Celebrating 75 years of Service The Gamma Rho Omega Story

Mrs. Sharon Brown Harriott, South Atlantic Regional Director of Columbia, SC; Dr. NORMA Solomon White, 75th Anniversary Chair and 25th International President; Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilsom, International President of Milwaukee and Mrs. Willetta Richie, Chapter President (Photo by Darnel Williams)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter celebrated  its 75th Anniversary with a week of festivities that started with the signing of a proclamation from Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry congratulating and  recognizing  the  sorority   for its service to the Jacksonville Community, a “Brick Dedication Celebration” at the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter Sorority House to honor members for their service to the community and a special tribute to Dr. Norma Solomon White, 25th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a local Jacksonville resident.

Gamma Rho Omega Chapter was chartered on June 23, 1942, forty two years after the founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Through the vision of 10 young Alpha Kappa Alpha women from Jacksonville, the   chapter   has  grown to over 300 members who have provided scholarships and created  programs of service to address educational, cultural, religious, political and social issues in Jacksonville.

Gamma Rho Omega Commemorative Brick Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony was attended by more than 100 local Chapter members and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc dignitaries from around the country. A special monument was erected on the grounds of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter Sorority House by National and Regional officers to honor Dr. White, for her service as 25th    International  President  of  the organization.

On  Saturday,  June  24,  2017  the group celebrated with a Jazz Brunch Concert, featuring renowned Flutist, Mrs. Dennine M. White. The event was  attended  by  over  400  people, including  the  current  International President  of  Alpha  Kappa  Alpha, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the immediate  Past  President,  Carolyn House Stewart, Esquire and  and the SouthAtlantic Regional Director Mrs. Sharon Brown Harriott. Well known Jacksonville  historian and  member of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Mrs. Camilla P. Thompson was honored at this event for her 75 years of service to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and  Gamma  Rho  Omega  Chapter along with individuals in the Chapter that  have  served  the  sorority  for 50 years. Mrs. Willetta R. Richie, President of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter presided over all celebration events.

The award-winning Traveling Exhibit of the Gamma Rho Omega Story will be on display at the Jacksonville Main Library during the month of August.