Updated: Nov 22, 2022
TAMPA, Fla. (November 19, 2022) — The Alpha Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated® hosted the sorority’s annual Cluster II Meeting Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the beautiful Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. More than 600 influential and professional women and undergraduate students who are members of the AKA South Atlantic Region’s Cluster II area attended in person, and over 300 participated virtually in the one-day leadership event.
The Cluster II Meeting is designed to energize sorority members to execute the clarion call to carry out service initiatives outlined by AKA International President and Chief Executive Officer Danette Anthony Reed, who was installed in this position in July 2022. Her challenge to members is summed up in these few words: “Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood.” The South Atlantic Region (SAR) is led by the Honorable Tiffany Moore Russell, Esquire, a resident of Winter Garden, Florida. As the largest region in the sorority, Russell oversees 186 chapters covering the states of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, with over 25,000 members.
The Cluster II, under the dynamic leadership of SAR Director Russell, and Graduate Cluster II Coordinator Cheryl Smith and Undergraduate Cluster II Coordinator Nyah Moore, consists of 12 graduate chapters and 4 undergraduate chapters from areas including Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Ft. Myers.
In her “State of the Region” address, Russell challenged the members of the South Atlantic Region to T.U.N.E. in, an acronym that stands for:
Transcend any limitations we have placed on members.
Unite and work together to reach our ambitious goals.
Nurture one another in the beauty of the sisterhood that members treasure so dearly; and
Empower members and our communities through continuous learning and improvement.
The focus of the meeting was dedicated to honoring members’ leadership skills, strengthening sisterly relations, and expanding members’ knowledge base of the programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. The host chapter for the Cluster II Meeting was Alpha Alpha Theta Omega Chapter serving the North Hillsborough and Pasco Counties of Florida, where Debra Ann Sheehy is the President, and Jacqueline Kentish-Greaves and Joy Calixte served as the Cluster II Meeting Co-Chairman.
During the next two years, they, along with all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will lead on the front lines of change, education, and advocacy through the organization’s six initiatives which are designed to “Strengthen Our Sisterhood, Empower Our Families, Build Our Economic Wealth, Enhance Our Environment, Advocate For Justice, and Uplift Our Local Community.”
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® (AKA), an international service organization, was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated® is comprised of more than 325,000 initiated members in graduate and undergraduate chapters located in 12 countries including the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Japan, Liberia, Nigeria, South Korea, South Africa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Led by International President & CEO Danette Anthony Reed of Dallas, Texas, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, often is hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.”
About Alpha Alpha Theta Omega
Chartered on June 30, 2018, we are eager to expand the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand through meaningful program initiatives and partnerships that ensure significant sustainability and impact in our communities.