The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority celebrated its 70th anniversary on Aug. 25 with a luncheon and program at Hyatt Regency on East Coastline Drive in Jacksonville.
More than 300 sorority members and guests gathered for an anniversary luncheon celebration themed “Platinum and Pearls: Celebrating 70 years of Timeless Service.”
“We are blessed to have the foresight and wisdom of ten charter members and to have this opportunity to celebrate, reflect on our past and visioning for our future. Without their foresight and strong shoulders, we would not be the chapter we are today,” said Mary L. Brown, president of the chapter.
10 charter members
The Gamma Rho Omega chapter was chartered in Jacksonville on June 23, 1942 by 10 young women who were Alpha Kappa Alpha members on various college campuses.
Of the original 10 founders, Louis Gardner-Sheffield is the oldest living member. She and the chapter’s oldest living president, Ruth C. Solomon, served as 70th anniversary honorary chairs.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is an international service organization founded Jan. 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women with membership that exceeds 260,000 in both graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa.