Welcome from the Regional Director
As the holiday season approaches, let us take the time to reflect on the many gifts we have been blessed to receive and to give this year. Sorors of the Notable North Atlantic Region, let us be thankful for the gift of service we have been able to provide and will continue to provide our respective communities while Launching New Dimensions of Service SM programs. Let us not forget to be thankful for each other and the gift of sisterhood. I want to tell you how thankful I am for each of you and for your passion and commitment to others because you are a precious gift to me every day. Lastly, let us be thankful for the gift of our beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha and pray that nothing but the choicest of blessings continue to be showered on her for years to come.
With our motto of service to all mankind in mind, our 2016 year in review allowed us to serve individuals and communities in each of our five target areas. A snapshot of some of our many programs of service included ASCEND SM, One Million BackpacksSM, Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program, Mental Health, Family Seasonal WrapsSM, Childhood Hunger Initiatives, AKA 1908 Playground ProjectSM and UNA-USA Global Classrooms Projects Africare, and our five Community Impact Days.
Under these target areas, we helped students hone skills needed for college and work; we provided information to caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s; we provided warm clothing, food baskets, and gift cards to those in need; we restored playgrounds to make them safe for children to play; and we supported students who attended and participated in various United Nations conferences and activities. The expanse of our service extended beyond our local communities to regional and global communities. With each activity, our efforts allowed us to reach thousands of individuals and the ability to impact numerous communities. What better way to end our year of service. Sorors, whatever your holiday plans are and wherever your plans take you, please enjoy the priceless gift the season brings us—the gift of loving one another and the gift of time with family and friends.
After the holidays, let us return to service in our customary Notable North Atlantic Region fashion— Packed, Polished, and Prepared to Serve. I look forward to seeing you soon at upcoming 2017 events such as the North Atlantic Leadership Meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project activities, and at the various Founders’ Day celebrations throughout the region.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my Sorors!