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Chapter History

Seventeen forward thinking and visionary women worked diligently together and on March 11, 1967 Theta Xi Omega was chartered. The South Atlantic Regional Director, Odessa Nelson, presided the ceremony which was held at the Union Street Library in LaGrange. These seventeen young ladies were: Ida Jones (Gamma Sigma), Alyce Fowlks (Alpha Pi), Bernice Pearson (Alpha Pi), Juanita Byrd (Alpha Beta), Marian Banks(Gamma Upsilon), Sumonia Miller (Gamma Upsilon), Betty Boyd (Beta Pi), Alice Raines (Gamma Gamma), Eloise Ransom (Chi), Ophelia Raye, Queene Hardeman, Fannie Davenport, Jarvis Shepherd, Lois Debnam, Mable Mitchell, Vivian Fitzhugh, and Annie Clowers. Later, during the same year that the chapter was established, Christine Simpson (Beta Pi) and Rosa Blye (Gamma Tau) affiliated with the group making a total of 19 members. Alice Ringer Fowlks served as the first president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter.

The membership serves the counties of Coweta, Harris, Meriwether and Troup in Georgia. Through the years we have built a strong bond of sisterhood within the organization.   LaGrange, Georgia in Troup County is the official headquarters of the organization.

We have forged a strong program of SERVICE in our communities as outlined by the international office. Some of our successful projects have included annual scholarships awarded to high school seniors, summer reading programs, a cotillion club and annual debutante ball for high school senior girls, health fairs, art expos at elementary schools, child safety seat giveaways and installation training, mentoring in reading, On Track Math Program, book donations to different organizations, coat drives, shoe drives, canned food drives, footies and lap throw donations to senior citizens; assistance for free lab work, kidney screening, preventive information, free HIV testing, blood screenings; personal hygiene and hair care products packaged and sent to women on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, refurbishing/refreshing/renewing playgrounds, and donations of backpacks filled with school supplies and snacks to students throughout our four county region. Theta Xi Omega is committed to the Initiatives of our International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson and the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of “Service to All Mankind.”

Past Presidents

Alyce Ringer Fowlks (1967 – 1968) is a charter member of Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and served as our first president. Under her leadership, the membership, charter, bylaws, and programs on the local, regional and national levels were established. She is a Life Member, a Silver Star and became a Golden Soror in 2010.

Christine R. Simpson (1969 – 1974) was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Pi Chapter, on the campus of Alabama State University. She became a charter member of Theta Xi Omega in 1967 and served as our second president. During her administration the chapter hosted the first “neighborhood meeting” (later to be renamed “clusters”) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. She has served as president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter for three terms and was named “Outstanding Basileus” of a small chapter in the South Eastern Region.

**Ida Florene Tarver Jones (1975 – 1978) was inducted into Gamma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1952. She is the only active charter member of Theta Xi Omega and served as our third president. The chapter received local, regional and national recognition for the Reading Program during her administration. She is a Life Member, a Silver Star, and became a Golden Soror in 2002.

**Jarvis Moss Shepherd (1979 – 1980, 1983 – 1984, 1997 – 2000) was the fourth, sixth and tenth president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter. At Clark College she joined Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in December, 1960. She was an active and charter member of Theta Xi Omega. She was also a Life Member and became a Silver Star in 1985. Her administration emphasized community service, with a special interest on children. In the chapter she implemented the Sisterhood Luncheon and wrote the Cotillion installation ceremony.

**Bertha Wright Skinner (1981 – 1982, 1985 – 1988) served as the fifth and seventh president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter. She joined Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in May 1971 and became a Silver Star in 1994. Bertha implemented the merit cup for outstanding chapter achievement. She also placed emphasis on the Alpha Kappa Alpha “Lady” and dressing in proper attire for sorority meetings.

Marian Tucker Sambula (1989 – 1992) was initiated into Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1973. Marian was the eighth president of Theta Xi Omega. During her administration, she introduced a written agenda, mailing minutes and monthly newsletters; she also started bonding the treasurer and financial secretary for the chapter.

**Juanita Watts Byrd (1993 – 1996) joined Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at Fort Valley State College in 1952. She was a charter member and the ninth president of Theta Xi Omega in LaGrange. She became a Silver Star in 1978 and a Golden Soror in 2002. Her program in Theta Xi Omega was “Building the Future through Networking.”

Kathy Hutchinson Ellison (2001 – 2004) has been a member of Theta Xi Omega Chapter since May 1994. She was the eleventh president of Theta Xi Omega, and as president, her vision was to lead with positive service in the chapter and community. The chapter’s “On Track” math program at LaGrange Boys and Girls Club was led by Kathy. She became a certified car seat technician and led her chapter in installing over 600 car seats to needy families in Coweta, Harris, Meriwether, and Troup counties. For her efforts, the chapter received a Regional Award for the car seat program. The Art Expo was another successful program for elementary school children in the four counties during her presidency.

June Lockhart Nelson (2005 – 2009) became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated December 12, 1969 at Clark College, Alpha Pi chapter. She served as the twelfth president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter. Under her leadership, the sorority was successfully involved in the “The Spirit of AKA,” and “ESP” service projects. Reclamation, Reactivation and Retention was a focus of June’s leadership. Theta Xi Omega also successfully passed their evaluation process by the heritage team.  

Benita Lewis Epps (2010 – 2016) was initiated in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Xi Omega Chapter on March 29, 1992.  She served as the thirteenth president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter.  During her leadership, the chapter embraced the national programs “Global Leadership through Timeless Service” and “Launching New Dimensions of Service” by initiating numerous service projects and events.  While serving as president, Benita focused on reactivation and internal training; as well as served on the 67th Boule Steering Committee and the Regional Resolution Committee.  Also, during Benita’s administration the chapter received various regional awards, published its third chapter history book, launched the chapter’s first website, and successfully passed the Heritage Team evaluation.

 

**Deceased