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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S survivors with various gifts includ- Celebration Choir as well as some and national leadership positions ing a small bell with the following of Austin’s most talented including processed into the event to the tunes inscription by Rear Admiral Irve C. George Powell & Friends, St. James of Beyonce’s hit song. LeMoyne, USN: “Ring this bell three Baptist Church Mass Choir, Wesley Southwest Regional Director times well. Its toll to clearly say, My United Methodist Church’s Perfect Mae Francis Rowlett welcomed Dr. treatment's done. This course is run Peace and Simpson United Methodist Paulette C. Walker, national fi rst and I am on my way!” Bolstered by Church’s Sky Praise Ensemble round- vice president, and Soror Chelsea C. God’s continued blessings, these so- ing out the show. Hayes, national second vice presi- rors are making plans for 2013! Sorors enjoyed a beautiful sun- dent, as they brought greetings on After recognizing chapters for set and a fi behalf of the National Executive Com- nal Delta afterglow before exemplary service and sisterhood, they returned to their cabins to ea- mittee. The featured speaker for the the cruising sorors made another gerly anticipate the next day. ▲ luncheon was Rev. Gwendolyn Boyd, stop at the Gospel Fest for a true Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 22nd Na- ence before heading back on board. Southwest Regional National Social Action Commission.tional President and co-chair of the foot-tapping, hand-clapping experi- Soror Darlene Manor, mistress of cer- Collegiate Luncheon Rev. Boyd charged sorors “to emony, described it simply by say- keep with the melody that our ing, “We come to lift up the name of “Setting the Temp to the Founders have already set before us Jesus!” The Southwest Region’s Mass Melody of Delta” in 1913.” She explained that Delta’s Choir lit the fi Founders accomplished many great rst fuse with an explo- sion of melodies that brought the works during their college years. She crowd to its feet. Guest recording art- BY DANIELLE STEWART also touched on collegiate chapters of praise and thanksgiving. Joining Ithe World” during the Southwest sage resonated with both collegiatebeing more selective about who theylet into the Sorority. Rev. Boyd’s mes-t was evident that “Girls Rule ist, Chester D. T. Baldwin, ministered to and uplifted souls through songs in with their own special fl Region’s Collegiate Luncheon as and alumnae sorors, resulting in pos- avor of gospel were the Fort Worth Alumnae sorors serving in collegiate, regional itive responses. “The speech inspired me to want to do better for my chapter and for myself,” said Soror Sydney Lockett of Mu Tau Chapter. “It made me re- alize that my chapter deserves the very best of me in every aspect of my life. Collegiates must uphold the tune and the melody of the song of Delta through its programs and also by watching who we let into the sis- terhood.” “Delta has always been a very se- lective sisterhood for very good rea- sons and should remain that way," said Soror Brittany Bass, immediate past Southwest regional representa- tive, who is currently a member of Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chap- ter. In closing, Rev. Boyd called on so- Sorors are presented with the Project ACE Award at the Collegiate Luncheon during the rors—collegiate and alumnae alike— Southwest Regional Conference in Austin, Texas. Southwest Regional Representative to “keep the faith and keep singing Charesse Woods and National Second Vice President Chelsea C. Hayes are photographed the melody of Delta.” ▲ with the award recipients. PHOTO BY JUDY A. WARD 55 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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