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Noel; and Elvear B. Johnson who Historian, scholar, author and cura- ter awards three scholarships in the passed away during the chartering tor, Charles Blockson recently com- amount of $1,000 each in memory process. memorated the Patriots of African of three deceased sorors—Dr. Eliza- The Charter Ceremony was con- Descent monument as a special guest beth Morgan, Soror Shirleen Judkins ducted by Eastern Regional Director of the members of the Valley Forge and Soror Julia Boyce—and two $500 Robin M. Jacobs with assistance from Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma book awards with one in memory of immediate past Eastern Regional Rep- Theta Sorority, Inc. The chapter cul- Soror B. Thelma Brown. resentative Denesia D. Parris. Follow- minated its 20th anniversary year- The morning’s speaker was So- ing the private ceremony, a public long celebration of its service work ror Adrienne P. Whitaker, senior vice reception was held. Public offi to the Montgomery and Chester com- president of sales and marketing di- cials and dignitaries from the tri-county munities with its ceremonial salute to rector at SunTrust Bank in Richmond, area as well as representatives from the Patriots of African Descent. Va. She provided an inspirational the Southern Maryland National The Valley Forge Alumnae Chap- message emphasizing to students to Pan-Hellenic Council welcomed the ter erected the monument over 18 never let anyone steal their dreams Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chap- years ago in recognition of the Afri- and to use their gifts wisely. ter members to the community with can soldiers who fought alongside Scholarship and book award re- open arms and made commitments George Washington during the winter cipients were: Kathryn Graves, Dr. to expand their partnerships and encampment at Valley Forge in 1777. Elizabeth Morgan Scholarship recipi- Scholarship recipients at Williamsburg (VA) Alumnae Chapter’s annual May Week Celebration Breakfast. PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT): Kathryn Graves, Kaila Hale, Chris Ford, Vernon Dennis, Haley Sumner, and Soror Angela Saunders, chapter president. PHOTO COURTESY OF GINGER TONEY work together for the good of the citi- Bridging the lifeline between the Af- ent, attending Brown University; Kai- zens of Southern Maryland. rican patriots of the Revolutionary la Hale, Book Award recipient, attend- “There is no shortage of work to War and today's African-American ing Old Dominion University; Chris be done, no shortage of needs to be service men and women, the chapter Ford, B. Thelma Brown Book Award met within the tri-county communi- is spearheading a project called Mili- recipient, attending Wake Forest Uni- ties,” said Soror Berry. “We are not tary Milestones, which is expected to versity; Vernon Dennis, Julia Boyce here to duplicate services already be- address the needs of those returning Scholarship recipient, attending Old ing provided by other agencies and home from duty. ▲ Dominion University; and Haley Sum- organizations within the community. ner, Shirleen Judkins Scholarship We are here to partner with them by On May 7, 2011 the Williamsburg recipient, attending James Madison adding our time, talents, skills and Alumnae Chapter hosted their an- University. resources to strengthen current pro- nual May Week Celebration Break- Soror Angela Saunders is the Wil- grams and to launch new programs fast by providing scholarships and liamsburg Alumnae Chapter presi- and initiatives in areas of need cur- book awards to high school seniors dent. ▲ rently unaddressed.” ▲ totaling $4,000. Each year the chap- 95 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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