April 22, 2017
SERVICE AREA LOCATIONS
Eastern Henrico, Charles City and New Kent Counties
The journey began in the fall of 2015, when a small group of dynamic women endeavored to form a new graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® to be of “service to all mankind” in Henrico County, Virginia and its surrounding counties. With a goal to reclaim inactive sorority members as well as increase the presence of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in the community, the vision and potential to establish a new graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was in clear view. To help ascertain the need for a chapter in the target area, these ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha reached out to other Alpha Kappa Alpha members residing in Eastern Henrico County, Charles City County, and the New Kent County communities.
As a result of their efforts, additional Alpha Kappa Alpha women residing in Central Virginia joined this group and in the winter of 2015 the interest group, The Cultured Pearls of the James, was formed. The group consisted of 30 dynamic women with a variety of experiences and interests who joined forces because of sisterhood and a relentless dedication to community service.
On March 4, 2017, the Directorate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® granted approval to The Cultured Pearls of the James Interest Group to charter a new graduate chapter to service the communities of Eastern Henrico, Charles City County, and New Kent. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, under the leadership of the 18th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Joyce Henderson, Omega Rho Omega Chapter was officially chartered.
Since the chartering, Omega Rho Omega has reclaimed several inactive members, maintained stellar commitment to its service areas, and participated in various outreach projects relevant to the communities it serves while living out the vision to ensure the continued success of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.
Sherry Bassfield Tyler
Assistant Recording Secretary
Monica Charity James
Sergeant at Arms
Ivy Leaf Reporter
Learn more about our Former Pearls of Service.
Row one left to right: 18th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Joyce Henderson, Lisa Winn Bryan, Dorian Ridley-Curtis, Sonja Willis Hill, Cecelia Huff, Kesia Gwaltney, Treva Clark, Patricia Grant, Erika Mansfield Rivers, LaToya Jefferson-Smith, Cherita Marks-Davis
Row two left to right: Janet McCatty, Latonia Anderson, Rhonda Page, Dena Brown, Robin Dawkins, Shawna Britt, Debbie Goode, Alease Johnson, Sharon Franklin Mallory, Monyette Martin
Row three left to right: Heather Mahan, Candra Parker, Angela Anderson, Sandra Rucker, Dawn Scott, Joi Stanley, Natasha Wilson, Sharon Wilson, Patrice Johnson Woodson, Shannon Edwards