(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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Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter continues to assert itself as a "service to mankind" organization during the 1990-1997 years.  "Women of the Nineties" and the Snowflake Ball continues to be two of our premier programs.  Joining the ranks of our premier programs in 1994 was "Focus on African American Adolescent Girls (FOAAAG)," which was designed and implemented to serve as a support group to seventh and eighth graders from inner city schools.  Dr. Barbara Ross Lee, the only African American female dean of a medical school at this time, "kicked off" the event by talking and interacting with the girls.  The program received an "extra boost" when Soror Loretta Seldon was instrumental in the chapter receiving a $4,500 grant for the 1997-98 school year to assist the sorority in providing materials and services to enhance the program. 

Due to the urging of members of the Youngstown Playhouse Minority Advisory Committee, January 23, 1993 saw the creation of the African American Greek Fraternal Organization.  Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity comprised the Organization.  The organization recognized the importance of promoting the progress of underrepresented students in higher education.  In recognition of this need, the group committed themselves to recognizing scholastic achievement by awarding a scholarship to a deserving student.  Sponsoring the productions, "Miss Ever's Boys" and "Fences" made it possible to provide a $10,000 scholarship to Joy Williams, a student from East High School.  Our chapter was represented on this committee in the persons of Sorors Alnita Bryant-Russell and P. Mae White.  Soror Verna Wylie served as the president of the organization. 

The 1991 years to the present continue to be filled with exciting chapter activities that impact the community. 

Our chapter has participated in the Youngstown Schools Adopt-A-School Program for several years.  Partnerships with Bennett School, Cleveland School, and Hillman School have been productive and gratifying.  Included in the activities have been tutoring students, purchasing math materials, providing incentives for improved student attendance, and planning activities to broaden the knowledge base of middle school girls about various opportunities in the community. 

In conjunction with the national programming, the first Media Appreciation Day was held at the B & O Restaurant in 1993 when plaques were awarded to WKBN TV Hostess of Expressions Sophia Brooks and Buckeye Review representative Crystal Williams-Costa for services rendered to the minority community.  Recipients of this prestigious award were made to Robert Douglas, one of the owners of WRBP and WGFT in 1994 and Mike McNair, owner of the Buckeye Review in 1995. 

Sorors implemented the performing arts strand of the National Program by horning Thomas Gross, baritone and husband of Soror Mary Gross.  Appearing as guests were Soror Alnita Bryant-Russell and pianist Dana Kristen-Joi Morgan.  This first-class affair was held on August 14, 1994 at Churchill United Methodist Church. 

October 1996, the chapter hosted the Northern OH/Western PA Cluster meeting at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.  The event received an outstanding evaluation. 

Regional Awards reached an all time high during this period: 

  • (1991) First Place in the Performing Arts in Drama at the Great Lakes Regional.  Sorors Mary Benford, Sara Griffing and Alnita Bryant-Russell were phenomenal women in the satirical piece, "I am A Woman," written by Ernest L. Brown and directed by Soror Verna Wylie.

  • (1992) First Place in the Performing Arts in Drama.  Sorors Alnita Bryant-Russell, Chithea Summers and Lois Thornton wowed the audience with their interpretation of "No Woman is an Island" written by Ernest Brown.

  • (1996) First Place in the Exhibits Award for "Exemplary Chapter Activities".

  • (1996) Received Patricia A. Petty Regional Director's Award of Exemplary Achievement.

  • (1996) Named a 1996 Honorable Mention for Chapter Newsletter.

  • (1996) Named a 1996 Four Rockets to Venus Chapter for outstanding contribution to the Educational Advancement Foundation.  Soror Evelyn Fisher coordinates the Chapter's EAF activities.

  • (1997) Received Patricia A. Petty Regional Director's Award of Exemplary Achievement.

  • (1997) Received the 1997 Four Rockets to Venus banner for outstanding contribution made to EAF.

  • (1997) Received the Northeastern Ohio Universities College for Medicine Office of Minority Affairs and Affirmative Action award for the Chapter's continuous participation in the Medical Minority Scholarship Fund program. 

Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter continuously makes significant statements in the community by supporting other organizations and causes.  Included in this group are the Associated Neighborhood Centers, Trumbull County Urban League, Youngstown Area Urban League, NAACP, Youngstown State University Music Summer Camp, YSU Athletic Program, Mahoning Valley Youth Leadership Program, United Negro College Fund and Tod Children's and Babies Hospital Telethon. 

Members of the chapter have consistently demonstrated their interest in Alpha Kappa Alpha by attending Great Lakes Regional, Boules, Leadership Conferences, and Cluster Meetings during this period in our history.