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!”

March Madness at Rainbow Elementary School

Rainbow Elementary School in Decatur has been Sigma Mu Zeta’s adopted school for over ten years. The chapter has participated in the school's Drug Free Red Ribbon Week assemblies, Mother Day luncheons, and yearly sorority displays during Black History month, volunteered during field day events and presented awards to the “most improved” students at award day programs in May.

This year in March, Rainbow Elementary School was selected as one of the two schools for the Georgia State leadership Conference Z-HOPE project. The school received over 1,000 school supplies from this project that were delivered after the conference.

Sigma Mu Zeta also had Christmas in March for the school’s nurse by donating items on her wish list the chapter received this year.  

On March 30th, Sigma Mu Zeta participated in Rainbow Elementary School's career day program by reading to classes between presenters and the chapter members presented our careers as well.

Iota Tau Wins Undergraduate Chapter of the Year

The Iota Tau chapter (Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA) won Undergraduate Chapter of the Year at the 2017 Georgia State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA.

During the course of the conference, the chapter also won several Z-HOPE awards including first place for March of Dimes fundraising. Iota Tau raised over $1,000 for the March of Dimes in 2016. Their goal is to raise the bar even higher for their 2017 March of Dimes fundraising. 

Sigma Mu Zeta's Prom Dress Project

“Dress up starts at age five and truly never ends.” – Kate Spade

As a new partner with the Wade Walker Family YMCA in Stone Mountain, Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter participated in the 3rd Annual “Prom Dress Project” this year.

The senior group at the YMCA, called Active Older Adults, developed this program, which includes a dress/gown drive for young ladies less fortunate than others in the community who attend high school proms and or middle school dances. Some of these girls came from group homes, along with others from the community.

Sigma Mu Zeta donated thirty-one (31) dresses, a few accessories, and shoes for the event. On Saturday, March 11th, the chapter members volunteered by setting up boutique like displays by size and color and assisted in young ladies' search for “that special dress”. The young ladies shopped with their parents while taking a break for the lunch that was also prepared for them. They were given make-up and perfume samples from the Avon representative on duty as well.

Soror Vanessa Elkins-Rogers Recognized by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Soror Vanessa Elkins-Rogers of Iota Eta Zeta Chapter, Decatur, GA was recently nominated by the Atlanta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to receive the Pinnacle Award. 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority selects citizens in the community who have displayed outstanding public service and excel in their field of work. Through the nominee’s efforts, they have worked to help initiate change in the community to positively impact the citizens in the greater Atlanta Area.

The award was presented to Soror Elkins-Rogers at Delta Sigma Theta’s 19th Annual Pinnacle Leadership Award Luncheon, which took place at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel. Soror Vanessa Elkins-Rogers had a host of sorors in attendance to help her celebrate this success.

Soror Elkins-Rogers is currently employed with CNN, Inc. She serves as an adjunct professor at Keller Graduate School and she is a member of and supports various organizations in the community including March of Dimes, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, and her church, Ben Hill United Methodist. Soror Vanessa Elkins-Rogers further serves as a Charter School Board Member, the State of Georgia Executive Board Chairperson, and a National Trustee on the National Board. Congratulations Vanessa!!

Phi Omicron Zeta's Youth Doing Great Things

This is the beginning of something really great. Phi Omicron Zeta's youth auxiliaries have shown a direct correlation between physical work and academic performance. At the 2017 Georgia State Leadership Conference, POZ’s youth auxiliaries took home several awards including Top Eldercare, Top Wigs for Awareness, 2nd place Z-HOPE, 1st place dramatic, Top GPA for Archonettes, Top GPA for Amicettes, and straight “A” honor roll

Many of the youth in Phi Omicron Zeta's youth auxiliaries are involve in extra curricular activities such as dance team, step team, cheerleading, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and poetry.

One of Phi Omicron Zeta's youth won Poetry Out Loud at the school and state level. This amazing youth also participated in the Poetry Out Loud at the regional level.

Omicron Alpha Zeta Receives Chapter of the Year

During Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.'s Georgia State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, the Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter received several awards, including Chapter of the Year for 2017.

In addition to Chapter of the Year, Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter received the following awards: 1st Place - Z-HOPE Award, 2nd Place - Volunteer Hours, 2nd Place – Social Action, and 3rd Place – Scrapbook.

Soror Kina Davis, President stated: “I am so excited and proud! Omicron Alpha Zeta is leaving a legacy and blazing new paths.”

April 2017 Fierce and Finer Spotlight

Georgia undergraduates show that they embody the principles of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. on a daily basis. Georgia undergraduates work hard throughout the great state of Georgia to serve their communities and their campuses. The April 2017 Fierce and Finer spotlight is all about the Georgia undergraduates.

Epsilon Xi Chapter at Georgia Southern University as they prepare to present their Spring 2017 new members.

Members of Lambda Nu Chapter at Georgia State University posing for their chapter pictures.

Iota Tau Chapter at Armstrong State University posing for their chapter pictures.

We see you sorors and we are loving your Fierce and Finer display.