Our membership grew again in 2022, with 10 more Sorors as of May 2022. The ladies presented themselves well in true EPhi EXTRA fashion. We, then, were tasked with hosting the Houston area Founder's Day ceremony and reception. It was so great to see our Sorors and host them in style. As we prepared to end our EPhi sorority year with a fun-filled event, we held it at a local minority-owned banquet facility. Our members enjoyed a live band, 360 Photo Booth, brunch buffet, mimosas, and a visit from our SWR Director, Soror Rosetta Davis, and our National Financial Secretary, Soror Lana Samuels.
A special opportunity in the community was presented to us as we participated in July 2022 in the Barrett Station Community Parade in Crosby, Texas. We were determined to ensure that EPhi #LEADS by showcasing our sorority and chapter to more communities. Our networking partnerships continued to grow as we moved into August 2022. Who would have thought Lakeshore Learning Store would partner with and allow us to help so many educators at the beginning of the school year? We are excited to continue this partnership in the new year. As the 2022-2023 Sorority year started, we opened with another fun-filled President's Workshop focusing on who "SHE IS" as a "Leader in Iota." Part of the workshop concluded with a painting activity where we painted turtle banks to start our savings plan for 2023. Our FIL will also save this sorority year and learn more about finances. September began with our first chapter meeting, and committee chairs were in gear. However, if you know EPhi, we had to start our year with some fun by hosting our annual Social Hour for our chapter Sorors. We played EPhi Jeopardy and bonded in a virtual setting. As we moved on to October, our Pelati partnered up at a local daycare to have an adopted youth for Halloween to provide candy and matching shirts for fun. The children were so excited to see them and take photos. Our IMAP committee focused on collecting diapers and wipes for "National Make a Difference Day." We donated over 1,000 diapers and wipes to the Star of Hope Women's Shelter.
November was just as grand as we supported our educators and additional campus/district staff for their support in the education system during American Education Week. Our AEW committee hosted their 1st podcast series and learned so much about career options in education that are not the role of the teacher. From October to November, our Scholarship Committee focused on sharing our essay competition and scholarship opportunities at local Open House events and College Fairs in the city. Next, we joined in with the Coalition of Business and Professional Sororities Small Business Saturday Tech Team to help our fellow Soror, Dorita Hatchett, who was the chair this year. EPhi was indeed on the move.
We have now made it to December to close out the midpoint of our year. The chapter celebrated by having our Annual Christmas Brunch at Harold's in the Heights. Photos and fun are all that this day included for our members. Not only did we enjoy each other this month, but all of our auxiliary and chapter members participated in various community service activities.
We were extremely busy and active this year, and some activities were not able to be covered in this post as I wanted to provide a glimpse of our year. However, we hope that all who read this blog can see what we are doing in the community and want to support us. We will need all the support you are willing to give, whether physical or financial.
~ Madam President, Dr. Valencia D. Hall