About Us

Our History

Rho Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. emerged from the Chickahominy Interest Group. Its first organizational meeting was held at Nielsen Restaurant, budding into the chartering on May 21, 1988. The occasion was celebrated at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, under the leadership of then Mid-Atlantic Director, Marye Jefferies. The first President of Rho Eta Omega Chapter was Margie Chrichlow. Under her leadership, Rho Eta Omega held its first public event, “Illumination of Splendor”, at Bellwood Defense General Supply Center (DGSC, Chesterfield, Virginia). Our first signature program was called “Project Yes”, which stands for Youth Enrichment Services. This program served youths in grades five through eleven. It has evolved into our current signature program “Ride For Knowledge”, where high school students are introduced to Historically Black Colleges and Universities first through various pre-college seminars and finally via a bus tour of various HBCUs. Rho Eta Omega was chartered with thirty-seven members. We have currently grown to over 90 members, have won numerous awards and are very active in the Richmond community. And our motto remains: “We are small enough to be a sisterhood, and large enough to make a difference.”

Charter Members

  • Brigitte Andrews
  • Charmaine Brooks
  • Karen Brown
  • Linda Brown
  • Marie Brown
  • Marilyn Brown
  • Joan Bynum
  • Inez Byrd
  • Sandra Craighead
  • Maria Crenshaw
  • Muriel Felder
  • Jeanette Flippen
  • Linda Gordon
  • Lillian Greene
  • Cynthia Hampton
  • Sada Hill
  • Stella Johnson
  • Gloria McCowin
  • Yvette Martin
  • Cynthis Mayo
  • Joyce Melton
  • Mercita Mass
  • Paula Powell
  • Diane Ready
  • Rhonda Russell
  • Jerome Seldon
  • Joyce Shockley
  • Margie C. Smith
  • Lena Thompson
  • Elaine Washington
  • Yvette Washington
  • Angela West
  • Stephanie White
  • Gwendolyn Whiting
  • Nannie Wilson
  • Brenda Williams
  • Annie Wood

Former Presidents

 

Margie Smith

1988 – 1990

Lena Thompson

1999 – 2002

Faye Cates

1997 – 1998

Karen Brown Taylor

1991 – 1992

Linda Brown

2003 – 2004

Nikki Adkins

2009 – 2010

Vanessa Myers-Mason

1993 – 1996

Sada' Hill

2005 – 2008

Arlene Skinner

2011 – 2014

Chapter Officers and Committee Chairmen

Chapter Officers

President
Maria Crenshaw

Vice President
Dorothy Smith

Secretary
Gwen Peters

Assistant Secretary
Ethel Tatum

Corresponding Secretary
Ebony Hill

Financial Secretary
Monica Darden

Treasurer
Wendi White

Hostess
Jannette Ricks

Ivy Leaf Reporter
Tamara Johnson

Door Keeper
Kiara Thompson

Chaplain
Cheryl Jones

Parliamentarian
Monique Daniel

Historian
Monica Booker

Graduate Advisors
Faye Cates, Gloria Burke and Sada’ Hill

Immediate Past President
Arlene Skinner

 

 

Chapter Committee Chairman

Archives
Monica Booker

Auditing
Arlene Skinner

Awards
Jean Barber and Marsha Lewis

Bylaws
Monique Daniel

Connection
Vanessa Johnson

Finance
Wendi White

Fundraising
Vanessa Myers Mason

Health Promotion
Kiara Thompson and Yolonda Thompson

Leadership Development
Vanessa Myers Mason

Membership
Tamara Johnson and Brigitte Andrews

Nominating
Monica Darden

Program
Dorothy Smith

Protocol
Anne Miller

Publicity
Tamara Johnson

Remembrance
Jannette Ricks

Rituals
Helen Wilkins

Scholarship
Marta Cheek and Lynda Gant

Standards
Kiara Lee

Technology
Kiara Lee