Wednesday, September 20, 2017

53rd National Convention (Interfaith Worship Service)

Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring. Dang, Didn't I JUST lay my head down on this pillow? I struggled to get out of bed for today's events. The effort of getting up at 4:30 am is REAL! After getting dressed in my White, I headed downstairs for today's events. I had to get to the Garden Arena (MGM Hotel) by 5:30 for choir rehearsal. 

We had a great rehearsal, and we were ready to SANG! As the venue started filling up, I realized that this was a perfect opportunity to take out my camera and start snapping away. One benefit of being a member of the choir, is you get premium seating. I was able to capture great footage from where I was sitting. Seeing a sea of Black Women dressed in white was a sight to see. The service started promptly at 7:00. It was great to see our National Executive Board strolling into the music. Unlike on yesterday during our opening ceremony, on today, I was able to snap away like crazy as they made their way to the front. 
We had excellent service, and our guest speaker, National Chaplain Vashti Murphy McKenzie did a phenomenal job. I was able to do a video collage from the service, as well as Friday's rehearsal from the Convention Choir. 

Leaving the service was not an easy task at all. It was sorors EVER-EE-WHERE!  While I was in line waiting to get on the bus, I ran into an FB friend that I connected with on FB but never met in real person. HOW COOL IS THAT! When I finally got on the bus, I must have gone straight to sleep. The next thing I remember was a soror waking me up saying "We're back at Mandalay Bay soror, wake up. I looked around and realized that I was the LAST person on the bus mind you, I was sitting at the very back. I guess I was tired. I headed back to my hotel to take a breather before heading back to our regional luncheon. My only disappointment was I had to attend my current region's luncheon. I was made in the Midwest, but I am currently in the far west region. It was then that I was able to hook up with one of my neo's. I was thrilled to see her. After catching up, I head BACK to my hotel to get ready for tonight's main event; the gospel fest featuring Tasha Cobbs, and Hezekiah Walker. They were incredible. We straight up had Church that night. 

Chicago Alumnae Chapter: Winners of the Gospel Challenge

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

53rd National Convention (Step-Show)

Yawn! As much as I love being in the choir, I was beyond exhausted. Living off two hours of sleep was very hard. As I stumbled to get on the bus, seeing the beautiful faces of my sorors made it all worthwhile and woke me up. As usual,  the opening ceremony was incredible. I always get teary-eyed during the ceremony. We welcomed a new honorary member, Patience Stephens, Ph.D. to the sisterhood. (Google her).  When the ceremony was over, I grabbed some lunch and attended several plenary sessions.

 I then went back to the hotel, to change into some comfortable clothes (paraphernalia) and headed to the step-show. What a great time we had.  Generally, I would try to hook up with my chapter members to sit with them. However, I was on a mission to find a seat where I would be able to capture great photos and video footage. As I sat down, right to the right of me was chapter sorors. I guess it was meant to be for me to be sitting right across from them. After exchanging that good ole' fashion Delta embrace, I pulled out my camera and started snapping away. The DJ was spinning on the 1's and 2's and soror was in the aisle getting their "stroll on. " I was able to capture some great video footage and pictures from the event. The National Executive Board showed up and showed out.  Sorors were decked out in their crimson and cream and were anxiously awaiting to see which chapter would claim the throne of first place. Overall, I actually enjoyed myself. The judges included members of the Divine Nine, and they did a great job judging the show. 


When the show finally ended, the MC highlighted sorors who pledged from each decade. One, by one, each decade started to rep the decade that they pledged. It was so much fun. When it was all over, I began to follow a group of sorors "thinking" they were heading back to the shuttle bus to take us BACK to Mandalay Bay. Big mistake. I realized, they were all staying AT the MGM hotel, and they were just heading back to their rooms. After realizing that I had to make my way BACK to the Garden Arena to head back to the shuttle bus area. By this time I was starving! I grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to the hotel. Although I was tired as all get out, I had to transfer my photo/video images to my computer to clean out my card. I needed a fresh brand new card for tomorrow's events. (Really today's events since it was well past 2 am.) I was finally able to get into bed by 2:30 a.m. only to get up 2 hours later for our Interfaith Worship Service.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

53rd National Convention (Day One)

                                                             TAKE TWO

Today is the day! Although I only received 3 hours of sleep, I was excited about today's event. After cooking breakfast for my husband, we hit the road at 5:30 a.m. heading to the airport. This time was it was smooth sailing. The best part about National Convention this year was that it was Las Vegas. My flight was only an hour and 10 mins long. When I stepped off the plane, there were sorors EVERYWHERE! I was thrilled to be greeted by the local chapter (Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta) right after retrieving my luggage.

After standing in a long line with sorors waiting on a shuttle, we finally made it to the hotel. I was praying that they had rooms available and they would allow us to check in early. At any rate, the first thing I noticed was although there was a LONG line of sorors waiting to check in, the hotel (Mandalay Bay) did not have a lot of workers there ready to check us in. It was SO annoying.

                                                       Sorors waiting to check in their hotel rooms

This should have been filled with employees checking us in.

Finally, it was my turn. I checked in and was told that they would text me when my room is ready. Thankfully, they were able to hold on luggage until then. I decided to head to the convention center and check in to receive my convention bag.

On the way up to Registration

This map was beneficial, especially since the convention center was huge.

This way to Registration

Sorors, everywhere!!!!

After registering and securing my items, I received a text message that my room was ready. Talk about perfect timing. After unpacking my items, I headed back to the convention center for choir rehearsal. I have always enjoyed singing with sorors, and I was looking forward to singing with them. As always, we sounded fantastic!

When choir rehearsal was done, I was starving! I grabbed a bite to eat at Johnny's Rockets and headed BACK to my hotel room. I jumped in the shower to get refreshed and headed BACK to the convention center for the Ribbing Ceremony for the opening of the vendors.

I was so happy that I was able to position myself at the head of the line, so I was able to capture our National President cutting the ribbon. Here is a video clip of the entire event. It was fun capturing sorors faces as they were waiting to shop, shop, shop!


After capturing pictures and videos of sorors shopping, I headed to downstairs for our Welcome Event. With my camera and lenses in tow, I couldn't wait to capture more memories.

We had a ball! We danced, laughed, and watched some fantastic entertainers. I didn't get to bed until after 2:30 a.m. and I had to get up in TWO hours for choir rehearsal and the opening ceremony. Day one was busy, busy, busy.