The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., held it’s Southeast Regional Xinos/Kudos conference Pensacola, FL,
June 13-16, 2013.
The local chapter, Alpha Phi, hosted this year’s youth conference at the Hilton Garden Inn on Airport Blvd. The theme for the event was “Our Culture, Our Future, We Make the Difference”.
Official greetings from the city were given by Mrs. Jewel Canada-Wynn, city council representative, at the luncheon. Several workshops were given for the young ladies and gentleman to inform them of their rich heritage, give them words of encouragement and the steps in which they should take to accomplish their goals. In keeping in line with the theme, a dynamic presentation, The History and Celebration of Kwanzaa was done by Mrs. Julia Arnold. Other local speakers on the program were Mr. Luman Maye and Dr. Drucilla W. Thomas.
A culminating of the activity was dance instructions of how to “tap dance” taught by Ms. Caludette Chapman.
She also spoke to them about not just having a “bucket list” and learning to do tap at age 60 as she did, but to go for it and live their dreams to the fullest no matter what age that they become. Planning, preparation, and practice were the keys to her success.
The featured motivational speaker of the event was Mrs. Debra Simpkins, local principal of Holmes Elementary School. She left them with a profound message, “It’s not where you come from, it’s where you end up”, she said. She encouraged them to have faith, hope, and determination.
“By the grace of God, know that you can and will succeed in due time”, stated Ms. Debra Haynes, local Coordinator and Chairperson of the conference. She also left them with an envelope to write a letter to themselves with the steps in reaching their goals to open later in their life. “Have a plan and do the work” was the last bits of advice that she gave them.
Coordinated by Debra Haynes and her co-chair, Clareta Broadnax, accompanied by their local Basileus, Mrs. Della Roberts, and member Mrs. Ethel Coleman, a guided tour of the city of Pensacola from the Naval Aviation Museum (movie at IMAX Theatre on base), through the downtown historical district, and on to the Pensacola Beach where they were able to visit the beach and ride on the Observation Wheel the last evening that it was open.
The Southeast Regional Director, Mrs. Yvonne Ben, along with other chapter advisors in this region, enjoyed the tour and their visit to the city of Pensacola. “The conference was indeed a success and local children from our city were able to be exposed to what they can also accomplish with having a positive attitude and a mind to live the best quality of life as possible” said Ms. Haynes.