Welcome from the Regional Director
As we bring the second month of 2017 to a close, we can reflect on the milestones we have celebrated as a sorority, the service we have provided others, and the opportunities to serve that lay ahead. We have been busy so far this year. I want to thank you for the wonderful Founders’ Day celebrations throughout the Notable North Atlantic Region; I felt the love, sorors. The expressions of love for our beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha shine bright through our programs of service such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Pink Goes Red activities.
We will continue our service as we make our way to upcoming AKA Day at the Capitol events where we will continue to be the voice for our communities. Sorors, please continue to educate yourselves on the issues impacting us nationally and locally so we can help educate our neighbors. The challenging times we are currently facing should serve as a reminder of how relevant our sorority is, and how much work there is to be done. Our programs, through our Launching New Dimensions of ServiceSM platform, will be a tremendous benefit to the communities we serve.
In addition to our recent milestone of celebrating 109 years of service, we continue to be the first Greek letter organization to make history. Recently, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® became the first African American organization to secure a trademark on the word and symbol “SkeeWee” which has become synonymous with our sorority. This latest step, under the leadership of our forward-thinking Madam Supreme Basileus Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, is unprecedented. This action should remind us that the legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha rests firmly on our shoulders. So, we must continue to carry her light in perpetuity.
Sorors, I have said to you many times that we must continue to be on point with our efforts as an organization through our programs of service, smart business practices within our chapters, but also through our commitment to lifelong membership and learning.
As members of this history-making sorority, I know each of you will make your own AKA history at 86th North Atlantic Regional Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center, April 26-30, 2017. You will realize another AKA goal by attending certification and training workshops. I commend you in advance for achieving your AKA milestone whether it be your first or the next in a long line of AKA milestones. Thank you for your continued commitment to service and sisterhood.
The sorors of Cluster I have done a marvelous job ensuring that we will have a successful conference. We look forward to seeing you in “Charm City.”