(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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As the millennium arrived, Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter continuously makes significant statements in the community by sponsoring activities that support the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Programs, supporting and partnering with other organizations, supporting the Greater Youngstown and surrounding areas, and causes.  Included in this group are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association (START! Heart walk), Associated Neighborhood Center, Danridge’s Burgundi Manor (black owned quality nursing care facility), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Junior Civic League, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, The Links, Incorporated (Youngstown Chapter), Mahoning Valley Youth Leadership Program, Minority Health Center (Farrell, PA), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Relay for Life, Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, Sojourner House, Tod Children and Babies Hospital Telethon, Trumbull County Urban League, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6488, Youngstown Area Elementary Schools (gloves, toothbrushes, uniforms, school supplies), YSU Athletic Program, YSU Black Alumni Chapter, YSU Black Business Student Association, YSU Music Summer Camp, Youngstown Area Urban League, NAACP,  Youngstown 2010 programs, United Negro College Fund, and area churches.  We also donated to the Katrina Relief Fund, Nellie Quander Scholarship, Centennial Celebration, and Sisters in Service Fund.

Members of Epsilon Mu Omega strive to support the area young by facilitating a “Successful Women” program in the elementary schools on life topics such as communication, relationships, technology, and college entrance information; the middle-aged with ‘The Economic Keys to Success’, entrepreneurial and health tips; and the ‘seasoned’ with B-I-N-G-O, providing transportation to the polls, and health information.

Consistently demonstrating an interest in Alpha Kappa Alpha, Epsilon Mu Omega members serve on the Great Lakes Heritage Committee, Regional Technology Committee, being facilitators, and recorders for conferences.  Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter members continue to be well represented by attending Great Lakes Regional, Boule, Leadership Conferences, and Cluster Meetings.  Chapter awards include placing in the Outstanding Graduate Chapter, Outstanding Soror (Theresa Yarboro), Wellness Award, ‘The Great Communicator’ (use of communication tools), ‘Helping Hand’, Patricia A. Petty Wilson Exhibit Award, EAF Gold Level Award, Standards Award, receiving the Schylbea J. Hopkins Regional Director’s Award of Exemplary Achievement to Honorable Mention for Outstanding Basileus (Dorothy B. Davis), Outstanding Graduate Advisor (Robin S. Bradley), ‘Outstanding Newsletter’ to High Honors for membership (4 and 5 Heartbeats).  Epsilon Mu Omega participated in the Young Authors Program (2005-2006), where local winners Rakia Levesque and Zaakiyah Cua competed on the regional level.  We received an award for implementation of the Young Authors Program and Sponsorship of the 2006 Grade 4-6 Great Lakes National Young Author, Rakia Lévesque was honored during the 2006 Boule in Detroit, MI.   In 2005, Epsilon Mu Omega and Delta Delta chapters hosted the Northern OH/Western PA Cluster meeting on the campus of Youngstown State University.  Located in an area not suited to host a Regional Conference, Epsilon Mu Omega Chapter was able to join with the Northern Ohio/Western PA Cluster Region to assist with the 74th (Pittsburgh, PA) and 75th (Cleveland, OH) Great Lakes Regional Conferences by serving as vendor committee where Dorothy B. Davis was the vendor committee chairman.

 True to the ideals and traditions of our founders, Epsilon Mu Omega reflects with pride on its past and accepts its mission for the future, as the 21st century enfolds.  We, as sisters, together and individually, shall reach out and touch mankind, as we continue our legacy of "service to all mankind".  We are a small, but Mighty Band of Spirited Sorors. We are dreamers!  We have the imagination and talents to make our dreams come true!  We love God, our families; we are glad and proud to be Alpha Kappa Alpha women!  We are Electrifying and Extraordinary Sincere Sorors who Promise to Protect, Persevere, and Promote the traditions of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!