The Crimson Connection May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition

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<ul><li><p>Illinois State Newsletter May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Midwest Region </p><p>Sisterhood Scholarship Service </p><p>Illinois </p><p> In This Edition </p><p> Greetings from the Illinois </p><p>State Coordinator: </p><p>Debbie Brooks pg. 2 </p><p> A Photographic tribute </p><p>to Illinois Statewide </p><p>Founders Celebration </p><p>pg. 3 </p><p> We Are One: Alumnae </p><p>and Collegiate </p><p>Chapters in action </p><p>pg. 10 </p><p> Spotlight Soror: </p><p>A Soror you </p><p>should know </p><p>pg. 26 </p><p>A Sisterly Publication </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 2 </p><p> GGG reeting Sorors in the Great State of Illinois. As I take time to sit and write you </p><p>this greeting, I am taken back five years ago when I was the given the blessed opportunity to </p><p>serve as your Illinois State Coordinator. Never did I envision all the blessing that this </p><p>position would grant me. I am ever so humble and grateful to have served you in the manor </p><p>in which I did. Each chapter in Illinois has gone above and beyond to do the work of our </p><p>GREAT sorority. Your hard work have been acknowledged locally, regionally, and </p><p>nationally, making Illinois a stellar state of service. I am moved emotionally as my time as </p><p>State Coordinator has come to its end. With a servants heart I say THANK YOU for all the </p><p>love, support, hard work, and dedication that each and everyone of you have shown. As we </p><p>move forward, let us be reminded of the great work we have done as a state and let us move </p><p>forward the best way we know how, which is providing excellence in everything we do. </p><p> Delta Love, </p><p>Soror Debbie Brooks </p><p>Illinois State Coordinator </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 3 </p><p>. </p><p>A photographic tribute to the wonderful </p><p>Sorors in the State of Illinois. </p><p>Statewide Pictures Courtesy of </p><p>Soror Annette Whitworth </p><p>Chicago Alumnae Chapter </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 4 </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. 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Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 10 </p><p>We Are One: Alumnae and Collegiate Chapters making a difference in </p><p>the communities in which they serve across the </p><p>State of Illinois! </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 11 </p><p>The City of Elgin, Illinois under the leadership of </p><p>The Honorable Dave Kaptain and Council, </p><p>Honored </p><p>The Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter </p><p>On February 26th 2014 The sorors of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae we all smiles during their recognition for their outstanding service in the community. The Supportive efforts include extensive work with the Elgin Community Crisis Center through the donation of 6000 size 1 diapers, donating business attire to women in transition, providing holiday cheer through annual holiday celebrations as well as holding varied fundraising events to provide donations to the center. Additionally, the chapter has provided support to the Elgin Arts Center as well as the Second Baptist Church of Elgin through varied service initiatives. </p><p>Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter </p><p>City of Elgin Honors Chapter for Community Service </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 12 </p><p>Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae </p><p>Chapter </p><p>Youth Initiatives Always On the Move!!! </p><p>The Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter continues to implement exciting and innovative youth </p><p>initiatives through Academy, GEMS and EMBODI. </p><p> GEMS and Academy ventured out to Northwestern University on Saturday, February 22nd, to participate in their 43rd Annual Career Day for girls where the theme for the day was Engineering: Design a Better World. Partnering in sponsorship with Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science was the Society of Women Engineers. Project-based activities included extracting DNA, utilizing math and science to create cool apps, physics competition to create sling shots and floating boats from paper according </p><p>to design specifications. </p><p> On Saturday, March the 8th, the third annual Career Fair was held at Roosevelt University (Schaumburg Campus) where representatives from diverse fields shared information regarding their background as well as the skill set necessary to pursue- and be successful in their field. Additionally, speakers were candid in sharing pitfalls and mistakes made in their youth that, if not rectified, could have easily led them down a less rewarding path in life. The speakers were engaging, relatable and answered questions from </p><p>Academy, GEMS and EMBODI participants as presented. </p><p> After wrapping up another productive chapter meeting, Sorors ventured off to Westwood Tavern &amp; Tap for fun, food, and fellowship. Everyone had an amazing time thanks to the efforts of 2nd Vice President Marlene Anderson and her committee. In past months, Sorors have gone to the movies to catch The Best Man Holiday, gotten together via Red Alert to toast Founders Day, and met in assigned geographic cluster groups for other sisterly socializing. Some of the cluster group activities have included: dinner at a local restaurant, game night at a sorors house, and Vino &amp; Van Gogh; a new trendy activity of wine tasting and painting. Violets to Soror Anderson for providing consistent opportunities for fellowship thus creating a stronger bond of sisterhood within the chapter. </p><p>Sisterhood Fellowship Luncheon </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 13 </p><p>Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., East </p><p>St Louis Alumnae Chapter collaborated with Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House; Urban </p><p>League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation; College Access Program</p><p>(CAP) and the City of East St. Louis, Illinois to serve the residents of the metropolitan area </p><p>with a boost to reduce the unemployment and career gap. </p><p> Mayor Alvin Parks applauded the thousand plus residents in attendance for the Job Fair </p><p>and for taking advantage of this great opportunity to speak face to face with potential </p><p>employers, entrepreneurs, and Human Resource Managers. The Event encompassed a month </p><p>long project that ended with a Career Day at Lincoln Middle School for the youth. The Career </p><p>Day featured business and educational professionals that helped 8th graders formulate plans </p><p>for their future. Over 50 career representatives talked to the youth. Kickingoff the April </p><p>Career-Employment continuum was the Job Fair for the Adult population. Local Media </p><p>carried the invitation to visit the Job Fair at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. An event hosted by </p><p>Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter and partners. NAACP </p><p>President, Stan Franklin commended DST for the event. Jackie Settles, Publicity Chairman; </p><p>Darlene Roy, Co-Chairman of Economic </p><p>Development Committee; Ruby Allen Ellis, </p><p>Chairman of Economic Development </p><p>Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, </p><p>Inc., and Event Coordinator, and Adriann </p><p>Adams-Gulley, President Delta Sigma Theta </p><p>Sorority, Inc., East St. Louis Alumnae </p><p>Chapter. </p><p>East St Louis Alumnae Chapter </p><p>Partners Pave the Way for Career </p><p>and Employment Opportunities </p><p>with Job Fair and Career Day. </p><p>Over a Thousand Received Help! </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 14 </p><p>Womens Suffrage March Re-enactment </p><p>On March 8, 2014, The Women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Champaign-Urbana Alumnae and Alpha NuChapters hosted the Womens Suffrage March Re-enactment at the Independent Media Center in the Urbana community. Because domestic violence rates have soared in Champaign-Urbana in recent years, we focused on that aspect of women empowerment. We took action to encourage the community to actively commit to ending the vicious cycle. Our biggest hope was to raise awareness, and support for domestic vio-lence victims and their loved ones. </p><p> The program was co-sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) and MENgageMENT. Molly McLay, Assistant Director of The Womens Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented statistics on domestic violence, signs of abuse, and resources to past and present victims of domestic violence. Students from local elementary and high schools also blessed attendees with a vocal performance and step routine. </p><p> University of Illinois students and local residents participated as we marched outside shouting chants to end the violence, such as Two, Four, Six, Eight. Stop the Violence. Stop the hate! The Re-Enactment of the Womens Suffrage March is also one of the 40 days of nonviolence events hosted by the Black Greek Alumnae Association </p><p>Champaign-Urbana Alumnae and Alpha </p><p>Nu Chapters </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 15 </p><p>WITH A SERVANTS HEART, THE SORORS OF GLEN ELLYN AREA ALUMNAE CHAPTER SERVED OTHERS DURING A RECENT MISSION </p><p>TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC </p><p> Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. shared their time, talents, and resources as 24 Sorors, family and friends went to Puerta Plata and Cabarete in the Dominican Republic for their First Mission Trip. Sorors Crystal Brown, Cody McSellers McCray, and Cherita Rawls planned the trip which took place February 2-9, 2014, under the leadership of our International Awareness chair, Anastasie M. Senat. </p><p> Mariposa DR Foundation in Cabarete, DR is a leadership organization for girls in the Dominican Republic (http://www.mariposadrfoundation.org.). We contributed $855 to tour the village where the children live, visited the local school, and new home for Mariposa DR Foundation in Cabarete, DR. We also brought clothes, vitamin lollipops, and Delta L.I.F.E. wristbands. There are about 100 girls in the program today. </p><p> Casa Nazaret in Puerta Plata, is a home for severely disabled children in the Dominican Republic. Sister Mercedes loves these 18 children and provides such care to their every need with very limited resources. Families and the government drop them off at her door or she sometimes finds children wandering and homeless. We raised $ 2,576.79 plus donations of clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, and other toiletries and supplies. We sang and danced with the children and gave them plenty of love while there. </p><p> Project Esperaza (http://esperanzameanshope.org/) works with the Haitian refugee population providing a home for youth and supporting several grass root schools. We toured their site and saw art work made by the youth, spoke with the directors, families and met the Haitian Consulate &amp; MUDHA (Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women) about the new law passed in the DR regarding Haitians, as well as, had an opportunity to contribute financially towards Haitian passports and salaries for the teachers. We raised $830 for 8 passports and teachers pay. </p><p> Our experiences were heart warming. Out trip journalist, Sheila Black, documented our journey. We are charged to take this global challenge again. Stay tuned for more and we want to invite our Sorors in the Mighty Midwest Region to join us. Lets continue our Delta L.I.F.E. mission with Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter . Lifting International Families Everywhere. </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 16 </p><p>Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter members, guest , The Mariposa Foundation Leadership for Girls founders and staff workers </p></li><li><p>The Crimson Connection...A Sisterly Publication May 2014 Spring/Summer Edition </p><p>DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Illinois State Newsletter PAGE 17 </p><p>Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter Connecting Americans with affordable health insurance </p><p>"Of all forms of injustice," Dr. Martin Lu-ther King, Jr. once told the Medical Com-mittee for Human Rights, "injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhu-mane." The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of the most im-portant pieces of legislation signed by President Barack Obama, provides an historic opportunity to close the gap of the uninsured and reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities. On March 8, 2014, sorors of Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter joined the ranks of </p><p>thousands of Get Covered America volunteers. Sorors were trained to help others understand the basics about health insurance, the new health insurance options and serve as advocates for the Affordable Care Act. Sorors rolled up their sleeves and doubled their efforts to reach as many unin-sured Americans as possible before the March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Sorors participated in conference calls with Vice President Joe Biden, attended Volunteer Training Weekend, helped with phone banks, took to the streets, organized events at their churches and spread the word about the Affordable Care Act. The momentum was non-stop and the goal was simple: to maximize the number of people that can enroll in the new health care plan! Glen Ellyn Sorors understood the impo...</p></li></ul>

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