History of the Rho Chi Omega Chapter
Rho Chi Omega began as a vision of several members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with a vision to recruit, reclaim and retain inactive members. In the fall of 1987, more than 50 educated and diverse women from North Alabama came together to establish a new Graduate Chapter to serve Madison and Morgan Counties and the surrounding communities. After a long struggle that spanned several years, the interest group of more than 50 became 27 Cultured Pearls. And on Saturday, July 29, 1989, the Cultured Pearls were chartered Rho Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.
Since the chapter’s chartering, it has been active in providing supreme Service to All Mankind by supporting local organizations such as the North Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation, Madison County Relay for Life, National Pan-Hellenic Council of North Alabama, Decatur Youth Services, Oak Park Elementary, Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen, Manna House, Visible Hope, Fellowship of Faith Church, Grady-Madison A.M.E. Church Food Pack Program, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Association, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Africare, Kimberly Fails Foundation and Blossomwood Foundation to name a few.
On July 29, 2019, Rho Chi Omega Chapter celebrated 30 years of cultivating the dream of those 27 women executed by 8 visionary Chapter Presidents. To date, Rho Chi Omega has grown to more than 140 active members, established signature programs like the Black Trivia Bee, the Angel Pageant for young ladies 4 years old to the eighth grade and the Prince to King Mentor Program for young men in third through eighth grades. The Chapter has established scholarship initiatives that have awarded over $100,000 to hundreds of deserving college students.
Rho Chi Omega continues to be diligent in its resolve to support and implement the target initiatives of the International Program Theme "Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service" under the leadership of the International President, Dr. Glenda Glover. The members of Rho Chi Omega further embrace the founding ideals of our sorority. We are fiercely committed to sisterhood, service, action, leadership, and devotion to the revitalization of our communities. With these ideals, we cleave to the charge set forth by the South Eastern Regional Director, Mitzi Dease Paige as "Perpetual Pearls: Engaged-Enlightened-Energized".
The members of Rho Chi Omega Chapter are Pearls on F.I.R.E. with heightened enthusiasm and incredible passion to be: Fiercely committed to being of Service to All Mankind; Innovative in our efforts to expand our community reach; Resolved to grow further in sisterliness, sisterhood and service; and Energized, excited and “On F.I.R.E.” to execute our local and International Programs in the Madison and Morgan Counties and surrounding communities. Thirty years later, the members of Rho Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® continue to answer “the call to Action and the call to be of Service to All Mankind.