Local AKA’s Celebrate Founder’s Day


Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are pictured during Founder’s Day Celebration
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are pictured during Founder’s Day Celebration

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated the 102nd anniversary of its founding on January 15, 2010. A Tri-County Founders’ Day Ceremony and Celebration with over 100 participants took place on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the Woodville-Tompkins Career and Technical Institute in Savannah, GA.

The Tri-County Chapters are Nu Delta Omega (Beaufort, SC); Gamma Sigma Omega, Gamma Upsilon, and Sigma Tau (Savannah, GA); and, Nu Rho Omega (Hinesville, GA).

This year marked the seventh year that the tri-county chapters celebrated Founders’ Day together. Dr. Connie Cooper served as chair of this outstanding event where sorority members reflected on the organization’s beginning and growth, showcased talents, and acknowledged sisterhood and service initiatives from each chapter. Each chapter also used the time to recognize individual members with awards for service, sisterhood, and scholarship.

Awards for Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter included: Soror of the Year – Mrs. Audrey B. Singleton; Sisterhood Award – Dr. Clemontine F. Washington; President’s Award for Exemplary Service – Ms. Johnye Gillans; and, President’s Award for Exemplary Support – Ms. Patricia J. Clark. Gamma Upsilon Chapter (Savannah State University) awards were: Ms. Asha Bolton – Highest GPA; Ms. Vonnetta Epps – Soror of the Year; and, Ms. LaTarnesha Martin – Sisterhood Award. Sigma Tau Chapter (Armstrong Atlantic State University) will highlight their awards in a separate article.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1908 on the historic campus of Howard University and is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. For the last 102 years, the international sorority has focused on service to all mankind, stellar scholarship, and strong sisterhood. Each January, members of the sorority honor the great founding women who paved the way for Alpha Kappa Alpha’s excellence:Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Slowe, Marie Woolfolk Taylor, Norma Boyd, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Alice Murray, Sarah Meriweather Nutter, Joanna Berry Shields, Carrie Snowden and Harriet Terry.

The host chapter for the event was Gamma Sigma Omega where the Honorable Dr. Clemontine F. Washington is the president.

Article by Taqwaa Falaq Saleem, Ivy Leaf Reporter, Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter

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