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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter “Ohio Chapter of the Year!”. CACDST Goals: Impactful social action programming that mobilizes the chapter Contributing $30,000 over the next 5 years to our chapter scholarships and programs
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General Body Meeting
March 21, 2009
Adoption of the Agenda
House Keeping Reminder
Minutes of Previous General Body Meeting – Read Silently
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Ways & Means /Golf Outing
Ritualistic ClosingOhio Chapter of the Year!”General Body MeetingMarch 21, 2009ORDER OF BUSINESS
Note:Italic and shadowed items are reports containing recommendations and will require action
The February 2009 meeting was called to order at 10:12 am, College Hill Presbyterian Church. A quorum was present with 31 financial members 3 non-financial/ visiting sorors. Sor. Danelle Carter moved to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded. Motion passes. The January General Body Meeting minutes were read silently. Sor. Danelle Carter Moved to accept the minutes. Seconded. Motion Carries.
Sor. Charlotte McKenzie gave her report. Invitation by the Girl Scouts to attend their Women of Distinction Awards Banquet-Sor. Veronica Chapman will be honored. Invitation to see the Spelman choir at Mt. Zion in Woodlawn. 1 request to be discussed under new business.
Sor. Veronica Chapman gave her report. Local, State, Regional and National updates. Violets to sorors and committees on outstanding programs. Looking for volunteers for the MW regional leadership team meeting here in Cincinnati at the Double Tree in Blue Ash.
1st Vice President
Sor. Tina Welch gave the report. Updates on Chapter programs and upcoming events. Soliciting soror participation in the different committees. Delta Academy collecting used cell phones for March of Dimes. Program Proposals for 09-10 due by March 17th.
2nd Vice President
Sor. Danelle Carter gave her report. Reminder about Statewide Founders Day. Update on other regional Founders Day events. Reminder to Sorors about the 3 rites of Passage for every Delta, encouraging sorors to come out to Omega Omega services. Recognition of Sor. Betty Davis on the work she does for Delta Dears, acknowledgement of visiting sorors and Feb birthdays.
Happy Sisterhood Month, Sorors. Please review the guidelines listed below that will help in our correspondence process.
Submitted in the spirit of Delta,
The program committees continue to move our programs forward below are some of the program highlights from the past month:
Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, Fall Retreat: Mind, Body & Soul - Healthy Choices, Healthy Attitudes on February 28th
Cotillion “Sister to you Retreat”, 18 Debutants and mentors participated on February 21st and 22nd
Social Action, Delta Days at the Nations Capital, “Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and the Election of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, February 28th through April 3rd
We have some great things planned for the remainder of the sorority year. Below is some key information regarding each program and upcoming activities:
Dr.Betty Shabazz Delta Academy - Young ladies grades 5th through 8th, focus on math/science, meets 1st Saturday of each month. Next meeting April 11th, Lights! Camera! Action! Part-2 at Cincinnati State Technical College, 12pm – 3pm. The Academy is also collecting used cell phones as contribution towards the annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies on Sunday, April 26th. Please bring your used cell phones to our next sorority meeting in March and April.
Delta Academy II: Delta G.E.M.S.(Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) – Young ladies grades 9th through 12th, focus on self esteem and leadership, meets 1st Tuesday of each month at Xavier University Gallagher Student Center (Room 214), 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Next meeting April 7th, Yes, No, Maybe? Choices and Healthy Relationships. Next event April 25th & 26th, Overnight College Retreat, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The retreat focus: campus tour, financial aid and admissions Q&A, minority student panel, community service, and sisterly bonding.
Scholarship Committee - Screening and reviewing applications for the 2008/2009 scholarship awards. Interviews to be scheduled for next month.
Debutante Cotillion - Young ladies that are High school Juniors and Seniors, focus on developing and enhancing the debutante’s personal, educational, cultural, spiritual, and social lives. Rehearsals are held at Xavier University Armory on Sundays, starting at 3PM. Cotillion presentation, Saturday, April 11th, 6PM, Duke Energy Center. Tickets now available at a cost of $50.
Social Action committee - Collaboration with community partners to enhance the political and social awareness of the Cincinnati community residents. Currently planning Delta Days at City Hall, on April 28th and 29th. More details will be given in the Social Action report.
Physical and Mental HealthCommittee – will be focused on Stroke and Stroke prevention in addition to Breast Cancer Awareness, and Heart Disease. We are looking forward to a Stroke Awareness presentation during our April sorority meeting.
Financial Fortitude Committee – will focus on home ownership and preventative maintenance.
Sorors its that time of the year to submit your program proposals. The was sent out electronically as a separate attachment last month. The program proposals are due today, March 17th , please take a moment to submit your ideas for the 2008/2009 Sorority year.
The chapter calendar is posted on our website, www.cacdst.org. We are excited about our programs and we invite you to participate.
Yours in Delta
Tina A. Welch
First Vice President
Happy Sisterhood Month!!!!
Soror’s please join the chapter in celebration of sisterhood month! Our Soror Integration chair has planned a variety of activities to give Sorors an opportunity to fellowship. Please see the schedule of events below and plan to attend! See you there!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (6pm to 8pm) – “Let’s Get Creative!”
Join us at Paint and Play (7556 Voice of America Dr.) where you can create your own ceramic masterpieces! Prices for material range from $9-25 plus a studio fee of ½ the price of your selected art piece. Please see www.paintnplay.biz for more information.
Friday, March 13, 2009 (5pm-7pm) – “5 After 5”
Join us at Whole Foods (2693 Edmondson Rd) for a wine taste! For only $5.00 per person you can sample five amazing wines and hors d'oeuvres. Please see www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cincinnati for more information.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 (3pm – 5pm) -“What’s It Really All About?”
Join us at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Avenue) as we tour the “Race: Are We So Different” exhibit; designed to explores how race differs from human biological make up, when and why the idea of race was invented, and how race and racism affects everyday life. Admission: Adult $8.00/ seniors $7.00 / children $6.00 (plus parking). Please see www.cincymuseum.org for more information.
Saturday, March 21, 2009 (immediately following chapter meeting)–“Let’s Break Bread Together”
Joinus for lunch after chapter meeting at Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (9455 Colerain Ave). Lunch entrees range from $7.95 – 14.95.
Sunday, March 22, 2009 (10:45am) – “Everybody Say Amen”
Put on your best Crimson and Cream and join us as we Praise the Lord at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Woodlawn (10180 Woodlawn Blvd.) Please see www.mtzionwoodlawn.com for more information.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (6:15pm-7:15pm) – “Work It Out!”
Join us the Contemporary Dance Theater (1805 Larch Ave) for the Hip Hop Freestyle Dance Aerobics and Toning class. It uses a base of Hip Hop and other fun, exciting classes including Salsa, African, House, and Funk to give you an aerobic and toning workout that targets specific muscle groups. Admission is $10.00 per person (pre-registration is recommended so please contact me by 3/23/09 if you plan to attend) Admission: $10.00 per person. Please see www.cdt-dance.org for more information.
Sunday, March 29, 2009 (10:45am) – “Everybody Say Amen”
Put on your best Crimson and Cream and join us as we Praise the Lord at the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church (9991 Wayne Ave) Please see www.lhmbc.org for more information.
Yours in Delta,
Danelle A. Carter
2nd Vice President
Greetings Sorors as we celebrate Women’s History Month!
4th Annual Golf Outing – Saturday, May 16th at Walden Pond. Committee meeting conducted this month. Reminder: Two hole sponsors and goodie bags items are requested from each soror. See weekly update for an electronic copy of the golf brochure/related info.
Working to finalize draft document for chapter procedures booklet. It is not too late to submit your template.
It gives me a deep, comforting sense that “things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.”
Developing chapter marketing plan and media outreach reference notebook. Contact Katelyn at email@example.com or 513-616-0204 for
assistance with upcoming events.
Submit articles by March 31st for next edition of the newsletter to firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail to P.O. Box 19955, Cincinnati, OH 45219.
Organizing chapter pictures, articles and items of historical interest. Contact Ebonie at 513-283-3066 or email@example.com for more info.
Exploring purchase of software to maintain our chapter website! Click www.cacdst.org for the latest chapter happenings. Look for updates soon and contact Soror Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: Remember to update your contact info!
Kudos for support to Pyramid Induction Ceremony and related membership intake activities.
Collecting attendance data for housing feasibility study.
Welcome Soror Delores Elliott to the committee.
Soror Vickie D. Fairley
Third Vice President
Shirley, Virginia Faye
The date is May 16, 2009 at Walden Ponds Golf Course with a 1:00 shot gun start. We do need volunteers.
Sorors are asked to obtain two Hole sponsors at $100 and to obtain goody bag items for golfers. We will need a total of 80 pieces. These items can be in the form of ink pens, mints or whatever you have. Please keep donations until closer to the event.
We have a total of 3 teams that are registered to play and we need more. We also have one Par Level Sponsor. We also have a drink Sponsor which is Pepsico. Violets to Soror Cheryl Lett for securing.
Contact Soror Lisa Rowell at (513) 260-3323 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Soror Lisa Rowell, Ways and Means Chair
The 2008-2009 Delta Academy program year has been very busy with numerous successes and more to come.
Enrollment: 41 girls, ages 10-14, grades 5-8
Average attendance: 23 participants; 4.6 Sorors
The “Bridge Building” Learning Module launched on Dec. 13. Guest Speaker Soror L’Tanya Cole, director of Global Process Development and Engineering for P&G’s Feminine Care products division, engaged participants in a thought-provoking presentation on how to find their path to success, as well as sharing her experiences as a civil engineer and the first Black female to graduate with a master’s in engineering from Princeton University. Participants were also introduced to the principles of sound bridge design through videos, diagrams, a software demo, and a peer education activity.
Also, on Dec. 13, Delta Academy began its Water Challenge community service project to support the efforts of the Water Project, Inc. and Water for Children Africa to build the infrastructure, like water pumps and dams, needed to establish and sustain a clean water supply in impoverished areas of Africa. Participants have been encouraged to make a personal sacrifice for two weeks, such as drinking only water or requesting donations rather than Christmas presents, and divert the funds saved as a donation to this noble cause. In total, with soror contributions, we raised $334.73, which more than 30 people gain long-term access to clean water.
In January, as assigned teams, participants continued to build their bridges and learned about Cincinnati Bridge trivia, such as the designers, history and nick names for area bridges. In addition, participants were treated to a blind-folded obstacle course ice breaker and heard from guest speaker Nicole Griffith, who as a civil engineer inspects Cincinnati’s bridges.
On March 14, we switched focus to the Lights! Camera! Action! Learning Module in Cincinnati State’s Main Building room 324. This was made possible through a partnership with the Black Data Processing Association for the location and once again, Media Bridges for the equipment. We’ve implemented some improvements that have gotten us off to a great start.
Violets to our committee Members: Carmen, Akilah, Sherri, Melanie, Ashley, Rhonda and our honorary member Ligaya West for agreeing to lead a dance team!
Please mark your calendars for the following remaining events:
April 11- Lights! Camera! Action!, 12-3 pm, Cincinnati State, Main building 3rd flood student study area and RM 324
April 25 - Optional Community Service: Great American
Clean-up, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Corryville Recreation Center
April 26 - Community Service: March for Babies, 9 a.m. start-3 miles, Sawyer Point Park, 705 E Pete Rose Way
(We are collecting donations, cell phones and pagers for this cause.)
May 9 - Lights! Camera! Action!, 12-3 pm, Cincinnati State, Main building 3rd flood student study area and RM 324
June 13 - Lights! Camera! Action! and Closing Ceremony,12-3 pm, College Hill Presbyterian Church sanctuary (calling all sorors for a chant/processional)
For more information contact Soror Candice Higgins at (513) 829-1085 home, (740) 707-0682 cell, or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more
Soror Candice C. Higgins
Soror Tamia Collins-McGuire
Feb 28, 2009-Delta GEMS and Delta Academy Winter Retreat @ College Hill Presbyterian Church. Mind, Body and Soul.
March 3, 2009 –Show Me The Money-Life After High School: Career Planning and College Preparation
GEMS Attendance: 13 GEMS
Soror Attendance: 4 committee members and two guest Sorors: Tina Armstead and Brandy Stewart
Topics: College Preparation, Resumes, Cover Letters, Useful Tips on Career Planning and we also had an interactive Careel Panel.
Violets to Sorors: Ashani Omari and Tikica Benjamin
for preparing an interactive, informative program that even included a mini college fair!
April 7, 2009-Healthy Choices: Sex Education and Peer Pressure Xavier University-Gallagher Student Center 6:30-8:30pm. We will also host a Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive. The GEMS will collect and donate gently used clothing items and the items will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank.
April 11, 2009- Three GEMS are in this years Cotillion. If there are any Sorors who are interested in donating tickets so the GEMS can support their GEMS sisters-please let me know. The GEMS will volunteer their time the day of the event in exchange for any tickets that are donated.
April 25-26, 2009-Spring College Retreat Miami University Oxford, Ohio
Thank you Sorors,
Sorors…Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital was a SUCCESS! There were over 1100 sorors that attended the event from across the country. CAC was represented by 5 chapter members: Deatria Walker, Tina Welch, Veronica Chapman, Stephanie Morton, and Yvonne Coursey. From the moment we arrived on Saturday, we got straight down to the Delta business of addressing “Advocacy in Action: Strengthening Our Legacy”.
We were addressed by our distinguished Sorors, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the Honorable Alexis Herman, the Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Past National Presidents Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Gwendolyn Boyd and of course our Current National President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. We heard from a few notable African American leaders such as Benjamin Jealous, Pres/CEO, NAACP, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair, National Congress of Black Women and Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League. There was even a wonderful tribute to our late Soror, the Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones, coupled with a celebration for Soror Marcia L. Fudge for being elected to Congress in her seat.
Some common messages of the weekend were, we as Delta women, need to become more engaged in what’s going on in our communities, we need to support our new President but also continue to challenge him. Soror President Butler-McIntyre said, “We Have to Stay Awake & Do the Work”. Soror Herman asks that we keep reclaiming the Delta Spirit & Light it Up!
We exceeded our goal of having 200 Sorors attend from the Midwest Region. The 2008-2010 Social Action Agenda was rolled out. It includes topics such as Voting , the Census, Economic Survival, Quality Education, Eco-Friendly Environment, Keeping our Connection to Africa, and United Nations NGO Status.
We are encouraged as a chapter to focus our Social Action programs and efforts that address some specific issues within those key topics. National Headquarters announced a collaborative initiative to help restore Soror Mary Church Terrell’s home so we all be hearing more about how they expect the chapter’s to support this initiative.
You’ll see the Social Action working diligently thru 2010 and beyond to do all that is possible to support our National Social Action Agenda. That’s why we will have our 2nd Annual Delta Days at City Hall (DDCH)on April 28-29, 2009 to remind our local government that we are here and will continue to use our voices to improve the lives of those being underserved in our communities. We intend to strengthen the relationships that currently exist between Delta and our local government and also build new ones with those who have been asked to represent us, the citizens of Cincinnati.
We have set a goal of 50 Sorors to attend DDCH. Our Theme for this year will be “Advocacy in Action; Renewing Our Purpose”. We must get back to doing what we have been called to do. We hope that you will participate in DDCH, if not both days…at least one of the 2 days. We ask that you also invite an inactive Soror to participate with you. Feel free to forward her contact information to us so that we can formally invite her as well. We anticipate the cost will be $15 to cover continental breakfast, lunch and supplies. All of the numbers are being finalized and we’ll communicate all of the specifics late this month via the weekly email update. You are encouraged to pre-register now as we anticipate having to close registration.
Contact me if you are interested in planning for DDCH but can’t attend. The next meeting will be by conference call on April 7, 2009 at 7:00pm.
Contact me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 513-503-1476 to be included on all Social Action Committee planning correspondence.
Soror Deatria T. Walker
Soror Gail McCullom
Odyssey Weekend Report
Odyssey weekend will be a fun filled, energy packed weekend for pyramids and Sorors. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th at the Six Acres Bed and Breakfast and Seven Acres Bed and Breakfast located at 5350 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 (513) 541-0873.
We will have activities starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday until Sunday at 12:00 noon. Due to the limited sleeping space, we are asking Sorors to come for the activities, but not spend the night. If you want to spend the night, you may have to sleep on a couch, sleeping bag or on a roll out bed. We have a total of 13 rooms available for sleeping which means we will have approx. 4 pyramids to a room and three sorors to a room. With that said, it still will be one of the best experiences that we’ve had with membership intake in a long time. It is private, unique and I believe the pyramids and Sorors will get a lot out of the weekend.
The cost for the weekend is as follows:
Sorors staying overnight - $40.00 each – This cost includes snacks, dinner (cook-out) & breakfast.
Sorors staying the day - $25.00 each - This cost includes snacks, dinner (cook-out).
We are excited about this private opportunity. We will have activities inside and out side so please bring jackets just in case it is cold.
I will need the names of the Sorors who are attending so we can plan accordingly.
Make checks payable to Delta Sigma Theta or pay cash to the treasurer.
Submitted by: H. Michelle Toney