- Faith & Family
Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae’s President Janice Hopton provided a statement with a big welcome to the arrival of spring time which included a successful “Jabor Work” recently at Miami Jackson Senior High. She stated the sororal year is quickly coming to an end, however, a Delta’s work is never done.
Furthermore, the month of March certainly embodied the essence of “Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.” An all-day rededication and tea affair was a great way to celebrate. Pearls to chair/co-chairs sorors Gayle Class-Aldrich, Rubye Howard, Nyree Washington and Erma Wellons.
Soror Spotlight goes out to Thelma Davis, a retired principal and 55-year member of the sorority. She matriculated at age 16 at St. Augustine University. Even with her educational training, Soror Davis had difficulty being hired as a teacher, so she eventually went to New York for a Masters degree and returned to Miami as a full-fledge teacher at Miami Central High. She would go on to become an assistant principal at Miami Edison and principal of Madison. She equaled those moments as a Delta by being the recipient of the 2012 Carrie P. Meek Servant Leadership Social Action Award.
Other dignitaries at the workshop were Annettee Williams, Sonya Ingraham whose son, John, is graduating from FAMU, and brother Jai, who is an exemplary assistant principle at Allapattah Middle. Other attendants included Maude Newbold, Martha Day, Kathie Thurston and Robin Mathis.
Kudos also go out to the Executive Board for keeping the organization pro-active in all areas. Members of the board include President Janice Hopton, Corresponding Secretary Darnetia Parrott, Custodian Jacqueline Lewis, immediate past President, Rubye Howard, First Vice Karen Wiggins, Financial Secretary Jennifer A. Grand, Parliamentarian Flora Jackson-Holmes, Chair-PPD Gigi Gilbert, Second Vice Cheryl A. Fields, Treasurer Linda Bryant, Chaplain Eulusandra Coats, Recording Secretary Brenda Williams, Journalist Phyllis D. Way, Sgt. Of Arms Lonina McRae-Pasley, and Co/PPD Gwendolyn Bryant.
Meanwhile, Rev. Andrew Floyd was appointed pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brownsville, last Saturday. The church later hosted a surprise birthday party for the new pastor who was born in March.
Musician Lewis Howard provided entertainment for the party, while Rev. Derrick Kelly had the honor of being the emcee. He brought on Verma Kelly to give the invocation, followed by Chenell Daniel who provided the welcome remarks; a liturgical dance routine was performed by First Baptist Dancers; the roast was given by the Floyd family and Taylor Dansby brought the house down by singing, “I Won’t Complain.” Others in attendance were Brandon Brown, Stephanie Cooper, Annie H. Ross, Brenda Smith, Ricky Mitchell, Lolita Angry, Francis Sullivan, Irene Baker, Martha Steward and Leo Howard.
Richard Smith, a retired coach from Mays High, took over the discussion when he educated the audience about the principals at Mays from 1932 – 68. He mentioned Camary Robinson, David Dobbs, Ruby George, who graduated the first class of 39; Hubert Thompson, band director; James Simmons, Earl Wells, and Nelson Bethel. Also Frances S. Tucker, who was the first female principal, was mentioned. Comments about winning the championship each year to avoid violence in Liberty City came from Johnny Davis, McArthur Mack, Cleve Baker, Robert Walker, William Evans, William Snell, Arnold Davis, Jake Caldwell and Jerome Simpkins.
The retired brothers of Sigma Alpha of Omega Psi Phi were in good humor, yet cautious during the monthly meeting last Thursday. Baljean Smith, president, announced for the brothers to pick up the agenda. The agenda was approved while Bernard Kelly asked to be on the agenda which was accepted. The highlight of the meeting was when the Seventh District Plenary with Dr. Astrid Mack, delegate, was allowed to speak. Mack was outstanding in his delivery and articulated the problems that existed at the conference that were resolved with brothers, such as Former Grand Basileus George Grace from Pi Nu Chapter.
By Richard J. Strachan