JOURNAL Spring 2016 s81 house. President Mickey Backus served as Mistress of Ceremony. Sev-eral political representatives were in attendance: Councilmen Darin Hill; Raymond Coleman; Mayor Howard Myers; and Delegate Lashrecse Aird and Senator Rosalyn Dance (mem-bers of the Sorority). Political figures in attendance spoke and congratulat-ed Delta Community Service Founda-tion for the hard work they had done. The Foundation anticipates sponsor-ing many community activities at this facility. The Delta Community Service Foundation has formed a partner-ship with Petersburg Parks and Lei-sure Services’ after school program for girls. The members of the foundation will provide usage of their facility for at risk girls of Petersburg, Virginia. They will also provide speakers, as-sist with homework, and teach social graces skills to girls ranging in ages eight to 11. s During the historic week of July 10, members of the Richland Coun-ty Alumnae Chapter answered the call of Social Action by advocat-ing for and witnessing the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the SC State House grounds. The trag-edy that occurred at Mother Eman-uel AME Church just weeks earlier precipitated the decision for the SC Governor and General Assembly to take action. Moved by the deaths of the Charleston Nine and following the charge of South Atlantic regional leadership, the RCA Deltas were ac-tive in advocating for the South Caro-lina General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 897 for the permanent removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from State House grounds. RCA Social Ac-tion Committee members, led by So-ror Rosalyn Glenn who chairs the committee, witnessed the passing of the vote in both the Senate and the House, the signing of the bill by Governor Nikki Haley and the histor-ic moment when the flag was perma-nently removed. During a hot summer morning, RCA sorors distributed cases of bot-tled water to hundreds of people in attendance to witness the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag. A flag that had flown on the SC State House dome from 1962 until 2000 and on SC State House grounds since 2000 until approximately 10:07 a.m., on July 10, 2015. Progress is not always as swift as we would hope; howev-er, witnessing such positive change helps us to follow the example set 102 years ago by 22 courageous col-legiate women. s In 2007, the International Awareness Committee of the Roanoke Alum-nae Chapter voted to raise funds for a Water Well after seeing an arti-cle in the Delta Journal. Water 4 Chil-dren Africa assigned the committee a Well on a schoolyard in Machakos, Kenya and the journey to raise funds began. Yard sales, raffles, a Walk for Water and with the help of the men of the Roanoke Valley, several “Chef Cooks-Offs” were held. The chapter also received several generous dona-tions that also helped them to reach their goal in December 2014. The Roanoke Alumnae chapter is pleased to announce that after speak-ing with Soror Vicky Butcher, Execu-tive Director-Water 4 Children Africa, and Richard Makau, Kenyan Direc-tor of Water 4 Children Africa; Diane Roanoke Alumnae Chapter members with check allocated for the completion of a water well on a school yard in Machakos, Kenya.
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