Celebrating Excellence: The Journey of Alpha Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter
Chartering and Commencement
The Alpha Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® proudly received its charter in Southaven, MS, marking a historic milestone as the 108th chapter of the South Eastern Region on June 9, 2018. A year preceding its charter, the visionary Bettye Wade McBride gathered general members in the DeSoto County area, forming the Cultured Pearls of DeSoto County.
“On a Timeless Mission to Serve”
With a commitment to service, the journey began with 33 trailblazing members, including Tonya Amos-Griffin, Sandra Barnes, Antoinette Crawford-Willis, and others. The official approval of their interest group application came on June 21, 2017.
Cultured Pearls in Action
As the Cultured Pearls, members actively engaged in community programs. They partnered with the local Head Start for early childhood literacy, conducted homeownership workshops, participated in projects like the Rise Against Hunger meal packing, and supported “Pink Goes Red” for heart-healthy activities.
Chartering Ceremony: A Historic Affair
Under the leadership of Mary B. Connor, the chartering ceremony was a historic moment, making Alpha Alpha Zeta Omega the first four-letter chapter in Mississippi. Notable guests included Dr. Velma Lois Jones and Dr. Vanessa Rogers Long. Vanese Long Griffin became the first president, and officers were installed by the International Parliamentarian.
Upholding Commitment and Impact
To mark its commitment, the chapter pledged $10,000 in scholarships and participated in events like the Southern Heritage Classic Parade. They adopted a highway, actively served on regional committees, and witnessed membership doubling in less than six months.
Bettye Wade McBride’s Vision
Charter member Bettye Wade McBride’s words resonate, “There are enough of us to make a difference.” With this mindset, Alpha Alpha Zeta Omega is impacting the community, staying true to its mission, and embracing the journey with “greater laurels to win and greater tasks to begin.”