Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rho Epsilon Zeta Walks to Give Every Baby a Fighting Chance

On Saturday, April 30th, Rho Epsilon Zeta Chapter participated in the 2016 West Metro March for Babies held in Marietta, GA. Soror Lynch, President of Rho Epsilon Zeta Chapter, was interviewed by WSB-TV and spoke about the importance of community service and giving back as well as the importance of the March of Dimes and the March for Babies.

Rho Epsilon Zeta honors Soror Cutia Blunt who suffered pregnancy loss of twin girls on September 26, 2015 and Soror NorayĆ­ Mace who gave birth 6 weeks early to twin boys on September 4, 2015.

Rho Epsilon Zeta Congratulations Sorors of Theta Rho Chapter at KSU

Soror April Adams, Soror Jasmine Edwards and Soror Crystal Smith of the Theta Rho Chapter graduated from Kennesaw State University on May 11, 2016. Soror Adams received a Bachelor of Science in English Education (3.52 GPA). Soror Edwards received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (3.13 GPA) and Soror Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Communication-Public Relations, minor in Criminology (3.04 GPA).

Theta Rho continues to maintain their status as highest GPA of all Greek Organizations at Kennesaw State University.

Beta Omega Zeta and Pi Beta Chapter Celebrates Blue Revue 2016

The women of Beta Omega Zeta Chapter and Pi Beta Chapter of Albany, Georgia recently hosted their biennial Blue Revue. This year’s theme was “A Royal Affair. “This event took place on April 16th at the Bindery at Oakland. This beautiful evening consisted of food, fun, and entertainment by gospel artist, Mila E. The contestants also presented a spectacular grand entrance performance.  

The contestants consisted of six lovely young ladies ages 6-16.  The contestants for the pageant were: Ayanna Cintron-Little Miss Blue Revue 2016, Nicole Leverett, Jazmine Dydell-Junior Miss Blue Revue 2016, Trinity Roberts, Kimberly Bryant-Miss Blue Revue 2016, and Laila Edwards. The proceeds from the Blue Revue provided scholarships for local and surrounding counties high school students and the sorority’s community service initiatives.

Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta awarded its first scholarship

Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta awarded its first scholarship to Miss Audri Flores an honor graduate from Northgate High School in Newnan, Georgia. Audri plans on attending Georgia State University in hopes of becoming a licensed mental health worker.

Audri has participated in several community service projects alongside the Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta chapter. Audri was surprised at her school’s awards ceremony on May 3, 2016 by the chapter with the scholarship award. She assumed AAKZ chapter members were present at the event to show support for her academic achievements which were being recognized that evening and unaware the Sorority was presenting her with a scholarship. Audri was overjoyed when Scholarship Coordinator Susette Gooden made the presentation naming her the recipient of the $500 award. “I always wanted to get one of the giant checks,” she joked with the chapter members afterward.

The Newnan Times-Herald captured the joyous moment in the newspaper.

Scholarship: The Legacy Continues

Iota Eta Zeta of Decatur, GA held its 8th annual Legacy Tea, in which, they continued Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s legacy of scholarship.  It was a great honor and sense of accomplishment to award monetary scholarships totaling $3,000 to four graduating high school seniors from the South DeKalb School District.

The essay topic: Social Media.  It’s estimated, more than 63% people have at least one active social media account. Just as television turned a nation of people who listened to media content into watchers of media contact. The emergence of social has created a nation of media content creators.  The scholarship committee found the essays were profound. Instead of awarding only two recipients, they decided to award everyone. 

This year, the ladies of IHZ set the young ladies on a promising path of possibilities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2012-13 school year, the majority of post-secondary degrees conferred went to women. Far outnumbering men at all levels of degree, except doctoral, where women represented slightly more than half of recipients. Education is one of the most powerful tools a person can use to impact a community.

Congratulations to the graduating high school seniors and the ladies of Iota Eta Zeta.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter Community Pearls Scholarship Luncheon

In observance of Finer Womanhood, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recognized five outstanding ladies of the community for their extraordinary community service.  The number five is noteworthy of the five founders of our sorority.  The 2016 honorees were recognized at the chapter’s luncheon which was held at the Columbus Country Club, April 9, 2016.  The guest speaker for this occasion was Dr. Robbie Latimore.

Dr. Latimore retired as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Georgia.  She previously served as Vice-President for Student Services, Director for Instruction and Business Education Department Head in the Technical College System of Georgia.  Our speaker received a standing ovation throughout her presentation.  The message was powerful as she challenged all to be servants in the community and at church.  She delivered a message that we all could identify with and based on her biblical beliefs and upbringing.  Dr. Latimore challenged us to not only sign-up but to sign-on as members of organizations and religious affiliations and not to be bench members but willing servants.

The 2016 Community Pearl honorees were as follows:  Ms. Valerie Boggs, Mrs. Evergreen Ford Covington, Mrs. Margaret Jenkins, Ms. Cheryl Johnson and Mrs. Martha Nelson Jones.

Ms. Boggs is the Fund Development Director for Girls, Inc. of Columbus.  After retiring from the U.S. Army in October 2000 with twenty-one years of service, she began serving as the Director for the Chattahoochee Valley Resource Center at the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. In 2002 she became Director for Girls, Inc.  Some of her affiliations include:  Building Toward Wellness Community Coalition—Secretary and Board Member; Board Member for Columbus Family Connection, Chairperson of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Volunteer as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Big Sister with the Big Brother-Big Sister Program.

Mrs. Evergreen Ford Covington continues the legacy of her father—George W. Ford as the owner and operator of Progressive Funeral Home for 28 years.  She gives back to the community by serving on the board of the Department of Family and Children Services and the Orchettes Social and Civic Club.  Mrs. Covington believes that the ultimate measure of a woman is not where she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Mrs. Margaret Stewart Jenkins a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother is indeed a community servant.  She is a retired educator from Muscogee County School District but also taught in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.  Mrs. Jenkins community service includes work with the Easter Seal Drive, United Negro College Fund, Girl Scouts, A.J. McClung YMCA, Columbus Community Center, Mayor’s Commission on Women and Minorities, the Columbus Museum, The International Benevolent Society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Mrs. Jenkins is the first African American to serve on the Muscogee County Board of Election and Registration; presently the board chairperson.  Mrs. Jenkins is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.        

Ms. Cheryl A. Johnson, President and CEO with West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition (WCGCC), a local non-profit committed to helping reduce the burden of cancer in the communities we serve.  Ms. Johnson activities in cancer prevention and control consist of participation in the Statewide Implementation Committee for Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Plan and the Regional Council of Coalitions of Georgia.  She considers her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Jessie Averett, Jr. and her faith and family as the driving forces behind her career choice as a public servant. Ms. Johnson continues her service as a member of St. James CME Church and Rho Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Mrs. Martha Jones is a retired Behavior Specialist for the Muscogee County School District.  She is the founder of SMIA (Successful Motivation in Action).  SMIA’s purpose is to focus the individual on his or her own intrinsic motivation and use it to produce successful actions, thus creating Successful Motivation-in-Action.  Mrs. Jones accomplishes her mission by presenting empowerment seminars designed for all ages from kindergarten, pre-adolescence, college, to senior citizens.  Mrs. Jones was presented the ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award by Muscogee County School District for exceptional achievements through parenting workshops and seminars for teachers throughout Muscogee, Russell and Randolph County Schools.  She is presently the abstinence facilitator for Terrell County High School and founder of Terrell County Parent Academy.

The luncheon was enjoyed by all. Proceeds from the luncheon will support our scholarship program for deserving high school students in the area.  Music was provided by the Chemistry Project Band and photos by Davis Video Creations.

Savannah sorority chapter presents newest members

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter  presented "Dining with the Newest Finer Women" induction services held April 10 at the Con-Ed Building. The 11 Pearlz of Nu Blu are: Jennifer Baker, Danitra Beadles, Yolanda Bright, Kristina Ferebee, Comia Flynn, Dorsenia Hendrix, LaShaun Lovett, Reina Mike, Lawanda Robinson, Hazel Waldon and Ansley Williams.
The national membership of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. includes more than 125,000 college-educated, dynamic, community services driven, diverse and professional women. The benefits of membership include opportunities for professional and personal development and sisterhood. Mary Breaux Wright serves as International President, Gina R. Smith, President, and P. Shaniqua Vasser, MIP coordinator.