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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter “Ohio Chapter of the Year!”. General Body Meeting April 19, 2008. Meeting Call to Order Adoption of the Agenda House Keeping Reminder Minutes of Previous General Body Meeting – Read Silently Correspondence Officer’s Reports
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General Body Meeting
April 19, 2008
Adoption of the Agenda
House Keeping Reminder
Minutes of Previous General Body Meeting – Read Silently
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Third Vice President
Ebony Fashion Fair
Ways & Means
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Donation Request
National Convention Ad Request
Ritualistic ClosingOhio Chapter of the Year!”General Body MeetingApril 19, 2008ORDER OF BUSINESS
Note:Italic and shadowed items are reports containing recommendations and will require action
The March meeting was called to order at 10:30am. A quorum was present with 18 financial members and 1 non-financial/ visiting sorors. Sor Elsie Brown moved to adopt the agenda. Seconded. Motion passes. The February General Body Meeting minutes were read silently. Motion to accept the minutes by Sor. Elsie Brown. Seconded. Motion carries.
Sor. Charlotte McKenzie gave her report. See the Correspondence Binder for updates. Several Ad Requests (see new business)
Sor. Veronica Chapman gave her report. Several sorors attended the Freedom’s Sisters Gala that featured 20 prominent women that have made historical contributions to our country. Of the 20, 8 sorors are part of this historical traveling event. The local website has been completed so sorors can access and download information. Represented the chapter at Delta Days. The official nominating slate has been received for national officers. Violets to all sorors, especially to the Founders Day committee for their outstanding work. Local, state, regional and national updates
1st Vice President
Sor. Tina Welch gave the report. Overview of the program activities as well as upcoming events and updated chapter calendar. Soror Camille Woods taking on the role as Chair of Delta GEMS during Soror Tikica Benjamin’s maternity leave. Soror Kim Hull taking over as Chair of the Scholarship Committee Program proposals have been submitted for our 2008-2009 sorority year. We will review in April and vote on in May.
2nd Vice President
Sor. Danelle Carter gave her report. This is Sisterhood Month. Soror Carter challenged each of us to commit to our chapter and get to know a soror we may not know well. Second challenge is to make phone calls and reclaim inactive sorors in the city and also communicate more with our Delta Dears. Soror Carter will be making a motion to move forward with preparation for membership intake. Soror Marena Brown was featured as our Unsung Soror for the month of March
Greetings, Sorors! Thank you for keeping our Chapter connected to one another and the community. Please review the guidelines listed below that will help in our correspondence process.
Information received from the Hamilton County Job and Family Services Adoption and Foster care. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Erika D. Respress at 513-946-7583.
Submitted in the spirit of Delta,
Yours in Delta,Veronica L. Chapman
Sorors can you feel the excitement in the air? We are wrapping up our 2007/2008 program year with three major events/activities this month: 2008 Debutante Cotillion Ball, Delta Academy & GEMS annual college retreat, and Scholarship interviews. In May and June we will award our scholarships and conduct year end activities for all the youth programs. We would like to thank sorors for their continued support as we prepare our program proposal for next year and document our current year program success for potential national Delta award recognition. The program committee is looking forward to another remarkable year of service to our community.
The Delta Academy committee chaired by Sorors Marena Brown and Candace Higgins wrapped-up the iSpace (robotics) educational component on April 5th and started the Lights! Camera! Action! component on the 5th as well. The girls were excited about both activities and enjoyed the interaction with the guest speakers. The Academy is still looking for speakers with a background in broadcast journalism (TV, radio, or online web casting) for their sessions involving filming and editing video with Media Bridges on May 10 and June 7. If you are willing to volunteer or know of someone who might, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Soror Candice Higgins at 740-707-0682 (cell) or 513-829-1085 (home). You are invited to participate in the Academy’s upcoming activities:
The GEMS committee is very enthusiastic about the Annual College Retreat which will take place on this coming weekend April 19th thru 20th at Indiana University. Soror Camille Woods chairperson and the committee have some great activities planned for the young ladies so they are able to experience a little bit of college life and start the process of determining the type of college they would like to attend in the future.
Sorors Shawnda DeRamus and Marviette Dale co-chair persons and the cotillion committee are very excited about tonight’s ball:
2008 Debutante Cotillion
“Black Butterflies: Soaring to Unlimited Possibilities”
Saturday, April 19th
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Doors open at 5:30PM.
Soror Kim Hull committee chairperson and the scholarship committee have identified 15 candidates that meet the scholarship award criteria and are currently conducting interviews. We look forward to 2007/2008 scholarship award winner announcement at the May general body meeting.
The Financial Fortitude committee chaired by Soror Michelle Story-Stewart will share volume-3 of the “Big Bucks” financial fortitude newsletter answering sorors questions regarding investing in 401k plans and savings - safe places to stash cash.
The Social Action committee has been working with Queen City Alumnae to schedule our first political issue awareness form and we decided to partner with the Community Action Agency (CAA) for their annual legislative agenda breakfast. The local, state, and national legislative agendas will be shared during a breakfast on Friday, May 23rd from 8:30AM-10AM, CAA Jordan’s Crossing. Sorors will be serving as hostesses and potentially introduce some of the speakers.
Our second political form is targeted for the August timeframe and we are currently in need of sorors to help plan the event. If you are interested please join the next planning call on Tuesday, May 6th, 7PM, conference call #: 641-715-3200 passcode 830698 .
We are also identifying opportunities where the chapters can become involved in voter registration activities, i.e. Hamilton County Board of Election Volunteers for community events/festivals, Community Action Agency, etc. The Black Family Reunion and Macy’s festivals are two major events that we would like to target.
Sorors thank you for submitting your program proposals. The program and fundraising proposals are in a separate packet which details the program purpose, the 5-point thrust that is addressed, the estimated revenue/expenses/profit, and proposed budget amount for 2008/2009. Please take a moment to review as we will be voting on this information at the May 15th sorority meeting.
Thanks again for your support of the program committee!
Yours in Delta
Tina A. Welch
First Vice President
In considering the feedback from chapter members it is my recommendation that we review the feasiblity of proceeding with MIT during the 2008-2009 sorority year.
2nd Vice President
Greetings Sorors from the Resources Management Committee Team. Violets to all for continuing to share your unique gifts and amazing spirit to accomplish the work of CACDST. See our April updates below.
from Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts
Soror Vickie D. Fairley
Third Vice President
The deadline for the scholarship applications was January 31, 2008. Completed applications were to be received or postmarked to the Chapter’s P.O. Box 37285 by January 31, 2008. There were a total of 40 applications received for consideration. Several applications were deemed ineligible due to receiving scholarship materials past the 1/31deadline; GPA fell below the required 2.75 or inadequate information was presented in the packet. The committee has worked very diligently to meticulously review and evaluate all applications using established guidelines. Applications were scored and ranked in the following areas, (Academic, Leadership, Community Service, Essay and Letters of Recommendations) in which 15 scholarship finalists were invited to interview as a final step in the process. Interviews were conducted Thurs., April 10th and Thurs. April 17th. Candidates not considered for an interview have been personally notified via mail correspondence.
The Chapter is prepared to grant three scholarship awards in the amount of $2,500.00 and a final award in the amount of $2,500 from the Delta Gateway Foundation. As a result the Scholarship Committee is extremely pleased and excited about the ability to award $10,000 this year to four very deserving young scholarship recipients. The four winners will be notified by May 1, 2008 and will be invited to attend the upcoming golf outing on May 17th as well as the June Luncheon in order to showcase their accomplishments to our sponsors and sorors!
Final Data per the December 1st College Preparation Workshop
The expenses and final breakdown of the 120 attendees that attended the December 1st College Prep Workshop held at the Community Action Agency from 1-5pm is included per the final report:
Grades 7-9 25
Grades 10-12 45
DST CAC Sorors 15
Partners (Ques, NSBE, Queen City) 15
Misc (4th graders) 2
Scholarship Committee: Maurine Allen, Tina Bowen, Ester Cash-Mills, Angela Cook, Minnie Everette, Reynell Frazier, Celeste Goodloe, Tekeia Howard, Kim Hull Co- Chair, Gail McCullum, Daniel Pankey, Michelle Rogers, Nikki Taylor, Jackie Turner, Rhonda Twitty, Deatria Walker
Date: April 2008
Greetings Sorors! We are off and running, making plans to bring another spectacular presentation of the 51st anniversary Ebony Fashion Fair! Thank you again for all of your wonderful sisterly support that made our hosting a true success in 2007. This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 31 at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati.
Sorors, this is exciting! Thank you in advance for your support. For questions, feel free to call 258-3799 or email@example.com
Submitted in Sisterhood,
Charlotte McKenzie, Chair
Aisha Abernathy Tekeia Auster Howard
Cassandra Bolden Tina Bowen
Marena Brown Kyndal Burton
Danelle Carter Veronica Chapman
Marviette Dale Gayle DeBrossard
Shawnda DeRamus Vickie Fairley
Stacey Fulgham Margaret Horton
Kim Hull Katelyn Jackson
Carmen Jett Crystal Kendrick
Edna Keown Jennifer Lewis Thornton
LaCosta Moore Gail McCullom
Malinda McReynolds Julia Montier Ball
Nancy Moody Jovan Moore
Melba Morgan Wanda Owens
Donna Pickard Lisa Rowell
Vanessa Sams Candie Simmons
Karla Stewart-Tyson Michelle Story-Stewart
Jackie Turner Tina Welch
The date is May 17, 2008 at Walden Ponds Golf Course with a 1:00 shot gun start. This year we will start on TIME. We ask Sorors to bring items from their companies to the next meeting for our goody bags for golfers. We also ask Sorors to begin recruiting golfers to play.
Food will be provided by The Dukesters Restaurant.
Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2007 at 6:30 pm at Donatos in Tri-County on Kemper Road.
Contact Soror Lisa Rowell at (513) 260-3323 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soror Lisa Rowell, Ways and Means Chair
We have been busy pursuing more Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Self-Esteem! This report summarizes the key activities of Delta Academy for Winter 2008.
Learning Module 2
We completed our second Learning Module – iSPACE – Robotics. Over three sessions, participants had to build and program robots to successfully complete certain tasks.
National Nominations – made submissions for the Presidential Delta Academy (Jahmila Pettis) and Exemplary Delta Academy programs. Done!
College Retreat (w/Delta GEMS) – this weekend! April 19-20.
Community Service Event – The Great American Cleanup. April 26, 9AM – 12noon, meet at the Corryville Recreation Center.
Learning Module 3 – Lights! Camera! Action! We officially started this learning module in April and it will continue through June. Partnering with Media Bridges, we developed a course in which DA participants will write, film, and edit short videos on socially relevant topics. Projects may be televised on cable access!
To the Delta Academy Committee - Sorors Marena Brown, Candice Higgins, Chanda Higgins, Michelle Rogers, and Carmen Jett. We are having a stellar year!
Also, many thanks to everyone who has supported Delta Academy’s program and activities – Dorcedar Glover, Jennifer Lewis-Thornton, Rhonda Twitty, Yvonne Coursey, Maurine Allen, and Krystal Hardy.
Marena Brown and Candice Higgins
2007-2008 Delta Academy Chairs