Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. celebrated their joint Founders’ Day. The observance was held at Columbus State University on January 17th. The joint celebration included the collegiate chapters of Zeta (Kappa Epsilon) and Sigma (Theta Zeta). The guest speaker for the occasion was Reverend Pat Burns. Reverend Burns challenged each organization to examine the purpose for our annual observance. She asked both organizations during her speech, “Why do we gather every third Saturday in January?” Reverend Burns challenged Zeta’-s to be positive role models for young ladies and to instill principles of finer womanhood and self-respect in them. She stated that young ladies should not “drop it like its’ hot or shake what their momma gave them,” but with Zeta’s as role models, they will know what a lady, mother and wife should be. Sigma’s were challenged to stand up and show young men what a hard working father, and husband looks like. Reverend Burns delivered a positive, thought-provoking speech reminding us how important it is to encourage and support one another and that we still have much work to do in our community.
The program included the lighting of candles in honor of our Founders and the memory of the Zeta’s 19th International Grand Basileus, the late Dr. Eunice S. Thomas.
The Sigma’s presented their annual Man of the Year Award. Mr. Michael Carlisle was presented this award for his service and leadership during the past year. He is also the newly elected President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
The Zeta’s introduced newly inducted members of the sorority, they are :
Stephanie Bivens, Latoshia Pritchett, Sharon Pierce, Crystal Crawford and Salintha Washington.