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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Launches Mentorship for Little Ladies

By: Julio Barthson

Date Posted: 2000-04-01

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Okinawa Alumnae Chapter, held their much anticipated red and white ball last Saturday, March 25th, at the Kadena Officers’ Club. The colorful and cheerful occasion was marked by the coronation of two little promising ladies as Little Miss Delta Princess and Delta Princess. Following a very original non-talent pageant, which simply required that young girls between ages 4-12 compete in raising funds for the Sorority’s scholarship project were crowned respectively as Little Miss Delta (in the 4-7 category) and Delta Princess (7-12 category).

The little ladies were all brilliant, full of smiles and charm as they were paraded around the hall by their fathers who accompanied them. Once they were gathered on the podium, Soror Maria Howell, one of the island’s most beautiful voices, serenaded them with her famous song, “Peace of Mind,” a special selection that was evidently appropriate for the occasion.

The program started with a word of welcome by Soror Mona Morgan and acknowledgments by Shane Hamler-Butler. Then came the prayers under the leadership of Chaplain Andrew Calhoun of Foster Chapel. High level entertainment was assured by R&B/soul quartet “B4” (Kym Dawkins, Horace Miller, Chris Bell and Leonard Smoot); the Delta Sisters and the Kadena Gospel Choir Ensemble (with Mike taplin on the keyboards and Tanny Tamplin as the directress); and the Motown Review with their very soulful performances. Motown Review brought soothing sounds to everyone’s heart as Mia Miller, Horace Miller, Leonard Smoot and Elisa Walters sang “Heritage Alive” - a song that set the stage for a great poetic recital by Felicia Rawls and Zachary Rogers (“God, Why Did You make Me Black?”). Due to time constraints, the scheduled slave scene and African dance performances were not fully elaborated; but then, the whole audience had come mostly to admire the little misses and ladies of tomorrow, and everyone seemed entirely satisfied with the food and entertainment.

Following the presentation of trophies and gifts, and special acknowledgments (famous lawyer Annette Eddie-Callagain, Maria Howell received warm words from sorority leader Shane Hamler-Butler), the attendants were left to choose between just going back home or staying around for a dance. Many chose to stay a little bit longer for a dance.

Shane Hamler-Butler and her Soror Michele Laland, who had both been very instrumental in the success of the occasion, expressed their satisfaction, and told Japan Update that they would like to organize another one like that in the near future. They would also use the success of the program to launch a mentorship program for young ladies on the island.

“Being mentors for young girls and helping them to develop into intelligent women in the future is one of our goals,” Shane Hamler-Butler said. “We would be glad to help any parents on the island by offering guidance to those children whose parents may too be busy at times, with all the tight schedules in the military, to concentrate on the proper upbringing of their daughters.”

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