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The 2014-2018 International Theme is "Launching New Dimensions of Service".
The South Eastern Regional Director is Mary Connor.
The International President is Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
Congratulations to Katherine Mencer and Wendy Bedford for obtaining their Masters Degrees.
Congratulations to Ruby Miller for her recent appointment by Governor Haslam.
Theresa Venable has been named winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African-American authors and illustrators of children’s picture books, directing the May Hill Arburhnot Honor Lecture, and coordinating the Big Read sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Congratulations to Rebecca Crowe for receipt of the Dr. Herman Posta Outstanding Young Professional Medal of Honor by the East Tennessee Economic Council. She has also been award Knoxville's "40 Under 40" Award.
Congratulation to Rose Weaver and Edwena Crowe for their Women in NAACP "Bridge of Honor" Awards.
Congratulations to Gloria Mencer for her recent graduation from Divinity School.

January 2017
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9:30am-1:30pm National Impact Day

Chapter Officers & Committee Chairmen

Officers: 2017-2018
Estella Simmons
Vice President:
Chelsea Hubbard
Larrissa Henderson
Asst. Sec.:
Ossie McKinney
Cheryl Boykins
Betty Walker
Fin. Secretary:
Edwena Crowe
Asst. Fin. Sec.:
Grace Hamer
Alexus Brown
Corr. Sec.:
Phyllis Young
Sonya Moreland
Kowetha Mack
Emma Jones
EAF Captain:
Mildred Beasley
Dorothy Jones
Standing Committees:
Chelsea Hubbard
Kowetha Mack
Ossie McKinney
Freda Hopper
Cheryl Boykins
Sonya Moreland
Edwena Crowe
Grace Hamer
Dorothy Jones
Risk Mgmt:
Mary Rhone
Emma Jones
Dorothy Jones
Ad Hoc & Special Committees:
Gloria Mencer
Alexus Brown
Sherry Jefferson
Sisterly Rel:
Larrissa Henderson
Black Heritage:
Fund Raising:
Barbara Jackson
Kim Hatcher
Kia Batiste
Black Heritage:
Kowetha Mack

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Welcome to new members Kia Batiste, Alexus Brown, Grace Hamer, and Ossie McKinney

Welcome to new chapter member Camille Hall

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration - January 16, 2017

"Pink Goes Red - Heart Health Month - February 3, 2017

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - April 2017

Playground Mobilization Day - May 20, 2017

The Longest Day - June 21, 2017

National Minority Mental Illness Month - July 2017

Childhood Hunger Day- October 16, 2017

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 983 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada and the continent of South Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-lettered organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit

Alpha Kappa Alpha established itself in the South Eastern part of the United States with the chartering of Pi Chapter at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, on April 12, 1921 in the Southern Region. In 1932, the Southern Region’s name was changed to the South Eastern Region. The South Eastern Region is composed of the states of Alabama, Tennessee,and Mississippi.

Currently the South Eastern Region consists of 104 chapters that include 49 undergraduate chapters and 55 graduate chapters. The current cluster alignment provides for the region to be divided geographically into eight sub-units.

Xi Iota Omega Chapter was chartered May 1982 in the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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In support of "Launching New Dimensions of Service", the Sorority's Signature Program Initiatives are:

I. Educational Enrichment Target;

II. Health Promotion Target;

III. Family Strengthening Target;

IV. Environmental Ownership Target; and

V. Global Impact Target;


Chapter and Sorority Highlights 

The 2017 regional conference will be held in Birmingham, AL and hosted by Cluster IV. The conference will be held March 2017. Typically there are certification sessions (all day)on the first day of the conference and regional committee meetings (late afternoon). Access the South Eastern website for more information.

The Chapter will observe Sisterly Relations Day on January 15, 2017. Random Acts of Kindness were shown throughout the month.

The official Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority app is available. Members are encouraged to upload it to their mobile devices.

Reference the Chapter calendar for Impact Days and planned support activities for "Launching New Dimensions"

The Chapter plans to host "Dancing with the AKAs" June 2017. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to local non profit organizations.

The Annual Summer Celebration Golf Tournament, will be held on August 19, 2017. Funds will be distributed to the Free Medical Clinic and the sponsoring organizations (Proceeds from the golf tournament, shared with the Oak Ridge Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Hoofer's Club of Oak Ridge Country Club) for their scholarship programs. The golf tournament website is: Team registration and hole sponsorships can be paid via PayPal and Credit Card from this website. Planning has also begun for the 2017 event which will occur on August 19th.

The 2017-2018 Debutante Presentation and Ball season will kick off kicked off August 2017.

The 2017 International Leadership Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 13-16.

The 2016 Boule was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The dates were July 9-15, 2016. The Boule was well attended.

The Chapter Bylaws are posted on the "Members Only Website".

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"Keep the Dream Alive" Scholarship Recipients


“Keep the Dream Alive” 2016 scholarships were awarded on January 18th at MLK Day of Observance “The Community Speaks” Program. Outstanding community service and organizational involvement were the most significant criteria, and the students were nominated from the organizations that they are involved in.

The 2016 Speaker was Atty. Cheryl Taylor George of the Duncan Law School of Lincoln Memorial University.

The students nominated that received scholarship awards were:

Miss Adrianna Boston. Adrianna is the daughter of Dr. Harry Boston and Ms. Vanita Boston. Adrianna has been active participant in the Men of Tomorrow Program for six (6) years. She is a senior at Oak Ridge High School and has college plans for the fall. Adrianna is very active in her church as well as her school. She is an advanced placement student and is a 2015-2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante.

Miss Sierra Cotham. Sierra is the daughter of Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Pamela Cotham. Sierra is a senior at Clinton High School. Sierra has been featured in several plays at the Oak Ridge Play House which has included “Hairspray”, and “Ain’t Mis Behavin”, to name a few. This is a very serious commitment and has involved numerous volunteer hours on her part. Sierra is also a 2015-2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante.

Mr. Isiah Mobley. Isiah is the son of Mr. Gary and Ms. Kip Mobley. Isiah nor his parents are able to be with us today as he is on a college visit and regrets that that could not be here. Isiah was also nominated by the Oak Ridge Men of Tomorrow Program. Isiah has also been an active participant in the Men of Tomorrow Program for six years. He is a senior at West High School and is very active in school related activities.

Mr. Treston Henderson. Treston is the son of Ms. Rayshelle Maddox. Treston is a freshman at Austin Peay State University. Treston was a graduate of Oak Ridge High School. Treston was a 2013-2014 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Escort.

Each student was awarded a Book Scholarship.

Social Networking!!

Socializing Warning

A social network service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web based and provide means for users to interact over the internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging. Although online community services are sometimes considered as a social network service. In a broader sense, social network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered. Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.

The main types of social networking services are those which contain category places (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust. Popular methods now combine many of these, with Facebook and Twitter widely used worldwide; MySpace and LinkedIn being the most widely used in North America;

Follow these steps to use social networking sites responsibly and avoid becoming a victim:

1. Be Skeptical. At least be cautious. The point of social networking is to find people who share your interests and establish a network of friends, but don't let down your defenses too easily. Just because someone claims to like the same music as you, or share a passion for scrapbooking, doesn't mean it is true. These new "friends" are virtual and faceless and you can't completely trust that they are what they say they are.

2. Be Diligent. Knowing that the potential exists for scam artists or sexual predators to be lurking about, keep an eye on your profile and be diligent about who you allow to connect with your profile. For photo sharing sites like Flickr, check out the users who are marking your photos as their Favorites. If some stranger is marking all of the pictures of your 7-year old son as their Favorites, it seems a little creepy and may be cause for concern.

3. Report Suspicious Behavior. If you have reason to believe that someone is a sexual predator or scam artist, report it to the site. If you look at the profile of the user marking your son's photos as their Favorites, you might find that they have marked hundreds of other young boy's photos as their Favorites. Flickr, and other such sites, should take action against this sort of suspicious behavior.

4. Communicate. Parents who have children that surf the Web and frequent these social networking sites should communicate with their chidlren. Make sure your children are aware of the threat, and that they are educated about how to use the Web safely. Make sure that they understand the risks and that they know they can talk with you about suspicious or malicious activity they encounter.

5. Monitor. If you want additional peace of mind, or you don't fully trust that your children will stay within the guidelines you have laid out, install some monitoring software to watch their online behavior. Using a product like eBlaster from SpectorSoft, you can monitor and record all activity on a given computer and keep an eye on your children.

"National Alliance on Mental Illness"

On of the National Office focus areas is on mental Illness in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions and become something longer lasting. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.

With proper treatment, people can realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively and make meaningful contributions to the world. Without mental health we cannot be fully healthy.

But understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions. There is a complicated ecosystem involving local communities, the federal governement, research institutions, private companies and other pieces that are all trying to fit together.

Each piece contributes to our understanding of mental health—if one is missing, the picture isn't complete.

Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy. There's no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness. Each illness has its own set of symptoms but some common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following.

- Excessive worrying or fear

- Feeling excessively sad or low

- Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning

- Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria

- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger

- Avoiding friends and social activities Difficulties understanding or relating to other people

- Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy

- Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite

- Changes in sex drive

- Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)

- Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)

- Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs

- Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)

- Thinking about suicide

- Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress

- An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance (mostly in adolescents)

Mental health conditions can also begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include:

- Changes in school performance

- Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school

- Hyperactive behavior

- Frequent nightmares

-Frequent disobedience or aggression

- Frequent temper tantrums

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Tips for Traveling Abroad

Here are some quick tips to make your travel easier and safer:

- Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Let us know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service at This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

- Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.

- Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.

- Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department web site at has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.

- Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.

- In an emergency contact Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at . Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.


Tea Roses and Pearls of Wisdom Program Initiatives


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Tea Rose Health Notes

Members are encouraged to participate in and promote the health related program targets of the Sorority. Some of these initiatives are associated with National Impact Days. For additional information go to:

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