The Bermuda Alumnae Chaper of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated hosted 120 visiting guests over the past week, from October 12th to the 16th.

The visiting sorority members were here from the South Atlantic region of the US for the local chapter’s first ‘Sisters by the Sea’ retreat.

Bermuda Alumnae Chapter President, Mrs Rosette Simmons said the main objective of the week-long visit was designed to promote “sisterhood, scholarship and service”.

“Local chapter members together with our visitors worked on community service projects supporting local charities, including Feed My Lambs Ministry, we helped to clean up a local school library, sorted hurricane relief donations and painted,” she said.

“On Saturday evening our visitors were treated to a Taste of Bermuda reception where they were instructed on Gombey dancing and kite making. Locally made products were available for sale, including perfume and handmade soap.

“Our visitors enjoyed fish cakes, cassava pie and mussel pies. We were extremely happy to welcome our visitors to Bermuda and entertain them during our first ‘Sisters by the Sea’ retreat,” she added. Mrs Simmons also “sincerely” thanked members “for their hard work in greeting and entertaining our guests”.

The sorority’s National President and CEO, Mrs Beverley Smith said: “The first part of my vision for Delta Sigma Theta is ‘Joy in our Sisterhood’. If I had to describe that vision with a visual there would be a picture of the Bermuda Alumnae Chapter. I am delighted with the chapter’s focus on community service, scholarship and sisterhood.

“Bermuda is a beautiful island, which I plan to visit again. The hospitality has been phenomenal and the country is truly a gift from God.”

The South Atlantic Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg said: “We are no stranger to service whether on this Bermudaful island or any of our other International chapters or communities in the United States. We enjoyed five days of beautiful weather, great food and wonderful Bermudian hospitality. Many thanks to the Bermuda Alumnae Chapter for a job well done.”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.

Since its founding in 1913, more than 200,000 women have joined the organization, which is a sisterhood of predominantly black, college educated women.

The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.