An Evening at the Main Event Entertainment Center
Friday, May 18th, the Chapter Outings Committee had its last excursion for the 2017-2018 sorority year. Sorors of Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter had a fun-filled evening of great fellowship and bowling. Although the weather outside was cold and rainy, it was very warm and inviting inside the Main Event Entertainment Center with games galore! Choices of games included laser tag, rope climbing, arcades and “22” lanes for bowling and we occupied seven of them! The feeling was that of an amusement park, but inside a building. There were all age groups out on a Friday night to just have fun!
Sorors were all set to demonstrate their skills for the two hours on the bowling lanes. There were a multitude of skill levels. Some came equipped with their own bowling balls – hint, hint, these were the serious bowlers who had scores of 100 or more. They kept bowling strikes and had no problems knocking down the few pins that were left after their first attempt. Well enough about the veteran bowlers. The novice bowlers were striving to just strike down a few pins! These sorors began with lots of gutter balls; however, by the second game, as they continued to practice their skills, their bowling scores improved. They even managed to have a couple of strikes and that really made them proud!
The two hours of bowling activity at the Main Event Entertainment Center was a great time for all who came out on that cold rainy evening. We met new sorors, enjoyed a great meal and just had some good old fashion fun.
Founders Day 2018 Lunch Outing
To remember and celebrate our beloved 22 Founders, 51 Sorors gathered for lunch at Firebirds Wood Fire Grill in Newark, DE on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Over a tasty lunch, we chatted about the strength of the visionary 22 young college women who stepped out to make a difference in the lives of so many others. We discussed the importance of our work today in the “greatest” Sorority on earth. We spoke solemnly of the recent transitions of our 14th National President and our 17th National President. We also fondly remembered Soror Marjorie R. Scott, who was the last of the 10 Charter Members of Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (then Gamma Omega Sigma Graduate Chapter) to transition. At the conclusion of lunch, we gathered to take a photo. The smiling faces in the photo expressed how proud we are of our courageous Founders, our sisterly bond and how proud we are to use our collective strength, abilities and power to continue to serve Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on our 105th anniversary and in the years to come.
Caroling at The Lorelton
Oh what a wonderful Christmas caroling event sponsored by the Sisterhood Committee on Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017, at The Lorelton. Under the direction of Soror Estelle White, a resident in the independent living unit of the facility, we scheduled time to go caroling in the Memory Care Unit where Soror Inez Wilson resides. The Christmas caroling was led by the “Violet Voices” who were joined by about 15 chapter members who came out to assist as background singers. It was a delightful presentation of songs to the residents of the Memory Care Unit. [Read full article here}
Thanksgiving Joy NPHC in Action
On November 21, 2017, we joined the National Pan Hellenic Council-affiliated organizations to help make Thanksgiving a little more enjoyable for some Wilmington seniors. It was done by supporting the 35th Thanksgiving Drive and Turkey Give-away sponsored by NOR Enterprise along with several other community organizations. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter members contributed approximately 250 cans of green beans for the drive. They were included in the Thanksgiving baskets given to the residents of Windsor Apartments at 500 North Walnut Street, Wilmington on the Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving. The baskets also included a turkey and all the trimmings to assist the residents in preparing a full Thanksgiving feast for the holiday. What a warm feeling as we all left knowing that we helped to make the holiday a little better by the gift of food for a great holiday meal for residents.
Operation Warm in Partnership with Nemours GEMS Community Service
Saturday November 11th, 2017, the Delta GEMS participants donated their time and energy to their first community service project for the year, in partnership with Nemours and “Operation Warm”. As an origination, there were several women who were able to volunteer along with the GEMS participants. Our tasks were to pass out coats, check people in and help facilitate the flow of the crowd for this amazing event held at the Hicks Anderson Community Center on the west side of Wilmington, DE. The participants are pleased that their efforts contributed to the improvement of conditions and that several children in our community will be warm for the winter months.
A Chapter Outing in November – WAR Concert (Click on the title to view the article)
Delaware State University College Day Annual College Tour
On October 21, 2017, youth participants in the chapter GEMS and DBSDA programs visited Delaware State University (DSU) in Dover, DE. They attended the Open House program and spoke to representatives of various departments, including Financial Aid, Students Affairs, and Residence Life. Participants also met faculty from the academic schools of public health, business, education, sciences, aviation, and others. The group toured the beautiful campus, ate lunch in Conrad Dining Hall and enjoyed a “real” college football game, DSU vs. South Carolina State.
Feedback from participants indicated that they enjoyed the day and benefitted from more knowledge of college admissions requirements, clubs and organizations and financial aid opportunities. Many had never been on a college campus so this visit allowed all of them to expand their minds and think about life post high school graduation.
In alignment with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. national initiatives, the chapter was pleased to showcase DSU, the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the state of Delaware.
Youth Programs Meet and Greet The program year has now begun!
On September 24, 2017, the Program Planning and Development Committee hosted the Joint Youth Programs Kick-off at the Kappa Achievement Center in Wilmington, DE. Over 50 guests and about 15 chapter members were in attendance. Co-chairs from each youth program presented a brief overview of their program objectives and calendar of events and activities.
While enjoying refreshments, the guests walked around to see the displays of each program showing pictures of previous community service events, program accomplishments and field trips. Guests were invited to ask questions of the co-chairs at their respective display tables. Students and parents seemed excited to hear about all of the planned activities for the year. Although some programs, such as Jabberwock is scheduled to start later in the year, more than 30 students signed up for one of the programs by the end of the event.
Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter Delta Round Up
The Delta Round Up was held September 9, 2017, following the first chapter meeting of this Sorority year. The first meeting of the year always has a large attendance, so we decided to take advantage of the “captive audience.” The doors were locked after the meeting ended and all in attendance had to stay – well not really, but we did think about doing so. We had over 100 members remain and enjoy a wonderful fellowship planned by the committee. Sorors were seated according to their birthday months. The fellowship, games and competition were very intense as the sorors bonded by their birth months. All enjoyed learning something about sorors that they may not have spent time with under other circumstances. The fellowship and, of course the delicious food, were very good. It was a great way to kick off our new Sorority year.