Each year, the chapter recognizes one member for her active participation and exemplary service and commitment to the chapter’s goals, programs, and other objectives. The Chapter Member of the Year for 2020 is A. Monique Sanders, better known to close friends, family, and Members as Moe. Originally from Clinton, SC, she was initiated into the Theta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® in the Fall of 2003 at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She has served the sorority as Vice President, Program Chairman, Fundraising Chairman, Technology Chairman, Webmaster, and as a member of several committees over the course of nearly 18 years. Her passion for the sorority is a direct result of the impact that the ladies of the local chapter in her hometown area of Laurens, SC had on her life. She is equally passionate about learning, leveraging technology to drive process improvements and innovation, community service, and animals. In addition to Alpha Kappa Alpha, Moe also volunteers her time to the ACLU, Humane Society, ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Recycled Pets, and Women In STEM.
As a charter member of Omega Tau Omega Chapter, she currently serves as the chapter’s Technology Committee Chairman, Webmaster, and Archives Committee Co-Chairman, as well as an active member of six additional committees and on the board of the York County Pearls of Promise Foundation.
In her own words, “It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve our community alongside the women of the Omega Tau Omega Chapter. Most of all, I am so very proud to serve as Chapter Member of the Year. I cannot think of a greater honor than being selected by my sorority sisters in this capacity. Receiving their votes to represent them during these times in our nation means so much to me. I appreciate each of them greatly and stand proud as their representative for Chapter Member of the Year. I will do everything within my power to ensure that their votes are warranted.”
Moe continues to grow and enhance her knowledge of technology and the sorority’s operations and uses her many talents to provide formal and informal training to chapter members and members of the community. She consistently drives members to increase their knowledge of technology, security, sorority operations, and to be effective and efficient leaders in the community and in their everyday lives.
One of her favorite quotes has always been, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new things, volunteering, archery, watching football and basketball, couponing, and empowering and encouraging young girls to be a part of the movement to increase female representation in STEM professions.
The Member of the Year for 2019 is April Gavin. April is originally from Orangeburg, SC and was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ® in the Fall of 2003, in the Mu Xi Chapter at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. April is married and has one daughter. She is employed as a National Bank Examiner. She is also a Certified Interior Decorator.
She has a passion for community service and making a difference in and around her community. She has held officer positions, including Financial Secretary and Treasurer, and served as chairman and as a member of numerous committees, including, Finance, Audit, Fundraising, Protocol, Standards, Membership, Program, Retreat, and Leadership Development. She is currently a member of the Regional Standards Committee. April continues to enhance her knowledge of the Sorority’s operations and provides formal and informal training to members of the chapter. She drives sorority members to increase their knowledge of sorority operations and be effective leaders in the community.
April’s favorite quote is “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11.
April enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving her community, and being a positive role model for the youth. Her biggest fear is being a failure.