S: Nu Iota Omega 2011 Soror of the Year
BC: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Iota Omega Chapter P.O. Box 941953 Maitland, FL 32794
FC: Soror of the Region Soror Sandra K. McClellan Nu Iota Omega Chapter Maitland, Florida
3: October 14, 2007 I stood with my mother and three sisters and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This was one of the proudest moments of my life! I must admit that I did not fully realize at that moment, how enriched my life would be by that simple act of affirming my commitment and dedication to Alpha Kappa Alpha. It’s been almost 5 years and I can truly say that through my membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Iota Omega Chapter, my life has gained greater purpose and meaning. I remember being asked “what a commitment to lifelong service meant to me.” My response is the same today as it was in 2007. A commitment to lifelong service is more than a verbal response. It goes beyond that thing you say you are going to do. A commitment to lifelong service is your life in action; it is what you do day in and day out. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed this concept of lifelong service in one of his sermons entitled, “The Drum Major Instinct.” In that sermon, Dr. King talked about his funeral and what he wanted to be said in his eulogy. He went on to say that it was not important to talk about his Nobel Peace Prize or the other awards he had received, or where he went to college. He stated, “I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. ~ Continued ~ | Ivy Rosettes
5: I want you to be able to say, that day, that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say, that day, that I did try, in my life, to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.” Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has provided me a platform for service through our signature program initiatives. Through our health initiative, I am able to participate in local Chapter programs that provide the community with valuable health information and connect at risk populations with resources that they may not have been aware of. The EYL program is an opportunity to be a positive influence in the life of a young girl. Through mentoring and skills development we are able to prepare middle school aged girls for the challenges they will face as our next generation of leaders. Our AKA Connection Committee provides me an opportunity to be an advocate on issues that impact our community. I’ve had the opportunity to attend public policy conferences on a national level and to participate in AKA Day at the Capitol activities on the state level. I support our program initiatives and truly believe that they allow each of us, in our own way, to be a positive force for change in the community. We, Nu Iota Omega, recently held a service event for the seniors in our community. We called it, “One Enchanted Evening, A Senior Citizen Prom.” ~~ Sandra's Commitment continued ~~ | Senior Luncheon | Public Policy
7: The local nursing home brought some of its residents to the prom. One female resident, in particular, comes to my mind. She was confined to a wheelchair; actually she was restrained to her chair. It was clear that in addition to her physical disabilities, dementia was very much at play. As soon as the music started her whole demeanor changed. Towards the end of the evening when her group was preparing to leave she became agitated and irritated with the attendant who was trying to wheel her across the floor to the exit. I walked out to the center of the floor and took her by her hands and we danced, with her in her chair we danced. The look on her face told me that in that short span of time she had gone back to a more pleasant place and time. | I don’t think I will ever forget the look of joy she had on her face. That’s what service is to me; it’s the opportunity to connect with another person on a human level. The opportunity to if only for a brief period of time. It's not the grand events that we hear about or read about in the media that define service. It's those small opportunities that allow us to connect and become a part of the human experience. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has set the standard for “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service”. Through Nu Iota Omega, I embrace and look forward to every opportunity to grow and be of service to all mankind. Submitted by Soror Sandra McClellan Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Iota Omega Chapter | Annual Golf Tournament | Ivy Rosettes
9: Soror Sandra M. was initiated in Nu Iota Omega Chapter in 2007. Since that time, Soror Sandra M. has been a loving, dedicated and very sisterly soror. She has been active in many endeavors throughout this past year. She served as the Unity Heritage Festival Chairperson in 2011 and is also the chairperson for 2012. She successfully attended to numerous details to help make the Nu Iota Omega chapter’s involvement with the Festival a success. In February 2011, Soror Sandra M. attended the AKA Day at the Capitol. She took on the expense of driving herself to Tallahassee and staying overnight so that she could be there for the opening session. Soror Sandra M. provided valuable information to the committee for our AKA Connection Committee Report on AKA Day at the Capitol. Soror Sandra used her artistic abilities to help with the AKA Connection Scrapbook we took to Tallahassee. Soror Sandra also helped with the AKA Connection Voter Education Information table at the Senior Sweetheart Luncheon. | Our Basileus | Soror Sandra is an advisor for Ivy Tea Rose Inc.’s Ivy Rosette Group of young girls. She is dearly loved and respected by the girls and they listen to her and heed her advice. She is always present for our monthly meeting with the girls, helping out as needed. She assisted with the Ivy Tea Rose Arts in the Afternoon event. Soror Sandra provided financial support for our Golf Tournament by obtaining sponsorship from her employer, AXA Financial. She is always researching prospective financial grants for our project use. Soror Sandra also nominated and presented the award to one of our recipients at the Ivy Tea Rose Inc. Community Service Award help in November. Soror Sandra attended the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Public Policy Meeting in Washington, DC to keep informed of the issues affecting us and our community. Sisterly, Cheryl L. Smith, Basileus | Ivy Rosettes
11: (top) Soror Sandra McClellan, Representative Geraldine Thompson and Soror Cynthia Henry attending the Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. (bottom) Soror Sandra McClellan helping to welcome sorors to the conference.
13: National Kidney Foundation Screening | EYL Parent's Session | Annual Unity Heritage Festival
15: Soror Sandra not only is passionate about her desire to mentor the young and work with the elderly, she strongly believes in working with Leadership and honing her skills to take on leadership roles in Nu Iota Omega such as Membership Chair and the MLK Unity Heritage Festival Chair! | Leadership Transitional Meeting
17: In addition to her duties as the Financial Officer for our Foundation, Committee Chair for the Membership and Unity Heritage Festival, Sandra spends the 1st Saturday of each month mentoring our EYL girls in the morning and our Ivy Rosettes in the afternoons.
19: SOROR OF THE YEAR Requirements Presently financially active and active the year prior to being nominated in Nu Iota Omega Nominee was not Soror of the Year in the last five years Letter of recommendation from nominating Soror (Includes criteria for being nominated) The criteria should be based on the prior calendar year to the present Guidelines (Three of the five must be met) Participation in Sorority functions Three specific examples demonstrating leadership abilities in three of the six target areas Volunteering Three specific examples of commitment to serving their community Demonstrate how the Soror exemplifies a sisterly attitude Attendance Percentage of attendance for the prior year Sorority sponsored conferences Implementation After review of the letters of recommendation by each Soror, the Soror of the Year should be chosen by secret ballot * Recommendation letters should be one page or less. Deadline for submitting letters shall be announced by the committee chairman.