Phi Phi Omega: the Beginning
Soror Bettye Lewis Maye had a vision for a North Fulton County graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1997. On one spring day, Soror Maye and her daughter joined 3 other Sorors to begin the movement to charter a North Fulton chapter. The chartering interest group was named the Alpha Pearls.
The Alpha Pearls
From the beginning, the Alpha Pearls were committed to community service. From the fall of 1999 and throughout 2000, the group’s activities included:
- Participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk
- Initiating a read-a-thon for North Fulton
- Donating toiletries to the Atlanta Women and Children’s Day Shelter
The sorors also attended several public functions together, including Rho Zeta Omega’s Fashion Show, a worship service at St. James United Methodist Church and the South Atlantic Regional Convention. In February 2000, the “sophomore” group joined the initial organizers. News of the Alpha Pearls service and presence in North Fulton quickly spread. Nearly 30 sorors joined the Alpha Pearl efforts.
After more than a year of service to the North Fulton community, the Alpha Pearls received approval for a chapter. On Friday, February 16, 2001, the Phi Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered.
Charter members for Phi Phi Omega are: Sondra Anderson, Angela Temple Bennet, Sheree Buchanan, Nina Woods Cloyd, Lori Cooper, Deidre Cooper, Suzette Daughety, Patricia Gantt, Concetta Hubbard Odongo, Nanci Hughes, Yolanda Hughes, Kristen Jackson, Sandra Kenon, Kimberly Knox, Bettye Lewis Maye, Sharon McCarty Armstrong, Donna Hubbard McCree, Felicia Moment, Roshelle Nash, Anita Nibbs, Shannon Parms, Lois Price, Mary Ann Rosemond, Rosilyn Taylor, Sylvia Thomas, Francis Thompkins, Kitty Wright, Alice Wyatt, Sharon Wyche-Leonard, and Shevawn Broxton Young.
In the years since the chapter’s chartering, Phi Phi Omega has remained an active presence in the North Fulton community, providing service through Foster Care Support, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Back-to-School and the annual Christmas Giving Tree. The chapter has also grown in size from 30 charter sorors to more than 100 active sorors yearly.