2022 October Mag

September 27, 2022

If someone asks, do you know Lynn Farris? Their answer would most likely be: of course I do. She’s a woman of valor and substance and she will do anything to make those she loves smile. One of her sorority sisters, Vanessa Caston LaFleur, Louisiana State Representative, has coined the phrase, “Lynn Love” because of her unselfish giving.

Smiling black woman wearing a bright green dress with large puffy sleeves and a large beaded silver necklace and large hoop earrings standing in a park setting.

If someone asks, do you know Lynn Farris? Their answer would most likely be: of course I do. She’s a woman of valor and substance and she will do anything to make those she loves smile. One of her sorority sisters, Vanessa Caston LaFleur, Louisiana State Representative, has coined the phrase, “Lynn Love” because of her unselfish giving. Lynn was raised around love and that is shown in her free spirit of giving. At the age of 12, her father died and her mother and grandmother reared her and her sister Kim with a spirit of love, gratefulness, and giving. Friends would always be welcome to stay at their house and even go on vacations with the family, so it’s natural to her. To this day, her friends call her home “the home of peace”. The Farris family makes you feel at home anytime you visit.

Louisiana Woman

Lynn Farris is a social worker and college instructor who was born and raised in Baton Rouge and Baker, Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) and a Master of Social Work Degree from Southern University at New Orleans.

She retired from the Department of Children and Family Services and is currently employed as the Client Services Supervisor at the East Baton Rouge Law Office of the Public Defender. She is also an adjunct professor at the Baton Rouge Site of Upper Iowa University and has taught at Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge, LA in the School of Social Work. She enjoys imparting knowledge to students as they are sponges who desire to have an instructor who actually cares about them. Little do her students know that they give her life by listening and valuing her experience and expertise.

Smiling black woman wearing a bright green dress with large puffy sleeves and a large beaded silver necklace and large hoop earrings standing in a white ballroom with a large chandelier.

Exceeding Expectations

Lynn considers herself a servant leader. A servant leader leads by serving others. In other words, servant leaders place the interests and needs of their followers ahead of their own self-interests and needs. Generally, they value the development of their followers, building their communities, acting authentically, and sharing power. She doesn’t like selfish leaders who think it’s all about them. People serve because they love their respective organizations, and they should feel like they are valued and appreciated for their service. After all, we serve our organizations for free, our free time, and our efforts. A leader with a bad attitude is a turn-off for her. However, she has been blessed to serve under several great leaders.

Lynn has always had great leadership qualities. From elementary school, being named most courteous, to high school serving in various organizations, through college, singing with the USL Gospel Choir, then later pursuing a Master of Social Work at SUNO. She has a fire that burns inside of her that keeps her going. There are always improvements that can be made. She doesn’t like “good enough”. She usually strives to “exceed expectations.”

Once she finished college, she was initiated into Nu Gamma Omega Chapter, South Central Region in 1991. Her late cousin, Mary Alice Gray Darby, was instrumental in her desire to become a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has been a member for 32 consecutive years and is a Life Member and member of the Heritage Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Lynn has served in various positions in AKA. In her chapter, Nu Gamma Omega, she has served as President, Vice President, Hostess, and Corresponding Secretary and has led various committees. She currently serves as the President of Nu Gamma Omega Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Chairs the Empower Our Families Initiative.

Serving on all Levels

On the Regional Level, she has served as Louisiana State Connection Coordinator, General Chairman of the South Central Regional Conference in 2013, Chief of Staff for the 25th South Central Regional Director, Katina Semien Smothers, and currently serves as the South Central Regional Hostess for the South Central Region under the leadership of Joya T. Hayes.

On the International Level, she served on the sorority’s Investigative Team for 12 consecutive years under three International Presidents. Last year, she was appointed by the 30th International President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, and served as one of the co-chairmen for the 69th Virtual Boule. In July, she was elected as a member-at-large of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation.

She has been honored by a few organizations namely, A Celebration of Women, an organization that recognizes servant leaders in the community, Xi Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Lamba Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to recognize her community service in the Baton Rouge Community. She believes in giving back and helping others. It is a pet peeve of hers when others refuse to help people because of fear they will do better or just as well as them. God blesses us to bless others and she feels she is blessed because she freely uses the gifts God gives her. She also feels that jealousy is such a wasted emotion. Lynn feels that God will give her what He wants her to have and if she doesn’t get it, it’s not meant for her.

She is a member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Southern University Alumni Home Chapter and the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP. She also serves as a Commissioner of the EBR Housing Authority, the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the East Baton Rouge Mayor President’s Women’s Advancement Commission.

Lynn Love

She is also active in her church, Greater King David Baptist Church, where she has been a member for 33 years. She is the Founder and 1st President of the Greater King David Singles Ministry, a member of Usher Board #2, and has served as the Church Anniversary and Ministry Recruitment Day Chairman.

Lynn doesn’t have any biological children, but she spoils her two nephews, Javon and Jorrin as though they are her own. Her mother Lois Farris, is her biggest cheerleader. You can usually find Ms. Farris traveling with Lynn and sometimes, they will let her sister Kim, tag along.

Lynn wants her legacy to be, that she helped me when nobody else would and she reached out to me during a very dark time in my life. She believes we are put on this earth to help others and if we don’t help them, we surely shouldn’t hurt them.

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Comments (14)

  • Jarvia Wilson Haynes

    Soror Lynn is the epitome of finer womanhood. She has a sweet, sweet spirit and a heart of gold. I am so honored to know Soror Lynn Farris!!!💕💚

  • This is a woman I love as a soror and as a friend. She displays all of the attributes mentioned from day one and all days. She is love and you feel it immediately. Cheers and thanks to Lynn Farris.

  • Wow! Thank you for spotlighting such an amazing leader, sister, and friend. Lynn is EXCELLENCE and I am so proud to know and love her. She is the epitome of a servant leader and makes those around her better. 💗

  • Lauren Grundy Byrd

    Soror Lynn is one of my favorite sisters and mentors. She is full of love and kindness. She embodies the spirit of sisterhood. Beautiful article! 💖💚

  • I am one of those friends who stayed and is always welcome to the Farris household. This is a wonderful article on Lynn. She has always treated me like the big sister she is with Kim and I am proud to call them both my family.

  • Chimene Grant Saloy

    Beautiful feature for a beautiful Soror and friend. You have captured everything we love about Lynn! She is a blessing to me, my mom and my family. Thank you, Lynn, for your love. 💚💕

  • Soror Sarah Holliday James

    Soror Lynn is one of my favorite sisters and we have known each other since 1990. She is full of love and generosity. She embodies the spirit of sisterhood. Beautiful article! 💖💚

  • What a beautiful person inside and out. Lynn’s leadership style is so true – I’m experiencing her wonderful guidance and so grateful to be under her leadership. Beautiful article 💕💚

  • I have the honor to call Lynn my cousin. I have known her all my life and every word in this article is true. She lives a life of servitude. She wears so many hats but is always there for anyone when they need her. She is a true example of how God wants us to treat others and love our lives. Awesome article!

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