Submitted by Tunuka M Gray
On Monday, April 11, 2022, the Southern Africa Alumnae Chapter (SAAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated celebrated its one-year charter anniversary. SAAC is the sorority’s 1059th chapter and part of the Dynamic and Historic Eastern Region. Furthermore, the SAAC is the first DST chapter in the Southern Africa region and Kenya. To honor this historic milestone, 15 charter members gathered in Durban, South Africa over the weekend for sisterhood, fellowship and service.
The weekend activities were diligently planned and executed by Soror Angela Pulliam-Gillespie who led the first-year charter anniversary committee and who is also the Country Coordinator and chapter Parliamentarian. Members arrived in Durban from around the continent on April 8. President Sherida Stevens welcomed 15 sorors at the historic in-person gathering at the Oyster Box Hotel. Participants came from as far as Kenya, Angola and Zambia and fellowshipped during a welcome dinner. Despite working together daily over the past year, this was the first time many of the SAAC chapter members were able to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic and given that the chapter is spread across 17 countries in Africa.
April 9 had a packed itinerary that started at T.R.E.E., one of the official International Awareness and Involvement approved programs. Chapter members planted an indigenous camwood tree and had a dedication ceremony with a plaque commemorating SAAC’s one year charter day anniversary. Training and Resources in Early Education (T.R.E.E.) is a South African non-profit that focuses on Early Childhood Development, resource and training. Sorors in Southern Africa have worked with T.R.E.E. over the past several years, even before there was an official chapter in the region. The evening function was a formal program to acknowledge charter members who were presented with chartering certificates
On April 10, Soror Marissa Scott, SAAC Chaplain, led the chapter in a spiritual word, and all gathered to watch a pre-recorded first year anniversary celebration video with greetings from the sorority’s National and Regional leadership. The video, which can be viewed here, announces the chapter’s inaugural scholarship fund that will support students in Southern Africa and Kenya.
Since the chapter anniversary falls on Soror Charlotte Fuller’s birthday, the chapter was grateful to celebrate with Charlotte on her 91st birthday.
The weekend was filled with camaraderie and joy, SAAC’s Chapter President Stevens noted, “It was incredibly important for us to celebrate our chapter anniversary in person and bond over our love for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the SAAC. We now understand each other better and can work together more effectively in the year ahead.”
For more information, contact the Southern Africa Alumnae Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.