On December 10, 1988, gentle cool winds and persistent precipitation
invaded the atmosphere of the University of Texas at Arlington, School of
Social Work Building. The interior, however, painted a somewhat different
picutre. An air of exullation and celebration permeated the environment as
forty-eight members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. pledged their
commitment to the chartering of The Arlington Alumnae Chapter. Soror Marlin
McCoy, Southwest Regional Director, and Delta's from the surrounding chapters
of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Metropolitan Dallas joined in the witnessing of
this historical occasion.
Soror Bonnie Jarels, chartering president, conducted the application
process. Meetings were held throughout the summer and fall of 1988 in the
homes of sorors, preparing the necessary materials for final application to
Sorors who lived and worked in the metroplex felt that Arlington, located
centrally to Dallas and Fort Worth, warranted a chapter because of the various
cultural, social, economic and educational needs of the community. This was an
opportunity for sorors, after identifying the needs of the community to
implement Delta's Five Point Program. Segments of Arlington were affluent, but
the socioeconomics of some residents remained unaddressed.
The initial goals were: 1) to reclaim inactive sorors which would provide a
cadre of members for the implementation of Delta Sigma Theta's programs; 2) to
foster a strong and supportive relationship with University if Arlington's
Lamda Chi Chapter; and 3) to provide positive role models, strong leadership,
and program initiatives needed in the Arlington community.
OUR DESTINY STARTS TODAY...
Prepared by: Soror Doris A. Johnson, 1997