Thursday, November 19, 2015

To the GREAT State of Georgia: YOU ARE AWESOME!

A Thank You to Sigma Mu Zeta

MedShare wants to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having Sigma Mu Zeta as a volunteer. Here is what you've helped us to do lately!

During the month of October we were able to pack 7,273 boxes which had a combined weight of 83,491 pounds. We shipped a one 40-foot container from MedShare's Southeast Distribution Center to Meskine Cameroon, in collaboration with, the Medical Centers of West Africa.

This container carried many life-saving supplies and equipment that you helped us to prepare. Surgical instruments, Operating Room towels, crutches, orthopedic splints, and lap sponges were just a few of the products that were most needed in their hospital. These materials were used to help care for victims affected by conflict in the area.

It's through your continued support that we are able to make such an impact in hospitals just like this one. MedShare thanks you for your generosity and dedication to help fulfill our mission. We hope that you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Rho Epsilon Zeta: Promoting the Principles of Zeta

Rho Epsilon Zeta: Promoting the First Principle – Scholarship
The Cathedral at Turner Chapel AME Church – College Fair
The Ladies of Rho Epsilon Zeta Chapter participated in the Annual College Fair hosted by Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia on October 24, 2015. Applications for the Louquender Robinson Memorial Scholarship were distributed to high school seniors who reside in Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, North Fulton and Paulding Counties. Soror Robinson became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through the Omega chapter on the campus of Winston-Salem State University in the spring of 1997. In 1999, she became a Charter member of Rho Epsilon Zeta chapter was an active member until her death. Her love of education prompted Rho Epsilon Zeta to offer a scholarship in her memory.

To experience this event, please visit our YouTube channel RhoEpsilonZetaTV and view the video “RHO EPSILON ZETA @ 2015 TURNER CHAPEL COLLEGE FAIR”.

Rho Epsilon Zeta: Promoting the First Principle – Scholarship
The Scholarship Academy – College Fair at Atlanta City Hall
Scholarship applications were distributed at the Annual College Fair hosted by The Scholarship Academy held at Atlanta City Hall on November 4, 2015. Rho Epsilon Zeta attended as a member representative of the Cobb County NPHC along with the Marietta-Roswell Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Rho Epsilon Zeta: Promoting the First Principle – Scholarship
Dining with a Purpose – Chili’s Give Back Night
On Monday, November 9, 2015, Rho Epsilon Zeta participated in a “dining to donate” event at Chili’s restaurant in Austell, Georgia. Chili’s Give Back Night supports the community by giving back to not-for-profit organizations. Participating organizations will receive 10% of the sales from dining guests when the event voucher is presented. A portion of the proceeds will support the Louquender Robinson Memorial Scholarship.

To experience this event, please visit our YouTube channel RhoEpsilonZetaTV and view the video “Chili’s Giveback Night Rho Epsilon Zeta”.

Rho Epsilon Zeta: Promoting the Second Principle – Service
Statewide Day of Service – Anderson Mill Health and Rehabilitation Center
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – State of Georgia chapters participated in a Statewide Day of Service on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The Ladies of Rho Epsilon Zeta visited with the residents of Anderson Mill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Austell, Georgia.

To experience this event, please visit our YouTube channel RhoEpsilonZetaTV and view the video “2015 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Inc. Rho Epsilon Zeta Statewide Day of Service”.

There is Hope beyond Depression – Remove the Mask, Remove the Stigma

In recognition of depression awareness month, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter sponsored its first Depression Awareness seminar. The seminar was held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Rockdale Medical Center. The presenter was one of the chapter’s own, Soror Tequilla Pittman.  She is a licensed clinical social worker, who has practiced in the field of mental health for several years. The seminar was well attended by Sorors, Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes and the public.

The seminar covered specific types of depression, to include the effects, signs, symptoms and different treatment options. Soror Tequilla Pitman provided interactive tools such as “Depression Bingo” to engage the audience and enable them the opportunity to ask questions. Several individuals shared personal testimonies about loved ones who suffered from depression and one that committed suicide due the seriousness of this illness.

A survey was given at the end and some of the feedback is listed below:
What did you like most about the presentation?
  •          “It was well put together and made me understand depression way         better.”
  •          “Her music was exciting for the younger crowd and she was                   entertaining”
  •          “The signs of depression & that it is hereditary ”
  •          “She made it easy to understand and also spoke very clearly and             efficiently”
  •          “I like the speaker and she really engaged in our questions”

As this chapter continues to do the work of Zeta, it is their hope to continue to Help Other People Excel. 

Xi Xi Zeta Chapter - Zeta Day of Service

Xi Xi Zeta Chapter

The Xi Xi Zeta Chapter of Lithonia, GA participated in Zeta Day of Service by serving at THRIVE Christian Academy, the chapter’s adopted school. The Zeta Day of Service began with a prayer and
a school filled with laughter and enjoyment while displaying the finest principles of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. organization. It was “all hands on deck” as Xi Xi Zeta’s finer women cleaned restrooms, common areas, hallways, and the multipurpose room.  Classroom desks were rearranged to promote a more efficient learning environment. Assistance was provided with taking photos of books and posting online as a fundraising endeavor for the adopted school.

A little over $500 was donated through various supplies such as hand soap, paper towels, toilet tissue, cleaning supplies, and two benches for the “Thrive Creative Readers” lounge. Unfortunately, due to shipping delays the benches will be painted at a later date “Royal Blue and White.” Each bench will display a placard that reads “Donated by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Xi Xi Zeta Chapter of Lithonia, GA”.  The chapter also setup a computer lab in the multipurpose room where students will be able to engage in interactive online learning. 

Indeed, Sisterly Love, Community Service and Finer Womanhood was the epitome of this joyous and worthwhile event.  We ended with a prayer and plan to meet again at the VA Hospital, 1670 Clairmont Road, in Atlanta, Georgia to deliver toiletries to the VA Nursing Home in honor of “Military Awareness.”  We are indeed grateful to serve!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rho Xi Zeta goes Pink for Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), the women of the Remarkable Rho Xi Zeta Chapter joined their sorors in collecting wigs for the American Cancer Society. The Wigs for Awareness initiative of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. collects new wigs or monetary donations. The chapter designated personnel/locations for wig drop-off, and collected funds via PayPal. The proceeds of Wigs for Awareness assist women affected with appearance-related issues of breast cancer. A few of the remarkable women also participated in a “Glow the Mall Pink,” 5K fun run in Kennesaw, GA. To show their support, the chapter sported pink and blue outfits at the October Chapter meeting.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month did not exist until 1985, when the American Cancer Society collaborated with the AstraZeneca Foundation and a variety of other sponsors. Partners and sponsors included public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies. The aim was and remains the promotion of awareness of breast cancer and associated issues, primarily the importance of early detection through mammography. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, following skin cancer. It is also the second leading cause of death among women (higher rates for African American women), following lung cancer.  The good news is that the incident and death rates have stabilized over the past 10 years, but more work is needed in the area of prevention. #remarkablezetas