Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, Theta Rho Omega Chapter will serve the Chicago South Suburban community by promoting lifelong opportunities in the areas of economic advancement, political and health awareness and educational excellence.
Sisterhood --- Our behavior will cultivate an atmosphere in which women are encouraged to achieve their highest goals, hopes and dreams.
Unity --- Our performance will foster unity and friendship among people of all races, genders, ages, nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds.
High Ethical Standards --- Our members and officers will exemplify high ethical standards.
Character --- Our activities will strengthen character among members and others.
Respect --- Our organization will encourage mutual respect among all members of the human race.
Communication --- Our organization will foster an environment of effective communication.
High Scholastic Achievement --- Our initiatives will promote support and encourage high scholastic achievement.
Leadership --- Our activities will advance the training and development of leaders.
Education --- Our initiatives will advocate lifelong learning for the people we serve.
Health --- Our initiatives will enhance family life.
Arts --- Our initiatives will sustain the arts.
Technology --- Our organization will effectively utilize appropriate technologies to continually improve organizational efficiency.
Economics --- Our organization will endorse solid economic practices and economic empowerment.
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In 1968, change and movement in housing patterns were the rule in the area outside Chicago. As the southern suburbs expanded, so did the number of Alpha Kappa Alpha women with their families. Two of those women, Soror Emma Bakeman and Soror Josephine Franklin, found commuting to the city so intrusive into their family’s lives that they joined forces to establish a chapter in their community.
They enlisted the aid of Sorors Effie Roe, who had moved to the area from South Bend, Indiana, and Soror Winta Massey Mallory, a classmate of Soror Bakeman’s. Soror Roe was a special addition because while a resident of South Bend, Indiana, she helped charter the Eta Mu Omega Chapter. She would be an old hand for the Markham chapter’s establishment. Together the four sorors scoured the surrounding communities in search of interested sisters. Soror Ordie Roberts, Central Regional Director, was contacted, and the process began.
The chartering date was set to occur before 1968 ended. With sorors helping sorors, the ad hoc group grew to eighteen. The sorors petitioned the Boule for a charter and elected temporary officers. Soror Franklin was chosen to serve as interim chairperson. Soror Barbara Geaither served as chairperson for the community project.
Soror Geaither wrote and directed a pageant entitled "Born Free." The extravaganza was a tribute to the culture of Black people everywhere. It also created a place of renown for the sorors in the hearts and minds of the local youth. In addition to the community project, the sorors performed two fundraising projects - a Kiddie Party at a local movie theater for the children in the community and a cards and games party. The work was started during the winter months of 1968 and was completed during the fall of the same year.
That day, when Soror Bakeman walked over to Soror Franklin’s house with the idea of forming a new chapter, neither knew what to expect. So they nurtured the idea, gaining momentum from the work and the love of other sorors, eventually bringing Theta Rho Omega Chapter to her place among the other chapters of our illustrious sisterhood on Sunday, November 17, 1968.
Soror Ordie Roberts was joined by Soror Lauretta Naylor Thompson, Supreme Grammateus; Soror Beatrice Murphy, Basileus of Theta Omega, Chicago; as well as Sorors from Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, in chartering the chapter.
1968 – 1972 Josephine Elizabeth Seaton Franklin*
1973 – 1974 Muriel Brown Walker
1975 – 1976 Dorothy Jean Bradford*
1977 – 1978 Helane Elizabeth Davis
1979 – 1980 Emma Jean Bakeman
1981 – 1982 Genrose Graham Harwell*
1983 – 1984 Dorothy Jean Bryant
1985 – 1986 Andrea Ruth Harris*
1987 – 1988 Jacquelyn Heath Parker
1989 – 1990 Anita L. Harmon
1991 – 1992 Jacqueline James Lewis
1993 – 1994 Alfreda Keith Keller
1995 – 1996 Dorothy Jean Bryant
1997 – 1998 Faye Terrell-Perkins
1999 – 2000 Mary Kate Palmore*
2001 – 2002 Brenda Kay Boykins - Montgomery
2003 – 2004 Patricia Jones-Banks
2005 – 2006 Loester M. Lewis
2007 – 2008 Vanessa Vavasseur
2009 – 2010 Andrea Sanders
2011 – 2012 Doncella Pamon
2013 – 2014 June Cole Boulware
2015 – 2016 Gloria D. Pleasont
2017 – 2018 Jacqueline Richardson
2019 - 2020 Jacqueline Brown
2021 - 2022 Carla L. Stewart
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