Brooklyn Alumnae Retreat Build Communities, Sisterhood & Service

Submitted by Nicole Duncan-Smith

On the weekend of Oct. 13- 15, the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter attended the Sisterhood Retreat hosted by the Jamaica Alumnae Chapter at the Hilton Rosehall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, bringing to the sunny island personal supplies for female victims of domestic violence.

While a trip to Jamaica is filled with tropical weather and irie vibes, when Deltas board the plane, it always becomes an opportunity to serve with a smile and get a beautiful tan. Five members of the second oldest alumnae chapter in New York City attended: First Vice President Germaine Walker, Sharon Brown, Cynthia Covington, Heidi Cox, and Yolanda Tabb.

The chapter collected enough toiletries and must-need-feminine products to fill a 50-pound suitcase and half of a large trash bag. The chapter made them into travel-size-to-go bags, in the hope to support the sorors of the JAC, in their effort to demonstrate sisterhood through scholarship, service, and social action.

Philadelphia Alumnae members also had an intimate chat with 26th National President Beverly E. Smith, met the Immediate Past Southwest Regional Director Michelle Brown, and viewed videos from Soror Paula Giddings (author and activist), and Sheryl Lee Ralph, a Distinguished Honorary Member, Emmy Award-winning actress, and AIDS activist.

The primary focus of the weekend was to foster sisterhood between sorors in the United States and in Deltas many international chapters. 

The host chapter exemplified the jewels Delta’s Founders taught its members to honor with gracious acts of hospitality.

JAC introduced the American sorors to the many community stakeholders and organizations they collaborate with on the island as they embark on the business of Delta. No matter what aspect of the sorority’s five programmatic-thrust or the country that members of the illustrious sisterhood dwell in, they are always working to make their community better.

Another workshop the host chapter had for their guests was about living in Jamaica and the opportunities waiting for those looking to take the big move.

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