Unofficial Boule Information
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Received: June 29, 2008
I'm sending this to everyone because I'm not sure of everyone that's planning to attend Boule, and unfortunately, the last Ivy Leaf we received didn't provide a lot of guidance re: the Celebration. I attended my chapter's Executive Board meeting last night, and I wanted to share one announcement with you as well as provide the information the Centennial Committee Chairman (for my chapter) shared:
- The AKA Traveling Exhibit will be housed at the Old Carnegie Library across the street from the Convention Center during Boule. It will be open beginning Saturday, July 12.
- If you have never attended a Boule, there will be an Orientation on Friday July 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Convention Center. This presentation is being done by our Past Supreme Baselei.
- There are now 25,000 sorors, guests and children registered for the Boule.
- Hostess sorors and local sorors are being asked to register on Friday, July 11th between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm. You should have your financial card, confirmation receipt and picture ID for registration.
- All meal functions have been sold out. There are still tickets for the concert; they will be sold at the AKA office during Boule.
- The Archives Committee has planned a '100 Years of Living History' museum that will be available in the convention center all week for our review.
- 2000 of the Mattel Barbie Dolls will be available during the Boule at a cost of $49.95. They will be sold at the Corporate Office Vendor Booth. There will be 23,000 order forms (one for each registrant) available that must be mailed by July 25th. 200 dolls are being set aside for the hostesses and some order forms will also be available. After this date, the dolls will go on sale at Wal-Mart, with the sorority receiving a rebate for each doll sold.
- The official colors for the Boule are Salmon Pink, Apple Green and Black. Soror Barbara (the Supreme Basileus) stated that we use black in the sorority to signify the generations gone before us. However, Tuesday, July 15th is still White Day.
- All Hostess Sorors are to wear Pink for the Ecumenical Service and the Public Meeting. Richard Smallwood will provide music for the service at 9:00 am.
- There will be a documentary film (45 minutes), which will be the highlight of the Public Meeting. It will also be available on DVD. Due to the number of attendees, the public is not invited except for special guests.
- Soror Mae Jemison is the keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Luncheon.
- The Centennial Regional Gatherings will occur on Wednesday evening At 10:08 pm for 15 minutes, everything is to stop for pink and green fireworks on the Potomac River.
- The Unity March is on Thursday and this is open to ALL Greeks. It was announced that shorts are not allowed; but do wear paraphernalia. There will be a ceremony after the Unity March by the CBC Foundation.
ADDITONAL BOULE INFORMATION
Sorors are asked NOT to wear any political paraphanalia, i.e. Obama/McCain buttons, shirts, etc., at the Unity March at the Boule on Thursday, July 17. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a non-partisan organization. This is the only way The Corp Office could secure the permit to march on Capitol Hill which had to be passed by Congress. We must exercise our non-partisan stance as a sorority. There will be Capitol Hill Marshals marching along side to maintain order.
So, please Sorors, just for this day, leave all of your political stuff at home. The march is more to unify all the greek-letter organizations for that day not for a political purpose.
For the Ivies Beyond the Wall and Honorary Soror rituals on Tuesday, July 15, the attire will be all white (no pants) dresses or suits, shoes (absolutely no open-toe shoes) and pantyhose. No sleeveless dresses will be allowed unless covered by a wrap, sweater, etc. The philacters are instructed not to allow sorors into the room if they are wearing sleeveless dresses nor open-toe shoes.
Wednesday, July 16 is Regional Day. Each regional wear whatever your Regional Director has suggested. The attire for day is 'Your most classy outfit'. For instance, the Mid-Atlantic Region is wearing hats, pearls, and gloves on that day as deemed by their Director.
* All South Eastern Sorors are asked to wear salmon/pale pink and black/pink SE Scarves. Scarves are $25.00+ tax/shipping and can be purchased at "4 YOU" Custom Gifts and Awards located on the upper level of Northpark Mall. Their e-mail address is www.de4you.com - 601-899-8771. (Jackson, MS). Sorors are also asked to wear your black SE sunglasses so that everyone will know our "cool" sophisticated SE Sorors. The sunglasses are $5.00.
Salmon Pink, Apple Green (duh!) and Black!
F Y I !!!
Leave the Barack Shirts at home (if you have any of those cute shirts). There's a Greek Unity Day March scheduled for July 17th on the National Mall and we aren't allowed to wear any para that's political in nature. That means t-shirts, buttons, or signs endorsing a candidate for political office. If caught, you will be asked to leave the National Grounds. AKA is a non-partisan organization and will be in a major violation of our 501c(3) status and the resolution that was pass for us to have the march on Federal Property.
Secondly, the Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony attire is as follow: White Suits/Dresses, White/Netural Stockings, White Shoes (there is some debate about open toe shoes. I would suggest you wear closed toe shoes). NO PANTS!!! I don't no why we have to remind Sorors about this part, but anyhoo. Dresses should have sleeves. No Tank/Sleveless dresses will be permitted in the Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony
Third, Rededication Ceremony Attire: Business Suits, NO PANTS. No specific color required for this ceremony
You need to be at the Convention Center at least 1- 1½ hours early if you wish to be in the main hall for Plenaries. Seats are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE and you CAN NOT hold seats. They will be real strict on that this year. This goes for the Gala on Thursday as well.
The reception following the NOT so Public Meeting will be held at various hotels. They are encouraging Sorors to hotel hop. Each hotel will have a different theme and food.