Omicron Rho Omega

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. North Charleston, SC

History of Omicron Rho Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Chapter History 

In 1981, several interested and dedicated women met with the idea of trying to organize a new chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in the Charleston area.

In January 1982, at the home of Helen T. McKune, these women formulated the North Charleston interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Many of these members of the North Charleston interest group were not able to meet regularly, due to work schedules, family and other matters.  Therefore, the efforts of organizing a second chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in the Charleston area were kept alive by a core group of sorors.  Those sorors were as follows:

  • Helen T. McKune
  • Lillie B. Smith
  • Lucy Barnes
  • Gail Blair
  • Cheryl D. Deas
  • Janice S. Broughton

There were five important factors working against organizing a second chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in the Charleston area.  These factors made it difficult somewhat; to organize the new chapter, and are listed below:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha is serious business.
  • The interest group needed enough dedicated and willing sorors to establish another chapter.
  • The regional and national offices had to give approval of organizing a second chapter in the Charleston area.
  • The interest group was made up of young women who were inexperienced in many areas.
  • The interest group had to find an area to base the new chapter and the membership had to be large enough to support a new chapter.

On March 30, 1985, the North Charleston interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha was chartered and became the 111th chapter in the South Atlantic Region.  The chapter was named Omicron Rho Omega.  Mary Shy Scott, who was the South Atlantic Regional Director, from Atlanta, GA, chartered Omicron Rho Omega at the Marriott Hotel in North Charleston, SC.  Following the chartering ceremony, officers were elected and installed.  Soror Helen T. McKune was elected as the first Basileus and Soror Lillie Smith the Anti-Basileus.  Following their installation, Soror Scott conducted a workshop for the 39 sorors.

 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Omicron Rho Omega Chapter

 Charter Members

March 30, 1985

Cheryl A. Alston 

Lucy Barnes

Marva Black

Gail Blair

Olease Braddy

Bonnie Brisbane-Gaillard

Janice S. Broughton

Lanita Brown

Blondell Burnell

Joyce Coakley

Mildred Curry

Cheryl D. Deas

Victoria Fletcher

Celestine Greene

Patricia Greene

Tomette Hamilton

Arlyne Harrison

Karen S. Harrison

Jacqueline Heyward

Joann C. Hopkins

Yvette Jackson

Isabelle Liggins

Marnette McKinney

Helen T. McKune

Glenda Middleton

Sharon Milligan

Cassaundra Mulligan

Gwendell Murray

Yvette Murray

Gail Pinckney

Roberta Pinckney

Rosa Pringle

Sibby Region

Kathy Simmons

Lillie B. Smith

Cynthia Taylor

Angella Thomas

Carmen White

Sandra Wright


Highlights of the Chapter's Activities:

  • Community projects which included seminars designed to improve test taking skills.  The seminars were held at Calvary AME Church.
  • Tutorial training program for high school and college students
  • Thanksgiving Basket Drive ~ Baskets distributed to needy families
  • Voter Registration project ~ new voters added to the rolls
  • Door to door solicitation for the Charleston Chapter of the American Cancer Society
  • Door to door solicitation for the Mother's March
  • Fund-raising for the UNCF and EAF
  • Voluntary service and membership solicitation for the YWCA of Greater Charleston
  • Membership solicitation for NAACP

January 25, 1986, the sorors of Omicron Rho Omega sponsored its first Founders? Day Celebration as a joint collaboration with the sorors of Nu Alpha Omega Chapter of Moncks Corner, SC.  Soror Mary Shy Scott was the guest speaker.

The Chapter's first Membership Intake Process took place on September 13, 1987.  Twelve Sorors were initiated.

Omicron Rho Omega Chapter continued its growth in training, leadership and community service.  During the South Atlantic Regional Conference held March 19-21, 1987, the chapter received the second place Chapter Achievement Award and the chapter?s first Silver Star Soror, Lillie Smith, was recognized at this conference.  Regional Conference 2004 in Augusta, GA gave the sorors a chance to sponsor the Silver Star, Golden & Diamond Sorors? Luncheon.  The chapter has received numerous awards over the years, but her Crowning Glory came in 2006 when the chapter received National attention at the 62nd Boule in Detroit, MI for sponsoring a National Young Author Winner, Grade 4-6 (Tommie Sierra Middleton won with her original short story ?Pieces of the Puzzle? which was published in the Sorority?s anthology entitled The Spirit Within: Voices of Young Authors, Volume 2).

Other Community Activities the chapter participated in were residential Care Facilities visitation; UNCF Telerama ~ answering the phones; YWCA, NCNW, Project Food Share with local radio stations and NAACP Voter Registration drives.  The Chapter also holds a Dining With Family & Friends to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and Diabetes onslaught in the African-American Community.

To raise funds for these service projects, scholarships and other community needs, the chapter had candy sales, raffles and sponsored an annual Pre-Thanksgiving Ball.  The Little Miss/Junior Miss AKA Pageant and Contest is a fundraiser that allows the younger girls a chance to increase their self-esteem. The Men of Distinction Modeling Competition is another fundraising activity that the chapter enjoys.

In 2005, Omicron Rho Omega Chapter celebrated 20 years of service to mankind, a slide presentation was prepared by Soror Penelope S. Middleton chronicling the chapter?s activities leading up to the present.

Our Presidents Over The Years

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Helen T. McKune - March 1985 to December 1989 

Lillie Smith - January 1990 to December 1991

Bonnie Brisbane-Gaillard - January 1992 to December 1993

Janice S. Broughton - January 1994 to December 1996

Helen T. McKune - January 1997 to December 2000

Virginia L. Thomas - January 2001 to December 2002

Audrey L. Wilder - January 2003 to December 2004

Penelope S. Middleton - January 2005 to December 2006

Jenette V. Wright - January 2007 to December 2010

Karen  S. Harrison - January 2011 to 2014

Glenda Middleton - January 2015 to 2016

Marva Black - January 2017 to present

 Click here to view 20 Years of Service