This time is set aside for Deltas throughout the State of California to meet with State Legislators to become more acquainted with issues affecting their communities. This year's theme in Sacramento was "Challenging Our Communities to be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise."
On Saturday, the Delta Academy and GEMS girls experienced Delta Youth State. The young ladies participated in workshops on careers exploration and heard from speakers representing a wide variety of occupations and professions. Delta Days afforded many of these young ladies their first opportunity to visit the State Capital. We are confident the experience left a life changing impression.
Sunday's Luncheon meeting was devoted to Census 2010, and our speaker was Barbara Ferry, Senior Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. Ferry shared how we can partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure that our communities are counted. Other workshops included learning how to set up political clubs and ways to access funds to support non-profit efforts.
On Monday, the women of Delta had an opportunity to visit with State legislators. Gwendolyn McMullins, President of the Pasadena Chapter, and Member Tanganica Turner, had an opportunity to visit with our State Senator, The Honorable Carol Liu to hear her comments regarding the Federal Stimulus package. We also visited the office of our Assemblyman, The Honorable Anthony Portantino where we were presented a handout detailing the Stimulus Package his committee will be addressing. Tanganica Turner is one of our newest members..
The concept and first model of Delta Sigma Theta's National Social Action program entitled: "Delta Days in the Capital" originated in the Farwest Region. Regional Director, Dr. Gwendolyn Sherard-Bishop developed the activity to implement the empowerment aspect of the 1984 national theme: "E to the 3rd Power: Education, Employment and Empowerment".
On March 10, 1986 Deltas in 5 states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington; simultaneously visited their State Capitals to make elected officials and decision makers aware of Delta Sigma theta Sorority, Inc. and its impact in the communities we serve.
Finally, the weekend was filled with excitement and expectation on the part of all who attended. Undeniably, Deltas can be proud of the role we play to augment the educational process of these outstanding student participants. Many of whom will look upon this day as one that inspired them to excellence in all of their endeavors.