History    

Johnston County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority received its Charter on April 27, 2003. The chartering ceremony was held at the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce in Smithfield, North Carolina. Mary Bennett Sutton, South Atlantic Regional Director performed the ceremony. There were fifty-four visiting sorors from the following chapters: Raleigh, Clinton, Duplin County, Goldsboro, Greenville, Wilson, Knightdale-Wake Forest, Durham, and Elizabeth City in attendance. The first Chapter meeting and a reception followed the chartering ceremony.

The charter members were: Evelyn Lane Sanders, Gloria Durham Lovett, Mary Spruill Windley, Georgianna Coles McLean, Bayetta Blackmore McNeill, Arlean Brooks, Shirley Oneal Cohen, Earlona S. Davis, Tamara Watson Barbour, Vertna Judkins DeVine, Vivian Hill Williams, and Mabel Y. Watson.

The first elected officers were: President, Evelyn Sanders; Vice-President, Arlean Brooks; Recording Secretary, Georgianna McLean; Corresponding Secretary, Vertna DeVine; Financial Secretary, Vivian Williams; Treasurer, Bayetta McNeill, and Chair of the Nominating Committee Vertna DeVine. The appointed officers were Chaplain; Tamara Barbour, Parliamentarian; Vertna DeVine, Sergeant-at-Arms; Shirley Cohen, Custodian; Mabel Watson; Historian; Earlona Davis, and Journalist, Vivian Williams.

The committee chairs were: Physical and Mental Health, Mabel Watson; Educational Development, Tamara Barbour; International Awareness, Gloria Lovett; Economic Development, Mary Windley; Political Awareness and Involvement, Arlean Brooks; Program Planning, Arlean Brooks; Membership, Mabel Watson and Scrapbook, Earlona Davis.

During the inaugural year, the chapter was an active participant of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. Our first major program focus was recognizing Black Businesses in Johnston County in support of local black enterprises and self sufficiency. At the Annual Economic Development Banquet, the first Black Business of the Year was Jenkins and Jenkins Construction Company. Additionally, the Chapter provided Christmas gifts to the Homeless, awarded five (5) academic scholarships to gifted high school seniors, and served as proctors for the Selma Middle School end of grade test.