Kappa Pi Omega Chapter History
The vision for the establishment of Kappa Pi Omega Chapter began as a “Tale of Three Cities” (Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, Alabama).
Sixteen energetic, erudite, and excited ladies who lived in the Wiregrass shared a unique vision in the late 60s and early 70s. This was the vision of continuing the dynamic legacy of their great sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., by forming a graduate chapter. They all had joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. during their undergraduate studies at various colleges and universities. From Dothan, they were: *Anna Lois Berard, Gloria Frazier, *Edna McLoyd, Oretha Mathis, *Deloris Potter, *Lucille Smith, and Francina Williams. From Enterprise, they were: *Bessie Mullins, Dolores Simmons, and Jean Wrather. From Ozark, they were: Shirley Baxter, Paulette B. Booker (Love), Brenda Harper, LaJosipha McLeod, *Sandra North, and Ruby Williams. These ladies formed an AKA Interest Group.
The interest group met monthly with their energies aimed at one major objective, the formation of a graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Membership increased with each new meeting date. The record shows increasing membership to move from six to eight at the second meeting. Eleven members attended the third interest meeting. Twelve members attended the fourth and fifth meetings. Officers were elected at the fifth meeting. Paulette Booker (Love) was elected to serve as the president of the Interest Group. The meetings, scheduled for Sunday afternoons, were held alternately in Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, Alabama.
The eleventh meeting was quite memorable. In May, 1975, the Interest Group met in Dothan at the home of *Deloris Potter as the group could formerly move to the title, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Interest Group. It had achieved the required number to form an Interest Group.
On February 29, 1976, the members of the Wiregrass Interest Group met at the Ramada Inn in Dothan, Alabama, for the chartering ceremony of Kappa Pi Omega Chapter, the ensuing workshop, and the public reception. Since 1976, Kappa Pi Omega Chapter has inducted twelve presidents.
1st President: Paulette B. Booker (Love)
2nd President: Dolores Simmons
3rd President: Katrina Faulk
4th President: Francina Williams
5th President: Brenda Harper
6th President: Sharon Kelley
7th President: Dolores Simmons
8th President: Linda Hiller
9th President: Sharon Kelley
10th President: Dolores Simmons
11th President: Linda C. Garrett
12th President: Jerlyn C. McCleod
13th President: D. LaShay Smith
14th President: Jerlyn C. McCleod, MD
15th (Current): Teresa A. Townsend
The membership of this chapter includes talented and professional women who are dedicated to carrying on the traditions, ideas, and goals established by the founders. As community leaders, the women of Kappa Pi Omega Chapter have pooled their resources and talents to help improve the quality of life in Wiregrass Area.
Julia Rose (Diamond)