ESO EPSILON SIGMA OMEGA CHAPTER
JANUARY 2020 VOL. 1, ISSUE 1
A MESSAGE BY COURTNEY BROWN, BASILEUS PWAITGHEISN: THESE
Striving for #EXCELLENCE in Sisterhood and Service is our goal for 2020. 02 20 AKTS OF
Sisterhood means never standing alone. It means supporting each other in good KINDNESS
times and bad. It's creating memories. Service is community engagement, its
partnerships to strengthen our programs. It's ensuring Epsilon Sigma Omega 03 EXCELLENCE
has a presence in the Harrisburg community. It's enhancing our community IGHLIGHTS
support. As ESO is committed to uphold the values on which our sorority was
founded we will strive for excellence through our vigorous programming and 06 COMMITTEE
bonds as sisters. UPDATES
We take pride in supporting the community around us. Although our 09 TAKING CARE
professional accolades, philanthropy and community involvement are OF BUSINESS
impressive, it is our sisterhood and unique bonds of friendship and family that
strengthen our cause in the Harrisburg area. 10 ON THE GO!
I am eager to embark on a new year with ESO as your Basileus. I hope you are
energized to actively participate as we strive to be of “Service to all mankind.”
PROMOTING JBAANSUILAERUYS ITINERARY
SISTERHOOD 04 EXCELLENCE
Tips From the Basileus EXPO
20 AKTS OF KINDNESS BUSINESS
Let's promote sisterliness by ESO OFFICER
stepping out of our own selves and TRAINING
thinking of other through 20 Akts of
Kindness! Below are a few starters: 11 NORTH
Call or text a soror DERSHIP SUM
Invite a soror to share a meal MIT
Compliment a soror
Lend a soror a helping hand 15 AKA
Give a soror a ride to an event or FOUNDERS'
Join a soror for a workout
Practice self kindness doing 18 ESO AKA
something you love HOMECOMING
Send a soror flowers or a gift
Join a committee 20 MLK DAY OF
Invite a soror to an outing SERVICE
January 2020 Vol 1 Issue 1
Highlights From the Basileus
TARGET 1 – HBCU FOR LIFE
Did you know…As Horace
Mann Bond, ‘23, Lincoln’s first African
American and an eighth president, so
eloquently cites in the opening chapter of
his book, Education for Freedom,
this was “the first institution found
anywhere in the world to provide a higher
education in the arts and sciences for
male youth of African descent.”
TARGET 2 – WOMEN'S
Preparing our meals is a great way to be in
control of your nutrition.
Try this healthy recipe!
January 2020 Vol 1 Issue 1
TARGET 3 – BUILDING
ECONOMIC LEGACY –
TARGET 4 – THE ARTS Budget using the 60%
The Harlem Renaissance When looking at putting
The Harlem Renaissance together a budget for 2020, check out the
was an intellectual, social, and artistic 60% solution budget method to
explosion centered in Harlem, maximize your income. Your 60% budget
Manhattan, New York City, spanning the should include the necessities and non-
1920s. At the time, it was known as the essentials.
"New Negro Movement", named after The These committed expense may not only
New Negro, a 1925 anthology include basics like food and clothing,
edited by Alain Locke. The movement also essential household expense, insurance
included the new African-American premiums, bills and taxes but also gym
cultural expressions across the urban and
areas in the Northeast and Midwest United professional memberships, and kids sports.
States affected by the Great Migration, of
which Harlem was the largest. But what about the other
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Ren 40%? A whopping 30% should go towards
aissance) savings, 10 % each to 401k, short term high
yield savings account, and long term
During this transformable investment account. The remaining 10% is
period in time literature like the works of all yours! Fun money! (i.e. vacations,
Langston Hughes helped change the sorority life, selfcare)
narrative of African Americans. It inspired
an explosion of cultural pride and
redefined how American and the world
understood African American culture. The
Harlem Renaissance set the stage for the
Civil Rights Movement.
January 2020 Vol 1 Issue 1
TARGET 5 – GLOBAL IMPACT
The Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter supports Soles4Souls throughout the year as we
collect new and gently used shoes. Here is a little about Sole 4 Souls.
Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN and a registered
501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS.
Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of
shoes and clothing around the world.
Disrupting the cycle of poverty.
Transparent, entrepreneurial, accountable and meaningful.
Serve those in need, create opportunities and protect the environment.
January 2020 Vol 1 Issue 1
Standing & Special Committees
PROGRAM COMMITTEE - SERINA GASTON
04 EXCELLENCE EXPO
(9 AM- 10 AM)
20 MLK DAY OF
SERVICE IS WHAT WE DO!
PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE
• 1/14- Location to be Determined (770 Brook Drive, Hershey PA) 6:30-
• 2/11- Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode 337097# from 8:00 –
• 3/10 - Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode 337097# from 8:00 –
• 4/14- Teleconference - Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode
337097# from 8:00 – 9:00PM
• 5/12- At Soror Serina’s home (770 Brook Drive, Hershey PA) 6:30-8PM
• 6/9- Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode 337097# from 8:00 –
• 9/8- At Soror Serina’s home (770 Brook Drive, Hershey PA) 6:30-8PM
• 10/13- Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode 337097# from 8:00 –
• 11/10 - At Soror Serina’s home (770 Brook Drive, Hershey PA) 6:30-8PM
• 12/8- Teleconference (563) 999-1138, passcode 337097# from 8:00 –
PINK GOES RED COMMITTEE -SUSAN MARSH
PINK GOES RED FOR HEART HEALTH
February 7, 2020
It’s been our long tradition to don the colors pink and green, but on
National Wear Red Day®, Friday, February 7, 2020 Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter sorors will join millions of
Americans in the fight against heart disease in women by wearing RED!
Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in
three women each year, and this is especially important for African
American women, who are increased risk due to factors such as high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Social Media Campaign
1. Create a video and unveil on February 7th
2. Lights, Camera Action! Sorors wear red at the January 4, 2020 chapter
meeting for pictures and video filming after the meeting.
3. Sorors wear red and red dress pin on February 7, 2020 and post
pictures on social media.
Heart Health Program on February 7th
1. Save the Date: Chapter Heart Health Educational Program. Stay tune
for more information.
2. Wear Red Day challenge at your workplace, school or local
3. Get your co-workers, friends and family involved, too!
Social Media Campaign Heart Health Month
1. Utilize social media to educate and raise awareness on heart health
2. What is your Go Red Story?
Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Committee is planning our chapter’s
February 7, 2020 Impact Day and we need you to share your Go Red
story. If you are a survivor of heart disease, let us hear from you.
Please email Soror Susan at [email protected] and a committee
member will follow up and contact you.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE - NICHOLE PURCELL
18 ESO AKA
R A R &ESincere
ECUMENICAL SERVICE COMMITTEE - SUSAN MARSH
Chairman: Soror Susan Simms Marsh
Vice Chairman: Soror Stephenie Opoku
Project Manager: Soror Anna Elston
On November 13, 2019, Chairman and Project Manager
participated in meeting with Executive Director Soror Cynthia
Howell, Boule General Chairman Soror Terri Dean and
International Spiritual Oversight Committee Chairman Soror
The Supreme Basileus has the responsibility to plan and
implement the Boule, working collaboratively with Corporate
Office Staff and hostess chapters. She approves all activities
and programs of the conference.
Hostess Chapters form the nucleus of the Steering
Committee and work under the direction of the Boule
General Chairman and Supreme Basileus.
Each Hostess Chapter will be assigned an event or a major
activity to implement for the conference and our chapter has
been assigned the Ecumenical Service on Sunday, July 19,
The Ecumenical Service Committee will work with the Supreme
Basileus and the Spiritual Oversight Team to:
1. Coordinate logistics, program and other activities related to
2. Secure all hostesses needed for event.
3. Assist the Protocol Committee as needed.
A committee conference call will be held on Monday, January
6, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
Access Code: 360-363
SOCIAL / WELFARE COMMITTEE -GAZELLE FREEMAN
Welcome to 2020
January is the start of a new year! New beginnings,
new ideas, new mindsets, new focus, a fresh start, and
new opportunities! As we
welcome our new administration - newly elected
Chapter Officers and appointed
Committee Chairmen, let’s be mindful of the fantastic
opportunity we have to
A special Thank You for your
commitment and willingness to serve
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated,
Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter.
Sorors, may this be OUR best year yet!
We also celebrate and wish a very Happy Birthday to our Sorors born
during the month of January.
Mercies are New Every Morning… Happy Birthday Sorors
Did you know? Those born in January tend to be Shanee Carlton January 5th
ambitious, hardworking, a born leader and loyal to friends! Cynthia Williams January 12th
Linda Evers January 18th
Karen Love January 20th
Anna Elston January 22nd
Davina Carrington January 23rd
Kendra Peterson January 23rd
Kathy Charles January 24th
Iris Brown January 28th
Cheryl Holland Jones January 29th
EAF COMMITTEE - MORGAN DAVIS
Striving for #EXCELLENCE in Educational Advancement Foundation
funding! Donate your shoe in the month of January to the AKA EAF as
you assist ESO is reaching her goal!
What's your shoe size?
Epsilon Sigma Omega Chapter was chartered on February 2, 1952 by Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. ESO is the first Greek-lettered sorority
established by and for African-American college-educated women in the
state’s capital city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
As we approach our 68th year of service and sisterhood, we pay tribute to
those whose leadership and vision have set the standard for the Epsilon
Sigma Omega Chapter.
EVERY SOROR IS OUTSTANDING
Courtney Brown, Basileus
Serina Gaston, Anti-Basilues
Michelle London, Grammateus
Gazelle Freeman, Hodegos
Nicol Brown, Anti-Grammateus
Judith Windom, Ivy Leaf Reporter
Kendra Peterson, Graduate Advisor
Nichole Purcell, Membership Chairman
ESO TAKING CARE OF
JEaSnOuaErleyc2t0io2n0s Calling for Nominating committee
Calling for NARC Delegate nominations!
89th North Atlantic Regional
March 4, 2020 - March 8, 2020
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd,
Hartford, CT 06103
Conference registration is OPEN!
NARC Financial Officer Training, ($85, One-day with
lunch [4 CPE credits]) Deadline same as NARC
registration only 75 seats available!
Graduate Advisor Certification (Notary,
Basileus/Grammateus signatures, Transcripts
required! NARC Deadline Postmark February 1,
2020 ($40) / Boule Deadline Postmark April 15,
2020 ($85 w/lunch)
ESO ON THE GO!
North Atlantic Leadership
January 11, 2020
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road
Parsippany, New Jersey
January 26, 2020
The Hotel at
the University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Ave,
College Park, MD 20740
CHAPTER MEETING AGENDA
EPSILON SIGMA OMEGA CHAPTER
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC.
10:30 A.M., SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020
GIANT COMMUNITY CENTER, LINGLESTOWN ROAD
Soror Courtney Brown, Basileus Presiding
Call to Order Soror Courtney Brown, Basileus
Meditation (5 minutes) Soror Dolly Tate, Chaplain
Greetings (3 minutes) Soror Gazelle Freeman, Hodegos
Adoption of Agenda (2 minutes) Soror Courtney Brown, Basileus
Reading of Minutes (8 minutes) Soror Michelle London, Grammateus
Reading of Correspondences (5 minutes) Soror Anna Elston, Epsitoleus
Officers' Reports Soror Courtney Brown
Basileus (5 minutes) Soror Serina Gaston
Anti Basileus (8 minutes) Soror Yasmin Coleman
Tamiouchos (5 minutes) Soror Nichole Purcell
Membership Chairman (15 minutes) Soror Kendra Peterson
Graduate Advisor (4 minutes)
Standing Committee Reports Soror Morgan Davis
Elections (Nominating Committee) (10 minutes) Soror Morgan Davis
Elections (NARC Delegates) (10 minutes) Soror Morgan Davis
EAF Committee (5 minutes) Soror Anize Appel
Founders' Day (5 minutes)
Unfinished Business (1 minute) ESO Chapter
New Business (2 minutes) ESO Chapter
Announcements (2 minutes) ESO Chapter
Adjournment - - International Hymn and Pledge (12:05 p.m.)
Officers and Chairmen Training
ESO LEADERSHIP TEAM
ESO Officers ESO Standing Committees
Courtney Brown, Basileus Executive, Courtney Brown
Serina Gaston, Anti Basileus Programs, Serina Gaston
Michelle London, Grammateus Budget, Yasmin Coleman
Yasmin Coleman, Tamiouchos Social Welfare, Gazelle Freeman
Anna Elston, Epistoleus Publicity, Judith Windom
Nicol Brown, Anti Grammateus Bylaws, LaToya Bellamy
Debra Brown, Pecunious Grammateus Nominating, TBD
Cheryl Braxton, Anti Pecunious Grammateus Founders' Day, Anize Appel
Gazelle Freeman, Hodegos Connections, Danielle Bowers
Judith Windom, Ivy Leaf Reporter Membership, Nichole Purcell
Kendra Peterson, Graduate Advisor Graduate Advisors Council, Kendra Peterson
Nichole Purcell, Membership Chairman Archives, Iris Brown
LaToya Bellamy, Parliamentarian Technology, Anna Elston
Gail Davis, Historian Protocol, Pam Pettis
Iris Brown, Archivist EAF Captain, Morgan Davis
Morgan Davis, Member At Large Sisterly Relations, Dominque Lockett
Dolly Tate, Chaplain Standards, Gladys Dutrieulle
Sharia Spells, Philacter History, Gail Davis
ESO Programs Committees ESO Special Committees
Target I - Rae Talley, Tameka Hatcher MIP Committee - Tammy Butler, Rae Talley
Target II - Nicole Williams Rituals - Stacey Pearson-Wharton
Target III - Nicol Brown NPHC - Danielle Bowers
Target IV - Barbara Thompson Apparel - Jillian Harding
Target V - Melissa Oden African American Read In - Karen Love
Energy Forum - Gladys Dutrieulle
Youth Development - Tameka Hatcher
Pink Goes Red - Susan Marsh
Disaster Relief, TBD
All final newsletter submissions are to be submitted on or before 18th of the month for
distribution on 28th. to [email protected] with subject
"Month_Year_Committee" i.e. February_2020_TargetII