Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Zetas honor OCG News publishers, high school seniors and others

 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter celebrated it’s “A Gathering of Friends: Denim and Pearls” Scholarship Luncheon on May 2, honoring high school students, community leaders and the sorority’s movers and shakers.

Pictured above: L-R: Dr. R. Merritt-Farngalo and OCG Publishers Valerie and Glenn L. Morgan 

Four high school seniors were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship to further their education: Alicia Worthy, Southwest DeKalb High; Brandon Fountain, Marist School; Danielle Francis, Arabia Mountain High School; and Christopher Stephens, Redan High.
The Sapphire Award was presented to Clayton State University graduating senior Angelica Bowens.
The Trailblazer of Change Award was presented to Congressman John Lewis.  
The Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte Community Involvement Award was presented to On Common Ground News Publishers Glenn and Valerie Morgan
The Diamond Award was presented to breast cancer survivor and Hosea Feed the Hungry Department Head Erma Killings.
The Pearl Award or the “Zeta of the Year” award was presented to Tamara Franco.
The sorority’s President Awards were presented to members Tawhana Johnson and Julia Bennerson.
The luncheon was held at the DeKalb Conference Center in Clarkston and the theme of the sixth annual event was “Embracing Our Children to Secure Our Future.” Atlanta Attorney Carol Williams served as the mistress of ceremony for the luncheon.

Rho Xi Zeta Promoting Youth Education

In keeping with the principle of scholarship, the women of the Remarkable Rho Xi Zeta Chapter presented five scholarship awards. The “5 Pearls Book Scholarship,” is awarded to two high school seniors entering a two or four year accredited college or university. On May 14, 2015 this year’s winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony held in Atlanta. Ms. Kayla Oriyomi will be attending Spelman College and Ms. Tyesha Turner will be attending University of Alabama beginning in the 2015 fall semester.  The young women were required to submit proof of application, their high school transcript demonstrating a GPA of 2.5 or higher, an essay and recommendations from faculty and community leaders. Additionally, applicants had to be a registered voter with a demonstrated interest in serving the community.
The second award was presented on May 20, 2015 to three outstanding 6th grade students at Sanders Elementary School. The “Kismet STEM Award” was created to promote STEM education at an early age. The students submitted a short essay on the importance of education in science, technology and engineering accompanied by a recommendation from their teacher. The two runners up received with brand new tablets and winner received a new laptop. Sanders Elementary school is the adopted school of Rho Xi Zeta Chapter. The women of Rho Xi Zeta are proud to support the continued education of the award winners.

Kappa Iota Zeta Recognition of Outstanding Service - Soror Tonya Cook

Soror Tonya Cook, a long term employee with Georgia State University, was recognized at the university’s awards ceremony, receiving the 2015 Carl V. Patton Award for Outstanding Community Service and Social Justice.  Soror Cook is a dedicated community activist through her work with the university as well as via her membership in Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter.   In 1998, Soror Cook created the concept of the Stork’s Nest Blitz, which is an annual event held at The Mall West End and benefits the Stork’s Nest program. During the Blitz, participating Zeta chapters along with members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and community partners, create layettes on site to increase awareness and visibility about the program. There are also maternal healthcare professionals on site as well as other vendors and giveaways of maternity items and children’s books.  Over the past 17 years, several Zeta chapters in the Metro Atlanta area have participated in the Stork’s Nest Blitz and the event has been very successful under Soror Cook’s direction. Soror Tonya Cook is a “CCAOD” – A Community Conscious, Action-Oriented Dove. The sorors of Kappa Iota Zeta would like to acknowledge and thank Soror Tonya Cook for her outstanding leadership and service to the community. 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter 2015 Blue Revue Pageant and Luncheon

Congratulations to our winners of the Miss Blue Revue Pageant.

From left to right: Miss Petite Blue Revue Akaila Miller, Little Miss Blue Revue Ja'Nya Bryant, and Miss Blue Revue Kemba Brown.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Alpha Theta Zeta Chapter held their scholarship pageant at Savannah State University on May 23, 2015.  Eight beautiful young contestants competed in the age groups of 5-10, 11-15, and 16-18. Blue Revue is Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s national fundraiser which proceeds from the event will go back into assisting with future scholarships as well as educational enrichment programs supported by the sorority.

Xi Xi Zeta Gives Back

April 25, 2015

The Xi Xi Zeta Chapter in Lithonia inducted five new members into their chapter. Soror Nakia Dubose, Soror Wilda Parker, Soror Samone Mingo, Soror Faye Leticia, and Soror Faye Rashid. They were welcomed in by other Xi Xi Zeta members and sorors wishing them well in their new Zeta Journey.

May 2, 2015

Various members of Xi Xi Zeta attended the Kappa Alpha Sigma Scholarship Ball. Others who were not in attendance donated to the cause. 

May 9, 2015

Xi Xi Zeta volunteered at the Atlanta Annual Stork Nest Charity Fund. The chapter contributed bibs, diapers, pacifiers, children books, and donations for this event. 

May 15, 2015

Xi Xi Zeta participated in the DeKalb County Relay for Life. Xi Xi Zeta raised money and one of the team sponsors for this event. 

May 23, 2015

Xi Xi Zeta celebrated the accomplishments of two college students by providing them with scholarships for the Chapter 4th Annual Scholarship Breakfast. The program also highlighted one of our students from the chapter adopted school Thrive Academy in Lithonia giving a Nelson Mandela speech. The speaker of the event was Rev. Dominique A. Robinson who shared an amazing testimony of her life struggles to encourage the youth. This event brought out sorors, fraternal brothers, friends, family, and other NPHC members. 

Phi Omicron Zeta Talks to Newton High Students about Hazing

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Phi Omicron Zeta chapter hosted an Anti-Hazing Rally at Newton High School in Covington, Georgia on April 17, 2015.  A PowerPoint presentation was developed from the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Anti-Hazing material.  The PowerPoint was presented to the six hundred member senior class by Soror Dorothy Moss and Soror Conneva Hall.  Key information was shared with students about hazing and how to empower themselves when put in a situation that involves hazing. Students were also reminded that hazing is not limited to sororities and fraternities, but also takes place in the military and marching bands.   In addition to the PowerPoint presentation, the Rally included a Divine Nine Forum where Zetas, Sigmas and Deltas shared information on the negative impacts of hazing.  Each student that attended the Rally was also given an Anti-Hazing quiz to reinforce the learning and a pen/stylus with a “No Hazing Zone” logo imprinted in blue.  The principal of Newton High School, Mr. John Ellenberg, thanked Phi Omicron Zeta for sponsoring the Rally and shared his commitment to the school’s partnership with the chapter.  A reporter, Ryan McKenzie, from the Newton Citizen Newspaper covered this event.

Phi Omicron Zeta Amicette Mother and Daughter Tea

The Covington and Conyers Amicettes sponsored their first fundraiser, a Mother and Daughter Tea on May 16, 2015.  Not only did these young girls look lovely all donned in their hats and gloves, but the room was filled to capacity, making the fundraiser a success.  The Amicettes worked in pairs to identify a theme and design the perfect table.  Awards were given for the best table design, winners are Amicettes Cheyenne Walton and Taylor Piquion, and the best mother daughter coordinated outfits, winners are Amicettes Taylor Piquion and Kyra Caldwell.  
Judging was very tough as each young girl did an outstanding job. The Amicettes also participated with an etiquette lesson geared to help them understand the workings of a formal table setting.  Congratulations to the Youth Advisors, Soror Marilyn Barton and Soror Felicia Arnold and the Youth Mentor Soror Vickie Mitchell, for their constant guidance and support of these young girls.
The Winning Table

Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter Raises Money for Two Good Causes

Phi Omicron Zeta Sorors, Amicae and Amicettes joined forces to support cancer research and eliminate premature births by raising money and participating with the Covington, Georgia Relay for Life on April 24, 2015 and the Conyers, Georgia March for Babies on May 9, 2015.  
The hot weather did not stop this group from completing the three mile walk; some chose to run.  It was great interacting with each other as well as other community organizations.  Let’s not forget to mention how lovely the group looked in their matching Zeta, Amicae and Youth March for Babies t-shirts!The March for Babies goal was exceeded by $50.00.  The group raised $950.00.  The Relay for Life goal was exceeded by $60.00.  The group raised $560.00.

Xi Xi Zeta RELAY FOR LIFE 2015

Xi Xi Zeta remains active and focused on their community by participating in 2015 RELAY FOR LIFE for the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY on May 16th and the KAPPA ALPHA SIGMA chapter of PHI BETA SIGMA SCHOLARSHIP dinner on May 2nd.  
Xi Xi Zeta Chapter Members
 (Seated L-R) Faye Rashid, Deborah McClanahan, Nakia DuBose,
 (Standing L-R) Wilda Parker and Mary Martin-Blackmon

Xi Xi Zeta chapter hosted their scholarship breakfast Saturday May 25, 2015 at Greenbriar.