ABOUT Pi Epsilon Omega
The 15 charter members are: Geraldine Barber, Sharon Brickhouse, Christine Carpenter, Vivian Dent, Bernadette Harmon, Mary Loretta Harmon, Marie Humbles, Gloria Jackson, Mary A. Mitchell, Eula Mizzelle, Dinita Morris, Alice Rogers, Sylvia Stanley, Joyce Terry, and Sheila Walker. The chapter was elated to have Marie Billie, Sherry Kinsey and Brenda Laws join the chapter in 1987.
Pi Epsilon Omega has grown over the years by membership intake, transfers from undergraduate and graduate chapters and reactivated members. Our international programs have expanded and our small chapter has kept pace with all the programs. In 2012 with 23 members, we hosted the Tidewater Cluster with an attendance of 300 members. We chaired the gift committee at the 2016 Regional Conference in Virginia Beach supplying gifts for all activities for the conference.
In 2017 and 2018, we were proud to represent the regional conferences with 80 percent of our chapter members, won awards for EAF donations and submitted a scrapbook display at Regional Conference.
From our meager beginnings in 1984 to this present time, we have accomplished many tasks. Twenty-five years of Miss Fashionetta Pageant, AKAdemy, yearly Thanksgiving baskets to families in both counties, distribution of coats, scarfs and gloves to the local shelter, students in the ASCEND (over 60 participants) and CAP programs, donation of park benches to the nursing home and three town parks with Alpha Kappa Alpha engraved on each, participated and supported the Dr. M. L. King Jr. Day Celebration for 35 years.
We have kicked off our new international program, Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Services, with the collection of glasses for the Lions Club, making dresses for girls in Haiti, health awareness programs (Zumba), giving to our HBCU colleges and sponsoring a night of the ARTS. Since 2017, we have participated locally and raised more than $13,000 for Relay for Life.
In 1984, a group of Alpha Kappa Alpha women, who resided in Accomack and Northampton counties, saw a need to come together for the purpose of establishing an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The first organizational meeting was held at the home of Joyce T. Terry on October 15. Thereafter, meetings were scheduled at the homes of the women to develop programs and implement community activities. The group decided to be named the AKA Club of Exmore.
After several months of meetings and implementing programs, the group made an application to the National Office of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to become a chapter. On May 24, 1986, former Regional Director, Barbara Davis, chartered the AKA Club of Exmore, Virginia and the group was officially named Pi Epsilon Omega Chapter. Joyce T. Terry became the First President.