Power in Our Voice, Service in Our Heart JOURNAL Winter 2017 s71 dynamic woman of God. She is extremely talented and filled with grace and humility. Her presence was electrifying and we thank her for accepting the 2017 Kuumba Award.” s During the 2017 chapter’s retreat, newly elected president of The Huntsville Alumnae Chapter, Jackie Perry, and vice president, Ovetta Hobson, challenged members with the hashtag #OWNIT by acknowledging individual member accomplishments and their commitment to exemplary public service. In response to the challenge to #OWNIT, chapter members collectively displayed a great show of support by partnering with Huntsville’s Christmas Charities Year Round organization. Over 200 members participated in “Stuff Santa’s Sleigh” by filling the charity van with an abundance of school supplies and providing monetary donations. The outpouring of support was so plentiful that there was a second delivery of school supplies received by the organization. The Huntsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., chartered in 1954, has a rich legacy of providing service throughout the entire county of Madison. The chapter strives to provide quality programs to educate the youth, steer economic development within the community and be at the forefront of social action. s “Oh The Places You’ll Go! Your Path, Your Career,” presented by The Orlando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was an informative career fair held at the Holden Heights Community Center. The event exposed over 200 Central Florida community members to the various career paths. On February 22, 2017, attendees were afforded the opportunity to speak with approximately 25 career professionals. The career fair, which was geared toward students in grades 5-12, helped prompt metacognitive thinking about careers and post- secondary planning, while offering the option to explore the fields of engineering, entertainment, medicine, politics, pharmacy, law enforcement, cosmetology, music, business, health and nutrition, finance, journalism, and much more. “Students typically understand the importance of furthering their education after graduation, however, they may not be sure what path they need to take to reach their individual or educational goals. However, by speaking candidly with professionals on site, families were able to match their children’s skills and interests with different career choices. Many students said they went into the event wanting to purse one career, but left the event with either a renewed sense of how to accomplish that goal or decided upon a completely different path. We didn’t have this when I was growing up and I truly loved this experience, I learned so much about how I can help my kids succeed! It opened a lot of dialogue between us,” one of the teachers shared. The Scholarship Committee also provided hands-on FAFSA assistance to families with students going to a college or university in the upcoming school year. After attending, 2017 graduating seniors now have the opportunity to apply for one of the many scholarships that OACDST has to offer. Last year, more than $10,000 was awarded to over a dozen local youth. Our goal is to truly highlight and initiate educational development among our youth and their families in the Central Florida area. s Members of Prince William County Alumnae Chapter successfully campaigned to rename a middle school in Dale City, Va. in honor of Dr. George M. Hampton, an African-American, philanthropist, community activist and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. HUNTSVILLE ALUMNAE STUFFING THE SLEIGH. PICTURED (L – R): Teresa Patton, Patricia Benson, Rosa Kilpatrick, Jackie Perry, HAC President, Ovetta Hobson, HAC Vice President, Pam Milton, and Mary Kelley stuff the Christmas Charities Year Round Van in Huntsville.
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