Wednesday, March 1, 2017

OMICRON ALPHA ZETA FOUNDERS’ DAY


In recognition of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s 97th Founders’ Day, the Omicron Alpha Zeta held its Founders’ Day Breakfast Celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church Life Center. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a spirit-filled program comprised of a delightful breakfast, song, praise dance, poetry, a dedication to our Triumphant Sorors, and a fervent rendition of the lives of our Founders.


Sorors and Amicae traveled from near and far to attend our breakfast. Attendees include the following: Georgia State Director Soror S. N. Ashford, Sorors from Alpha Theta Zeta, Alpha Alpha Gamma Zeta, Beta Omega Zeta, Chi Pi Zeta, Eta Rho Zeta, and the Amicae of Phenix City, Alabama. Also, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joined us for our Founders’ Day Celebration.

Coordinated by Soror Dr. Robbie Latimore, the 2017 Founders’ Day Celebration was a resounding success!








OMICRON ALPHA ZETA GLOBAL DAY OF SERVICE AND HIDDEN FIGURES VIEWING


In recognition of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Global Day of Service, the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter served as hostesses and collected the offering for Americus-Sumter County’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Friendship Baptist Church. Rev. Melvin McCluster, Pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church publicly thanked Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter for their collaboration in the MLK, Jr. Day Commemoration and their service to the community.



Later, Sorors traveled to Albany, Georgia to enjoy a sisterhood lunch followed by a viewing of the movie, Hidden Figures. Sorors tremendously enjoyed the fellowship and the history highlighting women of color and their significant contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


Kappa Iota Zeta Youth Auxiliary - Archonettes, Amicettes, Pearlettes On The Move!



The youth represented Kappa Iota Zeta (KIZ) exceptionally well at the 82nd Southeastern Regional Conference held in Atlanta, GA. Joy Johnson, the Archonette President was invited to speak at the opening ceremony to give the welcome. Additionally, she was greeted to a warm reception with the Madam Grand Wright, Commissioner Emma Darnell and Executive Director of Airport Area of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmenlita Scott. She was the highlight of the evening.


The youth took home numerous awards. The youth competed in the Regional Spelling Bee where they took first, second and third place. Additionally, they were all recognized for all A’s and AB Honor Roll. March for Babies 2015, the Pearlettes raised the most money $500.00. In 2016, The KIZ Youth took first place in the Regional Youth Project: March for Babies/Coins in a Baby Bottle donation. The total amount of coins received by the KIZ Youth were over $150.


KIZ Youth were able to attend a college tour that took them to the campus of Spelman College. They visited Sisters Chapel on the Spelman campus where, after his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s body once lied in repose. They also visited Spelman’s gym where they have all new equipment. The youth advisors were excited to see “Gilbert Hall” one of the filming locations for the famed television show “A Different World.” 

KIZ Pearlettes were able to meet Soror Sheryl Underwood and take pictures. The youth really enjoyed Soror Underwood.

KIZ Youth created Christmas Cards for the Seniors at Cosby Spear High-Rise and also our lovely Doves.

KIZ Youth wrote letters to our military services members in recognition of Veteran’s Day.

Fundraising Events: the selling of the Waffle house coupons. Overall the youth raised over $200. More to come!!

The Archonettes had four young ladies to induction to the youth auxiliary. Joy Johnson is the President, Arshanti Williams is the Vice President, Monique Tuft is the Secretary, and Cierra Williams is the Treasurer. These young ladies have done several ZHOPE projects this year so far.

KIZ Youth also attended Union City Breast Cancer Walk; where they helped sign runners and walkers in and passed out snacks and water.


KIZ Youth also attended the Harp Concert. This was a real treat for all involved. 



Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter Graduates Inaugural Stork’s Nest Class


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter (KIZ) and the KIZ Stork's Nest Committee, led by Soror Tara Lockett, held its first graduation and shopping day for the participants in the inaugural Stork’s Nest class.  The graduates were required to complete a “Super Saturday” which included 8 educational modules and classes with community partners such as Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Service and Peach State Healthcare.  The classes focused on the importance of prenatal care for expectant mothers. In addition to completing the “Super Saturday,” participants in the program received points by keeping their doctor’s appointments and engaging in healthy behavior.  With these points, the graduates were able to shop for newborn items in the Stork’s Nest Store.


Kappa Iota Zeta looks to continue operating its Stork’s Nest Program in the East Point area through its partnership with Zion Hill Community Development Corporation. Continuing to build on the rich history started by Soror Evelyn Brown, who was the originator of the Stork’s Nest program, KIZ will focus this year on growing its Stork’s Nest Program. 


For more information or to donate to the KIZ Stork’s Nest Initiative, contact information@zphibkiz.org.



Kappa Iota Zeta - Autism Awareness



Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter’s Autism Awareness Committee proposal was accepted on the national level of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Boule' 2016 to be placed in Z-HOPE Manual Volume three.


The first event of the 2016-17 sorority year was Destination East Point Festival. This festival provided an opportunity to share informational documents provided by Autism Speaks with the community in attendance. The festival provided an opportunity to share an upcoming event titled “Light It Up Blue”. Light It Up Blue is celebrated internationally yearly on April 2. The April 2 event can be as simple as lighting a building, home, or other venues blue.


The second opportunity to bring awareness about Autism was presented at the 82nd Southeastern Regional Conference of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10-13, 2016. Each registered attendee was provided with a small blue bag with a business card that explained the meaning of the multi-color autism ribbon, and autism awareness butter mints. The effort reached a population of 600.

The committee continues to grow in knowledge of researched articles and documents, and share these articles and documents with the sorors in Kappa Iota Zeta chapter and directors of the Sigma Zeta Foundation, Inc.  We have learned by wearing the autism pin and bracelet, we engage in conversations as we move thru our daily life.

Our goal is to continue to share "autism is a disorder, not a disease ", and there are many resources for parents, families, friends, and supporters.


We hope to move this mountain (autism awareness) one bite at a time.

Phi Omicron Zeta Black History Month


In honor of Black History Month, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter celebrated it with Newton County High School and Veterans Memorial Middle School in Covington, Georgia.

At Newton High School, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter was part of the NPHC Panel Discussion for the juniors and seniors.  During 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th periods Phi Omicron Zeta was given five minutes each period to present information about their organization and experience as part of the sorority.  After each session, there was a question and answer with the students. In attendance were eight hundred juniors and seniors.


Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter had the pleasure of stepping in Veterans Memorial Middle School's College Awareness Greek Step Show.  There was a brief synopsis of the history followed by a seven-minute step and two strolls from the Finer Women of POZ. Other members of The Divine Nine whom were present included: Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Gamma Rho. 

The purpose of this step show was to shed some light upon Black History Month as well as encouraging the students of VMMS to attend college while magnifying some of the great benefits of continuing your education, such as becoming part of a sorority or fraternity. The step show was a great success, and very popular amongst the students. Therefore, administrators have decided to make this an annual event during the month of February.


Sigma Mu Zeta's Global Day of Service


The women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Mu Zeta (SMZ) Chapter honored the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in the Global Day of Service. Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter organized a service project for the misplaced citizens of DeKalb County.  The chapter partnered with the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Sigma (KAS) Chapter and Buddy’s Gas Station on Glenwood Ave. to give families in need coats, shirts, hygiene kits, socks, sandwiches, snacks and other items. SMZ and KAS also went to the motel behind Buddy’s to knock on doors to let the residents know about the services we were providing at Buddy’s.


We then ran into a mother and her young children who had just literally got put out of their motel room.  The mother was standing there with her and the kids belongings while her young children played who were thinking they were just outside in the walkway playing for a minute. The mother was in a daze, trying to figure out her next move and while panicking on the inside.  At first, she didn’t want our help and really didn’t want to talk about it.  After a little convincing from a Frat and Soror, she explained her situation.  With all the Sigma’s and Zetas in attendance, our group was able to gather enough funds to pay for an additional week stay and put some money in her pockets to do what she needs to do for her family.  We were also able to provide information on how to get additional resources for her and the kids if she wanted it.  The mother was so grateful and thankful and all she could say was ‘Thank you Jesus’!  

After we were finished with aiding the citizens of DeKalb County, we packed up and caravanned to Fulton County to reach more people in need. We parked near the outreach center and were able to pass out more items to the people in the community.