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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S of the Glen Ellyn Lions Club. “You community and teach people how to Harper shared her words of wisdom can’t use used glasses in the United read,” she said. “Eventually, we could and ways to be successful in future States; there’s a law preventing that. help save someone’s sight who is go- endeavors by offering four pieces So, they’ll be sent overseas to Lions ing blind as well.” ▲ of advice: concentrate on one main Clubs in Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, goal; concentrate on continual im- Southeast Asia and Africa. And, those Midwest Region provement; forget the past; and focus prescriptions they’ve gotten from eye Collegiate Day sonal and professional life.on the future and apply it to your per- Lions Clubs will match them up to doctors there and give these glasses Sorors attended workshops such “Determining to people who need them.” as “How to Afford to be a Delta,” The children’s books will touch Our Destiny… which advised collegiate members the lives of young people in the Glen Embracing the Dream” on how to be fi nancially prepared for Ellyn community and beyond. Delta events through advanced plan- “These books will be used,” said ning and budgeting. Tiffany Morgan, executive director of BY JANEAL J. GARRY Collegiate sorors were joined by dren’s library. One of the things that Regional Representative Leslye Midwest Regional RepresentativeTalumnae members at the CollegiateLuncheon, which was presided byoday is our day,” said Midwest“ Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County. “They are going into our chil- we are passionate about is literacy Suarez as she opened Collegiate Leslye Suarez. Ohio State Facilitator and reading. And, we know that read- Day of the 45th Annual Midwest Re- Brittany Baron introduced the key- ing is a family thing. And, adults will gional Conference. The theme of note speaker, The Honorable Marcia be able to come and either take or the occasion was, “Determining Our Fudge, 21st National President. Soror check out the books to take home to Destiny…Embracing the Dream.” Fudge is also the honorary co-chair their children to practice reading and The day was marked with events to of the Sorority’s National Social Ac- encourage their kids to read.” inform, inspire and encourage colle- tion Commission. Bill Anderson is a volunteer with giate members of Delta Sigma Theta Soror Fudge reminded collegiate the People’s Resource Center. “We Sorority, Inc. sorors to hold fast to their dreams du- have literacy programs where people During the Opening Session, ring her address. To drive home her take classes. And, we have a book Midwest Regional Director Regina program where we provide books to children,” he said. “All of these books will end up in the hands of children of low income families in DuPage County.” The Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action has expanded its mental health program to include young children and family therapy. “This donation is right on time,” said Isaac McCoy, vice president of operations and public affairs. “These books will be used in a therapeutic way, talking about a certain story and how a child perceives that story.” Children who participate in the PLCCA daycare program and kids in the waiting rooms will have a chance to read the donated books as well. National First Vice President Paulette C. Walker, National Secretary Beverly Smith, Na- Soror Turner is optimistic about tional President Marcia L. Fudge, National President Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, Mid- the impact of the books and glasses. west Region sorors and National Second Vice President Chelsea C. Hayes at the Midwest “I’m hoping this will empower our Regional Collegiate Luncheon. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE STOVALL 37 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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