Turner to speak at DSTS Founder's Day

Cheryl Turner will be the speaker at the Founder's Day celebration for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m. (Submitted photo)
Daily Times Leader

The Clay County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will celebrate the 107-year anniversary of its founding, Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Delta Center on Cottrell Street.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded Jan. 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The 22 founders envisioned an organization dedicated to serious endeavors and community service.

"We are very excited to have Cheryl Turner as guest speaker for the Founders Day celebration," Naomi Kilgore of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. said. "She has an Illustrious history with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We want to invite everyone to come and join us for the celebration. The public is welcome to attend. You do not have to be a Delta, everyone is welcome.."

Turner served two terms as the Southern Regional Director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from 2011-2016. She was elected during the Sorority’s 43rd Southern Regional Conference in Memphis, and was the first Mississippian to be elected to the position since the inception of Regional Conferences in 1926.

As Southern Regional Director, she served on the Sorority’s National Executive Board and was responsible for the oversight and management of 215 established chapters in the largest region of the organization.

"Cheryl Turner has the ability to move people in a positive direction," Kilgore said. "We have worked with her during the times that she has lived in the area north of here. She received her master's degree from Ole Miss and became a member of Delta Sigma Theta during that time."

A Diamond Life Member of the Sorority, Turner previously served in various local, state and Regional positions within the sorority since her initiation into the Lambda Sigma Chapter at the University of Mississippi, fall of 1975. Moving out of the role of Regional Director has neither slowed nor dampened her passion for the sorority, its work, nor mission.

Turner remains actively involved, currently serving as the Chair of the Jackson Alumnae Chapter Social Action Committee, Chair of the MS State Delta Days at the Capitol, and sub-committee chair of the National Membership Services Reclamation Project.

"This is Cheryl's second time to be our guest speaker for Founder's Day," Kilgore said. "We are very happy to have her come and speak again. She is very interesting and and a joy to know."

Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Mississippi.

She is a state of Mississippi retiree, having previously served professionally as director of Special Programs for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration in the Office of Insurance. In that role she was a key member of the management team that administered the State’s Health and Life Insurance Programs, the Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Trust, the State Employees’ Wellness Program, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She holds several leadership certifications, including that of Certified Public Manager.