Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter Kicks Off ‘New Era of Service’ with 2010 ElectionsNovember 12, 2010 // 0 Comments
On the heels of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 50th National Convention in New Orleans, its Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter ushered in its 2010-2011 programming year by adopting the theme, “Stepping into a New Era” and Delta members have taken the theme to heart with service programs related to the recent November 2 elections.
Nuntiata Buck, president of Delta Sigma Theta’s Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter, noted the sorority’s long history of helping and supporting people in the community through its five-point programmatic thrust: Political Action & Involvement, Physical & Mental Health, Economic Development, Education Development and International Awareness. Among new national initiatives from Delta Sigma Theta were efforts to support voter education efforts for the September primary and November 2010 elections.
The Wisconsin election races for the U.S. Senate and state governor were two highly contested races that were closely watched across the nation. The Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter’s Social & Political Action (SPA) Committee worked very hard to remind African-American residents about the power of their vote. The weekends before the Sept. 14 primaries and Nov. 2 fall elections, Delta Sigma Theta’s Milwaukee members canvassed the Midtown Shopping Center with “Walk the Beat” – a voter education service project. The women distributed flyers to shoppers reminding them to vote.
In addition to “Walk the Beat,” Delta’s Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter adopted a polling site, the Clinton E. & Bernice Rose Senior Center, for the third year in a row. Delta’s members were trained by the City of Milwaukee Election Commission as election inspectors to register voters and assist citizens at the polls.
Voter education efforts are just one of the ways Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter is entering a new era of service. Efforts are underway to address issues ranging from the educational outcomes of Milwaukee’s African-American youth to the prevention of diabetes.
“Milwaukee Alumnae has done so much and we have more to do,” said Buck.
Founded at Howard University in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has more than 200,000 members and 900 chapters in the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan and the Virgin Islands. The sorority provides community service around five key areas: educational development, economic development, mental and physical health, international awareness and social and political action.
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