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  • Hey sorors! It’s June and we can’t believe how much time has elapsed. We are moving aggressively ahead for the betterment of our great sisterhood, Beta Sigma Omega Chapter and we are proud. We are proud of committees working together. We had a few deadlines dates that needed to be met for corporate office such as listing of 2016 delegates, estimate of pillowcase dresses survey, attendance on several conference calls. All deadlines were met! We are proud of our involvement in the community and we are very proud to be sisters. Upon our return in September, we will have one month to finalize our Cluster conference which will be held in Langston University-OKC Campus located at Millwood Arts Academy

    on October 21-22. We are still soliciting recruitment for Fashionetta event, which we are hopeful will occur in November. We solicit your sisterly support in making this event memorable and successful. In the month of May, our ASCEND committee took the 10th graders at Northeast Academy to an unimaginable level, exploring the Oklahoma History Center. Students explored areas of interest from Black History museum, Space Mission museum to American Indian museum. I am proud to have dedicated and committed sorors within our great sisterhood, who accompanied these students on this field trip; Sorors Lois Mosley, Linda Matthews, Sylvia Menser, Ana Sharp, Alice Duke, Kimberly Anderson, Rosetta Cravens, Alva Ewing, Charese Jones, Glimerine Ware, Linda Huggins, WyAngela Knight-Singh, Carla Smitherman and Anita Jones. Thank you Soror Sue Starr, principal of Northeast Academy, for allowing us to continue to education your students with hand-on learning and life lessons. DEDICATION and COMMITMENT are two gigantic words, which I feel confident, will lead our chapter successfully with ASCEND and all programs. As Soror Sherrell and Sue mentioned in February’s edition: “ So, in this month of Love, embrace your Heart Sister, expand your circle of love and be ever mindful that “A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” (Isadora James). In addition, I mentioned in March, “The fabric of any membership organization is judged by the number, loyalty, and the active involvement of its members”. So I say, Let the work you do speak for you. “In conclusion, I say together, we can strengthen the success of our great sisterhood for generations of sorors to come. With God, our founders, past and present sorors, I am prayerful that the remaining months will be peaceful, prosperous and pleasurable.

    Remember sorors, June is AKA paraphernalia month or wear your favorite HBCU gear. Whatever you decide to wear, we will be taking an HBCU or collegiate school photo.

    This will be our last communication for a couple of months and I cannot pass up the opportunity to let each of you know how thankful I am to God for his guidance and to each of you for your support, hardwork, and most of all, the love that you’ve shown since I became Basileus. I have truly enjoyed these first six months and I fully realize that the chapter’s success thus far this year is because we have very dedicated, conscientious officers, committee chairman, committee vice chairman and sorors. God bless and keep each of you and have a FANTASTIC summer! My monthly prayer: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn”. Isaiah 54:17 Sisterly Love, Soror Anika Wilson

    Basileus Communiqué

    J U N E 2 0 1 6 V O L U M E I , I S S U E 6

    O F F I C E R S

    Anika Wilson Basileus Monica Finley First Anti-Basileus Ameyka Pittman Second Anti-Basileus Brenda Walker Grammateus Georgetta James Anti-Grammateus Karolyn Ruffin Tamiouchos Lillie Osborn Anti-Tamiouchos LaTreece Langston Pecunious Grammateus Anastasia P. Pitre Anti-Pecunious Gram- mateus Vinata Johnson Historian Tracy Smith Graduate Advisor Beta Beta Chapter Maggie A. Green Epistoleus Joyce Smith Parliamentarian Linda Samuel Jaha Ivy Leaf Reporter Michelle Chapple Hodegos Carmen Butler Archivist Felecia Moriels Philacter

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  • P A G E 2

    COMMITTEE LISTINGS Gayle Caldwell, Connection Chair Anastasia P. Pitre, Vice-Chair Connection Gayle M. Scott, Decorating Chair Cara Davis, Vice-Chair Decorating Sherrye Cravens, Economic Ownership Chair Tameka Darby, Vice-Chair Economic Ownership WyAngela K. Singh, Education Chair Glimerine Ware, Vice-Chair Education Courtland Fisher, Fashionetta Chair Barbara Potts, Vice-Chair, Fashionetta Dorothy C. Franklin, Founders’ Day Chair Valerie Hurte, Vice-Chair, Founders’ Day Lisa Griffin, Fundraising Chair Tracey Tate, Vice-Chair Fundraising Latricia Morgan, Health Chair Shelia Arinwine Terrell, Vice-Chair Health Angela Long, Membership Chair Patricia Hunt, Vice-Chair, Membership Shante' Fenner, Protocol Chair Alice McCann, Vice-Chair, Protocol Carlisa Curry, Public Affairs Chair Tara Williams, Vice-Chair, Public Affairs Linda S. Jaha, Public Relations Chair Antonia Walker, Vice-Chair, Public Relations Michelle Chapple, Sisterhood Chair Joanne Davis, Standards Chair Tiffani Bates, Vice-Chair, Standards Mary Carey, Technology/Newsletter Chair Charese Jones, Vice-Chair, Technology Sandra A. Aziz, Yearbook Chair LaTeka Alexander, Vice-Chair, Yearbook Cynthia Roach, Winter Ball Chair ShelNeko Northington, Vice-Chair, Winter Ball Joannie Wade, Nominating Chair

    SUB-COMMITTEES Basilei Council Vivian Miller Joyce Henderson Mentorship (Membership) Terri Hurte Rituals (Sisterhood) Priscilla Metoyer Collette Houchen Sisterly Relations Sue Starr Sherrell Thompson Spiritual Oversight Team Lorraine Liggins Carolyn Gray Strategic Planning Greta Stewart Patrina Sattiewhite- Walter Step Mistress Cessnie Shelton Leadership Development Gloria Wilson ASCEND Linda Johnson-Huggins Social Media Charese Jones Deveda Mason Destiny Darby Chapter Photographer Alycia Brown

    Anti-Basileus Message  

    Sorors, It is hard to believe that summer is here! As we take a moment to reflect and recharge, take great pride in the accomplishments in what Beta Sigma Omega has done in the community with our programs. On behalf of the program committees - Connection, Education, Environmental Ownership, Health and Public Affairs, thank you for your support. Please review the list of the program activities that have been done this year:  MLK Day of Service  Voter Registration Drive  ASCEND  OETA Telethon  One Church One Child  No Vote No Voice Church Blitz Campaign  Read Across America  Acts of Green  Twenty Pearls Luncheon  American Heart Association Walk  AKA Day At The Capitol  ONE OKC  Connection Writing Campaign  Regional Food Bank  Seasonal Wraps  NAMI Walk Let us go into the summer break strong by supporting the following two activities this month: (1) The Longest Day Alzheimer's Support activity after the June Sorority meeting (Potluck Cookout) *See Flyer (2) AKA Playground Mobilization for F.D. Moon Elementary School and St. John Christian Heritage Academy (*more information at the June Sorority meeting) I am so proud to serve as your First Anti-Basileus and program chairman. This is just the beginning as we continue Launching New Dimensions in Service! Sisterly, Soror Monica Finley First Anti-Basileus

  • P A G E 3 V O L U M E I , I S S U E 6

    Plug into the Power of Prayer Sorors in life, we will certainly be met with many challenges. There are times when things become so difficult we may want to give up. However, remember Philippians 4:19 " And my God will meet ALL your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus". Remember that God is always with us and He is willing and able to bring us through any difficulties if we let Him.

    Sorors, remember the first of every month, to Plug Into the Power of Prayer. The next date is Friday, July 1st. This is a great way to jump start of your day, week and month. Please join us for an awe inspiring and moving hour of sisters praying together.

    Will McCary, Soror Alice McCann’s grandson, received a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering from The University of North Texas on May 10, 2016. Will won $2,000 as the second place prize in a contest to defend his Master’s Thesis on Wind Sustainability. DeVaughn Durham, Soror Alice McCann’s grandson, graduated from North Garland High School in Garland TX on June 4, 2016. DeVaughn also recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. DeVaughn plans to attend The University of North Texas School of Mu- sic. Soror Dorothy Swift, the mother of Soror Tiffany Swift-Broiles, passed Wednesday, June 1st. Cards/food can be sent to 2616 NW 121st Street Oklahoma City, OK 73120. Soror Dorothy was initiated at Langston University, Alpha Zeta chapter, 1973. No Ivy Beyond the Wall ceremony was requested. Judge Charles L. Owens' state's first appointed black judge, dies at 86, husband of Sor