ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. May 2005
Xi Mu Zeta Chapter Special Edition
Barbara C. Moore – International Grand Basileus Ira J. Ebbs – Director, Great Lakes Region
Michelle Porter Norman – Director, State of Illinois Connie V. Pugh - Basileus, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter
International History Xi Mu Zeta Chapter History
Xi Mu Zeta was chartered in 1989 with twenty-two
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded women linked by a common goal to support their
January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in community and uphold the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta
Washington, DC by five coeds. These women dared to Sorority, Incorporated. The chapter, seated in
depart from the traditional coalitions for Black women and Markham, Illinois, provides community service
sought to establish a new organization predicated on the throughout Markham, the surrounding suburbs, and
precepts of scholarship, service, sisterhood, and Finer the Chicago area. Honoring its commitment to the
Womanhood. The trail blazed by the Founders has been community, Xi Mu Zeta has formed alliances with
traversed by thousands of women dedicated to the various not-for-profit organizations.
emulations of the objectives and ideals of the Sorority.
Xi Mu Zeta strives for academic excellent among
The Sorority was the first Greek-letter organization to
charter a chapter in Africa; to form adult and youth youth, community empowerment, and the
auxiliary groups – the Amicae, Archonettes, Amicettes, advancement of African-American women. The
and Pearlettes; and to be constitutionally bound to a chapter awards three scholarships annually. The
brother group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Charlene Drake Scholarship is awarded to an
Zeta’s national and local programs include the undergraduate member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
endowment of its National Educational Foundation; The Bonita Woods Scholarship is awarded to a
community outreach services; and support of multiple member of the Archonette auxiliary group. The
affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliary Debbie Gayden-Lavizzo Scholarship is awarded to
groups have given countless hours of voluntary service to a high-school senior in the Harvey/Markham area.
educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, Since its inception, the chapter has awarded over
support organized charities, and promote legislation for $50,000.00 in scholarships.
social and civic change. Xi Mu Zeta Chapter believes in community
A non-profit organization, Zeta Phi Beta is incorporated in involvement among adults, as well as, youth. The
Washington, DC and the state of Illinois. The Sorority is chapter sponsors the Amicettes, Archonettes, and
supported by the dues and gifts of its members. Amicae auxiliaries in order to help accomplish the
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Amicae, Latin for the word friends, is comprised of
women 18 years and older who are active in their
community. Friends of Zeta host social activities and
IN THIS ISSUE … assist Xi Mu Zeta with social and service projects.
1 International History/ Chapter History
Archonettes are young ladies between the ages of
2 Programs and Partnerships 13 and 18 who participate in various activities
preparing them for college and adulthood.
3 Special Edition Highlight - The Stork’s Nest
Amicettes are girls between the ages of 8 and 12. Xi
Mu Zeta strives to build their self-confidence and self-
5 Xi Mu Zeta Chapter Information and Events esteem through social and cultural activities.
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Building on its legacy of community service, Zeta Phi Beta has adopted a
national service program that is viable for the 21st Century, and more
importantly, meets the critical societal needs that we currently face. The
program is Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel (through Mind,
Body, and Spirit). Z-HOPE is a holistic, multidimensional outreach program.
One of the primary goals of Z-HOPE is to enhance, cultivate, and empower
participants to develop health-promoting lifestyle choices in all stages of
As the charitable arm of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter, The Pearl Foundation takes a holistic approach to servicing the
community. The 501 (c) 3 organization exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, service, and sisterly love. Honoring
its commitment to the community, the organization has formed alliances with other not-for-profit organizations,
especially seeking out organizations that demonstrate outstanding compassion and support for women and
children in need. The Pearl Foundation has formed a partnership with Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL. The
Stork’s Nest is a nationally sponsored program in association with the March of Dimes. The purpose of this
program is to provide parenting and prenatal education to young mothers. Additionally, the Foundation provides
funding for signature programs developed by Xi Mu Zeta Chapter to fulfill the demonstrated needs of the
communities at large.
Ingalls Memorial Hospital The Markham Park District Family Rescue Shelter, Inc.
The Salvation Army National Breast Cancer Association Women in NAACP
March of Dimes Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois UNCF
Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago African American Storytellers Association Bottomless Closet
“Holiday Toy Drive” garners enough gifts to make the holidays a little brighter for each child residing at the
Family Rescue Shelter and Transitional Housing Facility, as well as toys for the families of the Adopt-a- Family
“Adopt-a-Family” provides the adopted families with food, staples, and other items needed throughout the
“Girl Power” is a goal setting and career-planning program designed to build self-confidence and competence.
“From A-Z, Zeta Reads” is a program designed to encourage life long reading.
“The Stork’s Nest” is a community-based, prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant woman.
The Stork’s Nest
Stork’s Nest seeks to increase the number of healthy births in communities by increasing the number of lower-
income pregnant women receiving adequate medical care and social services during their pregnancies. It does
this by providing: incentives (clothing and nursery items) for expectant mothers who attend prenatal care visits
early and regularly, which improves the chances of having a healthy birth. Also, by providing opportunities for
pregnant women and their partners to participate in educational programs so they can make informed decisions
related to prenatal health, nutrition, and parenting. And finally, by providing information and referrals to
community resources which meet needs concerning the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and their
Dr. Janice Gantt Kissner: A Torchbearer of a Legacy
By Soror Melissa Durham
While still in her ‘20s, Janice Gantt Kissner became the 17 International
Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 1974 – 1980.
At the time, the wise and energetic Grand Basileus worked as the Director
of Community Services for Women at the March of Dimes. One of her Janice G. Kissner,
objectives as Grand Basileus was to enhance the Better Infant Birth service
17th International Grand Basileus
project – which is presently called the “Stork’s Nest.” At the beginning of
her administration, there were 25 nests. Through her influence with the
March of Dimes, the Stork’s Nest service grew rapidly. At the end of her
administration in 1980, there were 85 Stork’s Nests up and running,
including one in Africa. The primary focus of the service shifted from
providing services to women and their unborn babies to a multifaceted
awareness program with educational components, which consist of
environmental, genetic, and metabolic factors. These factors help raise the
awareness and risks of childbirth. “The Stork’s Nest project will
always be near and dear to my
Soror Kissner’s administration is also responsible for widespread heart. I am proud that Xi Mu
programming and internal strengthening. As a result, Zetadom grew from Zeta has taken on such a
238 chapters to 508 during her six years in office. significant project. Job well
Today, Soror Kissner is semi-retired and writes grants for the Wyatt
Community Center on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. It is a multi-service - Soror Janice Kissner
community center that offers opportunities and resources for all ages. On An interview with Melissa
an average, the center services more that 1,000 people a month. Durham on May 17, 2005
2005 Zeta of the Year: Dr. Tonja Raquel Austin
By Soror Adrienne Turner
Tonja Raquel Morehead was born on October 23, 1972 in the small town of Monroe, Louisiana. At the age of
one, she moved with her mother to California where she received her primary and secondary education. She
completed her undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in 1994, where she received honors in
her major of Biology Premed and graduate honors of Summa Cum Laude. It was also during this time that she
became a member of the illustrious sisterhood of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc in the Fall of 1991. In 1998, Tonja
completed her graduate studies at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
On July 31, 1999, Tonja married the love of her life, Attorney Ronald Austin, Jr. and on February 3, 2001 gave
birth to their beautiful daughter, Dominique Lillian Austin, while completing her residency training. She uplifts her
peers by serving as Xi Mu Zeta Chapter’s Stork's Nest Chair and ministering in the church choir at Victory
Apostolic Church. Her greatest joy comes from the family she and her husband Ron have created. A new family
member, Gabrielle Marie Austin, arrived on May 17, 2005. This future Soror joined us at 9:19 a.m., weighing in
at 6 pounds and 10 ounces; 19 1/2 inches long!
Someone You Should Know … Yvonne Storey
By Soror Tracey A. Gibson-Jackson
Soror Yvonne Storey was recently awarded the Ida B. King Memorial Scholarship at the 71 Annual Great Lakes
Regional Leadership Conference. Yvonne is currently a financial and active member of the Xi Mu Zeta Chapter.
The late, great Soror Ida B. King, originally of Gary, Indiana, was one of the icons of leadership during the
formative years of Zeta Phi Beta’s history. As a lifelong torchbearer, she held several positions on the National
Executive Board including Executive Board Chairman from 1961 to 1970 and 1976 to 1980. Her Zeta career
culminated in receiving “Soror of the Century Award” from then Grand Basileus Soror Janice Kissner in 1980.
She was National Executive Board Chairman Emeritus and Historian until her death in 1989. This scholarship is
in honor of her incomparable legacy.
Soror Yvonne Storey models some of the leadership characteristics of Soror Ida B. King. Soror Storey was
inducted into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. on the campus of Southern Illinois University through Mu Delta Chapter
on March 27, 1981. After graduating, she served two years as graduate advisor to Mu Delta Chapter. She also
served as Grammateus for the state of Illinois. She has worked for the Chicago Public School system as a
school social worker for the past ten years. Yvonne is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Educational
Administration, which will lead to an administrative certificate allowing her to become a Principal or member of a
school administrative staff. Soror Storey realized that in order to do more to help the students achieve their
goals she must be in an administrative position where she can promote and affect change. Upon coming to this
realization, she decided to further her education and pursue a second Master’s Degree. Outside of work,
Yvonne shares her time with her husband, Ardie Storey who is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and
her three sons. The thing that is so amazing about Yvonne is that she is involved in so many different things
while maintaining a 4.0 GPA! She is a true scholar and an excellent example of Finer Womanhood.
In March 2005, Soror Tiana Benney went to Japan for eight days. The flight Zeta goes to …
was 19 hours to get there and 13 hours to return. The entire flight occurred
in daylight. She and her cousin went to visit another family member who was
in a special program called J.E.T. (Japanese Exchange Teacher). Soror
Benney’s cousin paid for the trip as a birthday present. To her delight, the
five hundred American dollars she had for spending money was worth the
Yen equivalent to $54,000! She stayed at her cousin’s home in a small town By Soror Adrienne Turner
called Honda City, but visited other cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Naguaya, and
toured the entire Chita Peninsula. Other tours included Mihama Town- home
of the famous lighthouse; Norma Daibo, which is the historic landmark where
Ninamona-no-Yoshitomo, the leader of the 12th century Genji Clan was
killed; and, Minamichita Town which houses a Buddhist worshipping temple.
Soror Carly Smith was
engaged to Andre Edwards on
Soror Akilah Baker has completed her
Valentine's Day 2005. They
Master’s Degree! intend to wed on October 7,
Reginald Edwards, son of Soror Linda
Edwards, is graduating from Lincoln Park
High School and will attend the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the
Fall of 2005!
Xi Mu Zeta Chapter’s
Xi Mu Zeta Chapter’s
2005 Essence of Zeta Award for Woman of the Year is …
2005 Business Partner of the Year is …
Ingalls Memorial Hospital Joan Millender
Sunday, June 5
Zeta Phi Beta Hosts the Pan Hellenic Council Meeting
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. 5700 South Prairie, Chicago, IL
XI MU ZETA CHAPTER 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. J
P.O. Box 497
Markham, IL 60426
Saturday, June 11
Chicago Cares Service Project
with Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter N
URL: www.ximuzeta89.org Register at www.chicagocares.org
Chapter President Saturday, June 11
Connie V. Pugh Sickle Cell Walk-a-Thon
31st and Lake Shore Drive
Editor Starts at 8:00 a.m. E
Adrienne E. Turner
Saturday, June 12 V
Pan Hellenic of Chicago Greek Barbeque/Olympic Games
87th and Western Ave., Grove 1 E
12:00 p.m. until dusk
Friday, June 17
Connie V. Pugh Pan Hellenic Council of Chicago Partying with a Purpose S
8220 South Western Ave.
9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Xi Mu Zeta Chapter
Welcomes … Who’s Who in Xi Mu Zeta Chapter
Z.S.S. D.E.F.I.A.N.C.E. Z B National Officers
March 12, 2005 Anniversary! Dr. Jylla Moore Foster - 20th International President
Khamilah Baker National Appointees
Tiana Benney Adrienne Vera M. Paul - Past Great Lakes Regional Director
Carolyn Davis Turner Linda Edwards - Past State Director
Melissa Durham Charlene Drake (deceased) - Auditor
May 22, 1992
Janet Bell - State Representative
Charlene Drake (deceased) – Past Registration Chair
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC. Linda Edwards - Past State Representative
Xi Mu Zeta Chapter’s Roster Vera Paul – Past Executive Board Chair, Past Tamias-
Tonja Austin Tanginia May Connie Pugh - Scholarship Chair, ZOL Trainer, Past
Akilah Baker Jylla Moore Foster Nominating Committee Chair
Kamilah Baker Katherine Leslie
Dwanetta Bauer Michelle Morris State Officers
Janet Bell Nonenitt Muhammd-Feazell Janet Bell - Past Tamias-Grammateus
Tiana Benney Vera Paul Charlene Drake (deceased) - Past Tamias
Ida Cheeks Janet Pickett Linda Edwards - Past Epistoleus
Martria Clifton Connie Pugh Vera Paul - Past Executive Board Chair, Past Phylacter
Johnita Clark Kendra Roseboro Connie Pugh - Tamias Grammateus, Past Phylacter
Carolyn Davis Cecelia Sharp Yvonne Storey - Past Grammateus
Melissa Durham Carly Smith
Linda Edwards Yvonne Storey
Tracey Gibson- Adrienne Turner HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Jackson Marion Wallace May 5th – Akilah Baker
Nadine Glover Kimberly Washington May 25th - Yvonne Storey
Cheryl Jackson Monica White May 30th – Kendra Roseboro
Tara Jackson Nicole Williams