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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S First Time Attendees: Southwest Region Mothers and Daughters Step Show Attend Southwest BY KERI B. CRUMP AND Regional Conference TREVA A. LEE BY SYLVIA S. TURNER T“Blazing” Southwest Regionalhe step show during the 43rd Iences and conventions together, mother, Soror Demetra D. Demerson- appealed to all ages. Southwest Re- air, avor, flConference was full of flfun and fellowship. DJ Killen broughtthe audience to life with music thatDr. Delores Rice with her newly initiatedt’s not unusual for mothers anddaughters to attend Delta confer- but it is very special when one or the Robertson, during the Southwest Regional gional Representative Charesse Noel other attends for the fi Conference. Woods was the fi rst to address the rst time. Moth- ers are always proud when their Del- ta daughters follow in their footsteps tended their very fi crowd by way of an enthusiastic state rst Delta function and become active and involved. together. roll call. She was then joined on stage Such is the case with Soror Linda “All of our dreams come true if we by other regional representatives for Baker, vice president of Minden Alum- have the courage and perseverance an energetic stroll that set the tone nae Chapter, whose to pursue them,” for the evening. The crowd fervently daughter, Soror said Soror Demer- greeted the current and only National Kiki Baker Barnes, son-Robertson. President to ever hail from the South- surprised her “Becoming a mem- west Region, Soror Cynthia M. A. But- when she showed ber of Delta Sigma ler-McIntyre. up in Austin, Texas Theta Sorority, The local collegiate chapter, Epsi- Southwest Region- since college. I am Austin, brought real Delta love with rstInc. was my dreamlon Beta of the University of Texas at for her very fi al Conference. blessed and over- their rendition of “Deep in the Heart hugs and smiles all share the Delta ex- provided comic relief throughout theThere werejoyed to be able toof Texas.” CJ Star was the emcee and around. “I always perience with my show. Sorors throughout the region wished my daugh- daughter.” competed in a state versus state st-Soror Linda Baker and her daughter, ter and I could at- Dr. Rice was roll off and Arkansas took the title.Soror Kiki Baker Barnes, at the Southwest tend together,” said equally proud. During the show, the audienceRegional Conference. Soror Baker. “This “This conference was treated to energetic perfor- is a dream come true.” was so very special because I was mances by local chapters of Omega Soror Barnes was so inspired able to share this experi- that she has vowed to “stay in the ence with my mother for fi the fi rst time,” she said. “I ght” after hearing Soror Marcia L. Fudge’s message during the Social felt blessed to have her in Action Luncheon. attendance and meet all of A variation on the theme spot- my ‘Delta mothers,’ includ- lighted a mother-daughter duo ing the National President. where the mother was the fi Since she is a new initiate, rst time attendee at the Southwest Regional I felt like her ‘Delta mom.’ Conference. Dr. Delores Rice, Texas I am just thankful that I Social Action Coordinator and past get to share this time with Southwest regional representative, my mom working for the and her newly initiated mother, Soror sisterhood that we both Sorors rise for an early morning workout during Delta Demetra D. Demerson-Robertson of love.” ▲ SIZED at the 43rd Southwest Regional Conference. PHOTOBY JUDY A. WARD North Dallas Suburban Alumnae, at- 57 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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