Delta May Week honors community supporters

Seated l to R: Honorees Diane Speaks, Ruth Claytor,  Diane Jones president, Shawn Spencer and Irene Bethel.
Seated l to R: Honorees Diane Speaks, Ruth Claytor, Diane Jones president, Shawn Spencer and Irene Bethel.

The Deltas in the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter celebrated May Week in grand fashion during the week of May 11- 17, 2015.  Following the theme, “Inspiring a Legacy of Excellence,” the chapter recognized and honored members of the community who made an impact in each of the chapter’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust at the May Week Luncheon on Saturday, May 16.

Honored as “Community Supporters,” and the committees they supported were: Economic Development, Mrs. Diane Speaks of She’s International and Delta Red Pages advocate; Educational Development, Mrs. Ruth Claytor, vice principal, William Fleming High School and Delta GEMS sponsor; International Awareness, Bill Modica, Sister Cities and Water Well advocate; Mental & Physical Health Development, Ms. Shawn Spencer, director of Project Real Talk and Leadership Development Advocate; and Political & Social Action Awareness, Ms. Irene Bethel, Council of Community Service of Roanoke  & HIV/AIDS activist.

Miss Jabberwock 2015 Sydnee Evans (L) and Miss Roanoke Teen USA Kaitlyn Shaw.
Miss Jabberwock 2015 Sydnee Evans (L) and Miss Roanoke Teen USA Kaitlyn Shaw.

Special guest in attendance included Miss Jabberwock 2015, Miss Sydnee Evans and Miss Roanoke Teen USA, Miss Kaitlyn Shaw; as well as family and friends of the recipients.   Mr. Bill Modica, who was working Local Colors, was unable to attend the luncheon.

Since 1920, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. across the country have celebrated a week in May designated to recognize the academic achievement of youth as well as the achievements of the chapter during the year.

On Friday night, the Educational Development Committee held the annual “Celebration of Youth” at Round Hill Elementary School when all Delta sponsored Educational programs in Roanoke City and Roanoke County recognized their youth participants and their parents.

Scholarship recipients and Jabberwock participants were also recognized.   The hard working Education Committee is proud to mentor with the following programs: Precious Pearls at Round Hill, Delta Academy at Addison & William Byrd MS; Delta GEMS at William Fleming & Patrick Henry HS  and Forest Park Academy in Roanoke City and at William Byrd High School in Roanoke County.  In addition, there is the EMBODI program for males at Woodrow Wilson MS.

The May Week culminating activity was held Sunday when Deltas, scholarship recipients and parents were recognized at Williams Memorial Baptist Church.  A delightful reception was held following the service.

The members of the May Week Committee are grateful to all who helped continue the legacy of serving the community and to all who participated in each of the events.

Gloria Randolph-King and Bonnie Pritchett were May Week co-chairs, Diane Jones is chapter president.