Our History

The Chartering

On Janurary 27, 1961, Ellen T. Law, Regional Director and Jeanne Noble, National President chartered the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Pasadena Alumnae Chapter. This prestigious event included the assistance of Soros Geraldine Wood, National First-Vice President and Jeralean Snead, President of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter. This momentous ceremony was held in Pasadena, California in the home of Soror Gervaise Moore.

Charter Members

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter charter members include: Florence Anderson, Muriel Harris Broussard, Alice Beatrice Bugg, Anita Cole, Margaret L. Cook Fosler, Flossie Jacques Duncan, June Dunn, Joan Pierson Green, Gloria Hines, Corine F. Jacson, CeEtta Medlock, Gervaise Jones Moore, Olga Moore, Lois Banks Richard, Joyce A. Ewing Streater, Mary Jane Clark Strong, Edith C. Price Taylor and Ethel L. White.

Chapter First Elected Officers

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter first elected officers were, in their own right, established, active public service volunteers within their communities. This is known through newspaper clippings found in a scrapbook of the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter's early years. Our first elected officers were:

President Ethel L. White
Vice President Joan Pierson Green
Recording Secretary Marcylene Mims
Financial Secretary Joyce A. Ewing Streator
Treasure Gervaise Jones Moore
Custodian Mary Jane Clark Strong
Parliamentarian Alice Beatrice Bugg
Sergeant-at-Arms Anita J. Cole
Historian-Journalist CeEtta Medlock
Chaplain Flossie Jacques Duncan


Regional Participation

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter has had the distinction of having two members elected to serve as Regional Directors of the Farwest Region. Soror Mable Martin was the first to serve in that role from 1941 through 1943. Soror Gwendolyn Sherod-Bishop was the second to serve in this prestigious role from 1984 through 1989. Soro Sherod-Bishop's term was extended to accommodate the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated 75th anniversary. During this time the Farwest Region hosted that, "all important" National Convention, The Golden Gate in "88", and also inaugurated Delta Days at the State Capitol which has become a National focus.

We are proud to acknowledge that during their tenure as Regional Director both soros Gwendolyn Sherod-Bishop and Mable Martin served with exceptional integrity and extraordinary commitment that set the stage for others to follow in their footsteps.

Founders Day Celebration

Traditionally the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter has always celebrated Founders Day as an expression of pride in its heritage. Beginning in 1962, members celebrated this very important day with the Los Angeles Chapter and in 1969 made a decision to honor Founders Day separately. Even now, as we fully participate in the planning of the Founders Day celebration by the Southern California Coordinating Council of Delta we continue to mark the anniversary with a unique celebration during the official Pasadena Alumnae Chapter January meeting.

One of our largest celebrations was in 1974, when, according to the Pasadena Star News, "The appearance of Dr. Emma McFarlin, a special assistant to Mayor Thomas Bradley of Los Angeles, created wide interest. The members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, had to apologize to those of the public who were thinking it was an open meeting and had come to hear her speak."

Affiliate Board Service

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter members have served on numerous community organization's boards such as: Pasadena Senior Center, California Auto Assigned Risk Program, Pasadena Community College Foundation, California State University, Los Angeles, Access Center, Pasadena YWCA, Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services, Pasadena NAACP, Pasadena Day Nursery, Grace Center, Northwest Commission, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, and the African American Advisory Council of Senator Jack Scott.

Chronological Contributions to the Greater Pasadena Community

Over the past forty years Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter has made well over $100,000 in contributions to the following Greater Pasadena Community:

1963 Huntington Hospital Medical Research
1964 Los Angeles County Mental Health
1965 Los Angeles County General Hospital Adolescent Psychiatric Services
1966 Five Acres Boys and Girls Aid Society
1967 Pasadena Mental Health; Altadena Public Library and Pasadena Public Library
1968 Boys' Club of Pasadena; Altadena Public Library and Pasadena Public Library
1969 Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and Halfway House
1970 Volunteers in Service to Offenders; Foothill Area; County of Los Angeles and Pasadena Public Library
1971 Head Start; Pasadena and Foothill Area and Pasadena Public Library
1972 Foothill Free Clinic and Pasadena Public Library
1972 Foothill Free Clinic; Pasadena Public Library
1973 Martin Luther King Hospital Sickle Cell Research; YWCA Foothill Branch, and Pasadena Public Library
1974 West Side Branch of Boys' Club of Pasadena and Pasadena Public Library
1986 West Side Branch of Boys' Club of Pasadena and Young Black Scholar
1987 Boys' Club of Pasadena; Youth Christian Foundation and Young Black Scholars
1988 YWCA West Altadena Branch; YWCA Capital Campaign Drive Flora Grant Therapeutic Pool; Girls' Club Northwest and Young Black Scholars
1989 Northwest Branch Pasadena Girls' Club; Sudanese Fitula Project and Young Black Scholars
1990 Pasadena City College Library Foundation Black Heritage Room
1991 Alkebu-lan Cultural Center; La Pintoresca Library and Bob Lucas Literacy Center and Library
1992 Pasadena Educational Foundation; Glenn's Hope, Inc.; Harriet Tubman House and Pacific Oaks Foundation
1993 Pasadena Educational Foundation and Glenn's Hope, Inc.
1994 Pasadena Educational Foundation and Glenn's Hope, Inc.
1995 Project BEST; Project Day Foundation; The Birthing Project and La Pintoresca Library
1996 Harambee Family Christian Center; Young Black Scholars; Pasadena City College Foundation; Pasadena Education Foundation and La Pintoresca Library
1997 Alkebu-lan Cultural Center; Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Friends In Deed; Bright Faces Child Development Center; Grace Center and Young Black Scholars
1998 Healthy Babies Alliance of Greater Pasadena, Inc., Alkebu-lan Cultural Center; Harambee Family Christian Center and Pasadena City College Foundation
1999 Community Housing Services, Inc.; Community Health Alliance of Pasadena and Alkebu-lan Cultural Center
2000 Jackie Robinson Center and Healthy Babies Alliance of Greater Pasadena
2001 Jackie Robinson Park; Pasadena Neighborhood Housing; YWCA and Pasadena Senior Center
2002 City of Pasadena Northwest Commission; Jackie Robinson Park; Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Pasadena City College Library Foundation Black Heritage Room


Special Contributions

As tangible evidence of our commitment to excellence in education; the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter pledged, and fully paid $10,000 in support of the "Young Black Scholars" a project spearheaded by the "100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc." This initiative was designed to work with Black honor students throughout their high school years. This objective of our commitment to education helped to promote and instill all around excellence within our Black honor students. It is hoped that this ongoing commitment will provide students with a more competitive edge in college admissions and later in life.

The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Pasadena Alumnae Chapter also makes substantial annual contributions to the United Negro College Fund. These are, of course, in addition to our ongoing local scholarship presentations.

In the spring of 1970, the Chapter not only completed its $500 pledge as a Golden Anniversary gift to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, it also paid the final installment for lifetime membership in the NAACP. The plaque was presented to the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter at the Eighth Awards Cotillion.