In February of 1989, seven members entertained the idea of a second graduate chapter in Charlotte, NC. Donna Y. Bailey, Savannah Clay, Karen Davis-Dixon, Rosemary Lawrence, Beverly Glover Logan, Bettie Glenn, and Mamie Murrell were the visionaries who formed the Core Group. They saw in the establishment of the 95th chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Region, the possibility of expanding “the presence of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the Charlotte Metropolitan area with a direct focus on community service.”
June 25, 1989 marked the establishment of “A Strand of Pearls” as an official interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with a visit from the current Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Marye Jeffries. After the establishment of “A Strand of Pearls” and a lot of hard work, Rho Psi Omega was chartered on November 12, 1989 with 50 charter members. Donna Y. Bailey, formerly president of “A Strand of Pearls” was elected as the first chapter president.
The Charter Members
Betty Alsbrook * Donna Y. Bailey * Vivian B. Beamer * Evelyn J. Blackwell * Karen E. Breach * Donna S. Brown * Savannah Clay * Valencia P. Covington * Karen M. Davis Dixon * Mary D. Daniel Dobly * Velma D. Falls * Rachelle D. Funderburke * Deborah M. Gibbs * Patricia Goings * Edith C.M. Graham * Bettie Glenn * Jacqueline C. Green * Lori A. Grier * Deanna S. Highe * Melissa Y. Holmes * Calenia G. Ivory * Laura A. Johnson * Cynthia M. Kennedy * Barbara S. Kitchen * Rosemary L. Lawrence * Beverly Glover Logan * Bonnie R. Lucas * Fentress O. Martin * Trina A. McCorkle * Christil V. McKenzie * Brenda Y. McKoy * Clara M. Mitchell * Minnie L. Mitchell * Cynthia N. Mobley * Mamie Lou W. Murrell * Wanda B. Owens * Carmaine L. Page * Elysee J. Phillips * Carolyn D. Reeves * Doris Smalls Reid * Gwendolyn D. Roberts * Pamela M. Robinson * Berdell Brown-Rowell * Elizabeth A. Simmons * Donna J. Parket-Tate * Joyce D. Waddell * Rubye B. Wallace * Doris G. White * Hycena Williams * Sherry D. Young
We have accomplished a number of things over these past 20+ years. Some of our programs, fundraisers, and events include:
We have also supported other organizations with their endeavors:
Rho Psi Omega continued its community support by giving out scholarship to high school seniors. We started in 1989 by awarding a $500 scholarship. Since then, we have awarded over $180,000 in scholarships to African-American high school seniors attending colleges / universities; with our top recipients receiving as much as $5,000 each.