Phi Nu Omega Today
The motto of Phi Nu Omega is, “Small enough to know you, but large enough to serve you!” Phi Nu Omega is a small chapter that prides itself on providing service. Since its chartering over two decades ago, Phi Nu Omega has continuously and tirelessly provided service to the residents of Alexandria, Virginia. Phi Nu Omega has strengthened its partnership with The Shelter House. Two members of Phi Nu Omega have proudly served as President of the Shelter House Board of Directors. Throughout the year, Phi Nu Omega services the families residing at The Shelter House by sponsoring Mother’s Day, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day programs and workshops. Additionally, each August, Phi Nu Omega hosts a Back-to-School party for the children of The Shelter House during which each child receives a backpack filled with school supplies. Phi Nu Omega has also established a lasting relationship with Alive! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically). Alive! is a non-profit organization that amongst its many services provides its clients with nonperishable food items. Phi Nu Omega assists Alive! by sorting and packing donated canned goods. Every December through the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services, Phi Nu Omega adopts a family for the holidays, provides winter coats for youths in foster care, and gift cards for the elderly. Phi Nu Omega also participates annually in races and walks that raise funds for organizations that promote breast cancer awareness. Phi Nu Omega has received several awards for its work in the community.
In addition to partnering with area non-profits, Phi Nu Omega actively works and partners with other members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and other Washington, D.C. chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Furthermore, Phi Nu Omega supports Alpha Kappa Alpha’s national program initiatives as well. For example, Phi Nu Omega annually hosts a Pink Goes Red event that benefits the American Heart Association and has an active Emerging Young Leaders program. To fund its ambitious program agenda, Phi Nu Omega annually hosts its signature fundraising event, a Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction. Through the money raised, Phi Nu Omega makes contributions to various scholarship funds and national and international organizations dedicated to values that Alpha Kappa Alpha holds dear.
In 2013, Phi Nu Omega established the Pearls of the Potomac Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, that will raise funds in order to provide Service to All Mankind.
As our National Hymn says, “…with hearts that are loyal and hearts that are true. By merit and culture we strive and we do. Things that are worthwhile and with a smile. We’ll help each other for we know there’s no other like our sisterhood. Alpha Kappa Alpha.”
Mid-Atlantic Region History
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® began as vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University. The sorority has grown into a union of thousands of college educated women who are bound by a powerful mystique, a real moving factor in the lives of students in more than four hundred institutions of higher learning; it is one of the most solvent corporations in the world today.
As the sorority has grown, it has kept in balance two very important themes: the importance of the individual and strength of an organization of women of courage and ability. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.
To effectively and efficiently govern the more than 900 chapters, Alpha Kappa Alpha is divided into regions, according to geographical location and density of population. Chapters were originally organized into regions in 1924 and charged regional directors as the lead officer. Prior to 1953, the states that now make up the Mid-Atlantic Region (NC and VA) were part of the South Atlantic Region.
At the 1953 Boule, due to realignment, the Mid-Atlantic Region was born. Dr. Rose Butler Browne, the first Mid-Atlantic regional director, led the region with determination and commitment to serving all mankind. Focusing on the national theme of Our Health, Our Strength, the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference was held in Newport News, VA with Lambda Omega serving as the host chapter. Since 1953, there have been eighteen regional directors and 130 chapters (82 graduate chapters and 48 undergraduate chapters).
Dr. Norma S. White, 25th international president, coined the term Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Region.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated History
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.