(First Row): Evelyn Wells Nichols, Martha W. Sheftall, Helen Williams Powell, Wendell D. Howard, Carol Perdue, Dolores Cook
(Second Row): Betty O. Hutchings, Barbara Clowers, Lucille ArmourDriskell, Eary Dean Bogan Mathis, Gussie Pope Felton, Obie Bailey, Thelma Cobb, Southern Regional Director
In 1943 the Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered in Fort Valley, Georgia for post-graduate members. In 1959, this chapter became the Fort Valley Alumnae Chapter. Because Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter was in close proximity to Macon, members travelled to Fort Valley for meetings and to conduct sorority business. Even though members were appreciative of and worked collaboratively with Beta Omicron Sigma Chapter, in 1957, the twelve members living in Macon decided to pursue their dream of chartering a chapter in Macon, Georgia.
Under the watchful eye of Thelma Cobb, the 1956-1960 Southern Regional Director, the ladies met, planned and were successful in their venture of obtaining a charter. On April 26, 1958 at the Booker T. Washington Center, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, was granted a charter and in the following year, the chapter became the Macon Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The service area and the areas from which prospective members would be chosen was designated to encompass the following counties of Middle Georgia: Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Twiggs and Wilkinson. Of the many members to be initiated into the beloved sisterhood of the Macon Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the first three initiates, in 1959, were the following members: Dorothy Zellner Brown*, Marie Hardeman Collins*, and Annie Marie Lundy Wynn (*deceased).
The Macon Alumnae Chapter has a financial membership of over 150 active members. The Macon Alumnae Chapter adheres to the model of the Grand Chapter pledged and devoted to serious and sincere service to the Macon/Middle Georgia community where we live and work. We follow the example of public service defined in the sorority’s five-point programmatic thrust: Educational Development, Economic Development, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement, and International Awareness and Involvement.
In our commitment to public service, recent and ongoing projects and service efforts include: Contributing approximately $14,000 annually to scholarships and community projects and agencies ~Supports L. H. Williams as a part of the ADOPT-A-SCHOOL program ~Sponsors field trips for youth ~Sponsors seminars and clinics; Contributing annually to the American Cancer Fund, United Negro College Fund, March of Dimes, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Harriet Tubman Museum, Ruth Mosley Women’s Center, Hospice of Middle Georgia, American Heart Fund; Participating over the years in Volunteer Macon Program; Contributing to the needy at Christmas through the Christmas Stockings activity of the Salvation Army and the Make-a-Wish project of The Macon Telegraph; Adopting families annually during the Thanksgiving season and donating needed items; Contributing to Habitat-for Humanity International; Supporting the local Habitat Unit; Participating in Voter Registration drives with members serving as Deputy Registrars for a number of years; Participating in the annual Pan-African festival; Taking an active role in social action issues to make our concerns known to local, state, and national politicians and legislators; Working with troubled youth by sponsoring a mentoring program at the Macon Youth Development Center; Assisting at the Teen Parent center, and supporting the Nazareth Home for pregnant youth; Conducting AIDS Awareness Workshops;Sponsoring the annual Beautillion where outstanding African American high school junior and senior young men are presented as “beaux” and young boys ages five (5) to eleven (11) are presented as “master beaux” to the Middle Georgia society; and Conducting a mentoring and tutoring program for girls called the Betty Shabazz Delta Academy/Delta GEMS, and EMBODI – a mentoring program for young men; and Contributing to the local Samaritan Purse/Christmas shoebox projects.
The Macon Alumnae Chapter serves as a beacon in the Middle Georgia area as its members lead lives committed to SCHOLARSHIP, SISTERHOOD and PUBLIC SERVICE. The chapter has demonstrated profound concern for the welfare of the citizenry of Macon/Middle Georgia by executing an agenda of programs, which has enriched, broadened, and elevated thousands of lives for more than 60 years.