A number of people would think that after kicking off their centennial celebration with their observance in Washington, DC on January 13th (and other places throughout the country and elsewhere), the celebration of the Womens’ Suffrage Movement (where women are finally given their right to vote), and last weekend’s Centennial Torch Tour (in Atlanta), the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. would keep it somewhat low-key during the end of the spring and the beginning of the summer months. One would figure at this point in time, they would “come up for air”, catch their breath, and take it a little easier in gearing up for their Centennial Convention in Washington, DC in July.
Clearly, none of the area chapters received that memo. In fact, the members of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are merely turning up the heat regarding the community and service-based programs for the upcoming spring days, including their May Week. With four critical programming events that align with their Physical and Mental Health and Educational Development, two parts of their national Five Part Program Thrust, the members are pushing forward in regards to their outreach and service.
The week kicks off on Thursday, May 2nd, from 7-8pm, at the Saratoga Community Clubhouse (1871 Geyser Trace in Lawrenceville) with their free Athletic Yoga Class. Those in attendance not only are scheduled to receive instruction in restorative poses grounded in the relaxation of one’s mind, body, and spirit, but also may receive one of a number of free giveaways and door prizes at the event.
Saturday’s (May 4th) Male Mentoring Symposium aligns with their national EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) platform. The event takes place at Sweetwater Middle School (3500 Cruse Road in Lawrenceville) from 8am to 2pm and is open to young men ages 13-17, along with parents and others in the community in search of creative and effective ways of engagement with young people. Former NFL player Tyrone Poole is among those who are serving as the day’s panelists and speakers.
The very next day, May 5th, is certainly cause for celebration (and not just Cinco de Mayo). The chapter is hosting its Rites of Passage and Scholarship Presentation as they recognize their scholarship recipients for the forthcoming 2013-14 academic year. The program takes place at the Berkeley Hills Country Club (2300 Pond Road in Duluth, GA) from 4-6pm.
The week concludes with the chapter’s participation in the county-wide (Gwinnett) Relay for Life event at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on May 10th, starting at 7pm. Along with other community-based organizations, schools, and individuals, their participation in this nationally-recognized celebration of cancer survivors and the continued call for raising funds for added cancer research makes the Gwinnett event one of (if not the largest) in the nation.
Doing just one program in and of itself is enough to get a community involved. To do four within a week is just another example of where many members of the 100-year old sorority do their part in being a community resource; while others would call it going above and beyond the call of duty, in this instance, the members of the Gwinnett County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. merely consider it doing their part and heeding the call to serve.
Clearly, their commitment, engagement, and “fire” to be a community resource still burns brightly.