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The National President’s Regional Address: Dr. Walker Talks Money, Hazing, and Politics The 2016 Regional Confer-ence Cycle was both a joyous and sad occasion for Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The summer of 2016 would be the last time she would have the opportunity to address each region as the sitting national president, as her last eligible term would end the following year, 2017, at the 53rd National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Starting in the Midwest Region (Indi-anapolis, Indiana) in early June and ending in the Southwest Region (San Antonio, Texas) in the middle of August, Dr. Walker spent the summer intimately taking her final bow across the country, excited to spend an extended amount of time with members in each region. Whether she was being “sensational” in the South Atlantic Region or “dynamic” in the Southern Region – her current region – Dr. Walker shared a message in each host city that aimed to and succeeded in unifying the Sorority across the nation. “We’re here to handle Delta’s business; to interact with our sorors; to learn; to fellowship; and to reboot, restart, revi-talize, and re-energize ourselves for the next sorority year. We do this so that we can continue to provide uncompromising commitment to our communities through service, leadership, and empowerment,” Dr. Walker told audiences during the Opening Ceremony. Dr. Walker addressed many issues that affect the operations of the Sorority while silencing the rumor mills that attempted to rationalize decisions and changes that might have been made on the executive level. She addressed topics head-on includ-ing 10 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. why the Sorority is slowly but surely moving away from printed documents and moving more towards electronic versions. “No, we are not broke – we are not poor, we are not destitute. But we do need to monitor closely our spending habits – to ensure that we remain fiscally stable,” she said. “With the technological advantages that now exist, we can still take care of the business at hand – but without the added costs.” Dr. Walker also touched on the delays in the Sorority’s mission trips, stressing the importance of safety for those members traveling abroad to do the work of Delta. “Unfortunately today’s world has been rocked with terrorist threats, bacterial and viral diseases,” Dr. Walker stressed. “Nev-ertheless, as Deltas, we are committed to providing service to those areas that are in a greater need than we are. So we are forced to think outside of the box and develop By Bernadine Williams Stallings Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, thankfully bows to members as she processes into the assembly during the South Atlantic Regional Conference June 10, 2016. PHOTO BY ANITA PEARSON


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