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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S June 9–12, 2011 ▲ Rosemont, Illinois Midwest Deltas Serve Community with Heart BY ERICA DONERSON Mleadership from the heart.idwest Regional DirectorRegina R. Harper believes in Her heart led her to select the initia- tives that gave life to the 45th Mid- west Regional Conference commu- nity service projects. “What I charged the committee to come up with is an activity that helps us fi ght diabetes; educates and makes people more aware of the im- pact of diabetes; and to do something around the area of literacy, adult and or children’s literacy,” said Soror Harper. “The Community Service Committee found the organizations Rev. Marilyn Barnes, Conference Coordinator; Soror Regina Harper, Midwest Regional in the Glen Ellyn-Rosemont commu- Director; Bill Anderson, People’s Resource Center; Soror Leslye Suarez, Midwest Regional Representative; Soror Debbie Brooks, Conference Coordinator; and Soror Cynthia Brown nity.” Greenwood, Host Chapter President (Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae) at the book donation box Soror Harper understands the during the 45th Midwest Regional Conference. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE STOVALL impact being illiterate can have on a family. She also knows how diabetes viso Leyden Council for Community that. I believe the grand total came to can affect someone’s life. Action. 1,100 to 1,200. I was probably expect- “I am a diabetic myself, but then Midwest sorors were asked to ing 100 sunglasses and eyeglasses every member of my family is diabet- bring a children’s book and a pair at the most. And, we have well over ic,” she said. “So, it is personal to me. of adult or children’s prescription 1,000. We fi lled up two huge tubs.” And, then as I travel throughout the glasses or sunglasses with UVA/UVB The Lions Club has sight pro- region and have different conversa- protection. The glasses were donat- grams to prevent blindness and tions, I talk to people who have had ed to the Lions Club and the books restore eyesight. The organization kidney transplants, survivors who were divided among the other three raises money for diabetes research started out with diabetes. So, the charities. because the disease can lead to more you dialogue about it, the more “I wasn’t surprised, but I was def- blindness. The Lions Club collects you understand how it impacts oth- initely impressed by the number of eyeglasses as well. The eyewear do- ers.” gifts we received,” said Soror LaCher- nated by Deltas will be used around The Community Service Commit- ish Turner, chair of the region’s Com- the world. tee selected four organizations—the munity Service Committee and mem- “They’ll be taken out to the Lions Glen Ellyn Lions Club, Literacy Vol- ber of the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Foundation where they’ll be exam- unteers of Western Cook County, Chapter. “I originally had a goal to ined and then they’ll be sent over- People’s Resource Center and Pro- collect 300 books, and we exceeded seas,” said Rick Schmid, president 36 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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