Soror Juanita Carol Williams, a member of the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. facilitated the chartering of the Hot Springs Area Alumnae Chapter.
The Hot Springs area was an ideal location to establish a local chapter because the area had no recognizable Greek Letter organizations for African Americans. There were no African American organization in Hot Springs that encouraged high academic standards, carried out charitable and educational programs, or sponsored social activities for the community.
On March 21, 1987, after much hard work, patience, and prayerful vision the Hot Springs Area Alumnae Chapter was chartered by thirteen women who dared to venture. These women recognized the need to organize their collective power into such efforts that could benefit communities, schools, churches and individuals. The charter members were: Sharon Buckner, Barbara Jacobs-Cole, Carmen Jackson, Deloris J.P. Massey, Virginia M. Smith, Eunice M. Thrasher,, Juanita Carol Williams and Gloria Wilson.
The chapter has participated with Health Fairs, HIV/AIDS awareness, Voter Registration, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Financial Workshops, College Prep Seminars, UNICEF, International Awareness Activities, Delta Academy/Delta GEMS, and Providing Food Baskets at the holidays and more.
The chapter’s primary fundraisers are used to assist other charitable organizations and to provide scholarships to area high school seniors. The proceeds of our fundraisers have allowed the chapter to give several thousand dollars in scholarships to local students pursuing higher education.