Submitted by Danette Reid, Dana McCutchen and Kina Smallwood Butts
The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter celebrated Reclamation Month with several engaging events geared toward reclaiming and retaining inactive sorors. The chapter kicked off the month with a Reclamation Themed Chapter Meeting on Nov. 6, 2021. During the welcome, visiting members were recognized and paired with Companions who served as a point of contact to answer questions and provide support. The event also featured recently reclaimed members in an engaging, short video presentation to introduce them to the chapter, as it remains in a virtual setting. Following the meeting, a brief breakout session was held where visiting sorors were greeted by the chapter’s first vice president, financial secretary, and members of the membership services committee. The day then continued with the chapter’s monthly Chat and Chew. The event hosted more than 50 members and led a fellowship where reclamation stories were shared, games were played, and all continued building a collective bond. The day ended with the singing of the Sweetheart Song. Following the meeting, each visiting soror received a letter from Dr. Penny Nixon, chapter president along with a small token of love.
On Nov. 10, 2021, in conjunction with the Chaplains Circle, the chapter held a midday prayer service with an emphasis on remaining steadfast and true to Delta’s purpose. The focus of the study was on the Biblical character, Vashti. The session was led by Soror Vivian Drayton and was transformational, encouraging and uplifting. It served as a reminder for chapter members that the work they do is instrumental for its communities, and they are stronger when they work together.
As a sisterhood dedicated to service, the chapter infused a community service project into its reclamation plan. Members were encouraged to invite inactive Deltas to join the chapter for “Sorors, Socks, and Soap.” On Nov. 13, 2021, in the chapter’s first in-person event since the pandemic, members collected socks and body wash for the People’s Emergency Center (PEC). PEC assists men, women, children, and youth in the Philadelphia vicinity who are dealing with homelessness. During the event, inactive Deltas completed a contact form that allowed the chapter to capture visiting members’ information so that the chapter can continue its reclamation efforts. The event was well attended and the event ended up providing more than 500 pairs of socks and 350 body products to PEC. The chapter also had eight inactive sorors request information for next steps to join the chapter.
Members of Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter look forward to continuing its efforts to reclaim, retain, and strengthen the sisterhood throughout the remainder of the sorority year.