Delta GEMS Spotlight
submitted by Ayanda Brydie, one of our current GEMS
“During my first year as a Delta GEM, I have attended meetings, participated in community service activities and enjoyed the GEMS’ nights out. At first, I didn’t know many of the other participants or talk much. As time went on, I made some cool new friends and reconnected with others that I had met during summer camp. I have come to love the friends that I have made, even my advisors. This program has given me friends that I will never forget and experiences that have taught me a lot. It has given me an opportunity to make a difference to the people that I have helped. During one of the community service events, the GEMS sang Christmas songs to the patients in a nursing home. We had no prior practice and we didn’t sound that great but they still loved that we sang some of their favorite Christmas songs. The things that I love the most about Delta GEMS is that we not only improve our community, we also put a smile on everyone’s face we help.”
Southfield Alumnae Chapter Co-Sponsors Human Trafficking Forum
Southfield Alumnae Chapter Gives $22,000 in Scholarships
Southfield Alumnae Chapter (SAC) is dedicated to fulfilling our Sorority’s commitment to encouraging the attainment of higher education. SAC provides support to graduating seniors who have excelled in their academic career. Support is also provided to students who are involved in their community or extracurricular activities that showcase their talent. The 2014 scholarship awards totaled $22,000!
2014 Scholarship Recipients
|Kwesi-Prah Awotwi||Cymone Martin||Tara Tehlirian|
|Lauren Black||Cherise McAdoo||Kelsie Traylor|
|David Cole||Samuel Moore *||Joseph Vann|
|Catherine Daoud||Kirby Morrell||Bennie Ward III|
|Chrisitan Eaglin||Angel Perry||Shayla Watson|
|DeJah Hall||Aubrey Perry||Chanel Williams *|
|Nicole Johns||Jared Reynolds||Danicea Woods-McSwain *|
|M’Lynne Jones||Shannon Stoudermire||Breanna Wyrick|
* Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. Recipients
Salute to Michigan’s Pioneering Leaders
The pictured phenomenal members of SAC were honored by the Michigan Democratic Party in a “Salute to Michigan’s Pioneering Leaders.” The Honorable Brenda Lawrence is the first woman and first African American mayor of Southfield. The Honorable Barbara Talley is the first African American to hold an elected office (councilwoman) in Southfield. She was also the first African American mayoral candidate and lost by 97 votes to a mayor with a 25-year reign. Mrs. Talley is affectionately known as the “mother of politics” in Southfield. The Honorable Shelia Johnson is the first African American to serve as judge of the 46th District Court in Southfield.
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute Third Annual Girl 2 Girl Summit
The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute sponsored by the Southfield Alumnae Chapter, hosted its third annual Girl 2 Girl Summit this year. The more than 125 attendees included Gems from the Detroit and Pontiac Alumnae chapters as well as other high school age young ladies who were not affiliated with the GEMS Institute. The theme for this year’s summit was #classyfabulousandfly.
The summit featured interactive workshops which engaged the participants through games and guided discussions. With the assistance of their advisors, the Southfield Gems facilitated several workshops and a community service activity. The workshop topics included Financial Awareness, Physical and Mental Health, and College Readiness.
Emphasizing the importance of community service, each participant made a friendship bracelet and a card to give to students at Cloverdale School in Farmington, Michigan. Cloverdale is a specialized school for students with severe cognitive and physical impairments. Upon completion of this community service project, a certificate reflecting two hours of community service was presented to each individual.
At the end of the summit, all young ladies received a goody bag that included a resource manual created by the Southfield Gems and advisors. The manual contained finance tips, information on scholarships, and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.
Many participants stated that a highlight of the summit was the discussion and time allowed for reflecting on the short and long term impact of their choices on their lives. The young ladies also voiced that they received very useful information on how to make decisions to ensure that they remain classy, fabulous, and fly!
First Annual Black Diamonds Celebration
The inaugural celebration of African American male achievements (Black Diamonds) by the Southfield Alumnae Chapter took place on June 7, 2014. The setting was a breakfast occasion at The Westin Southfield-Detroit Hotel with Dr. Herman Gray, CEO, DMC Children’s Hospital as keynote speaker.
Three categories for nominees were determined:
Diamond Chips (Grades 6 – 12), Diamonds in the Rough (Ages 19 – 39), and Polished Diamonds (Ages 40 and up).
Nominations were accepted based upon the nominee’s positive impact in the community and schools due to economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.
2014 Black Diamonds Award Recipients
|Sharod Bridges, Jr.||Ankur Lockett|
|Nicholas Cotton||Hakim Salaam, III|
|Vincent Gray, Jr.||Jeremy Stevens|
Diamonds in the Rough
|Mantrell Goodrum||Edmund Lewis|
|Rudy Hobbs||Aaron Marshall|
|W. Randall Brown||Dr. Herman Gray|
|De’Rone Buffington||Reverend Nicholas Hood, III|
|Marty Bulger||Brandon Lewis|
|Dr. Reginald Eadie||Darren Mosley|
Southfield Alumnae Chapter is proud and honored to recognize these remarkable African American men and their contributions to the community and the world! All proceeds will benefit EMBODI, (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence), a male mentoring program executed by the chapter with the assistance of other organizations.