(Charter Founders)

Seated: Gertrude Guilford*, Arcelean Hampton, Winifred Johnson, Dr. Ruth Thomas, Ethel Love and Esterine Paige.

Standing: Carolyn Patton, Lucile Ruff, Lillian Jackson, Evelyn Staton, Mary E. Lovett Belton.


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During the early years of existence, Epsilon Mu Omega's energetic group of sorors formulated plans for an undergraduate chapter.  Their dreams were realized on May 8, 1953 when Delta Delta Chapter of Youngstown College received its chapter. 

The chapter had many service oriented projects during these early years to be "of greater service to all mankind."  The year 1950 proved to be a banner year for these pioneers of our local chapter.  The scholarship program was initiated with the awarding of fifty dollar scholarship to Marcella Boyd, to attend the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.  The awarding of scholarships became an annual event.  During this same year, the sorority sponsored a free dental clinic.  Also, the "Fashionetta and Models Ball" which was held in October became an annual affair for several years.  This affair attracted outstanding national personalities.  These included renowned model Marva Louis Spaulding and Detroit hat designer Bill Howard. 

The decade of 1950-60 was memorable in many ways.  Chapter highlights included honoring the Negro Drama Players of New York performing the production, "Bell, Book and Candle."  Members of the sorority also, volunteered their services and items to the American Cancer Society to meet its full quota of responsibility to the National Projects Fund of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  As a reward for their efforts Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter was named a 3 Gold Star chapter.