Tidewater Cluster of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Hosted 59th Regional Conference

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     Almost  3,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, who saluted our military, recently  attended the 59th Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. The steering committee consisted of Linda H. Gilliam, Ph.D. Regional Director;  Dianne A. Blakeney, Ed. S/Conference Chairman;  Julia Avery Muse, Ed. D./Co-Chair, Programs;  Mona T. Gunn/Co-Chair, Operations;  Valerie B. Berry/Treasurer;  Kwanza Downs/Financial Secretary; and Yolanda Thompson/Secretary.  The theme for the conference “Cruising SMART Through Global Leadership Through Timeless Service” like the National theme, Global Leadership Through Timeless Service,” is filled with examples and experiences of compassion, patience, faithfulness, sisterly love and a tenacious spirit of achievement. 

     Although the sorors of AKA had many enlightening activities and workshops, for themselves, they had time to hold a Public Meeting which was chaired by Violet J. Hoyle and co-chaired by Ruth G. Jarvis was held.  Ann Sumler chaired the public reception and Jean Alexander co-chaired the affair.  Dr. Linda H. Gilliam, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, who presided over the Public Meeting, read a proclamation; and made a special military presentation to Dr. Porcher I. Taylor a life member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and a life member and Vice-President of 555 Parachute Infantry Association.  Norfolk Public Schools’ joint musical ensemble, Strolling Silver Strings, started the evening event with a musical prelude.  The NJROTC/Virginia State ranked corps from Norview High School, located in Norfolk, did the Presentation of Colors; and the “National Anthem” was performed by Norview’s NJROTC Corps Students. Mrs. Ruth G. Jarvis, Iota Omega member and Co-Chair of the Public Meeting, introduced the dais. 

     Invocation was by Rev. Dr. Keith Jones (U. S. Army Retired) pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church located in Norfolk; greetings were brought by The Honorable James P. Council, Franklin, VA; The Honorable McKinley Price, Newport News, VA; The Honorable Kenneth Wright, Portsmouth, VA; The Honorable Kenneth Alexander, Norfolk, VA; The Honorable Angelia Williams, Norfolk City Council; The Honorable Ella D. Ward, Chesapeake City Council, The Honorable Mamie Lock, Virginia State Senate, Ms. Edith  White, CEO Urban League of Hampton Roads; and members of local fraternities and sororities.  Mrs. Carla Perry, President/Iota Omega, recognized special guest.  Under the direction of Dr. Walter Swan, the Elizabeth City State University’s choir performed 2 beautiful musical selections.

     Valerie Flournoy, member of Theta Chi Omega and Regional Award Chairman presented the other awards for the evening.  The Marguerite Adams Award – Program Initiative: Socail Justice and Human Rights was presented to Cynthia Payton Morrison/Clerk of Circuit Court; the Eula Edmonds Glover Award – Program Initiative: Health was presented to two young ladies – Alisa Evans Debman/Executive Director of the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina and Rhonda Raney/an attorney, and organizer and spokesperson for the G. Wesley Raney III Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness; and the Leah Kay Frazier Award – Program Initiative: Emerging Young Leaders was presented to Erica Jeffries/Senior Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Earl W. Stafford, entrepreneur and humanitarian, was presented the Citizen of the Year Award – Program Initiative:  Economic Security/ Founder of the Stafford Foundation a non-profit faith-based organization dedicated solely to helping others.   

     Greek medleys, and the postlude were played by Valerie Hester of Gamma Delta Omega .  Dr. Gilliam gave the closing statement and Rev. Michael B. Toliver (U.S. Marine Retired) pastor/First Baptist Church South Hill/Chesapeake prayed the Benediction.

     A successful 59th Regional Conference closed, on Sunday, April 22, 2012 with an Ivy Beyond the Wall Service and a Prayer Breakfast.



PACTS/UKHS Celebrate Black Music Month


     Did you know that June is Black Music Month?  I did not. However, Princess Anne County High School/Union Kempsville High School Museum officials did.  In honoring the contributions, to music, PACTS/UKHS Museum is hosting a musical event featuring jazz pianist and vocalist Connie Parker.  The Phazz II band will spotlight the contributions and legacy of Motown Records.

     The celebration will be held, on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 7:30pm to Midnight at The Crown Plaza located on Bonney Road in Virginia Beach.  Tickets, which cost $20.00 per person, MUST BE PURCHASED in ADVANCE from personnel at the PACTS/UKHS Museum between the hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

     When purchasing tickets to the Black Music to America Affair, or at anytime, feel free to visit the historical museum which highlights the struggles and triumphs of the African American community in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach) to establish a high school for their children.  The Museum, located in the Renaissance Academy/5100 Cleveland Street, is OPEN and FREE to the PUBLIC MONDAY –SATURDAY from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



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