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Published on June 28th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Janice M. Oates; My Sister’s Keeper Award Honoree

Pictured from left: Mary Miller McClellan, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter, Janice Oates, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Nu Omega Chapter, Jona’ Hodges, co-Chair of My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon 2017 and Alicia Barnes, ABC News Anchor and Mistress of Ceremonies for My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon 2017.

Leadership, Volunteerism and Servant in the Community

Janice M. Oates is a native of Waverly, Georgia.  She is a 37 year Life Member and Silver Star of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®.  Mrs. Oates continues to serve diligently in the Sorority and the community.  She was initiated on June 1, 1979 in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®Kappa Eta Chapter at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.  She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and also from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an Associate in Science Degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Food Service Management. She recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Education after working 19 years and is the proud owner and CEO of Palmetto Resource Group, LLC.  She is on the National Advisory Committee for the Institute of Child Nutrition for the Federal Government at the University of Mississippi. She is a member of New Light Beulah Baptist Church in Hopkins, South Carolina. She presently serves on the Children’s Church Ministry and served on the Pastor Search Committee and Personnel Committee.

Upon graduation from college, Mrs. Oates moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina. She joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ®Zeta Pi Omega Chapter and worked diligently with Mrs. Marye J. Jeffries, the 11th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, and the Graduate Chapter to provide community service to Fayetteville and surrounding areas.  In November 1987, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina. A few years after her move to Columbia, she transferred her membership to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® Gamma Nu Omega Chapter.   She became a Certified Graduate Advisor in 1993 and has remained certified for the past 23 years.  Mrs. Oates served two terms as the Graduate Advisor of Mu Chapter at Allen University, Columbia, SC.

Mrs. Oates has been elected by the Gamma Nu Omega Chapter to serve as the President.  In the past, she was also elected for the position of Graduate Advisor, Housing Board and Nominating Committee, and has served as the Chairman of several committees in the Chapter including Sister Relations, Social Committee, Health Care, and Graduate Advisory Committee for Mu Chapter at Allen University.  Mrs. Oates is a member of the Pink and Green Community Foundation, Incorporated and has been the Publicity and Marketing Chairman for the Annual Golf Tournament for the past two years. Mrs. Oates continues to be dedicated in serving her community, state and nation.

Above all, Mrs. Oates volunteerism extends to voter registration and voter ID at Columbia Housing Authority, SC NAACP Political forum facilitator for South Carolina, South Carolina Democratic Convention volunteer, Adopt-A-Family, Oliver Gospel Mission, South Carolina Children Network, Transitions, South Carolina Emergency Preparedness volunteer and Legislative Action Project Coordinator for McKinney Vento Homeless Children.

Mrs. Oates is married to Mr. Theodius Oates Jr. and they have two children Theodius Oates III and Sierrah Oates.

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