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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Management Team: PICTURED (L-R): (seated) Sorors Deirdre Shoulars, director, Membership; Roseline McKinney, executive director; Gwendolyn Dailey, director, Finance; (standing) Garlenda McNair, director, Properties and Facilities Management; Dorcas Washington, deputy executive director; Carolyn McCrea, director, Programs, Publications and Public Relations; Aaisha Rogers, director, Technology Services. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 31 Central Region Conference Highlights CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Soror Shackelford also provided several action tips to ensure sorors interests are heard. For example, she advised the crowd to: examine new legislation and know the sponsor of the bill; be present for votes of the bill; know who voted yes and who vot-ed nay; know the budget impact of the bill; and make sure elected officials know about Delta Sigma Theta. She explained it is not enough to just show up. True social action, in her opinion, is about never going away. Soror Shackelford closed by saying, “As we leave renewed in our vigor for all the things in Delta Sigma Theta, let us make sure we go home with it in our hearts that action is still important…Social action should be in every chapter’s program planner.” She also urged chapter members to remember to place “action” in their social action programs. Midwest Region Conference Highlights CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 South Atlantic Region Conference Highlights CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 Turner said. “They appreciated being able to express their feelings about their experi-ence with cancer, whether it was them or someone else. To this day, I get calls and remarks about how everyone loved the signature wall.” By the final day of the conference, each panel of the wall was covered with messages. During the Ecumenical Service, the chaplains prayed over the wall and for all who were ever touched by cancer, bringing the community service initiative to a fitting end. “I believe knowledge is power,” Dr. Davenport said. “The more programming we have at the local and regional level, the more we educate our people, even our sorors.” Soror Patzetta M. Trice served as the 47th Midwest Regional Conference Coordi-nator. During the conference, Soror Carolyn Sanders was the president of the Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter and Soror Tiera Clark was the Chi City-Wide Chapter president. State Coordinator Marcedia Bolden and State Facilitator Lashata Grayson represent the 12 chapters of Indiana. regional effort. Soror Jeffries also had Soror Michelle Lewis, member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, to custom design a regional scarf and regional shirt for chapters to sell in order to assist with the region’s fundraising efforts. Chapters were also encouraged to develop other fundrais-ing programs to support the initiative. The region raised over $30,000 and donated to three institutions in the region: Virginia Union University, Livingstone College and South Carolina State Univer-sity. Representatives each school accepted a $10,000 donation during the Social Action Luncheon. On hand to receive the dona-tion and provide remarks on behalf of the schools were Laurie Willis, assistant director of Public Relations for Livingston College; Dr. W. Franklin Evans, interim president of South Carolina State University; and Den-nis Washington, vice president of Develop-ment at Virginia Union University. The South Atlantic region is the proud home of many HBCUs and their alumni. The region plans to continue looking for ways to not only keep these institutions operating but to also see them thrive.


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