At the 26th National
Convention held in Chicago, Illinois, August 1960, the directive was
given by our National President, Jeanne Noble, to proceed with the
creation of a new region -- The South Atlantic Region. The Southern
Region, which then included South Carolina, and the Eastern Region, of
which North Carolina and Virginia were a part, were much too large for
effective relationships both in travel and programming. The geographical
proximity, the common pressures of social issues, and the inherent
feeling of state kinship which is shared by Virginia and the Carolinas
made our union a more logical one.
Atlantic Region (the seventh region established) was created in 1960. It
consisted of 54 chapters --17 undergraduate and 37 graduate chapters
with 1400 financial members making it the second largest of the seven
regions. Soror Marietta Cephas of Petersburg, Virginia, accepted the
appointment as Director of this new region in September 1960. The first
South Atlantic Regional Conference was held at South Carolina State
College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, April 6-8, 1961. Our dearly
beloved Founder Soror Jimmie Bugg Middleton graced this inaugural
conference and extended greetings to the more than 100 Sorors in
attendance. Soror Cephas presided.
Regional Director, Edith Tweedy, was elected in 1964 at the second South
Atlantic Regional Conference in Petersburg, Virginia.
South Atlantic Region is under the leadership of the 16th Regional
Director, Soror Andria M. Jeffries of the Orangeburg Alumnae Chapter.
The region consists of over 160 Collegiate and Alumnae chapters located
in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Bermuda.