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Heritage & Archives

REGIONAL HISTORY

Goals: Provide guidance in preparing and maintaining the region’s history.

Objectives: Provide guidance to regions in collecting, organizing, and maintaining archival material; as well as, to ensure that every chapter’s history is preserved.

Additional objectives include:

• Serve as a resource to chapters in the region as they maintain their archives;

• Assist chapters in updating their history template and inventory forms for the annual recording of their history;

• Provide information to chapters on how to scan and digitize their history;

• Obtain historical items from the chapter members;

• Identify cost-effective methods for preserving documents, photographs and other historical artifacts;

• Provide guidance for chapters to use when displaying historical artifacts to showcase.

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Historical Moments

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Soror Rosa L. Foster of Alaska Alumnae Chapter.” Soror Rosa L. Foster was born in Petersburg, Virginia January 24th, 1934. Soror Rosa L. Foster married her late husband William H. Foster (Billy) December 1956, after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in degree in 1956 from Virginia State College/University in Elementary Education.

She currently lives in Anchorage Alaska where she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. by Alaska Alumnae Chapter in May of 1969. Her influence to join Delta by her long-time substitute and friend Evelyn Lee who was initiated in 1968, where her Auntie and Charter member Roberta Smith-Hutchinson had made a significant impact on her as well. Charter member Smith encouraged Soror Foster to serve in leadership compacity in financial positions, since she was the current treasurer. Her Chapter and Farwest Region involvement also included; Chapter President-1972-1974, Financial Secretary-Treasurer-2002-2004- Chair-Audit Committee, 1974- Regional Conference in Alaska-Vice President-Chair Souvenir Committee, attended the 1st Delta Days in State Capital-Juneau, Alaska, 2019 and Social Action Committee, In 1989-Regional Conference in Alaska-Vice President-Chair of Elections Committee (Soror Long / RD), 2009-Regional Conference –Chair of Souvenir Book Committee-arranged for public officials, Secured   Proclamations – Shadow for Soror Mona Bailey, Presenter at National Convention in Miami-Topic “Gift Wrapping”. Farwest Regional Director Sandra Johnson appointed Soror Foster during her full-term (5 years) to serve as the State Coordinator of Alaska. Soror Foster has traveled and attended over 23 Regional Conferences and National Conventions since 1974 and have attended over 27 years at Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital in DC.

Soror Foster has served proudly in the community as; Board Member-Anchorage School District EEO Committee, Commissioner-Municipality Health, and Human Services; Member of social Services Task Force Committee, Commissioner- Alaska State Postsecondary Education Commission, Oct. 31, 2020- Pink Ice of Alaska 2020-Presented words of Blessings. Attended the FWR Call to Prayer- Nov.16, 2020. The spirit blessed her to serve virtually on the PAG Committee at Providence Alaska Medical Center and attended the FWR Retreat and Regional Conference Virtually, during Covid 19 shutdown.

Ms. Foster has been recognized as an Educator (Principal) and Community Leader. Some recognitions/awards-1985 as Principal received Certificate of Achievement for Exceptional services at Ursa Minor Elementary School on Fort Richardson, Alaska by the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Alaska), 1986-Adminatrator of the Month-Anchorage School District “Award for Excellence “, 1989- Special Pioneer Alaskan Award to her husband Billy and herself given by Alaska Black Caucus Recognition and Appreciation for over 20 years of Active Involvement in the affairs of the State. 2007-Special Recognition by Anchorage Museum at Rasmussen Center Exhibit Titled “Faithful Spirit:  The Black Church in Anchorage. 2012-Received Recognition by Television Station, Channel 2 KTUU, in Anchorage, which aired During Black History Month (February). In 2013- Recognized by Ford Motor Company Fund called, “Freedom ‘s Sisters” as one of 20 Alaskan Black Women chosen honoring the Legacy of African American. This Project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Cincinnati Museum. Also, in 2013-Recognized by Peabody High School National Alumni Association, Inc “Peabodian   of the Quarter. Additionally, in 2014- 2015-recognized by Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals- Plaque Read: “Thank you for the care you gave to Alaska’s Children”. TV station PBS/KSKM Channel 7 spotlighted and recognized her as a presenter at Providence Hospital Medical Center-Black History Month February 2019.

      Soror Foster’s, “Social Action Spirit in her DNA” did not stop her Delta Leadership: 2020 was a year total service. Her focus to serve as a member of the Social Action committee/and past State Social Action Coordinator 4 years, she decided to spend extra hours on Action around the Vote. She did everything she could to keep the Sorority, neighbors and her Church Family informed and making sure that every eligible person voted. She sent out absentee ballots to all Sorors, where needed, checked to see if they received them and followed up with making sure they voted. She asked if the community needed assisted in any way and activation in action to follow through. She and another community member recruited others to help with their church family. This process went on for the Primary and the General Elections. One of our Soror’s husband had the virus. She called them twice a day, checking on them making sure they had what they needed. The weekend before voting day, she asked them to fill out their ballots and Foster would drop them in the voting box. They did and Soror Foster deposited them. Just recently, Sunday, May 15, 2022, she was one of four Featured Panelist for Black Seasoned Women from Back in the Day Tell Their Story!

Her family legacy includes her husband Billy and her daughter Denise, son-in-law Larry, son Donald and with her own grandchildren Christine Clifford Courtney Donovan and great grandchildren DeVondre,’ Destiny, Demita, and Demari. The things that make Soror Foster tick is getting things done and making things happen, her success is helping others to succeed to reach their goals. One of her prize possessions is a certain picture with her family and her wedding ring. Her family and friends, which she “builds relationships” say that she will never truly retire or due to her “Positive Active Force in the Community.” She will not sit-down if there are injustices. Her legacy of family, educator turned principal, community leader and Social Activist, reminds her of her most influential person… her grandmother Leona Beasley. Her immediate goal right now is to write her autobiography.

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