Friday, May 24, 2013

Honoring Men and Women of Excellence

This year the ladies of Omicron Alpha Zeta put a little twist on the Finer Womanhood Celebration and decided to recognize men as well as women. The chapter selected as honorees several citizens who have made a positive impact in Sumter and/or surrounding counties in various professions and in community service. Among the 33 honorees were the school superintendent, principals, pastors, law enforcement officers, university officials, and community servant leaders.

The awards banquet was held on March 30 on the campus of South GA Technical College in Americus. The theme for the occasion was “Building Better Communities through Service, Leadership and Education. The speaker for this event was Ms. Chrislyn Turner, the immediate past Southeastern Regional Director of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., of Marietta, GA.  

During the Celebration, a woman from both the undergraduate and graduate chapter, was honoered as Zeta of the Year. Ms. Kuwanza Frazier, chapter president for Mu Mu Chapter at Georgia Southwestern State University was presented with the undergraduate Zeta of the Year award. Ms. Kina Davis, Z-HOPE Coordinator, in addition to Undergraduate Advisor to Mu Mu, was presented the graduate chapter Zeta of the Year.

Chi Pi Zeta Youth Induction Ceremony

On April 13, 2013, Chi Pi Zeta hosted its inaugural Pearlette and Amicette Induction ceremony.  The ceremony featured a welcome and overview of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as well as the purpose and goal of youth auxiliaries. The theme of the program was “Diamonds and Pearls”.  The Pearlettes and Amicettes were introduced to the audience as they were escorted into the facility by young gentlemen. 
Pearlettes and Amicettes with the young gentlemen who served as escorts for the ceremony
Ta’Tyana Anderson
Jayden Bogel
Nykaela Burks
Adia Coward
Taylor Mason
Anaya Vance
Ayania Williams

La’Naysha Blackshear
Anissa Bryant
Ja’Nya Bryant
 Amaya Cooper
Allysia Dunkins
Gabriella Goode
Taylor Roberson
Jada Walden

Iota Eta Zeta Shows Up and Shows Out during Finer Womanhood Month

The Iota Eta Zeta chapter kicked off Finer Womanhood Week with a Sunday celebration. It began with an early morning church service at Hillside Chapel &Truth Center, International on February 24th, where the chapter came together for worship. The service was followed by the traditional re-dedication ceremony and an afternoon of fellowship at Landon's Restaurant for brunch.

IHZ wrapped up the month with the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 30th at Lithonia First United Methodist Church. All three youth auxiliaries were in attendance, along with a host of sorors, family, friends, and kids from the local community. The event included a coloring contest, egg toss, bunny hop lesson, and a spirited competition to break “Harry” the piñata. Then came the main event and the youth were left to scour the church grounds in search of colorful eggs hidden by sorors. Lucky hunters were awarded with cash and various prizes, including Easter baskets, toys, and a few even took home a piece of the piñata!


Article Submitted by: Symone Morris

Finer Womanhood in Savannah, GA

During Finer Womanhood Month, the Sorors of Alpha Theta Zeta chapter, inducted nine new Sorors into the sisterhood.  These new Sorors met all the requirements for initiation, and are now ready to work for Zeta.

Pictured left to right:  Sorors Sheila Bryant, Shaniqua Vassar, Tonisha Scott, Kathy West-Randall, Raessha Tisdale, Calandra Reaves, Carolyn Degraffenreaidt, LaVonya Johnson, and Sophia Perry
The ceremony kicked of the Finer Womanhood activities for the Savannah, GA chapter, and the new Sorors were able to participate in all of the planned activities. The chapter culminated their Finer Womanhood Month celebration with a luncheon at Johnny Harris Banquet Hall on March 23, 2012. The speaker for the occasion was one of our own Sorors, Mrs. Jackie Small, wife of Rev. Nathaniel Small.  Soror Small spoke on the subject “The Treasure Within”. The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Zeta Doves, members who have been in the sorority for fifty or more years. 

Pictured from left to right: Sorors Johnnie Spaulding, Clyde Faison, Louise Willkerson, and Delores Washington

The chapter also honored Zeta Dove Soror Dorothy Canty Bass who was interred earlier this month.  A donation to Hospice of Savannah was made in Soror Bass’ honor. Each Zeta Dove was presented with a jacket bearing the sorority’s emblem, their name and a beautiful dove on the back of the jacket.

Congratulations ladies!

Iota Sigma on the Rise

On April 19, after a four year long hiatus, the "Classy, but Sassy" Iota Sigma chapter was proud to welcome two new members into our esteemed Sorority.
Sorors: Adriana Brown (Senior) and Lakeisha Jenkins (Junior) are the newest
members of Zeta Phi  Beta at Clayton State University
The neophytes went right to work and participated in the March for Babies Walk in Suwanee, GA with members of the Iota Sigma and Sigma Omicron Zeta chapters.

Chi Pi Zeta’s Finer Womanhood Celebration

Chi Pi Zeta celebrated Finer Womanhood in grand class and style at the historic Elizabeth’s on 37th Street in Savannah.  The formal dinner program featured a presentation on the history of Finer Womanhood observances, as well as reflection on “The Finer Woman” as excerpted from the 1925 X-RAY by Soror Evelyn Foster.

The Finer Woman- An Acrostic
The finer woman is
Faithful to duty;
Ideal of womanhood;
Noble in character;
Engaging in manner;
Responsible to trust;
Womanly in conduct;
Obedient to a higher self;
Magnanimous in spirit;
Affable in receiving others;
Noteworthy in deeds;
Hospitable to strangers and guests;
Obliging to neighbors;
Open-hearted to poor and needy;
Deserving of praise.

Submitted by Elizabeth Marlin