Ashanti people of Ghana); Nana Oheneba Adusei Poku, Akeyempimhene; Nana Asoma Karikari, Chief of Traboum Village; Justice Dennis Adjei, Appeal Court Judge, and Chairman of the School’s Board of Directors; Past Headmistress, Mrs. Victoria Annan; current Headmistress, Miss Asuanda Eshun Famiya and Chairman of the PTA, Nana Gyawu Nantusi.

Nana Asoma Karikari, Chief of Traboum Village, in addressing the assembled audience, opened his remarks by thanking Zeta Phi Beta for their many years of support and dedication to the project. He thanked the Zetas for having the foresight in envisioning the school and the Health Center, and expressed his deep gratitude for the faithful commitment the Zetas showed towards the students, the village and indeed, the people of Ghana in seeing this project through to its completion. He exhorted the students to respect the efforts of the Zetas by keeping the building and its facilities clean. In praising the design of the building, he joked that the Health Center was so beautiful that students might pretend they were sick just so that they would be allowed to go and stay there for a while.

The Z-Hope Health Center incorporates two patient wards - a 12-bed ward for girls with

Current PTA Chairman, Nana Gyawu Nantusi also thanked the Zetas by telling the audience about the various missions

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of the Zetas in Ghana, and that in honor of the occasion, provisions had been made for a representative of the Asantehene to be present at the official commissioning of the Center. Chairman Nantusi spoke on behalf of the parents, saying that they were deeply grateful for the school and the Health Center, and asked that their sincere words of gratitude be conveyed to the entire Zeta Phi Beta organization and the individuals and chapters who made the contributions. Nana Oheneba Adusei Poku, Akeyempimhene, representative for His Royal Highness Otumfour Osei Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, thanked Zeta Phi Beta and Z-Hope International Women of Color for their work in the building and completion of the school. He told the audience that the Asantehene was very grateful for the Zeta’s generosity towards the Health Center. Mrs. Victoria Annan, the former Headmistress at the Afua Kobi Ampem school played a pivotal role in the implementation

of the project. In her acknowledgements, she reviewed the history of Zeta Phi Beta’s partnership with the school which began in 2007. She reminded the audience that the needs of the local population, especially that of girls in the area, were extreme. The Health Center, she said, would save lives, and alleviate needless suffering. She noted that the Zetas also underwrote the construction of two water wells in honor of Past President Deborah C. Wolf and Past National President, Barbara Moore to meet the girls’ need for clean water. She pointed out that the Zetas have always responded selflessly to the urgent need for assistance to address the health needs of the girls at the school. She reported proudly that enrollment has risen from 1,200 to 2,000, and that the girls are healthy, happy, and performing well on national standardized tests. His Lordship Justice Dennis Adjei, Appeal Court Judge, and Chairman of the School’s Board of Directors, concluded the formal speeches by saying that it was heartwarming that the students would be able to re-

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ceive treatment at the school and would no longer need to travel several miles away to Kumasi for medical attention. Representatives from the Department of Education and the Ghana Red Cross, also spoke at the ceremony and thanked Zeta Phi Beta for their contributions.

The Celebration and Ribbon Cutting The audience was then treated to lively performances by drummers, singers, and dancers in colorful costumes. The group them marched in a procession to the Health Center grounds where Soror Mary Singletary, Chair-Zeta Phi Beta International Women of Color and President of The National Council of Women of the United States, and Oheneba Adusei Poku, Akyempihene performed the ceremony of cutting the ribbon signaling the official opening of the Health Center. .

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My Dear Zeta... I love you so much and have so much for you. Won’t you open your arms and your hearts to receive the gift of love that I have for you. While some of you have readily received my gift of love, others of you have not seen my extended hand bearing gifts, because your attention was focused away from me, focused on the tasks of the day. Let me assure you, I am patient, and yes I am kind. I will wait for you as long as it takes for you to be ready to receive my gift. For, my dear Zeta, you are lovely to me and I desire to be with you and shower you with so much love. I, who know love through and through, can’t wait to see your eyes when you look upon my gift of love, seeing it for the first time or admiring a gift of love that you received long ago. The truth is, we all need, want and desire love, but so often we don’t know how to go about getting the love we deserve. Our idea of what “love” looks like is often distorted by the mass media that highlights the glamorous side while whitewashing the reality of what it truly takes to nurture and grow a loving relationship. For one to experience love one must be open to love, I dare say, prepared for love. You may ask what does being prepared for love mean; what does that look like in a real, hectic, often chaotic world? Hear my voice. Hear the voice of love and I’ll tell you. T H E

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Love Yourself The first step to receiving love from another heart is to love yourself. Embrace your uniqueness, your strengths and your flaws. Know that you are wonderfully made, with no mistakes. We all have things about ourselves that we wish were different, things we’d like to change, but loving yourself shouldn’t depend on those things changing. So often we block love by thinking that “if I change myself, then love will come.” As the custodian of all things love, let me say that a woman who is comfortable in her own skin is the most appealing aphrodisiac ever created. Love yourself. Disconnect from relationships that tolerate you, instead nurture those relationships that celebrate you.

Give Love A Chance Opening yourself to love makes you vulnerable, and it’s that vulnerability that is unsettling for most of us. Zetas are leaders, but when love enters, we lose some of the control that defines us. Many of us equate control with order, and when we feel out of control, things feel out of order. Let me assure you that the free-floating feeling associated with love is actually part of the process. Compromise, and considering another’s wants, needs and desires above your own, is a part of love. In a mutually loving

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relationship, your sense of being off-balance will be righted as your “consideration” (the object of your affection) yields a portion of their control as well. Then together, your submission to each other and your consideration of each other’s feelings and desires create a whole, balanced, loving relationship.

Being healthy physically, mentally and spiritually positions you for love. Preparing your life for love means loving yourself enough to focus on being healthy – physically, mentally and spiritually. We, as women, are so willing to neglect our own needs in order to care for those around us. Often, we see it as noble, but it is not. It is actually detrimental to your personal longevity and your relationships. Consider this: when you fly around the country, and the world, doing the business of Zeta, the flight attendants say –“In case of emergency, place the oxygen mask on yourself first, then assist those traveling with you.” Well, in love this is true as well, and the one “traveling with you” is your significant other. Take time, my beloved, to develop a healthy eating lifestyle and to exercise. Find time throughout the day to “breathe” and relax your mind or if you find movies or magazines energizing, then find time to indulge this interest. And don’t neglect your spirit. Connect with like-minds who are committed to a path of spiritual growth and development, and most importantly, assume a position of gratitude for all of the blessings that God has given. Indulge your “Consideration” For example, if your “consideration” likes a certain color, then wear more of that color. We all know our sorority colors, but Zetas look good in all colors. This small gesture implies that you are mindful of what appeals to your consideration.

A Healthy Dose of Positive Self-Esteem To truly love, and be loved, you must know who you are. As Love, I understand that you are continually growing and evolving as women and that there is no specific point in time that you can say, “this is who am – and who I will always be”, but there are core beliefs – likes, dislikes, ways of doing things – that you hold fast to, even as you morph into your highest self. Understanding these things about yourself is key to attracting the love that best fits you. The confidence you gain from this understanding of yourself is key to developing a healthy dose of positive selfesteem. Without these elements in place, we tend to allow others to define us, thereby diminishing our authentic self. Once you know who you are and what you need, you are more open to love and can more quickly identify it when it presents itself.

Compromise, Conflict and Growth My dearest, as love enters, realize that you are “whole” all by yourself. You are not “half” looking for someone to make you “whole.” You and your love are two separate people who are choosing to explore life together. With that comes the potential for conflict – you want Chinese and he wants Italian. This is T H E

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where love can shine, from both sides: comprise is a part of love. Yet, conflict can be a part of the growth process of love. Stay with me beloved: As two separate people, you are not going to always agree on everything. But, when conflicts arise, please know, that an argument, when you are in love, doesn’t mean the end of the relationship. As Love, I know myself in and out and I can tell you that some of the most solid and loving relationships have moments when, from the outside, they don’t look very lovely; but what they have is a strength that allows them to disagree and not give up on the relationship. A large part of love, that I want you all to learn, is that men and women do not communicate the same way. I wish it was not so, but it is, and with that fact comes some work on both sides.

Last Point...The Power of Your Words In the Bible in Genesis, there are multiple references to “And God said,... “ Whatever God said was manifested. You have the same power in your words. Our words carry life and fulfillment. We can build up with them or tear down with them. Our words can hurt and our words can heal. Your words are very important to the growth and development of love. Always remember, your words can be like water to a thirsty flower! Finally, Love, in its most fulfilling form, is not easy, but it is worth it! I wish for you beautiful moments and lasting memories of glorious love, for some that includes a special celebration with family and friends…curious…be sure to check out the Spring Archon – as dreams come true.

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UNICEF’s Response to the Horn of Africa Emergency

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ast year’s severe drought in the Horn of Africa, combined with soaring food prices and the conflict in Somalia, has caused famine in some Somali regions and taken a staggering toll on children. Over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 700,000 Somali refugees and nearly 1.5 million displaced people inside Somalia. Half of those in need are children. At least 30,615 severely malnourished children across Somalia were treated in out-patient therapeutic feeding programs (OTP) and stabilization centers (SC) by September. Another 53,167 moderately malnourished children were admitted to targeted supplementary feeding programs (TSFP) by September. By August, the number of nutrition sites had increased from 925 to 1,142—with an additional 200 sites planned in the coming months.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene UNICEF and implementing partners have focused on meeting the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) related needs of communities and displaced people, while minimizing the related health risks caused by the drought and mass migration. By the end of September, about one million people were accessing safe water. T H E

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Education UNICEF supported the reopening of schools in September by providing incentives for over 3,650 teachers and distributing enough textbooks for 72,620 children. This has facilitated the enrollment of 321,400 children (48 percent girls).

Looking Ahead The emergency interventions have reached thousands of children and their families to date. However, much more must be done — by UNICEF, Governments, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and partners — to further scale up and sustain the crisis response, especially in Somalia where the situation continues to deteriorate. The coming months will be decisive in efforts to avert the death of an estimated 750,000 people, and continuous funding support will be required to sustain and further expand operations until the middle of 2012 at the very least. Above all, the humanitarian community must be enabled to continue to expand its response to save lives. Photo — Somalia: People collect water during a distribution in a camp for people displaced by the drought, in Mogadishu. The water is being distributed by troops from AMISOM (the African Union Mission in Somalia) from their base supplies. © UNICEF/Holt

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onate to the “Burn the Mortgage Campaign”, empowering Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to extend our philanthropic efforts and shine the bright light of our beloved sisterhood across this nation and abroad. You may donate as many times as you would like to and are able. When you donate, Zeta will acknowledge your benevolence by listing you on our website and in our national

publication, The Archon and during a public event at the 2012 Boulé in the Windy City, Chicago, Illinois. All donors will also receive a Capital Campaign pin and certificate during our 2012 Boulé.

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Dr. Evelyn Wesley

Johnnie Kerr

Eddie Redding

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Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mu Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Geraldine Kinney

Morine Hill

Barbara Kirnes

Victoria Belin

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Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mu Kappa Zeta • Golden Life Member

Rose Lewis

Lona Matthews

Colleen Williams

Xi Zeta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Nu Chi Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Ivis Richardson

Dr. Robbie Latimore

Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Omicron Alpha Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beta Delta • Golden Life Member

Jacqueline McNair Chi Beta Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Costella Grant Chi Rho Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Geraldine Johnson

South Central

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Barnie McGhee

Charbett Duckett

Alpha Delta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Delta Zeta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Shirley Thompson

Kimberly Smith-Tann

Alpha Delta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Kappa Omega Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Dr. Rosie Pridgen

Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq.

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Xi Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Marian Shannon

Susie Person Alpha Rho Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Quinsola Elliott

Eastern Marjay Anderson Beta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Kathleen Thomas Beta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Cortina Jennings Delta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Charlisa Davis

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Cora Edwards Gamma Beta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Stacey Smith Phi Lambda Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Denisha Hendricks Psi Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Dr. Constance Hendricks Psi Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

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Tranitra Avery

Marzella Worley

Lillie Hardy Rho Iota Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Sheryl Morton

Charlotte Miller

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Pearl Dunlap

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Marian Hairston Rho Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Lynette Banks-Harris Sigma Delta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Great Lakes Betty Esnault Lambda Rho Zeta • Golden Life Member

Evon Mazyck

Rosetta Vickers

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Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Kathryn Williams

Brenda Williams

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Dr. Apryle Kirnes

Darlene Sparks

Phi Xi Zeta • Sapphire Donation

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Stephanie Dukes

Rosa Pickett

Psi Zeta Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Chi Phi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Ruby Myers

Verna Johnson

Rho Epsilon Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Delta Sigma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beulah Robinson

Patricia Solomon

Rho Epsilon Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Epsilon Chi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Chrislyn Turner

Marlene Sharpe

Rho Xi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Epsilon Eta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Rosemarie Farngalo

Mary Strozier-Weaver

Sigma Mu Zeta • Sapphire Donation

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Cynthia Asia

Dr. Eunice Thomas

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Gamma Upsilon Zeta • Golden Life Member

Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Coleen McIver Epsilon Tau Zeta • Golden Life Member

Usher James

Rho Phi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Johnnie Stewart Rho Phi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Alpha Chi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Evelyn Brown

Regina Holmes

Epsilon Zeta • Diamond Life Member

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Florence McCamey

Alva Morrison

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Myra Reese

Linda York

Bessie Fulks Eta Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Vanetta McDonald

Katheryn Davis

Alpha Omicron Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Eta Omega Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Nancy Johnson

Dr. Harriet Roland

Eleanor Holmes

Epsilon Tau Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Epsilon Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Southeastern

Southern

Alpha Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Kimberly Brackett Kappa Zeta • Golden Life Member

Tunesia Benard Lambda Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Tunesia Benard

Eta Omega Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Dorothy King

Alpha Omicron Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Lambda Rho Zeta • Golden Life Member

Lucille Bacon

Eta Omega Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Sara Scarbrough

Carole Wilson Grandberry

Alpha Theta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Lambda Zeta • Golden Life Member

Lambda Rho Zeta • Golden Life Member

Harriet Green

Alpha Hay

Eta Theta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Hazel F. Wilson

Willie Whiting

Beta Alpha Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Psi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Psi Psi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

E. Virginia Johnson

Vallie Holloway

Eta Theta Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Latonia Evans

Ida T. James

Beta Alpha Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Elaine Randolph

Eta Theta Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Midwestern

Lambda Zeta • Golden Life Member

Mirian Tiller

Beta Alpha Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Latonia Gilbert

Theta Nu Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Sandy Simpson

Eta Theta Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Betty Howard

Beta Alpha Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Carrie Grady

Xi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Sarah White

Gamma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mary A.T. Tillman, M.D.

Beta Omega Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Helen Wigfall

Veronica Pittman

Gamma Zeta • Golden Life Member

Tanya Dixon

Xi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Pacific

Sheryl Underwood Alpha Psi Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Gwendoly Hogans Alpha Psi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Janetta Varrie Alpha Psi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Myrtle Ballard Iota Delta Zeta • Golden Life Member

Beta Rho Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mary Jackson

Brenda Weatherspoon

Iota Omicron Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beta Rho Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mary Evans

Lee Harris

Iota Omicron Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Beta Sigma Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Sherry Bess

Dr. Elaine Lee

Iota Xi Zeta • Golden Life Member

Beta Sigma Zeta • Sapphire Donation

Mae Hale

Annie Baker

Kappa Iota Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Lois McKellar

Cora Coleman Portee

Kappa Iota Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Beta Tau Zeta • Diamond Life Member

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Dorothy Perrault Upsilon Mu Zeta • Diamond Life Member

Mary Beck Upsilon Nu Zeta • Diamond Life Member

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Triumphant Soror

Isabel Morgan Herson 16th International Grand Basileus Whereas, it is with deep regret that the National Executive Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., learned of the death of Past Grand Basileus Isabel Morgan Herson on December 18, 2011 at the age of 101 years old, and; Whereas Isabel Morgan Herson in 1928 was one of the last surviving graduates of the first graduating class of McKinley High School and earning the Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University and the Master’s Degree from Columbia University and; Whereas, Isabel Morgan Herson became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1932 through the Beta Alpha chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and; Whereas, Soror Isabel Morgan Herson was elected to the office of Grand Basileus in 1970 Promoting the theme “Relevance to Contemporary Issues – A Focus Toward Total Concern for the Human Being” and; Whereas, Past Grand Basileus Herson was affectionately known as “Grand Basileus of Love”, under her administration she established the Basilei Leadership Program for the training of future leaders in the sorority and introduced the “Night of the Performing Arts” in efforts to showcase the many talents of sorority members and; Whereas, through her professional affiliation as an educator Soror Isabel Morgan Herson was considered an expert in the education of young people of color as she served in many positions of leadership and authority in secondary education and higher education and; T H E

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implemented; Whereas, Past Grand Basileus Herson increased Zeta’s outreach internationally by providing workshops during the first Greek lettered conference on the Continent of Africa, and; Whereas Past Grand Basileus Herson extended our auxiliary outreach by promoting youth groups and further extended our outreach by inviting entertainers and vendors to Boulé, and; Be it resolved that the National Executive Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, does hereby offer our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy; and Be it also resolved that the National Executive Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., on this date, the 27th day of December in the year of 2011, do hereby delete the name of Soror Isabel Morgan Herson from the roll of active members, and be placed among the honored dead, she has left Zeta Phi Beta Sorority to join the Triumphant Zetas where we shall one day meet in the great Boulé that shall never end. Peace to her remains and felicity to her soul; and Be it further resolved dear sorors, that GOD is here to comfort us, and we as a sisterhood will support one another during this time. “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in GOD, believe ye also in me.”

SORROWFULLY SUBMITTED

National Executive Board Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Katy S. Campbell, Esq.

Sheryl P. Underwood

Chairman, National Executive Board

23rd International Grand Basileus

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Whereas, during Past Grand Basileus Herson’s administration, the Zeta Investing in people (ZIP) program was


SORORITY NEWS

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR TRIUMPHANT SOROR Soror C. Levy Vaughn, Ph.D. Nu Theta Zeta Chapter Warrenville, Heights, Ohio Passed Away: January 12, 2012

North Carolina

Iola Howard Piggott

Ruth Dailey

Grace Walker Phillips

Helen Sims Gibbs

Vanessa LaRue Bloodsaw

Jestine Kearney Davis

Nicole Pearl Hawkins

Queen Hester Bell

Maggie Trotter Worsley

Harriet Butler

Generva P. White

Barbara Ligon Eulalia Hall Peterson

Silent memories true and tender, Just to show we still remember. • • • • • • •

District of Columbia

Barbara Jean Lipscomb Shearin

Virginia Bessie Jordan

Past Ohio State Director Life Member, Zeta Dove National Reclamation Chairperson Regional Grammatues Regional Epistoleus Ohio State Representative Basileus Gamma Delta Zeta 1971 to 1975

Barbara Gilliam

West Virginia

Hilda Bagby

Kathleen L. Simpson

Bernice Spurlock

Helen Wisdom

Jean Scott Clifton

Betty M Hairston Hughes

Emma Dellis Lawrence

Irene Ellen Dixon Cross

Laverne Taylor Cooper

Mary Ruth Miller

Revor W. Edwards Dorothy K. Joyner Kijafa Williamson

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Regular screenings by a health care professional can help find cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. At least half of all new cancer cases are cancer types that can be prevented or detected earlier by screening. It won’t just help your loved one stay healthy – it will help you do the same. Not sure which cancer screenings are right for you or your loved one? Depending on age, sex, and cancer risk, screening recommendations will vary. The American Cancer Society can offer a quick overview of recommended tests through a simple health check tool at cancer. org/healthcheck. Based on answers to a set of questions about everyday activities and other personal information, the health check will deliver specific screening test recommendations that you can share with your doctor. You’ll also receive a personalized action plan for nutrition and physical activity that can help you live healthier and reduce cancer risk. One of the best ways you can show loved ones you care is to help them take steps to live healthier and prevent or find cancer early – so they can celebrate more special days like birthdays and other milestones with you. Find more ways to stay well by calling your American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting cancer.org.

Find more ways to stay well by calling your American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting cancer.org. COPYRIGHT 2012 SOCIETY, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. T H E A R © C H O NAMERICAN | W I N TCANCER E R 2 0 1 2 1 0 INC. 5


Since its beginning, St. Jude has been committed to fighting pediatric cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases that threaten children’s lives. And the support of organizations like ours is critical to that fight. With one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country, St. Jude is changing the way the world treats diseases like sickle cell disease. Sorors, lets ensure that work continues by joining our auxiliary members, and other participating National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations to help give the gift of life. Please invite your friends and family to get involved and help raise money online for St. Jude, leading up to the Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon on April 5th. Together we can continue the fight against childhood cancer and sickle cell disease! For every $50 a soror and auxiliary member donates, your chapter/auxiliary receives 50 Z-Hope points and 50 Distinguished Pearl points. So if you donate $200, your chapter and or auxiliary receives 200 Z-Hope points and 200 Distinguished Pearl points. Time is running out, so please visit www.stjude.org/nphc and sign up today.

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We desire that all content and inclusions in the Archon are accurate but errors occur. We hope that this doesn’t cause any hard feelings. •

Page 31: The middle initial “F.” was omitted from Soror Hazel F. Wilson’s name.

Spelling Correction: Soror Tunesia Benard, Diamond, Lambda Zeta

Page 66: Soror Jasmin Whittington, Zeta Omicron Chapter was inadvertently omitted from the Fall Archon’s “Acknowledging Excellence – Undergraduate Sorors with the Highest GPAs -Atlantic Region.”

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