Thursday, November 23, 2017

Partners in Service

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, members of Kappa Iota Zeta and its auxiliary, the Amicae of East Point, gathered with other community volunteers at the Walter and Andrew Young Family YMCA for the YMCA’s Help Houston Project. The Amicae and members of Kappa Iota Zeta presented Mr. Gavin McGuire, YMCA Executive Director, with a check to be used to purchase water for residents of Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The Zetas and Amicae also assisted with loading cases of water on a truck headed to Houston.

Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter and the Amicae of East Point have enjoyed a strong relationship with the Young Family YMCA and look forward to more partnership opportunities that will benefit the city of East Point and communities beyond.

Shannon McGuire-Lee, Kappa Iota Zeta President; Tara Locket, KIZ 2nd Vice President; Gavin McGuire, Young YMCA Executive Director; Michelle L. Robinson, KIZ Amicae Auxiliary Co-Chair; Connie Lincoln, Amicae of East Point – President; and Jenette Lewis, Amicae of East Point.

Cheryl Johnson, KIZ Amicae Auxiliary Co-Chair; Queen Lackey, Amicae of East Point; Judy Beasley, Amicae of East Point.

Sigma Omicron Zeta 2017 Scholarship Recipients

The members of the Sigma Omicron Zeta chapter are pleased to announce our scholarship recipients for 2017. They are Autumn Williams, who is a freshman at Spelman College majoring in Chemistry, and Kikachukwu Ugboh, who is a freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering. We look forward to seeing the contributions these two young ladies will make in the years to come.

                                           Autumn Williams, Freshman at Spelman College

Cool Down With the Zetas

The so sweet ladies of the Epsilon Tau Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. hosted an end of summer cookout. The event was well attended by Zetas, Amicae, family, and friends. School supplies were collected and donated to a local elementary school.

Phi Omicron Zeta's Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Phi Omicron Zeta held their annual scholarship luncheon and recognized the following scholars: Kaylen Jackson, Jada Johnson, and Terrance Mitchell.

Guest Speaker for this event was Major Leslie B. Holmes who is the Chief Deputy of Lamar County. She was raised in the state of Texas , graduate of Wharton High School, attended Wharton Community College with a double major in Accounting and Real Estate, currently enrolled as a student at Columbus State seeking additional training in the field of law. She is married to Mr. Bobby Holmes of Milner, Ga and they have four sons, Pierre, Keith, Brett, and Bobby Jr.

The guest speaker shared with the recipients words of encouragement to think about as they pursue their first year of college. During her presentation, parents were acknowledged for all of their hard work in helping this dream become a reality.

The ladies of Phi Omicron Zeta again would like to thank our scholars and wish them well as they pursue new journeys/careers.

Beta Omega Zeta Chapter Welcomes New Members

The 23rd of June 2017 was such a great day for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. as three new members of Beta Omega Zeta Chapter were inducted into membership. The chapter celebrated  their new sorors with great fellowship, gifts, and dinner. To our Spring 2017 Sorors  Rhonda Robinson, Sequoyah Pinkney, and Shawnese Leonard, welcome to this great sisterhood of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and we are so proud to call you our sorors! 

Epsilon Eta Zeta's Community Pearls Scholarship Luncheon

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 2017 honorees were recognized at the chapter’s luncheon which was held at the Columbus Country Club.  The guest speaker for this occasion was Ms. Chrislyn Turner.

Ms. Turner has an affinity for nonprofit service and it has been her life’s passion.  Currently, she serves as the Zetas Enlightening and Uplifting (ZEAL) Foundation Board President.  Z.E.A.L. is the 501c3 fundraising arm of Rho Xi Zeta Chapter. Ms. Turner has over 15 years of non-profit leadership and board experience. As a proud Diamond Level member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Turner served as past National Executive Board Member, Regional and State Director of the Southeastern Region.

The 2017 Community Pearl honorees were as follows:  Mrs. Lillian V. Baker, Mrs. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick, Mrs. LaTivia Rivers, Dr. JoAnn Thomas-Buchanan and Ms. Katonga L. Wright.
Mrs. Lillian Vaughn Baker is a Salem, Alabama native and a lifelong educator and community servant having worked as a teacher, principal, director of community education, assistant superintendent and three times interim superintendent in Russell County. She was also the first black female to serve as Assistant Superintendent.  She attended Alabama A & M, Troy University, Phenix City and Auburn University.

Mrs. Baker has been recognized for community service with many organizations to include (RCERA) Russell County Education Retirees Association, serving as secretary for eighteen years, St. Paul CME Church in Crawford, Alabama as church secretary, Christian Education Director, Advisor of the Missionary Auxiliary, and Vacation Bible School.  Mrs. Baker served tirelessly on the Inaugural Committee of the Phenix City Mayor’s Day of Compassion and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Mrs. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick is a Lieutenant with the Columbus Police Department’s Special Victims Unit (Sex Crimes/Youth Services), where she has proudly served her community for over 30 years.  She is a native of Lumpkin, Georgia and is married to John Fitzpatick, Jr.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science in Public Administration/Justice Administration from Columbus State University.

Joyce’s passion for mankind extends beyond her daily responsibilities at the Columbus Police Department.  She raises awareness within the community as a guest speaker on bullying and sex crimes, an active participant in motorcycle rides for cancer awareness and a volunteer for Heroes and Helpers Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s memberships and affiliations are extensive but some include the Police Honor Guard Commander, State of Georgia Fraternal Order of Police Motor Unit, Stewards of Children, Coalition for the City of Columbus, Georgia on Ending Human Sex Trafficking Now, Easter Seals Board and Gamma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Mrs. LaTivia Rivers is currently the Manager of the Georgia Visitor Information Center, Columbus, Georgia.  Mrs. Rivers is a proud graduate of Wallace Community College and presently attends Troy University and is a certified “Travel Marketing Professional” (TMP).

Mrs. Rivers is extremely active in the tri-city community serving on numerous committees within the following organizations:  Phenix City Charter Review Committee, Phenix City Alabama-Mayor’s Ball, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Banquet, Kiwanis and the 2016 General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia Leadership Team. 

Dr. JoAnn Thomas-Buchanan is a Columbus native and proud parent of one daughter, Tamara Sheri’ Johnson.  Dr. Buchanan was educated in the public schools of Muscogee County.  She often speaks of the encouragement and positive contributions made by her parents and many teachers she encountered as she matriculated through school. Dr. Buchanan advanced through the Muscogee County System working as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Director of Student Affairs, 504 Coordinator and Behavior Intervention Specialist at the Woodall Center.  Her passion to continue to educate and make life better for others lead her to open her own Healthcare business.  Dr. Thomas has made numerous charitable donations to community organizations and provide college scholarship assistance to deserving local high school students.

Dr. Thomas is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Eta Zeta Chapter.  Her motto is: “Stand for something or fall for everything!”

Katonga L. Wright, ESQ is a native of Columbus and a 1995 graduate of G.W. Carver High and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2011 Ms. Wright and her father, Attorney William J. Wright, Sr. founded The Wright Legal Group, LLC.

Ms. Wright is the founder of Master of My Fate Mentoring Program; a not for profit initiative started to give students access to mentoring opportunities and career related camps and programs.  For the past four years, the program has focused on law related internships and summer camps for kids and young adults interested in becoming lawyers.  She has also worked with diversity initiatives within the State Bar of Georgia.

The luncheon was enjoyed by all. Proceeds from the luncheon will support our scholarship program for deserving high school students in the area.  Entertainment was provided by Ms. Josephine Ford, Soloist and Mr. Warren Thornton, Saxophonist. Photos by Davis Video Creations.

Welcome Home Doves

“Welcome Home Doves" is our new initiative spotlighting our reclaimed members. Sigma Omicron Zeta Lawrenceville welcomes Soror Gloria Nelson, Soror Alexis Jackson-Walker, Soror Michelle Pettway, and Soror Tamila Bynes. Soror Gloria Nelson is a 1967 initiate of the Theta Beta Chapter Tuskegee Institute.  Soror Alexis Jackson-Walker is a 1992 initiate of the Omega Beta Chapter, Fayetteville State University.  Soror Michelle Pettway is a Spring 1989 initiate of the Alpha Nu Chapter State University of New York, and Soror Tamila Bynes is a 2006 initiate of the Gamma Lambda Zeta Chapter Florida.  SOZ is thrilled to have these ladies join us and we lovingly welcome each Soror home to Zeta!

Sigma Omicron Zeta would like to welcome its newest members to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sorors Jillian Colon, Renee Mitchell, Shadell Murray, Nicolette Pinnock, Lynn Walker, and Michelle Elias are 2017 Spring initiates. SOZ welcomes our new Sorors to the chapter and to the great Sisterhood of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Omicron Zeta congratulates Soror Lilanta Joy Bradley for completing her Doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Georgia in May of 2017. SOZ is proud of the accomplishments of Dr. Bradley and wish her infinite success in her future endeavors. Soror Bradley is a true testament to the principles of which we were founded!