Three days of fun, which was said to be like the “CIAA” hotel activities, included Line Dancing, Throwback Jam/Talent Show featuring the music by DJ Graham Cracker and DJ AI-V. Saturday was a day of card playing and a pool partying culminating with a banquet. The guest speaker, for the occasion, was the “Queen of Transit” Ms. Shirley DeLibero. This African American woman started her career at the MBTA, in her native Boston, where she served as project manager rehabilitating old PCC cars and shortly moved up to Superintendent of the Green Line. Through her 30 years in the transit system, Ms. DeLibero moved from Boston, with several major stops in between, to Houston, Texas as President and CEO of Metro. In 2004, this dynamic lady left the public sector to join the private sector with her own consulting company – DeLibero Transportation Strategies LLC. Ms. DeLibero was inducted into APTA’S Hall of Fame in 2006 and received, in 2007, The Sharon Banks Award for Innovative Leadership in Transportation from The Transit Research Board.
This wonderful weekend ended with a Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast. Many thanks and appreciation to the “Metro Retirees of North Carolina’s – Annual Reunion” members – Joel and Mattie Chappelle, Charles and Myfawneey Parker, George and Marian Taylor, JJ and Evelina Parrish, Ron and Barbara Smith and James and Cathy Robinson.
ZEM COURT #98, DAUGHTER OF ISIS (DOI)
Daughter Vicki Youell was the 67th lady to be elevated to Illustrious Commandress of Zem (named/after well of Zem Zem on the road to Mecca) of Court #98 of DOIs. ZEM Court #98, DOI is the female group of the Shriners. Her counterpart is Noble Bruce Bonner of Zem Temple #122 (Shriners). Daughter Youell is Commandress of the ladies from Gloucester to Hampton.
During her first 6 months as head of Zem Court #98, Daughter Youell has experienced many varied successful activities. One of the first successful joint effort was hosting the Desert (state) Conference in April with Deputy Daughter Joyce Fontaine and Deputy Noble Carlton Newton. The two Deputies presented, Ms. Tami Brown, Coordinator of the Hampton Relay for Life, a check for $8,650.00. This body of civic minded individuals has also been instrumental in assisting the Salvation Army; Hampton’s Transition Residents; the Peninsula Foodbank; VA Medical Center; Mentally Challenged Residents; Disabled American Veterans; Anemia Foundation; Sickle Cell; and homeless families. These organizations received approximately $3,700. Funds donated by the joint efforts of Zem ($12, 441) is the third highest, for the year 2012, in the city of Hampton.
On Saturday night, July 28, 2012, the annual Ball was held at the Omni in Hampton, Virginia. A wonderful time was had by all at this grand affair.
Plans are now being formulated for ZEM Court #98, DOI and ZEM Temple #122 to attend the 119th Imperial Council of AEAONMS (National Body) led by Noble Donald Parks, Imperial Potentate, and the 101st Imperial Court Session led by Daughter Ruth M. Ellerbee, Imperial Commandress, from August 17-24, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Deputies of the Oasis (cities) will be led by Past Commandress Carol Hundley and Past Potentate Robert Powell.