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Southern California Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters to Honor Distinguished Community Servants at Public Meeting

Themed: "Going Green: Energizing Sorors' Potential in the New Millennium", Southern California area Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will host the 80th Annual Far Western Regional Conference in Palm Springs, CA at the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel and the Palm Springs Convention Center from June 3-7, 2009. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is America's oldest black-greek letter organization founded by and for African American women. On the heels of Alpha Kappa Alpha's centennial celebration in 2008, 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the 80th Annual Far Western Regional Conference. The conference will be lead by 23rd Far Western Regional Director, Dr. LaVern S. Tarkington. The community is invited to attend the Public Meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Public Meeting will recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the Palm Springs and Southern California area. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

Honorees include: Kenneth Bentley, Vice President, Nestle USA. Inc.; Linda Smith, President & CEO, Four D College; Rose Mays, Executive Director, Riverside County Fair Housing Council; Charles Moore, Co-Founder, Legacy Roundtable; Ingrid Johnson, Co-Founder, Legacy Roundtable; Wilmer Amina Carter, 62nd Assembly District, Rialto, Colton, San Bernardino; Irma Poole Asberry, Judge, Riverside County Superior Courts.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is committed to educational, economic, civic, and health related activities. The organization is involved in efforts to eliminate the problems of African American youth and their families, to provide educational enrichment in communities across the country, to address issues and concerns that impact on the quality of life, and to improve the economic stature of members and the communities in which Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated serves. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is particularly committed to providing "Service to all Mankind" through community service.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is America's first Greek-letter organization founded in 1908 by, and for, African-American college women. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it is one of the world's leading service organizations. The sorority's members have made a commitment "to serve all mankind" through a nucleus of more than 200,000 women in over 975 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan, and in the continent of Africa. Dr. Barbara A. McKinzie is the 27th International President. McKinzie's administration is marked by the theme: ESP, which stands for Economics, Service and Partnerships. For more information, log on to www.aka1908.com. Dr. LaVern S. Tarkington is the 23rd Far Western Regional Director. The Far Western Region consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. For more information on the Far Western Region, log on to www.akafarwest.com.


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