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ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC SIGMA MU ZETA PRESENTS DENIM A Gathering of Friends Shaping Our Future by Enhancing and Fulfilling the Vision & Pearls 5TH ANNUAL MAY 17, 2014 DEKALB CONFERENCE CENTER MARY BREAUX WRIGHT 24TH INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT DR. FELICIA SCOTT-STRICKLAND SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR SHANEESA N. ASHFORD GEORGIA STATE DIRECTOR DR. ROSEMARIE MERRITT-FARNGALO SIGMA MU ZETA CHAPTER PRESIDENT

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Annual Gala &Scholarship Dinner D.B.A. Barbecue is a chef owned casual neighborhood restaurant and bar in Virginia-Highland, a popular in-town walking neighborhood. We’re proud to say that DBA offers the best barbecue and choice of sides in Atlanta! Start with ten barbecued meats from the Smokehouse, including The D.B.A. Whole House Platter, and then choose from fifteen homemade sides made lovingly by Miss Bev. We also offer a full menu of fresh salads, delicious burgers and sandwiches, and our popular smoked wings and BBQ nachos. DBA features moonshine and bourbon signature cocktails, regional draft and bottled beers, and plenty of HD TV’s for watching your favorite sports indoors or out on our popular covered patio. We love being part of Virginia-Highland, a real neighborhood where friends and families meet at DBA to enjoy great food and relax at our friendly restaurant and bar. We hope to see you soon! Smok-N-fried Chicken™ tan nhat , a M hine hern Sout le Moons tters Kat at D App urkey, Bi BA T d l i D.B.A. Barbecue W 1190 N. Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404-249-5000 • www.dbabbq.com

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- Painting by John W. Jones House by the Side of the Road By: Sam Walter Foss I see from my house by the side of the road, By the side of the highway of life, The men who press with the ardor of hope, The men who are faint with the strife. But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears, Both parts of an infinite plan -Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self-content; There are souls like stars, that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ran -But let me live by the side of the road And be a friend to man. Let me live in a house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by -The men who are good and the men who are bad, As good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the scorner’s seat, Or hurl the cynic’s ban -Let me live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man. I know there are brookgladdened meadows ahead And mountains of wearisome height; That the road passes on through the long afternoon And stretches away to the night. But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice, And weep with the strangers that moan, Nor live in my house by the side of the road Like a man who dwells alone. Let me live in my house by the side of the road -It’s here the race of men go by. They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, Wise, foolish -- so am I; Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat, Or hurl the cynic’s ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road And be a friend to man.

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Table of Contents Greetings from The Sigma Mu Zeta President. ............................................................................................ 1 Greetings from The State of Georgia Director............................................................................................2 Greetings from The Southeastern Regional Director. ................................................................................3 Greetings from The International President. ............................................................................................... 4 Greetings from the Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter Scholarship Chair..............................................................5 Greetings from the 2014 “A Gathering of Friends” Committee Chairs.................................................6 Greetings from Congressman Hank Johnson. ..............................................................................................7 Greetings from Congressman David Scott...................................................................................................8 Greetings from DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May. ..............................................................................9 Greetings from the City of Lithonia.............................................................................................................10 Proclamation from DeKalb County Government....................................................................................... 11 About Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. . ............................................................................................................. 12 Historical Perspective...................................................................................................................................... 13 Sigma Mu Zeta Administration...................................................................................................................... 14 Organizational Structure................................................................................................................................ 14 The Program of Events. ................................................................................................................................... 15 Sylette DeBois................................................................................................................................................... 16 Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte...................................................................................................................................... 17 Larry L. Johnson............................................................................................................................................... 18 Scholarship Recipients.................................................................................................................................... 19 Awards. ............................................................................................................................................................... 20 Sponsors and Supporters.............................................................................................................................. 24 Acknowledgments. .......................................................................................................................................... 42

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May 17, 2014 Officers: Dr. Rosemarie Merritt-Farngalo President Aisha Merritt-Farngalo First Vice President Rebecca Johnson Second Vice President Talissa Truitt Third Vice President Tamara Franco Secretary Maureen Walker Treasurer Jennifer Toussaint Financial Secretary Tawhana Johnson Parliamentarian Marketa Killingbeck Public Relations Coordinator Maureen Walker Historian/Keeper of Properties Jocasta H. Frazier Chair of the Executive Board P.O. Box 136 Stone Mountain, GA 30086 Email: sigmamuzeta@yahoo.com Dear Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Members and Friends, We extend to all of you a sincere welcome to our 5th Annual “A Gathering of Friends”: DENIM & PEARLS Scholarship Luncheon for Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter. Your presence here this afternoon speaks loudly to the extent of support that the Chapter has engendered over the years. From the very beginning – for our Sisterhood and the world in which we live – we have aspired to win greater laurels while adhering to scholarship and community outreach at every turn. We have prevailed for more than 94 years and should not forget the principles on which we have been founded: Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. As a community-conscious action-oriented organization, we are grateful for your demonstrated commitment to our Chapter which bolsters our efforts to stand united and committed to generations of future leaders. Thank you to all of our sponsors, friends, and members who have given generously in this time of prolonged economic distress. We are indebted to you for your commitment to give at a time when so many are in need. Your generosity will positively affect those we sought to uplift in the communities we serve. Thank you so very much for being a part of this celebration. Truly, it has been ninetyfour years of “Shaping Our Future by Enhancing and Fulfilling the Vision”. We still have work to do. Sincerely, Dr. Rosemarie Merritt-Farngalo Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter President www.sigmamuzeta.org

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Greetings from The State of Georgia Director

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Greetings from The Southeastern Regional Director

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 1734 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20009 (202) 387-3103 Mary Breaux Wright Established 1920 INTERNATIONAL GRAND BASILEUS Greetings: It is a pleasure to greet you in the name of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and on behalf of the National Executive Board and the thousands of Finer Women around the world. Welcome to Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter's Annual, "A Gathering of Friends: DENIM and PEARLS" Scholarship Luncheon. The chapter is recognizing and honoring leaders of service who have made significant contributions to the community. Service is one of Zeta's founding principles and we thank you for your participation and support of this event. Kudos to the members of Sigma Mu Zeta, Rosemarie Farngalo, president and Brenita Kagler and Tawhana Johnson, event chairs for an outstanding program. We extend congratulations and best wishes to those being honored today. Commissioner Larry Johnson, Jylla Moore Tearte Community Involvement Award; Maureen Walker, Pearl AwardZeta of the Year; Shaneesa N. Ashford, Diamond Award-Distinguished Zeta and Yameka Meriweather, Sapphire Award-Undergrad of the Year. Again, we thank you for joining with us as we honor these leaders who work tirelessly to service their communities and as we continue Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths. We are excited to honor these outstanding honorees who are blazing new paths. As we move through our 94th year of Service please know that we are only great when we work together! Always remember "It's about ZETA"! Please take advantage of the support and experience of one another throughout this year as we are energized, excited and committed to what we can offer and do for this great sisterhood. Again, congratulations and have a wonderful event! Serving for the Love of Zeta, Mary Breaux Wright International Grand Basileus Mary "Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths"

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Greetings from the Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter Scholarship Chair May 17, 2014 To the dovely sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and the many friends of the Sigma Mu Zeta chapter from around the state and region who came to celebrate at this years “A Gathering of Friends” scholarship program. It is my great honor to welcome you all to this years festivities and to thank you for your support. As the Scholarship Chairperson, I have been a blessed to work with a group of dedicated sisters who talk the talk, while walking the walk. At the beginning of the year the chapter decided we could do more to help deserving students from Dekalb county reach their dreams of obtaining a secondary education. Everyone reached deep into their time, talents and creativity to create fund raising events, like the one you are attending today. I am proud to say that because of these efforts we have doubled the scholarship award fund for this fiscal year and will be awarding two one thousand dollar scholarships. Two very deserving young people where selected from a large pool of amazing applicants. The process was long and intense but this year’s recipients embody two of the driving principles of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., “Scholarship” and “Service”. Both recipients in addition to being outstanding scholars have committed many hours to serving their community. To our recipients we say, keep up the good work as move toward your educational goals. We believe in you and are praying for your continued success. To the gathered community and friends sharing with us today, we know that none of this would be possible without your continued support. We appreciate you, we love you and we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with each of you. My heartfelt thanks are extended to each and every one of you. Sincerely Rebecca A. Johnson 2nd Vice President Scholarship Committee Chair 5 A Gathering of Friends Scholarship Luncheon

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A Warm Welcome Greetings, It is with great pleasure that we greet you for this remarkable occasion. As the co-chairs of “A Gathering of Friends” Denim and Pearls Scholarship Luncheon we are pleased that you choose to join us as we honor leaders that have made a great impact in our sorority and community alike. We are also equally honored that you choose to support Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter as we award two DeKalb County students scholarships as they continue to further their education. This event means so much to the both of us and we are incredibly thankful to our committee and chapter for all their hard work in making this event a success. This event is dedicated to children and we believe our theme of “Shaping our Future by Enhancing and Fulfilling the Vision” shows just how important allowing our children to further their education means to us a whole. As we continue to work with the community, it is our prayer that Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter will continue to receive the support need to give more students deserving funds so that one day they will become our future community leaders and continue the vision. Please enjoy this wonderful event and remember that it truly does take a village to raise a child. Sisterly, Soror Brenita Weathersbee & Soror Tawhana Johnson 6 A Gathering of Friends Scholarship Luncheon

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Greetings from Congressman Hank Johnson

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Greetings from Congressman David Scott

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Greetings from DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May

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Proclamation from DeKalb County Government

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