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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S 25th South Atlantic Regional Conference Social Action Luncheon BY SHARON WIGFALL TConference opened with a pas-he Social Action Luncheon atthe 25th South Atlantic Regional sionate welcome from Regional Rep- resentative Amanda Wise to seize the moment! “We make time for Sorority acti- vities,” said Soror Wise, “but we must Atlantic Regional Director Linda R. Wilson and 20th National President Bertha M. Roddey with several past South Atlantic regional director’s during the region’s 25th conference in spend time talking to our local and Charleston, S.C. state legislators, as well as school board members to affect change in our community.” South Atlantic Region ship. Dr. Focell Jackson-Dozier, a phy- South Atlantic Regional Director Public Meeting Alumnae Chapter, was recognized for Linda Wilson reminded sorors that itsician and member of the Florence THonoring Middle School tients and the community. Dr. Nancy that on a national list of 100 failingschools, 38 are loca-was 14 years ago that the region con-vened in South Carolina. She sharedher outstanding service to her pa-he theme for the Public Meetingwas “To Serve The Present Age: Students.” A total of 150 stu- ted in South Carolina. dents had the opportunity to It is defi nitely time to stand in the spotlight to be “Seize the Moment.” recognized as an achiever National Presi- during the Parade of Achiev- dent Cynthia M. A. Bu- ers. Regional Director Linda tler-McIntyre echoed R. Wilson presided at the the message by telling Public Meeting. Delta’s 23rd the crowd that eve- National President Louise A. rything she needed Rice issued the challenge to to know she learned the students and afterwards, from Noah’s Ark. She each child received an iPod. said, “Don’t miss the Many friends and guests boat,” meaning not to attended and gave greetings Several Past South Atlantic Regional Representatives attend the region’s miss this opportunity during the Public Meeting. conference in Charleston, S.C. to make a difference. They represented commu- She emphasized that nity, civic, social, religious “It is time to make a change and we and fraternities and sororities as J. McGinley, superintendent of the are the people who can do it.” well as city and other elected offi Charleston County School District, Soror Yvette Robinson stated - cials. During the meeting, the region was acknowledged for her strong that “Ninety-eight years ago, 22 wo- also presented awards to three most and proven leadership in education. men went where we dare not go. deserving persons. Rev. Leonard O. Soror Monica Owens, South Caro- The South Atlantic Region is like a Griffi lina State secretary received special washing machine; we agitate. We n, pastor of Morris Sttreet Bap- tist Church, was acknowledged for guest recognition. ▲ must step out to make a difference his spiritual and community leader- for those without a voice.” 61 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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