Sorority plans luncheon

Published 8:56 pm Friday, February 21, 2014

A sorority chapter will celebrate its 60th anniversary and honor its one surviving charter member at a luncheon at the First Lady on Sunday.

The Zeta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was chartered on Feb. 14, 1954, by 12 original members. Elva Goode Warren is the surviving member, and the others were Mary Craig, Annie C. Newton, Alma B. Diggs, Dorothy S. Rainey, Jeanne B. Hoffler, Margaret W. Reid, Ernell Holland, Lola Spease, Rose T. Hurst, Pauline C. Morton and Marilyn Wyatt.

Since then, the chapter has done many community service projects, including a summer reading program held every year for more than 25 years at Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The program helps young people maintain their reading and math skills over the summer.

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Other projects include an Emerging Young Leaders program for middle-school girls, donations to the Genieve Shelter, fundraising for activities like Relay For Life, Tour de Cure and the St. Jude Walk for a Cure, and others.

“We focus on community service,” said Avis Blow, a current member. “We’re working with young people in the community.”

Blow said Mayor Linda T. Johnson and City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn will be in attendance at Sunday’s event.