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52nd National Convention R E G I O N A L C O V E R A G E JOURNAL Spring 2016 s53 Soror Coachman has extensive knowledge and experience regarding Delta Sigma Theta and when it comes to educating the community. Soror Coachman has served Delta with dis-tinction at the local, state, regional and national levels for over 50 years. She has impacted the lives of young people and young adults for over 40 years as an educator who has taught health and physical education and coached volleyball, basketball and collegiate cheerleading. When asked what she envisioned for the region when she developed the theme: “Motivate, Cultivate and Empower,” Soror Coachman immedi-ately said she wanted to encourage more sorors in the region to consid-er and to take on more leadership re-sponsibility. Soror Coachman also expressed that she made a concerted effort to choose sorors for her lead-ership team that had not previously been in leadership roles. Taking the “coach” out of Coach-man was quite evident when plan-ning the Central Regional Luncheon for the 52nd National Convention. She received an outpouring of sup-port from sorors when asked to as-sist her with the logistics. When asked about what sorors can expect in the last year of her term, she sim-ply said, “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.” Conversely, Soror Ashley, a re-cent graduate from the University of Oklahoma-Norman who studied pub-lic relations and non-profit organiza-tional studies, was challenged with issues of collegiate membership due to the 2014 announcement of the moratorium on Membership Intake. “Communicating with the colle-giate sorors about the moratorium was a difficult task,” said Soror Ash-ley. “ I chose to focus on the positive by continuing to implement the ini-tiatives of the Sorority, such as col-legiate transition.” Soror Ashley be-lieves it’s important to encourage the collegiate sorors to transition to the alumnae chapter right after graduation. During the last year of her term, Soror Ashley would like to focus on achieving success with her platform program, “Health is W.E.A.L.T.H” (Women Everywhere Advocating and Learning their Health), an initiative to encourage sorors to think more about their health status. Falling in line with the Sorority’s physical and mental health thrust, Soror Ashley requests collegiate chapters to im-plement programs and initiatives that will increase health awareness of women in their communities. She also wants to see more collegiate members seek leadership positions at both the regional and national level. Soror Ashley said in her final re-flection, “Now that the 52nd Nation-al Convention is behind me, I am ex-cited about continuing to uphold the ideals of the Sorority”. s Dr. Paulette Walker, National President, and Soror Frankie Muse Freeman, 14th National President during the Central Regional Sisterhood Luncheon. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER ”Motivate, Cultivate and Empower.”


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