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.