NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School cafeteria was filled with Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters on Saturday as the cluster eight group filed in for its annual cluster conference.
The cluster eight includes nine chapters including Pi Beta Omega, the Newberry chapter and the host for the weekend conference. The Newberry chapter includes about 20 active members in the Newberry community.
The cluster eight includes graduate chapters from Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney, Greenville, Greer, Laurens, Greenwood and Newberry, and there are five undergraduate chapters.
“This is an opportunity for our mid year meeting and a chance to participate in smaller settings,” said Marsha Lewis Brown, regional director for the South Atlantic Conference. “This is an opportunity for the chapters to meet with the regional director and get updates on sorority operations.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha is a service sorority and is also the oldest African-American sorority in the country. They celebrated their 105th birthday in January.
At the Newberry meeting, there were workshops and meetings as well as heightened awareness about the sorority’s signature health initiative which is asthma health prevention.
“Children who have asthma are a significant amount which is why we chose it. Each organization is encouraged to do education programs because it is a chronic illness for children,” said Brown.
Brown also pointed out that the chapters are encouraged to work with youth and support an undergraduate chapter.
The next cluster meeting is in Myrtle Beach, Brown said. The conferences comprise an eight week period.