Zetas celebrates its 40th anniversary by giving

LUMBERTON – The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Lambda Chapter Eta Zeta recently celebrated its 40th anniversary by participating in a Weekend of Service.

“We are all of service to the community and we were trying to think of a way to celebrate and commemorate 40 years and we knew we wanted to do a service project, something a little bigger than what we normally do. “Soror Kristle Melvin said.

As part of the Service Weekend’s “Thinner Women Fight the Cold” shutters, the chapter donated a total of 40 cold weather packs of blankets and socks to the Lumberton Christian Care Center, Mt. Olive Family Care Home in Fairmont, and Cromartie Spring Village Rest Home in St. Pauls.

“As it is December, we know that those who are less fortunate, the homeless, need a way to stay warm, so we thought it would be a good way to serve the community, especially the residents of the Lumberton Christian Care Center, ”said Melvin.

The lots were purchased with the section’s own funds, Melvin said.

The Lambda Eta Zeta Chapter was founded on December 4, 1981 by 14 community-conscious and action-oriented women.

Five founding members are still alive, Judge T. Diane Surgeon, Emma Haggins, Priscilla Leazer, Deborah Lindsey and Mary Powell.

“I’m even amazing how we even started,” Surgeon said. “We were excited Zeta to launch a Chapter so that we could get involved and deliver the services we had promised to do. “

Since its inception, the Lambda Eta Zeta Chapter has had a significant impact on Robeson County. Through its annual competition, the Kiddie Blue and White Revue, over $ 150,000 in scholarships has been awarded to local high school students.

The chapter mentors young girls, ages 9 to 18, in the areas of leadership and social development, cultural awareness and community service.

Additionally, each year the Chapter implements various service projects and community programs for causes such as elder care, military initiatives, domestic violence awareness / awareness, St. Jude, March of Dimes and his adopted school, WH Knuckles Elementary. School.

The sponsorship of an undergraduate section, Pi Lambda, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an auxiliary organization, the Zeta Amicae of Lumberton, and an affiliated organization, the Zeta Male Network of Lumberton, amplifies the reach and impact of the section.

The Charter’s 40th anniversary service weekend culminated with a Sunday program honoring charter members.

“The current 48 members of Lambda Eta Zeta look forward to continuing the chapter’s legacy of service throughout Robeson County for decades to come,” a post on behalf of the Zetas read.

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