Retired educators will be honored for their years of service in the field of education during the 26th annual Finer Womanhood Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Retired educators will be honored for their years of service in the field of education during the 26th annual Finer Womanhood Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


The event is sponsored by the Epsilon Zeta Zeta and Beta Beta Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


The theme, "Recognizing Dedicated Service to Education," inspires the acknowledgment of the honorees and their contributions to the school districts in the city of Pine Bluff and neighboring communities. A special feature of the banquet will be a program with a video presentation of each retiree.


Approximately 750 retired educators have been recognized since the inception of the banquet. ‘The first banquet to honor the educators took place in 1989 at the L. A. Davis Student Center on the campus of AM&N College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, having been conceived and initiated by Sharon H. Fletcher.


The sorority whole-heartedly welcomes the Finer Womanhood Observance as an opportunity to commend educators for their initiative, loyalty, devotion, courage and endurance. They are recognized for developing in their students a wealth of knowledge necessary for them to pursue their endeavors in life.


The sorority salutes these retirees for their commitment and dedication to education. This year’s retired educators, years of service in the field of education, and school districts they retired from are as follows:


• Bobbie Milus Bridges retired after 41.5 years of service from the Watson Chapel School District.


• Linda F. Collins retired after 38.5 years of service from the WCSD.


• Don Hawkiris retired after 28 years of service from the Pine Bluff School District.


• Josephine Hayes retired after 34 years of service from the PBSD.


• Alice Faye Horton retired after 38 years of service from the WCSD.


• Ollie King retired after 34.5 years of service from the PBSD.


• Deidre Diane Maxwell retired after 33 years from the WCSD.


• Contha L. West retired after 38 years of service from the Earle School District.


Members of the Finer Womanhood Committee are Lula Gray and Genevia Thomas, co-chairmen, Anthonette Akins, Victoria Bolden, Bobbie Bridges and Ruby S. Young.


Marian Evans Lee is the president of Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter and Zendrisha Salter is the president of Beta Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Mattie Glover is the sorority’s state director.


Banquet tickets may be purchased from any sorority member or by calling 870-535-8680 or 870-489-1262.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1920. The sorority’s purpose is to foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, civic and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood.