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CHAPTER NEWS The Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is pleased to announce a $5,000 gift from Soror Sandra Max-well Brooks toward the chapter’s Bertha Maxwell Roddey Ac-ademic Achievement Scholarship. Brooks is the owner of Total Care and Concern, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, a business dedicated to enriching the lives of persons with develop-mental disabilities. Soror Brooks met Soror Maxwell Rod-dey while Brooks was a student at Johnson C. Smith University. Both Sorors were ini-tiated at the university’s Gamma Lambda Chapter. Fighting back tears, Soror Brooks recanted the positive effect Soror Maxwell Roddey played in her life. “Had it not been for her; her encouraging me that giving up was not an option, I’m not sure I would have made it through college,” stated Soror Brooks. That happenstance made a lasting impression and encouraged Soror Brooks to help others, as she does currently through her business. When Soror Brooks became aware of a scholarship named after Soror Maxwell Roddey, she knew she had to show grati-tude. “I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to say thank you,” said Soror Brooks as she presented the $5,000 donation. “I am truly honored,” said Soror Maxwell Roddey. The donated scholarship funds with four other chapter college scholarships will be awarded during CAC’s 2016 May Week celebration. “I am thrilled about this gen-erous donation from our Delta member,” says Pamela Murphy Lewis, chapter pres-ident. “The funds will empower a young lady academically and supports our sorority 34 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. mission of sisterhood, scholarship and service.” s Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter hosted the Northern Virginia Area Wide Founders Day on Feb. 6, 2016, with Freder-icksburg Area Alum-nae, Loudoun County Alumnae, Northern Virginia Alumnae and Prince William County Alumnae. The message from So-ror Cheryl Hickmon, National Secretary, was based on the song “Devotion” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Her message focused on renewing our devotion to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorpo-rated. It is incumbent upon us as members of the Sorority to continue to fulfill the mission and vision of our illustrious 22 Founders and to make a better way. We must continue the work of transforming lives and making a positive impact in our communities through our many programs because as stated by Soror Hickmon, “These are no ordinary times.” The Found-ers Day Program included a special tribute to our Founders, “Sisters All Are We” writ-ten and presented by Soror Ritchie Carroll of the Prince William Alumnae Chapter accompanied by the Area Wide Founders Day Chorus. s The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated premiered “Rock the Runway,” an Ebony Fashion Fair style show, on Sunday, April 10, at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Eighteen hundred people attended the spectacular event. More than $60,000 was raised with proceeds to go to MAC’s community service programs. “Rock the Runway” featured native Memphian, Brandice Daniel who con-ceived Harlem’s Fashion Row, an event created to introduce New York to emerging African American designers. Two emerging African American designers were show-cased: Kimberly Goldson, a finalist on Life-time’s Project Runway, and Andrea Fenise. Soror Sandra Maxwell Brooks with Dr. Bertha Maxwell Roddy, 20th National President. Soror Cheryl Hickmon, National Secretary, center right, with members of Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter during the chapter’s North Virginia Areawide Founders Day Feb. 6, 2016.


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