AKA’s Reflect, Reach, Renew: 108 Years of Service


Mary Coleman, Awards Chairman; Annette Mitchell, Recipient of Countess Y. Cox Sisterhood Award; & S. Renee Grant, President of Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter
Mary Coleman, Awards Chairman; Annette Mitchell, Recipient of Countess Y. Cox Sisterhood Award; & S. Renee Grant, President of Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter

For 20 years, three chapters from Georgia and South Carolina have met biennially to observe Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founders’ Day. On Saturday, January 30, 2016 members of five chapters, hosted by Gamma Sigma Omega chapter (Savannah) met at the Aaron L. Buchsbaum Building, 1120 May Street, Savannah to celebrate 108 years of service. Nu Delta Omega (Beaufort, SC), Nu Rho Omega (Hinesville, GA), Gamma Upsilon (Savannah State University) and Sigma Tau (Armstrong State University) chapters met for the Tri-Chapter Founders’ Day Observance of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s rich legacy of service, sisterhood and love under the theme, “Reflect, Reach and Renew: Launching New Dimensions of Service”. Dorothy Cotton, Nu Rho Omega chapter encouraged the members to reflect on our rich history, reach out and reclaim our members, and renew our commitment to be of service by working “willingly and faithfully.”

A video montage presented each chapters’ community service activities addressing the five national targets; educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthen, environmental ownership and global impact. The targets were demonstrated in the ASCEND programs and scholarships for youth, Relay for Life, distribution of food, clothing and school supplies, Adopt-A-Park, and various civic partnerships. In addition to these national targets, AKA has six impact days of service such as Pink Goes

Mary Coleman, Awards Chairman; Yvette Wells, Evanel Renfroe Terrell Scholarship Award; & S. Renee Grant, President of Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter
Mary Coleman, Awards Chairman; Yvette Wells, Evanel Renfroe Terrell Scholarship Award; & S. Renee Grant, President of Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter
Red (National Red Day), The Longest Day (Alzheimer’s Awareness), Mental Health Awareness Day which were also highlighted. In her concluding remarks, S. Renee Grant, president of GSO challenged each member to “renew our hearts and to continue to reach out to our communities.”

Graduate chapter service awards were presented, also. Basileus Awards & Appreciations recipients were Andrea Allen (Nu Delta Omega) and Shannon Kemp (Nu Rho Omega); Soror of the Year recipients were Shakia Allen (Nu Delta Omega), Andrey Ellis (Nu Rho Omega) and Terri Lewis (Gamma Sigma Omega); Countess Y. Cox Sisterhood Award recipient was Annette Mitchell (Gamma Sigma Omega) and Evanel Renfroe Terrell Scholarship Award recipient was Yvette Wells (Gamma Sigma Omega). The Tri- Chapter Founders’ Day chairman was Vanessa Kaigler

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek lettered sorority established by African American women and is led by its 29th International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson under the programmatic theme, Launching New Dimensions of Service. Gamma Sigma Omega chapter has served Chatham County for 72 years through its initiatives and partnerships. Currently, under the leadership of S. Renee Grant, GSO has dedicated its skills, resources and energy to address the needs of the community. If you would like to learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha visit our website at www.aka1908.com


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