Local AKA Chapter receives honors

Sorority named 2015 South Central Region Chapter of the Year

From Emma Robinson AKA Chapter Reporter

For the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Pi Chi Omega Chapter, 2015 was a very busy year for service and scholarship. The chapter received the highest honor in the South Central Region as the 2015 South Central Region Small Chapter of the Year. Dr. Angela M. Davis received the 2nd place award for Outstanding Chapter President for a Small Chapter. The South Central Region consists of Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Pi Chi Omega was given a 2015 Arkansas Cluster Super Star Award presented by Tjuana Byrd, AKA AR Cluster Coordinator and Chelle Luper Wilson 24th South Central Regional Director. Highlights for the year began in January. Sorority Members began by hosting a MLK Day Sunday Supper for the needy at LR Jackson Girls Club. Free Flu Shots and HIV testing were provided by the Crittenden County Health Department. In February, chapter members attended the American Heart Association Day at the Capitol in Little Rock Arkansas. The 5th Annual Pink Goes Red and Jazz Up Your Heart Wine and Cheese Gala was held at the Comfort Inn Suites in West Memphis and raised $1,200 for the American Heart Association. Pi Chi Omega raised more than $500 to support the Alzheimer’s Association during the Longest Day event held in June at Wonder City Boys and Girls Club and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Memphis Botanic Garden. In support of the American Cancer Society, members fundraised $1,370 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign. In May of 2015, Pi Chi Omega participated in AKA 1908 Playground Project. Chapter Members, ASCEND, and Pretty As Can Be worked hard to revitalize the playground at LR Jackson Elementary. The local AKA chapter also hosted several school supply and backpack drives. More than 200 backpacks and 300 books (Books donated in partnership with Wonder Jr. High and IAP Ministries) were donated to local children at the chapter’s Annual Kids Alert Safety Party held at Wonder City Boys and Girls Club and LR Jackson Girls Club. This winter chapter members and the ASCEND mentoring program (signature program of Alpha Kappa Alpha) have helped to collect food for the Mid South Food Bank at the Action News Five Holiday Food Drive at Walmart Chapter members also helped to spread Holiday Cheer two area nursing homes: Helen’s Residential Care in West Memphis, and Parkway Health and Rehabilitation in Memphis. In December members hosted a Bra-Nanza in addition to its annual Underwearness Drive. School Supplies were also donated. All items were donated to CASA. Notably, Pi Chi Omega was also the recipient of the Eunice Shriver Kennedy Foundation Safe Sleep Grant. Three Safety Baby Showers were held to educate and promote SIDs prevention. The events were held at the Earle Parent Center, and Wonder City Boys & Girls Club in West Memphis. Attendees received free Smoke Detectors, Diapers, and other Injury Prevention items. The Baby Showers were in partnership with Arkansas Department of Health, Sisters United, and the AR Injury and Prevention Center. Finally, Pi Chi Omega celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its annual Pink and Green Ball, a formal event, at the Clarion Hotel. In addition to its many service projects, Pi Chi Omega gave more than $12, 450 in scholarships in 2015. Including: $10,250 in scholarships through the Twenty Pearls Scholarship Pageant, two $500 Legacy Scholarships, and two Tuition vouchers to Arkansas State University-Mid South Campus worth $900 each. The chapter also gave its first think HBCU Scholarship in the amount of $300 to a student attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Pi Chi Omega was chartered in 1987 in West Memphis, Arkansas. The chapter currently has 62 members. The sorority’s motto is “Supreme Service to All Mankind.” The 2015 Chapter President is Angela M. Davis, DDS.

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