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									 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
           The Pearl Press     Southern Region

                                Current News for the Sorors of the                                Volume 6 Issue 2
                                    “Mighty” Southern Region
             Est. 1929
                         Barbara C. Moore, International Grand Basileus
                                                                                                    March 2008
                               Mary B. Wright, Regional Director
                                          Mary B. Wright, Regional Director




Sorors,

        As we near the close of the 2002-2008 administration, I extend greetings to each of you as
the 16th Regional Director of the “Mighty” Southern Region. Since accepting this appointment in
2002, I’ve received prayers, kind words and well wishes from Zetas, Youth and Amicae. I am
honored to lead the greatest region in Zeta. You’ve shown me what true Southern hospitality and
sisterhood really means.

        I personally invite you to attend the 79th Regional Executive Board Meeting and Youth
Retreat. Alpha Chi Zeta is hosting the board meeting at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza, June 12
– 14, 2008, in Beaumont, Texas. A special award and pinning ceremony will be held for all Youth,
and all Zetas with 25+ years of service.

        Thanks to my dynamic trio of state directors – Sorors Crystal Bennett, Donnie Faye Hull
and Kay Jones Rosebure—my three Angels. We were Sorors when we started this team; during this
six-year period we’ve become friends. I cherish the opportunity to have worked with you and I am
forever grateful to see our region grow because of your tireless dedication and commitment. Sorors,
thank you for answering Zeta’s calls and mines too!!

        As a Region, we’ve shared stories and laughed together; we’ve weathered some storms and
cried together. Through it all, we’ve remained resilient; we’ve remained “Mighty.” We’ve chartered
chapters, auxiliaries and youth groups. We implemented SOS, with the help of our Public
Relations Director – Rauchelle Jones, to assist Sorors displaced by hurricanes. We made monetary
donations to Z-HOPE to build water wells in Ghana, West Africa. I offer my gratitude for your help
in moving this region forward.

        My love and sincere appreciation to our International Grand Basileus, Barbara C. Moore, for
allowing me to serve as Southern Regional Director. A special thanks to the three past Grand
Basilei of the Region – Sorors Lullelia Walker Harrison, Isabel Morgan Herson and Dr. Barbara
West Carpenter, the past Regional Directors, and all of the current and past regional executive
board members under this administration. Your invaluable contributions to this region will always
be remembered. And to all Sorors, thank you.

        I look forward to seeing all of you at the last Regional Executive Board Meeting and Youth
Retreat under this administration. May God continue to bless you! Remember, we’re not only
Southern Region proud – we’re Zeta proud!

          Thanks for the Memories,

                   `tÜç
                         Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel through Mind, Body and Spirit
             79th Southern Region Executive Board Meeting
                           and Youth Retreat
                           June 12 – 14, 2008
                            Beaumont, Texas


                                        Tentative Agenda

Thursday, June 12, 2008
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                            Vendor’s Display
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.                            Registration
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.                            Chapter Basilei Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                            Hospitality Hour
7:30 p.m.                                        Night of Performing Arts
                                                   (featuring Soror Terisa Griffin)


Friday, June 13, 2008
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                            Registration
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.                           Vendor’s Display
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.                            Formal Opening Ceremony (Zeta and Youth)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                           Zeta Male Network Gathering/Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                          Business Session I
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                            Thanks for the Memories Luncheon
3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                            Business Session II
                                                 Dinner on your own /youth step show /visit the city


Saturday, June 14, 2008
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                           Vendor’s Display
9:00 a.m.                                        Legacy Inductions and special
                                                    Service Award Pinning Ceremony
11:00 a.m.                                       Brunch




                                               ATTIRE

                                    Business Sessions – Business/Dressy
                                 Evening Activities – Dressy/Semi-formal
                      Legacy Inductions and Service Award Pinning Ceremony - White



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                             REGISTRATION INFORMATION
                                      By May 5                              After May 5 and On-site

 Graduate                             $125.00                                       $140.00
 Undergraduate                         105.00                                        120.00
 Guest/Male Network                    115.00                                        115.00
 Youth Sponsor                         125.00                                        140.00
 Youth                                  85.00                                         95.00


 Regional forms may be downloaded from our Web site: www.zpbsouth.com

                           You will receive the following with your registration*:
                                       Conference Bag and Regional Gift
                                     Admission – Night of Performing Arts
                               Admission - Thanks for the Memories Luncheon
                                        Admission – Opening Session
                               Admission - Business Sessions (ZETAS ONLY)
                                       Admission – Saturday’s Brunch
                                         Admission - Youth Activities


 *LATE REGISTRANTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED THE ABOVE


                                    COME, LET'S CELEBRATE

                               "THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES"

                                          IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS
                                           (JUNE 12-14, 2008)


 Alpha Chi Zeta Chapter, Epsilon Delta Chapter and the Zeta's auxiliaries proudly invite you to participate
 in the celebration of the 79th Southern Regional Executive Board and Youth Retreat to the friendly city of
 Beaumont, Texas. We invite you to register at our finest hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Beaumont
 Plaza, 3950 IH 10 South; Beaumont, Texas (telephone number: 409-842-5995). As part of the good old
 southern hospitality, we want you to enjoy the free parking. The hotel is located near some of the best
 restaurants within walking distant (some even offer delivery service). On the other hand, you might want
 to enjoy a movie in one of the nearby theaters; if so, that is also available within walking distant for some
 people or a short driving distant for others.

 As we roll out the royal blue and white carpet for you, you will find us extending friendly greetings at the
 time of your arrival and by the time of your departure, you will have had a most memorable experience.
 We invite you to take an active part in the celebration of our Regional Theme: "Thanks for the Memories".

 In addition to the enriched business session, the night of the performing arts program on Thursday night,
 Alpha Chi Zeta Chapter is planning a fun evening of activities for sorors, members of Zeta Male Network,
 significant others and guests on Friday night. Tentative plans are being made for the youth to enjoy movie
 night Thursday night. On Friday night, many youth will be in the talent competition & Step Show.

 Let's make this 2008 year a magnificent and memorable year to cherish. We are looking forward to seeing
 all of you here in June. May God provide each of you with his traveling grace.



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                         HOTEL INFORMATION
            HOLIDAY INN BEAUMONT PLAZA
         Room Rate:                    $99.00—Standard and King
                                       $109—Corporate Suite
         Group Code:                   ZPB
         Phone:                        409-842-5995
         Deadline:                     May 20, 2008




           Granddaughters of Founder Viola Tyler Goings
                   will visit the Southern Region




                         Sorors Hill and Hardiman will pin
                         Sorors with 25 and 50 plus years
                         of service to Zeta Phi Beta
                         Sorority, Inc. at a special
                         ceremony during the Regional
                         Board Meeting in Beaumont,
                         Texas. A once in a life time
                         treat that you do not want to
                         miss.
    Soror Deborah Hill                                       Soror Kyra Hardiman


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    THE SOUTHERN REGION MOURNS THE PASSING OF
                     SOROR THELMA YOUNG THOMAS
                                        THOMAS
                            10TH SOUTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR




Thelma Young Thomas, 91, was called to her heavenly reward on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 in Dallas,
Texas. She was born on November 2, 1916, to Josh and Cora Young in LeCompte, Louisiana. She was a
resident of Lake Charles for 65 years before relocating to Dallas due to declining health Thelma was married
to Irving “Dobby” Thomas for 41 years until they were parted by his death. Although they had no children,
they loved and cherished their nieces and nephews and their special time spent with the godson, Elliott.

Thelma’s education included an undergraduate degree from Leland College, Baker, Louisiana; M.A. degree
from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; and 30 hours in counseling and guidance at McNeese
State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Further studies were done at Grambling State University,
Grambling, Louisiana and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

She was employed by the Calcasieu Parish School Board for more than 45 years, serving as an elementary
school counselor before retiring. Although retired, she continued to mentor and guide young people
through her many organizations and volunteer activities.

As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, she was on the first initiated line of Beta Kappa Zeta Chapter (1946)
and held numerous positions, including chapter president and Amicae sponsor. Through prayer and
determination, Thelma Y. Thomas ensured the birth of the first black undergraduate Greek organization in
Lake Charles. Initially faced with outward opposition, apathy and indifference from campus officials, she
forged ahead and Lambda Gamma was chartered as a city chapter in 1966. Due to her persistence, the
doors of McNeese State University’s Greek life were opened to black students and Lambda Gamma City
Chapter became the first black sorority on the campus in 1969. Regionally, she served as Associate
Director, Regional Director and Chairman of the Regional Board. Additionally, she served as National
Second Anti-Basileus, National Director of Public Relations, Chairman of the National Executive Board,
Director of Youth Careers, Chairman of the Trustee Board and Chair of the Capital Campaign.

She held membership in Allocation Panel 2-United Way, Camp Fire Girls Inc., the Women’s Shelter and the
National Council of Christians and Jews. She served as a member of the Team Green, Potter’s House-Home
for Homeless Women and Children, and the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana. She was a
founder of the Doretha Combre Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a charter member of
Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., member of the Calcasieu Parish Unit of Retired Teachers and volunteered for
22 years with the Christus St. Patrick Hospital Auxiliary Cardiac Unit.

She was a faithful member of Evergreen Baptist Church for more than 50 years, she served as a member of
the Sanctuary Choir, women’s Bible class, Jessie L. Hayes Circle and the WMS Department.


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            CHAPTER NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION
ALPHA BETA
Dillard University—New Orleans, Louisiana

           In case you were wondering, Alpha Beta has been very busy. Our members have been participating
in various events even before the school year started. One of our members, Tiombe Asadullah, returned to
Dillard University early to participate in the SOAR Leader program for the incoming new students where our
advisor, Ms. Jacqueline Thomas, was a SOAR Leader Coordinator. Alpha Beta passed out water and assisted
the students as they settled into their dormitories.
           Once the school year began, so did Zeta’s involvement on campus.
On Friday September 7, 2007, Dillard University’s Student Government
Association hosted an “Organizational Fair” in Dillard’s gymnasium from
11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The purpose of the event was for students to come
out and meet the various active organizations on campus. Sorors Tiombe
and Thomas represented Alpha Beta at the table where several items were
displayed and a DVD of our neophyte show was played. They distributed
juices and pamphlets to those who stopped by the table. During
September 10-14, 2007, Dillard University’s Student Government
Association hosted “HBCU Week” on Dillard’s campus. The first day of
HBCU Week, Monday, September 10, 2007 the campus focused on Black
Greek Organizations. Soror Tiombe spoke to a crowd of students where                       Soror Tiombe Asadullah at Dillard University’s
she explained what the founding principles of Zeta were, and the many                      “Organizational Fair”
groups and affiliations associated with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Incorporated. After she spoke, she did a brief step-performance which the crowd enjoyed.
           On October 1, 2007, Alpha Beta hosted an event entitled, “How Crowded is My Bed?” The purpose of
the event was to focus on the Z-HOPE initiative geared towards women. Over 60 students attended the
forum and many were very opinionated about the topic and asked questions. October would soon become a
very eventful month for Alpha Beta. During the week of October 8-12, Dillard students would take
mid-terms, so Alpha Beta decided to have a “So Sweet” Candy Apple and Carmel Apple sale for the students.
Alpha Beta sold apples on October 11th and 12th, and each day the apples would sell out, making it a very
successful fundraiser.
                                                             Every year Alpha Beta participates in the “Trick-or-Treat on
                                                     the Oaks” which is an event where local elementary school students
                                                     come to Dillard and go from table to table collecting candy from
                                                     different organizations. This year the event was held Saturday,
                                                     October 27th from 4 pm-7 pm, and in addition to handing out candy,
                                                     Alpha Beta decided to sell juices and Soror Tiombe painted faces.
                                                     That following week on Halloween, Alpha Beta along with SODEXO
                                                     Dining Services hosted its annual pep-rally during lunch where our
                                                     members planned the menu, passed out candy, and we also had a
                                                     costume contest. Winners of the contest received an iPod, gift
                                                     baskets, and lunch gift certificates.
 Soror T iombe Asadullah and Soror Jacqueline Thomas         November 11-17, 2007 was Homecoming Week on our
 at the “Trick-or-Treat on the Oaks”                 campus. At the coronation ball for Miss Dillard University, Soror
                                                     Tiombe represented Alpha Beta as Miss Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Saturday, November 17, 2007 Dillard University had their Homecoming Basketball Game and we sold
nachos for our chapter. During November 1 - December 7, 2007, Alpha Beta had a toy drive for a local
school we adopted, Live Oak Elementary School. We collected over 150 toys for children age 4-13, and
students who donated received five community service hours per toy. The fall semester was very eventful for
our chapter and its members, and we now look forward to accomplishing even more in the spring!




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ALPHA EPSILON
Texas A&M University at Commerce—Commerce, Texas

        With so many temptations that women in college tend to face, Alpha Epsilon at Texas A&M
University-Commerce found it necessary and quite inspiring to have an event specifically directed to the
ladies of our campus. Over the past few years, A&M-Commerce’s annual rate of pregnancy and sexually
transmitted diseases has been on the rise, and as women of Finer Womanhood and Service, we wanted to
take a step to help educate our fellow young women on how to stay grounded in God on a college campus
filled with temptation and distraction.
        On November 1, 2007, Overseer Tweedy Thomas of “God Is” Ministries
in DeSoto, Texas, blessed A&M-Commerce with not only her presence, but
most importantly her words of inspiration, virtue, and wisdom. The event
featured entertaining musical acts such as gospel music performed by an
A&M-Commerce student, praise dancing by a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and
Delta Sigma Theta, the reciting of Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman,” and
praise and worship by Alpha Epsilon’s own “Zeta Choir” (featuring Amanda
Maxfield, Tiffany Maxfield, Cashundra Jackson, Brittany Piggins, and Nicole
Monroe). The event was graciously catered by Sodexo, featuring a delicious
dinner and desserts.
                                                                                         Overseer Tweedy Thomas
        Overseer Tweedy Thomas based her inspirational message on Proverbs
31:10, “…but who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far more than rubies,” which, as members of
Zeta, was especially inspiring for us as this passage is our sorority’s spiritual verse. Overseer Thomas
stressed the importance of staying grounded in God while facing the many obstacles that being a young,
college woman may bring. She also had a message for the men in attendance, focusing on what qualities to
search for in a virtuous woman, and more importantly, how to treat a virtuous woman.
        As Alpha Epsilon’s first major on-campus event for the semester, the “Virtuous Woman” Banquet
was an overwhelming success. Everyone in attendance not only found entertainment at the event, but more
significantly, they were blessed by the inspiration of a message they had been longing to hear. In fact,
because it was such a success, Alpha Epsilon plans to continue the banquet every fall and make it an
annual event. The Ladies of “Amazing” Alpha Epsilon are definitely on the move!


BETA DELTA
Xavier University of Louisiana— New Orleans, Louisiana

       The Fall of 2007 has been a wonderful time for the BLU-tiful Beta Delta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. This semester Beta Delta as a whole attempted to reach out to our community in a way that
has never been done before. Due to the ramifications of Hurricane Katrina, all of the undergraduate
chapters within the city of New Orleans are small in numbers. However, we know that it is quality and not
quantity that matters. Consequently, the chapters across the city have banded together to support and
further the ideals and principles that our illustrious founders provided for us.
                                                          This semester-- with the support of Upsilon Iota, Iota
                                                  Omicron, and Alpha Beta—we held numerous events,
                                                  including: traveling to Jena, LA in support of the JENA 6 to
                                                  assist with the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in
                                                  the city; and hosting Xavier University of Louisiana’s Annual
                                                  BLUE and WHITE Week which included a Domestic Violence
                                                  Forum, “Sociology 1420: Understanding the Opposite Sex,”
                                                  hosting a basketball game, volunteering at KIPP Believe
                                                  College Preparatory School, giving out cookies and juice to
                                                  our student body members, and fellowshipping with the
                                                  Second Free Mission Baptist Church, where a Xavier
                                                  professor and our Fraternity brother serves as Pastor. We
                                                  participated in a Unity Step Show with Tulane University


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(Iota Omicron City Chapter) in which the organizations came together to show a united front. Additionally,
we participated in the United Negro College Fund Walk, Area VI Workshop, “Floating Friday’s,” and many
other activities.
        In the midst of these activity, Beta Delta underwent
membership intake process, bringing 3 new Sorors into the
organization: Martina Isaac (Sr, Speech Pathology Major),
Christina Roberts (Sr, Speech Pathology Major), and Anita
Madison (Soph, Biology/Premed major). On November 3, 2007
the young ladies participated in Xavier University of Louisiana
Neophyte Show, the official “probate” for the University, where
regional officers were present. After the show the Regional
Director, Soror Mary Breaux Wright, presented them with
sorority pins to culminate their hard work. Beta Delta
members were active in planning the show, with two members
heading the committee, Sorors Letitia Hopkins and Gwenevere Weatherspoon.
        The school involvement, however, does not stop there. Soror Natalie Clark serves as a “Miss Junior”
for the University. Although small in number, Beta Delta members hold two positions in the National Pan-
Hellenic Council of Xavier University. Soror Federica Williams (Undergraduate Member-at-Large for the
Mighty Southern Region) serves as the First Vice President and Soror Letitia Hopkins serves as the recording
secretary. Sorors Hopkins and Weatherspoon also spearheaded a unity step show at the University in
support for World AIDS Day. On November 31, 2007, the National Pan Hellenic Council, BET, and Xavier
University’s Health and Wellness Center provided food and information to the student body about AIDS and
HIV Awareness and Prevention. On campus we also volunteered with the Upward Bound Program, assisting
a former Beta Delta member, Soror Areah Rodgers-Bocage, in the effort to help high school students with
their future endeavors.
        We have worked diligently in the last few months to display the ideals of scholarship, service, sisterly
love, and Finer Womanhood to our student body and to our community. Our work is just beginning, and
Spring 2008 will bring a myriad of other services, activities, and fun.




         Soror Natalie Clark, a member of Beta Delta at Xavier University was crowned Miss Junior during
the fall 2007 coronation of Miss Xavier at the Riverside Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana on November
2, 2007.
         Clark serves as secretary of the Beta Delta and is a first year pharmacy student. She plans to work
as a retail pharmacist after graduation. Clark is the daughter of Soror Evangelynn Clark of Mu Zeta.




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CHI DELTA
Texas Woman’s University—Denton, Texas

       Chi Delta had a great semester filled community service.
They accomplished several community activities this past year
such including the Juvenile Diabetes Walk in Dallas,
volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank every month, and
organizing a can food drive for Thanksgiving. They also hosted
Finer Womanhood Week on September 16-20, kicking the week
                       off with church at Morse St. Baptist
                       Church. The next day Chi Delta hosted
                       “Oh Drama,” a Z-HOPE activity that
                       emphasized sex awareness. Tuesday was
                       Bowling with the Zetas, and to end the
                       week off, they held a spirit filled Gospel Fest.
                               Chi Delta will also like to welcome their newest member, Soror Annber
                       Jackson. She will work to continue the Chi Delta tradition of excelling in Service,
                       Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. The Intake Coordinator and
                       Membership Committee would like to thank everyone that helped to make this
                       Membership Intake Process a very successful one. Also, a special thanks to our two
                       advisors: Clarice Black and Cornelia Hicks.


LAMBDA ETA
Sam Houston State University—Huntsville, Texas

         The "Illustrious" Lambda Eta Chapter at Sam Houston State University started its fall 2007 semester
with high energy, ready to capture the lives of the students at
the university and the Huntsville community. Lambda Eta
first started off the semester with seven new additions that
were inducted in the previous semester that would play a
major part in a successful semester. The seven ladies are:
Ashley Berard, Grace Ekeke, Shenequa Butler, Demetra Lee,
Tameika Rollins, LaTanya Winter, and Whitney Adams.
         Lambda Eta discovered that it should combine ideas
for programming with the other three sororities in the Divine
Nine, with the help of its National Pan-Hellenic Council
advisor. The first in a series of programs would be with the
ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, a
program entitled a Royal Start. This program was designed to
enlighten new students about the issues they could face while
attending the university and how they can handle the issues      The Ladies of Lambda Eta
the right and the wrong way. The next organization that
Lambda Eta co-sponsored with was the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The program
was entitled “Dress Your Personal Best,” and it was designed to inform Sam Houston students on how they
should present themselves in the work world as well as their everyday lives. The last of the series would be
with the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; this program was entitled “Face Reality:
Unmasking the Truth of Your Relationships:- Is it Healthy or Not?” This program was designed to discuss
and inform students on relationship issues that they may face as young and older adults, how they can deal
with the issues and when the relationship should end.
         In addition to the co-sponsored programs Lambda Eta played a heavy role in, we wanted to further
brand our name on the campus for the fall semester. In those efforts Lambda Eta decided upon five
programs from the Z-HOPE catalog that we felt would be most beneficial to the community and its


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students. Those programs were: “Self Defense for the Elderly,” “More than the Monday Blues,” “Safe Dating,”
“Is a Good Mate Hard to Find?” “Mirrorless Monday,” and Breast Cancer Awareness. For community
service, our main focus was the youth. For special occasions, such has Thanksgiving and Christmas, we
had special parties for the kids. The local newspaper recognized Lambda Eta for donating many toys and
supplies to the community center. We are also helping the local high school by teaching a step routine to
perform during Black History month. All of these programs have had at least one guest speaker that would
enlighten the audience on the topics of each program. In additions to these programs, Lambda Eta also
represented itself in the universities annual step show called Smokers Rush that is designed to showcase
the student body what members of the Divine Nine are about on the campus and the creativity that each
organization brings in the form of stepping, strutting, and chants. Lambda Eta strives daily to uphold each
principle that our precious Founders have set forth. Lambda Eta ended the semester with three graduates
that will be greatly missed. We would like to thank each one of them for there hard work and dedication to
Lambda Eta.
        Lambda Eta was founded April 30, 1976 by ten lovely ladies known as the Chain of Togetherness. Of
the 31 years since its chartering date, approximately 150+ ladies have entered into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Incorporated through Lambda Eta. We prides ourselves on being the undergraduate chapter that has
consecutively won first place in the most Z-HOPE programs completed for the past two Boulé conventions.
        We have many upcoming Z-HOPE programs along with our Finer Womanhood Week which will be
held during the week of March 2 – 7, 2008. The week will include our 2nd Annual Cat Walk, our 1st Annual
Ebony and Ivory step show and our community service project. Some of the Z-HOPE programs will also
include Living Outside the Plastic Barbie Doll and The Kryptonite of a Race.


LAMBDA GAMMA
McNeese State University—Lake Charles, Louisiana

        The ladies of Lambda Gamma and Beta Kappa Zeta hated to
say goodbye to our beloved Soror Thelma Y. Thomas. Not only has
she paved the way for us, she will continue to be a leading legacy!
Soror Thomas held several positions on the local and regional levels
including: the first initiates in 1946 for Beta Kappa Zeta; Basileus
of Beta Kappa Zeta (in addition to other offices); Advisor Emeritus
for Lambda Gamma; Southern Regional Director, Southern Region
Public Relations Director; Southern Region Board Chair and
Associate Director for Louisiana. She also headed many community
organizations as well. Soror Thelma Thomas will be truly missed by
all.
               Lambda Gamma has been on the ball! We were
honored to participate in the Lake Charles Poor Pony Festival by
putting on a short step routine which the audience loved. We then participated in the McNeese Step
                                     Show: "Watch My Shoes," which we won overall plus $1500! That win lead
                                     us into Zeta Week: Mission Complete! The week consisted of: "How
                                     Crowded is my Bed," Breakfast with the Zetas (we provided McDonald’s
                                     Breakfast to the campus for $1), Hotlink dinners/Informational, and a
                                     Mary Kay party given by one of our very own Sorors! Lambda Gamma also
                                     donated to the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity clothing/food drive and also
                                     joined with Americorp to collect donations for a Thanksgiving food drive.
                                             Congratulations to our graduates: Krystal Bargeman (former
                                     President), Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Joi Thomas (former
                                     Secretary), Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance; and
                                     Shamira Joseph (former Parliamentarian), Bachelor of Science in Family
                                     and Consumer Science. We look to Lakelia Hills, our newly elected
                                     President, to keep Lambda Gamma going strong!


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RHO
Southern Methodist University—Dallas, Texas

          The “Ravishing” Rho Chapter started the year off by participating in Southern Methodist University’s
                                      Greek Forum on Sept. 10th. Rho hosted two events at SMU and the
                                      University of Texas at Dallas: “What is a Zeta?” and an “Interest
                                      Meeting.” On November 10, 2007 Rho completed MIP, ushering in a
                                      new era.
                                             Congratulations to Rho’s newest additions: Saren Williams,
                                      Chauncey Parks, and Mallory Williams. Collectively they are known as
                                      “The Trinity.” On November 26th, Rho hosted a “Coming Out Show” at
                                      SMU in the Hughes Trigg Building.


 (L-R) Dominique King (Advisor), Jennifer Jones
 Jackson (Co-Advisor), Saren Williams, Chauncey
 Parks, Mallory Williams, Nicole Dubois - 3rd Anti
 Basileus - Kappa Zeta



                                                     (L-R) Michelle Joubert (1st Anti-Basileus - Kappa
                                                     Zeta), Dominique King (Advisor), Saren Williams,
                                                     Chauncey Parks, Mallory Williams, Jennifer Jones-
                                                     Jackson (Co-Advisor).

RHO DELTA
University of North Texas—Denton, Texas

        The “Devastating” Rho Delta chapter has been working diligently to provide the University of North
Texas with more enlightening programs and events. Since the intake of the Spring 2007 class, we have
implemented two new initiatives to provide the student body more information on diseases that are common
to the African American community. Early in September, Rho Delta held the “Phrozen Kitty Classic” in
conjunction with the “Notorious” Eta Epsilon of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The car wash was a
cooperative effort to raise funds for the Otis Udeubor Memorial fund and raise awareness about Sickle Cell
Anemia. Over a four hour period, we were able to raise $620, all of which was donated to the Sickle Cell
Awareness Fund. The second new program, the Blue and White Health Initiative, was also introduced to the
student body to inform them of preventive methods and symptoms of breast cancer, sickle cell, and self
defense tactics. This ongoing program will continue into the spring semester with a focus on stress
prevention and fitness/nutrition techniques.
        During the annual Sorority Showcase event hosted by NPHC, we were able to give over 30 young
ladies the chance to learn what Zeta Phi Beta is
truly about. The members of Rho Delta welcomed
the girls with a 70s inspired dance followed by a
powerful poem about what it means to be a Finer
Woman of the Dove. After a brief history of their
beloved organization, the attendees were given
the chance to interact and mingle with each other
as well as each of the members.
        Rho Delta was also excited to celebrate its
35th year on the University of North Texas
campus. The celebration was held over
homecoming weekend, October 26th and 27th, and
began with a mixer that Friday evening. Saturday
                                                     Past and present members of Rho Delta at the University of North Texas’
morning began with a breakfast where we              Homecoming Festivities



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honored our charter members and had the opportunity to learn more about our chapter history. Each
member of Rho Delta was recognized for their service to Zeta Phi Beta and also took part in a scavenger
hunt that kept everyone abreast of the campus and its buildings. That afternoon finished off the festivities
as we tailgated in preparation for the homecoming game.
        On November 20th, Rho Delta hosted their 12th annual Ebony Man Scholarship Pageant: All that
Jazz: Search for the Urban Renaissance Man. This year they were able to give out $1,500 in scholarships to
three deserving young men: first place, Elton Jones II; second place, Marcedes M. Fuller; third place,
Johnathane Gaffney. In addition to their annual programs and events, the chapter participates in ongoing
community service with the Nelson Center serving as mentors to the young girls and boys who reside within
the home. The residents were able to learn ways to avoid conflict by Officer Arrington of the North Texas
Police Department by participating in role play. The students were able to learn preventive methods and
interact with the members of the chapter as well as our Ebony Man pageant contestants.
        One of their most exciting moments included the addition of six new ladies into our sisterhood:
                                                    Veronica Cornett, D’andre Johnson, Jessica Walker,
                                                    Adrienne Edwards, Shayna Champion, and Danielle
                                                    Cooper. We are excited to have such a wonderful
                                                    addition to the organization and are looking forward to a
                                                    prosperous new semester. Rho Delta is proud to boast
                                                    that it is home to the “Mighty” Southern Region’s 2006 –
                                                    2007 Undergraduate of the Year, Soror Xaviera Lofton as
                                                    well as the recipient of Kappa Zeta’s Highest New
                                                    Member GPA award (Spring 2007) Soror Tracey Nweze.


TAU IOTA
University of Texas at El Paso—El Paso, Texas

        Throughout the 2007, Tau Iota has achieved many of their goals. From the beginning to the end, Tau
Iota has succeeded and is still striving for the best. Collecting over
$400 for March of Dimes and dominating the University of Texas
at El Paso Step Show for the second year in the row, Tau Iota has
more than made a name for themselves on the UTEP campus.
        Tau Iota is known for its involvement with United Blood
Services by hosting Blood Drives on the UTEP campus regularly.
Tau Iota has also completed many community service hours and
numerous projects, which allowed them to be named UTEP’s
Organization of the Month for December. In November, Tau Iota
donated 5 turkey Thanksgiving baskets and 25 Thanksgiving
cards to the Women’s of the El Paso Battered Women's Shelter,
which benefit over 25 women and their children. Tau Iota also Co-
Sponsored a Health Fair on November 13, 2007 where more than
150 students, faculty, and staff members were able to receive
information on things like blood pressure to diabetes, and had a       Tau Iota winning the 2007 Step Show, with the
chance to participate in a Hula Hoop Contest. In December, Tau         help of Eta Iota Zeta and Iota Gamma Zeta.
Iota participated in the Secret Santa Program put on by the
Women's Resource Center at UTEP. They were able to donate Christmas presents to over 20 children
throughout the community who might have not received anything at all. The Lovely Ladies of the Tau Iota
have not only met their criteria for Z-HOPE Projects but completed more than seven, which include teaching
young girls and boys how to step, donating jackets to community members, and participating in Project
Angel Food with Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande.
        While committing themselves to the community they have added three new additions this year,
making us six strong, whom we would love to congratulate: Sorors Jamie Boykins, Isela Ruiz, and Chelsey
Williams. We know these women will continue the tradition of hard work and dedication to our principles of


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Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and most importantly Finer
Womanhood.
         Tau Iota would like to send our appreciation to Soror Mary Wright,
Regional Director and Soror Crystal Bennett, West Texas State Director, for
all the love and support they showed at the Area Workshop at the UTEP
campus, and for giving us the knowledge and the power to keep striving for
the best and never settling for less.



ALPHA GAMMA ZETA
New Orleans, Louisiana

         Alpha Gamma Zeta, under the leadership of Soror Jennie Curry attended the Regional Conference in
Fort Worth, Texas on May 31- June 2, 2007. Soror Mary Carter, advisor for Upsilon Iota on the campus of
the University of New Orleans, received the Undergraduate Advisor of the Year award. Alpha Gamma Zeta
was also recognized for participating in the Z-Pack It Up regional project. Members of the Zeta Youth
Academy participated in the retreat activities and received numerous awards including the group traveling
the farthest distance, basketball competition, oral recitation, and the step show. This is always a rewarding
experience for our youth.
         Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is one of
our many community outreach events that we are passionate about. During the months of August and
                                              September, Sorors M. Bell, M. Carter, L. Chopin, E. Davis, N.
                                              James, A. Morrison, E. Peterson, G. Sawyer and L. York
                                              volunteered to help at the annual kickoff breakfast held at the
                                              Audubon Tea Room, and also worked the registration booth at
                                              the 5-K Walk held in Audubon Park on September 29, 2007.
                                              Sorors E. Davis and M. Carter represented the chapter in the 5-
                                              K Walk. We believe that HOPE starts with US.
                                                      Alpha Gamma Zeta celebrated the Prematurity
                                              Awareness Sunday Program during worship services at several
                                              churches in the New Orleans area in November. The chapter
                                              along with Upsilon Iota of the University of New Orleans hosted
                                              the Area VI Workshop held at UNO November 3, 2007. It was
                                              well attended and a wealth of information was disseminated.
                                              We participated with other Sorors in the Area Workshop 2007
Community Initiative: Z-Pack It Up in which two schools in the New Orleans area received many supplies
that were needed. Fannie C. Williams (Orleans Parish) and Woodland West (Jefferson Parish) Elementary
Schools were very grateful for these supplies. We also participated in the Area Workshop 2007 State
Initiative: Operation Iraqi Freedom in which Sorors in Iraq will receive food, practical items, and just for fun
items.
         The December meeting was filled with festivities. Members participated in a gift exchange, and
enjoyed a wonderful meal planned by the December hostess group. The membership committee has been
actively focusing on retention and reclamation efforts this year. The membership committee held its first
Invitational/Informational on December 8, 2007. This event was a huge success. Many acquaintances were
renewed and others have expressed an interest to become a part of the Blue and White family. Our speaker
for the afternoon was Soror Elaine Davis who delivered an inspirational message that reenergized us. If you
weren’t a Zeta before, after hearing the message you definitely would want to become a Zeta. The
membership committee, chaired by Soror Linda York did a fantastic job with this event.
         Alpha Gamma Zeta has planned to observe Founders’ Day at the January meeting with a program
honoring our founders, as well as a worship service on January 13, 2008 at the New Hope Baptist Church
in Gretna, followed by a luncheon at a nearby restaurant.
         The Zeta Youth Academy, under the leadership of Soror Evelyn Peterson, has actively participated in


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many activities. The Zeta Youth Academy kicked off the
year with a very rewarding Etiquette workshop held at
Piccadilly Restaurant. One of our former ZYA members,
Angelika Chopin served as the presenter. The young people
were involved in many activities planned for that morning,
and enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast. In November, the
youth took a ride on the ferry and visited the French Market
and Jax Brewery, enjoying the sites and a special treat of
beignets and milk at Café Du Monde. During the month of
December, the ZYA delivered stuffed animals to children in
West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, LA, and spent the rest                                                        of
the afternoon enjoying a Christmas lunch. The youth are
actively preparing to attend the Youth Retreat in Beaumont,
Texas this upcoming summer.


ALPHA KAPPA ZETA
Austin, Texas

        The ladies of Alpha Kappa Zeta are maintaining business as usual and focusing on Sisterhood through
Retention, Reclamation and Recruitment for the fall. Led by Soror Crystal Bennett, efforts at sisterhood
included: increased time for fellowship after meetings, personal and meaningful contact with known inactive
Sorors in the Austin area, and maintaining contact with ladies interested in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. For
the holidays, Sorors acted as Secret Pals and exchanged gifts. However, the secret pals were not revealed at
this time. Sorors were encouraged to keep giving throughout the sorority year to their pal.
        Alpha Kappa Zeta sponsored a family at Thanksgiving. The family received a turkey and all the
                                               trimmings that make for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. The
                                               chapter also hosted its annual Christmas Party for Children at
                                               the Zeta Cultural Corner for Austin Independent School District
                                               students. The children received gifts and were treated to
                                               refreshments and games.
                                                       Alpha Kappa Zeta looks forward to 2008 and continuing
                                               to serve the Austin community. Planned events are the
                                               Founders Day Program, MLK Traveling Display exhibition, Finer
                                               Womanhood celebration, Awards and Scholarship Program and
                                               the Easter Party for Children.



ALPHA PI ZETA
San Antonio, Texas

Upcoming Events:
January 16, 2008             88th Birthday of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
January 20, 2008             MLK Wreath-laying Ceremony
January 21, 2008             MLK March
February 22-24, 2008         Undergraduate Leadership Retreat
March 8, 2008                Blue Revue Scholarship Pageant
April 19, 2008               Zeta Fiesta Track Meet
April 22, 2008               National Pan Hellenic Council Meeting – Local Zeta chapter host
May 17, 2008                 Annual March for Babies
June 12-14, 2008             Southern Regional Executive Board Meeting
June 29-July 3, 2008         Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Boulé in Las Vegas, Nevada


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BETA KAPPA ZETA
Lake Charles, Louisiana

      As the 2007-2008 sorority year came in, Beta Kappa Zeta , under the leadership of Soror Hattie F.
White, charged ahead and made great strides in fulfilling our National theme, Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping
Other People Excel. Some of the accomplishments are:

July:
   • Completed a Z-HOPE ( Stork's Nest) activity at SWLA Center for Health Services
August:
   • Held the annual chapter workshop with the National theme, Z-HOPE and chapter theme entitled
      Teaming: Shooting Three Pointers for Sisterly Support and Community Service. Workshop topics
      included How Do I Communicate? and the 3 R’s: Recruitment, Reclamation, and Retention patterned
      after the Regional Basilei workshop and goals.
   • Held the Z-HOPE Blue Revue Voter Registration/Preparing for an Interview clinic for the 2007
      Debutantes and Beaus
September:
   •    Held the Z-HOPE clinic, Resume Writing/Scholarship Program for the 2007 Debutantes and Beaus
   •    Four Sorors and one Amicae traveled to Monroe, LA to attend the Area V Workshop
   •    Held an Attire/ Preparing Cotillion Ad Booklet clinic for the Debutantes and Beaus
   •    Held a Z-HOPE (Stork's Nest) program on Relaxation with the SWLA Center for Health Services
October:
   • Held a Z-HOPE Blue Revue project on Dining Etiquette
   • Purchased a table at the Sisters Surviving's Pink Gala to support Breast Cancer Awareness
   • Celebrated Zeta Amicae Founder's Day with the Amicae Auxiliary at New Covenant Faith Baptist
      Church for church service and then a luncheon
   • Purchased a brick for National Capitol Campaign Breezeway
November:
   • Attended the Area VI Workshop in New Orleans at the University of New Orleans and donated school
      supplies to Project Zeta Cares (Z-Pack It Up) and personal and food items for our Sorors in the
      military in Iraq
   • Collaborated with SWLA Center for Health Services with Z-HOPE Stork's Nest activity.
   • Zetas and Archonettes participated and donated to the American Heart Association Heart Walk
   • Volunteered at Abraham's Tent, a feeding center for homeless and economically, deprived clients, on
      Veteran's Day. Zetas, Archonettes, Debutantes, Beaus, Belles, and Escorts participated.
   • Zetas and Zeta Amicae observed Prematurity Awareness Sunday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church
      and Sacred Heart Catholic Church
   • Beta Kappa Zeta’s hearts were saddened by the death of our
      beloved Soror Thelma Y. Thomas, 10th Director of the Southern
      Region. Burial Service was conducted at Evergreen Baptist
      Church. Soror Wright, Regional Director, was with us to offer
      comfort and encouragement. National First Anti-Basileus Cheryl
      Williams attended the funeral service and offered added support
      for us.
December:
   • Presented sixteen Debutantes and three Beaus to society at the
      46th Annual Cotillion entitled Celebrating Youth: Our Crown
      Jewels. Debutante Kayla Guidry, Archonette president and
      daughter of Honorable Kevin Guidry and Soror Michelle Guidry,
      was crowned Miss Debutante. Kevin Gasaway, Jr., son of Dena
      Jourdan and Kevin Gasaway, Sr., was crowned Mr. Beau.
   • Dedicated the 46th Cotillion to Soror Thelma Y. Thomas and           Miss Debutante Kayla Guidry and Mr. Beau Kevin
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      Soror Nancy B. Shepard, Ph.D. Soror Shepard was presented the first Thelma Y. Thomas Award for a
      Soror for her many contributions to the sorority and contribution to the Performing Arts in
      choreographing the Cotillion waltz for more than twenty years.
    • Attended and supported the Undergraduates (Lambda Gamma) Z-HOPE reading activity in Soror
      Malinda Stevens' class at Pearl Watson Elementary just before Christmas where undergraduate Sigma
      Brothers helped.


EPSILON ALPHA ZETA
Grambling, Louisiana

       Epsilon Alpha Zeta of Grambling, Louisiana hosted seven seminars for expecting parents. Soror
Flournoy led these seven seminars, which included: Stork’s Nest and You, Keeping Yourself Healthy, Eating
                                     for Two, The No’s of Pregnancy, Warning Signs: What to Watch For,
                                     The Big Day and Caring for Your Baby, in order to alert expecting
                                     parents of the dangers of premature and/or underweight birthing of
                                     newborn babies. They targeted expecting parents, not just mothers,
                                     to stress the importance that fathers have babies too and they too
                                     need to the about how to take care of the baby before and after the
                                     birth. Stork’s Nest in connection with March of Dime gave layettes to
                                     the couples or mothers that attended all seven seminars. The layettes
                                     consisted of major clothing the mother and the baby needs to take to
                                     the hospital such as: a receiving blanket, diapers, bottles, sleepers
                                     and other under and outer wear. And a big addition to the layettes
                                     that were received was a car seat so the parents would be able to
                                     leave the hospital with their new addition.


GAMMA KAPPA ZETA
Texarkana, Texas

        Gamma Kappa Zeta kicked off the school year in August with “Zeta Goes to School.” Led by
Chairperson Soror Barbara Larry we were able to donate over 60 pair of shoes and socks to needy children
in the City. In September, Sorors continued their act of service by volunteering for the third year for the
annual Quadrangle Festival in downtown Texarkana. Everyone enjoyed the day of fun. In October, we held
the Area III Retreat. Over sixty Sorors attended this first time event held in Texarkana. Regional Director
Mary Wright, East Texas State Director Kay Rosebure, West Texas State Director Crystal Bennett and
Louisiana State Director Donnie Faye Hull along with our own Area III Coordinator Annette Forte provided
the attendees with valuable information.
        In November, members of Gamma Kappa Zeta came out in numbers as one of our own was honored
by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Soror Teretha Harper received an award at their Founders’ Day Celebration.
President Lillie Young presented her with a token of love from the chapter. In
December, we distributed food baskets to the needy and under Soror Barbara Larry’s
direction provided hats and gloves to students at Theron Jones Early Literacy Center
where Soror Jennell Ingram is principal.

Gamma Kappa Zeta is getting ready for 2008, which promises to be even better.
Upcoming events include:
January
African American Voice held at the Regional Arts Center. Soror Teretha Harper is
Chairperson for the City Wide event Zeta Committee Members include, Lillie Young,
Donna Chatman, and Maxine Crittenden.                                                   Omega Psi Phi Honoree, Dr.
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Founders’ Day at the FCI Building, Soror Annette Forte is the
Chairperson and it promises to be a fun evening

February
Tribute to African American Women under the direction of Soror Lillie
Young will be the finest in the city.

March
Finer Women Celebration, Soror Edna Shepard is the Chairperson and
preparations are being made to make this a memorable Celebration.

April
Fourth Annual Youth Leadership Conference will be held at the South      (L-R) Maxine Crittenden, Jennell Ingram, Jo Ann
                                                                         Rice, and Annette Forte
West Center. Soror Teretha Harper and Soror Jennell Ingram will be co-
chairing this citywide event.


GAMMA OMEGA ZETA
Houston, Texas

        Members of Gamma Omega Zeta, under the Leadership of Basileus Brenda Waddell, attended
the Regional Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on May 31 - June 2, 2007. Members of the Youth Auxilaries
participated in the Youth Retreat activities and received numerous awards. Gamma Omega Zeta was also
recognized for purchasing water well in Africa. Members attending the Regional Conference included Sorors
Brenda Waddell, Sylvia Fitch, Hattie Marshall, Sylvia Ridgely, Cynthia Ridgely, Cutee Hudson, Mary Evans,
Sally Wickers, Fatiyauh Jones, Kenisha Solomon, Gwendolyn Robinson, Sandra Phillips, Margrett
Tolbert, Nakishee McGee, Bertina Walker, Danziola Johnson, Betty Davis and Erma Evans.
        The National Pan Hellenic Council Dinner Meeting was held on June 11, 2007 and was attended by
Council Representatives Sylvia Ridgely and Nakishee McGee. Other chapter members in attendance were
Sorors Brenda Waddell, Sylvia Fitch, Hattie Marshall, Danziola Johnson, Jenetta Thompson, Gwendolyn
Robinson, Irene Solomon, and Sandra Phillips.
        Gamma Omega Zeta members participated in various activities during the Amicae Regional
Workshop held June 21-23, 2007 at the Marriott Houston Hobby Airport Hotel. Members attending activities
included Sorors Sylvia Ridgely, Sylvia Fitch, Margrett Tolbert, Danziola Johnson, Mary Evans, and Bertina
Walker. Members of the Executive Board met in July and August to finalize activities for the upcoming
Sorority year. The Executive Board Chairperson is Soror Sylvia Fitch.
        During the first regular Sorority meeting on Saturday, September 8, 2007, chapter members were
deputized to register voters in Harris County. On Saturday, September 29, 2007, Gamma Omega Zeta
sponsored a Voters Registration Drive at Northwest Mall. Sorors of Gamma Omega Zeta registered over 75
individuals. Participating registrars included Sorors Hattie Marshall, Sylvia Fitch, Cutee Hudson, Danziola
Johnson, Sabrina Baker, and Gwendolyn Robinson.
        On November 9-10, 2007, Sorors attended the East Texas Area IV Leadership Retreat at Columbus
Lakes Retreat in West Columbia, Texas. We received valuable information during the sessions. Special
thanks to Sorors Mary Wright, Kay Rosebure, and Adeaner Jiles for a job well done. Chapter members
attending the retreat included: Sorors Brenda Waddell, Sally Wickers, Margrett Tolbert, Nakishee McGee,
Cutee Hudson, Sylvia Fitch, Hattie Marshall, Fatiyauh Jones, Kenisisha Solomon, Lillian McGee, Karen
Fields, Erma Evans, Bertina Walker, Ava Killebrew, Sandra Phillips, and Gwendolyn Robinson.
        Gamma Omega Zeta shared information during Sunday worship services for Zeta Prematurity
Awareness Sunday. Presenters included Sorors Sylvia Fitch, Rosetta Davis, and Hattie Marshall. During the
month of December, Sorors participated in the Breakfast with Santa Activities sponsored by the National
Pan Hellenic Council of Houston. Breakfast with Santa is an opportunity to share a delicious breakfast and
toys with disadvantaged boys and girls. Pan Hellenic Council representatives Sorors Sylvia Ridgely
and Nakisha McGee were excellent Santa helpers with Sorors Sally Wickers, Mary Evans, Margrett


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Tolbert, Sandra Phillips, and Betty Davis.
         Gamma Omega Zeta’s Z-HOPE activities are targeting the Youth, Women, and International
Women. Our Z-HOPE projects have included: Contribution to Z-Pack It Up during the Area IV Community
Initiative, Donating Personal Care Items, Prematurity Awareness, and Kwanzaa.
         Gamma Omega Zeta serves as the sponsor for the Beta Lambda at the University of Houston -
Downtown. Hats off to Soror Nakishee McGee, Undergraduate Advisor, and her committee for providing
excellent leadership to our undergraduates. Hats off to Soror Sally Wickers, Youth Groups Coordinator, and
her committee for providing leadership to our youth groups.


KAPPA ZETA
Dallas, Texas
                   “Touting Our Tenets, Lifting Our Legacy, Framing Our Future…”

        That is the theme for our 2007-2009 sororial years underneath the leadership of Soror Rhetta
Washington McCoy. The 2007-2008 year started in August with a weekend chapter retreat. More than 30
Sorors gathered at the Lakeview Conference Center in Waxahachie, TX to “Pamper, Plan and Praise.” Sorors
attended workshops that included team building activities, membership intake and leadership training. On
August 26th, Kappa Zeta hosted its annual “Popcorn Social” on the campus of Southern Methodist
University. This event is an interest meeting for its youth auxiliaries. A record breaking number of young
ladies attended the event.
        No stranger to hard work, on September 8th Kappa Zeta hosted its annual Undergraduate Summit at
Texas Women’s University for its five undergraduate chapters: Rho, Rho Delta, Chi Delta, Tau Beta and
Alpha Epsilon. Workshops covered various topics such as membership intake, hazing, public relations, Zeta
image and leadership training. During the month of September, Sorors also volunteered at the Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc. 2007 Sickle Cell Walk-A-Thon held at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas and hosted
its 2nd annual wine tasting entitled
“A Taste of Blue” at the African
American History Museum in the
Fair Park. More than 100 people
attended the event. Proceeds from
this event went to support Sickle
Cell and Juvenile Diabetes
research. Radio personalities from
KRNB 105.7 provided free publicity
throughout the night. On
September 29th Kappa Zeta, along
with its five sponsored
undergraduate chapters, gathered
                                       Plan, Pamper, and Praise - Annual Chapter Retreat
in Victory Park and volunteered at
the 2007 Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation Walk.
        The month of October was equally rewarding as Kappa Zeta dubbed Oct 16th “Zeta Day at the Fair“
and a sea of blue and white filled the Fair Park for some Blue and White social time. During October, Sorors
also participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk at North Park Mall in North Dallas.
Sorors raised $565.00 through donations and pledges.
        In conjunction with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, La Sima Foundation, and the
American Cancer Society, Kappa Zeta hosted three Z-HOPE programs for women recently paroled from
prison. These programs included “Love Should Not Hurt,” “How Crowded is My Bed?” and “You've Got The
Power To Decrease The Odds Against The Top Diseases that Affect Women.”
        On November 11th, Kappa Zeta celebrated Prematurity Awareness Sunday at Concord Baptist
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Good Gospel Outreach Church, Lambuth United Methodist
Church, Aletheia Temple Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church,
Lake Point Church and the St. Paul Baptist Church.
        Kappa Zeta began the month of December with their 2nd
annual Masquerade Ball & Silent Auction at the Radisson Hotel
in North Dallas. Proceeds from this event benefited the Stork’s
Nest Charity Fund of Dallas. Festive attire and stylish masks,
along with good friends, made this event one of a kind.
Remembering the reason for the season, Kappa Zeta sponsored
a t-shirt drive during the month of December, in which Sorors
cleaned out their closets and donated gently used shirts. All
items collected were donated to the Shared Housing Center.
During December Sorors also volunteered time at the Salvation
Army Distribution Center where we sorted and bagged toys to         Kappa Zeta Undergraduate Summit - Undergraduate Council
give to needy families and volunteered time at the J. O. Davis      2007-2009
Elementary School Reading Day. The month of December
culminated with Kappa Zeta’s annual holiday social held at the Thorntree Country Club. At this event
Sorors fellowshiped with food, laughter and fun holiday activities while reflecting on the past year.

Kappa Zeta Kudos: At the 64th Biennial National Pan-Hellenic Council Convention in Dearborn, MI, Kappa
Zeta’s own Jennifer Jones was elected the 2007 - 2009 National President. During the 2007 Area Workshop
in Lancaster, Texas, Kappa Zeta took home two awards. Friend Marcelene Wright won 2007 Amicae of the
Year and Soror Valinda Samples was named the 2007 Amicae Sponsor of the Year. Congratulations ladies!


MU ZETA
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

               Mu Zeta recently celebrated the intake of four new members. A breakfast was held in the
Governor's Room at the Holiday Inn in which Soror Constance F. Carroll, Basileus, rendered
greetings. Soror Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, 21st International Grand Basileus, gave the
challenge. Accepting the challenge for the new members was Soror Laura A. Laynes. Other new members
were Sorors Interior T. Holmes, Leigh Renee Jefferson, and Kena N. Lewis. Soror Julia S, Carnes served as
membership chair. Committee members were Sorors Katherine Brossette-Lights, Mary G. Burton, Dorothy
                                                  Butler, Charles Etta Coleman, Margaret Gordon, Robin
                                                  and Sadie Kay, Louise S. Manogin, Jamila McKee, Betty
                                                  Munson, Mary Oubre, Loretta Pania, Donna Robertson,
                                                  Geraldine A. Simms, Charlyn Taylor, Kendra Toussant and
                                                  Karla Wesley-Jack.
                                                  Mu Zeta held its annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving
                                                  Dinner on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. The theme,
                                                  "Thanksgiving in Zetaland," was very fitting with a
                                                  beautiful Thanksgiving décor. More than seventy-five
                                                  seniors attended. The highlight of the program was
                                                  expressions from the audience at the conclusion of the
                                                  speaker, Minister Deborah Williams. We served a
                                                  delicious traditional turkey meal with all the
                                                  trimmings. Seniors from as far as the City of New Orleans
                                                  were in attendance. Special guest also included Father
Thomas Clark, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Soror Melba Wilson served as chair, along with
Sorors Drucella Franklin, Geraldine A. Simms, Sadie Kay, Rosa Harris-Williams, Margaret Gordon, Mazie
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Gay Square, Fannie H. Terrell, Roxanne Borne, Gloria Handy,
Colleen Collins, Mary T. Charles, and Sulithian F. Williams.
         Mu Zeta, in partnership with the Women’s Council of Greater
Baton Rouge, hosted a Health and Wellness Workshop entitled
“Nutritious Nibbles: Healthy Snacks Taste Fair.” The workshop was
held October 2, 2007, during the Annual Women’s Week Celebration
designed to honor women by providing the opportunity for them to
engage in a variety of meaningful events and activities of their choice.
Zeta opened the doors to more than sixty attendees who enjoyed the
presentations and treats.
         The Presenters were Dr. Fatemaeh Malekian, Southern
University Food Specialist; Mrs. Shontell Jones, Southern University
Health Specialist; and Mrs. DeShoin Friendship, Southern University
Food Nutrition Specialist. (Presenters from SU Agriculture Center –        Soror Geraldine Simms (left) presenter Mrs. Dollene
                                                                           Sims
Baton Rouge Campus). They shared information on healthy snack
foods, steps to a healthier you, tasty snack tips, along with a “taste
fair” of a nutritious trail-mix snack. Suggested trail-mix snack sample: Any or all unsalted nuts (cashews,
walnuts, macadamia, brazil, and pecans), honey and plain sesame sticks, dark and golden raisins. Put all
ingredients in baggie or plastic container and shake well. Enjoy small portions anytime! Soror Gay Square
assisted with the taste fair by preparing a special, healthy of course, fresh fruit smoothie for participants to
taste. A special feature of the workshop was a jazzercise session conducted by Mrs. Dollene Sims, a retired
EBR Parish System educator. She had everyone stretching and moving up and down, in and out, side to side,
all around for a 20-minute, energetic workout! Techniques to use while seated in a chair were a welcome
cool down for all. Other features included door prizes, informational handouts from the presenters,
refreshments, and complimentary gift bags donated by Soror Agnes Andrews.


MU OMEGA ZETA
Natchitoches, Louisiana

        Members of Mu Omega Zeta donated many coats to Porter’s Cleaners Annual Coat drive. The coats
will be distributed throughout Natchitoches Parish to needy children and families. Members pictured are
Doris Butler, Stephanie Sewell, Dorothy McGaskey, Porter’s Employee Mr. Artis Johnson, Linda Howard and
Mary Calhoun. The ladies of Mu Omega Zeta would like to say thank you to Mrs. Cole for allowing us to use
                                      L.P. Vaughn as a drop off site.
                                              The Amicae of Natchitoches, LA attended the Area V Workshop
                                      in Monroe, LA. At this workshop, the ladies learned about
                                      organization, management and other skills for to maintain a
                                      successful organization. Pictured (L-R) Marie Holden, Laurie Woodard,
                                      Linda Holmes, President of Amicae
                                      (Southern Region), Crittie Conlay,
                                      Doryce Polk, Brishaunda Silvie. The
                                      Amicae were recognized at the
                                      workshop for re-chartering the
                                      auxiliary and breaking new ground.


OMICRON BETA ZETA
Arlington, Texas

       Omicron Beta Zeta is having an “Awesome time in Arlington!” During the month of October, we
proudly chartered our Amicae auxiliary. The Sorors of Omicron Beta Zeta excitedly anticipate a wonderful
working relationship with this fabulous group of women. During the month of November, we participated in


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Prematurity Awareness Sunday at St. John Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. We had a very strong “royal
blue and white” presence which included Sorors, Amicae and several members of our Zeta Youth Affiliates.
        Congratulations are in order for several of our Sorors who had various honors bestowed upon them
for their tireless work in the professional arena and in the area of volunteer service. Our parliamentarian,
Soror Denise Gambrell, received the NAACP Community Service Award for the work that she has done as
chairperson of the Neighborhood Association in the community of Dalworth. Soror Melanie Johnson, our 3rd
Anti-Basileus, was inducted into Who’s Who of Professional Women and Soror Sherrelle Diggs received a
promotion wherein she is responsible for establishing Surface Transportation Engineering in more than 10
states. Congratulations also go out to our historian/public relations specialist, Soror Jannet Ponder, who
was elected 1st Vice- President of the Tarrant County Pan-Hellenic Council. Our youth groups participated in
a stepping workshop under the leadership of our chapter Youth Coordinator, Soror Stephanie Brown and
the Sorors of Omicron Eta at the University of Texas at Arlington. Membership and interest in our youth
groups is flourishing. Great things are happening in Omicron Beta Zeta and the best is yet to come!


PHI IOTA ZETA
Montgomery County, Texas

        On November 11, 2007, Phi Iota Zeta was established in the “Mighty” Southern Region. The chapter
came into existence through the efforts of the eight charter members who desired to bring Zeta’s mission to
Montgomery County, Texas. The Sorors felt that the area between Houston and Huntsville was in need of
the community service and programs that the Sorority sponsors. The ladies came together in the fall of 2006
to discuss their vision for a new chapter. After a few preliminary meetings, the Sorors approached East
Texas State Director, Kay Rosebure, to inquire about a charter.
        Under Soror Rosebure’s supervision, the charter members laid a foundation for what would become
the new chapter. With the assistance of Soror Mary Wright, Southern Regional Director, the necessary
paperwork was completed and Grand Basileus Moore’s
approval was secured. The chapter held its official charter
ceremony and public reception on November 11, 2007 at the
LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Conroe, Texas.
        With the officiating of Regional Director Soror Mary
Wright, East Texas State Director Soror Kay Rosebure and
West Texas State Director Soror Crystal Bennett, the Sorors
were established as a chapter, installed into their offices and
took oaths to maintain and display the essential qualities of
Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.
President-elect Keisha M. Beasley was charged and installed
into the office of chapter president and takes on the task of
helping to bring the name of Zeta to the community while
working alongside other charter members: Robyn Antoine,
Judith Dingba, LaTanza Humphrey, Danielle Jones Mitchell,
Kristina Smith, Michelle Smith and Joan White Victoria.
                                                                Charter members of Phi Iota Zeta with East T exas State Director
        Our initial goals include distributing $2,000 to        Kay Jones Rosebure and Regional Director Mary B. Wright
$3,000 in community scholarships, networking with
community organizations, training chapter members and building chapter membership. At our initial
meeting on December 8, 2007, the Basileus announced the administrative mission, vision and theme
statements:

  Mission: to create a model chapter that focuses on the Sorority’s principles, dedicates itself to hard work
                               and exemplifies excellence in all that it does.

  Vision: to be the embodiment of Community Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood in
                                   the Montgomery County, Texas area.


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                  Theme: Excellence in Everything

        Phi Iota Zeta has already increased from the original eight
charter members to ten members with the immediate addition of
Sorors Trumika Humphrey and Candice Williams. Our first
community service project was to adopt a needy family for
Christmas. Phi Iota Zeta provided toys, gift cards, clothing and
other items totaling over $500 to a family in Conroe, TX who lost
their home due to a fire.


                                                                      Sorors attending the first chapter meeting of Phi Iota Zeta




PI OMEGA ZETA
Round Rock, Texas

        Pi Omega Zeta was chartered in 1998. In addition to sponsoring Zeta Amicae, the chapter sponsors
Pearlettes, Amicettes, Archonettes, Gems, and Gents.
        Pi Omega Zeta participated in the Z-HOPE Prematurity Awareness campaign with their local
congregations to help worshipers learn about the infant health crisis. The crisis, premature births, affects
nearly half a millions families each year. Pi Omega Zeta members worshiped at Saving Grace Christian Bible
Fellowship in Georgetown, Texas, in November to send a message of hope for premature babies and their
families. Pictured (L-R) are Sorors Linda Johnson, Ma’Keba Powell, Annette Aron, Andrea Charlton, and
Linda Y. Jackson.
        Pi Omega Zeta recently chartered the Zeta Amicae of Round Rock. Soror Mary Wright, Southern
                                             Regional Director, chartered the auxiliary and installed the
                                             officers. Soror Wright was accompanied by Soror Crystal
                                             Bennett, West Texas State Director, Linda Holmes, Regional
                                             Amicae President, and Ernesteen Valere, Regional Coordinator of
                                             Amicae Affairs. Zeta Amicae of Round Rock front row, left to
                                             right are: Nancy Pickett, Historian; Valerie Hardin, Secretary;
                                             Christine Green, Vice
                                             President; Sandra A. Allen,
                                             President; and Sus E.
                                             Williams, Treasurer. Back
row are Zeta members: Andrea M. Charlton, Linda Johnson, Annette
Aron (Amicae Sponsor), Elinor Stolard, Linda Y. Jackson (Basileus),
Melissa Guidry, and LaTanya Tatum.




SIGMA UPSILON ZETA
Opelousas, Louisiana

        Dr. Barbara Carpenter, 21st International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., served the guest
speaker for the Finer Womanhood Program for Sigma Upsilon Zeta in Opelousas, LA. In her message, she
urged all Zetas to hold on to their dream for the sorority and to work hard on seeing those dreams come
true. She also emphasized the importance of helping others to excel and therefore reaching a level of
excellence themselves. Increasing membership is important, but working together is more important.
Soror Hazel Jefferson was honored as the chapter’s first “Soror of the Year,” and Mrs. Laura Balthazar was


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honored as the Zeta “Woman of the Year.” Soror Jefferson is credited with organizing Sigma Upsilon Zeta in
Opelousas. We recognized Mrs. Balthazar for the impact she made on the citizens of St. Landry Parish when
she served as Sheriff of the Parish.
        Three members of Sigma Upsilon Zeta attended the Regional Conference in Fort Worth, TX – Sorors
Jeanette Fontenot, Basileus; Renee DeJean and Bernadette Mills. Soror Ardessie C. Francois was selected
as the “Amicae Sponsor of the Year”. She was also recognized at the Amicae Workshop in Houston, TX.
Soror Francois represented Sigma Upsilon Zeta at the Back-to-School Seminar sponsored by the Citizens of
Eunice, LA. At this seminar, school supplies were given to students. At the eighth grade seminar held in
Opelousas, which was sponsored by the Council for Abused Women and Children, school supplies,
pamphlets about “How to Study and Succeed This Year,” as well as “Rules for a Safe School Year” were given
to over 1200 participants. Sigma Upsilon Zeta also presented Wal-mart gift cards to two lucky students as
door prizes.
        Senator Don Cravins, Jr. had a Back-to-School give-away and Sigma Upsilon Zeta was there to help.
Helping were Sorors Renee DeJean, Ardessie C. Francois, Bernadette Mills, Andria Navarre, Connie Richard,
and Lovenia Thomas. Many memories have been recorded in the minds of members of Sigma Upsilon Zeta.
Sorors Jeanette Fontenot and Ardessie C. Francois attended the Area Workshop in New Orleans. Also
present was Amica Lee Edwards.
        Sigma Upsilon Zeta is looking forward to increasing its membership soon. We are also looking
forward to establishing a Pearlette group before our Finer Womanhood Program in March of 2008.
        Our Amicae worked hard to do all things expected of them. As a Z-HOPE project, they visited the
homes and hospital rooms of many, saying the Rosary with patients. They held two workshops for young
people: one for teaching little girls how to make beds properly, making rolls, and cooking simple snacks, all
taught by Amica Dorothy Fruge; the other, also taught by Amica Fruge and assisted by Amica Lee Edwards,
was a workshop for adults on: “Table Etiquette.”
        Members celebrated Founders’ Day by attending mass together at St. Mathilda Catholic Church.
Present were Amicae President Lee Edwards, Amicae Dorothy Fruge’, Catherine Allison, Jean Celestine, and
Lena Ledet. Also present were Amica Linda Holmes, Regional President, Friend Ernestine Valere, Regional
Coordinator of Amicae Affairs and Friend Ardessie C. Francois, Chapter Sponsor. After mass, President
Edwards treated the group to a home cooked meal. Each guest was given souvenirs of Southern Louisiana.
All members, with Friend Francois, attended the Amicae Regional Workshop in Houston, TX. Amica Dorothy
Fruge’ received the “Amica of the Year” Award and Amica Lee Edwards was the recipient of the handmade
quilt bearing the picture of Soror Lullelia Harrison, founder of the Amicae Auxiliary, in the center of it.
Amicae participated in the area Back-to-School School Supply Drives for the City of Eunice, St. Landry
Parish Eighth Grade Seminar, and Senator Don Cravins School Supply Drive.
        The Amicae partnered with The Satellite Club of Eunice in sponsoring a Blood Drive where they
successfully recruited 27 community citizens to participate. Working with the Blood Bank were Amicae Lee
Edwards, Jean Celestine, Cathy Allison and Sigma Brother Alvin Owens, representing the Satellite Club.
A new member has joined the auxiliary - Amica Laura Balthazar. She became interested when she saw the
Amicae working side by side with the sorority at the Finer Womanhood Program, where she was honored as
Zeta’s “Woman of the Year.”
        Along with Friends Francois and Jeanette Fontenot, Chapter President, Amica Lee Edwards attended
the Area Workshop in New Orleans where our Auxiliary donated to the Z-Pack-It-Up and to the Operation:
Iraqi Freedom Z-HOPE Projects.


TAU KAPPA ZETA
Slidell, Louisiana

        It has been a sensational start in Slidell for Tau Kappa Zeta. With new officers, a new platform, a
bigger chapter, and a new Web site, it has been an exciting time. After electing new officers, Tau Kappa Zeta
instituted the platform Improve, Impact, Ignite in the city of Slidell. Our goal is to Improve programs, to
greater Impact the citizens of Slidell and Ignite the community with positive events and seminars. In keeping
with our new platform, Tau Kappa Zeta and Zeta Amicae of Slidell helped students start the year off right


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with Z-Pack It Up. Over 100 new school bags filled with supplies were given out to children from elementary
school to high school.
         Also, Tau Kappa Zeta, New Orleans’ Theta Beta Sigma of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated
and Zeta Amicae of Slidell assisted Slidellians in registering to vote during Zeta Sigma Project Vote Day. We
registered over 40 new voters and encouraged them to take part in the election process. We hope to continue
this event and register more new voters.
         Tau Kappa Zeta has also been very busy selling tickets for the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival
Basket Giveaway. Until April 2008, persons can donate $1.00 per ticket for a prize basket that includes two
Jazz fest tickets, as well as, other items for the winner to enjoy. The graduate chapter’s proceeds will be
used for the “Zeta Zenith” Scholarship. The goal is to award three $1,000 dollar scholarships to Class of
2008 seniors who attend St. Tammany Parish high
schools. Scholarship applications were mailed to all of our
area high schools, as well as posted on the chapter Web
site.
         During the Area VI workshop at the University of
New Orleans in October, Tau Kappa Zeta made sure to
attend, donate, and participate. We contributed supplies
for Z-Pack It Up, as well as, donated items for Desert Iraqi
Freedom to support our troops. Also, Soror April B.
Thompson-Ocaña was honored to be a presenter at the
workshop. As we were thanked for the memories, we also
give thanks to our phenomenal Regional Director, State
Director and Area Coordinators for their support and
dedication during their tenure.
         Tau Kappa Zeta has been busy completing other important projects such as the Prematurity
Awareness Campaign and the Women’s Health Initiative for flu vaccinations and osteoporosis. We have
completed our annual youth seminar and have participated in the annual Project City Clean Up to help keep
Slidell clean. The chapter has also adopted a street to maintain in partnership with the Keep Slidell
Beautiful Campaign. Tau Kappa Zeta has also purchased a chapter brick to contribute to the Courtyard of
Fame-Brick Project. Many of our events and accomplishments thus far this year have been recognized in
the Times Picayune and the St. Tammany News. We were excited and honored to be asked by the Times
Picayune to be featured in the “Community Spotlight” section of the newspaper. To ensure our community
stays on top of our events, we have launched our new Web site www.zpb-tkz.org.
                Last, but not least we would like to welcome our newest member, Soror Ileetha Groom, who
recently moved to our area. We are very enthusiastic about Soror Groom’s sisterly spirit and willingness to
get involved with serving the citizens of Slidell. Also, we would like to welcome back Soror Antonia V.
Aultman and Soror G. Katherine Aultman to our chapter. These two members lost everything after
                                          Hurricane Katrina and we are overjoyed to have them come back
                                          home to Zeta. In addition, we welcome Amica Deidre Milsap as our
                                          newest member of the Zeta Amicae of Slidell. Lastly, Tau Kappa Zeta
                                          congratulates new life member, Soror Carmen Jordan-Dunphy,
                                          Southern Region Zeta Amicae Advisor of the Year, Soror Lillie J.
                                          Madison and Southern Region Zeta Amicae, Amica Elizabeth Cousin.
                                          The Basileus, would like to tip her blue and white hat to the
                                          commitment from the women of Tau Kappa Zeta and Zeta Amicae of
                                          Slidell. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts to serve our
                                          community. We will strive to work together to make better Zetas, a
                                          better Zeta chapter to better our community as we Improve, Impact
                                          and Ignite the city of Slidell.


Tau Kappa Zeta members, Zeta Amicae of Slidell and family
standing in front of our Adopt A Street Sign




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UPSILON MU ZETA
La Place, Louisiana

        Upsilon Mu Zeta hit the ground running this year! From
assisting at the Young Professionals Gala, hosted by the March of
Dimes, handing out water at the UNCF Walk-a-thon, assisted with
Silent Auction at the March of Dimes Gala, and 90% attendance
at the Area VI Workshop, just to name a few.
        In October, 2007, Upsilon Mu Zeta made a name for itself
in St. John the Baptist Parish. Upsilon Mu Zeta became the first
sorority or fraternity to host a “Candidates’ Forum.” The Forum
was held at Ann Harvey Conference Center. Due to the various
                                             positions open for this election, it was necessary to hold two
                                             forums: Parish President and State Representative. Members
                                             pictured are Sorors Lorrine White, hostess, Janice Brown,
                                             Z-HOPE Chair, Taifa Darensburg, timekeeper, Ann Harvey,
                                             Moderator, Gwendolyn Felder-Darensburg, Basileus, gave
                                             purpose and our mission in the community, Joanne Hunter-
                                             Brooks, hostess and Belinda Rodgers, provided Zeta History.
                                             Other Sorors assisting but not pictured were Stephanie Green,
                                             Venora Legaux and Monica Celestin.
                                                      On November 20, 2007, we provided assistance to the St.
                                             John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Dept. in feeding over 260 senior
                                             citizens.
                                                      Upsilon Mu Zeta is energized and ready to answer the
                                             call of our community. We are prepared to meet the need for
                                             service and volunteerism.
 Sorors Belinda Rodgers, Gwendolyn Felder-Darensburg, Ann
 Harvey, Janice Brown and members of the Sheriff Dept.




UPSILON NU ZETA
Lancaster, Texas

       Upsilon Nu Zeta has had an exciting and productive year starting at the 78th Southern Regional
Conference and Youth Retreat in Fort Worth, TX. Our hard work and dedication to sorority principles were
recognized with numerous awards and recognitions. Upsilon Nu Zeta was recognized in the following areas:

2005-2006- 1st Most Reclaimed
2005-2006- 2nd Largest Intake
2006-2007- 1st Largest Intake
2006-2007- 2nd Largest Reclamation
2006-2007- 4th Largest Graduate Chapter in the Southern Region
2005-2007- Second Place Scrapbook
Advisor of the Year - Linda Street
Basileus of the Year - Dr. Felice Sanders

       The youth auxiliaries have had a fantastic year as well, winning awards at the 78th Southern
Regional Conference and Youth retreat. Two Pearlettes won trophies for the Silly Hat Contest and another
one won the Texas Facts Contest. The Amicettes won 1st place in the Step Show while individuals won 1st
and 2nd place in the Poetry Recitation contest. The Archonettes were showstoppers in the following
categories:



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2007-    1st Place- Infomercial
2007-    1st Place- Organizational Fair
2007-    1st Place-Talent Show
2007-    2nd Place- Step Show
2007-    3rd Place- Memory Book
           Upsilon Nu Zeta continues to focus on youth auxiliaries. The
youth groups recruited 20 new members. In December at our youth
dedication, the new members were inducted into the youth groups
during a beautiful ceremony. We are very excited to be chosen to help
educate these young girls and boys and be a part of their lives. Upsilon
Nu Zeta has now expanded the youth focus to include young boys.
Gents were included in the December ceremony and are ready to
promote the goal of producing successful and positive young black men. Dr. Felice Sanders, Basileus of the Year with International
Our friends, the Amicae, hosted a joint Christmas celebration where we             Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore.
shared food, laughter and fun.
           June was a busy month. Members attended the Blue and White weekend events held in the Dallas
Metroplex. We also ended the sorority year with a Hawaiian themed luau. During Juneteenth, Upsilon Nu
Zeta supervised an arts and crafts section for all youth in attendance at the Duncanville Juneteenth
Celebration.
           In August, Upsilon Nu Zeta held a weekend retreat where Sorors fellowshipped, had embellishment
and vowed to continue with our theme of Standing on Tradition to Build a Legacy. The retreat was an
excellent planning tool and way to start the sorority year.
           Upsilon Nu Zeta practiced Greek unity by working and supporting the Dallas/Ft. Worth Mega
Greekfest in September that was hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Our attendance helped to
foster a relationship with other chapters and organizations in hopes to host future events.
                                                                In October, Upsilon Nu Zeta had the pleasure of
                                                        hosting the Area II workshop where regional goals were set
                                                        including working in Sisterly Love and increasing Z-HOPE
                                                        participation. Upsilon Nu Zeta beckoned that call and we
                                                        have completed 12 Z-HOPE programs. Additional Z-HOPE
                                                        programs have been planned for the spring, including a new
                                                        focus on the international segment of Z-HOPE.
                                                                We have partnered with area chapters of Zeta Phi
                                                        Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,
                                                        Incorporated to host a joint Founders’ Day celebration in
                                                        January. This public event will not only show our love for
                                                        our organizations, but also for the family that we have
                                                        joined.
 Members of the Blue and White Family at the Zeta Luau.
                                                                As 2007 ends, Upsilon Nu Zeta is excited about the
                                                        prospect of a new year. This will be a busy time as the Blue
Revue Spring Dance and Scholarship Program will be held for graduating senior girls. Additionally, we are
focusing on membership by preparing for reclamation with several programs planned to reclaim Sorors who
have become inactive. Membership intake is also slated for the spring along with activities to retain current
membership.


UPSILON PHI ZETA
Thibodaux, Louisiana

        Upsilon Phi Zeta of Thibodaux, Louisiana enjoyed a successful 2007. Sorors committed to the values
of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated successfully met the challenges to meet and volunteer at least once
monthly thus celebrating Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. We also instituted a small scholarship for one
college-bound minority girl in each of the parishes from which the chapter’s membership derives.


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Upsilon Phi Zeta had an extremely busy year in the community:

January 2007           Celebrated Finer Womanhood Day
February 2007          Inaugural Tea at Nicholls State University
May 2007               Assisted Omega Psi Phi Graduate Chapter
                       College Fundraiser
June 2007              1st year Birthday Celebration
July 2007              1st Annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon
October 2007           1st Annual Zeta/Sigma Homecoming
                       Reunion-Nicholls State University
December 2007          School for Exceptional Children’s “All Hearts
                       Come Home for Christmas”
        During the summer scholarship and awards luncheon,
several members of Upsilon Phi Zeta were recognized for their contributions to the group. Basileus Sophia
Seymore received the Barbara C. Moore Award for upholding the sorority’s mission, First Anti-Basileus
Jemeila Griffin was given the leadership award, and the Outstanding Community Service award went to
Soror Kenya Fields. The Funniest Zeta award went to Soror G’Nell Hall and Sorors Shaina Riser and Fledia
Keyes both received the Most Dedicated awards.
        Volunteerism also played a huge role in Upsilon Phi Zeta’s mission. Monthly, the ladies collected
items for needy African villages with valuable toiletries and other. The women of Zeta are definitely making
an impact in their community as organizations are looking and asking for the lovely ladies of Blue and
White.
        Other acts of volunteerism include:

March 2007            State Testing School Survival packs
                      (apples and pencils for students)
April 2007            Relay for Life
May 2007              5K Run for Excellence
July 2007             Nicholls State University Upward Bound
                      Program
August 2007           St. Charles Night Out Against Crime
September 2007        Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure

Upsilon Phi Zeta is working to make 2008 an even better year for the
community.


UPSILON SIGMA ZETA
Leesvile, Louisiana

       Upsilon Sigma Zeta is on the move! Sorors and family members participated in the Alexandria
WalkAmerica 2007 on April 14, 2007. Sorors raised $1,558.72 for the
March of Dimes Foundation. We had eleven registered walkers and
seven paid walkers.
       Sorors Castine Porche and Jackie Woods presented a $500
scholarship to graduating senior, Ms. Anjanette Simmons, of Leesville
High School during their Senior Awards Day ceremony on May 9, 2007.
Sorors Stephanie Peeler and Christine Stringer were in attendance.
       Upsilon Sigma Zeta welcomed two new members: Kimberly
Miller-Melvin and Kim Morris-Shaw. We also welcomed one transfer
member from Korea: CPT Laverne Stanley. We sadly said farewell to
Soror Charese McNair who transferred to the Southeastern Region.
       In June, Sorors Christine Stringer, Jackie Woods, Stephanie


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Peeler, and Charese McNair attended the 78th Southern Regional Conference and Youth Retreat in Fort
Worth, Texas. Sorors Christine Stringer and Stephanie Peeler were pinned as new Life Members. Sorors
Charese McNair and Jackie Woods were voting delegates. Sorors Mekelle Henderson and Jessica Stringer
were inducted into the Legacy Club. Upsilon Sigma Zeta was awarded a 3rd place trophy for the scrapbook
competition and presented with a certificate for Z-HOPE participation. Upsilon Sigma Zeta also contributed
to the “Z-Pack-It-Up” initiative.
        Members of Upsilon Sigma Zeta attended the Area V workshop at the University of Louisiana at
Monroe in September. Christine Stringer, Basileus of Upsilon Sigma Zeta, is the Area V Coordinator. Over
240 items were donated in support of the Area Workshop 2007 State Initiative: Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upsilon Sigma Zeta also attended the Area VI workshop at the University of New Orleans. Members of
Upsilon Sigma Zeta assisted with the collection of over 650
items for the Area Workshop 2007 State Initiative. Deployed
Sorors Manikia Ramsey (2LT) and La’Tasha Watson (CPT)
appreciate all donations and are happy to know that the
“Mighty” Southern Region is thinking of them and praying for
their safe return.
        On November 11, 2007, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of
Leesville, LA hosted Zeta Prematurity Awareness Sunday.
Reverend Joseph L. Garner and a congregation of over 300
members were educated on the problem of premature births in
our community. Program inserts and pamphlets were provided
to parishioners. A display board with additional information
was set up in the church vestibule.



UPSILON UPSILON ZETA
Loureaville, Louisiana

       Upsilon Upsilon Zeta was chartered on April 30, 2006. Now that we have entered our second year of
existence, we are on the move in Iberia Parish. We have been working diligently to make our community
aware of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and what we have to offer. We will continue to strive toward bringing our
chapter forth in the area of community involvement.

Installation of Officers
       Installation of Officers was held on June 16, 2007, at the St. Mary Parish Library in Baldwin,
Louisiana. Soror Donnie Faye Hull, Louisiana State Director, conducted the ceremony. The officers for the
2007-2009 period are: Basileus- Soror Carmelita Roberts, First Anti-Basileus-Soror Margarette Moore,
Grammateus- Soror Erynn Sonnier, Tamias-Soror Veronica Benoit and Phylacter-Soror Jackie Reedom.
Sorors in attendance for this event included: Sorors Jennifer Lanceslin, Judy Webster, Thai Williams,
Sharika Batiste, and Sheila Collins.

Royal Blue Royalty
        Upsilon Upsilon Zeta recently crowned its 2007 royalty.
Miss Faith Alexander was crowned Little Miss Zeta Sweetheart.
Faith is a Kindergarten student attending Epiphany Day School.
She is the niece of Soror Veronica Benoit. Master Kaleb Harris
was crowned Zeta Beau. Kaleb is a fifth grade student attending
Catholic High School. He is the nephew of Soror Jackie Reedom
and the cousin of Soror Erynn Sonnier. Miss Hannah Benoit was
crowned Miss Zeta Sweetheart 2007. Hannah is currently
matriculating at Nicholls State University. She is the daughter of
Soror Veronica Benoit.


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Wonderful Workshop
        The Area VI workshop was held on November 3, 2007, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sorors Roberts,
Moore, Benoit, Reedom, and Lanceslin were in attendance. We contributed items to the Z-Pack It Up
incentive. We enjoyed the various presentations and received numerous ideas that we plan to implement in
our area.
Prematurity Awareness Day
        On November 11, 2007, Upsilon Upsilon Zeta conducted the Prematurity Awareness presentations at
St. Edward Catholic Church in New Iberia, Louisiana and Trinity United Methodist Church in Baldwin,
Louisiana. This gave us an opportunity to bring the message of premature births to our community. We
were well received by both churches and were able to socially fellowship with the church community after
services.

As our year moves on, we are grateful of
what we have accomplished, thus far, but
are anxiously looking forward to the
activities planned for 2008.




__________________________________________________________________________________________________________




          Our new undergraduate chapter, Psi Sigma, placing flowers at our Founder
          and first Regional Director, Roberta Bell Sims, gravesite in Shreveport,
          Louisiana

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           ZETA AMICAE 60 YEARS OLD AND P.R.O.U.D.!




                                      Friends of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated



         As we embark upon a sixty-year legacy, we give God praises for allowing us to be Sixty Years and Happy,
“Helping Amicae Prepare to Present Yearly.” The Area Workshops were very successful with 100% representation from
the auxiliaries. Those auxiliaries that participated in the Z-Pack It Up Projects at the Area Workshops will receive extra
Z-Points this year.
         As Baton Rouge prepares to “show us what they are working with,” for the 43rd Regional Workshop, we
celebrate being “Sixty Years and PROUD” (Presenting, Representing, and Operating with Untiring Dedication). Let us
always remember that it all started here with Friend Lullelia Walker Harrison in the “Mighty” Southern Region.
         We had 99% Amicae representation with Regional dues and National assessment by the end of October and that
is a new record. Our membership for the 2007-2008 fiscal year stands at 251. The Regional President welcomes the new
Amicae of Arlington, Beaumont and Round Rock, Texas and Opelousas, Louisiana.
         The excitement continues to build as Friend Mary Wright and the State Directors thank the Southern Region for
the memories. They do not slight the Amicae in any way and we love them for their support and encouragement. Friend
Valere is always there to encourage us to retain, reclaim, and recruit new members. We truly appreciate her dedication
to the Amicae auxiliaries.
         The Regional Raffle was a total success and the President thanks those auxiliaries that participated. We raised
$2,800 before expenses and the winners were: 1st Place $300 cash Audrey Mc Zeal of Lake Charles, LA; 2nd Place $200
gift card Ceranza Resipio of Houston, TX; and 3rd Place $100 gift card Amica Ona Kelly of Baton Rouge, LA.
         The Region sent congratulations once again to the scholarship recipients Paige Papillion for the Lullelia
Harrison Scholarship, Jarnell James for the Gertrude Jimson Scholarship, and Jordan Thomas for the Hazel Wilson
Scholarship as they received their final payments.
         This is an election year and as the new officers come on board next fiscal year, we look forward to new ideas as
we continue to promote Finer Womanhood, Scholarship, and Community Service. The Regional Executive Board had a
very productive meeting in January in Houston, Texas. They also had a surprise celebration for President Holmes’ 60th
birthday and well wishes for her recovery during her health challenge. The board approved more awards for the
auxiliaries this year. There will be travel awards for both Louisiana and Texas, the Ernesteen Valere and Audrey
Edwards travel awards, along with the Hazel Wilson Travel Award. The newest award to be presented will be the Linda
E. Holmes Blue Star Award, which goes to the outstanding auxiliary of the year. The board also voted to donate to the
Ghana Water Well Fund for the Z-HOPE Community Service Initiative and the Africa Kobi Ampem Girls Secondary
School in Ghana, West Africa.
         As we round out the last year of this administration the President of the Zeta Amicae of this “Mighty” Southern
Region must say “Hallelujah” with love in her heart and joy in her spirit for the wonderful relationships she has
developed and the great friendships that will last for years to come. Amica Holmes thanks all Amicae and Zeta Friends
for their support and cooperation for bringing this region to the level it is. She has grown so much because of God’s
favor and grace in allowing her to share and teach the information she has acquired in such a short time. Let us continue
to build on this strong foundation and remember that “it all started here” 60 years ago.




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            WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN REGION . . .


                                                    Phi Iota Zeta
                                               Montgomery County, Texas
                                              Chartered: November 11, 2007
                                                   Keisha M. Beasley
                                                        President




                                                    Psi Sigma
                                              Louisiana State University
                                                Shreveport, Louisiana
                                            Chartered: February 23, 2008
                                                    Jenna Adams
                                                      President
                                                 Beta Epsilon Zeta
                                                 Sponsoring Chapter




          Amicettes and Pearlettes of Alpha Chi Zeta–-Beaumont, Texas




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                                       EDITOR’S CORNER
Greetings Sorors!                                            Greetings to all of my Sorors of
                                                             the “Mighty” Southern Region!
I am overcome with joy with the
increased participation from                                 We are well into a new year and
chapters with the Pearl Press! It is                         hopefully 2008 finds you all in good
you, my wonderful Sorors, that                               health and spirits! Before you
make the Pearl Press a success!                              know it, June will be here and we
This year we would like to say                               will be gathering in Beaumont,
“Thanks for the Memories,” as we                             Texas for the 79th Southern Region
come to the end of the administration of Soror Mary          Executive Board Meeting and Youth Retreat. This will
Wright, our Regional Director and the State Directors        be a memorable conference where we will not only
for all of their dedication and hard work over the past 6    highlight the many successes of the chapters in our
years. We want to feature all chapters in the Summer         region, but will have the opportunity thank our dynamic
Edition of the Pearl Press, to applaud you for all the       Regional Director and outstanding State Directors for
hard work you have done throughout this sororial year        their six years of dedicated leadership. Mark your
as well as highlights over 2002-2008. The deadline for       calendar for June 10-14, 2008!
the summer edition of the Pearl Press is May 8th.
Please submit all articles in MSWord format with a limit     Special thanks to each of you, for your hard work and
of 700 words (approx. 1 page single spaced). All digital     dedication to Zeta Phi Beta. With your continual efforts
photos must be in .jpeg format, with a limit of two (2)      in holding the light of Zeta high, you are making a
photos per article; please also identify those pictured in   significant impact in your respective communities.
the photos. Hard copies of photos may not be returned.       There is still so much more for us to do, but with each
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may           other’s support and assistance, the work will be easier.
have in submitting articles.
                                                             I wish each of you an abundance of blessings as we
Please mail or email your submissions to:                    continue to a blessing to others.
       Jessica G. Long
       600 University Oaks Blvd #J110                        Sisterly yours,
       College Station, TX 77840
       Phone: 979.696.5085                                   Soror Twylah L. Jenkins
       Email: columba1920@yahoo.com                          Assistant Editor


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