Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated MU GAMMA ZETA CHAPTER
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back." Maya Angelou
The year was 1983. The event was the chartering of Mu Gamma Zeta Chapter sponsored by Beta Tau Zeta Chapter. The location was St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Homestead, Florida. Seven women are known as charter members: Dorothy Adside, Ada Barnes, Chandler Childs, Viola Holmes, Altomease Mays*, Ernestine Seymore* and Laura Saunders*. (*-deceased)
The chapter has always implemented the sorority’s national, regional and state programs and initiatives. The currents initiatives are:
♦Z-HOPE(Zetas Helping Other People Excel through Mind, Body & Spirit)is an interactive holistic multidimensional outreach program designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. Participants are women, men, youth, seniors and international women of color.
♦Elder Carestrives to provide education and awareness about preparing for your senior years, estate planning, legal and financial preparation needed to care for parents, grandparents and ultimately, for our own long term care. Comprehensive program that focuses on elder abuse awareness, financial peace, supporting the caregiver and volunteering at senior care facilities.
♦Adopt A Schoolallows Zeta members to identify low performing schools and provide assistance to enhance the educational experience, increase test scores and grades.
♦Stork’s Nestis a 40 year old partnership between Zeta Phi Beta and the March of Dimes. Stork’s Nest is a community based, prenatal, health promotion program for low-income pregnant women.
♦Prematurity Awareness Sundaysoccur every year in November. More than 300 churches across the county distribute information on prematurity awareness, causes of prematurity and the importance of seeking prenatal care to decrease infant mortality.
♦International Women of Coloris one of the five components of Z-HOPE. The program includes support for those with AIDS and those caring for AIDS victims, literacy programs, building water wells, donating rice and much more. We have built more than 52 water wells throughout Ghana. We have recently launched aWell Maintenance program to ensure that our wells are functioning and providing potable water to villages.
♦Triple Negative Breast Cancer– while triple negative breast cancer can be found in any ethnicity, breast cancers found in African American women are more likely to be triple negative. Zeta chapters have begun adding information and projects to build awareness and support efforts of health care professionals and organizations recommending earlier breast health testing.
On the local level, Mu Gamma Zeta Chapter
♦ Three youth auxiliaries (Archonettes, Amicettes, Pearlettes)
♦ Zeta Amicae of Homestead (an adult auxiliary)
♦Sigma Delta, an undergraduate chapter at the University of Miami
♦Annual Debutante Cotillion
♦Annual Blue Revue
♦Annual Community Awards & Scholarship Dinner Dance
♦Annual scholarships to selected high school seniors
♦ Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated – annual Blue & White Picnic
♦St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church – feed the homeless
♦Paragon Ladies of the Dove, Incorporated (chapter’s 501 C3) – grants
♦ Miami-Dade Pan Hellenic Council - Thanksgiving Project & Toys for children
♦ March of Dimes – Prematurity Awareness and March for Babies
♦American Cancer Society – Making Strides against Breast Cancer/Relay for Life
♦Participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
♦Adopted Laura Saunders Elementary School
♦Adopted Signature Healthcare at Brookwood Gardens (Elder Care)