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Delta Newsletter SPRING 2015 • 23 The Collier County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 26, 2013 as Collier County Alumnae Chapter Day. s Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, joined the Decatur Alumnae Chapter as it celebrated its 40th anniversary focusing on sisterhood, scholarship, and service. The chapter was chartered Oct. 5, 1973 by 16 dedicated members in the DeKalb County community. The celebration kicked off Sept. 29, 2013 with a “Living Museum” focused on the chapter’s rich history, accomplishments, and highlights of each past chapter president. A special tribute was presented in memory of chapter members who have transition to Omega Omega Chapter. On Oct. 5, the chapter’s actual anniversary date was designated as a day of service. Public service projects were conducted October 3-5 throughout the chapter’s service area at 11 separate locations. Projects over the three days included: hosting a recreation and fun day with senior citizens; delivering meals to senior citizens; serving as test monitors during a Saturday school session; gardening and cleaning-up at a community learning garden; an early prevention breast cancer presentation; assisting a local high school’s booster club; hosting a health fair; and preparing personal care kits for the homeless. In keeping with the chapter’s commitment to scholarship and service, a Job Readiness Career Development workshop was also held Oct. 5. The celebration concluded with a Celebration Gala Oct. 12. Soror Betty A. Mitchell served as chair of the 40th Anniversary Committee. Soror Alana Hicks-King is the chapter president and Soror Deborah Covin Wilson is the historian. s Detroit Alumnae Chapter celebrated the 25th an-niversary of Delta Manor, Inc.’s opening Nov. 30, 2013. More than 100 guests gathered at the Detroit Golf Club for an anniversary brunch honoring Mattie Jones Johnson, Detroit Alumnae Chapter’s 24th president (1983-85), and Leslie Arnold Gillespie, Delta Manor’s founding board member and treasurer. Delta Manor is a seven-story high-rise apartment building located in Detroit and contains 100 one bedroom units. The complex is owned and operated by Delta Man-or, Inc., a Michigan non-profit housing corporation. Its purpose is to serve the housing needs of senior citizens and the disabled. Delta Manor was one of the first projects of its kind in the United States to be initiated by a Greek-let-ter organization. The project was conceived of and brought to life by the Property Task Force of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter operating from 1983 to 1988. Property Task Force members, appointed by President Mattie Jones Johnson, were: Georgia Brown, Helen Garvin, Velma Walker (Omega Omega members); Leslie Arnold Gillespie and Cheryl Richardson McCall. They were also the founding members of the Delta Manor Board of Directors. The Property Task Force prepared and submitted a successful application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding of the $5 million project. Construc-tion commenced in 1988 during the admin-istration of DAC President Evelyn Browne. Delta Manor’s first residents moved into their new apartments in January 1989. s With obesity in the African-American community starting at an earlier age, “Fit for Life” was the perfect theme for Hayward-Tri-City Alumnae Chapter‘s IMPACT Day held May 22, 2014. Over 200 children, parents, and teachers from Bret Harte Middle School and Hayward-Tri- City youth programs enjoyed a full day of information and fun focused on healthy living. Congressman Eric Swalwell and Hayward Unified School District Superintendent Stan Dobbs addressed the participants and expressed their gratitude to Hayward-Tri- City Alumnae for its community involvement. Creative exercises like Zumba, line dancing, sports booths, and a mini-obstacle course kicked off the event while an upbeat DJ kept the adrenaline flowing through-out the day. Concurrent panel discussions on “Healthy Living and Athletes” and “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul” were filled to capacity. Health and fitness professionals manned display tables and dispensed information on healthy food choices, physical activity, and health care. Students signed pledges against gun violence and seven families signed up for Affordable Health Care coverage. Based on all the positive feedback, Hayward-Tri-City’s IMPACT Day of service will have a long lasting impact on the community. s The members of Henry County Alumnae Chapter supported the Sorority’s mission to continue to serve local communities as well as communities abroad. A vision to support the school was established resulting from sorors’ elation over the Oct. 19, 2013 grand opening of the Delta Sigma Theta Elementary School, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in Cherette, Haiti. The chapter donated several school supplies to the Haiti school: paper, pens, pencils, composition books, crayons and markers. Sorors collaborated with youth partici-pants in Delta GEMS, Delta Academy, and EMBODI to support the school in Haiti by creating greeting cards. The youth learned about Haiti’s demographics, resources, and the grand opening of the school. The sorors presented a writer’s workshop giving the youth participants the opportuni-ty to translate the English language into the children’s native Haitian language. The youth created greeting cards using phrases such as, “E’tudier!” (Study hard) and “Bonne chance!” (Good luck) to encourage the Haitian youth to have a successful school year. Decatur Alumnae members volunteer during one of 11 service projects held in honor of their 40th anniver-sary weekend. Izetta Bright, Delta Manor Board President (CENTER) congratu-lates honorees Leslie Arnold Gillespie (LEFT) and Mattie Jones Johnson (RIGHT) at the Delta Manor 25th anniversary brunch in Detroit MI. Henry County Alumnae members create and send greeting cards to students of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School in Cherette, Haiti.


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