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[Delta Sigma Theta - The Arlington Alumnae Chapter]


Our History

Arlington Alumnae Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Arlington Alumnae Chapter
Chartered December 10, 1988

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 National Headquarters.

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.


Prepared by: Soror Doris A. Johnson, 1997


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