The start of our fiscal year has been full of excitement and positive change for our chapter as well as our individual members. From summer birthdays and new marriages to personal awards and achievements, so many blessings have occurred over summer ‘16. The winning attitude and enthusiasm have been infused into our fall chapter functions, and was apparent this past Saturday at the chapter meeting. We handled business, ladies!
Among those with achievements worth celebrating is Soror Stacey Barber who won the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s ‘I am CMS’ award for the month of July. This honor is awarded through the nomination of peers for exceptional performance. It is awarded monthly to both a teacher and non-instructional personnel who are noticeably impacting the lives of CMS students. Soror Barber received this award for her work as a Student Placement Specialist, and was described as the “heartbeat of the office” in her nomination. Our Soror explained winning the award was unexpected and overwhelming. She began her career working with adults and parents. While her current position in student placement was unplanned, Soror Barber voiced how very good and encouraging it felt to have her efforts acknowledged in this way.
Soror Stacey Barber was inducted into Sigma Gamma Rho on October 24th, 1991. Yes, she remembers the exact date. She crossed into the Zeta Theta chapter at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She was #9 on her line, and named Esprit which is French for ‘high-spirited’. She currently serves as BOS chapter Parliamentarian and has no problem redirecting our discussion tangents back to topic. Her career aspirations are in adult education, and she sees herself as an Assistant Chancellor at an institute of higher education in the future. When asked what idea or quote guides her actions and decision-making, Soror Barber responded, “Look for the ‘how can’, rather than the ‘cannot’. That's how I operate and work and life.” A philosophy that is certainly inspirational! She also shared her belief that mutual respect in life is key. “Always respect people,” she urged, “And you can never go wrong with kindness.” Words that are certainly high-spirited!
Successes such as these not only belong to Soror Barber, but also belong to Sigma Gamma Rho. They serve as evidence that the body of our organization is truly made up of remarkable and determined women that are changing the world and touching the lives of those around them! Soror Barber is the epitome of what a Sigma woman should be. We congratulate her on her accolade, and thank her for her continued service to our community as well as our Sisterhood.