Southeastern Region chapters made an additional donation to the National Educational Foundation (NEF) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Jacqueline Lawton, NEF Chairperson (third from right), was on hand to receive the donation from Rosemarie Farngalo, Ph.D, National Mental Health Director (left), LaWanda Harper, Southeastern Regional Director (second from left); Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, International Centennial President (third from left), Chrislyn Turner, International Second Vice President (second from right) and Vanessa Elkins-Rogers, International Trustee). Photo Credit: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Southeastern Regional was held in Atlanta with the organization’s international president, Valerie Hollingsworth Baker in attendance. The Southeastern Region is culturally and geographically diverse. It encompasses three states and four Islands — Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago.
The gathering was another milestone in the organization’s journey to its centennial celebration honoring the sorority’s five founders from Howard University. Theses visionaries set out to build a sorority that would raise the consciousness of black people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster unity among its members. Since its founding Zeta Phi Beta has historically focused on addressing social causes.
The focus of the Southeastern Regional meeting was to provide the sisterhood with a cohesive service calendar of programs that support the organization’s national initiatives to positively enhance, cultivate and empower women, men, youth, seniors, and international women of color.
Programs include a prenatal education program called Stork’s Nest, a joint program with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the March of Dimes which serves approximately 6,000 women each year. The newly developed capstone initiative is to raise awareness and support people with mental health challenges and autism.
Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, International Centennial President (second from right); LaWanda Harper, Southeastern Regional Director (right); and Rosemarie Farngalo, Ph.D, National Mental Health Director (left) donated $11,000 to Elisabeth Omilami, President and CEO, Hosea Helps and Zeta member (second from left) Photo Credit: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
The Southeastern Region of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority also donated $11,000 to Elisabeth Omilami, the president and CEO of Hosea Helps, which provides food, medical care to over 60,000 people a year.
The Southeastern Region is also collecting donations to support the National Education Foundation’s Z-HOPE Project. The objective is to present $10,000 to ZNEF at the organization’s centennial celebration.