Houston Area Zetas and Auxiliaries participate in 2017 Global Day of Service
On January 16, 2017, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated celebrated the ninety-seventh anniversary of its founding. 2017 has been designated the "Global Year of Service", and in keeping with that theme, Houston area Zeta Phi Beta chapters collaborated to host a service project benefitting the homeless.
Participating chapters included Lambda Zeta, Gamma Omega Zeta, Omicron Gamma Zeta, Phi Iota Zeta, Omega Delta Zeta, Nu Alpha, Phi Epsilon, and Beta Lambda. Chapters partnered with Mission One International to coordinate logistics. Joining the chapters in service was International President Mary Breaux Wright and Southern Regional Director Kay Jones Rosebure, both members of Lambda Zeta Chapter.
Over 100 Zeta members, along with auxiliary group members and members of our brother Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity assisted in filling blessing bags, and distributing to the homeless near Chartres Street in Downtown Houston. Following the distribution, sorority members, including the International President, spoke to news media about the project and the 20 million hour service initiative for Zeta Phi Beta in 2017. Throughout the remainder of the year, Zeta chapters will complete multiple service initiatives to provide a total of 20 million hours of service to communities across the nation. Stay tuned for upcoming service events!
Lambda Zeta Life Members Contribute to National Headquarters Renovation Initiative
In 2014, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated began a massive undertaking to renovate its national headquarters building. The structure, dating from the early 1900s, is located at 1734 New Hampshire NW, in the heart of Embassy Row in Washington, DC.
Over the last two years, regions, states, and thousands of individual members across the country have contributed to the renovation efforts, dubbed the "Upgrade 1734" campaign. During the month of November 2016, the collective Life Members of Zeta Phi Beta raised more than five thousand dollars to the campaign.
Thank you to the following Lambda Zeta Life Members who contributed to the Upgrade 1734 Renovation Initiative!
Lambda Zeta Chapter Welcomes 12 New Members
On November 12, 2016, Lambda Zeta Chapter welcomed 12 new members. Affectionately calling themselves the Pearlz of Perfection are
Diana Shinette, Bernadette Valien, LaFondra Willis-Dunn, Odyssey Roberts, Lyguria Stubbs, Lonye Green, Lucille Monroe, Michelle Tyler, Rachel Toliver, Donna Green, Orangegy Jackson-Jones, and Lori Banks.
Twenty-three Zetas participated in the Induction Ceremony, and three of them were visiting from other chapters. Following the Induction Ceremony, the new members, their mentors, and members of the MP Committee celebrated with lunch at the Grotto Restaurant in the Galleria.
Dr. Denese Wolff-Hilliard, First Anti-Basileus, created a presentation iMovie which was shared with the new members. View the presentation above.
Lambda Zeta "Gets Out the Vote" during National Night Out 2016
Lambda Zeta Members with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Lambda Zeta Chapter participated in the National Night Out at Peck Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District. In collaboration with the NPHC, Zeta members played games with kids, as well as talked to the community about the importance of voter registration.
Rosalind Lloyd, Lambda Zeta member, NPHC Liaison, and Harris County Deputy Voter Registrar, registered a number of community members to vote in preparation for the 2016 Elections.
Summer 2016 Game Night: The Bonds of Sisterhood and Service
On August 20, 2016, Lambda Zeta Chapter hosted a Sisterhood Game Night pitting the "Northside Zetas" (members who live in and around North Houston) versus the "Southside Zetas" (members who live in and around South Houston). Zeta Phi Beta members from across the city and from various chapters converged on the home of member Cassandra Bell, who graciously hosted over 30 ladies for games, delicious food, and Houston Texans football!
In the spirit of service, members also donated school supplies for the students of Lewis Middle School, where Soror Bell serves as the principal.
Special thanks to everyone who attended, and for the many donations on behalf of the students of Lewis Middle School. Stay tuned for the next edition!
2016 Sub-Debutante Cotillion: Pearls of Perfection
On May 22, 2016, Lambda Zeta's Archonette group hosted its year-end event at the DoubleTree Hilton JFK-Houston. At the heart of this event was the celebration of two beautiful young ladies whose lives changed forever. The chosen ones-a junior and a senior in high school- were presented to our community as "Pearls of Perfection".
Many thanks to our members, parents, patrons and friends who happily celebrated 52 Years of Debutante Flawlessness in our chapter. Congratulations to our Archonettes, Miss J'La Ruben and Miss Erin Parker who earned the title of Miss Archonette 2016.
Special thanks goes out to the Archonette Committee, led by Mrs. Chelisa Lacy, for planning and executing a truly FLAWLESS event. Way to go Sorors!
International President Mary Breaux Wright Honored by Wilberforce University
Kudos to Lambda Zeta's own, International President Mary Breaux Wright! She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Wilberforce University (Ohio) at their graduation ceremony on May 7, 2016.
Presenting her with the honor was Zeta Soror Dr. Algeania Freeman, the president of Wilberforce University.
Zeta SOS: Zeta Supporting Our Sisters
Due to the recent flooding from severe storms in Houston, many families in neighborhoods across the city were displaced. One of the hardest hit areas was Greenspoint, located in North Houston.
A member of the Lambda Zeta Chapter, Cassandra Bell, who serves as the principal of Lewis Middle School in the Aldine Independent School District, requested assistance for her students, many of whom lost most of their belongings.
Yvonda Lewis, a Lambda Zeta chapter board member, not only answered the call, but went ABOVE and BEYOND. In her own words:
"I am currently laid off so I have my ups and downs, but yesterday the LORD blessed me to find a generous donor to donate clothes, etc. to Soror Cassandra Bell (Lambda Zeta), Principal at Lewis Middle School (Aldine ISD). I just dropped off 10 tops and bottoms for girls and 10 boys shorts with socks and underwear. My generous donor, Victor Washington, has now given me a new task of shopping today to buy $1000.00 in clothes and supplies for these students impacted during last week's historic floods. We will deliver again on Thursday.
Now, I know why I don't have a paid job right now. It's because my mission currently is to take care of people who are in more need than me."
Kudos to Soror Lewis, and thank you for your service and generosity! A special thank you also to Mr. Victor Washington, for assisting Lewis Middle School students in their time of need!