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2008 to 2009


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Chapter Membe rship

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fa6k ofContents Theta Theta Omega Chapter

(Every Soror Participating

Chapter Officers
Chapter Members
Charter Members
Our Emerging (DiamondSoror

golden Sorors Silver Sorors

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Sorors on the Move “Kappa Xi



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ARA Day at Capital/Alaconomics /Scholarship

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Membership (Founders (Day

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88 93 103 106

Appointed positions by the Basileus: Parliamentarian, Chaplain, Graduate Advisor, Tea Rose Talk Editor, and Chairmen of Standing Committees

New Nominating Qommittee Members

Sorors Jackie M. Brown, Ina Dorman, Sharon Walton, Loveda Ford, Shirley Carroll, Psyche Terry and Carman Jones

Continuing Nominating Committee Members

Chairman, Soror Brenda Dumas, Sorors Celeste Hunter, Diane Stith, Wilhelmina Lee and Carrie Peery

iKaweeda Adams Rhoda Anderson
Ethel Archibald Natasha W. Banks Lois Bolden
Gladys Boulware Celeste Vaughn Brown Donna Fisher Brown

Jacqueline E. Brown Jacquelyn M. Brown

Ouida Brown Marian Burns

Terrella M. Butler Jacqueline S. CaffeyBBB

Miriam Campbell
Shirley M. Carroll LaShaundra CochranHall Evelyn Rose Coker Margret Crawford
Stacey Hardy-Desmond Ina L. Dorman
Brenda Dumas
Dorothy Earle
Renee Edwards

Janice Elligan-Grant Kechia English Erica Etienne

Loveda Ford Victoria Franklin China Frazier Gwendolyn Bartlett

Lillian Gates Josie Gaines Jamilah Gladney

Edie Gillette

Sonya Goldsboro

Jacqueline R. Hall fclair Hart

Mildred Harrison Adrienne Hester

Patti Hester
Denell Hoggard
Verlia D. Hoggard
Sonya Douglass Horsford Celeste Hunter
Lois Ice

Virginia Ingram Helen Mills Jenkins Dorothy M. Johnson Barbara Keith Barbara Kirkland Wilhelmina Lee
E. Lavonne Lewis Kim Martin

Barbara McCants-Hill Amanda McWilliams Alberta Mitchell

Conti Moore
LeTeisha N. Morgan Sandra Douglas Morgan Kenyatte Neal-Johnson

Bertha Pendelton Frances Leona Perry Winnie F. Pettis Diane Hughes Pollard Ida Maxine Porter Barbara Jean

Elizebeth Sheffield Jacqulyn Shropshire Tiffany C. Simpkins

Erika Janelle Smith Marie Smith
Edna States
Sandra Stewart-Bass Diane E. Stith Brenda Taylor-Bailey Psychelia V. Terry

Betty Thomas-Orr Samantha M. Thon Debra Toney Tamara Trowell Robin Turner Makeda Vela

Maxine Ran
Renee Rayes
Billie Knight
Nadine Reid-Hill
TinaRimmey-Dixon GloriaWashington Quincella Rivers

Toya F. Roberts

Janet Rhoden Aithyni Rucker Sharon Savage

Peggy Selma
Flora Murphy Shaffer

Viva Wells Bobbi White

Jolene Wallace Sharon Walton

Arlette Williams Candace Williams Essie Williams Gretchen Williams Mary Williams Lillie Wyatt



Charter Members

(Cheta Cheta Omega Chapter Lois (Bolden

Marilyn (Broo^s J^nnie (B. Carter Margaret Crawford (Betty Foshee

Lorrayne Hall Jacqueline Hoggard (Barbara %irh[and

Jeanne (penn (Dottie Von (phul

Harriet (Robinson Florence White

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Vickie (Barnett RpsherralJfunt (Beverly Swayzine Fields Yvonne^Lt^inson-Çates

(Patricia (Bailey Çreen WaynetteJames Warnetta Hewlett Jones

Shirley Jlarper %ing Monica Lopes (Deßorah Fpps Madison

Vickie Fumer (Deborah Hieber Wright


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Soror Lois (Bolden
Soror Flsie (Bryant
Soror Miriam Campbell Soror Margaret Crawford SororAnnette Craighead Soror(Dorothy Fade Soror Lois Fabor Ice Soror Virginia Ingram SororHelen Jenkins

Soror (Barbara Hir^tand Soror Flsie Lavonne Lewis Soror (Barbara McQants-Hdi Soror (Bertha Pendleton Soror Frances (Perry

SororNadine P^id-Hili SororJanet Ffioden SororJacquiyn Shropshire Soror Gloria iVashington

Qoiden Sorors 50 Years + Service

Soror Celeste Vaughn (Brown

Soror Ouida M. (Brown Soror Evelyn Rose Coher SororSonya Qoldshoro SororJacqueline R. (Kall Soror MildredHarrison Soror Clair(Kart

Soror Celeste Hunter SororJeanne Rajones
Soror (Barbara Smith (Reith Soror Cynthia McCray Soror (Diane Hughes (Pollard

Soror Marine (Porter

Soror (Barbara Jean (Powell Soror (Billie LJnight Rayford Soror (Peggy M. Selma
Soror Flora Sbaffer

Soror Elizabeth Sheffield Soror Edna States
Soror (Diane Stith
Soror Emma Sutton Soror (Betty Khomas-Orr

Soror(DebraJi. (Loney SororSharon dalton SororArlette Williams Soror Lillie Moore F^yatt


Silver Sorors 25 Years + Service

dHeCma TyreeAward Recipients

The Thehma 'Tyree J^wardis presented to the^ipha TTappa Woman who has enrichedthe social intehhectuah, andcivic Cife ofthe Las Vegas

Community. Ther influence rangesfrom the community to the halts ofgovernment. She is an instrumentfor the imp[ementation ofhigh expectationsandstrongdetermination. Sheisa positive hifeforce in the chapter, going heyondthe cadofduty to promote the sisterhood.

Therfootprint is on ahhpaths heading to excehhence. She is a visionary header who helps the chapter grow andwho is instrumentahin buihding and

nourishing the sisterhy chimate.

Thehma Tyree, an earhy memberofTheta Theta Omega Chapter was such a Soror, who exemplified

these quahifications. Vpon her death, the award was establishedin her honor.



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April has been a very busy month ofactivitiesfor Theta Theta Omega. Congratulations to Sorors Shirley CarrollandSharonWaltonforputtingonawonderfulChapterOperationsWorkshopimmediately

following the chapter meeting on Saturday, April 4th at the Desert Pines GolfClub. Over sixty sorors participated. The entire day was very refreshing and the presentations were done with great taste and

expertise. Thankyou sorors!
Congratulations to Sorors Sonya Douglass Horsford and Sandra Douglass Morganfor planning, organizing, and implementing a successfulAKA Day at the Capital. We werejoined by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alumnae Chapter, Coalition of100 Black Women, and the Las Vegas Links Chapterfor two

fun and informative days in Carson City. We were provided with guides to the Nevada Legislature, agendasfor the Assembly and Senate Committee meeting schedules, selected bills ofinterest sponsored by members ofthe Senate andAssembly, Common Terms ofthe Legislature, and a map ofthefirstfloor ofthe legislative building. Our delegation was given the red carpet treatment and we were treated royally by our representatives. State Senator Steven Horsford had our lunch catered in his plush majority leader’s conference room. Sorors attending AKA at the Capital Day were Sorors Sonya D. Horsford, Sandra D. Morgan, E. Lavonne Lewis, Verlia Hoggard, Carrie Perry andyours truly Ouida Brown. We were also

joined by the three Horsford children. This was a weekend to be remembered by everyone in attendance. Thankyou Sorors Sonya andSandrafor a wellplannedevent.

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Oorors on the Move

Congratulations again Soror Diane Hughes Pollard as the Spirit Award Winner for Channel 8. An exert says: “There is a brand new public charter school in west Las Vegas that is turning a lot of heads. It is the brainchild of a passionate and giving woman, Diane Hughes Pollard, who is the recipient of our Channel 8 Community Spirit Award. Type in the following address in your internet browser to view the video that was aired. Way to go Soror Diane. We are so proud of you! 7

Congratulations Soror Debra Toney! Soror Toney was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health Research on Women's Health in a press release dated Friday, April 18, 2008. The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) serves as a focal point for women's health research at the NIH.

For more information about NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health, visit and for additional information on the ACRWH, go to Dr. Debra A. Toney is also the recipient of the Multicultural Health Care Award by American Legacy Magazine. She will travel to New York to receive the award in June. Fantastic Soror Debra!

Congratulations Soror Psyche Terry. She was just accepted into UNLV's Executive Masters of Business Administration Program. (Executive MBA) It's been a year of studying and preparing and she was accepted April 21, 2008. Soror Psyche graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and this will be an added bonus to hers skills and qualifications within Corporate America and our Sorority. She will start June 2008 and is scheduled to graduate with an MBA in December 2009! Outstanding young soror. You are making it happen!

We have a soror who is away at school in Louisiana. Soror Katoya Lee, who is studying to become a nurse practitioner, She will be in town later this year for work at a hospital. She will return in the fall to Louisiana for her last year. Please send our soror an e-mail greeting to let her know we miss her.
Soror Barbara will also get her address so that we can also do "snail mail." Soror Katoya is the sister of Soror Keysa Rogers. E-mail Address:

Congratulations to Soror Ethel Archibald as the 2008 Pearl Award recipient for Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization of Women Educators (ADK) dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. The award was presented at the annual regional convention on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Tuscany Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. The award is bestowed based on chapter nomination of an outstanding sister that goes beyond the call of duty. ADK has 9 local chapters of women educators in the Las

Vegas Community. You may find more information at

Also, On May 18, 2008, Soror Ethel was presented an award from the Southern Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (SNAEYC). Soror Ethel received the 2008 Super Nova Administrative Award at a ceremony at the “The Grove”, Silk Purse Ranch in North Las Vegas for the duties performed at the Ruby Thomas Title I Parent Center.

Congratulations to Soror Verlia Davis Hoggard on being elected to the Board of Directors of the National Alumni Association for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Her term of office begins in July 2008 for a four year term. Way to go Soror Verlia!

Congratulations to Soror Billie K. Rayford, Northwest Area Assistant Superintendent, Clark County School District on being selected as an honoree from the Clark County Urban League for the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Service Award. The Award event will be Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Bellagio Resort. Reception is from 6-7 p.m., Dinner and Award Ceremony from 7-10 p.m. This is a Black Tie Event. Tickets are $125. Contact: 702-636-949 for more information. Outstanding Soror Billie!

Hughes-Pollard Rainbow Dreams Academy

In September 2008, Soror Diane Hughes-1 Pollard, a member of Theta Theta Omega chapter in Las Vegas, NV, realized her

dreams and opened Rainbow Dreams Academy public charter school. The

Academy, which focuses on helping at- ■ risk students, started with an enrollment |

of 60 students. The school is the culmina­ tion of a dream for Soror Hughes-Pollard and her husband, Dr. Anthony Pollard, jg| Founders ofthe Rainbow Medical Centers

in Las Vegas. The 12,000 square foot facil­ ity cost about $4.6 million and is funded through the Anthony L. Pollard Founda­ tion, established in 1999 as an education­

al foundation to help at-risk children. The school features eight classrooms, a multi­ media library, administrative offices, commercial kitchen, and multipurpose m room that will be available for communi­

ty events and activities. As part of the academy’s charter, the student body will be made up of at least 61 percent at-risk students. The school, which is part of the Clark County school system, selects stu­

dents through a lottery conducted by the school district. Soror Hughes-Pollard is also president of The Anthony L. Pollard




HPearls on the Move: Elevating Sorors Professionally


Soror Billie Rayford, Theta Theta Omega, has been appointed as Interim Region Superintendent for the North­ east Region of Clark County School District. Soror Billie looks forward to this awesome opportunity to work with

an outstanding team of school adminis­ trators, teachers and support staff in 52 schools.

Soror ContiMoore of Theta Theta
I Omega Chapter, Las Vegas, NV, was honored by the Lied Foundation and

the Clark County Bar Association for het service to the community. Soror Moore distinguished herself by donating

IB bono hours to the Legal over 285 pro

Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN). LACSN offers free legal services for low income Nevadans in

Clark County and others in the legal

,mmunity who have supported their co:


$orors on The Mov«

American Legacy Magazine and Bayer® Aspirin Award Toney

Soror Debra A. Toney of Theta Theta Omega Chapter, Las Vegas, NV, was recently recognized by American Legacy Magazine—premier magazine of African- American history and culture—and Bayer® Aspirin as a Multicultural Health­ care Award winner. American Legacy and Bayer® partnered for the fourth year to salute extraordinary individuals at the Eighth Annual American Legacy Multicul­ tural Healthcare Awards. Soror Toney was recently elected president of the National Black Nurses Association and is the founder and owner of TLC Health Care Services in Las Vegas, a licensed

home health care agency specializing in

skilled nursing and supportive care ser­ vices. Soror Toney received her award

during a special ceremony at a reception held at the Forbes Galleries on Fifth Avenue. Soror Toney is also a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She is published and is a nationally rec­

ognized speaker on leadership, entrepre- neurship, business development, women in business, and women’s issues.

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Congratulations to Sorors Calisha Cooks

Dominique Drane, Jaime Reddic, and Kimberly Toldson
of Kappa Xi Chapter who will be graduating from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May.


Congratulations to Soror Amber Lynn White- Davidson who will be graduating from The William Boyd School ofLaw, on Friday, May 8th at Artemus Ham Hall. The Convocation Ceremony will begin at 10:00 am.


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Sentinel-Voice photos by Marty Frierson

Longtime Las Vegas resident Lois Ice, a life member of the National Association for heAdvancementofColoredPeople,receivesacertificateofappreciationforherwork nd dedication to the oldest civil rights organization. Las Vegas chapter president

Frank Hawkins congratulated Ice, as well as other life.members on Saturday.

aorors on The Move

Members of the National Bar Association presented the Rainbow Dreams Academy with a $25,000 check that will go toward the purchase of computers and books for the library. Picturedfor Wednesday’s presentation are: Back row: L-R: lawyers Kimberly Phillips, Gregory Wesley, DawnTezino and David Cade,Rainbow Dreams Academy principal Carol Threats, along with lawyers Demonica Gladney and Vickie Turner, Rainbow Dreams Academy president Diane Pollard. Front: L-R: Andrew Mason, Mykala Hammond, Aaliyah Torres, Nia Muhammad, Raven Green, Samiya Hall, Geb Newton, Rebecca Jackson, Jada Meddley, Clyde Harris, Jonathan Coggs and Mia Littles.


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KaV^Q Xi

Kappa Xi Chapter - University of Nevada Las Vegas, NV

The Kappa Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is a chapter that continues to succeed, set a great example for their community in Las Vegas and shine in the Far Western Region. Since the last Regional Conference in Pasadena, Sorors from Kappa Xi have been busy trying to hit all the National Programs Platforms and continue the great service to all mankind.

Activities within the Chapter

If you run into one Kappa Xi soror, you're bound to run into another because they tend to always hang out with each other no matter that the occasion. Sorors like to get together for Sisterly Yours nights. Every once in awhile, they get together for dinner, but the most recent and special one, was on Founder's Day. A few sorors got together and had a nice dinner and reflected and shared memories they have made since being in the chapter. They also got together with their mentors from the Theta Theta Omega chapter and went bowling in

the month of January. Other activities they
have had with their mentors from T.T.O. was
a potluck/game night. Most recently they got
Regional Director's house, Soror E. Lavonne
Lewis, for a wonderful and delicious dinner.
Occasionally sorors get together and hold
stroll/step practices to prepare for
Yardshows and sometimes just for the fun of
it. A major accomplishment of the chapter was getting the opportunity to step in a
Fashion Show for young entrepreneurs, Vanessa and Angela Simmons of MTV's show "Daddy's Girls". Last Spring, sorors competed together as a team along with other Greeks from different councils at UNLV during Greek Week. During this week a variety of activities were held such as Greek Field Day, Kickball and even a Stroll Off competition. Sorors got to bond with one another as well as other Greeks on the campus.

Platform I

Sorors recently hit Platform I, Non-Traditional Entrepreneur by putting on a program titled, HBWIC-Head Black Woman in Charge, during Women's History month. They had a guest speaker come and talk about her accomplishments and ways of becoming a leader in the community At this forum, other Black influential women were discussed as well.

Roundtree and her accomplishments. She was one of the two sorors selected from the Far Western Region for the 2008 Leadership Fellows. Other awards she has received in the last year are the Cultural Diversity Foundation Scholarship, the Urban Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and the Black Culinary Alliance Scholarship. Soror Lauren Edwards is on an Air Force Aid Society Scholarship while Soror Dominique Drane is on the George M. Pullman Scholarly Scholarship. The Kappa Xi chapter received two

academic awards from the Office of Greek Life last Spring. The Fall 2007 initiated Sorors were recognized for having the highest new member GPA out of all the chapters in the National Pan-Hellenic Council at UNLV. Other sorors in the chapter were recognized for having the most improved GPA out of

their Council.

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Individual Attainment

Sorors Lauren Edwards and Leilani Roundtree prove to be very special and talented members of the chapter. Soror Lauren Edwards was accepted into National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has been on the Dean's List. Soror Leilani Roundtree, a film major, was the winner of the Xena Music Video


Convention Contest last year.

Community Service and Contributions

Cure walk and Light the Night Walk. Sorors raised and

donated over $500.00 dollars to the American Cancer

Society and registered about 15 girls from UNLV to walk

on their team. They also gave out pink ribbons, bracelets

and pamphlets on how to do breast examinations. The

other walk, the Light the Night Walk for Cancer, was done in collaboration with other chapters from the

National Pan-Hellenic Council.


Last Spring, during their Skee-Week sorors cooked dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas.

Spaghetti, lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and brownies were served. In the Fall 2008, Sorors participated with the Freshmen Move-in on campus. They set up a booth and gave out free school supplies and two book scholarships to two students courtesy of Beat the Bookstore. They also gave out free Pink Lemonade and welcomed students and their

parents to the campus. Sorors were very busy in the month

of October serving mankind. Sorors went and visited children at the UMC hospital and played BINGO with them and made paper pumpkin with them. The also helped

out with UNLV's annual Halloween Boo Bash by setting up and monitoring a game. Sorors set up a game where children from the community raced against one another while trying to keep candy corn on a spoon. All kids were awarded candy. During this month sorors participated in two walks: the Race for



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Last Spring, during their Skee-Week sorors put on a program on "How to Stay Fly on a Budget". The program focused on why it's important to budget, ways to balance your budget so that you can still buy the things you need as well want, and places to shop and find fashionable clothing for decent prices. At this program sorors asked all guests to bring any old clothes they were willing to donate to a women's shelter in Las Vegas. Over ten large bags of clothes were donated to the shelter.

In November, sorors focused on the Black family and chose to adopt a family out the community and give them a Thanksgiving they would never forget. Sorors donated everything they would need to have a Thanksgiving dinner such as a turkey, a ham, stuffing, pie, cranberries, collard greens, corn bread, etc. The family of four was very grateful. In February, sorors threw a forum titled, The State of the Black Man. During this forum, the movie, "The Pursuit of Happiness" was shown followed by a discussion on

the challenges men face in today's society.


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Lovely Akateen officers, members and mentors take time for a beautiful picture

AKAteen Upcoming Events:

May 24, 2008:

lune 7, 2008:

June 7,2008: June 14,2008: June 28, 2008:

Regular meeting at Doolittle Community Center 11:00am-1:00pm Recognition of Seniors (5)/Election of new officers

AKAteens to meet and greet the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Ine., Theta

Theta Omega Chapter, and introduce themselves at the beginning ofthe meeting.

BCON celebration 2:30pm at Las Vegas Academy
Regular meeting at Doolittle Community Center 11:00am-1:00pm Summer Celebration



AKAteens attending the Candidates' Forum:

Ta'Lor Haley, President
Amari Marshall, Vice-President Nycole Smith, Secretary
LeBrea Marshall, Treasurer Katelynn Adams
Kayla Cruz
Artrice Barlow
Aurianna Jackson

De'Tonja Swayne


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Clark County School District Board of Trustee, Terri Janison, was very impressed with the AKAteens and how they presented themselves. She also stated that it made her prot to see the young ladies willing to participate and learn about the political process.

AKAteen Committee Report

Soror Kaweeda G. Adams, Chairman

The Fall season has started off with a bang! ! ! On September 13, 2008, the AKAteens reunited and kicked off the Fall with a school supply donation to Rainbow Dreams Academy. The young ladies contributed notebooks, paper, scissors, glue sticks, folders, pencils, and a host of school supplies for the Kindergarteners through third graders at rainbow Dreams Academy. Soror Patti Hester delivered the supplies to the school as she is one ofthe first grade teachers at Rainbow Dreams Academy.

The AKAteens have become very politically minded with the upcoming 2008 election, both locally and

On Saturday, September 27, 2008, the AKAteens participated in a discussion during the meeting regarding the four major issues of the campaign: education, health care, the local and national economy, and foreign policy. During the discussion, the AKAteens developed questions and shared their

ideas about the issues.

The AKAteens had one young lady, Ms. Kayla Cruz, who will be eligible to vote in the November 2008 election. Soror Samantha Thomas escorted Ms. Cruz to the West LV Library

and assisted her with registering to vote! Congratulations Kayla Cruz... a newly registered voter in 2008!!!

In addition, on September 27, 2008, several AKAteens were able to attend the Candidates’ Forum held at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus at 2:00pm. The AKAteens were able to meet and speak with political leaders one-to-one regarding questions and concerns that interested them. Sample questions

developed and posed by the AKAteens were:




Mon-Traditional Entrepreneur

Women are seizing the reins of entrepreneurship because they realize that it is

the key to economic survival. As they become more of the business landscape and their enterprises grow, women are coming face to face with the challenges of managing and expanding new ventures. To build a strong foundation for women in business, Alpha Kappa Alpha will create economic expertise, success

in business and power networking opportunities for the non-traditional entrepreneur


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Supreme Basileus

Soror Barbara McKinzie

FW Regional Director

Soror Lavem Tarkington

Chapter Officers: Basileus
Soror Ouida M. Brown First Anti-Basileus
Soror Jacqueline E. Brown Second Anti-Basileus Soror Peggy Selma Grammateus

Soror Erica Etienne


Soror Patti Hester


Soror Keysa Rogers

Pecunious Grammateus

Soror Renee Rayes


Soror Alberta Mitchell


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Soror LaShaundra Cochran

Graduate Advisor

Soror Sharon Savage


Soror Barbara Kirkland


Soror Verlia Hoggard

Ivy Leaf Reporter

Soror Celeste Brown


Soror Winnie Pettis


Soror Dorothy Johnson

Tea Rose Talk Editor

Soror Celeste Brown Soror Ethel Archibald Membership Committee Co-Chairmen
Soror Rose Coker SororKenyattaNeal- Johnson
Protocol Chairman Soror Sandra Bass

Immediate Past Basileus

Soror Barbara McCants-Hill

Charter Members

Soror Lois Bolden
Soror Margaret Crawford Soror Barbara Kirkland

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Dear Sorors,
April has been a very busy month ofactivitiesfor Theta Theta Omega. Congratulations to Sorors Shirley

Carroll and Sharon Waltonfor putting on a wonderful Chapter Operations Workshop immediately following the chapter meeting on Saturday, April 4th at the Desert Pines GolfClub. Over sixty sorors

participated. The entire day was very refreshing and the presentations were done with great taste and expertise. Thankyousorors!
Congratulations to Sorors Sonya Douglass Horsford and Sandra Douglass Morganfor planning, organizing, and implementing a successful AKA Day at the Capital. We werejoined by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alumnae Chapter, Coalition of100 Black Women, and the Las Vegas Links Chapterfor two

fun and informative days in Carson City. We were provided with guides to the Nevada Legislature, agendasfortheAssemblyandSenateCommitteemeetingschedules, selectedbillsofinterestsponsoredby members ofthe Senate andAssembly, Common Terms ofthe Legislature, and a map ofthefirstfloor ofthe legislative building. Our delegation was given the red carpet treatment and we were treated royally by our representatives. State Senator Steven Horsford had our lunch catered in his plush majority leader's conference room. Sorors attending AKA at the Capital Day were Sorors Sonya D. Horsford, Sandra D. Morgan, E. Lavonne Lewis, Verlia Hoggard, Carrie Perry andyours truly Ouida Brown. We were also

joined by the three Horsford children. This was a weekend to be remembered by everyone in attendance. Thankyou Sorors Sonya and Sandrafor a wellplanned event.




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Inside this Issue

The Basileus Speaks May Events at a Glance


May Events at a Glance

May Events at a Glance

Page 1

May 2

May 3

May 9

May 10 May 18

May 25

Susan G. Koman’s Race for the Cure Photos 7:30 a.m. Steps of Lloyd George Courthouse

NHPC Founder’s Dinner - Nevada Partners; 4-8 p.m. ($35)

Sorority Meeting Rainbow Dreams Academy Charter School -11:00 a.m.

Mother’s Day

Executive Committee Meeting - 6 p.m. Summerlin Library

Memorial Day

Page 2 May Announcements

Page 3 Platform III Report Page 4 Leadership Report Page 4 Protocol Report Page 5 Sorors on The Move Page 6 FWR Conference

Invitation FlyerS
May - June Calendars

First and Second Anti-Basilei Soror Loveda Ford (left) and Soror Jacki Brown took turns as they called for Platform reports from chairmen.

Soror China Frazier addresses the members for Platform I - The Non Traditional Entrepreneurs

Soror Cashia Kearney give a slide show of past events from the Sisterly Yours Committee with a calendar of monthly events slated for the fall

and 2009.

Soror Alberta Mitchell reports for Platform III - The Economic Growth of the Black Family.

Soror Psyche Terry gives an update from the Pan-Hellenic Council.

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September Business Meet/,,

Welcome back sorors! We have a busy year ahead of us with many monthly activities to complete. Now it is time to gear up for our chapter’s fall activities. We are asking for Every Soror’s Participation in our Theta Theta Omega’s ESP Platforms and activities. Keep in mind, as we go about ourplans, the chapter goals and how the goals are to be included in ourplans.

2008 Chapter Goals

^'Reactivate inactive members and retain current members
* Enhance sisterly relations with undergraduates and within the graduate chapter * Develop the leadership skills ofthe chapter

The next chapter meeting will be held at the Rainbow Dreams Academy Charter School at 11:00 a.m. Beremindedthataslateofofficers2009willbepresentedforacceptance. MIPinformationwillbe


Basileus, Barbara McCants-Hill presiding at the new location for our monthly meeting. All chapter meetings will now be at The Rainbow Dreams Academy Charter School until June 2009.

Grammateus, Soror Erica Etienne reads the applications of the candidates for MIP.

Soror Rose Coker, Membership Co-Chair gives her report.

Boule slide show presentation was given from the Delegate Committee with written Reports for chapter members by Sorors Kaweeda Adams and Celeste Brown.

Boule display was set up by delegate Soror Brenda Dumas.


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Economic development is expanding its reach to a new global frontier. The Sorority must be poised to compete in these world markets. Simultaneously, living standards within the

Black community must be improved. To achieve these goals, Alpha Kappa Alpha will, through education, synergy and partnerships, develop and disseminate the economic keys to success.

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AKA Day at the Capitol Submitted by Program Co-Chairs

Legislative Days at the Capitol

April 5-6, 2009 Carson City, Nevada

Arrive in Reno and board bus to Carson Citv
Welcome Dinner at Fandango Restaurant
Review of Legislative Process and Bills at Marriott Tahoe Room

8:00am Attend Committee Meetings
a. Senate Finance Committee - Room 2134



b. Assembly Ways & Means Committee - Room 3137 c. Assembly Judiciary Committee - Room 3138

Attend Committee Meetings
a. Assembly Government Affairs Committee - Room 3143



This year’s participants, representing members of the Las Vegas Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha, The Links, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority included:

  1. Dr. Ouida Brown, AKA, The Links, Inc.

  2. Barbara McCants-Hill, AKA

  3. Lavonne Lewis, AKA, The Links, Inc.

  4. Verlia Hoggard, AKA, NCBW, The Links, Inc

  5. Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford, AKA

  6. Sandra Douglass Morgan, Esq., AKA

  7. Carrie Peery, AKA

  8. Hannah Brown, NCBW, The Links, Inc.

  9. Dr. Sandra Mack, NCBW, The Links, Inc.

  10. Ida Gaines, NCBW

  11. Shirley Hampton, NCBW

12. Nedra Armstrong, DST 13. Juana Jordan, DST
14. Bobbie Troutman, DST


Kaweeda G. Adams Celeste Brown

Brenda Dumas Erica Etienne

Patti Hester Celeste Hunter

Carrie Perry Bertha Pendleton

Billie Rayford Peggy Selma Edna States Psyche Terry

2008 Economic Summit: Money Matters

Mission Statement

The mission of the ''Money Matters" economic seminar is to bring current and infor- mahve econonuc mformation to the local community, free of charge. Expert volun-

XTuX?h^ a”dfi"ancialdisciP,ines«A'educateattendeesonmany mancial subjects. Money Matters promotes financial and economic understanding,


The changing economic face of America was the driving force behind the Money alters Seminars The wealth in our country is concentrated within only 5 percent of

the population. What does this group know that the rest of us don't? Plenty!

Since December 2000, the local chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. decided to unite in order to do something about this Lo- omic divide. Working together, these organizations have heightened awareness of

financial matters among the youth and adults in Las Vegas. The Economic Summit was designed to reach people at every level of socioeconomics and financial apti­ tude. The lectures have ranged in scope each year, from bank accounts to estate plannmg, babncmg budgets to diversifying your portfolio, and much more. It is the objective of the Economic Summit to help participants increase their knowledge re-

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2008 Economic Summit Sponsors

Bank of Nevada Community Bank of Nevada NV Energy

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Omega Psi Phi Charities ofSouthern Nevada History
Omega Psi Phi € ha ri ties of Southern Nevada

Registration Opening Session

Opening Remarks

K:00 am 8:50 am -9:20 am

Jerry Holliday, Economic Summit Committee Co-chairman Omega Psi Phi Charities of Southern Nevada

Kaweeda G. Adams, Economic Sununit Committee Co-chairman

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Theta Omega Chapter

E. Lavonne Lewis Centennial Far Western Regional Director

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Barham M<r-.nic mm n • 4 oarnara Mcvants-Hill, President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I heta Hieta Omega Chapter

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Workshop Logistics

Closing Session

Session 1 Session II Session HI

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Recognition of Presenters, Volunteers, and Committee Members Money Matters Activities and Awards

Closing Remarks

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Tim McElroy, Basileus Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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The 10th Annual Money Matters Seminar was held on Saturday, December 13,2008 at the campus of College of Southern Nevada - Charleston Campus. The sorors of Theta Theta Omega Chapter and the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Xi Chapter (Omega Psi Phi Charities of Nevada) hosted the 10th Annual Money Matters Seminar
Many special thanks to Sorors Kaweeda Adams and Carrie Peery for spearheading an outstanding 9th Annual Money Matters’ Conference - “The Economic Summit” at the College of Southern Nevada. We appreciate the Omega Psi Phi Charities of Southern Nevada for their partnership in this event. This summit was filled with economic information for all ages. A variety of topics were presented, including starting a small business and financial planning. For the youth, there were seminars on accessing financial aid and scholarships and establishingsolidcreditmanagementskills. Thosewhowere not present missed a great learning opportunity. There were job opportunities as well. The Bank of Nevada and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department offered jobs to 8 attendees.

One of the most celebrated parts of the summit was the many prizes given to those lucky participants. The prizes ranged from money to a laptop computer. A special thanks to all of the committee members: Celeste Brown, Brenda Dumas, Erica Etienne, Patti Hester, Celeste Hunter, Bertha Pendleton, Billie Rayford, Edna States, Barbara Kirkland and all of the sorors who attended.



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The Scholarship Reception on Sunday, June 8, 2008 was an outstanding elegant event!! We had great representation of parents, men from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, sorors and other guests.

Chairman, Soror Celeste Hunter and her committee members, Sorors Ethel Archibald, Ouida Brown, Jacki Brown, Jackie M. Brown, Miriam Campbell, Brenda Dumas, Sonya Goldsboro, Patti Hester, Barbara Kirkland, Alberta Mitchell, Bertha Pendleton, Carrie Peery, Erica Etienne, Billie Rayford, Quin Rivers, Peggy Selma, Edna States, and Lillie

Wyatt are to be commended for the planning and execution of this event

We are also appreciative of the support from Prudential Financial who sponsored the reception after the program.

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The strength of the Black community hinges on

the viability of the family. If the family foundation is weak, so too will be the broader societal structure that gives life and nourishes the family unit. Alpha Kappa Alpha is sensitive to the fact that within the core structure, the Black male, in particular, faces potentially

daunting challenges. Recognizing this, a powerful remedy lies in devising strategies for

assisting young males in overcoming the formidable challenges to their educational development and well-being. Through activities that enable, support and provide access, Alpha Kappa Alpha will work to achieve the economic growth of the Black family.




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Theta Theta Omega really showed up for the annual MLK, Jr. Parade. Sorors marched in pink jackets alongside a lovely birthday cake float. The cake symbolized the 80th anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday. When viewed from the opposite side, the

candles on top formed an “08” (Guess whose birthday that is!) Many thanks to Sorors LaTeisha

Morgan, Candace Williams, Jackie Hall and Keysa Rogers, for their float and parade coordination. Also, special thanks to Honey Do James Rogers for designing the float as well as all of his help. Congratulations to the AKATeen sponsors for a job well done. The AKATeens were spot on with their dance routine, which they performed throughout the parade route. The girls were fantastic!________


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Platform III organized and successfully completed One Hundred (100) Thanksgiving Baskets and Coat Give Away, Saturday, November 15, 2008 at The boolittle Senior Center. The Baskets were targeted for grandparents who are! raising or assisting in raising grandchildren. The Thanksgiving Basket Project was|H a huge success.

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Platform III Committee members who participated in the planning and execution of this project were Sorors Ina borman, Renee Edwards, Amanda McWilliams, Wilhelmina Lee, Flora Shaffer, Winnie Pettis and Alberta Mitchell.

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Advancement Through Tec inology

Technology must be mastered if there is any hope of economic educational advancement.

To address this powerful reality, Alpha Kappa Alpha resolves to work with higher educational institutions and other organizations that reach

students to develop an exemplary model

technology access and training program that

serves the community and becomes part of the

central activities of the institution. Driven by

this platform, the Sorority will initiate an J undergraduate signature program: Economic^

Educational Advancement through Technology?


Platform IV

Sorors put on a workshop for the sorors in the Theta Theta Omega chapter dealing with today's electronics and how to utilize them. Workshops were given on how to send text messages and send pictures on a cell phone, how to do online banking and
using various computer programs. A program similar to

this was done at the Doolittle Senior Center in Las Vegas. Sorors led two different workshops; cell phone usage and the other on how to use the internet. The seniors were taught how to send and check received text messages, how to check your voicemail and how to change ringtones. In the internet workshop, sorors showed the seniors how to browse the internet, set up an email account, check their email accounts, and pay their bills online as well as shop online.


Sorors are always finding ways to hit Platform V. Last Spring, they hit the platform twice during their Skee-Week. They participated in a Hip-Hop aerobics class and titled in AKA- robics and invited other students at UNLV to participate. During that week the also held a "Let's tAKAbout Sex" Forum. At this Forum they had a guest speaker come in and talk about the importance of getting tested for AIDS and practicing safe sex. At the end of the program students were given free bags that contained condoms and pamphlets on


practicing safe sex courtesy of the Student Wellness and Recreation Center on campus. In the summer, sorors all over the Las Vegas area participated in the Centennial Walk. Kappa Xi was excited that the Madame Supreme Basileus, Soror Barbara A. McKinzie, happened to be in Las Vegas and gotten the opportunity to walk

1 alon8 with her as wel1 as the Far Western Regi°nal Director at the 1 time, Soror E. Lavonne Lewis. In December, sorors participated in World AIDS day by giving out red ribbons along with flyers on ways to stay safe and places to get tested

in Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV. This past Valentine's Day, the Kappa Xi chapter hosted a Love Connection Dating Game. During this game various contestants competed for dates. Contestants had to answer questions related to health and relationships and at the end of the segment had the opportunity to get picked to go out on a date. Sorors gave out free movie passes and a gift certificate to Coldstone's to the lucky winners. In honor of Women's history month, sorors participated in an AKA-

boxing class at the Student Wellness and Recreation Center at UNLV. They invited other students to the class where basic boxing moves were taught.

Other Programs

In October, sorors teamed up with other sorors from the graduate chapter, Theta Theta Omega and held a voter's registration drive at UNLV. They passed out pamphlets on the importance of voting. Despite the various people who had booths set up around campus to register voters, the sorors were happy they signed up a total of 16 voters in two hours.




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To reach that stratosphere of satisfaction where one is physically and mentally fit and

poised to embrace all of life's rewards and challenges requires a balance of emotional intelligence, optimal psychology and spirituality. Studies prove that when all of these elements are in divine order, physical health, relationships and life satisfaction will be the result. Through health resource management and economics, Alpha Kappa Alpha will address the many health issues and crises that face the Black community in the

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Health Issues Impacting Black Famines

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On Saturday, June 28, 2008 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Theta Omega Chapter tookpart in the national walkfor Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Health in the Rainbow Family Park. There were over seventy sorors, friends and

family there to celebrate this historical event. Greetings and the occasion were given by our Centennial Basileus Soror BarbaraMcCants-Hill. TheCentennialFarWesternRegionalDirectorexpressedafen’wordsaboutthehistoryofthe walk. Our Centennial Supreme Basileus Barbara A. McKinzie also gave greetings and led the historical walk after the Far Western Regional Director cut the symbolic pink and green ribbon. The walk was coordinated with the ’’Inter Mountain Cluster” by telephone thereby connecting Nevada, Arizona and Utah sorors who walked during

Pacific Daylight Saving time.
This historic June 28th walk linked sorors globally to awareness andfitness. The sorors ofAlpha Kappa Alpha, family,

other organizations, andfriends participated in a synchronized ESP 1908 Global Centennial Walk designed to raise awareness about the importance offitness. Linking hands and stepping off at the same time worldwide, the members sent a strong statement about the importance ofEmotional, Spiritual, and Physical health.

The Centennial Supreme Basileus, Barbara A. McKinzie, lead the walk in Las Vegas. She wasjoined by the members of Theta Theta Omega sorors, the Far Western Director, the other 50,000 sororsfrom over 900 chapters, as well asfriends, andfamilies who recognize the significance ofmaking one’s health a priority. Others participates included membersfrom every region, as well as Canada, Germany, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. ParticipantsallfacedinthedirectionofWashington, DC,whereAlphaKappaAlpha’sCentennialconventionwilltake

place in July. The June 28^ walk wasfor two miles and the members gathered again on Sunday, July 13 in Washington, DC in solidarity to walk 1908 steps to the Washington Capital. The Centennial Supreme Basileus Barbara McKinzie led

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April 25,2009 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

UNCE Lifelong Learning Center 8050 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV 89123

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and its community partners present the 5th Annual Women’s Health Conference for women and men who have women in their lives.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Links, Inc.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association Southern Nevada Coalition of Concerned Women Southern Nevada Health District
The Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas

Top Ladies of Distinction

Conference Registration Form Registration form must be mailed or

delivered to: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Attention: Rosalie Marinelli 8050 Paradise Road, #100

Las Vegas, NV 89123

Forms returned by FAX or e-mail will not be accepted. We must have an original signature on the consent form.

Space is limited to the first 150 people. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
You MUST sign and return the consent form. Confirmation of registration will be received by April 10, 2009





Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must phone or notify us at 702 257 5560 at least seven (7) days prior to this event.


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9:00 - 9:15 AM 9:15-10:15 AM

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Continental Breakfast

Health Fair
Blood Pressure Screening

So. Nv. Black Nurses Cardio Assessment

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals


Mistress of Ceremonies Rikki Cheese

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Foyer Lobby


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Room D Room A/B

Room E/ Nutrition Lab

Moment SieaUfi Con^&tence

Women & Heart Disease


Communicating with Doctors

Jaci Black

Stress/Management & Relaxation

Heather Matthews

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Room D Room C Room A/B

James E. Mock, M.D.


Ready, Set, Glow: Physical Activity

Lisa Roof

Your Spiritual Health

Pastor Felicity Cunningham

12:30 -1:30 PM 1:45 - 2:30 PM

2:45-3:30 PM

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Jennifer Padilla

Poker Walk

Sara Velasquez


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Ready, Set, Glow: Physical Activity

Lisa Roof

Your Spiritual Health

Pastor Felicity Cunningham


Jennifer Padilla

Walk the Labyrinth

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Stress/Management & Relaxation

Heather Matthews

Communicating with Doctors

Jaci Black

Tai Chi

Andy Pan and Tamalyn Taylor


Tai Chi

Andy Pan and Tamalyn Taylor

Meet the Chef

Bill Ward
Culinary Training Academy



You 11 look better because regular physical activity:

• Tones your muscles.

• Bums off calories to help lose extra pounds or helps you stay at your desired weight.

• Helps control your appetite.


Dr. Mock is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a member of the Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Association of Black Cardiologist.

The figures below show the approximate calories per hour burned by a 100-, 150ror 200-pound person performing an activity.

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Activity Walking 2 mph Walking 3 mph Walking 414 mph Jogging 5V2 mph Jogging 7 mph

100 lb.

160 210 295 440 610

150 lb.

240 320 440 740 920

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Activity: Walking (3 mph, 100-pound person)

Number of calories per hour (210) x number of L hours (Mj) = (105) calories.



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Your Walking Program

Try to do sessions on most or all days of the week. Each session should consist of a warm-up for about five minutes, an activity period for at least 30 minutes depending on where you are in your program, and a five-minute cool-down.

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susan g. Komen

The 2008 Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure held May 3,2008 at the Fremont Street Experience. Sorors from the Pink Pearl Team were out in force from Theta Theta Omega Chapter. Soror Gloria Washington,

Platform V leader reports the walk was a huge success with 43 sorors and AKA teens participating. Thanks to all the sorors who donated and supported the pink pearls! Sorors were recognized at chapter meeting as Breast Cancer survivors and the sorors participating were given a pink rose at the May chapter meeting.


Breast Cancer survivors Sorors Barbara McCants-Hill, Wilhelmina Lee and Soror


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Saturday, May 2, 2009 Fremont Street Experience

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Exit 12 Band

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Invitation of Survivors to risers

Welcome from Mayor Goodman

Warm up with Las Vegas Athletic Club

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Congratulations to Sorors Diane Pollard (secondfrom left) and Soror Jeanne Jones (secondfrom right) who both received regional awards for their achievements, Pollard as an Non-Traditional Entrepreneur and Jones as a force in the Economic Development of the Black Family. Also pictured left to right are Sorors Bertha Pendleton, Soror

E. Lavonne Lewis and Soror Barbara McCants-Hill.

Soror Ethel Archibald, Far Western Regional Representative to the Honorary Members/Awards Committee gave the regional report on the awardees to be inducted at the Centennial Boule in Washington, DC at the conference first Plenary Session. Soror Ethel also presented a workshop on

“Sisterly Relations, Back to Our Roots ” on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the conference.

Soror Billie K. Rayford, FWRC Tamiouchous, Heritage Committee Member, and new Silver Star was extended the Pilgrimage invitation to Philadelphia to visited the gravesite of Soror Ethel Hedgeman Lyle by Regional Director, Soror Lavonne Lewis. This pilgrimage is by invitation only is extended to one graduate and one undergraduate memberper region. Congratulations Soror Billie!

frorQuinRivers(Left)isawardedfirstplaceforherpoetry. SororLovedaFord unter) accepts thefirstplace honorsfor Soror Clair Hartfor her song entry. First 'ace scrapbook entry to Theta Theta Omega Chapter, Soror Brenda Dumas, Chair.

Soror Barbara McCants-Hill accepts the EAF GoldLevel Certificatefor EAF contributions.

Soror Flora Shaffer is the International Vendors

Chairman and oversees all vendors at conferences. This is a huge responsibility and Soror Flora does us proud!

Soror Lavonne gave an inspiringfarewell speech as Regional Director with accoladesfrom the Directorate and a standing ovationfrom the region.

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Kappa Xi Chapter receives the Cornelia Harris Banks Health Chapter Award. The award is selected by the National Program Representative based on records turned in on the Annual Program Report ofthe current conference year.

Soror Lavorine and her Family

New Golden Sorors: Barbara McCants-Hill, and Nadine Reid-Hill - New Silver, Soror Billie Rayford

Theta Theta Omega delegates, Kappa Xi chapter delegates, and the award winning Scrapbook team with the first place ribbon

Chapter delegates will give their summary reports at the May 10th Sorority Meeting:

Sorors Brenda Dumas, Billie Rayford, Loveda Ford, Patti Hester, Celeste Hunter, Jacki Brown, Psyche Terry, Bertha Pendleton, and Basileus, Soror Barbara McCants-Hill.

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Unity Day March Brings Out the Divine Nine

ByKimberlyS. Varner

At the U.S. Capitol a second program was held where the Greek Unity Choir sang two selections. Dr. Barbara A. McKinzie, International President, as well as the presidents of the other Pan-hellenic organizations presented the resolution, presented the challenge and call to action. Some of our nation’s leaders also showed their support and brought forth remarks including the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives; Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick, Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus; Hon. James E. Clyburn, Majority Whip, U.S. House of Representatives; and three members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. including the Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex), Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex), and the Hon. Diane E. Watson (D-Calif).

From infants to seniors, a multitude of people weathered the heat with hats, umbrellas and lots of water. Regardless ofthe temperature, thousands of people can look back on this historic march and smile about being in the midst of their brothers and sisters of the black Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities.

Many members of the “Divine Nine” shared their thoughts on the Unity Day March.

(L-R): Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calij), Dr. Dorothy Height, andDr. BarbaraMcKinzie at the opening ceremonies of the historic Unity Day March.

It was truly a sight to behold as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., family and friends from the other eight Pan-Hellenic organizations, and children marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. to the U.S. Capitol. The Council of Presidents of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and their respective members marched in unity to display their concern for and the need to take action in areas of health, education, environment, economics, and politics.

The day began with a program including the leaders of all of the Pan-Hellenic organizations, as well as Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chairman/President Emerita of NCNW; and Hon. Vincent C. Gray, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, among others. Following the program, a sea of people in multiple organizational colors made the six- block march, with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.


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Theta Theta Omega Sorors joined Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. John Ensign of Nevada prior to the Centennial Unity March.

Nevada Sorors were invited to the United States Capitol Building for a Nevada Senate breakfast “Meet and Greet”




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Soror LaVern Tarkington

Far Western Regional Director Questions and Answers

Supreme Basileus Message

Soror Barbara McKinzie

Keep Them Coming Back: Membership Retention & Reclamation

Soror E. Lavonne Lewis

Theta Theta Omega

Running for Chapter Office - Match Your Skills to the Position

Soror Billie Rayford

Theta Theta Omega


Soror Lavern Tarkington

Far Western Regional Director, presiding

Final Registration Report, Time & Place Report, Cluster Evaluation, Announcements

Soror Terri Watson-Johnson

Intermountain Cluster Conference Chairman Undergraduate Roundup

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Theta Theta Omega Chapter Welcomes 10 New Sorors

During the weekend of October 10-12, 2008, The Alpha Kappa Alpha ! Membership In-take Process (MIP) was held at the beautiful Suncoast i

Hotel & Casino. Sorors and candidates participated in an eventful i three-day weekend consisting of orientation, introductions, workshops, j and ceremonies. As the candidates were engaged in the workshops • learning of our renowned sisterhood, it seemed that the process for ■ membership intake had so many new procedures. The workshops ■ proved to be a refresher for all in attendance. With great anticipation ! the 10 candidates soared through the process with graciousness and i admiration for the traditions of the 100 year legacy of Alpha Kappa j Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Sorors presented up-to-date materials • using a PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and hands on activities. Over the course of the weekend, there were at least 40 sorors present! What a great show of sisterliness from Theta Theta Omega ! Chapter members! We appreciate the executive officers, committee i

chairman, and all the Sorors for their participation in making this a very i successful MIP! i

! Soror Kenyatta Neal-Johnson, Co-Chairman



New Sorors after their chapter gifts were presented with (front row left - Soror Rose Coker, Membership Chairman, Soror Loveda Ford, Second Anti-Basileus, Soror E. Lavonne Lewis, Former FWR Director, Soror Barbara McCants-Hill and Soror Kenyatta Neal - Johnson, Membership Co-Chairman. New soror photos appear on page 7.
















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Sisterly Yours Book Club

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MOVIE NIGHT" September 12,2008 at the Orleans Century Theatre Tyler Perry’s - The Family That preys

Family, friends and sorors of Theta Theta Omega had a fun filled evening at the Orleans Century Theatre on September 12th to kick off the fall season for a series of monthly activities for the chapter. Everyone enjoyed the movie and look forward to the other ventures from the Sisterly Yours Committee. Thank

you ladies for organizing such a fun outing!

Y ours CLommittee

Pleasecongratulate Soror LaTeisha Morgan as our new Sisterly Relations Chair and Soror Candace Williams as our new co-chair. The committee looks forward to working with you and the chapter thanks you both for stepping up and filling an ESP (Extra Special Position) in Theta Theta Omega Chapter.


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"I want to thank every soror that participated in the Kappa's hospitality suite. Some sorors left work early some had to get baby sitters and some sorors donated quite a bit of money, food and or time and I wanted to say thank you for everything. Sororsyoureallyparticipatedanddisplayedthe realmeaningofsisterhood!Thankyouallagainfor everything! Once again, I believe we'll have the fraternities buzzing for the next six months about how great our sisterhood really is! SweetTea Roses to all of you that helped and participated! We will be getting a formal thank you in the mail from the fraternity soon/

Sisterly, Soror Psyche




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ThetaTheta Omega joins Soror Celeste Brown in a chorus of

Go Where I Send Thee”.

Soror Barbara Kirkland inspires sorors with an inspirational reading

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West Prep Academy students enjoy Greek Day during

their lunch hour. Students excitingly review pictures from prior scrapbooks. Some

even find pictures ofthemselves during previous community service projects.

West Prep Academy Greek Day

NUPARAT0RY SCHOOL ’ fiarles I. West Hall

Preparatory Institute,
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2050 Sapphire Stone Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

Dr. Mike R. Barton Principal

Ms. Monica Cortez
Assistant Principal/Director of Academic Services

Tel (702) 799-3120 • Fax (702) 799-31

Ms. Monica McDowell
Assistant Principal/Director of Student Activity

Mr. Anthony Marentic
Dean of Students •


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To our Sorors and Honored Guests

C^^are thrilled to greet you on behalf of Theta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

and the entire committee for the Sixth Annual Emerald Scholarship Ball! What a wonderful way for you to join us in celebrating this gala event, and at the same time, raise funds for deserving students in the Las Vegas Valley.

On this 6th Annual Emerald Ball celebration, the chapter and all sixty Sorors serving on the committee are grateful for your support. A dream comes true for many students because of your participation and dedication to this event. We recognize the importance of “Unity” as we join together to make this a joyous and festive occasion. A special thanks to all the hard working committee members who helped to make this event a success. Our hearts are filled with love and gratitude for your commitment to this cause.

We look forward to many years of continued participation by Sorors, community members and friends in our city to make it possible for all students desiring a higher education to obtain one in a college or university of their choice. This financial and “in kind” support will guarantee the education of hundreds of our students who matriculate from our area high schools to colleges and universities throughout the country and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

We would like to congratulate our Community Award Recipients because we are so proud of all your accomplishments. Your hard work and dedication to the citizens of our city greatly enhances the quality of the life in the Las Vegas Valley. Your continued devotion to improving this city is commendable.

We invite all of you to relax, visit with friends, purchase beautiful items from our silent auction, buy raffle tickets for our fantastic prizes, and enjoy the delicious food, music, door prizes, and entertainment. Once again, thank you for your support and we look forward to being the perfect hostesses!

Gratefully yours










Emerald Ball Queen Crowned

Our golden and chapter member, Barbara Kirkland was crowned Emerald Ball Queen.


Charter Member Golden Soror

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Non-Traditional Entrepreneur

Marie S. Ray Scott
Marie S. Ray-Scott is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of M.R. Whitsett, Inc., a minority-owned multi-discipline operating enterprise that includes food and beverage concessions and specialty retail at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Ray founded the successful enterprise in 1993.

Previously Ms. Ray-Scott worked with Sprint (Embarq) as a Market Manager for the Western Region where her expertise included customer service, telecommunications sales and service and the development and promotion of products and services. She was employed by the Sprint Team for 27 years.

As demonstration of her commitment to Southern Nevada, Ms. Ray-Scott volunteers with several non profit organizations. She is Board Chair for the Las Vegas Clark County Urban League and she serves on the Board for the Girl Scouts of Frontier Council. She is a member of the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Links, Inc. Las Vegas Chapter,

where she serves as Recording Secretary.
Ms. Ray-Scott is a former Western Regional Director of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).

Additionally, she has served for many years as a volunteer tax counselor for elderly and low income families.

In 1995 Ms. Ray-Scott was celebrated as one of the "Women Making a Difference in the 1990's; in 2002 she received the "Rose of Sharon Award" from Zion United Methodist Church; and in 2005 she received the "Madam C. J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Award" from the Coalition of 100 Black Women. She is a graduate of Clark County Community College where she holds an Associate Degree in Accounting.

She is the wife ofJoseph Scott and mother offour children: Rodney, Maceo, and Jerry Whitsett, and LaJoie Whitsett-Coleman; she has six grand-children.


Anderine Cowan serves as Construction Diversity Manager for City Center, a multi-billion, dollar mixed-use urban development project in the heart of Las Vegas, and currently, the largest privately-funded development

project in the U.S. City Center is being developed by MGM MIRAGE, a publicly traded (NYSE:MGM) hotel and gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas.

Ms. Cowan develops strategies to ensure the involvement of minority women and disadvantaged businesses from design through construction and on a local and national level. To make best use of the project's business opportunities, it is critical that she partners with general contractors, architects, designers and subcontractors to manage the process and the extensive outreach initiatives that maximize successful recruitment and involvement of qualified diverse firms.

Prior to joining MGM MIRAGE, Ms Cowan served as Director of Community Affairs for a prominent construction company in Chicago, Illinois where she worked for 16 years. At that time, she oversaw the Construction Management Training Institute, a program designed to enhance the technical and managerial skills of women and minority-owned businesses. Expanding upon the success of the institute, Ms. Cowan created and implemented the company's first Business Management Academy, a training program offering leadership training to women and minority-owned businesses in and outside of the construction industry,

Ms. Cowan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Roosevelt University.


In 1994, Pam Beal was challenged to plan a school based health center (SBHC) and write an operational grant to establish a SBHC in nine months. A monumental task considering there were only ten (10) SBHC’s in the entire state of Louisiana at the time and none in Lake Charles. Pam not only took on the challenge, but was successful in completing the tasks in seven months and from 1995-2001, established five comprehensive school based health centers, mobile, rural and WIC clinics as well as participating in the Vaccines For Children Program (VFC), Louisiana’s Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) programs). Forover15yearsPamhasbeenleadingand managing community health projects to promote access to primary healthcare for the uninsured and under-insured. She spent five years as a Community Health Director, Manager and Coordinator with CHRISTUS St Patrick Hospital, part of CHRISTUS health system which includes

morethan40hospitalsandfacilitiesinsixAmericanstatesandMexico. Duringthat time, she was also instrumental in successfully advocating for over $2.6 million in Legislative appropriations for child and adolescent health and for developing a model for Health Care Facilities to embrace school based health centers within their institutions.

Pam Beal became Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition (SNIC)in2007. SNIC’smissionistopromotehealthanddecreasetheincidenceof vaccine preventable diseases in Southern Nevada through community partnerships and education. Sincethen,PamhasleadSNICthroughunprecedentedgrowthbothinterms of leadership, general membership and securing of funding. Through SNIC, Pam continues to work with local, state and national organizations to promote the importanceofimmunizationratesinsouthernNevada. Pamhasdoneanoutstanding

job collaborating with providers, organizations and business to increase access to immunizations for children and families who face financial and geographical barriers. Since 1994 to present, Pam has demonstrated success in securing over $5 million for community health programs including most recently making no cost available for children to improve and increase access.






the Economic Growth of the Black Famil


Julie Murray is one of our state's leading Social Entrepreneurs. For the past 20 years, she has served in leadership and founding roles of several key organizations in Nevada. She is the co-founder of the Las

Vegas "I Have a Dream" ® Foundation and currently serves as the
Board President. She also helped found the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Foundation, where she serves as the immediate past President of the Board. In her co-founders role with the "I Have a Dream" ® Foundation,

she and her partner attorney Kevin Stolworthy adopted 55 children in 1996 in kindergarten through 3rd grade, from a City of Las Vegas public housing project site and promised to stay with them through high

school and help pay for college. This "I Have a Dream" project is one of the most successful models in the country.

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Julie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Three Square, a national model public/private partnership in Las Vegas, Nevada focused on eradicating hunger. Prior to that she served as the National Campaign Director for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation where she led the $36,000,000 campaign to build a charter school, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Additionally, she

served as a consultant to Harrah s Entertainment for seven years providing guidance on their national strategic philanthropy. In this role with Harrah's, she served as the co-chair to Nevada Assemblywoman Barbara Buckley of the Model Assisted Living Advisory Committee (MALAC) which built the country's first senior citizens' assisted living, affordable housing site utilizing BLM land from the 1998 Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.

She was appointed in 2005, by Nevada State Governor Kenny Guinn, to serve on the state's Grants Management Unit, in the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, which helps to guide the state on the distribution of state grant dollars. Julie also serves as a Board of Trustee Emeritus member for the University of Nevada, Reno. Julie is a mother of three and is a lifelong Nevadan graduating from Bishop Gorman High School and received her Bachelor's and Master's

degrees from UNLV. She has received many awards and accolades including the "The Most Influential Women in Nevada , Who s Who of Nevada" and the "Athena Award", a prestigious international

recognition that identifies individuals who have contributed to the success of women in leadership positions.

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Jessica Burden

Jessica entered public school as a certified Gifted and Talented Education student. She remained in the GATE program, often taking honors classes until graduating cum laude from Santa Monica High School. Jessica was featured in Who's Who Among American High School Students for two consecutive years and also maintained membership in the National Honor Society as well as the National

Society of High School Scholars. Jessica was nominated to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum for medicine with world renowned Dr. Patch Adams at UCLA, and later received an invitation to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum for Journalism.

Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Diane Feinstein recognized Ms. Burden for her achievement of academic excellence as well. Jessica enjoyed volunteering with a youth group for Habitat for Humanity. Dduring her freshman year of college, Jessica joined Best Buddies, an organization that matches people with intellectual disabilities with college students and creates one-on-one friendships between them. Throughout her education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Jessica has been on the Dean's List and has joined the National Scholars Honor Society.

Ms. Burden is a participant in the McNair Scholars Institute and has been recognized by The UNLV Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage for academic excellence in 2007 and 2008. Jessica holds the position of community service chair for the National Residence Hall Honorary (as part of the top 1% of leaders in the residence halls), and is a student leader with the spiritual/faith based organization
Iron Sharpens Iron, whose aim is to empower students and to help them become more Christ- centered. Jessica currently volunteers at Mountaintop Faith Ministries. When asked who inspires her the most, Ms. Burden names her mother, Terry Burden. Jessica is simply a dynamic young woman and is expected to do great things for her community.



The Emerald Ball Decorations committee had a “ball” preparing the centerpieces for the upcoming festivities in March. The Sorors spent the evening in fellowship and fun, while finishing all the decorations. Special thanks to Soror Barbara Kirkland who graciously hosted the slumber party and to Soror Psyche Terry and Soror Ina

Dorman for organizing the event. Sorors did a magnificent job in completing the decorating mission. Well Done!! — ..... ...........