In observance of Finer Womanhood, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recognized five outstanding ladies of the community for their extraordinary community service. The number five is noteworthy of the five founders of our sorority. The 2016 honorees were recognized at the chapter’s luncheon which was held at the Columbus Country Club,
April 9, 2016. The guest speaker for this occasion was Dr.
Dr. Latimore retired as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for
in South Georgia Technical
College . She previously served as Vice-President for
Student Services, Director for Instruction and Business Education Department
Head in the Technical College System of Georgia. Our speaker received a standing ovation
throughout her presentation. The message
was powerful as she challenged all to be servants in the community and at
church. She delivered a message that we
all could identify with and based on her biblical beliefs and upbringing. Dr. Latimore challenged us to not only
sign-up but to sign-on as members of organizations and religious affiliations
and not to be bench members but willing servants. Americus, Georgia
The 2016 Community Pearl honorees were as follows: Ms. Valerie Boggs, Mrs. Evergreen Ford Covington, Mrs. Margaret Jenkins, Ms. Cheryl Johnson and Mrs. Martha Nelson Jones.
Ms. Boggs is the Fund Development Director for Girls, Inc. of
. After retiring from the U.S. Army in October
2000 with twenty-one years of service, she began serving as the Director for
the Columbus at the Chattahoochee
Center of the United Way . In 2002 she became Director for
Girls, Inc. Some of her affiliations
include: Building Toward Wellness
Community Coalition—Secretary and Board Member; Board Member for Columbus
Family Connection, Chairperson of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Volunteer as a
Girl Scout Troop Leader and Big Sister with the Big Brother-Big Sister Program. Chattahoochee Valley
Mrs. Evergreen Ford Covington continues the legacy of her father—George W. Ford as the owner and operator of Progressive Funeral Home for 28 years. She gives back to the community by serving on the board of the Department of Family and Children Services and the Orchettes Social and Civic Club. Mrs. Covington believes that the ultimate measure of a woman is not where she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where she stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Mrs. Margaret Stewart Jenkins a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother is indeed a community servant. She is a retired educator from
but also taught in Muscogee County School District ,
Texas and Arkansas . Mrs. Jenkins community service includes work
with the Easter Seal Drive, United Negro College Fund, Girl Scouts, A.J.
McClung YMCA, Columbus Community Center, Mayor’s Commission on Women and
Minorities, the Columbus Museum, The International Benevolent Society, and the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mrs. Jenkins is the first African American to
serve on the Muscogee County Board of Election and Registration; presently the
board chairperson. Mrs. Jenkins is the
recipient of numerous honors and awards. Mississippi
Ms. Cheryl A. Johnson, President and CEO with West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition (WCGCC), a local non-profit committed to helping reduce the burden of cancer in the communities we serve. Ms. Johnson activities in cancer prevention and control consist of participation in the Statewide Implementation Committee for Georgia’s Comprehensive Cancer Plan and the Regional Council of Coalitions of Georgia. She considers her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Jessie Averett, Jr. and her faith and family as the driving forces behind her career choice as a public servant. Ms. Johnson continues her service as a member of St. James CME Church and Rho Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mrs. Martha Jones is a retired Behavior Specialist for the
She is the founder of SMIA (Successful Motivation in Action). SMIA’s purpose is to focus the individual on
his or her own intrinsic motivation and use it to produce successful actions,
thus creating Successful Motivation-in-Action.
Mrs. Jones accomplishes her mission by presenting empowerment seminars
designed for all ages from kindergarten, pre-adolescence, college, to senior
citizens. Mrs. Jones was presented the
ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award by Muscogee
exceptional achievements through parenting workshops and seminars for teachers
throughout Muscogee, Russell and Muscogee County
School District . She is presently the abstinence facilitator
and founder of Terrell County High School . Terrell
The luncheon was enjoyed by all. Proceeds from the luncheon will support our scholarship program for deserving high school students in the area. Music was provided by the Chemistry Project Band and photos by Davis Video Creations.