Delta Sigma Theta alumnae chapter celebrates milestone

Taisha White

The Statesboro alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated has reached a milestone in their organization and are planning a celebration for this accomplishment.

The celebration

The Incorporation, which was founded at Howard University on Jan. 13, 1913, began their run at in Statesboro on April 13, 2002, with 17 charter members. The 15th anniversary celebration will bring along keynote speaker Sandra K. Horton, who serves as the current Southern Regional Director and is also a charter member of the Xi Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at Georgia Southern University in 1979.

In the anniversary ceremony, charter members and each line will be recognized alongside those who have passed away with a presentation. There will be a mix and mingle among guests.

As exciting as this milestone is for the chapter at GS, chapter president LeAnne Robinson wants the community to focus on how the chapter gives back.

“We are a sisterly organization founded on Christian values that is here to educate and promote service in our community,” Robinson said. “We are there to collect our strength to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to people in need.”

The reason

Within the Incorporation, their biggest focus is giving back to those in need. Their Five Point Programmatic Thrust angles their community service in ways to bring a diverse kind of service to those in the area.

1. Economic Development

Financial Fortitude: Smart Women Finish Rich, which is presented as a blueprint to financial success through creating a plan of action that allows those to address their financial issues head on.

2. Educational Development

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: a group/organization catered to empowering and educating young ladies ages 11-14 through their preteen years.

Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully): The chapter is focused on preparing teens 13-18 through their middle school and high school years in Bulloch, Evans and Chandler counties. The teens are hand selected by the chapter and brought to diverse workshops featuring educational programs and a mentoring system catered to generating future leaders of tomorrow.

Academic Scholarship – Within the Incorporation, many academic scholarships are given to students who express academic and community excellence.

3. International Awareness and Involvement

International Awareness Day: The chapter gears their focus on international issues and embraces the global community by giving back to those in critical need around the world by asking soars and friends to those communities in need.

4. Physical and Mental Health

Healthy Lifestyle: Total Women: Mind,Body and Spirit: The incorporation focus on bringing knowledge to the community regarding their physical and mental by focusing on creating a healthy lifestyle and staying in shape. They also focus on the issue of breast cancer awareness

5. Political Awareness and Involvement

Voting Rights: During election periods, the chapter has voter registration drives at different high schools throughout the service area. Their concern is to get people aware of the importance of voting and understanding who they are voting for.

The festivities will be held Saturday, April 15 at 12:13 p.m. at the GS Russell Union Theatre. Tickets are $13.

A previous edition of this article stated that the alumnae chapter began their run at Georgia Southern University, when it should’ve been that it began their run in Statesboro. The George-Anne regrets this error.