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52nd National Convention R E G I O N A L C O V E R A G E SUPPORTING THE VISION: s60 The South Atlantic Region Serves, Leads and Empowers DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY MICHELLE LEWIS During the 2013-2015 bi-ennium, the South Atlan-tic region supported Na-tional President Dr. Paulette C. Walker’s vision to serve, lead and empower through its 154 chapters located in Bermuda, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. As Dr. Walker began her tenure as the first president of the second century of the So-rority’s history, Soror Andria Jeffries, South Atlantic Region-al Director encouraged chap-ters in the South Atlantic region to “embrace and commit to the vision of providing uncompro-mising service to the commu-nities in which they live.” South Atlantic chapters were direct-ed to do a needs assessment in their communities to ensure that the projects and programs planned are relevant and im-pactful, with excellence as the target measure in all we do. THE SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION SERVES Over the years, the South Atlantic Region has been committed to leaving a positive footprint and im-pact of public service in the commu-nities where it meets for regional and statewide meetings. From assisting with the preservation of a historical landmark named in honor of a former slave who became a teacher; to pro-viding uniforms and supplies for un-derprivileged students; and provid-ing toiletries to domestic violence victims, members have donated time, funds and items to assist communi-ties. Most notable was the re-gion’s focus on bringing aware-ness to domestic violence and providing assistance to shelters and victims. With South Carolina rank-ing first in the nation with the highest homicide rate for fe-male victims by male offenders, the issue is of great interest to members in the region as well as Soror Jeffries who resides in South Carolina. The region has also sup-ported Project-13 initiatives and partnered with the United Negro College Fund, asking chapters to donate 100 pairs of gently worn or new shoes. The shoes col-lected on site during state meet-ings were counted and weighed by a fundraising management company. After weighing, the management company provid-ed a check to the hosting chap-ter based on the weight of shoes collected. The sorority, then do-nated the funds to UNCF as well as a local organization. South Atlantic Regional Rep-resentative Deandrea Newsome has been instrumental in encourag-ing collegiate sorors and making sure they have a voice at the table. “I support this vision by empow-ering the collegiate chapters in my re-gion to not only implement programs Soror Andria Jeffries, South Atlantic Regional Director, addresses the South Atlantic Region during the Sisterhood Luncheon. PHOTO BY VALERIE PHILLIPS


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