St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Adopts a Portion of Highway 51 in LaPlace

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Adopts a Portion of Highway 51 in LaPlace

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter recently adopted a portion of Highway 51 in LaPlace. The sorority’s efforts are part of the Adopt-a-Road program with the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation. Local members anticipate cleaning this area at least 4 times per year. “This was an opportunity for us to become more visible in the community, make a difference, and encourage other organizations to get involved. Highway 51 is a road frequently traveled by our members as well as other residents and visitors of St. John Parish. Our objective is to keep Highway 51 cleaner, safer and litter-free,” said Belinda Rodgers, President of the local chapter.

In addition to Zeta Phi Beta’s national precepts of scholarships, service, sister love, and finer womanhood, members of Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter of the River Parishes envisioned implementing Zeta’s programs that provide volunteer-services, education to the public, assistance to youth, scholarships, support for organized charities and promotion of legislation for social and civic change. “We are here to serve and dedicate our time to our community,” stated Rodgers. This chapter of Zeta Phi Beta was chartered on October 22, 2005 by the 22nd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. All members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in the River Parishes area are welcome to attend the monthly chapter meeting.

“I commend Zeta Phi Beta for joining the Adopt-a-Road program and I thank them for choosing Highway 51 in LaPlace. Many motorists travel this area and unsightliness is easily observable. If we don’t take pride in our community, no one else will. I issue a challenge to other sororities, fraternities, and civic associations to join the program and help keep St. John clean,” stated Parish President Natalie Robottom.

Za Maurin, President of Keep St. John Beautiful added, “I always support organizations willing to keep St. John Beautiful. It takes a community to keep our Parish clean and I encourage others to follow their lead. If more organizations adopt areas in St. John, the appearance on the streets and roads could improve tremendously.”

To adopt a road in St. John the Baptist Parish, contact the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development District 62 at 1-800-545-9280 or visit DOTD.