Extraordinary EO News (Winter Edition)
Message from the President
The only thing that doesn’t change, is in fact, change itself. Our ways of taking care of ourselves and loved ones, our ways of working, and our ways of connecting have all experienced some form of change lately. When change is happening, you must become resourceful so you can have happiness and joy for where you are going. We have to remember to be careful with ourselves FIRST, so that we may continue to show up effectively for those we love and care for most.
“Upward and Onward in efficient service.”
Soror Kiauna Talley
2021 - 2022 President
Epsilon Omicron Chapter
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc
Message from the Vice-President
Happy New Year! Although I cannot believe it is already February. How many folks have set their 2022 resolutions and how many have already broken them? While I think that it is important to have goals in the new year, we should remember to give ourselves grace when we need to pivot...and believe me if we have learned anything from this pandemic, it's that sometimes we have to pivot.
Even when we find ourselves in a position to have to change course, it is so important to have attainable goals. When thinking about our intentions for the year, we should be intentional to help to us stay focused and accountable. I would encourage all of our sisters to have New Year resolutions that include our beloved Iota sisterhood. What unique programming ideas will you bring to the table? How will you help grow the organization? How will you use your talents to improve our sustainability? Imagine if each of our 900+ members across the country (and U.S. Virgin Islands) invested in one or two thoughtful Iota resolutions in 2022, the impact of our return would be so significant. So let's be Goal Diggers and see how our illustrious sisterhood will reap the benefits.
Soror Carmen Charles
2021 - 2022 Vice-President
Epsilon Omicron Chapter
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Community Service Partnership
Epsilon Omicron partnered with the Alpha Ambassadors of the Nu Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Leadership Program on their first community service project of their 2021-2022 program year. EO and the Ambassadors blessed families at the Arlington Life Shelter and The Battered Women's Shelter with Thanksgiving boxes that included all the trimmings.
American Education Week
National Wear Your Pearls Day
On December 15th, the Lovely Ladies of EO wore their pearls for “National Wear Your Pearls Day”, which is a part of an annual Depression and Anxiety Awareness Campaign. The day encourages women to remind themselves about how precious they are, irrespective of life’s many obstacles.
“Just as pearls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so do people and the kinds of trials thrown into our lives. We create our own beauty from the tragedies of our lives but often do not see it. We devalue ourselves and, as a result, lose motivation to be a part of life. Like pearls, we develop a process to protect ourselves from further damage, layer by layer becoming stronger and more resourceful. Recognizing the collective value of our strengths is like wearing our pearls.”
The EO Fit Committee participated in the 50 squats a day a challenge in the month of December in support of cancer research. Staying active throughout the day can help a person feel better and reduce their risk for diseases like cancer. Exercise reduces the risk for cancer because it helps you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese is linked to 13 different types of cancer.
NATIONAL MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2022
Your Word Is Power!
To kick off the New Year, the Southwestern Region focused on the Mind. We were asked three (3) questions. What is your POWER WORD for 2022? What is the word that will represent you for the year? What is the word that will bring your focus back to your intentions?
Picking a word for the year can help a person streamline goals and intentions for each area of their life by having them all tie back to that POWER WORD.
Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African American women annually. One of the ways that women can help to combat cardiovascular disease is to be active. Physical activity is one of the best ways to fight off heart disease and other chronic conditions. Any amount of activity is better than nothing; however at least 30 minutes a day is ideal. Can’t devote a full 30 minutes? Split your exercise into 10 minute increments. Talk to your provider about activities that are safe for you.
Take Two - Uncomfortable Conversations
Sunday, Feb 27, 2022, 03:00 PM
EO Monthly Small Business Features
DJ J.Lex (November Small Business)
Jalisa Hamilton aka DJ J.Lex is a Dallas native whose business stands out from others because of the professionalism and attention she gives to each of her clients. She plays almost all genres of music including Pop, Hip-hop / Rap, R&B / soul, Top 40, Country, Oldies, Rock, 80s, Funk / Disco, EDM / House, Latin, Club, and much more. She has a LARGE library of songs available and is constantly updating her music library. Be sure to book this small black woman owned business for your next event! Event Specialty Types: Wedding, Birthday Party, Corporate Event, Prom or School Dance, Comedy Show, Graduation Party, Summer Party, Family Reunion, Class Reunion, Anniversary Party, Engagement Party, etc.
Pressed 4 Time (December Small Business)
Have you ever been running out of time but still wanted a gift that would wow a family member or friend but had little to no options available to make that happen? Well guess what…the next time you find yourself in that situation Pressed 4 Time can help. Pressed 4 Time is a minority woman owned small business owned and operated by Carmen Charles. It is a one stop shop for quality personalized gifts and products needed in a short amount of time. Remember last-minute gifts can be as special as any.
Lush Beauty Bar (January Small Business)
Lush Beauty Bar was founded by Salon Professional and Master Stylist, Tianna Wilds and is located in the Southwest area of Arlington, TX. It provides a luxurious retreat where clients can release, relax and rejuvenate. Lush Beauty Bar is dedicated to providing an inviting atmosphere and exceptional service. The goal is for customers to leave feeling and looking their best. Lush Beauty Bar offers a wide range of professional beauty services including Hair Cuts & Style, Silk Presses, Hair Color, Extensions, Waxing, Microblading, and Make Up Application, as well as Facials and Body polish services.