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52nd National Convention R E G I O N A L C O V E R A G E s62 The Dynamic Southern Region’s Works Focus On Delta’s Most Valuable Resource DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY KANIKA MCKERSON A roaring applause erupt-ed throughout Hall B of the George R. Brown Conven-tion Center as sorors of the Dynam-ic Southern Region stood on their feet and celebrated the 22 “pearls” of the region. The 22 pearls were so-rors in attendance – like Soror Hel-en Heathington of Bradenton Alum-nae Chapter celebrating 68 years in Delta – who have been members of the Sorority for more than 58 years. Soror Heathington was initiated into the Sorority through the Beta Alpha Chapter at Florida A&M University on January 1, 1946. As the Southern Regional Direc-tor, Soror Cheryl Turner, has made it a point during her term to celebrate Delta Dears as “pearls.” “This practice goes back to the desire and dedication to focus on the individual member. Our Delta Dears are our pearls,” said Soror Turn-er. “Although Delta has grown and changed over the years, its basic te-nets remain. Delta Dears are that link to the basic tenets, and remind us that with all the advancements, our foundation is strong because of its base. Delta Dears give us life, so in fact, they are our fountain of youth.” The regional theme for the South-ern Region has been to “Re-claim, Retrain and Retain Delta’s Most Valuable Re-sources - Our Members” which directly supports the vision of National Presi-dent Dr. Paulette C. Walker. “The Region’s philoso-phy of focusing on the indi-vidual member’s construc-tive development, as our mission demonstrates to the member that we care about you and the success of all areas of your life. We recognize that you volun-tarily give to Delta and we support you in that. It is our belief, that once an individ-ual realizes they are cared for, they are willing to ex-tend themselves more, in-cluding serving, leading and empowering others in need,” said Soror Turner. Members of the Southern Region during the Southern Region Sisterhood Luncheon. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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