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AKA Sorority, Inc. Chartering a Chapter on Okinawa

By: Brandon Arakaki

Date Posted: 2000-02-20

The Ladies of Distinction for Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., a nonprofit organization with members now living all over the world, is currently expanding its presence into the Oriental horizons. The first official chapter of the organization in Japan - based in Okinawa - will be installed on the island on Friday, February 25th.

A week-long of activities has been planned to mark the occasion and to celebrate the chartering in a most official manner. The chartering activities and ceremony will take place from Thursday, February 24th to Sunday the 27th. The official itinerary of events, for now, indicates that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Regional Director and other distinguished guests will arrive Naha Airport at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24th. Their arrival will be followed on the same day, 30 minutes later, by a command briefing that Lt. Col. Lofton will give them. After that they will make a visit to Kadena Air Field, where they will get the chance to tour an aircraft. Later that evening, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a welcome reception for all guests at Stearley Heights on Kadena.

The next day, Friday the 25th, will be when the big Chartering ceremony is held at 5:00 p.m., with the unveiling of the new Okinawa Chapter name. The ceremony will be followed by an occasion at the Kadena Officers’ Club during which the media can interact with Sorority members. Saturday will be reserved for tours with members and guests all over Okinawa, till 5:00 p.m. when all settle again for a Dinner Theatre. On Sunday the 27th, it will be time for the guests to fly back, after four days of intense Alpha Kappa Alpha activities on the island.

The Ladies of Distinction of AKA Sorority regroups professional women serving in different branches of the military, SOFA status employees, DoDDS employees, and homemakers. They will be easily distinguished during this month of February by the pink and green colors they wear. In the words of Tina Reed, one of the distinguished ladies, “We are an organization dedicated and committed to helping military and local communities.”

These ladies have, up till present time, been the organizers of the annual “Men Who Cook” event, the last one having been held just last October. Some of the organization’s goals include promoting education by giving scholarships to deserving high school students, donating clothing items to military and local families, and spending time with the elderly. They are currently administering an essay contest, the winner of which will receive a $100.00 saving bond. They are also known to have visited the Yomitan Nursing Home where they laughed and sang songs with the residents. Last November, they sponsored a clothing drive; the collected items were donated to the military and local Okinawan communities.

Members on Okinawa believe that that their chartering this month will definitely impose the organization as an asset on the island. “These ladies are certainly on the move and committed to making a difference through education and service,” Tina Reed told Japan Update.

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