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Celebrating The East…Still We Rise JOURNAL Winter 2017 s27 53rd National Convention REGIONAL COVERAGE It was a celebration nearly 3,000 miles away, but members from the Eastern Region felt right at home during the Sisterhood Luncheon at the 53rd National Convention in Las Vegas. Hundreds from the East gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to celebrate their successes in true Delta style. Led by Eastern Regional Director Rosia Blackwell Lawrence and Eastern Regional Representative Indira Ridgeway, the luncheon’s theme focused on “Celebrating The East… Still We Rise.” Between exchanging hugs and reconnecting with old friends, or taking pictures and reading the special convention issue of “H.E.R. Stories,” attendees were full of that good old Delta spirit. “Looking out in the room and seeing such beautiful women all committed to service and sisterhood truly warmed my heart,” said Soror Blackwell Lawrence. “When you witness sorors from throughout the region excited to see faces they haven’t seen in a while or meeting new sorors, you know that at the end of the day it’s the sisterhood that matters most.” The luncheon began with an awards presentation recognizing chapter programming focused on the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. The Eastern Regional Leadership Team recognized the exemplary service of chapters and individual sorors as they announced the winners of 32 awards. Among the honorees was Soror Rita Waters, recipient of the Delta Dear of the Year Award. “I’ve been in this region for the better part of five decades, and it warms my heart to see that we’re still leading the way,” said Soror Waters, member of Chester (PA) Alumnae Chapter. Soror Blackwell Lawrence agreed. “It’s always good to see the awesome work of our chapters. While it’s tough to select winners, we know that each chapter is dedicated to delivering exemplary service and programs to help enrich the lives of people living and working in their respective communities.” s BY CHANTA JACKSON Regional Director Rosia Blackwell Lawrence and Regional Representative Indira Ridgeway address delegates attending the Eastern Regional Luncheon. PHOTO BY LORAY BLUE


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