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refl Throughout her 51 years as a fund raising component. ects, Pearlie is indeed a “pearl” for the Foundation; her spirit is infec- member of Delta Sigma Theta Soror- When asked what were her most tious and her contributions as a vol- ity, Soror Thomas has held numer- memorable moments as the Foun- unteer are valuable and precious like ous leadership positions. She served dation’s chief administrator, Soror a valuable gem. as the chartering presi- Doddins replied, “Wow, that could be A charter member dent of Jefferson Coun- a pretty long list!” Giving it serious of Jefferson County (AL) ty Alumnae when the consideration, she narrowed it down Alumnae Chapter, she chapter was established to four extraordinary occasions. Ini- made it a point to collect in 1994. She is a past tially, she mentioned the magnitude donations at the chap- president of Birming- of having written an award winning ter’s May 2011 meeting ham Alumnae Chapter, proposal to the W.K. Kellogg Foun- to contribute when she having served from dation (via Rockefeller Philanthropy arrived at the Southern 1989-91. Soror Thomas Advisors) to receive the Cultures of Regional Conference was initiated in 1961 at Giving Grant which made it possible held in July 2011. Prior Alpha Chi Chapter, Ten- for the Foundation staff and volun- to arriving in Memphis, nessee State University, teer trainers to conduct fundraising Soror Thomas secured her alma mater, in Nash- training in all seven regions of Delta $500 in donations, and Pearlie G. Thomas ville, Tenn. Sigma Theta Sorority. The training she personally collected She retired in 2005 was offered to Delta chapter mem- an additional $1,000 while volunteer- after working for 42 years as an edu- bers and other non-profi t organiza- ing at The Delta Foundation Booth cator in the Birmingham City Schools. tions, including The Links, Inc., the during the conference. Soror Thomas is an ordained elder National Council of Negro Women, “I am happy to solicit donations at Westminster Presbyterian Church and other non-profi t organizations. for the Foundation because of the and is a lifetime member of the Na- Between 2008 and 2009, more than fi tional Education Association. 2,000 African American women were ne work it does and working with the staff is a true joy,” she said. trained on how to raise funds for Soror Thomas began volunteer- Foundation Board Recognizes public service programming. ing at The Delta Foundation booth Madeliene H. Dobbins Soror Dobbins also takes great in 2008 at Delta’s 49th National Con- During the fall 2011 pride in establishing vention in Orlando. She was inspired meeting of The Delta the Foundation’s Com- to do so by the leadership of then Foundation Board of munity Program Grants Director Madeliene H. Dobbins and Directors held on Oc- initiative, beginning in Foundation Board Treasurer Larry P. tober 14, 2011, recog- 2008 by awarding 16 Suarez. nition and apprecia- Community Program “I was impressed by Madeliene, tion were extended to Grants and growing the who is my cousin, and Larry, who are outgoing director and grantmaking program both dedicated to making the Foun- chief administrative of- by increasing the num- dation a top-notch operation,” she fi Soror Madeliene ber of awards given cer, said. H. Dobbins, Esq. After each year. This fi scal Through her unselfi fi year, 30 grant awards ve-years of exemplary sh efforts, a substantial amount of money has service to the Founda- were made. been donated and many new donors tion, Soror Dobbins She also started the have contributed to The Delta Foun- decided to seek new National Reading Circle dation. professional opportu- launched in 2009 by the When asked to comment on nities. Her last day at Madeliene H. Dobbins, Esq. Foundation’s Center for Soror Thomas’ volunteer service, the Foundation was Research on African Delta Foundation Board Treasurer July 29, 2011. American Women was an important Larry P. Suarez, president and CEO of Dr. Alison J. Harmon, board pres- milestone because the response was Fourteen-Karat Plus, Inc., said, “The ident, lauded Soror Dobbins for her overwhelming; the NRC initiative got Foundation’s growth will increase ex- leadership and distinguished service many women reading important work ponentially with the active participa- given to the daily operation of the written by women and it was a good tion of more volunteers like Pearlie. Foundation from 2006 to 2011. In her fundraising opportunity. I encourage each and every member remarks, Dr. Harmon credited the Soror Dobbins is a member of of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to gen- outgoing director with strengthening Prince George’s County Alumnae erously support The Delta Founda- the organization’s infrastructure, fa- Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorori- tion. We need more precious gems cilitating the new branding and mar- ty and is a former president of North- like Pearlie in every Delta chapter.” keting effort, and creating an ongoing ern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. ▲ 81 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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