The History of Lambda Omega Chapter
The Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered in Newport News, Virginia on January 13, 1934. Lambda Omega is the channel through which each member can improve educational, social, cultural, and economic conditions on the Virginia Peninsula.
We continue to perpetuate the ideals and principles of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and contributes thousands of dollars annually to community service projects for educational and cultural development. Through the years, Lambda Omega has maintained an annual membership of more than 100 women. The initial focus and commitment of Lambda Omega Chapter were to play a constructive role in advocating and implementing the goals and objectives of the National organization; supporting community projects; sponsoring college scholarships for deserving high school seniors; participating in voter registration; implementing volunteer services; and offering financial support to local and national agencies. Through the years, the Chapter has hosted several Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences, Founders’ Day Ceremonies, and Tidewater Cluster Meetings. Lambda Omega also has sponsored health and empowerment fairs, educational programs, seminars, and workshops for members and the community-at- large.
Over the years, Lambda Omega Chapter has been involved in a myriad of programs and activities — all aspiring to promote the ideals of service to mankind. Lambda Omega continues the tradition as our membership continues to grow and expand our service programs to increase the number and scope of our endeavors.
Former Chapter Presidents
|1934-1935 Effie Mae Drake Green||1936-1937 Leah Kay Frazier|
|1938-1939 Helen Gould||1939-1941 Loyce Woodard|
|1942-1943 Margaret Johnson||1944-1945 Verna Ridley|
|1946-1947 Miriam Lane||1947-1948 Octavia Knight/Norvleate Downing|
|1949-1950 Agnes Buckner||1951-1953 Leah Kay Frazier|
|1954-1955 Talma Rattley||1956-1958 Elizabeth Jordan|
|1959-1961 Thelma Hill||1962-1966 Jessie M. Rattley|
|1967-1968 Sandra Davis||1969-1972 Katherine G. Johnson|
|1973 Eddyce D. Hobson||1973-1974 Olive Hopson|
|1975-1978 Mary Bell||1979-1980 Marion Wright|
|1981-1982 Katherine G. Johnson||1983-1986 Clara M. Hines|
|1987-1990 Daisy W. Alston||1991-1994 Clara M. Hines|
|1995-1996 Martha Brooks||1997-1999 Velma Barclift-Barnard|
|1999-2004 Joan Spratley||2005 Donna Phelps-Thomas|
|2006-2009 E. Jean Oliver||2010-2010 Marion Wright|
|2011-2012 Norma Gaither||2013-2016 Dianne Blakeney|
|2017-2020 Delores G. Forrest||2021-2022 Samantha RDL Richards|