Welcome to the spring edition of Eye on Nine News, of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC (DCNPHC). As usual, our 16 member chapters and undergraduates were busy with programs and events, and we've highlighted just a few.
With February's focus on Heart Health and Black History, and Women's History in March, DCNPHC members served DC communities in impactful ways.
We're especially pleased to showcase our collegiates who are definitely in the mix of serving DC's various populations. We're proud of our undergraduates and their commitment to service.
We have a few important events coming up and we hope you will join us. For more information on our Greeks on the Mall community service event, Call to Chapel, the 5th Annual HBCU 5KRun/2KWalk, and the NPHC Leadership Conference, please check details in the newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC...DCNPHC: United We Serve!
Kimberly Varner, President, DCNPHC
Remembering our Past, While Preparing
Members of DCNPHC chapters along with collegiate members showed up in good numbers in the historic Anacostia Southeast neighborhood of Barry Farm on February 28, 2017. The Black History Month event, “Remembering our Past, While Preparing our Future,” and was organized by MedStar Family Choice, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and DCNPHC to promote educational options for over 100 community residents.
Discussion about the formation of the Divine Nine preceded a step demonstration for the children in the audience, and there was a give-away of $70 ($5 dollars for each correct answer) to the young people who participated in a Black History trivia game.
Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. set up a display called the Stork’s Nest. Washington, DC is rated one of the highest cities for infant fatality due to premature birth (Rated “D” worldwide). Therefore, they partner with the March of Dimes to provide information and prenatal classes for expectant mothers in hopes that they would have a healthy delivery and child.
A Day of Service
On Monday, January 16, the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with the Guide Right Committee and the Kappa Leaguers for a day of service project at Food and Friends in NE Washington, DC. There were more than 40 fraters and Kappa Leaguers who participated in this successful event.
Let's Support Our D.C. Collegiates!
We really want to maximize communications among DC’s Divine Nine collegiates, graduate advisors, and DCNPHC so we set up a new email address to help unite, better support, and work with our undergraduate community. Please share events of DC's Divine Nine collegiates by sending them here, so that we can all support each other.
Moving Forward in February
Congratulations to the District’s Divine Nine collegiates for hosting successful programs in February 2017. DCNPHC looks forward to forging a stronger relationship with the undergraduate community and supporting your events.
Throughout the winter and into spring, Soror Kim Varner, DCNPHC President, and Frater David Gaston, Second Vice President, attended a number of collegiate events, including:
American University - IGC Spring Steering Committee Meeting (February 9)
Catholic University – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Iota Iota Chapter’s Red Cafe featuring poetry, song, readings, and other forms of creative expression. Members of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter also participated. (February 14)
Howard University – National Pan-Hellenic Council’s forum, “The Executive Order,” which explained how the president’s executive orders work and what they mean. (February 15)
The University of the District of Columbia – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Beta Iota Chapter’s Date Auction. (February 9)
Why Black Lives Matter: Past, Present,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Zeta Omega Chapter hosted an inspirational Youth Oratorical & Arts and Youth Service Award program titled, “Why Black Lives Matter: Past, Present, and Future,” on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Talented and socially conscious students presented in the areas of Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Original Spoken Word.
February’s Focus on Heart Health
February, federally designated as American Heart Month, was the perfect opportunity for DCNPHC chapters to remind members and the community that cardiovascular disease remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
DCNPHC chapters celebrated with programs about women, past and present, who’ve broken barriers for change and paved the way for the next generation. The Political and Social Action Committee, led by Frater Christian Bonner, hosted a quiz on important women in history, during our March Council meeting.
Sisters Making History in The District
Congratulations to AKA Rho Mu Omega Chapter's Charice Williams (L) on her appointment to the Commission for National Community Service (ServeDC). Congratulations also to her sister and soror, Denise Roper (R) who was sworn in as Commissioner for the DC Concealed Weapons License Review Board.
Zeta Phi Beta Chapters Celebrate Finer Womanhood
The Beta Zeta Chapter hosted the Finer Womanhood Tea Party on March 18th to celebrate women and young girls during Finer Womanhood week. The event was held in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The Omicron Phi Zeta Chapter hosted its annual Finer Womanhood Brunch and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Kudos to DCNPHC’s First Vice President, Soror Thuy Cooper, for chairing the event.
HERstory BACK IN THE DAY...
Photo Credit: Watch the Yard.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the Movies
Washington, D.C.'s AKA chapters (Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega, and Rho Mu Omega) took over two theaters in Gallery Place to see Hidden Figures in celebration of women in history who helped NASA catch up in the space race. All three featured women are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Women Helping Women
The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Washington, DC Alumnae Chapter co-hosted a panel discussion, "Providing Support for Formerly Incarcerated Women Reentering the DMV Community," on March 9, 2017 at Metropolitan AME Church, in conjunction with the church's Women's and Social Justice Community Engagement ministries. The discussion included remarks by Leslie Johnson, former councilwoman of Prince George's County, as well as panelists Karen McNeal (Catholic Charities); Yvonne Cooper (Missing Link Ministry, Allen Chapel AME Church); Tracy White (Community Supervision Officer, Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency); and Alicia Horton (Thrive DC). DCNPHC's Second Vice President, David Gaston, was a special guest as the University of the District of Columbia's Assistant Director of Outreach, Engagement, and Partnership, who discussed opportunities for women seeking an education at the school. Trina Arrington of College Board described resources available to apply to college. In addition, attendees learned the three most important things formerly incarcerated women need are housing, employment skills/training, and parenting skills (primarily for women ages 18-32 and for older women who don't understand the younger women). American Airlines, United Airlines, K-Mart, Starbucks, and TGI Fridays, among others, are known to hire formerly incarcerated women and men.
March Madness with DCNPHC
DCNPHC’s Fundraising Committee, led by Frater Oliver Hunter, hosted a March Madness Happy Hour at Smith Public Trust on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The Divine Nine and friends had a great time!
Hunting for Talent
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Washington, DC Chapters (Alpha Omega and Kappa Psi) presented the Annual DC High School Talent Hunt Competition on March 11, 2017 at Paul Public Charter School. It was hosted by April Watts of Majic 102.3 FM. More than $3,000 was awarded. This program is a fraternity nationally mandated program to recognize exceptional high school music and drama students. Four categories of participation were Music- (Instrumental & Vocals), Interpretive Movement (Dance) and Speech.
Seventeen youth from area high schools showcased their talent and were recognized for their contributions and path to a bright future. Vocalist Antonio Hammett from Eastern High School took home the prize with first place, and will represent the Washington DC Chapters at the fraternity’s 84th Third District Meeting on April 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Beta Omega Alumni Chapter had an 80s / 90s Glow Skate good time at the Temple Hills Skate Palace on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Upcoming DCNPHC Events: Join Us!
Friday, May 5 - Save the Date for DCNPHC's Spring Party at Fire Station One in Silver Spring. Ticket information will be on our website next week!
Sunday, May 7 - Call to Chapel at Howard University's Crampton Auditorium to commemorate the National Pan-Hellenic Council's 87th Anniversary and our undergraduates who are graduating. Arrive by 10am for 11am service! Brunch will follow at Torrie's near Howard University.
Saturday, June 24, Join the HBCU Alliance for its 5th Annual HBCU 5KRun/2KWalk – HBCU Community Day. Members of the Divine Nine, family, and friends are invited to participate and bring toiletry items for those in need. To register, visit here When registering, check NPHC of Washington, DC for organization affiliation.
NPHC Leadership Conference
The National Leadership Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas in October 2017. NPHC hopes that as many members from the District of Columbia will be able to attend as possible. For more information, visit here.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC (DCNPHC) is comprised of sixteen (16) affiliated chapters from nine (9) historically Black fraternities and sororities chartered in the District of Columbia. Our respective organizations have similar goals, recognize the need for coordination and cooperation, and agree that there is strength in numbers.