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Delta Spotlight Holiday 2019-2

Delta Spotlight Holiday 2019-2




Hampton Alumnae Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Holiday 2019 Edition

Volume 21
Winter 2019

A Sisterhood Called to Serve…Transforming Lives, Impacting Community


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority- A Sisterhood Called to Serve: Volume 21
Transforming Lives, impacting community Winter 2019

My Dear Sorors,

As I begin my last year as President, I am so excited
about our community service projects and programs
that continue to make an impact on our local
community. There are far too many to mention in this
communication, so I will simply highlight a few of those
that have been implemented by our Program
Planning and Development Committee.

As a retired educator, it is such a nostalgic memory for Finally, continue to pray for our Adopted
me to visit Bassette Elementary School, our adopted Son, who lost his mom two years ago
school. The Principal is thrilled that Hampton Alumnae because of Domestic Violence, and, who is
Chapter is partnering with her and her staff in enriching encouraged by, and thankful for, the love
the lives of their "babies!” Our first effort was to have and monetary support he receives from the
48 Sorors join the PTA. Then, we surprised the staff with chapter. The Transitions/Domestic Violence
all of the school supplies we collected at our Round-Up Committee has
in August, and at our September chapter meeting. We worked tirelessly to make a positive impact
were told that no other school partner has ever been on this young man's family and this
SO generous. community. Another project that needs your
assistance is the donation of 26 twin size
This Thanksgiving, the chapter has committed to a sheets/blankets and towels to replenish
minimum of 20 food baskets, and prior to the winter items destroyed. Any assistance you can
break, the Principal has asked us to present a small provide would be appreciated.
token to each student because, unfortunately, many
of them do not get anything during the holidays. As a Having reflected on these benevolent acts,
parent and someone who has been blessed beyond know that you continue to make me SO
measure, this request seems SO small to me! Sorors, proud and encouraged by your never-ending
please search your heart, and consider this gift of community service! I pray that you never
love and hope for a child in our community! Soror stop honoring your love for Delta, and more
Reatha Montgomery will update us on the specifics; specifically, the Hampton Alumnae Chapter!
however, begin now, to think of how you can make a
difference in one child's life during this magical season! Guided by HIS FAITH,
Our Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy/EMBODI/GEMS
continues to thrive because of the dedicated efforts of Virginia A. Owens
Sorors who are energetic, focused and prepared with a
wide range of activities. Remember, you can support
these programs in a number of ways. Please reach out
to the Chairs of these programs to offer assistance "as
an ideal Delta would!”


By: Hope Harper Karla Crump, SA
Reginal Social
The Social Action Committee was elated to Action
host the Second Annual Delta Day on Friday, Committee
November 8, 2019 in Hampton’s City Council Member Vickie
chambers. The theme for the event was “We Williams-Cullins
Are One…,” which means “We are One,” and Hope
connected on the issues that affect our Harper.
community and taking action on these
through our local chapter and on the regional Akhira McFarland,
and national levels. The purpose of Delta Day Tonya Grant, VA.
at City Hall is, as citizens, to become informed State Coordinator Michelle
through our local elected officials about Lewis and Stephanie Durrah
legislative matters and policy changes in the
community. This year, registration for the Sapp; Senior Business Development Manager,
event was open to two of our neighboring Steven Lynch; and Hampton City School
chapters – Newport News Alumnae and Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Smith. There was a
Denbigh Alumnae. The event was attended question/answer session with the presenters.
by approximately 47 Deltas. In addition, we Sorors in attendance made impactful statements
were happy to have Regional Social Action and asked potent questions. We also learned
Committee member, Soror Vickie Williams- about the process for applying for and joining
Cullins, attend as well. The event began with Hampton City Boards and Commissions. Following
Registration and Continental Breakfast. Seven the event, a Luncheon was held at the Comfort
(7) city officials discussed their respective Zone Restaurant. During the luncheon, several
roles and pertinent issues affecting citizens in Sorors shared positive feedback about the event.
the City of Hampton. The presenters were In alignment with our current theme, “Joy in Our
Mayor Donnie Tuck; City Manager, Mary Sisterhood, Power in Our Voice,” the Social Action
Bunting; Clerk of Council, Katherine Glass; Committee will continue to host this event
Assistant Police Chief, Orrin Gallop; annually.
Community Engagement Officer, Titus

1st Row: Hampton Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray, Mayor Donnie Tuck, Hampton School Board Chair Ann
Stephens-Cherry, Phyllis Henry, 3rd Row: Clerk of Council, Katherine Glass and City Manager Mary Bunting 4th Row: Senior
Development Manager Steven Lynch, Hampton Police Officer Asst. Chief Orrin Gallop and Community Engagement Officer Titus Sapp.

Greek of the Year


ZeborahRe Janez Pace

Soror Z. Janez Pace was our choice for Greek of The
Year. Soror Pace was recognized at the 28th Annual
National Pan Hellenic Peninsula Council’s Greek of the
Year Banquet held on November 10, 2019 at
the Hampton Marina Hotel. CONGRATULATIONS,

By: School Partnership Committee

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and with service in their
hearts, the School Partnership Committee embarked
on a Thanksgiving project with our adopted school,
Bassette Elementary. The school reached out to
Committee Chair, Reatha Montgomery, to see if the
Committee could accommodate the need for 20
Thanksgiving-themed food baskets. Without
hesitation, the Committee collected enough food for
22 baskets! The extra baskets were needed, as there
were two extra sign-ups just that morning. Each basket
was filled with canned vegetables, gravy, stuffing mix,
corn bread mix, cake mix and frosting, cranberry
sauce, macaroni and cheese, and a family-sized
beverage. On November 18, seven Sorors showed up
at Bassette Elementary to deliver the baskets to the
families. The administrators at Bassette were excited,
but more importantly, the recipients were thankful
and so very gracious.

“There are those who give with joy, and that
joy is their reward.” – Khalil Gibran


Red Carpet Event – “Harriet”

Back to School!

By: Delcenia Hobson

This school year, after careful consideration, Hampton Alumnae Chapter has selected
Bassette Elementary as its “adopted” school! The School Partnership Committee was
extremely excited to partner with Bassette and “jump-started” the year with a school
supplies drive. A call went out for donations and Sorors “showed up, and showed out!”
Two tables and several boxes, full of donations, included notebooks, crayons, book bags,
glue sticks, folders, pencils and much more…everything a child needed to have a successful
school year! In addition to donations of school supplies, more than 50 Sorors have joined the
Bassette Elementary PTA as a “Community Partner!”

“Education is the passport to the future, for
tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it

today.” -Malcolm X

Happy Birthday,Sorors!

September October November December
9/1 Marva Gaten 10/5 Phyllis Sweat
11/5 Vernell Eure, Bonita 12/2 Sharon Callahan
9/2 Stephanie Sadler 10/6 Norma Harold Hunter, Catherine 12/6 Stephanie
9/5 Carleen Brower 10/8 Cassandra Krah, Karla Jacocks, Iris Mann
11/6 Tonya Grant, Durrah, Pamela Porter
9/6 Mary Armstead, Prewitt Barbara McCracken 12/10 Charlene
Marqueta Tyson 10/10 Angela Brown 11/11 Rose Brodie Skipper
9/9 Donna Dabney, Douglas 11/19 Elorna Daniel
12/12 Shirley Gross
Frances DeVaughn 10/12 Jean Roach, Donna 11/21 Stephanie Cuffee 12/14 Lucy Overton
9/12 Candice Frye Woods 11/22 Brenda Fowlkes,
12/25 Michele
9/13 Annette Monroe- 10/13 Eunice Frazier Felicia Jordan Mitchell, Evelyn
Martin 10/14 Karen Bland 11/25 Kara Elliott
9/16 Maxine Parker- 10/17 Gala Harvell 11/26 Toshia Walters, Taliaferro
Patrice Williams
Phillips 10/20 Lena Baker-Scott
9/18 Mildred Forbes 10/23 Stephanie Gwaltney

9/19 Sharon Ponquinette 10/24 Carole Floyd
9/20 Leasa Swittenberg 10/27 Lynda Burke, Lisa
9/22 Anita Williams Crump

9/27 Sharon Chappell, 10/30 Mildred Swann
Tammi Haggins-Ledbetter 10/31 Alfreada Kelly

9/28 Diane Williams
9/29 Harriett Ferguson

Holiday Spending Tips


The Economic Development Committee

1. Set a spending limit.
2. Create a list, check it twice…STICK TO IT!
3. Prioritize: Most important to least important.
4. Trim your shopping list…Is it a need or a want?????
5. Buy with cash instead of credit. Remember, you want to enjoy the New Year.
6. Look for bargains - coupons can be your BEST friend!
7. Track your spending.

Financial Nugget…

Check all of your bank accounts and insurance policies
to make sure that all beneficiary information is up to

Red Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
By: Jasmine Bobbitt

The month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an
annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people
are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps needed to detect
the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. On
October 12, 2019, the Hampton Alumnae Chapter participated in the Making
Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on the campus of Christopher
Newport University. We Twelve (12) chapter members represented the
chapter through their participation in this event. The American Cancer
Society initiated the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks to unite
communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is
the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. How is Making
Strides different from other breast cancer walks? It is simple: they are
fundraising for more than just research. Making Strides raises money to help
breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers through every step of their
experience, whether that means giving a patient a ride to chemo, helping a
survivor look good so they feel better, or being available to answer a
caregiver’s question at 2:00 a.m. Their efforts help the American Cancer
Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient
services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a
live 24/7 cancer helpline. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long
way to go!


South Atlantic Virginia Statewide 107th Founders Day January 3- 4, 2020
The Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219

107th Founders Day Theme is “Rise Up”
Welcome Reception, Friday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Guest Speaker, Reverend Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

Registration Deadline is December 10, 2019

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

Delta Spotlight Committee
Sheila Williams, Pollie Murphy, Rhonda Rhoades, Delcenia Hobson

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