Thursday, December 20, 2012

Welcome to the NEW Version of The Peach Buzz!

Welcome to the December 2012/January 2013 edition of The Peach Buzz!

We have converted The Peach Buzz to a blog format. This will allow us to highlight more of your efforts in the communities you serve. You will also be able to share your individual articles with your community partners, on your websites and through social networking.

The Peach Buzz will move to a monthly format beginning in February 2013. More information and submission deadlines will be forthcoming.

Happy Holidays from the State of Georgia

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN: 2013 State of Georgia Leadership Conference - Atlanta, GA

We hope you are making plans to join us for the 2013 State of Georgia Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! The State of Georgia Zeta and Amicae Boards are working tirelessly to plan a conference that will be informative, educational and entertaining.

Highlights of the Conference will include:

The Principle of Service: Zeta/Amicae Joint Service Project
Join the State of Georgia and Amicae Executive Boards as we head out into the community. Sorors, Amicae and Brothers are asked to wear paraphernalia or colors.

The Principle of Sisterly Love: We Are Phamily Meet and Greet,
Early arrivals are invited to fellowship with our Sorors, Amicae and Brothers.

The Principle of Scholarship: Educational WORKshops
Interactive educational WORKshops will focus on chapter management and personal development.

The Principle of Finer Womanhood: A Celebration of Finer Women
Join us at our culminating Awards Banquet as we honor the work of Georgia’s Finer Women in our communities. We will induct two new members into the State of Georgia Hall of Fame, highlight the accomplishments of our chapters and auxiliaries and award our Chapter and Auxiliary of the Year honors.

View the conference website at for more information and to download the forms. Online registration is also available at

We look forward to seeing you March 1-3, 2013 in Atlanta!

Soror Shaneesa N. Ashford
Director, State of Georgia

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sigma Omicron Zeta Showed Up in Numbers to Support the Atlanta Aids Walk 2012

Raising $420, the ladies of Sigma Omicron Zeta chapter showed up and showed out supporting the 2012 Atlanta AIDS Walk. The volunteer event was organized by an excited new initiate, Maribel Guerrero, who recently became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. through the SOZ chapter in Spring 2012. 

October 12th: Chi Pi Zeta Splits Forces to Support Two Great Events on Same Night

Chi Pi Zeta partners with Iota Tau to “Light the Night”

Chi Pi Zeta doubled their fund raising goal in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk through downtown Savannah.  Chi Pi Zeta Chapter and Iota Tau Chapter joined together in their efforts to shine the bright light of Zeta for this event.  The walk raised awareness and support for lifesaving research and patient services to continue the fight against leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  Chi Pi Zeta was be recognized at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s awards banquet on December 5, 2012.

Chi Pi Zeta Sponsors Liberty County Foster Parents Night Out

Chi Pi Zeta Chapter fed over 20 foster children and 14 foster parents by partnering with the Liberty County Department of Children and Family Services in sponsoring a “Foster Parents Night Out.”  Sorors spent the evening playing with the children, while both the foster parents and children enjoyed pizza, drinks and snacks provided by the chapter.  Additionally partnering with the chapter in the event was the Hinesville Fire Department who provided a workshop to the group on fire safety.

Voter Registration Drive 2012: A Joint Blue & White Call to Service

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, members of the Rho XI Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and members of the Kappa Alpha Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated joined forces to host a voter registration drive at Stonecrest Mall located in Lithonia, GA.

Prior to the drive, several of the members of both organizations were trained to answer questions as they related to registering to vote in the state of Georgia. During the event, both organizations set up tables filled with voting literature in addition to the voter applications. The general public was invited to register to vote and/or check their voter registration status utilizing several computer kiosks that were set to accommodate the needs of voters.  Over 65 individuals were registered to vote during the event. Countless others took advantage of the kiosks in order to check their voter’s status. Additionally, several individuals that did not have the proper information to register were provided the necessary information to register before the deadline. Overall, the event was a success and the feedback from the general public was positive.

Article submitted by Soror Sheila Bowers, president, Rho Xi Zeta Chapter

Iota Eta Zeta: Busy Doves This Year

Iota Eta Zeta Chapter has hit the ground running and has been busy doing the work of Zeta. November 3rd marked IHZ's 4th annual casino night, The Royal Zee Games. The event is held every year at the conference center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston. The night includes Vegas style casino games, a DJ, buffet and a live prize auction to close out the evening. The event has become a big hit and this year was attended by over 150 guests. The Royal Zee Games is the primary fundraiser for IHZ's scholarship fund and allowed the chapter to award more than $3,500 in scholarships last year. Leading up to casino night, Sorors participated in two tailgating events to support the Atlanta Falcons and kick start the fundraising campaign.

The Sorors of IHZ kept their dove wings flying by participating in the grand opening event for the Hillandale Breast Center on October 28th. After 3 years of serving the women of DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties, the center received funding for an expansion and the ladies of IHZ were there to help them celebrate.
The IHZ youth auxillaries have also stayed on a busy trail. Their theme for this year is “Her Story: Building a Legacy.” This year's events are designed to ignite and engage the girls to impact their local and global community. The girls kicked off this year's theme with "Planting a Legacy: Tree Planting Project" at Lithonia Park in partnership with the Dekalb County Office of Natural Resources, Park Pride and Trees of Atlanta. Thirteen girls (Pearlettes, Amicettes and Archonettes), 7 Sorors, and 2 mommies planted baby water hickory and bald cypress trees, shoveled mulch, and did litter control.

Article Submitted by Soror Symone Morris

Kappa Iota Zeta Hosts Z-HOPE for Men Event

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 the ladies of Kappa Iota Zeta held a wonderful Z-Hope Men Event at a local men’s shelter in Atlanta, GA. We invited our brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Sigma Chapter as we cooked, prepared food, played games and set up a wonderful BBQ with the guests at the shelter.

Participating in this Z-Hope Men event changed our perception of homelessness dramatically. Homelessness is not always the images that we see on the news or on the streets. Many of the men that we served resemble our fathers, brothers and husbands. As we talked to the guests at the shelter, we realized that they have so much to offer the world and that they simply were faced with a bump in the road and eagerly want to make a change. This shelter provides a system that pushes men out of the darkness of homelessness and into the light of success. We went to the shelter wanting to help them but instead they opened our eyes to a new world as we find ways to help them in the future.

Submitted by Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter

Randolph Clay High School Varsity Cheerleaders partner with Theta Sigma Zeta Chapter for Breast Cancer Awareness

Zetas and fans are partnering to win the fight against breast cancer. On Friday, October 5, 2012 the school joined us to show support for breast cancer awareness month.

Ronald Gadson, principal of Randolph Clay High School, fully supported the partnership between the cheerleaders and Theta Sigma Zeta Chapter. “As principal, I’m glad that for one night we can use such a large event to unify the community by focusing on a disease that affects us all. So many of our competitions divide us, but finding a cure for cancer will take all of us working together.”

On the field during half-time, we recognized and honored all those survivors who have, and are, winning the battle against breast cancer. We also reflected a moment of silence and released balloons for the ones who lost a loved one to breast cancer.

The event was held to bring awareness and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The Randolph Clay Red Devils fought a good fight against Mitchell County as they tackled for a cure.  There were no losers on the field as the proceeds raised at the event went to assist breast cancer research.

Article Submitted by Soror Robin Y. Nicholson, President, Theta Sigma Zeta Chapter

Voter Education and Stroll to the Polls: Omicron Alpha Zeta

“Voter Education and Stroll to the Polls” Rally on Saturday, October 27, in Rylander Park

Soror Robbie Latimore, Basileus of Omicron Alpha Zeta, initiated a meeting to discuss a cooperative “get out the vote” project for the November elections with all of the local graduate Greek organizations in Americus. All of the presidents attended the meeting—Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity—and as a result, everyone committed to participate and the rally was organized. In addition, the undergraduate Greeks at Georgia Southwestern State University—Mu Mu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Sigma Gamma Rho participated.

Submitted by Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter