Greetings from the DREF President
It’s good to experience the blossoming season of spring and summer. As nature has its way with bringing new vegetation to life, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation is planting new seeds to create opportunities and improve lives for African America nwomen and their families. We reaped new fund development opportunities when hosting our first theater party in New York City on May 11th, and we will host an encore presentation of “Turn Me Loose” on June 23, 2016 starring Joe Morton as Dick Gregory. On behalf of the DREF Board of Directors, I extend profound gratitude to all DREF supporters who attended our theater event in New York.
I am pleased to announce that DREF is hosting another theater event in Houston, TX on June 26 for the play, “Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing,” at the Ensemble Theater.
With these fundraising events, we are engaging many first time donors and“growing” our donor base. This incoming fiscal year, we are pleased to implement the DREF Diplomat volunteer initiative. With your being a DREF supporter, I invite you to “grow and cultivate” your relationship by becoming a DREF Diplomat; your participation in this new role will indeed be integral in moving our Foundation to the next level of progress. The DREF Diplomat will assume a prominent role in fund development and program endeavors,while promoting the mission of the Foundation. Complete details and responsibilities about The DREF Diplomat are available on our website and at the DREF Exhibit booth during the 2016 Regional Conference Cycle of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The DREF Board of Directors has grown with the recent election of four new members.Please join me in welcoming Teresa Harman, a Delta member of South Jersey Alumnae Chapter who has previously served on our Board. Teresa is a certified public accountant and she is an internal audit manager. New board members also include Yanique Moore, a Delta member of Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter and she is an entrepreneur and handbag designer; Dr. Joan Prince, a Delta member of Milwaukee Alumnae and higher education administrator; and Nigel Long, Esq., an attorney in Massachusetts.
The Foundation board members, DREF staff and all of key stakeholders are looking forward to the incoming fiscal year (2016-17) with excitement and enthusiasm—we are going to realize the Golden Anniversary of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation! Stay tuned for details and highlights of our heritage as we celebrate this 50-year milestone in 2017. Stay connected by visiting our website regularly, Have an enjoyable summer!
Carolyn E. Lewis