(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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The decade, 1980 - 1990, ushered in more programs that "made a difference in the community."  Graduates and undergraduates hosted a retreat at Youngstown State University.  It was an exhilarating experience to observe sorors from Northern Ohio interacting on topics such as financial structure, parliamentary procedure, sisterly relations, and graduate and undergraduate relations. 

The year 1983 was a "year to remember in the history of Epsilon Mu Omega.  The production "Spirituals to Broadway" written and produced by Soror Verna Wylie attracted audiences in excess of 2,500 from the tri-county area and Steubenville.  The production, which used local talent, performed four performances at Kent State University, Trumbull Branch, and two performances at Youngstown State University.  Proceeds from the production were used to assist YSU African American students in the performing arts. 

In March of 1983, the chapter became the "talk of the town" when Epsilon Mu Omega hosted, "Furs, the Final Touch" featuring New York black furrier James McQuay.  Mr. McQuay, who had been featured in the November 1982 issue of Essence, produced an event that was long remembered.  The funds from this "evening of elegance," held at Mr. Anthony's were generated for the scholarship fund. 

The momentum of chapter activities continued when the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon was sponsored on Sunday, May 20, 1984.  The keynote speaker for the event was Great Lakes Regional Director, Dr. Bella Clinkscale. 

1985 marked the beginning of the annual seminar and style show "Women of the Eighties."  Epsilon Mu Omega was a pioneer in planning and implementing a seminar whose purpose was to enhance the  "total well being of women".  This event has always been culminated with a fashion drama.  The affair has and continues to attract between two and three hundred women annually. 

Sorors were very active participating at the Regional level during this period.  Several sorors served as presenters, conveners, and recorders at regional level.  Epsilon Mu Omega was proud when our own Soror P. Mae White was elected to the office of Cluster Coordinator for the Northwestern OH/Western PA area for 1986-87.  The labor of sorors was rewarded when the chapter received the Graduate Advisor's Mentoring Award and the Past Basilei Leadership Award at the 1988 Regional.