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Delta Newsletter SPRING 2015 • 25 the banquet was the culmination of year-long activities held in recogni-tion of the chapter’s anniversary. Soror Cynthia M. A. But-ler- McIntyre, 24th National President, was the guest speaker for the banquet. She opened her speech by reciting verses from The Temptations’ 70s hit single, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today).” She stated the verses described much of what exists today regarding politics, social issues, economic opportunity, and war protests, resulting in a state of confusion that keeps growing. As part of her message for the occasion, Soror Butler-McIntyre encouraged sorors to accept the challenge to stop the current state of confusion by using their heads, hearts, and hands to make a difference in charting the course for a better future. During the gala event, the chapter honored one of the three surviving charter members in atten-dance, Members of Prairie View Alumnae visit Mt. Corinthians of Heavenly Hempstead March 22. PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Sorors Kathryn Reed, Ruth Smith, Gwendolyn Burns Carter, 1st Lady Carolyn Talley, Pastor Clarence Talley, Burnest Carter, Anissa Joubert, Kem Rucker-Winn, and Chapter President Shanna Thomas. Gentelia Wright; and recognized Sorors Louise Hill and Dulcie Watts, surviving charter members, not present. A special presentation was presented to Soror Butler-McIn-tyre for the purchase of 100 uniforms for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Elementary School in Cherette, Haiti. Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter was chartered as Beta Pi Sigma Chapter December 21, 1943, with 17 charter members, under Elsie Austin, 8th National President, and Marian Palmer Capps, past Eastern Region director. The current membership consists of 201 sorors. s On February 8, the Prince William County Alum-nae Chapter hosted a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the grand opening of the “Reflections” art exhibit at the Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas-Prince William County in Manassas, Va. “Reflections” is a six week exhibit that displays art created by 20 nationally and internationally recognized Af-rican- American artists. According to the exhibit’s descrip-tion, “Reflections interweaves the personal and political with the historical, sharing the visions, aesthetics and challenges faced by African-American artists during times of racial struggle for equality.” The grand opening reception was a monumental success, with more than 200 guests attending. The event fea-tured live music courtesy of jazz saxophonist Carlton Harris. Local wine shop, the Opera House Gourmet, provided delicious red and white wine tastings for guests. The Winery at Bull Run and Potomac Point Winery donated compli-mentary wine tastings, while Morais Vineyards and Winery and The Opera House Gourmet donated wine baskets. The Center for the Arts contacted the PWCAC’s Arts & Letters Committee last November to request its support for this worthwhile art exhibit, and the chapter was thrilled to answer the call. Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, this event was a huge success. PWCAC looks forward to partnering with the Center for the Arts in the future to continue to support the arts in the community. s Queens Alumnae Chapter’s Economic Development Committee, co-chaired by Sorors Myrna Phillips and Vikkie L. Wilkinson, hosted a dynamic series of financial workshops created especially for sorors to focus on the effective transfer wealth. In the three-point series attendees learned how to develop a complete estate plan that would lead to preserving one’s legacy. The inaugural workshop held Jan. 11 was presented by Soror Francine Ross Roden. During this workshop titled, “Preparing for your Final Expenses,” Soror Roden outlined relevant issues that should be discussed with loved ones such as: burial vs. cremation; insurance cover-age; pros and cons of pre-need service choices such as viewing, visitation, religious focus, the participation of family, friends, as well as veteran and service organizations; and building an Omega Omega plan. The next series “Insurance, Do You Have What You Need?” was presented by Soror Irene E. Elmore of North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter Feb. 8. Soror Elmore described the purchasing of life and health insurance as an extremely individual need and disclosed how to determine what types of insurance is required. James Ray III, Esq., of The Law Firm of Ray & Asso-ciates, presented the final workshop in the series “Is Your Legal House in Order” on April 12. Ray spoke of under-standing when and how to use the services of a lawyer. He stressed that in order to ensure efficient transfer of your property, money, and personal assets, you need a will to specify how loved ones should carry out your last wishes. He also discussed various trusts, health care proxies and advance directives for any health care issues. s Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter received Memphis CARES Mentoring Movements 2014 Imani Mentoring Award for outstanding achievements with EM-BODI in Memphis, Tenn. Jan. 25. Chapter President Cynthia B. Lewis (CENTER) and Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter Welcome Committee await the arrival of 70th Anniversary keynote speaker, Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President. PHOTO BY SOROR ANITA PEARSON


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