The Gamma Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc celebrated its Founders’ Day with the undergraduate Chapter, Iota Omicron on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and had as its theme, “Remembering Our Past While Sustaining Our Future.” The celebration was held at Morris Street Baptist Church, where the Reverend Leonard O. Griffin is the Pastor.
In celebrating 111 years of service to all mankind, this occasion was truly an inspiring one with an uplifting message of “Telling our Story.” The keynote speaker for this event was Mrs. Carolyn G. Randolph, South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and as she delivered her message so eloquently, she encouraged all Sorors to “Tell our Story” of how we have evolved throughout the years and what we will continue to do to service all mankind in our local communities and globally.
Respectively, community awards were presented to honorees for Community Service (Reverend Dr. Kylon Middleton); the Arts (Mrs. Myra Vanessa Chamble); Innovative Health (Dr. Douglas Gleaton and Dr. Kenosha Gleaton); Excellence in Education (Mrs. Erica S. Taylor); Business (Dr. Krisalyn K. Gleaton, Pharmacy); Outstanding High School Youth (Danielle Paulk). Gamma Xi Omega Chapter awards were presented to Desiree Boston (Most Promising Soror), Harriett Simmons (Soror of the Year), and Rosa Bowen (Middleton Oglesby Human Relations Award).
On February 14, 1942, Gamma Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered by eighteen intelligent and innovative women. These women were “game changers” as they implemented many programs of service to the Charleston Community. In 1975, Gamma Xi Omega chartered the Iota Omicron Chapter on the campus of the College of Charleston.
The Founders’ Day celebration was an event filled with fellowship, family, and friends of the community. Mrs. Sshune Rhodes, Founders’ Day Committee Chairperson, presided during the program and shared her love and enthusiasm as the program started. Mrs. Gretchen B. Morgan, President of Gamma Xi Omega Chapter provided the greeting of “How Sweet It Is” to “Remember Our Past While Sustaining Our Future” and additional greetings were given by Ms. Jeniah Hunter, President of Iota Omicron Chapter and the Mayor of the City of Charleston, Honorable John Tecklenburg. “Great is our Faithfulness” was the focus in ‘The Occasion’ given by Mrs. Vickie S. Stuckey, Co-Chairman of the Founders’ Day Committee.
“Service To All Mankind” is a mission of Gamma Xi Omega Chapter and Iota Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Assisting school children with backpacks filled with school supplies, informing the community on health awareness, hosting financial workshops, feeding meals to families, funding educational scholarships are ways in which our great sisterhood will continue to “Tell Our Story” and display “Our Faithfulness” as we move forward to Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.