Submitted by Carletta Jones
The North Central Louisiana Consortium of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Southern Region, hosted its annual Founders’ Day program virtually Sunday, Jan. 16. The consortium consists of the program’s host chapter, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter, Xi Epsilon Chapter and Zeta Amicae, all of Natchitoches, Chi Nu Zeta Chapter of Vidalia, Psi Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Springhill, and Zeta Amicae of Springhill. During the program, Mu Omega Zeta Sorority was surprised with a $1,000 grant on behalf of the Social Action/Get Engaged program in conjunction with the National Council of Negro Women/Good Health WINS Project. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Louisiana State Director Renee’ L. Bourgeois made the announcement. This grant was awarded to the chapters who have demonstrated that COVID-19 and flu pandemics are important topics to discuss and as such created programs to inform and uplift communities. State Director Bourgeois said, “I am so proud of Mu Omega Zeta Chapter. Keep up the service to your community.”
Other dignitaries attending were visiting presidents, Omicron Sigma Zeta Chapter of Baton Rouge President Jean Robinson, Chi Lambda Zeta Chapter of Bartlett, Tenn., President Lisa Jones Johnson, Charter Member of Xi Epsilon Undergraduate Chapter at Northwestern State University (1974) Jacqueline Strong Griffin of Los Angeles, Calif., Southern Region Protocol Coordinator of Upsilon Zeta Chapter in New Iberia, Carmelita Roberts and Earlin Moore Jr., President of Zeta Delta Sigma Chapter of the Eastern Region (Phi Beta Sigma) in Virginia Beach, Va. Special guests included Delta Sigma Theta members Yolanda Bobb, Yvette Caesar-Williams and Ronnette C. Langhorne, and Sigma Gamma Rho member Consuella Sibley.
The theme of the Founders’ Day Program was “One Zeta Stepping into Finer Womanhood” and commenced with Mu Omega Zeta Treasurer Linda Howard calling it to order. Founders’ Day Committee Chairperson Lockey Whitaker Reliford moderated. After the call to order, Mary Truesdale, Chaplain of Zeta Amicae of Springhill presented a scripture reading. Angela Washington of Mu Omega Zeta sang the Zeta Hymn and Chi Nu Zeta member Angela Brooks recited the prayer. The welcome was extended by Natalie Aguirre, Xi Epsilon President, and Mu Omega Zeta Third Vice President Jamie Flanagan sang a solo. Organizational histories were given by Dominick Thomas of Newport News, Va., (Phi Beta Sigma), Mu Omega Zeta President Josephine Winder (Zeta Phi Beta), Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches President Doryce Polk (Zeta Amicae), and Mu Omega Zeta Financial Secretary Yalaunda Taylor (Consortium). After the histories, Mu Omega Zeta members Denise Washington and Carletta Jones paid tribute to Zeta Phi Beta’s founders. Mu Omega Zeta member Cheryl Jackson presented a salute to the undergraduates, Natalie Aguirre and Treniya Wadley, for earning degrees from Northwestern State University.
Danielle Terrell, First Vice President of Chi Nu Zeta Chapter, introduced the guest speaker for the program, Mu Omega Zeta Chaplain Jacqueline Smith.
Presentations were made to the Zeta of the Year, Mu Omega Zeta First Vice President Candance Grayson, and Xi Epsilon member of the year was awarded to Natalie Aguirre. Zeta Amicae of the Year went to Danielle Talley of Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches.
Following the presentations, a special tribute to Mu Omega Zeta’s Triumphant Soror, the late Roxie Beck Braxton, was shown by Yalaunda Taylor and Cheryl Jackson. She was instrumental in the progression of the Mu Omega Zeta Chapter. Her sister, Dianne Samuels, made remarks on behalf of the family. The program ended with remarks by the Presidents of Zeta Chapters, Zeta Amicae Chapters, and Founders’ Day Program Committee Chairperson Lockey W. Reliford, followed by a Greek medley, and the Benediction and closing prayer by the Rev. Vincent Parker, Phi Beta Sigma member.
Founders’ Day Committee
Lockey Whitaker Reliford – Chair; Yalaunda Toliver-Taylor – Co-Chair; Josephine Winder, Natashya Clark, LaWanda Mayberry, Natalie Aguirre, Angela Brooks, Candance Grayson, Doryce Polk, Cheryl Jackson, Carletta Jones, Denise Washington, Roshawnda Taylor, Danyelle Talley and Hope Houston
Submitted by Carletta Jones