The Missouri City – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter was chartered on May 22, 1976 as the 553rd chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Twelve professional women made the decision to request the chartering of a new chapter under the leadership of Charter President Rosalie Johnson Buggs, Southwest Regional Director Eula Butler and National President Thelma Thomas Daley. On October 24, 1978, the Chapter name was changed to the Suburban Houston – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter.
History reflects that at the first meeting after the chartering ceremony, elections were held and Patricia Pearsall Sewing became the first elected Chapter president.
Missouri City & Fort Bend County
Since its inception, SHFBAC has continued to promote and execute the national programmatic thrusts of the Sorority. These thrusts aim to maximize our impact on the community. The Chapter built alliances with agencies such as the American Heart Association, the NAACP, the Fort Bend Women’s Center, Houston Community College, the Ensemble Theater and the United Negro College Fund to name a few.
The Chapter also embarked upon the establishment of the Delta Academic Artistic and Philanthropic Foundation (DAAP), so that it might broaden its support of the contributors to our scholarship fund.
Several programs were conducted for extended periods of time, such as School America SAT preparation workshops for high school students, the Black Arts Festival (which showcased relatively unknown Black Visual Artists such as Ted Ellis and high school performers) and the Nutcracker Production. When the city of Houston initiated a Nutcracker production through its public city parks – The Inner City Nutcracker, it was SHFBAC that transported ballet dancers from the Dance Theater of Harlem to Houston to be cast in the primary roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Toy Soldier.
Other Chapter activities include community health fairs, May Week, HIV/AIDS awareness programs and voter mobilization and registration.
After celebrating a century of service in DST, the Chapter looks to carry its legacy of excellence into the next century with a membership that has grown to over 350 members strong. The Chapter continues to serve the community, while building leadership and inspiring sisterhood – just as it has for over 39 years!