Friday, August 16, 2013

In the Summer They Retreat

This summer the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Rho Xi Zeta Chapter took the opportunity to execute the words of our International President Mary B Wright “A Good Zeta is a well-informed Zeta”.

The summer began with a retreat for the executive board during which sorors learned techniques to improve our chapter by mastering the skill of delegation.  Delegation helps chapter members stay engaged and take ownership in both the chapter and the sorority as a whole.  During the month of July chapter members visited the wonderful city of Indianapolis to participate in the national Zeta Organizational Leadership (ZOL) training and certification.  At ZOL sorors received a detailed description of their leadership styles, great ideas on branding, and an introduction to the new membership process!

Lastly, the chapter participated in their annual chapter retreat, held in the cabins of north Georgia.  They enjoyed great fellowship, planned the year, and shared the information from ZOL.  Notable during the retreat was river tubing, a wonderful experience that was also a practical application of critical team work skills. 

During the summers most people take off, but the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Inc. use it as an opportunity to become better.

Busy Summer for Psi Rho Zeta

On May 2, 2013, Psi Rho Zeta chapter presented a  $1,000.00 scholarship to Ms. Isis Turner-Davenport at Lamar County High School’s Honors Program. The chapter also attended Total Victory Blessing Ceremony, which honors young single parents graduating from high school in Lamar County.  Ms. Crystal Toombs was sponsored by the chapter members. The youth groups under the sponsorship of Psi Rho Zeta Chapter held their first annual Mothers/Daughters Tea where they presented roses and creative handmade coupon books to their mothers. They also held fundraisers to finance all members’ participation in the Youth Retreat to be held August 10, 2013 in Macon, Georgia.
Chapter Youth

Psi Rho Zeta chapter members with guests and speakers

No break for KIZ

Although June, July and August are typically seen as “Summer Break” months, the sorors of Kappa Iota Zeta have been busy throughout the summer with various activities.

KIZ kicked off the month of June with a Z-HOPE project at the Cosby Spear Highrise in Atlanta. Sorors met with the residents and participated in Older Americans Month Celebration and Bingo Night. The theme was “Unleash the Power of Age”. Sorors found themselves reflecting and become inspired throughout that night.  June also marked the start of our 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign. The chapter Walk Team is in fundraising mode and preparing for the upcoming walk on October 26, 2013.  
The service continued in July with our on-going partnership with the City of East Point. KIZ sorors worked as volunteers at the East Point Independence Day Festival on July 4th. The chapter also had the opportunity to serve once again with Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless at their Back to School Jamboree. Sorors also took part of July to participate in the Zeta Organizational Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; during which future leaders of Zeta gathered for 4 days of intensive leadership training as well as for organizational updates. 

KIZ sorors are living up to the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood and look forward to a successful 2013-2014 Sorority Year.

Keep up the good work ladies!

GA Amicae Moving Forward

After working at the United Nations for more than three decades, Amica Flora Deane Lowe-Rockett enrolled at Kennesaw State University (KSU).  On July 30, 2013, Amica Lowe-Rockett graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Leadership and Sociology. 

Named Student of the Year 2011-2012, she received one of the first Presidential Diversity Awards for her work on a potential KSU childcare facility.  The proud grandmother of three is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She currently works as a student assistant in the Life Long Learning Center.  On August 5th, Amica Lowe-Rockett will begin a new position as Administrative Associate I in the Volunteer Kennesaw State University Unit (VKSU) of the Student Development Department.
Congratulations Amica Flora Deane Lowe-Rockett!

Zeta Day of Service

What does your chapter have planned for this day?

Blue Trees by Soror Katie Mitchell

Basilieus Katie Mitchell of XI XI Zeta chapter participated in a "Paint Your Tree" community project in Thrasher Park in Norcross, GA. It inspires her poem:
Emerald and sapphire masks divulge the painted hue
By the painter's own hand creates the shade of royal blue
Leaves suppress the sunlight to create grey darkness of cool 
Under which a soul transforms its appearance and interprets a new mood
Speckles of light no longer threaten but performs the pearl dance in time
Rest now my sister under the warmth of our Creator and sooth your mind 

SOZ Making waves

The ladies Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Omicron Zeta chapter ended the sorority year with the chartering of their Lawrenceville chapter Amicae auxiliary. Seven women were welcomed as Friends of Zeta at the ceremony held May 19.

Sigma Omicron Zeta holds its 2nd Annual Chapter Retreat, the weekend of June 28 – June 30, 2013
The retreat was held at the Mountain Resort Cabin Rentals in Ellijay, GA.  A record turnout of 16 out of 18 Sorors attended.
The weekend consisted of :
·         wrapping up the year-end activities with the final Chapter meeting.
·         History and protocol re: new Amicae auxiliary chartered
·         Embellishment to include team bingo, and who is that Zeta
·         Very competitive “Spoons” game.
·         Fellowship – cooking & eating.
The retreat allowed current and new chapter members to bond as well as welcome the newly initiated members of the Iota Sigma chapter at Clayton State University.
The weekend ended with everyone igniting their fire for Zeta and looking forward to the activities of the upcoming Sororal year.