Retired educators from school districts in the city of Pine Bluff and neighboring communities will be honored for their years of service in the field of education during the 25th annual Finer Womanhood Banquet, sponsored by Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
The theme is “Recognizing Dedicated Service to Education.” A special feature of the banquet will be a program honoring the retirees with a video presentation of each.
Approximately 700 retired educators have been recognized by the sorority since the inception of the banquet. The first event to honor the educators took place in 1989 with a banquet at the L.A. Davis Student Center on the campus of AM&N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, having been conceived and initiated by Sharon Fletcher.
The Finer Womanhood observance has been enhanced by indebtedness to education. The sorority whole-heartedly welcomes this opportunity to commend these educators for their initiative, loyalty, devotion, courage, and endurance. They are recognized for developing in their students a wealth of knowledge necessary for them to pursue their endeavors in life.
The sorority salutes these retirees for their commitment and dedication to education. This year’s retired educators, years of service in the field of education, and school districts they retired from are as follows:
• Pecola Davis Anderson retired after 36 years of service from UAPB;
• S. Yvonne Versey Blevins retired after 31 years of service from the Pine Bluff School District;
• Sharon Fletcher retired after more than 35 years of service from the PBSD;
• Deluncie Brunella Davis Jackson retired after 34 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District;
• Mona Lisa Kearney retired after 31 years of service from PBSD;
• Tammy Elaine Stoval Neal retired after 52 years of service from PBSD;
• Cynthia Newborn retired after 20 years of service from the Malvern School District;
• Deloris Riley retired after 44 years of service from PBSD;
• Joyce Jarrett Willingham retired after 44 years of service from the Little Rock School District.
Members of the Finer Womanhood Committee are Lula Gray and Genevia Thomas. Co-chairmen are Anthonette Akins, Bobbie Bridges, Della Horace, Florentine Humphrey, Mary Liddell, and Ruby Shelton-Young.
Juanita Cook is the president of Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Mattie Glover is the sorority’s state director.
Banquet tickets may be purchased from any sorority member or by calling 870-535-8680 or 870-489-1262.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C, in 1920. The sorority’s purpose is to
foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civic and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood.