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Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter (South Bay) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. recently hosted its 20th annual “Finer Womanhood” celebration. The gala event was held at The Grand of Long Beach, Calif.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. has successfully dedicated much of its time and diligent work carrying out the sorority’s international mission of Zeta’s, “Helping Other People Excel” (Z-HOPE).
Along with numerous other activities and events, the Lambda Pi Zeta recognizes extraordinary women in the community that have shown exceptional involvement at home, work and in the community.
Each year the chapter selects a devoted member of the chapter to be honored as its Zeta of the Year. Neda Barnes, member of the chapter and 2006 honoree, presented Jessie L. Coston Bryant as the 2007 Zeta of the Year recipient.
Jessie was born in Memphis, Tennessee and she graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College. She has engaged in graduate studies at Pepperdine University and has earned an M.S. degree in education/ reading instruction and a reading specialist credential.
As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Jessie has served on several committees within the organization. She particularly enjoys her current role as chairman of the executive board, chairman of the Seniors Thrust Committee of ZHOPE, chaplain, and being honored as Lambda Pi Zeta’s Woman of the Year.
Jessie is a past president and founding member of Justice, Unity, Generosity, Service (JUGS) International Inc. She is also a threetime president of the LeMoyne- Owen College Southern California Alumni Association. Jessie also finds time to volunteer services with Avalon Gardens Elementary School (A.G.E.S.) and enjoys the camaraderie of the Leisure Lifestyle Ladies. Jessie is a member of the historic Second Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. William S. Epps where she is actively involved.
She is a widow of the late James R. Bryant and she has one son.
The 2006 Woman of the Year honoree Dr. Gwendolyn Wyatt presented Tami Foy as the 2007 recipient.
Tami, who is a mother of four, is also an educator, advocate, mentor, and a voice for children who are economically disadvantaged. She holds a bachelor of science degree in public administration and a masters degree in public administration both from National University. She is currently working towards her doctorate in philosophy in education with emphasis in cross-cultural studies, from Claremont Graduate University.
Tami is an assistant professor for the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University and currently teaches three courses at Azusa Pacific University.
She is also associated with the Young Scholars Program at Compton Unified School District working with 4th and 5th grade African American males in a rites of Passage Program. Tami works closely with Compton Unified School District and plans to open up the Focus on Youth (FOY) Foundation, which will be a one stop for children and youth ages 2- 21 in the City of Compton.
“In addition to the ideals of Finer Womanhood, our great sisterhood celebrates scholarship,” said one Zeta spokesperson.
Loretta Lewis, scholarship chair, highlighted the program by presenting three outstanding students with scholarships of $1,000 each.
The continuing scholarship recipients are Camaryn Walker, El Camino College, Torrance, California), DoShana Bell, (University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvani a ) , and Eboni McDonald (California State University/ Dominguez Hills).
These students have been awarded for continuing to excel academically in the colleges of their choice.
Guests included other Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members and officers, Zeta Amicae, Phi Beta Sigma brothers, members of other Greek letter organizations, family and friends.
Each guest at the celebration had an opportunity to participate in a silent auction and a raffle while an array of other door prizes were given out.
Zetas said they wish to give a special “thank you” to Carolyn Daniels, president of the Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter, Wilma Geeston, chairperson of the 2007 Finer Womanhood Luncheon, Glenda Petty, mistress of ceremony and to the members of the Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter for their hard work and dedication to Zeta Phi Beta Sor. Inc.
For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. I never stop to plan. I take things step by step.
The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.” Mary McLeod Bethune (Educator and Activist