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Iota Honors Business and Professional Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lillian Anderson
Tel: 650-355-4130
Email: cander8433@aol.com

Iota Honors Business and Professional Women

San Francisco, CA, April 2018 —Across the nation Iota Phi Lambda Sorority’s Business Month which focuses on empowering Business and Professional Women is being celebrated with diverse events throughout the month of April. Iota Phi Lambda is a nonprofit organization of business and professional women dedicated to community service. The theme is “Business and Professional Women: Furthering the Dream of Economic Independence”.

On April 7, MC Valerie St. John introduced eight women selected by Gamma Nu Chapter to the community at its 22nd Annual Lola M. Parker Luncheon held at the Patio Espanol, 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco, CA. She is the Chief Marketing Officer at DISCERN Investment Analytics, a cutting edge data driven research firm which helps institutional investors make more informed decisions. She is also an Honorary Member of Gamma Nu Chapter.

(L to R) Honorees and MC: Akiba Bradford, Captain Valerie Matthews, Aisha Lusk, Valerie St. John, MC. Standing. Cara Brown, Chapter Pres., Felisia Thibodeaux, Toni Ratcliff – Powell, Pamela Ellison, Lakisha Mitchell – Keith, Deloris Bethea’

The Business and Professional Women honored included: Deloris Bethea’, a Certified Foster Parent since 2004 with the SF Department of Human Services, who has fostered over 37 children; Akiba Bradford, a Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Researcher and Advocate who is a Board Member and Vice Chair of the City of Oakland’s Community Policing Advisory Board which advises the Chief of Police, City Council and the Community on fostering better community-police relations; Pamela Ellison, Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Advisor who sits on the board of advisors for select brands and consults with CEOs on their digital business growth plans; Aisha Lusk, a MSW Protective Services Supervisor for the City & County of San Francisco’s Human Services Commission as a Protective Services Worker for the past ten years; Captain Valerie Matthews, who came into the San Francisco Police Department in 1991, has been an exemplary officer and role model with the Police Dept. progressively moving through the ranks to her current role as Captain in October 2017. She is currently in charge of the Major Crimes Unit which includes Homicide, Robbery, and Gang Task Force; Lakisha Mitchell-Keith, a criminal justice administrator and former Homeland Security supervisor where she created several policies and procedures which were awarded the National Best Practices by the Agency’s Executive Director. She was invited to headquarters to launch her program nationwide. In 2017, she received a full scholarship to Golden Gate University’s School of Law where her goal is to help to those in need; Toni Ratcliff-Powell, an employee of the S.F. Juvenile Probation Dept. in diverse roles bridging outreach to the community since 1987. Upon resuming Supervisory Probation Officer duties over the Dept.’s Court Office Unit, she oversaw General and Serious Offender Units and in 2016 began leading one of the Intake Units.; and Felisia Thibodeaux, CEO/Founder of At Your Service Professional Service serving the public for over 25 years. The majority of this time spent in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Property Management and Housing Development arena. She is the Founder of You Go Girl, Youth Leadership Academy, a program to help intercity girls develop and realize their own potential, foster leadership and create community stewards.

(L to R) Scholarship Recipients with Joanne Early, Scholarship Committee Chair. Denaysia Rabb, Lauren McCoy, and Saira Brown representing her sister Gabriella Brown.
(L to R) Gamma Nu Chapter. Johnnie Evans, 2nd Vice Pres.; Myrtle Smith, Treasurer ; Karen Smith, Event Chr.; Adrienne Anderson, Web Master/Program Design; Cara Brown, President;
Valerie St. John, MC/Honorary Member; Lillian Anderson, Dean of Intake ; Joanne Early, 1st Vice Pres.; and Linda Dillard, Journalist. Not pictured: Collette Evans – Brown, Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Emogene Singleton and Beatrice Smith. ***

This Luncheon is Gamma Nu Chapter’s major Scholarship Fundraiser. Scholarships of $1,000 each were presented to three graduating high school seniors: Gabriella Brown, Piedmont H.S., Piedmont, CA plans to attend Western Washington University with a focus in Computer Science; Lauren McCoy, Mission High School, San Francisco, CA plans to attend Dillard University to pursue Nursing; and Denaysia Rabb, Mission High School, San Francisco, CA plans to attend Clark Atlanta University with a focus on Business Management.

The chapter also administers the Helen M. Johnson and John Q. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund which targets single mothers with minor children who are pursuing their goal of higher education.

 

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22nd Annual Lola M. Parker Luncheon to Honor Outstanding Business & Professional Women

Hosted by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – Gamma Nu Chapter

Saturday, April 7, 2018

11:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM

PATIO ESPAÑOL | 2850 Alemany Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94112

$70.00/person | $30.00 /Child’s Plate (Chicken Nuggets)
Entrée Choices: Salmon, Chicken, or Vegetarian

ONLINE TICKETS: BPT.ME/3360759

Ticket Deadline: March 30, 2018
Info or Questions: Karen Smith, nappy825@pacbell.net

Click Here to Download flyer! (PDF) – 2018 Lola M. Parker Luncheon

 

 

Soror Delphine Metcalf-Foster elected as National Commander of DAV


Delphine Metcalf-Foster was elected as the National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, she is the first woman and first African American to hold the post.

Delphine Metcalf-Foster, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, was elected National Commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Vallejo, California native’s military career included service with the U.S. Army Reserve, 689th Quartermaster Unit, 6253rd Hospital Unit and 6211th Transportation Unit, Letterman Army Medical Center. She retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of first sergeant in 1996.

Read more on the DAV site (off-site)…

2016 Lola M. Parker Luncheon

Please join the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – Gamma Nu Chapter for the

20th Lola M. Parker Luncheon to Honor Outstanding Business & Professional Women

Saturday, April 2, 2016

12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Patio Español, 2850 Alemany Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94112

$70/person   |   $30/child’s plate

Tickets: iotasf1963.brownpapertickets.com

For questions contact: Karen Smith, Event Chr (nappy825@pacbell.net)

Click to Download flyer (PDF)

 

 

 

10 Great Reasons to Join!

1. The service you give stays in your local community, helping people who may be your own neighbors, friends, colleagues, or family members.

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2. Iota gives you great flexibility, so you can support (work in) an area that matches your (gift) talent.

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3. With the economy still difficult for many, many young people are especially challenged to make good choices.

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4. Even a small scholarship makes a big difference in educational help. For example, just $500 can provide transportation or books for a struggling college student.

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5. When you give to Iota, your work is going to legitimate charitable organization that has been around since 1929.

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6. Someday you or someone you know might need the services of Gamma Nu or a chapter of Iota. If that day comes, you’ll be grateful for the support you and others gave.

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7. Whether you can give of your talents or dollars, one thing’s for sure – you’ll be helping people live better lives, period.

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8. Iota pays your rent. ” Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time. (Service is the rent you pay for living on this earth.”)

”Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –Muhammad Ali

9. Helping young people less fortunate just makes you feel good. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

10. Iota is a Sisterhood. A sisterhood is many things, It’s a warn smile on a cold and rainy day, a friendly hug, a cheerful hello, Get Better Cards when you are sick, a phone call.. It’s all that a good and lasting friendship is, only better. It’s treasured. It’s sacred. It knows that there will always be someone there for you. It’s goals achieved. It’s counting on others and being counted on. It is iota.”

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