The History of Tucson Alumnae


Mauvolene Thomas Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on June 24, 1967 with fourteen members. Mauvolene F. Thomas is credited with leading the effort to charter a chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. She led the effort with assistance from members of the Beta Theta Chapter, now known as the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. Soror Thomas worked diligently for two years, canvassing the community for Deltas and recruiting women in Tucson who met the requirements for alumnae membership.

Charter Members

Gladys Ford Ahmad Tonie J. Warrior Brown*
Everlyn Franks* Joyse Holsey*
Beverly Johnson Anita Lipscombe*
Daisy Lipscombe* Shirley McPherson*
Juanita Y. Hill Payton Ann T. Perry*
Martha Preston Maxine H. Taylor*
Mauvolene F. Thomas* Willie H. Thompson*


TAC Charter Members

The chapter has now grown to over fifty strong. Today, the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is one of over 900 chapters internationally who share this public service commitment with over 200,000 members.

Community Service

The chapter serves the Tucson-Sierra Vista area where our endeavors address the sorority’s Five-Point Program Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. In keeping with the mission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Tucson Alumnae Chapter has continually worked throughout the Tucson and Southern Arizona community as part of its commitment to community service. This commitment has been demonstrated through financial support of organizations such as The Dunbar Coalition, Inc., the YWCA’s “Your Sister’s Closet” Program, Tucson Community Food Bank, the Tucson Urban League, the Tucson Branch of the NAACP, and THE United Negro College Fund and Habitat for Humanity Tucson to serve families within Southern Arizona. Through its collaboration with Casa de los Ninos, the Educational Enrichment Foundation of Tucson Unified School District, the Arizona Daily Star’s Send-A-Kid to- Camp Program, the Tucson Unified School District Clothing Bank, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Tucson Blast Soccer Club and others, the members of Tucson Alumnae have worked to support deserving young people in the community.


For many years Tucson Alumnae Chapter presented a Jabberwock as its major fundraiser. Under this Program, chapter members served as mentors for high school girls between the ages of 16 and 17. In 1977 the chapter began sponsoring the Ebony Fashion Fair as its annual fundraiser. With the suspension of the Ebony Fashion fair in 1010, the chapter launched a new fundraiser, the Women of Spirit Awards, to honor Southern Arizona women for their contributions to their houses of worship and their communities. Nominations were accepted from religious institutions throughout Southern Arizona. The first Women of Spirit Awards Luncheon was held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson. Sixteen women were honored. Through its Deck the Halls Holiday Party on December 20, 2010, the Tucson Alumnae chapter collected Christmas toys to be distributed through the Tucson Urban League.

Growing Delta

In 1975, members of Tucson Alumnae sponsored the establishment of the sorority’s Mu Eta Chapter on the campus of The University of Arizona. This chapter continues to be active on The University of Arizona campus and members of Tucson Alumnae Chapter serve as advisors for the chapter.