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Annually, KIZ hosts an array of community and social action programs while still finding time to fellowship within our chapter, the Atlanta Blue and White family and the greater Greek community.  We dedicate our precious time, talent and resources to support our five signature programs:

Hall of Fame Gala

Lovejoy Book Scholarship

Miss Blue Revue Pageant

Tea with Z

Stork's Nest Blitz

 

Additionally, we implement many Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) projects as outlined by our national organization. Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives:

 

- To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format

- To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals

- To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork's Nest programs

- To facilitate community service and 
mentorship  opportunities for members of the organization

- To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered

- To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization's impact.


 


 

 





 


Hall of Fame Gala



In 1992, Kappa Iota Zeta, along with Epsilon Zeta chapter, decided during Finer Womanhood month (March) to induct two members from each chapter into the Hall Of Fame for outstanding service to Zeta.  The event has evolved into a formal gala hosted by KIZ.  Along with the Hall of Fame inductions, the gala recognizes outstanding contributions made by new and veteran members over the course of the sorority year as well as the support of our external partners.


Kappa Iota Zeta Hall of Fame Inductees


           

Haroldine Crowder

            Linda Isabel 
            Marynette Lovejoy          Jacqueline Ward Williams
            Thelma Lester          Erma Killings
             Cora Simon         Jenelsia Belt 
            Tonya Cook         Jane Moyer 
            Sandra Harris          Joyce Davidson 
             Rebecca Jackson         Brenda Faggins 
            Clarice Wright          Thelma Brown 
             Tecia M. McKay          Mae Williams Hale
             Nancy Hope         Mae Bell Echols 
             Eleanor Strozier         Maureen Walker 
             Aretha Wells         Henrietta Howard 
            Gwendolyn Campbell          Cornelia Glass 
            Yovanda Deason           Emile W. Barnes 
            Lena Harris           Lois McKellar
             Keisha Thompson         Joanne Lottie 
             Meredith Evans         Candice Hickman 
             Kendra Hatcher King          Helen Hardnett
            Tresia Johnson          Geraldine Smith 
            Vicki Pearson           LaWanda Peterson-Dixon
            Eunice Arnold          Ernestine Sumlin 
            Daphne Creasman           Dr. Lynea Laws
             Tara Lockett         Eloise Harris 
             IrisEllena Calder         LaNise Thrasher 
                       



2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mildred McCoy and Shannon McGuire - Lee
 

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Lovejoy Book Scholarship

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    Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter is proud to support Zeta's principle of scholarship through the Marynette B. Lovejoy Book Scholarship Program (MBL Scholarship). The MBL Scholarship program awards female high school graduates, past MBL Scholarship recipients and graduate Zetas with financial assistance and allows Kappa Iota Zeta to continue the legacy of literacy left by beloved chapter member Marynette B. Lovejoy. Funds for the scholarship are from individual donations and the Miss Blue Revue Pageant held semi-annually by the chapter.
     

    Mrs. Marynette B. Lovejoy was an original charter member of Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter. She was an educator in the Georgia Public School System for 38 years. She was most respected in the community as a noted Librarian and Community Activist.  This esteemed member of Zeta Phi Beta for 57 years, passed away in February of 1998 and Zeta member Tecia McKay suggested that the KIZ scholarship program be re-named in her honor. Mrs. Lovejoy loved children and books and the KIZ chapter members were happy to have the scholarship program carry her name in memory of her great work and accolades.  Mrs. Lovejoy was married to John D. Lovejoy for 48 years; had four children - John, Juanita (Gwen), Sylvia and Jenelsia; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild.

     

       The 2018 Marynette B. Lovejoy Scholars are:

     
        Nylah Boone - Returning Lovejoy Scholar

        Elise Foster
        Kiyara Alexus McLain
        Erin Roberson
        Lauren Seroyer
        Alycia Triplett

    Click here to read the brief biographies for the 2018 Kappa Iota Zeta Marynette B. Lovejoy Scholars



     
     


     

     



     
                                              Miss Blue Revue Pageant


    Premiering in 1995, the Miss Blue Revue Pageant is a bi-annual pageant and fundraising event for girls ages 4 – 12.  In 2008, the pageant also included a crowning of Miss Blue Idol for exceptional talent.  Funds collected are used to support our Marynette Bonner Lovejoy Book Scholarship, which allows KIZ to financially assist deserving young women in the Atlanta area as they pursue higher education.  In fact, several scholarship award recipients have been previous Miss Blue Revue contestants.  Leading up to the pageant, the Blue Revue contestants participate in "BlueTastic-BlueFabulous-BlueSational Saturdays" designed to instill pride, self esteem, honesty and integrity.   Contestants also learn respect for themselves and others, develop skills and a sense of responsibility.      Past activities have included the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Homemade Ice Cream Making Social ● National Black Storytellers Conference (in Atlanta) trip
    Jewelry Making Party ● Runway Modeling Workshop and Fashion Show
    Mother Daughter Tea ● Stepping Workshop and Step Show                                                   






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Tea with Z

Tea with Z” is an original and signature event of Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter. It was created in 1994 by Jacqueline Ward-Williams, Sandra Harris and Erma Killings.  The tea pays homage to the life of Zeta member and author Zora Neale Hurston.  In addition to celebrating Zora, a tea allows the chapter to go back in time to celebrate the finer things in life.

Held on a Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere consists of soft music, petit fours, elegant cookies, china, lace, and a sampling of teas and other light refreshments.  Each year, the chapter invites a noted guest, preferably from the literary community to give their perspective of Zora Neale Hurston.  The annual program has expanded to include a Royal Tea Pot Competition, a Hat Competition (renamed HATtitude) and an etiquette session.

 

Several special or featured presenters have been:

Valerie Boyd

Arts editor at the Atlanta Journal Constitution and author of Wrapped in Rainbows – The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

 

Norma Downs-Ashong (member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc)

        Producer/Talk Show Host, Educator, and Professional Storyteller known as Madam Griott

 

                  RESONANCE: Spelman Women Speaking Truths

                                     Spelman College Choral Reading Group




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Stork's Nest and Blitz

Stork's Nest is a national program of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated established in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia. This endeavor was conceived by Zeta member, Evelyn Brown. Stork’s Nest is aligned with the sorority’s community service initiative Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) as well as the March of Dimes. Currently, there are over 175 Stork’s Nests nationwide that have proudly served over 28,000 women.

 

The purpose of the Stork’s Nest is to encourage economically disadvantaged women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of their pregnancy. Research has shown that mothers who seek this care decrease the potential for birth defects and infant mortality. Stork’s Nest promotes prenatal care participation and positive health choices during pregnancy through two components—incentives and education.

In 1998, the Stork’s Nest Blitz Baby Item Collection Drive was created by Kappa Iota Zeta chapter member, Tonya Cook. The blitz aides the chapter in gathering Items needed to stock the Nest for its incentive program. An assortment of newborn baby items, such as diapers, bottles, receiving blankets, shirts and more are collected and assembled on site during the event into layettes. These layettes are later distributed to expectant mothers who participate in the Stork’s Nest program.