Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

We had a great time at the 77th Annual North Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia for Alpha Kappa Alpha! Jammed packed with activites and fun, it was a wonderful way to officially usher in the Centennial Celebration of the Sorority!

More than 3,000 of my sorors attended and let's just say that Philadelphia will never be the same! 317 members graduated from a fourteen month leadership development academy in honor of our Visionary Founder Ethel Hedgeman Lyle (EHLLA).

I made myself so tired zooming around but I did capture some great moments.

Hats off to all of those who made the conference a success!!!

95 year old Bernice Ripley is a charter member of Florida A&M's Chapter and a 75 year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She never misses conferences or Omega Omega chapter meetings.

Sorors pose here with North Atlantic Regional Director Evelyn Sample-Oates (center) who delivered a baby boy six weeks ago.

Sorors posing with International President Barbara A. McKinizie (center)

Sorors pose with Dr. Mattelia B. Grays, 18th International President (center left)

Quilting our history together as the North Atlantic Region

Rose Brown (left) new graduate of EHLLA and newly inducted 25 year member poses with Wanda King EHHLA Dean (center) and Alexia Hudson, EHHLA Committee Member

EHLLA Graduates smile for the camera

More happy EHLLA graduates

Crystal Lander (back) poses with another EHLLA graduate. Lander is a frequent guest on PBS' To The Contrary

Conference chair Brenda Johnson Best (left), North Atlantic Regional Director Evelyn Sample Oates, and Engineering Ph.D candidate Ashley Johnson at the Awards Gala. Mother & daughter Brenda & Ashley were both initiated at Florida A&M. Evelyn Sample Oates was initated at American University.

Kindred the Family Soul perform at the super packed Awards Gala

International President Barbara A. McKinzie with Father Martini Shaw of the African Epsicopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Sherilynn Johnson Kimble - President of Omega Omega Chapter, & Jacqueline 'Lynn' Washington of Rho Theta Omega Chapter after the Sunday morning worship service

Sorors Deidre Patterson & Terri Lee during the Sunday morning Gospel Brunch featuring Bryon Cage

Sorors dancing & celebrating the joyful sounds of Bryon Cage

Gospel Superstar Bryon Cage performed during the Sunday Gospel Brunch leaving us all on a spiritual high!