JOURNAL Winter 2017 s ovation of National Headquarters is one of my proudest moments,” said Soror McKinney. “The project was 70 percent complete during the tenure of the previous executive director (and now National President), Soror Beverly E. Smith.” Soror McKinney has been in the trenches growing the Sorority from 460 chapters and only 10 staff members; to over 1,000 chapters and a staff of over 50 employees by the end of her tenure. She has attended every National Convention since 1973 (22), most regional conferences since that time (154) and has been involved, in one way or another, with the planning and implementation of the Sorority’s milestone events – the 75th, 80th, 90th, and Centennial/100th anniversary celebrations – all while standing alongside members of the National Headquarters staff that have graced Delta’s headquarters office over the years. “My greatest accomplishment was having the pleasure to be a part of and work with the ‘Delta Dream Team,’ also known as the National Headquarters staff,” said Soror McKinney. “All the staff members who I have worked with, some for 20-plus years, will hold a special place in my heart. They include: Clara M. Allen, Grace Mack Toler (the General), Ella McNair, Deborah Somerville, Deirdre Shoulars, Gwendolyn Dailey, Garlenda McNair, Carolyn Mc- Crea, Beverly Barnes, and the executive team- Aaisha Rogers, Vida Smith, Patrea Logan, Nicole Lenon Johnson, Nicola Savoy, Regina Locust and Shirley McKenzie. This also includes the staff members who were hired on my watch, which are too many to name.” Additionally, she has served 11 Past National Presidents including working on special projects/assignments with Dr. Dorothy I. Height, 10th National President, Dr. Geraldine P. Woods, 13th National President, and Frankie M. Freeman, Esq., 14th National President. She has provided support to all the Past National Treasurers, beginning with Betty E. Smith; worked with five of the previous executive directors; and worked with numerous boards and committees. “Without a doubt, Soror McKinney was significantly instrumental in my becoming acclimated to the position of National President,” said Dr. Louise Rice, 23rd National President. “If I needed information or clarification, I could always count on Rose’s knowledge bank or research skills. Accordingly, if her presence at a meeting was needed, with or without me, I could always count on her to be there.” “When I was named Executive Director Emeritus I could not find the words. I felt honored and overwhelmed by the kind words expressed to me, about me and the kindness that was shown to me,” said Soror McKinney. “I have been tremendously blessed to have had all the great opportunities the Sorority has afforded me the entire time of my employment. I have met many sorors who have become life friends and built life-long relationships with leaders of NPHC organizations. It has been a pleasure to have served our great Sorority for the past 45 years. I am looking forward to retirement, and if I can be of assistance to the current administration and the new Headquarters management team in anyway, please call upon me. I wish Soror McKinney (FRONT CENTER LEFT) with Dr. Paulette C. Walker, 25th National President, and the National Headquarters staff. PHOTO BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS 5 Soror McKinney’s staff photo in 1972 as comptroller of the organization.
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