Florida Senate - 2014                            (NP)    SR 1688
       By Senators Joyner and Gibson
       19-02683A-14                                          20141688__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution acknowledging the remarkable
    3         contributions made to the people of this state by
    4         Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and recognizing
    5         March 23-25, 2014, as the 20th Annual “Delta Days at
    6         the Florida Capitol.”
    8         WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a public
    9  service organization founded on January 13, 1913, by 22
   10  illustrious collegiate African-American women at Howard
   11  University in Washington, D.C., and
   12         WHEREAS, nearly 6 weeks after its founding, the first
   13  public act of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was its
   14  participation in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, demanding rights
   15  for women, particularly the right to vote, an act for which they
   16  could not fathom the historic footprint they were leaving for
   17  generations to follow, and
   18         WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a sisterhood
   19  of college-educated women committed to implementing the
   20  sorority’s mission through its Five-Point Program Thrust:
   21  economic development, educational development, physical and
   22  mental health, political awareness and involvement, and
   23  international awareness and involvement, and
   24         WHEREAS, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in 2013
   25  celebrated 100 years of commendable service and support to local
   26  communities, leading dialogue on public policy issues,
   27  supporting quality education, producing new projects to
   28  stimulate current and future economic growth, and improving the
   29  holistic well-being of minority populations internationally, and
   30         WHEREAS, with more than 250,000 college-educated women
   31  initiated and more than 950 chapters worldwide, 52 of which are
   32  located in Florida and the Bahamas, members of Delta Sigma Theta
   33  Sorority, Inc., are clearly focused and visible as corporate and
   34  civic leaders, productive public officials, acclaimed
   35  academicians, and activists in their own right, and
   36         WHEREAS, for the past 19 years, the Florida chapters of
   37  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., have conducted “Delta Days at
   38  the Florida Capitol,” where members advocate for social justice
   39  and broaden their knowledge of the state’s legislative process
   40  and provide information to state legislators and members of the
   41  executive branch which is vital to developing public policy; and
   42  monitor the progress of pending legislation relevant to
   43  significant public policy issues, and
   44         WHEREAS, on March 23-25, 2014, under the leadership of
   45  Southern Regional Director Cheryl W. Turner and Southern
   46  Regional Representative Manica Pierrette, members of the 52
   47  chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., now serving
   48  Florida and the Bahamas will converge in Tallahassee to
   49  participate in the 20th annual “Delta Days at the Florida
   50  Capitol,” celebrating the theme set forth by National President
   51  Paulette Walker, “Uncompromising Commitment to Communities:
   52  Service, Leadership, Empowerment,” and
   53         WHEREAS, Senators Audrey Gibson and Arthenia L. Joyner and
   54  Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed are esteemed members of
   55  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., NOW, THEREFORE,
   57  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   59         That the Florida Senate commends the remarkable
   60  contributions made to the people of this state by Delta Sigma
   61  Theta Sorority, Inc., and recognizes March 23-25, 2014, as the
   62  20th Annual “Delta Days at the Florida Capitol.”