S I S T E R S
O F T H E V A L L E Y
Arizona's Premier Social Club
We empower, enlighten, encourage, and support women of African descent by providing multiple forums for social interaction and networking.
SOV Web Site Manager Martha E Rodriguez email
We are Sisters of the Valley; we empower one another. We see who we are through the faces of our sisters. Although our shades may vary, and our backgrounds may differ, we come together to acknowledge one another’s existence. We participate to enlighten, support, encourage. We reach out our hand if one is sick or discouraged. We are Sisters of the Valley; we empower one another.
— Darcy Munford
Sisters of the Valley (SOV) evolved from a conversation between Muriel Hiller and Jan Jones who were discussing a forum for Valley Black women to get together and enjoy one another.
With assistance from Shirley Wade, Yvonne McFadden and Monyette Greene, a list of women was compiled. Each invitee was encouraged to bring a friend. Jan offered her home for this one-time event [so we thought], which was held March 7, 1992. Approximately 60 women were in attendance!
We enjoyed letting our hair down, meeting our “homies”, networking, sharing names of places for shopping and getting our hair done, and doing lots of socializing. It was such a powerful afternoon. It was from this delightful gathering that Sisters of the Valley emerged.
SOV’s diverse membership is a conglomerate of women from various professional and social backgrounds. Our mission is to maintain a forum for networking, socializing and sharing information.
On June 4, 1992, Sisters of the Valley was registered with the State of Arizona. A logo was designed by one of our sisters, Sheila Moore, and in 1993, a poem written by Darcy Munford became our creed.
The first slate of officers included Muriel Hiller, Executive Chair; Opal Evans, Vice Chair; Loreine Davis, Program Chair; Shirley Shaw, Secretary; Joan Williams, Treasurer; Shirley Wade, Historian and Wylene Bridgeman, Parliamentarian. Now in 2021 we are nearly 300 members.
See membership directory for contact details
Co-Chairs Roberta Gray, and Rose Marie Thomas
Newsletter, Brochure, ID Cards and Roster
Anita Spears, Jean Love Smith
Linda Clark and Geraldine Neal
Web Site Developer Martha E Rodriguez
SOV Interest Group Chairs
Circle of Sisters Carol Gray
Desert Diners: Deborah Watson
Drama Queens: Roberta Gray
Facebook Page: Carol Gray,
Health and Wellness: Brenda Early
Ladies Who Take Tea: Martha Stewart
Married Couples: Angela Harris
Moonlighters: Debbie Hendrix
Movie Goers: Connie Montgomery
Page Turners: Lillian Hameed
Secret Sisters: Linda Clark
Sensational Single Sisters: Levada Moore
Sisters of Faith: Wylene Bridgeman
Sisterly Talks Phyllis Harris
Jean Love Smith
Stepping for Fitness: Brenda Early
Theater Group: Anita Spears
Travelin' Sisters: Jerecia Patterson
Hattie Elease Kemmer
Shiela Moore SOV Logo Creator
Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first" and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. From December 26 to January 1st.
In Africa, there are many customs that are common among the various ethnic groups found on the continent. One of these is the celebration of the harvest. At this time of the year, people of the community/village come together to celebrate and give thanks for their good fortune. Working towards a successful harvest is a communal effort, as is the celebration.