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ABOUT US
WICHITA ALUMNAE CHAPTER OF

 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of

college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.

Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of:

  • Economic Development

  • Educational Development

  • International Awareness and Involvement

  • Physical and Mental Health

  • Political Awareness and Involvement

Wichita Alumnae History

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The Wichita Kansas Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was established March 9, 1935 at the home of Dorothy Odell Terrell on North Water. Soror Naomi Cherot, a national officer from Kansas City, KS established the chapter with assistance of Soror Beatirce Penman, also a national officer. This chapter was given the Greek name “Alpha Phi,” a mixed chapter composed of graduates and undergraduates.

 

The principal aims of Alpha Phi, were cultural, intellectual and moral standards among its members to foster high goals, establish a closer union among college women and assists its members in every way possible. The first president of the chapter was Soror Pauline Beatty. Writers of Alpha Phi’s Constitution and By-Laws were Sorors: Carrie L. Burney, Chairman, Edna Sweich, Katherine Geeder, Dorothy Odell Terrell and Pauline Beatty.

Wichita Alumnae Chapter
Executive Committee and Executive Board
2022-2024

Gwynne
Birzer

President

Jeanetta
Green

Vice President

Shallruan Samone
Thomas

Recording Secretary

Ly'Teesha
Martin

Corresponding Secretary

Brenda K.
Burkhalter

Financial Secretary

Shenay
Dewberry

Assistant Financial
Secretary

Sheila
Williams

Treasurer

Martha
Lewis

Internal Audit Chair

Sharon
Collins

Immediate Past President

Malaika
Bell

Parliamentarian

Alpha Phi Charter Members

Pauline Beatty

Carrie L. Burney Karla

Katherine Geeder

Margaret Giles

Harriett Harper

Bernice Hicks

Myrna Moore

Edna Sweich

Dorothy Terrell

Wichita Alumnae 
Charter Members

May 11, 1967 Alpha Phi Chapter became “Wichita Alumnae” Chapter. Also at this time, Soror Lorene McConnell of Denver, CO, established Zeta Beta, a campus based chapter. The Wichita Alumnae Chapter conducted the initiation for Zeta Beta.

Alfredteen Brown

Minnie Zell Brown  

Carrie L. Burney

Willia Crawford

Ernestine Durant

Constance Fort

Jessie Foust

Dora Gooch

Collotta Guest

Dorothy Hunter

Bernice Hutcherson

Maxine Jackson

Edith Knox

Mary McClinton

Louise McCray

Jeanne Ponds

Mirene Ponds

Idell Shaver

Montanez Slade

Betty Wesley

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