The Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently celebrated 25 years of service to the community with a luncheon in honor of chapter members past and present.
Nearly 50 current and former members of the chapter met at the Mac Hotel in Point Richmond on March 28 for the silver anniversary celebration to honor the past and look forward to the future of community service.
“For more than 25 years, members of our chapter have worked vigorously in the community to bring well deserved programs to the underrepresented,” said Darrylyn Z. Swift, the chapter president.
“As we’ve evolved throughout the years ,we have noticed an increase in our youth programming, and we are committed to at least 25 more years of being a stronghold in our communities,” she said.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an international organization of college educated women committed to development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.
Since its founding in 1913, more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The sorority currently has more than 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters in the U.S., England, Japan , Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.
The Contra Costa Chapter was chartered in 1990 by 17 women who wanted to provide service to the community. Over the years the chapter has grown to more than 80 members and hosts a variety of programs throughout the entire county.
The chapter currently hosts three programs – Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI – focusing on young women and men and is in the second year of its Debutante program which will conclude in January with a huge cotillion event.
The chapter has held a variety of events throughout the community including: community forums like “Innocence of A Child” – with over 200 young women, parents and community leaders discussing the commercial sexual exploitation of young girls and women in Contra Costa County; Keep It 100 Health Fair at Richmond High School focusing on healthy lifestyle alternatives; and Self-Esteem for Girls Who Love Hip Hop focused on media images and their influence on societal ideals when it comes to girls and women.
The sexualization of girls and women is everywhere in our media and oftentimes depicts physical beauty rather than personality or intelligence.
“In 1990, the charter members of our chapter, who were existing members of Delta Sigma Theta, decided that there was a need to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of community residents in Contra Costa County,” said Swift. “At the state capital, along with other surrounding chapters, the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter was chartered and the inspiring women who led the organizing of the chapter were acknowledged for their desire to empower the community and improve the quality of lives for hundreds of families.”
For more information about the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, visit the website at www.ccacdst.org.