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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E JOURNAL Spring 2016 s13 ror Carlin. “It reinforced the im-portance of sisterhood for me. I would like to implement a small but meaningful reach out and touch program where you show your love and support for sorors in time of need.” Though Soror Carlin attend-ed national convention as a col-legiate, she was preparing for a transition to an alumnae chap-ter following her May gradua-tion. Soror Carlin says the con-vention gave her a look at her future in the Sorority that she’s always wanted. “Attending convention made me more eager to finish my tran-sitioning process into an alum-nae chapter. I’ve always known I never want to stop being active physically or financially in Delta. Af-ter going to convention it reassured what I already knew. Attending con-vention allowed me to see that the real work starts after you transition and I’m excited.” For collegiate Soror Cierra Ramey of Upsilon Nu Chapter, the conven-tion was a way to learn new strate-gies for conducting chapter business effectively. As chapter president, Ra-mey says all the information learned has empowered her to be more dili-gent Delta. “Sometimes when creating and planning programs you have difficul-ty coming up with innovative ideas and information to go alongside,” said Soror Ramey. “It was great to see what other chapters are doing as well as getting firsthand knowledge from national officers and committees. I had the pleasure of attending the president’s workshop and it was great to learn how to ef-fectively manage a chapter.” In addition, Ramey says the convention gave her new assurance as she pre-pares to transition to an alumnae chapter in January 2016. “Convention was bene-ficial because it allows for an increase in knowledge and networking,” Soror Ra-mey said. “With my plans on moving out of my current area, it was great to meet so-rors who are in those chapters I may soon call home.” Aside from the pro-tips ac-quired, Ramey says the most moving part of her first conven-tion was the incomparable con-nection of sisterhood she felt with every soror in attendance. “Traveling and attending convention makes you fall in love with Delta all over again,” said Soror Ramey. “You get to experience what is always talk-ed about and you gain new moti-vation and encouragement. The most important part for me about the experience was just that – the ex-perience. I got to be there as a col-legiate and make an impact as a col-legiate while I could. I’m glad I was blessed with that opportunity.” Most importantly, the lessons these young sorors have learned at their first convention will stay with them throughout their lives in Delta, further fueling their cause and dedi-cation. After all, the first convention is always nothing short of magical. s Soror Dawn Lopez, member of Nassau Alumnae Chapter, leads a group discussion during one of the concurrent workshops at the 52nd National Convention. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES A delegate carefully reviews the informa-tion of the convention workbook contain-ing pertinent convention information. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Members of Delta Sigma Theta participating in the discussion during plenary sessions. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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