Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rho Epsilon Zeta March for Babies

On April 29, 2017, Rho Epsilon Zeta chapter participated in the March for Babies event that took place in Marietta, GA. This event is near and dear to our hearts because we have many Sorors who have had to deal with the challenges that come with the loss of a child or premature births.  It was a great honor and pleasure to represent our beloved Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Omicron Alpha Zeta 2017 Educational Scholarships

Americus, Georgia (May 12, 2017) – On the campus of the Americus-Sumter High School, the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter awarded two high school seniors with educational scholarships.

Ms. Daisha Roberts, the daughter of Shona Pettiford, is a native of Americus, Georgia Ms. Roberts is very active on her campus and is a members of the following organizations: the Swim Team, FBLA, the Math Team, News and Yearbook Teams, and served as a Georgia Youth Assembly Senator and Georgia State Science Fair Representative. In the community, Ms. Roberts has championed canned food drives, helped teachers prepare their classrooms, and she holds several Microsoft Office certifications. Ms. Roberts enjoys politics, writing, web design, and photography and seeks to attend Yale University to become an attorney.

Ms. Kelly Lynn Ingle, the daughter of Melissa Lynn Ingle, is a native of Plains, Georgia and valedictorian of her high school class. Ms. Ingle is very active in her church, William Road Church of Christ, and her community. In high school, Ms. Ingle is a member of the FFA, FBLA, Beta Club, Math Team, and Band. Also, Ms. Ingle regularly volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club, donates time to activities involving the less fortunate and children. Ms. Ingle provides holiday meals for families, tutors children, and sends care packages to U.S. soldiers. Ms. Ingle plans to attend Faulkner University and major in education. Each recipient received a $250 educational scholarship and a certificate.



Educational Scholarship Recipient Kelly Lynn Ingle and Bambie Hayes, Scholarship Chair




Educational Scholarship Recipient Daisha Roberts and Bambie Hayes, Scholarship Chair

Omicron Alpha Zeta Attends Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church Anniversary

Americus, Georgia (April 23, 2017) – On Sunday, April 23, 2017, Dr. DeRienzia Johnson, First Lady Vernice Johnson, and First Son Joshua Johnson celebrated 10 years of faithful service to Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia. Members of the Johnson family, church members, friends, and the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter, gave presentations of appreciation to Dr. Johnson, First Lady Johnson, and First Son Johnson. President Kina Davis delivered words of gratitude to Dr. Johnson for his 10-year collaboration with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Soror Robbie Latimore and Frater Frank Latimore adorned Dr. Johnson in his doctoral robe. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter partners with Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in numerous programs throughout the year including the Christmas Program for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (AWANA) and Angel Tree® youth, the Back-to-School Bash, and Education Summits in Sumter County, Georgia.





Omicron Alpha Zeta Relay for Life 2017

Americus, Georgia (April 28, 2017) – On the field of Sumter County Middle School, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Sumter County, Georgia. Since 1985, Relay for Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer. Over 4 million people in 20 countries walk overnight to bring awareness and raise funds for cancer research. Sorors walked around the track and lit luminaries in honor or memory of individuals affected by cancer. Also, members of the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter donated light refreshments to Relay for Life’s participants and attendees. Sorors played games with the youth, made hula skirts, and enjoyed the fellowship of other community-based organizations. The Relay for Life of Sumter County, Georgia rose over $20,000 for cancer research in 2017.





Phi Omicron Zeta Stork's Nest Relocates

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter, on Sunday April 9, 2017, moved their Stork’s Nest to a Bethlehem Baptist Church property, located at 2169 Usher St NW, Covington, GA 30014. It was an exciting day that concluded with members of Bethlehem Baptist Church and Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter cutting the ribbon to officially open the Nest. This is an excellent example of church and community partnering to make people lives better.

Stork’s Nest, a cooperative project of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the March of Dimes Foundation, for more than forty years, aims to increase the number of women receiving early and regular prenatal care, in an effort to prevent cases of low birth-weight, premature births and infant deaths. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and encourage healthy behaviors during pregnancy for low income mothers through two components, incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives, such as baby care items though a variety of positive, health-promoting activities, such as, attending prenatal visits, participating in prenatal education classes, stopping at-risk behaviors, such as, smoking cigarettes and consuming alcoholic beverages and reducing stress. There are more than 80 Nests throughout the United States. Stork’s Nest is a jointly owned trademark of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and March of Dimes Foundation and can only be implemented by these two organizations.

To ensure the Nest would be ready prior to the new opening, Bethlehem Baptist Church Deacon, Craig McCloud, worked tirelessly painting and repairing the room that would become the Nest, while members of Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter and their family members decorated, installed shelving and arranged the incentive items.

The first Stork’s Nest was launched in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971 as one of many educational and service projects of Better Infant Births (BIB), a highly successful program sponsored by the Fulton-Dekalb-Clayton Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Expectant mothers and fathers in Newton and Rockdale Counties interested in participating with the Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter Stork’s Nest should contact Marilyn Barton, Stork’s Nest Coordinator, at Barton.marilyn@yahoo.com . The Stork’s Nest is open and ready to do its part to encourage expectant parents to practice healthy behaviors that may lead to healthier babies.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter Members and Friend L to R: Eula Hardeman, Ayanna Lewis, Marilyn Barton, Evon Mazyck, Kathryn Williams, Kyra Williams, Dalphine Browder, Kaleena Jackson, Gloria Fallings, Dionne Wilson and Felicia Arnold.





Sigma Omega Zeta Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon

The Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. had its Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon on May 20th, 2017 at Renaissance Atlanta Airport Hotel. The luncheon was sponsored by the chapter’s education foundation. The mission of the Sigma Omega Zeta Education Foundation is its commitment to assist with the goals of young women who pursue higher education. The Five Pearls of Hope Fund provides a $500.00 non-renewable scholarship to Clayton County seniors whose written essay exemplifies scholarship, character and financial need. Preference is given to students who have participated in community service in the Clayton County area. As the luncheon began, the atmosphere was adorned with elegantly finer decorations. After invocation and blessing, Sorors, the recipients, and their families enjoyed a delicious lunch as sounds of the Curtis Watson Brass Band filled the banquet hall. Following lunch, our keynote speaker, Soror Dr. Joyce Bolds enriched our spirits with eloquent words inspiring us through our principles and the life of Triumphant Soror Zora Neale Hurston. Three young ladies were awarded scholarships.  The Power of Word scholarship was awarded to Cheyenne Stoghill and Suhailah A. Wright.  The Blue & White Legacy Scholarship was presented to Kristin Johnson, daughter of our very own Soror Renea Johnson. This Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon was a PHI-nominal beginning! The Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.  anticipates next year’s luncheon as we continue to celebrate young ladies who epitomize our Sorority principles of scholarship and character. Congratulations to our Inaugural Scholarship recipients!  





Rho Epsilon Zeta's St. Jude Telethon with Praise 102.5

The Rho Epsilon Zeta Chapter answered phones and setup recurring donations during the annual St. Jude Radiothon in Atlanta, GA with Praise 102.5. Celebrity radio hosts such as Erica Campbell and William McDowell were in  attendance, they lent their voices to help in the fight against childhood cancer, sickle cell disease and other life-threatening diseases. Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids® national radio broadcast event corralled inspirational music stations across the country and raised more than $1.5 million for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.






Rho Epsilon Zeta's Sisterhood Event with the Atlanta Hawks

On March 26, 2017, Rho Epsilon Zeta enjoyed the fellowship of the sisterhood by attending an Atlanta Hawks game. It's always a good idea to check in with our fellow Sorors and spend time building those relationships.





Epsilon Tau Zeta's Stars on Parade

On April 22, 2017, the Epsilon Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Macon, Ga held their bi-annual Stars on Parade scholarship pageant. The event was well attended by members of the Macon-Bibb County community and was highlighted in the local news. Epsilon Tau Zeta was able to raise $10,000 towards scholarships. They awarded seven scholarships to local graduating seniors.





Xi Xi Zeta's 6th Annual Scholarship Breakfast

The Xi Xi Zeta Chapter and the Amicae Auxiliary of Lithonia held its 6th Annual Scholarship Breakfast at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church on Saturday, June 3rd,  “Keeping the Flame of Excellence”. Our special guest speaker was our Sigma Brother, Monaleto C. Irby, the immediate past State of Georgia Director of the Sigma Beta Clubs.  






Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta Attends School Board Meeting

Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta is Getting Engaged with the Coweta County community. Sorors attended the May 9, 2017 school board meeting. Items discussed included approval request for assistive technology for the special education department, approval for several summer field trips, and various building construction support. The East Coweta County High School was recognized for their national championship win in Memphis, TN. Several board members formally recognized the Zetas after the meeting and thanked them for their continuous support shown regularly at monthly meetings. 


Fierce and Finer Spotlight June 2017

The great state of Georgia would like to congratulate the graduates of 2017. The Fierce and Finer spotlight for June 2017 is shining brightly on some of the graduates in the state.


 Sorors Ariana Grant and Rahimot Akindele 
Lambda Nu Chapter
Georgia State University



Sorors Ariana Grant and Tiana Sittol
Lambda Nu Chapter 
Georgia State University



Sorors Ariana Grant and Shanera Ragsdale
Lambda Nu Chapter
Georgia State University



Soror Raeven Robinson
Iota Tau Chapter
Armstrong State University



Soror Yinessa Lee
Iota Tau Chapter
Armstrong State University



Soror Kareana Medouze
Iota Tau Chapter
Armstrong State University



Soror Tykeria Holmes
Iota Sigma Chapter
Clayton State University



Soror Samantha Phillips
Iota Sigma Chapter
Clayton State University



Soror Sarah Allen
Mu Mu Chapter
Georgia Southwestern State University




 Soror Sydney Simpson
Omega Mu Chapter
Mercer University




Soror Autiana Brooks
Omega Mu Chapter
Mercer University



Soror Taylor Bishcoff
Omega Mu Chapter
Mercer University



Sorors Brittany Nixon and Lynette Dixon
Alpha Tau Chapter
Emory University



Sorors Bryttany Echols and Kenisha Kellogg
Kappa Epsilon Chapter
Columbus State University


Monday, July 3, 2017

Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta Autism Awareness Month

The ladies of the Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta Chapter along with members of Rho Xi Zeta Chapter participated in the B.L.U.E. Awards (Better Life Understanding Everyone) on April 29, 2017. The event was held to shed light on autism. Autism affect 1 in 68 children and is 4.5 time more common in boys. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

At the event, children were honored for their scholastic achievements artistic talents despite their diagnosis. Sorors cheered on award recipients and encouraged their parents. Tawanda Black of KISS 104.1 served as mistress of ceremony.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chi Pi Zeta's Finer Women 5K Walk/Run

Chi Pi Zeta participated in the March of Dimes initiative by hosting a 5K walk/run in Hinesville, GA on March 25, 2017. This was an exciting event for our chapter because the March of Dimes is an organization that many members hold dearly in their hearts. 

On the day of the walk, the sun came out, the weather was nice, and members enjoyed good company with the participants. All walk participants were able to discuss the purpose of the event as they waited for the walk to start. The wait time before the walk began also gave chapter members the opportunity to share more about the chapter with the community. 
 
Everyone in attendance was excited, especially those who traveled from Statesboro, GA and Jacksonville, FL. Participants visited with old friends and made new ones.
 

Following a highly energized walk/run, participants received their medal, of which they were proud, and fellowshipped with bananas, oranges and water.
 

The chapter would like to thank all of the participants, members and friends who came out to support this initiative. Your time, energy, and support was greatly appreciated.



Newnan Zetas Get Physical

Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases. Added benefits include weight control, stress reduction, and muscle flexibility. 
 

Alpha Alpha Kappa Zeta participated in a 5K Walk along with other chapters across Georgia to bring awareness to the importance of exercise. On March 25, 2017, AAKZ sorors laced up their sneakers for several trips around the trails at Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park. Before beginning their journey, they stretched to loosen up muscles.
 

The chapter is also a partner of the Summit YMCA, where healthy lifestyles are promoted. 





Omicron Alpha Zeta's Finer Women 5K Walk/Run

On the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University, the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter commemorated its Finer Womanhood Observance with a Sisterly Love outing and the State of Georgia Finer Women 5K Walk/Run.
 

The day began with a Sisterly Love outing consisting of a MIXXEDFIT warm up session led by Instructors Alicia Miller and Tina Billings of RAM Fit, Columbus, Georgia. Later, sorors and guests participated in a 5K walk/run around the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.
 

Participants received a certificate and a finisher’s medal for completing the 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds from the 5K walk/run benefited the March of Dimes, March for Babies Program.




Omicron Alpha Zeta's "Coming Home to Zeta" Reclamation and Rededication 2017

Americus, Georgia (March 11, 2017) – In recognition of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s “Coming Home to Zeta” Reclamation and Rededication Month, the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. reclaimed three (3) sorors who “let their footsteps lead them back to Zeta” and held its rededication ceremony.

Soror Alecia Pinckney said, “I reclaimed because I returned back to school to Georgia Southwestern State University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. I missed the comradery of my sorors. Coming back feels awesome!”
 

Soror Ke’Andrea Towns said, “Another soror approached me on returning to Zeta. I missed the social interactions, service, bonding, and my sorors. My sorors helped me to get through several life experiences. I was nervous at first, and then excited to get back and stay back!”

Soror Charlie Lemmons said, “Previously, I devoted all of my time to caring for my family, so I was unable to participate in many community activities. However, my sorors always stayed in touch with me. After two sorors contacted me on reclaiming, I realized that I do not have to go through life’s circumstances alone. I know that I can depend on my sorors for support. It feels great to return to Zeta!”