Senator Montomery Commemorates the 51st Anniversary of the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

April 19, 2010

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 51st Anniversary of the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza tions and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of  the  community and its citizenry; and

WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commemorate  the  51st Anniversary of the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; this auspicious occasion will be  celebrated  on Sunday, April 18, 2010; and

WHEREAS,  Delta  Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913,  by 22 collegiate women at Howard University; these  students  wanted  to use  their  collective  strength  to  promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need; the first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's  Suffrage March in Washington, D.C., in March 1913; and

WHEREAS,  Officially incorporated in 1930, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is  to  provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout  the  world; it is a sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women and currently has over 900  chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany,  the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea; and

WHEREAS, The major programs of Delta Sigma Theta are  based  upon  the organization's  five  point  programmatic  thrust: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement,  physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement; and

WHEREAS,  Serving  the  community of Westchester County, New York, theWestchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta  Sigma  Theta  Sorority,  Inc.  was chartered  on  October  31, 1959, by 16 visionary women; the chapter has grown considerably, and now boasts 150 members from diverse professional backgrounds who volunteer their education, skills, and talents to  serve youth,  adults and seniors, and those in need around the global communi ty; and

WHEREAS, The Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta  Sorority,  Inc.  perpetuates  the  Sorority's  tradition  of public service by implementing several programs, which initiate social  change,  encourage academic excellence and elevate the cultural awareness of the community; its  service projects include an annual teen conference, annual "A Toast to Spring" scholarship brunch, back to  school  clothing  drives,  voter registration  drives,  letter-writing  campaigns,  toy  drives, creatingThanksgiving baskets for needy families, female mentoring programs,  and community outreach workshops; and                                        

WHEREAS, For its work in the community, Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta  Sigma Theta, Inc. received the Eastern Region Chapter of the Year Award (2007), Sister-to-Sister  International  Community  Service  Award (2006),  the  National  Council of Negro Women Mary McLeod Bethune Award (2006), and several accolades and proclamations from the American  Heart Association and local elected officials; and

WHEREAS,  Under  the  able leadership of its President, Tanee Johnson-Bowman, the Westchester Alumnae Chapter is committed  to  maintaining  a standard  of  excellence  in scholarship,  service  and sisterhood; its award-winning chapter remains focused on health and wellness,  outreach, social action and education; and

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when an organ ization of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our  attention,  it should be recognized and applauded by all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to commemorate  the  51st Anniversary of the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to Tanee  Johnson-Bowman,  President,  The  Westchester  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.