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File #: 2018-0295    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 3/20/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/20/2018 Final action: 3/20/2018
Enactment date: 3/20/2018 Enactment #: 206
Effective date: 3/20/2018    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare Saturday, March 24, 2018, to be "Chi Eta Phi: Kappa Chapter Day" in the City of Pittsburgh.
Sponsors: Darlene M. Harris, All Members
WHEREAS, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., founded under the leadership of Ailene C. Ewell in 1932 at Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., uses the Greek Letters XHF to symbolize character, education, and friendship; and,

WHEREAS, the purpose of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is to develop a corps of nursing leaders; encourage continuing education; continuously recruit nursing and health professionals; stimulate a close and friendly relationship among members; and develop working relationships with other professional groups; and,

WHEREAS, more than 8,000 professional nurses and nursing students representing many cultures and ethnicities make up the 78+ graduate chapters and 38 undergraduate chapters located in 26 states as well as District of Columbia, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Monrovia, Liberia, and West Africa. Membership in Chi Eta Phi is by invitation and is both active and honorary; and,

WHEREAS, Chi Eta Phi provides national, regional, and local conferences, seminars, and workshops to all of its members. In addition, Chi Eta Phi provides consumer health education programs, leadership development programs, and scholarship awards recognizing outstanding nurses; and,

WHEREAS, Chi Eta Phi sustains important relationships with many civic, professional, and educational groups including The American Nurses' Association, National Council of Negro Women, United Negro College Fund, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Sickle Cell Disease, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and,

WHEREAS, the Kappa Chapter of Chi Eta Phi is an organization of registered professional nurses which was organized with eleven charter members under the guidance of Hortense Johnson, National Organizer on May 1, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA. The first charter life members were Lillie Lesesene, Kappa Chapter; and Joyce Lomax, Tau Chapter, Hampton Va. Deceased charter ...

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