ETA OMEGA HISTORY
The Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., established in 1922, is the first chapter of our international organization to be chartered in the metropolitan Louisville area. The chapter's commitment to education and the advancement of individuals is pivotal to the foundational belief of service to all mankind.
We maintain the values of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., by promoting high scholastic academic advancement, demonstration of professionalism, and representation of service in the community. The membership, comprised of distinguished women who boast excellent academic achievements and proven leadership skills, is involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Eta Omega is dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace. Collectively, we utilize our resources to provide service to the community locally, regionally, and internationally. The chapter regularly partners with other organizations to achieve its goals of service to the community and all mankind.
Eta Omega impacts the lives of individuals worldwide through its implementation of our international programs. The current international program theme for 2018-2022 is Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service and includes five program targets designed to advance the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., with excellence and underscore our commitment to sustainable service. They are:
HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Building Your Economic Legacy
Both the Hortense B. Perry Foundation and Eta Omega have worked untiringly to be of service to all mankind. The Hortense B. Perry Foundation, the charitable entity of our Chapter, is an educational foundation that provides scholarships and grants to college bound high school seniors who live in the Louisville Metro area. This is the primary purpose of the HBP Foundation, promotion of “high scholastic” achievement for high school girls and college women. It also promotes and provides financial support for our international and local programs such as the Read-in, Little Miss AKA, Salute to Women Entrepreneurs, and LEAF, a program of encouragement and self-improvement for middle school girls. To learn more about HBPF, please see the section titled “HBP Foundation”.
Finally, Eta Omega boasts proudly of being a local and world servant, and we are continually seeking women of high scholastic, ethical, and moral standards who also want to strive to do things that are worthwhile. Our efforts are united, and because of that, the Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a strong, close-knit group of women who strive to make a difference in the lives of all people. We are committed to serving ALL mankind.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of over 290,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.
PAST PRESIDENTS to PRESENT
1922 - 1984
Maude E. Brown (1922), Bessie Willis (1924), Carolyn Blanton (1926), Estella M. Kennedy (1928), Maude E. Brown (1930), Willie Carrington (1932), Gladys J. Spain (1933), Helen Y. Kuykendall (1935), Rose Ellen Goodloe (1937), Gertrude S. Wilson (1939), Yolanda Barnett (1940), Virginia Winlock Harris (1942), Hazel R. Bolan (1944), Alyne Martin (1946), Lee Anna Shelburne (1947), Evelyn R. Jackson (1949), Elizabeth W. Collins (1955), Eleanor Y. Guillard (1957), Lucy P. Larke (1959), Ima Farthing (1961), Rosamary Bell (1963), Margaret Woodson (1965), Barbara W. Stringer (1967), Gertrude Lively (1969), Anna Chandler (1971), Mary Gant (1973), Sara McPherson (1975), Cleopatra Gregory (1977), Mattie Clay (1979), Barbara W. Stringer (1981), Irene E. Smith (1982), and Janis N. Brown (1984)
1986 - Present
Rose Marie Stanley (1994), Ruby Fitzgerald (1996), Denise Jackson (2002)