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During the last week in February and the entire month of March, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. observe and celebrate Finer Womanhood. Since 2014, Eta Alpha Zeta Chapter (SW local chapter) has honored women that have impacted our local community in their daily walk. On Saturday, March 27th, the chapter honored Women in Business who not only lead, but demonstrate love, character and integrity while leading. Mrs. Cheryl Glover was the guest speaker. Chapter president, Detres Henderson-Young stated that "we just had to say THANK YOU to our Honorees for paving the way for other women who inspire to be entrepreneurs. These women are making a difference."

The 2021 Honoree are: Erma Boyd-Dorsey, owner of the Ft. Myers branch of James C. Boyd Funeral Home; Sharon Hill, CEO of Rhema Consulting LLC and Founder of RCI-EEP Mentorship Program; Jacquie Matthews Williams, owner Jacquie's Event Photos; Tasheekia Perry-Harris, Founder of Crowning Daughters for Success; Monique Smith, owner of Beauty Braid and Beyond and founder of Pamper Me Pretty; and Juanita Williams, owner of Express Bail Bonds.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  Celebrates “Finer Womanhood” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Initiates New Members

The Xi Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. seated in Fort Myers, Florida presents its newest Brothers—The Eight Keepers of the Arc.  

These eight men of distinction will continue to uphold Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s legacy of Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind.  The newest Alpha initiates are as follows:   

Antoine Williams – Assistant Director, Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency;

Dr. William L. Glover – Sr. Pastor, Mount Hermon Ministries;

Martin Byrd, Jr. - Educator, Cypress Lake High School and Football/Track Coach;

Jon C. Scott - Director of Strategic Initiatives at Integra Connect;

Myson Craft - Software Developer, Servicenow;

Travell Oakes – Coordinator, Leadership Development at Florida Gulf Coast University;

George Price - DHS Special Agent, Explosives;

Dr. Christopher Blakely – Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students at Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Gulf Coast University.

In addition to new initiates to the graduate Chapter, the Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. seated at Florida Gulf Coast University also initiated a solo initiate, Jordan Amerson.  Mr. Amerson is a sophomore majoring in sports management with aspirations of becoming a sports marketer. He’s been actively involved in the SWFL and FGCU community through his membership as a D.R.O.P ambassador where he mentors various youth organizations around the Bonita Springs community. On campus, Jordan has been selected to be a part of the frosh mosh mentorship program where he assists in the development of all freshmen matriculating into FGCU.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country.  Since the fraternity’s founding on December 4, 1906, men of Alpha Phi Alpha have stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others.

Mr. Willitone Petit is the current President of the Xi Omicron Lambda Chapter (Fort Myers) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The Collier County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is hosting a series of free workshops designed to help anyone seeking guidance on money matters.

The Financial Fortitude Workshop Series will be presented by Barbara Melvin, Vice President of Community Relations for First Florida Integrity Bank in Naples. Melvin has many years of experience helping people to meet their financial goals.

The Thursday workshops in April will focus on the following topics:

• Bank On It: An introduction to banking services

• Check It Out: How to choose and keep a checking account

• Setting Financial Goals: How to keep track of your money

• Pay Yourself First: Why you should save, save, save

• Borrowing Basics: An introduction to credit

• Charge It Right: How to make a credit card work for you

• Pay for College and Cars: Know what you are borrowing before you buy

• A Roof Over Your Head: What homeownership and renting are all about

The free sessions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom on April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29.

To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodemqqD0iGNcuNztdaE8EjTEZJmnrXTAs

For more information, about the financial workshops, please contact the Economic Development Committee of the Collier County Alumnae Chapter at Collierdst@ gmail.com.

Collier County Deltas To  Host Free Financial Workshops

It was celebration time for the Zeta Amicae of Fort Myers. Amicaes are an auxiliary group that helps serve the community with members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. March 27th-28th was a double celebration and marked the groups' charter and standing legacy in Fort Myers for 42 years.  

On March 27, 1979, the Fort Myers Zeta Amicae was chartered with founding officers; Barbara Ann Spikes, Marion Haywood, Veronica Shoemaker and Cora Lee Spikes. The chartering members included Altamese Nash, Jimmy Landrum, Rose Lee Williams, Denise Carter, Nancy Hunter, Irene Coleman, Mary Wilkes and Ida Jackson.

Fast forwarding 42 years to date, Zeta Amicae of Fort  Myers attended the State of Florida Virtual Amicae Conference on Sunday, March 28th and walked away with a bounty of awards:

State of Florida Queen Contest - 2nd Place - Jackie Williams

1st Place - Making Strides

1st Place - Women Veterans Rock

1st Place - Most Community Service Activities Reported

3rd Place - Elder Care

Award Recognition - Prematurity Awareness Participation

Current members of Zeta Amicae of  Fort Myers are: Jackie Williams, Nikkisha Allen, Mary Johnson, Alexis Johnson, Carolyn Hampton, Catherine Perkins, Harriet Turner, Marsha Curry, Charlene Bryan, Lisa Smith and Anitra Gibbs.

Zeta Amicae of Fort Myers  Holds Charter Celebration