Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

 Sorors Rev. Patricia Burns, Tonya Mahoney, Jean Jones, Guest Speaker
Marsetta Lee, Esquire, Zeresh Gosha, Pat Jenkins and Marguerite Burns.
       In observance of Finer Womanhood the Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter of   Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recognized five outstanding ladies of the community for their extraordinary work. The Guest Speaker for the luncheon was the Deputy Attorney General of the state of New Jersey, Marsetta Lee, Esq. She began her illustrious career in the Division of Criminal Justice in 1988 where she served as Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Section leading her to be appointed as Executive Director of the Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) where she oversees a staff of 37 employees with a budget of over $15 million annually. Attorney Lee's appointment to Directorship of the VCCO was bestowed upon her by the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in 2009.
         The 2014 honorees were recognized at the chapter’s luncheon at the Columbus Country Club.  The honorees were as follows: Sonja L. Matthews-Coaxum, Susan L. Cooper, Rosetta Demming, Marvina Lilly and Mrs. Elmira A. Parker. 
         Mrs. Coaxum is currently the proud Principal of Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy, as she refers to it, "the best middle school in the world".  Mrs. Coaxum's committed work to the educational field has led her to be honored as one of the three finalists for the State of Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year.  Furthermore, her diligence and sacrifice to the educational system has not gone unnoticed in that she was honored at the Georgia state capitol with a Servant Leadership Award bestowed upon her by the Georgia Legislative Women Caucus.  During Women's History Month, she was presented with a resolution.  Her deep spiritual faith continues to spur her onward to the fullest to educate our young people.  Mrs. Coaxum lives by the saying, "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
Mrs. Susan Cooper is a successful business owner and nonprofit community leader.  Mrs. Cooper has served twenty years in the Banking and Financial Industry.  Stepping out on faith she combined her banking, mortgage lending and real estate expertise to open Centennial Realty and Mortgage Company. Mrs. Cooper is chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Columbus.  She is also involved with other civic and community activities and received numerous awards and recognitions.  Mrs. Cooper is married to Kenneth Cooper and they have two daughters, Whitley and Ashley.
Mrs. Rosetta Henry-Demming, a graduate of Spencer High School and a 1964 alumnus of Albany State University has a rich history in the Muscogee County School District.  She served as an associate school psychologist from 1979 to 2010.  Mrs. Demming developed and executed a remedial math and English program at the South Columbus Boys Club and Target Recovery, an initiative endorsed by former Governor Miller, to assist and redirect youth with a history of minor legal incidents.  Mrs. Demming provided consultative services and assessments to at-risk students at Morehouse School of Medicine.   She also coordinated a blood and bone marrow drive for the American Red Cross.  While pursuing the above initiatives Mrs. Demming finds time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tri-City Youth Athletic League and on the Advisory Board for Citizens Trust Bank-Columbus Financial Center.
         Ms. Elmira Parker is a great mentor for youth at Franchise Missionary Baptist Church.  She is active in many ministries at the church and in the community to include the Concharty Council of Girl Scouts, Professional Women Club, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  Ms. Parker encourages the youth to continue their education, attend college and assist them with obtaining scholarships and financial aide.
          Mrs. Marvina Lilly has been ministering the gospel as one of God's Song-Birds for over 38 years.  Her spirituality in song is exuded every Sunday at her church, Oasis Church International of Phenix City, AL. for the past 22 years. In 2001 Mrs. Lilly recorded her first CD, God’s Songbird “Love songs to God”.  She continues to grow in her spiritual ministry through song as her second CD is scheduled for release this year, 2014.  In 2009, God blessed Mrs. Lilly with a wonderful mandate, to become the CEO of “The Brides of Christ” a ministry which reaches out to women who are homeless, prostitutes, bound by drug addition, and women who are hurting in general. One of the major events hosted by the ministry is an elegant banquet for the ladies who consist of music, inspirational dance, and inspiring testimonies from women that were once in the same situations. The sole purpose of the Brides of Christ Ministry is to bestow the love of God upon the women and present them with an opportunity to receive salvation on that very day of their attendance. Mrs. Lilly's love for God is truly amazing; she states that her purpose in this world is to win souls and be a blessing and inspiration to others.
The luncheon was enjoyed by all in attendance. Ms. Zeresh Gosha was the chairperson for this event. Ms. Marguerite Burns is the chapter president.

Susan Cooper

Sonja Coaxum
Marvina Lilly