SJA’s Visionary Charter members

About SJA

The San Jose Alumnae Chapter (SJA) was chartered by 18 dynamic professional women on November 8, 1970 in San Jose, California.  During the past 44 years, SJA has embraced change and cultivated its expanding membership.  Today, with over 70 members, the chapter remains in the forefront: crafting the debate on public policy and social issues, creating opportunities for higher quality education through the provision of annual scholarships and innovative youth development programs, and stimulating economic growth through its evolving and diverse community-based partnerships in Santa Clara's County.

 

Emulating the original 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the members of SJA continue to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to persons in most need through distinct programs that emphasize economic and educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement. Collectively, the officers and members of the San Jose Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., tremendously value the extraordinary opportunity to respond to the growing needs of the community through a passionate, unified commitment to public service.

SJA Charter Members

Gloria Speight, President

Evelyn Carter, Vice President

Catherine Lewis, Corresponding Secretary

Constance Clay, Seargent-at-Arms

Gertrude Clay, Parliamentarian

Gail Henly, Chaplin

Sandra Shelton, Journalist

Esther Wilson, Custodian

Eloris Daniels

Betty Goldsberry

Stenetta Taylor

Shirley Frazier

Shirley Moss

Peggy West

Mildred Benson

Connie Duhe

Betty Jones

Mildred Robinson

Chapter Highlights

1970’s

1980’s

1990’s

2000’s

Black history book collection presented to Santa Clara County Library System

"Focus on Black Ladies" mural created and displayed in conjunction with the Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society of Newark

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The first annual Jabberwock was co-chaired by Sorors Marcia Joyner and Delores East

Minority Women's Conference: "Challenges, Changes, and New Directions" was held in cooperation with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the National Council of Negro Women

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School America, a Read-A-Thon, was sponsored in conjunction with the San Jose Public Library

Harambee (meaning, "A call to unity and collective work") became the chapter's annual signature scholarship event and has since raised well over $150,000 in college scholarship monies for local high school students

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August 2007, San Jose Alumnae, in conjunction with Eta Omega Chapter, hosted the 46th Farwest Regional Conference in Santa Clara

Purposeful Women of Virtue: The Past Presidents of SJA

Gloria Speight    

Constance Duhe  

Betty Jones  

Sandra Mack  

Karen Perry          

Tanya Young      

Jacqueline Morrow  

Lender Holt

1970 - 1971       

1971 - 1972

1972 - 1973

1973 - 1974

1977 - 1979

1979 - 1981

1981 - 1982

1983 - 1984

Yvonne Givens    

Donna Simmons    

Rubye Wood  

Stacy Cooper     

LaVonia Anderson

Donna Simmons      

Johnnie McGuire  

Samantha Ennon

1984 - 1985       

1986 - 1988

1988 - 1989

1990 - 1991

1991 - 1993

1993 - 1994

1994 - 1995

1995 - 1997

Cynthia Cooper    

Tressa L. Williams  

Vernette Drake  

Tamu Gramby

Stephanie Cooper

Tina Daniels  

Cassandra Holland

Vernette Drake

1997 - 1999      

1999 - 2002

2002 - 2006

2006 - 2008

2008 - 2010

2010 - 2012

2012 - 2014

2014 - 2016

San Jose Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • P.O.Box 6841 •  San Jose, CA 95150-6841 • sjadeltas@gmail.com

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