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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S Mayor Booker asked attendees to love the United States so much, they would be willing to grab it by the scruff of its neck and drag it for- ward; to take its ideals and principals and demand that this nation lives up to it; and to sweat, fi ght and bleed for it until one day the country can pro- claim its citizens are free at last. During the luncheon, recognition was given to Epsilon Delta (Temple University), Westchester Alumnae and Massachusetts Statewide chap- ters as the 2011 Eastern Region So- cial Action awardees for excellence in Social Action. Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor/ Sorors waiting for the Opening Plenary during the 48th Eastern Regional Conference in national advocate at the United Na- Atlantic City, N. J. PHOTO BY ANGELA HOLMES tions and director for the U. N. Foun- dation, was a special guest at the walk—site of the program rally. At The Eastern Regional Day of Ser- luncheon. Sorensen’s work has been the rally, informational displays were vice scheduled for April 7, 2012 will instrumental in assisting Delta Sigma presented by representatives from lo- also focus on foster care and adop- Theta Sorority’s National Social Ac- cal non-profi tion. The initiative will address fi ve t organizations special- tion Commission in planning its Delta izing in family services, foster care program components: child abuse/ Day at the United Nations. ▲ and adoption. Speakers at the rally neglect, education of youth in foster included Eastern Regional Director care, independent living, permanen- Eastern Regional Robin Jacobs and Rev. Darrell L. Arm- cy and public advocacy. For more in- IMPACT DAY and strengthening families and com- al Day of Service, contact progplan@formation about the Eastern Region-strong, an authority on child welfare Focuses on Foster munities. Both speakers shared their easternregiondst.org. Care and Adoption were involved with foster care. Awareness Walk was supported byThe Foster Care and Adoptionpersonal testimonies about how they “ your homes to foster care and proud foster care parent who raised Caesar’s Atlantic City, Arsenis Prop-CAPEBANK Charitable Foundation, Soror Jacobs told how she was apen your hearts and openOerties, WAYV-FM Radio, and Kelseyher nieces and nephews for several These were theadoption!” words chanted by Delta members years. She expressed that she is and Kim’s Restaurant. Leading the and local supporters as they partici- very pleased that the care she and coordination effort of IMPACT DAY pated in the Foster Care and Adop- her husband Robert provided made were Sorors Susan Maven, regional tion Awareness Walk on June 15, 2011 a major difference in the children’s conference co-coordinator; Jacque- at the Eastern Regional Conference lives. She added that her nieces and line Adams, event chairperson; and of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in At- nephews have reached the age of Patricia Royal, co-chair. ▲ lantic City, N.J. The walk was held as independence and are making pro- the IMPACT Day of Service and com- ductive lives for themselves. Rev. EASTERN REGIONAL munity outreach effort of the Eastern Armstrong, pastor of Shiloh Baptist CONFERENCE HOST CHAPTERS: Regional Conference. Church in Trenton, N.J., told how he Atlantic City Alumnae The Foster Care and Adoption was in and out of foster care most his New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Walk began at the Atlantic City Con- life while growing up in California. He EASTERN REGIONAL vention Center, taking participants explained that his biological family CONFERENCE COORDINATORS: on a walk through the city’s major life was unstable and that foster care Susan Maven commercial/retail zone as they head- coupled with God’s grace and mercy Lynda Browne Kidd ed for the noted Atlantic City Board- helped steer him on a positive path. Faye Reece Clark 45 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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