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MCMM selected Shelby County (TN) Alumnae because of its variety of monthly activities which include educational modules, cultural outings, and public service. The chapter was in competition with four other local organizations for this noted award. The Memphis CARES program began six years ago at the National Civil Rights Museum and is nationally affiliated with the National CARES Mentoring Movement founded by honorary member Susan L. Taylor. EMBODI has enriched and enhanced the social, emotional, and academic development of African-Amer-ican male teens in the Shelby County area over the last four years. Shelby County (TN) Alumnae has developed many meaningful partnerships through the EMBODI Mentoring Program. Through their partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, they obtain at-risk African-American males within the chapter’s service area. They have also successfully obtained positive male mentorships through African-American fraternities, businessmen, corporate executives, other segments of the community, and the Or-ganization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) with its “Boys to Men” annual event. s 26 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The South Broward Alumnae Chapter made history by becoming the first African-American non-prof-it organization to participate in the 42-year history of the nationally televised Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dec.14, 2013. Approximately 400 guests and members boarded the 120- foot “Musette I” yacht at Smoker Family Park. “There were some who were skeptical that South Broward Alumnae, a new chapter less than five years old, could have a successful Winterfest Boat Parade event,” said Soror Cassandra Joseph, SBAC chapter president. Several dignitaries participated in the weekend’s events including Dr. Paulette C. Walker, 25th National President; Cheryl W. Turner, Southern Region director; and Joanell Lawson, South Florida state coordinator. Dr. Walker travelled from Tampa, Fla. to celebrate the occasion with South Broward Alumnae, stating her main motivation for attending was the incredible audacity of SBAC to be the first African-American non-profit to enter the parade. She also noted the event has great implications for Delta’s direction for the next 100 years. “It says something, that here we are, beginning the next hundred years. I think it’s wonderful, all that we’ve done, but let’s stop focusing on our past...” said Dr. Walker. “Look at what we’re about to do.” SBAC’s community partnerships with entities such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Macy’s and State Farm helped to make the event a success and to open doors for the fledgling chapter. “This one event has really exposed our young but eager chapter to a lot of opportunities,” said Soror Angela Hylor, Boat Parade Committee chair and inaugural president of the chapter. “The more oppor-tunities we have, the more it allows us to do work in our community.” s Soror of Queens Alumnae during the financial workshop. Shelby County (TN) Alumnae receives the Memphis CARES Award for their EMBODI Program. South Broward County participates in the Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale.


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