on August 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM, updated August 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
What started in 1922 by seven young educators and expanded in 1929 to include the collegiate community (starting at Butler University), theSigma Gamma Rho Sorority is now an international service organization that still embraces its founding tenets of "Scholarship, Sisterhood and Service."
For its 30th "Focus on Women Luncheon,"members of the local chapter, Epsilon Sigma, dressed in the sorority's signature royal blue and gold, which bolstered the sense of a united sisterhood.
After the Young Marines from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office started the event by presenting the flag and MaiaRene Carter's performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the event agenda moved on to recognizing stellar members and women in the community.
Honorees included: Mary Bailey, Past Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star;Mary Keller, Retired Nurse, USAR; and religious educator; Nikeyta Bornes, fiscal analyst, Chevron Oil Company; Helen Bougere, Director, Dillard University Volunteer Tax Assistance Program; Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, former New Orleans City Councilmember; Dr. Ruby Broadway, Associate Professor of Biology and STEM Director, Dillard University; Dr. Darlonda Reynaud, pediatrician, Tulane Medical Center; First Lt. Danielle Bullock, United States Coast Guard; Laverne Saulny, Regional Manager, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's Office; Dolores Berquist- Coyé, retired language arts educator and 50 year member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, President Emeritus of Epsilon Sigma Chapter; Dr. Suzanne Mayo, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wiley College; Debra Edward, teacher, Jefferson Parish School System; Enchanté Franklin, forensic social worker, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health; Debra Williams, Principal, James Singleton Charter School; Dr. Brenda Hatfield, Louisiana State Volunteer President, AARP; Tiharana Williams, project manager, AKEA; Rosalind Kay,businesswoman, owner of Private Collections Boutique; and Alice Kennedy, retired business educator, University of New Orleans.