Rho Rho Omega Chapter History
Five inactive members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, solicited the interest and cooperation of twenty- two other members of inactive status in forming a second graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia. The Interest Group known as the Ladies of Pink and Green re-activated as General Members. Banning together these ladies began planning and performing numerous service projects. The South Atlantic Regional Director, Mrs. Frederica S. Wilson visited the Interest Group and accepted the group’s choice of Ms. Mary V. Ford of Gamma Tau Omega Chapter as their Mentor.
Their humanitarian thrust provided monthly service and support to the House of Mercy, a shelter for the homeless. Other service projects included a Halloween party for the children from the Battered Women’s Shelter, clothing for the Rape Crisis Center, Easter Baskets to the Nursing Home, Thanksgiving Basket for an adopted family, Christmas favors for the Nursing Home and clean-up of the Battered Women Shelter.
At the Chartering Program Mayor Pro Tem A J McClung presented a proclamation honoring the Ladies of Pink and Green and proclaimed the week of January 7 – 14, 1989 as “The Pink and Green Chartered Chapter Week”. Since the chapter was chartered the torch of President has passed eight times: from Cynthia Jordan (1989 – 92) to Audrey Wardlaw (1993 – 96) to Trenna Trice (1997 – 2000) to Debra Howell (2001 – 02) to Jasponica Florence Moore (2003 – 06) to Dolly Baker (2007 – 10) to Yolaunda Daniel (2011 – 14) to Shiann Williamson (2015 – 18) and to our current president Erika Thomas.
Rho Rho Omega Chapter continues to make a positive impact on the local community. Under the leadership of Yolaunda Daniel we participated in the Centennial Celebration of our grand sorority. Members of Rho Rho Omega journeyed to Washington, D. C. to take part in the festivities. Pictures of the chapter members were featured on the front page of the Washington Post. Major Bernita Hightower was pictured in an Associated Press picture with President Barack Obama in Iraq. This year, $10,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to local high school students in the tri city area. This is a journey in progress.
Over the years Rho Rho Omega Chapter, Inc. of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has initiated and participated in several community events. Some of these events have included the Summer Reading program, Thanksgiving\Christmas Adopt a Family program, UNCF Telethon, Relay for Life, voter registration, Young Authors program, the Georgia Saves campaign, Pink Ice Educational Ball, AuKtion4Acure and Red Wine Sip.
We continue to reverence the past, celebrate our accomplishments, and continue the legacy.
Phyllis Adams, Marjorie Barker, Alane B. Bray, Nancy P. Bray, Lydia Bumper, Ursula P. Carter, Annie R. Gordon, Jolanda B. Hancock, Linda M. Harvey, Debra Howell, Lorenia W. Jones, Angela C. Jordan, Cynthia W. Jordan, Melissa Lewis, Patricia K. Love, Cynthia A. Luke, Felicia T. Lynn, Diane P. Lyons, Jacqueline McDuffie, Alice Robinson, Robin Robinson, Jessie Stewart, Jackie Taylor, Trenna D. Trice, Audrey B. Wardlaw, Jacquelyn White and Wanna B. Wright.
Mary V. Ford (deceased)