Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2017 Random Acts of Kindness Bus Tour

Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter, residents and DeKalb County Officials that included, Judges, and the Board of Education Superintendent joined Commissioner Larry Johnson on his annual Random Acts of Kindness bus tour. The team loaded a bus at the New Life Baptist Church in Decatur and practiced Christmas caroling between stops of seven fire stations and a local women shelter. This was an opportunity for the community to show appreciation to our fire departments for their selfless sacrifices. At each location, words of appreciation for their service were given along with donated snacks and each visit ended with our well-rehearsed song.  

Breast Dressed - Breast Cancer Awareness Event

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Sigma Mu Zeta chapter of Stone Mountain in conjunction with Wade Walker Park Family YMCA of Stone Mountain presented their inaugural “Breast Dressed” event. This Breast Cancer awareness event gathered individuals from the community for a time of crafting bras, education by playing Breast Cancer Jeopardy, intervention, raised awareness and promoted breast health.

Donations of head scarves, puzzles and socks were collected to create chemo kit bags for individuals undergoing chemotherapy and were donated to the DeKalb Cancer Treatment Center. On Saturday, October 21st, some of the chapter members wore their bra creations in the Making Strides for Breast Walk which was held at the Braves Sun Trust Park in Atlanta.

Working Together in Covington

On September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day, Phi Omicron Zeta held a voter registration drive at Newton High School. During the drive Phi Omicron Zeta chapter was able to register seven students. Twenty students inquired about registering, unfortunately they were not able to register due to the birthday deadline. 

For Zeta’s Day of Service on November 4, 2017, Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter and members of Youth Auxiliary provided services for Keep Covington Newton Beautiful (KCNB). Phi Omicron Zeta chapter cleaned from downtown Covington Square to the Board of Education in Covington, Georgia. Keeping the community clean is a way to Beautify the Community. 

Celebrating Black Ladies In Public Health

Soror Minda Reed, MD, MPH joined her colleagues from across the country at the inaugural Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) Networking Social in Atlanta, GA on November 5, 2017. Established to encourage and support scholarship, service, self-care and a safe place for black women working in public health specialties, BLiPH launched its first annual event during the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference week, also held in Atlanta this year.  Dr. Reed works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control on opioid overdose prevention.  She is passionate about preventing medical illness and adverse health conditions that are avoidable with education and access to care.  A proud member of the Rho Xi Zeta graduate chapter in Cobb County, GA, Dr. Reed seeks opportunities to collaborate with her sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as well as other black women public health professionals. 

Dr. Reed pictured with Ramot Adeboyeji (left) and Akeia Blue (right)

Dr. Minda Reed

KIZ, Amicae and YMCA Executive Director

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 Omega Zeta Chapter on Zeta Day of Service

The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta- Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta East Point  Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter, Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton-Gregory and NAACP joined together to present the Teen Voter Education Forum.

The event began with a general session where local government officials and school Superintendent Morceaae Beasley discussed the importance of being an informed voter.  The breakout sessions gave the teens an in depth look at the elections process from every level of government.  The event concluded with a panel of peers taking and answering questions regarding the voting process and it’s importance.

The event was a success as students gained a clearer understanding of their civic duties and rights as citizens.