Submitted by Teresa McGaney-Guy and Regina Smith
On Feb. 16, 2023, the Atlantic City Alumnae Chapter GEMS committee hosted an event led by Regina Smith. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she used her personal story and her professional skills to engage the GEMS to focus on the theme of the evening “Yes You Can.”
Ms. Smith opened the presentation by sharing her story of being raised by a wonderful, proud, dedicated, strong single black/African-American father. She explained how her journey is a reflection of the “Yes You Can” attitude and motto, despite humble beginnings and social challenges and discrimination you can succeed.
She felt the need to focus on self-love and self-respect because February is considered the love month and also Black History Month. The combination was conducive to leading an activity that focused on respecting self and those that have gone before.
During the presentation sorors of Atlantic City Alumnae stepped up to give the GEMS inspirational words to maximize their potential. Regina shared notable contributions of various African-American Women of excellence.
The young ladies collaborated on activities to view the many current successes of African-Americans. Ms. Smith told the participants, “We must continue to focus generation to generation to maintain the progress that has been achieved continue to progress and keep the doors open.”
The goal of the evening was met as the GEMS focused on discussing the greatness in each of them and the importance of education. The committee added another successful event to the GEMS scrapbook. The committee looks forward to the next event in March focusing on Women’s History Month.