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Beta Gamma Chapter Celebrates 66 Years of Service on Founders’ Day 2018

Special to The Truth

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the Beta Gamma Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc hosted sister chapters from Flint, Saginaw and Detroit, MI to celebrate 95 years of service for the national sorority and 66 years of service for the Toledo chapter. The Quad Founders’ Day 2018’s theme for the occasion was “Celebrating Our Founders: Sisters of Vision.”

The program, held at Macedonia Baptist Church, was opened by the mistress of ceremonies, Linda Collins, Founders’ Day co-chairman, and followed by the musical prelude, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Greetings were offered by Toledo Chapter Basileus Dorothy Batson and Midwest Regional Director Francine Blake, PhD. After an Ice Breaker by the All “Quad” Sorors, national and local histories were presented by Helen Sallee and Joan Harris. Sisters from all four chapters offered a tribute to the founders and Yvonne Turner sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” with accompaniment by Carmen Carpenter.

After lunch, the “What Would Our Founders Think?” program was staged including chapter highlights of Y.E.S. activities; a poem by Charliemae Rose titled “You Have a Part to Play;” acknowledgement of “special guests” by Jacqueline Quinn; “special” recognitions by Paula Martin and others; presentation of gifts by the Beta Gamma Sorors and closing remarks by Batson.

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc, is a professional organization of teachers dedicated to the task of training the youth of America to cope satisfactorily and effectively with today’s problems. Since its inception, in 1923, the aims established by the founders have been the goals adopted by chapters throughout the country: to stimulate professional growth among teachers; to foster the true spirit of sisterhood; to promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession and to encourage the development of the potential of youth.

The National Sorority was founded in April 1923 by nine future teachers in Jersey City, New Jersey and was officially incorporated on May 23 of the same year. The second chapter was organized 17 month later in Washington, D.C. and the sorority ultimately spread throughout the country and to Liberia in West Africa. There are currently 125 chapters and over 4,000 members in five regions – Eastern, Southwestern, Southeastern, Far West and Midwestern.

The Bate Gamma Chapter was formed on May 23, 1952 when Lenora Williams Farrow and Mayola Senior and sorors from Detroit, Michigan (Chi Chapter), traveled to the old Douglas Center on the corner of 11th Street and Pinewood Avenue. On that evening 12 chapter members were initiated. They traveled to Detroit the next day to celebrate Founders’ Day with the Chi Chapter. Ann Marie Bolden, the last surviving member of the 12 original sorors passed away on February 26, 2018.

Among the visitors from the three Michigan chapters were Gabrielle Patterson, Basileus of the Chi Chapter; Tiffany Pritchett, Basileus of the Flint Gamma Delta Chapter and Lillian Thomas, EdD, Basileus of the Saginaw Gamma Kappa Chapter.

This year’s Founders’ Day committee consisted of Co-Chairman Bea Daniels, Collins, Batson, Martin and Sallee.

Other Beta Gamma sorors are: Sherry Reed, grammateus; Rita Oliver, tamias; Clara Brank, dean of pledges; Bessie Mack, public relations.


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:10 -0700.



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