General Body Meeting October 18, 2008


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter “Ohio Chapter of the Year!”

  • General Body Meeting

  • October 18, 2008


Ohio Chapter of the Year!” General Body Meeting October 18, 2008 ORDER OF BUSINESS

  • Meeting Call to Order

  • Adoption of the Agenda

  • House Keeping Reminder

  • Minutes of Previous General Body Meeting – Read Silently

  • Correspondence

  • Parliamentarian

  • Nominating Committee Report

  • Officer’s Reports

    • President
    • 1st Vice President
    • 2nd Vice President


General Body Meeting Minutes June 2008



General Body Meeting Minutes June 2008 ….continued



General Body Meeting Minutes June 2008 ….continued



General Body Meeting Minutes September 20, 2008



General Body Meeting Minutes September 20, 2008 ….continued



Correspondence Report October 18, 2008

  • Greetings, Sorors. Please review the guidelines listed below that will help in our correspondence process.

  • All committee meetings, updates, announcements, etc. that you would like included in the upcoming CAC Weekly Update should be submitted each week, no later than Sunday, 5:00pm to dst_cincinnati_alumnae@yahoo.com. You must write your own submission in its’ entirety. This will insure inclusion of any early week meetings, as the Update will be emailed during the early part of each week. If you have an exception/emergency, feel free to call 513-258-3799.

  • Please submit your info in the format as you would like for it to appear in the update. Your info should be inclusive but brief, in STANDARD TYPE AND FONT. Include pertinent info such as date, time, location, contact person, email, phone number, etc. Only minor editing will be done.

  • Keep in mind that NOT EVERY FLYER/ATTACHMENT CAN BE INCLUDED. Therefore, submit your info as bullet points that can be included in the body of the update or send an attachment that is small in capacity.

  • Please UPDATE YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBERS, ETC. with our Sergeant at Arms as you sign in for the Chapter Meeting. Also, if you have information that is currently not on file for another Soror, please provide it to us. We need correct information so that we can keep you in the communication loop of CAC.

  • Your suggestions and comments are welcome. Remember, ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD ONLY BE SENT TO THE CHAPTER EMAIL ADDRESS: dst_cincinnati_alumnae@yahoo.com. Thank you Sorors!

  • Correspondence:

  • SAVE THE DATE for DIVA DAZZLE SIX, Saturday, November 8, 2008, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza to benefit the Stop Aids organization. Patron level tickets $175 (includes drinks and cocktail reception with the Divas) or $150. Dinner is included with both levels. Black Tie Optional. For tickets or details call Doris at 513-287-7116.

  • Request/Ads/Donations:

  • None at this time.

  • Submitted in the spirit of Delta,

  • Charlotte McKenzie

  • Corresponding Secretary



Nominating Committee Report October 2008

  • Hello Sorors:

  • The chapter voted to participate in membership intake at the September general body meeting. At that time, members were informed that we would be soliciting applications for the Minerva circle. The candidate profile was posted in the weekly update as well as the contact information for nominating committee chair, Soror Jackie Turner.

  • The deadline for applications was Friday, October 10th, 2008. We received 12 applications.

  • The committee met on Saturday, October 12, 2008 to review the applications and to review the chapter policies and procedures for conducting the vote. The slate was compiled and presented to the executive board at the meeting on Tuesday, October 14,2008. The executive board voted to accept the slate

  • The criterion for selection includes: 

  • Members of the Minerva Circle must be knowledgeable of Delta’s policies and procedures and committed to the complete implementation of the Membership Intake Program. There are standard qualifications for the selection of members of the Minerva Circle. They are:

    • The soror must be financial
    • The sorors must have been an active member (for the past two years) of a committee. Such information can be verified.
    • The soror must attend a Membership Intake Workshop within 12 months of the chapter’s Membership Intake.
  • The committee has confirmed that each of the candidates meet the criteria.



Nominating Committee ….continued



Presidents Report October 18, 2008



President’s Report…. continued

  • Midwest Region Update

  • Save the date! Ohio Statewide Founders Day is scheduled for the weekend of March 6-8, 2009 in Dayton

  • National Update

  • CALL TO ACTION: ELECTION 2008. To ensure a fair and just process, Soror Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is asking for Sorors who are attorneys to assist with one or both of the following:

    • Conduct a Voting Rights Workshop for a local Collegiate Chapter to provide important information about the legal requirements to be eligible to vote in your state where they are attending college.
    • Volunteer to serve as a Legal Observer on Election Day in your local areas (e.g. fielding complaints about irregularities, filing TROs and documenting violations).
  • To participate in this initiative, contact Soror Candi Mundon, Public Policy Specialist at National Headquarters, via email at cmundon@deltasigmatheta.org or call (202) 986-2400 ext. 557.

  • Announcement: Soror Marcia L. Fudge, 21st National President of Delta and currently Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, has taken the first step to replace Stephanie Tubbs Jones as the Congressional Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Ohio. On September 11, 2008, the Executive Committee of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly to support Soror Fudge as the Democratic nominee. Soror Fudge now must compete in the November 4, 2008 general election, where she will face a Republican candidate. If successful, she will begin a two year term in January 2009. Meanwhile, Soror Fudge also must compete in a special election on November 18, 2008 to fill the unexpired term of Congresswoman Jones. We understand there are four contenders. The winner will serve the unexpired term -- from November 19, 2008 – December 31, 2008.



President’s Report…. continued

  • National Update Continued

  • Soror Tina Allen, 58, Honorary Member, and a world renowned artist who resided in Los Angeles, CA, died Tuesday, September 9, 2008, after a brief illness. Soror Allen was inducted as an Honorary Member 1n 2004. Ms. Allen dedicated her life to documenting the spirit of black Americans in bronze. A memorial service is slated for late October in Los Angeles. Let's keep her family in our prayers.

  • Delta Days at United Nations scheduled for Friday, March 27th in New York

  • Violets

  • Jackie Turner and the Nominating Committee for putting together the slate for the Minerva Circle

  • Esther Cash-Mills for updating our policies based on the revisions to our National Constitution & Bylaws

  • Delta Academy and Delta GEMS committees for a successful kick-off

  • Scholarship Committee for planning a successful College Prep Workshop

  • Ebony Fashion Fair Committee for working diligently to sell out the Ebony Fashion Fair Show

  • My Executive Committee who are always on point!!!

  • Yours in Delta,

  • Veronica L. Chapman

  • President



Sorors the program committees are on the MOVE in Cincinnati and we are using teamwork to make the dream work. The Delta Academy, GEMS, and Scholarship have successfully kicked of their programs for the year. The GEMS and Academy have sustained the interest levels of the young ladies from 2007/2008 program year into the current sorority year. These programs have maintained record level participation of over 30 young ladies each. The Scholarship College Prep Workshop interest has also increase, approximately 150 students have signed up to attend today’s activities at the Mayerson Academy. Our program committees are on the MOVE, come out and support our efforts!

  • Sorors the program committees are on the MOVE in Cincinnati and we are using teamwork to make the dream work. The Delta Academy, GEMS, and Scholarship have successfully kicked of their programs for the year. The GEMS and Academy have sustained the interest levels of the young ladies from 2007/2008 program year into the current sorority year. These programs have maintained record level participation of over 30 young ladies each. The Scholarship College Prep Workshop interest has also increase, approximately 150 students have signed up to attend today’s activities at the Mayerson Academy. Our program committees are on the MOVE, come out and support our efforts!

  • Below is some key information regarding each program and upcoming activities:

    • Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy - Young ladies grades 5th through 8th, focus on math/science, meets 1st Saturday of each month at Corryville Recreation Center, 12pm – 3pm. Next meeting November 8th, ISPACE Blast Off Part-2 , partnering with ISPACE Ohio.
    • Delta Academy II: Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) – Young ladies grades 9th through 12th, focus on self esteem and leadership, meets 1st Tuesday of each month at Xavier University Gallagher Student Center (Room 214), 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Next meeting November 4th.
    • Scholarship Committee - College Prep Workshop grades 7th – 12th focused on college selection, testing, application submission, interviews and financial aide. October 18th, Mayerson Academy, 2650 Highland Avenue, 12PM – 5PM, partnering with Queen City, Omega Psi Phi, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
    • Debutante Cotillion - Young ladies that are High school Juniors and Seniors, focus on developing and enhancing the debutante’s personal, educational, cultural, spiritual, and social lives. Applications now available and are due on October 31st.


Social Action committee - Collaboration with community partners to enhance the political and social awareness of the Cincinnati community residents.

    • Social Action committee - Collaboration with community partners to enhance the political and social awareness of the Cincinnati community residents.
    • Physical and Mental Health Committee – will be focused on Stroke and Stroke prevention in addition to Breast Cancer Awareness, and Heart Disease.
    • Financial Fortitude Committee – We are in need of a chairperson for this committee but we would like to focus on all aspects of personal finances for a target group of under served Cincinnati residence.
    • Adopt-a-Family – provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for a deserving family as well as collect and distribute personal care items for our sick-n-shut-in sorors during Christmas.
  • The chapter calendar was distributed at the September meeting and is also posted on the website, www.cacdst.org. Please take a moment to review and add key dates to your personal calendar.

  • Sorors thanks for your support to date. We are excited about our programs and we invite you to participate.

  • Yours in Delta

  • Tina A. Welch

  • First Vice President



Second Vice Presidents Report



Third Vice President’s Report – October 2008

  • Welcome to our October meeting from the Resources Management Committee. See our updates below.

  • Ways & Means Committee: Soror Lisa Rowell

    • Save the date - Fourth Annual Golf Outing – May 16 2009!
  • Historian ~ Soror Ebonie Byndon

    • Creating a chapter scrapbook for 2008-2009. Submit pictures, articles and items of historical interest.
    • Seeking committee members.
    • Contact Ebonie at 513-283-3066 or ebyndon2003@yahoo.com for more info.
  • Journalist ~ Sorors Lynadius Joseph & Camile Woods

    • Compiling articles and photos for the next edition of our Minerva’s Pen Newsletter.
    • Send articles/photos via e-mail to informcac@gmail.com or regular mail to P.O. Box 19955 Cincinnati, OH 45219.
  • Web Mistress ~Soror LaCosta Moore

    • Updates made to website! Click www.cacdst.org for the latest chapter happenings
    • Send updates to Soror Moore at lacosta.moore@gmail.com
  • Publicity ~ Vacant

    • Disseminating information on chapter programs and accomplishments.


Third Vice President’s Report cont’d

  • Audit ~ Soror Mary Coleman

  • - Maintaining our internal controls and financial structure.

  • Custodian ~ Soror Sandra Wiggins

  • - Working with Fashion Fair committee to locate decorations and Scholarship Committee to get signs for College Prep Workshop.

  • - You may bring items for storage to the monthly chapter meeting or contact Soror Wiggins to arrange for pick up or meeting at the unit. Please include a label and inventory list of all items and place them in a plastic tub or appropriate container.

  • Chaplain ~ Soror Wanda Owens

  • - Thought for TodaySee first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

  • Dial-a-Delta ~ Sorors Melba Morgan & Pearline Singletary

  • - Secured current list of financial sorors for committee members.

  • Parliamentarian ~ Soror Esther Cash Mills

  • - Revised local policies and procedures due to changes resulting from national convention.

  • - Requesting input from all VPs and committee chairs to update our local documents. See detailed report from Soror Mills.

  • Sergeant at Arms ~ Soror Maurine Allen

  • - Condolences to Soror Allen on the homegoing of her aunt.

  • - Reminder: Please return your vote card after each meeting.

  • Housing Management ~ Soror Glenda Leonard-Wilkinson

  • - Planning committee meeting to discuss approach to housing feasibility study.

  • YID

  • Soror Vickie D. Fairley

  • Third Vice President



Monthly Report September 2008



Monthly Report September 2008



Monthly Report September 2008



Financial Roster



Treasurers Report



Treasurers Report ….continued



Treasurers Report ….continued



Treasurers Report ….continued



Treasurers Report ….continued



Ebony Fashion Fair Report October 18, 2008

  • It is SHOWTIME!  The 51st annual Ebony Fashion Fair will be returning to Cincinnati on Friday, October 31, 2008 at Duke Energy CenterWe are asking each Soror to purchase a minimum of 4 tickets. We want to fill all 997 seats at Duke! As a chapter, we have the ability to SELL OUT this event and showcase our chapter to the City of Cincinnati. Tickets are $75/VIP Reception, starting at 6pm & Show; $50/Show Only starting at 8pm; and Students, 21 and under with valid I.D., $25. Attire: semi-formal. To ensure that you and your guests have the best seats in the house, please plan to purchase your tickets now.  For your convenience tickets will be sold 9am-1pm on the Saturday dates listed below.  All tickets must be paid for at the time of your seat selection.  You can also go on-line to purchase your tickets through our website at www.cacdst.org. Online purchases are for show only tickets. Credit cards will be accepted on this site. > Escapades, 10088 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn OH  45215/ 9am-1pm: > October 25, 2008 > College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Avenue, Cinti OH  45224/ 9a-1pm: > October 18, 2008 If you have any questions, please contact Soror Danelle Carter (danellecarter2@yahoo.com), 513-312-9596; or Soror Gail McCullom (gmccullom@fuse.net), 513-403-1811. You don't want to miss this event. As one of our major fundraisers for our Scholarships program, let’s make this another success for CAC DST!

  • Thank you, Sorors.



Ebony Fashion Fair Report ….continued



Cotillion Committee

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2008-2009 Cotillion season. We are recruiting talented young ladies who would benefit from our leadership curriculum and Soror mentoring program. To qualify for participation they must be a Junior or Senior in high school and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. A copy of the application is included in your packet. The application is also available at the Chapter’s website. The application deadline is October 31, 2008.

  • The Acceptance Tea will be held November 9, 2008 at the Mason Community Center at 3:00 pm.

  • The 2009 Cotillion will be held on Saturday April 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM. This year’s ball will be held at the Duke Energy Center.

  • We are in need of additional committee members to carry out the Chapter’s mission of positively impacting the lives of the next debutante class. If you are interested please sign up on the circulating list or contact Shawnda DeRamus (513.236.0226, deramusdst@aol.com) or Marviette Dale (513.417.2824, mdaledst@aol.com).

  • The first committee meeting will be held on November 2nd at 4:00 pm. Soror Silvia Young has agreed to bless us with her excellent Southern Cooking which has become a Cotillion Committee tradition for our first meeting. Silvia’s address is 7906 Victory Court, West Chester, OH 45069.

  • Thanks in advance for the Chapter’s support for this Cotillion Season.

  • Respectfully Submitted,

  • Shawnda DeRamus Marviette Dale

  • Cotillion Co-Chair Cotillion Co-Chair



2007-2008 Delta Academy Final Report

  • Name of Program: 2007-2008 Delta Academy

  • Date of Program/Project: October 2007 – June 2008

  • Brief Description of Program/Project:

  • Scholarship. Service. Sisterhood. Self-Esteem. The CAC’s 2007-2008 Delta Academy program was designed to increase its focus on scholarship while continuing to offer opportunities for service, sisterhood, and improved self-esteem. We developed 3 Learning Modules to expose participants to technical fields (Science of Beauty, Robotics, and Media Technology), participated in 2 community service events, co-hosted retreats with Delta GEMS, and held a closing program to celebrate a great year with participants and their families. This final report highlights the 07/08 Delta Academy program and recommendations.

  • Location of Program/Project:

  • Corryville Recreation Center (Primary)

  • Media Bridges

  • Cincinnati Fire Museum

  • Number of Participants:

  • Committee Name:

    • Delta Academy
  • Committee Members:

    • Marena Brown (Chair), Candice Higgins (Co-Chair), Chanda Higgins, Carmen Jett, Michelle Rogers


Committee Observations:

  • Committee Observations:

  • Overall

    • Overall, the 2007-2008 Delta Academy program was a success.
      • We had a significant increase in the number of applications received (60),
      • We had a significant increase in the number of participants (avg. 24/session),
      • We had an increased focus on technology-related careers and activities (Learning Modules),
      • And we were able to maintain opportunities for service, sisterhood, and personal growth.
    • We received very positive feedback from participants and parents, achieving a 4.6/5.0 in the overall rating and scoring >4.0/5.0 in all areas.
  • Learning Modules – recommend to continue the Learning Module format, changing the focus areas for ’08-09. The ’07-08 Learning Modules were:

    • Science of Beauty (summarized earlier)
      • Caring for Our Skin and Nutrition
    • iSPACE – Robotics (summarized earlier)
      • Delta Academy was highlighted in their newsletter.
    • Media Bridges – Lights! Camera! Action
      • Participants wrote scripts and learned to use video equipment and editing software to produce their own videos on a socially relevant topic. Several of the videos were shared during the June Luncheon.
  • Speakers – recommend to continue having speakers who work in the fields related to the Learning Modules.

    • ’07-08 DA had 5 speakers from Cosmetics, Nutrition, Computer Programming, Aerospace, and Aviation.


Girl Talk – recommend hosting Girl Talk in ’08-09. Should combine “open” topics that students choose with “recommended” topics that the committee selects and can research prior to the meetings.

  • Girl Talk – recommend hosting Girl Talk in ’08-09. Should combine “open” topics that students choose with “recommended” topics that the committee selects and can research prior to the meetings.

  • Community Service – recommend conducting at least two community service events in ’08-09.

    • ’07-08 Service Events:
      • Warm Fuzzy Outreach (American Red Cross): Lincoln-Crawford Retirement Home
      • Great American Clean-up: Corryville Community Council
  • Fall Retreat – recommend co-hosting with GEMS in ’08-09.

  • College Retreat – recommend that DA participants do not attend the college retreat in ’08-09.

    • Recommendation based on the larger number of participants, the high cost of the retreat, and the large age/maturity differences between some DA and GEMS participants.
    • With the suggested changes in the participation requirements for DA (will target grades 5-8 instead of ages 11-14 years), there should also be less overlap with target participants for GEMS.
    • Participation in the College Prep Workshop will be added to the Delta Academy calendar.


Closing Ceremony – recommend holding a closing ceremony for ’08-09.

  • Closing Ceremony – recommend holding a closing ceremony for ’08-09.

    • For the ’07-08 year, we had ~20 attendees and ~40 family members and friends attend the last DA session and Closing Ceremony.
    • All girls were presented with participation certificates.
    • A small number of special recognitions were given – attendance, Presidential Delta Academy essays.
    • Participants and parents were very proud to be a part of the DA program and we have a large pool of girls looking forward to another year of DA or to the GEMS program.
  • ’07-08 National Program Submissions

    • Presidential Delta Academy participant nomination packet
    • Exemplary Delta Academy Program submission


2007-2008 Delta Academy FINAL EXPENSE REPORT



Delta GEMS 2008 Spring College Retreat Final Report

  • Name of Program: Delta GEMS 2008 Spring College Retreat

  • Date of Program/Project: Saturday, April 19- Sunday, April 20, 2008

  • Brief Description of Program/Project: In addition to exposure to a college campus and a college experience; the purpose of the retreat is to provide the GEMS with opportunities for sisterly bonding, recreation, and leadership development. The retreat participants participated in an Admissions/Financial Aid question and answer session, a campus tour, community service at the Bloomington Public Library, a bowling activity at the Student Union on the campus of Indiana University and other sisterly bonding activities. The participants and chaperones slept on campus at Indiana Memorial Union Hotel and Conference Center. The participants ate in the Campus Dining Hall, the Student Union and at an off campus restaurant. (NOODLES)

  • Location of Program/Project: Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana

  • Number of Participant: 2 Delta Academy, 13 Delta GEMS & Sorors.

  • Committee Name: 2007-2008 Delta GEMS Committee

  • Committee Members: Tikica Benjamin, Chair Camille Woods, Co Chair, Lori Cargile, Member, Nola Thompson, Member, Tamia Collins, Member, Lynadius Joseph, Member, Ashani Omard, Member, Ligaya West, Member.

  • Committee Observation : Overall, the 2008 Indiana University Delta GEMS/ Delta Academy college retreat was a great success! All of the young ladies had a good time and enjoyed and appreciated getting a real life college experience. The young ladies enjoyed the campus tour, the Admissions Office question and answer session, our bowling activity and most of all-our hotel suites. The GEMS enjoyed getting to know the Delta Academy participants and the chaperones. Consequently, several of the young ladies seem to have come out of their shells over the course of the weekend and really embraced the opportunity to form a sisterly bond with each other. Overall, the committee felt that this activity was very positive because it provided a good perspective of college and encouraged the girls to start thinking about this aspect of their future and what they want out of it.



Delta GEMS 2008 College Retreat Indiana University FINAL EXPENSE REPORT



Delta GEMS 2008 Spring College Retreat Final Report

  • Soror Carmen Jett and the GEMS participate in community service at the Bloomington Public Library.



Delta GEMS May Community Service Final Report

  • Name of Program: Delta GEMS Spring Community Service Project

  • Date of Program/Project: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

  • Brief Description of Program/Project: The GEMS are committed to performing community service activities throughout our program year and the Ice Cream Social at the Bethany House was our final community service commitment of the year. We are committed to community service because high school students who engage in quality service-learning programs show an increase in personal and social responsibility. Also, students who engage in service-learning ranked responsibility as a more important value and reported a higher sense of responsibility to their communities than those who do not participate in any community service. Students who engage in service-learning are more likely to treat each other kindly, help each other and care about doing their best. Our GEMS are a living example of touching and improving the lives of others through service.

  • Location of Program/Project: Bethany House Cincinnati, Ohio (North Fairmount)

  • Number of Participant: 5 Delta GEMS and 2 Sorors.

  • Committee Name: 2007-2008 Delta GEMS Committee

  • Committee Members: Tikica Benjamin, Chair Camille Woods, Co Chair, Lori Cargile, Member, Nola Thompson, Member, Tamia Collins, Member, Lynadius Joseph, Member, Ashani Omard, Member, Ligaya West, Member.

  • Committee Observation: In an effort to continue our service relationship with the Bethany House; we decided to give the residents of the Bethany House an Ice Cream Social and give the GEMS a chance to interact with the residents and volunteers. The GEMS served ice cream to the residents and volunteers; and they had an opportunity to learn what the Bethany House is all about and the services that they provide to women and their children. In the future, we may look into opportunities in which the GEMS provide a more hands/structured type of community service.



Delta GEMS June End of the Year Skating Party Final Report

  • Name of Program: Delta GEMS June End of the Year Skating Party

  • Date of Program/Project: Saturday June 14, 2008

  • Brief Description of Program/Project: The purpose of the skating party is to celebrate the end of the Delta GEMS program year. During the skating party, participants are able to fellowship with one another and with the committee members. We recognized the girls for their participation with a small gift, we had a “what did you learn/remember from our program year raffle” with prizes and we distributed a survey to learn what the girls liked/disliked about the program and their recommendations for the next program year.

  • Location of Program/Project: Fun Factory Skating Rink (Norwood)

  • Number of Participant: 8 Delta GEMS and 5 Sorors.

  • Committee Name: 2007-2008 Delta GEMS Committee

  • Committee Members: Tikica Benjamin, Chair Camille Woods, Co Chair, Lori Cargile, Member, Nola Thompson, Member, Tamia Collins, Member, Lynadius Joseph, Member, Ashani Omard, Member, Ligaya West, Member.

  • Committee Observation: Although the RSVP response was very low, we decided to have the skating party in order to celebrate the end of another successful Delta GEMS program year. By June, most of our young ladies have started their summer jobs at Kings Island, etc and they can not take off of work for our event. In the future, we may want to have the end of the year celebration at the end of May before the GEMS get out of school for the summer. We also may want to take a poll and see if the GEMS are actually still interested in skating due to the low turn out. Maybe there is another venue/activity that is within our budget that interest high school girls outside of skating.



Delta GEMS 2008 End of the Year Skating Party FINAL EXPENSE REPORT



Delta GEMS June End of the Year Skating Party Final Report



Delta GEMS 2008-2009 Kick Off Meeting Final Report Oct 7, 2008

  • Name of Program:

  • Delta GEMS 2008-2009 Kick Off Meeting and “Rock the Vote” Its never too early to understand that your voice/vote matters.

  • Date of Program/Project: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Brief Description of Program/Project: The primary purpose of the program was to kick off the 2008-2009 Delta GEMS program year and discuss the program topic, “Rock the Vote”. Although the majority of the GEMS aren’t 18 years old; we wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate the fact that its never too early to understand that your voice/vote matters. We discussed the importance of the GEMS involvement in organizations and extra curricular activities such as student government. In the spirit of the upcoming presidential election, we thought it would be appropriate to elect four “GEMS representatives" for the 2008-2009 program year. Interested GEMS prepared a two minute speech and urged their peers to vote for them based on their leadership abilities, their willingness to serve and their commitment to making sure that the GEMS voices will be heard throughout the year. We finished out the program by telling the GEMS about the upcoming College Prep Workshop, Cotillion and our next program; which is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008 6:30pm-8:30 pm at Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Room 214.

  • Location of Program/Project: Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Room 214

  • Number of Participants: 36 GEMS, 9 CAC Sorors and 3 Sorors from Rho Xi (Xavier University)

  • Committee Name: 2008-2009 Delta GEMS Committee



Delta GEMS 2008-2009 Kick Off Meeting Final Report Oct 7, 2008

  • Committee Members: Chair: Camille Woods, Co Chair: Krystal Hardy, Members: Tikica Benjamin, Ligaya West, April Hollinger, Mika Marshall, Lynadius Joseph, Stacey Fulgham, Akilah LaShore, Gayle DeBrossard, Lori Cargile, Tamia Collins, Ashani Omard and Miranda Holloway.

  • Committee Observation: Overall, the program went very well and the GEMS enjoyed the program topic. We had a very diverse group of young ladies from schools such as: Lakota East, Hughes Center, Wyoming, Withrow University, Clark, Western Hills University, Schroeder and SCPA. All of our recruiting efforts paid off! Violets to Krystal Hardy, April Hollinger and Tikica Benjamin for recruiting at CPS football games. Violets to Krystal Hardy and Mika Marshall for sending applications, program calendars, etc to CPS high schools.

  • If you are interested in joining the GEMS committee, please contact Camille Woods or Krystal Hardy at cac_deltagems@yahoo.com.

  • Our next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 21st (6:30 pm) at the Main Library downtown.  For those that can't physically be there, but are available during that time, a call in number will be provided.

  • Thanks, Camille Woods and Krystal Hardy



Delta GEMS 2008-2009 Kick Off Meeting Final Report



Delta GEMS 2008-2009 Kick Off Meeting Final Report Oct 7, 2008



Housing Committee Report October 18, 2008

  • What is a Feasibility Study?

  • A feasibility study is an analysis of the viability of an idea.

  • The feasibility study should answer the question;

  • Will the idea work and should we proceed with it?

  • Our chapter has requested that we prepare a feasibility study on procuring property.

    • The study will list all the things you need to make a sound decision on whether to pursue purchasing property;
    • Identify logistical and other business-related problems and solutions;
    • Serve as a solid foundation for pursuing or not pursuing property, and
    • Consider other options.
  • Committee Chair: Glenda M. Leonard-Wilkinson

  • Committee Members: Marthalla Foree and Sylvia Young



Social Action Report October 18, 2008

  • We are getting down to the final hours with only 17 days until November 4, 2008, Election Day. We appreciate everyone’s diligence in getting your friends, family and yourselves registered to vote prior to the deadline of October 6, 2008.

  • However, there is still much that can be done to assist the people in our community and ourselves with exercising their right to vote and being able to make educated decisions about who and what we vote for.

  • As a result of our partnership with the NAACP and Queen City Alumnae Chapter during voter registration drives at the NAACP National Convention in July, The Black Family Reunion in August, The National Baptist Convention & MTV’s Rock the Vote@ UC in September we have successfully registered over 277 voters.

  • We also signed up a few voters during a registration ‘sweep’ at the mall the weekend of Oct 3-5, 2008.

  • We will continue our partnership with Queen City Alumnae in our efforts to educate voters for this upcoming election. We will need your support at the following events:

    • In collaboration with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to sponsor a Voter Education Seminar on 10/25 @ Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, from 3-5pm to educate ourselves and the community. Valuable information will be provided on absentee voting, voting early at the Board of Elections, and what you should know when voting on Election Day, Nov. 4th. This will also serve as training for our Voter Mobilization on Sat. Oct. 25 when we go out into the community to share what we have learned via fliers and handouts and ensure those in our community have a hot-line number they can call if there are any additional questions from now until Election Day .
    • Also, on Election Day where we will volunteer with The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to send our Sorors in pairs to monitor polls and ensure voter rights information is distributed. The Voter Education Seminar will serve as training for this effort also. In addition to poll monitoring, there are volunteer opportunities at the The Lawyer's Committee headquarters where information on poll activities will be entered into a database to track irregular activities and ensure there are no voter right infringements.


Social Action Committee Report ….continued




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