Delta Sigma Theta sis­ters con­verge on Palm Beach

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By DAPHNE TAY­LOR Spe­cial for South Florida Times Tick­ets for the an­niver­sary ban­quet are $70 and can be pur­chased by call­ing 561-313-8175.

PALM BEACH GAR­DENS, Fla.- Thou­sands of ladies from Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity, In­cor­po­rated will de­scend on the Palm Beaches for the next few days, tack­ling tough top­ics and show­cas­ing sig­na­ture projects from around the state and the Ba­hamas. The Florida and Ba­hamas Clus­ter, which will take place at the world-renowned PGA Na­tional Re­sort and Spa in Palm Beach Gar­dens, brings to­gether the mem­bers in sis­ter­hood as well as get­ting down to busi­ness as they're hosted by the West Palm Beach Alum­nae Chap­ter of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The con­fer­ence con­venes on Friday, April 13, with famed At­tor­ney Wil­lie Gary greet­ing the ladies dur­ing the open­ing ses­sion. The gath­er­ing will in­clude ex­ten­sive train­ing, as well as the soror­ity mem­bers ad­dress­ing tough is­sues like haz­ing, said LaVoise Tay­lor Smith, chair­per­son of the Florida and Ba­hamas Clus­ter.

Smith said the haz­ing panel is crit­i­cal and will in­clude in­put from prom­i­nent judges, lawyers, in­spec­tor gen­eral and oth­ers in the le­gal arena. Smith said Delta Sigma Theta has a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy on haz­ing and takes steps to as­sure their chap­ters’ com­pli­ance.

In ad­di­tion to the hot­bed is­sue of haz­ing, chap­ters will show­case their sig­na­ture projects-some in ac­cor­dance with a na­tional theme, and oth­ers from a lo­cal per­spec­tive. Lo­cally, the WPB Alum­nae chap­ter will present their works with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, and although that's a na­tional ini­tia­tive for Delta Sigma Theta, their lo­cal project touches a bit of his­tory. Ac­cord­ing to Sharon Wood, Pres­i­dent of the West Palm Beach Alum­nae Chap­ter, they are set to build two homes on April 28 through Habi­tat's "Women Build" com­po­nent, with all women build­ing the homes, said Carolyn Smart, Team Leader for the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Na­tional Project. The two homes will be built in the his­toric North­west Neigh­bor­hood where famed black ar­chi­tect, Hazel Au­gust, built the his­toric Payne Chapel AME Church on one cor­ner, and on the other cor­ner, the his­toric Taber­na­cle Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, said Smart.

"He was a black ar­chi­tect who was also hired by white builders which (was) very un­usual in that pe­riod of time," His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety of Palm Beach County Chief Cu­ra­tor Debi Mur­ray said.

The lo­cal Delta chap­ter will also show­case its col­lab­o­ra­tion with "Live Fresh," a mo­bile unit with shower stalls that trav­els to var­i­ous sites al­low­ing the home­less to bathe. The pro­gram also pro­vides toi­letries and per­sonal hy­giene prod­ucts.

Wood is pres­i­dent of the chap­ter that in­cludes the South Palm Beach County Chap­ter, the Glades Alum­nae chap­ter, and the Xi Ep­silon Chap­ter of Florida At­lantic Univer­sity. “We’re mov­ing our chap­ter from good to great as we im­pact lives,” she said.

All events for the week­end con­fer­ence are closed to the pub­lic ex­cept the Sunday din­ner and cel­e­bra­tion in honor the lo­cal chap­ter's 70th an­niver­sary, to be held out­doors on the Honda Pav­il­ion at the PGA Re­sort.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SOROR­ITY,INC.

The West Palm Beach Alum­nae Chap­ter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity, Inc., joins Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity's Women Build pro­ject to con­struct two homes in the NW area.

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