Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. received the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter’s highest honor, the Sadie T.M. Alexander Award, on May 20. The 2012 Awards Luncheon program was held at the Philadelphia Hilton Hotel, City Line Avenue and the award was presented by Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter member Cynthia R. Muse.
May Week is a longstanding tradition of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter. It was inaugurated by the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta, Sadie T.M. Alexander, in 1920.
Butler-McIntyre was initiated into the sorority through the Beta Gamma Chapter of Dillard University in 1973 and is currently a member of the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter. She has served Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. with distinction at the local, state, regional and national levels, which has earned her the respect and admiration of the membership. She is lovingly regarded as “A Leader with a Servant’s Heart.”
Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is an educator who currently serves as a director of human resources for the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Harvey, La. She has impacted the lives of countless young people for more than 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal and personnel administrator in her school district. Her professional experience also includes her service as executive director of Tech-Prep Summer Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. She has also worked as the assistant coordinator of field experiences and College of Education supervisor for early childhood student teaching experiences for the University of New Orleans.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Dillard University. At the age of 20, Butler-McIntyre earned a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction/educational administration at the University of New Orleans. She is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of divinity degree in religious education from the Louisiana Christian Bible College.
Butler-McIntyre’s distinguished service and outstanding achievements have been recognized by numerous professional, civic and religious organizations on the local, state and national levels. Some of her recognitions include: National Alliance of Black School Educators Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, Shiners Hall of Fame, Women of Substance inductee (Bennett College), Langston University Presidential Award, Dillard University Distinguished Alumnus Award, MLK Outstanding Activist Honoree, YWCA Role Model and Louisiana Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. Other honors include: Distinguished Woman of Honor, Trailblazer’s Award, Women Who Make A Difference – Women in the Ministry, SHEroes of the Present, Presidential Service Award, Distinguished Public Servant Award, African American Hall of Fame, Who’s Who in American Education, Outstanding Alumnus of a Historically Black College or University, Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Gospel Speaker, Outstanding Young Women of America, Delta of the Year, and 2010 ESSENCE & FFAWN I Inspire Award. Butler-McIntyre has been listed as one of Ebony magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans and Organizations. In 2011, she was appointed to the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation board of trustees by President Barak Obama.
Distinguished officers of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for the 2010–2012 term are: president, Victoria A. Mosley Rivers; 1st vice president, Maxine C. Harvey; 2nd vice president, Monica Johnson Taylor; 3rd vice president, Yvette D. Styer; recording secretary, Monica Lewis-Wilborn; corresponding secretary, Jacqueline E. Greene; treasurer, Tiffany Wilson and financial secretary, Tanisha Carelock.
Other Highlights of the May Week luncheon program included a warm welcome by mistress of ceremonies Monique Braxton.
Musical selections were performed by the Philadelphia Alumnae Quartet, Janet Gilmore, Elaine Lawrence Green and Dawn Morgan Moore; the Girard Academic Music and Program, Vincent W. Rutland, director, and students Jeremy Garcia, Benjamin McCool, Alexander Palmer, George Squire, Dwayne Williams and Michael Wooten. There were also praise dancers, Rylee Curry, Rachel Holt and Breyony Lindsey and Impact Day essay contest winners Simmone King, Tiffany Thompkins and Macey Williams.
Members Vivian T. Barrett and Rita Mickie presented the 2012–2013 scholarships to Darriell Dinkins, Lenette Foster, Summer Hill, Alexandra Kenner, Brianna Richardson-Jones, Chante Smith, Amber Williams and Ragine Williams.
Fifty-year service awards were presented by Patricia Sawyer, past president and Rita Waters, president, Legacy of Love Foundation, to Francine E. Cheeks, Vannie Culmer, Gloria Gibson Hamilton, Lurline Jones, Elaine Glazier Staton, Jean S. Turk and Marion Taylor. Marian P. Brown presented Twenty-five year awards to Lynne Battle Millard, Patricia Benson and Dawn Carter-Lacey.
President Mosley Rivers offered thanks and closing remarks as yet another proud milestone for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter came to an end.
Congratulations to the honoree, 2011–2012 May Week committee chairs, Valerie Christmas and Jennifer Boyd Waller; committee members: Wanda J. Caviness, Madeline R. Chatman. Viola Curry, Jocelyn P. Geter, Millicent Hartsfield, Maxine C. Harvey, Twanna Mae Hall, Sophia V. Holley, Evelyn C. Johns, Cynthia R. Muse, Patricia M. Sawyer, Marva Lisa Scott, Cara Walker, Rita L. Waters and Sharana Worsley for their outstanding work on this event and commitment to the community.
I extend a very special thank you to Cynthia R. Muse for her public relations assistance.