Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter Sponsors “She’s A Keeper”


Submitted by Dana McCutchen, Danette Reid, Dr. Kina Smallwood-Butts, Membership Services Committee Co-Chairs

During December 2020, the Membership Services Committee of Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter rolled out the first three initiatives of our “She’s a Keeper” Retention Plan.  Developed under the leadership of Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon, President, “She’s a Keeper” encompasses strategies, special projects, activities, and programs that promote a comprehensive experience within the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter. The chapter’s mission is to strengthen its collective bond and support retention within the membership by not only spearheading the various initiatives, but also by forming collaborative events with other chapter committees to ensure chapter involvement, multi-generational inclusion, and the constructive development of the membership. 

Supporting All Sorors in their Senior Years, “S.A.S.S.Y.”  focuses on our Delta Dears. The Membership Services Committee conducted wellness calls to its chapter’s 221 Delta Dears in December. The phone calls helped to spread holiday cheer, but also served as an opportunity to connect with Delta Dears, who also may be experiencing a period of isolation secondary to COVID-19 restrictions. The Delta Dears were delighted to hear from committee members and look forward to future check-in calls and activities geared toward their needs and interests.

The committee also spread joy during the holiday season through its partnership with the Hospitality Committee and a local quilter’s ministry.  This collaboration resulted in the distribution of unique, handmade quilts to chapter members who are sick and shut-in. The quilts were donated to the chapter by Delta Alice Hollingshed-Copeland, her mother, Joye Hollingshed, and the Quilters Ministry of the Church of Christian Compassion.

The chapter’s third initiative, “The Soror Experience” was unveiled during the chapter’s December General Body Meeting. “The Soror Experience” seeks to create an enhanced member experience through personalized engagement for new, returning, and transferring members, a multimedia presentation approach, and distinct programming that meets the social needs of the multigenerational chapter.  The December launch infused Christmas carols, a Santa-inspired narrative, and Kwanzaa into the meeting. Additionally, chapter member selfies were later featured in a “Home for the Holidays” social media presentation and gifts to Early Bird winners were delivered following CDC social distancing guidelines. Following the meeting, each visiting and returning member received a welcome letter and gift from the chapter to support ongoing reclamation efforts.

With the assistance of a talented committee, the support of an awe-inspiring executive board, and coordination with multiple, remarkable chapter committees, Membership Services will continue to introduce new initiatives to steadfastly pursue the chapter’s mission of E3 – engaging, energizing, and promoting the continued evolution of its membership.


Submitted by Dana McCutchen, Danette Reid, Dr. Kina Smallwood-Butts, Membership Services Committee Co-Chairs During December 2020, the Membership Services Committee of Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter rolled out the first three initiatives of our “She’s a Keeper” Retention Plan.  Developed under the leadership of Dr. Penny Sparks Nixon, President, “She’s a Keeper” encompasses strategies, special projects, activities, …

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