Special to Frost Illustrated from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
FORT WAYNE—On May 19, at Don Hall’s Guesthouse, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority held its 39th Annual Finer Womanhood/Scholarship Program. The theme was “Honoring the Traditions of the Kingdom Keepers” and all ladies wore hats. The honorees were as follows:
• 2013 Woman of the Year—Mrs. Lillie Caldwell.
• 2013 Zeta of the Year—Ms. Camille Grant-Morrow.
The 2013 Scholarship Recipients were:
• Adrian Mable.
• Romika Gunn.
• DeJoyah Johnson.
Mrs. Caldwell is a devout Christian and well known Fort Wayne hat-maker. Furthermore, she is a seamstress, a creator of popular Christian items, a community service worker and was chosen as the sorority’s Woman of the Year.
Ms. Grant-Morrow was chosen as Zeta of the Year because she depicts finer womanhood, sisterly love and gives service to the sorority. She joined Zeta in 2011, holds the office of treasurer and was appointed Indiana State Youth Group coordinator.
Also, the ladies of Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter attended the Great Lakes Regional Leadership Conference of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. led by Regional Director Michelle Porter Norman, in Indianapolis, April 25 through April 28. A record 767 attendees were present with representation from each of the seven states in the region—Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin—including Graduate, Undergraduate, Friends (Amicae) and youth. From the Fort Wayne Graduate and Undergraduate chapters, Eta Upsilon Zeta and Beta Xi, respectively, there were 15 members in attendance. The theme was “Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths.”
Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter was recognized for top performance of community service efforts. Graduate member Teshauna Russell, currently attending the Indiana Tech doctorate program, was one of four scholarship award recipients. As part of the Great Lakes Regional Community Service focus, Indianapolis organizations—The Ronald McDonald House, Beacon of Hope, and North Capital Rehabilitation Center—were awarded monetary and wish list item donations. International President Mary Breaux Wright was in attendance the entire conference and highlighted key areas of focus of Elder Care Preparation and Strict Compliance with the Sorority’s “No Hazing Policy.”
Founded in 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was established for the purposes of promoting the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promoting charitable projects on college campuses and within the community; fostering the spirit of sisterly love, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood.
This article originally appeared in the June 5, 2013 print edition.