The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated its 107th Founders’ Day observance last weekend at the Hyatt Hotel. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University and incorporated in 1913. Thirty-four years later, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter was chartered in Jacksonville, Florida on June 23, 1942 and has actively embraced the goals and initiatives of the national organization whose theme is Launching New Dimensions of Service.
The chapter’s signature Program “ASCEND” (Achievement, Self- Awareness, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills), is conducted at the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club bi-weekly.
Celebrants enjoyed the J. H. Walker Chamber Players in a musical performance in the atrium before the program which kicked off with greetings brought by Mrs. Mary Brown Davis, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter President.
Several presentaions were made throughout the program which was emceed by Joyce Morgan-Danford.
The audience was mesmerized by the performance of gospel violinist Eric Taylor who performed special renditions of “Happy”, excerpts from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, “Amazing Grace”, “Because He Lives”, and concluded with “Total Praise”.
Members of the sorority, through its 265,000 members and 986 chapters, work to address community needs with programs in five target areas: Educational Enrichment; Health Promotion; Family Strengthening; Environmental Ownership and Global Impact.
This year’s Founder’s Day Celebration was chaired by the sorority’s 25th Supreme Basileus, Dr. Norma Solomon White.