CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 1,300 members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are meeting in Charleston this week for the 87th Annual Great Lakes Regional Conference.

The event runs from Wednesday to Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Patricia Wilson, state chairperson for the conference, said it’s a chance for sorority members to be recognized for their community service over the last year.

“This just gives us an opportunity to connect in many ways — celebrating our membership, celebrating the kinds of service that we do in our communities and then bringing a piece of that to the Regional Conference in Charleston, ” she said.

Each day will include recognition of donation efforts to local schools and organizations, as well as a public meeting to honor the contributions of several West Virginians who have illustrated a long-standing commitment to their communities.

“We invite the entire public to come to the South Hall of the Civic Center to meet with us. We will be giving community collaboration awards to five outstanding West Virginians,” Wilson said.

The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

A community service project is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School where members will donate backpacks and school supplies to students. Later in the day, member will donate personal hygiene items to the Sojourner’s Women’s Shelter.

A variety of workshops and sessions are also happening at the Civic Center throughout the week.

A new regional director will be elected during the conference.

Members from Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania will be in the Capital City.