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19 Jan 2019

Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founders Day 2019

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January 19, 2019 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: From left: Dr. Penny Nixon, second vice president; Dr. Geraldine Myles, lead researcher; Dr. Monica Johnson Taylor, president; Jacqueline E. Greene, first vice president. (Photo Credit-Janet Gilmore)

Patricia Gilliam Clifford

By Patricia Gilliam Clifford

Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., continued its celebration of Founders Day on Saturday, January 12, 2019. 

Dr. Monica Johnson Taylor, president of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter said, “This year, Founders Day provided members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated with an opportunity to reflect upon one hundred and six years of engagement and empowerment.

Every member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an inheritor of a remarkable legacy of greatness. This legacy reflects our steadfast commitment to Delta, which over a century ago…began with a clear sense of identity and purpose.” 

On Saturday, January 5, 2019, members of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter gathered together to recommit ourselves to our extraordinary sisterhood and to reflect upon our obligation to pursue a life of service while collectively elevating, enriching, and impacting the lives of others.”

Other dynamic officers serving with President Dr. Taylor are: 

1st Vice President – Jacqueline E. Greene

2nd Vice President – Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon

3rd Vice President – Donna Holmes Lockett

Recording Secretary – Kamia Hobson

Corresponding Secretary – Janet N. Gilmore

Treasurer – Lee Anne Douglas Trotman

Financial Secretary – Tiana R. Phillips

Assistant Treasurer – Blondell Warner

Assistant Financial Secretaries – Jocelyn P. Geter, Dana McCutchen

Parliamentarian – Evelyn Y. Trent

Chaplain – Sandra M. Moore

Assistant Chaplain – Julianne James

Sergeant-At-Arms – Robin M. Torrence, Lisa Johnson-Perrin, Kathres Davis, Helen Miles-Jackson

Custodians – Sharon Braxton-Varnes, Deborah E. Wilson Butler, Gina Spencer, Diana Taylor, Valerie Mickle Tyson

Immediate Past President – Maxine C. Harvey

From left: Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter Past Presidents Victoria A. Mosley Rivers, Madeline Chatman, C. Gloria Akers, Cynthia Muse, and Maxine C. Harvey with current Chapter President Dr. Monica Johnson Taylor.

In alignment with the Founders Day celebration, on January 12th, the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter held a Litany of Remembrance Ceremony in honor of Pauline Richardson Oberdorfer Minor, one of 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Upon graduation from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1910, Founder Minor matriculated at Howard University where she served as the treasurer of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Dr. Monica Johnson Taylor, president of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Howard University, Founder Minor taught at the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Gay School in West Chester, PA.  

Pauline Richardson Oberdorfer Minor died in 1963 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and was buried in a pauper’s grave at the historic Eden Cemetery in Delaware County.

As a result of extensive research diligently conducted by Dr. Geraldine Myles and members of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, Founder Minor’s final resting place was uncovered fifty years later.

Founder Pauline Richardson Oberdorfer Minor’s monument in the Historic Eden Cemetery.

“On Saturday, March 28, 2015, following her long overdue Omega Omega Ceremony, the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter unveiled a monument to forever honor our cherished founder!

This beautiful monument not only marks Founder Minor’s gravesite, but the three other adults with whom she was buried. We’re making a difference in our community today because she, as one of our 22 founders, shared a courageous vision 106 years ago, Dr. Taylor remarked.

Congratulations and very best wishes are extended to all members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on the celebration of this historic milestone event! 

To find out more about the history, mission, demographics or membership requirements of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. please visit their National Website at:

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