BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The members of Omicron Omega climaxed their 2013 Service to All Mankind Campaign by spreading Christmas cheer to area families and by adopting more than 25 angels from the Salvation Army Tree and Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). During the chapter’s annual Christmas breakfast, members brought numerous bags of toys, clothes and shoes to fill the wish list of local children. Among the most popular requested items were tablets, clothes, MP3 players, video games and coats.
Ms. Patricia Lee of the Salvation Army and Ms. Robin King from DHR were on hand to accept the chapter’s gifts on behalf of the foster children. Omicron Omega’s partnership with the Salvation Army and DHR was implemented last year as part of the sorority’s international program initiatives. “Inviting the leaders of the civic groups and organizations we support to the breakfast gives our members the opportunity to hear firsthand what their dedication and commitment to the community means to others,” said outgoing President Terricetta C. McCall, who implemented the partnership during her term of office.
Highlights of “A Klassy Christmas Affair” included a donation to Miles College for $4,000 that was accepted by Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College. Dr. French, in his remarks, thanked the members of Omicron Omega and its foundation, CEAF, for their continued support and alliance with the college. Dr. French also talked about the recent expansion on Miles campus and invited the chapter to the campus for future events. Also, on hand was Mrs. Brenda Wright of JCCEO to accept a $500 donation to the Head Start program.
The Christmas breakfast also serves as an opportunity to recognize chapter members for their outstanding volunteer efforts. Members recognized included: Golden Member of the Year – Mrs. Barbara Adams; Humanitarian of the Year – Mrs. Leah Wiggins; Member of the Year- Ms. Carla Flakes; Entrepreneur of the Year – Ms. Charmel Taylor and New Member of the Year – Ms. Stephanie Alexander. Other outstanding service awards were presented to the following members: Theadora Fancher, Delfreda Coleman, Bernadine Roby, Cynthia Garrett, Dorothy McClain, Betty Glover, Rhonda Allen, Fatima Carter, Jacqueline Carter, Susanne Matthews, Lois Scott, Cynthia Hardison, Sara Buie, Barbara Clemon, Karen Lee, Cecily Chaney, Demetrius Singleton, Pamela Steele and Patricia McAdory. Singer and musician, Willese Burt provided entertainment during the breakfast. The State of the Chapter Address was given by outgoing President Terricetta McCall. The chapter’s new officers were installed at the end of the breakfast. The Christmas Breakfast was chaired by Mrs. Barbara Grant Adams and Mrs. Sonya Smith. Alpha Kappa Alpha is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. For more information about Omicron Omega Chapter or AKA visit www.akaomicronomega.net.