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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S July 21–24, 2011 ▲ Austin, Texas 43rd Southwest Regional Conference: One Day on a Fantastic Voyage with Blazing Flair BY ROBIN G. BETTIS, DEBRA GLOSTON LAZARE AND ROOSEVETTA JOHNSON Tthe High C’s (a.k.a. Compas-he Southwest Region board-ed the SS DST and cruised sion, Communication and Com- pliance) on a Southwestern style “Fantastic Voyage” for its 43rd Southwest Regional Conference. Dr. Walter Kimbrough pictured with members of the Southwest Regional Leadership Team and From July 21-24, 2011, the SS DST National Executive Board Members. PHOTO BY JUDY A. WARD docked on the beautiful shores of Austin, Texas. Soror Mae Frances designed to remind sorors of Delta’s the red carpet and were warmly Rowlett, regional director, proved rich past and the many opportunities welcomed into the assembly with a to be a gracious and most capable to serve that lie ahead. She borrowed standing ovation. It was gratifying to captain of this vessel. She was ably “Keep Your Head to the Sky” from her be in the presence of so many who served by her “staff captain,” Soror musical past to remind sorors that possess such a wealth of Delta expe- Charesse N. Woods, Southwest re- the strength of the sisterhood lies in rience and who are still vibrant and gional representative and her “cruise the personal integrity and character working untiringly in their respective director,” Soror Gwendolyn Robin- of each individual member and the chapters. son Greene, Austin Alumnae Chapter members’ ability to transform lives Joining the processional were an- president. through our chapter projects. other group of courageous and high- Various shore excursions were The next stop on the shore ex- ly favored sorors. Almost fi fty cancer planned and executed to perfection cursion led sorors to the Sisterhood survivors from across the region on Friday, July 22, 2011. After getting Luncheon. This site was chosen to savored the expressions of love and shipshape with a little heart-pump- recognize the amazingly seaworthy affection along the way to the tune ing morning exercise, sorors assem- sisters who celebrated fi of “I’m A Survivor.” With no sick bay fty or more bled to hear from National President, years of commitment to the Soror- in sight, these sorors demonstrated Soror Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, ity. All hands were on deck to honor the humbling power of God’s grace who came “home” to inspire everyone these golden divas and applaud their and sisterly prayer. Given a seat of with her trademark galvanizing and many contributions to their chapters honor in the captain’s section, sorors motivating style during the Opening and communities. Adorned in beau- shared tips on handling stress and Plenary Session. Her message was tiful gold scarves presented by So- maneuvering through the healthcare ror Rowlett, these honorees walked labyrinth. Soror Rowlett presented 54 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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