Macon, GA- Last weekend and this weekend, two sororities have chosen Macon to host their leadership conferences. On January 28-29, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, founded 98 years ago at Howard University in Washington, D.C., held its Georgia Statewide Founders Day & Cluster program at the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel with 865 members in attendance. Beginning today, the world's oldest sorority at 160 years, Alpha Delta Pi, created at Wesleyan College, is gathering at the same hotel with 540 members expected to participate this weekend in advisory and leadership development training. The collective estimated expenditures for both groups is expected to reach almost $165,000 with 830 room nights booked in local hotels.


Delta Sigma Theta's Macon Alumnae Chapter, which was chartered in 1958 at the Booker T. Washington Center in Macon, is actively involved in public service with evolving programs to improve health, education, international development, and strengthening of the African-American family. According to Macon Alumna Chapter President Wanzina Jackson, three local community programs of Delta Academy, Delta Gems and Teen Focus are making a difference in the lives of young women in building self-esteem and developing good social relationships.


Alpha Delta Pi Collegiate Province Director Charlene Nigaglioni stressed the importance of continued leadership training for sorority members to keep true to the motto "first, finest, forever." Alpha Delta Pi was founded in 1851 as the Adelphean Society, making history as the world's first secret society for women. The society was formed for "the mental, moral, social and domestic improvement for its members." Since 1979, The Ronald McDonald House Charities have been supported by Alpha Delta Pi Chapters with $2 million contributed to date to support programs focusing on children in need.