"Small But Mighty"
Rho Gamma Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international service organization founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. In an effort to extend the sorority’s service areas, specifically in the Oranges and Maplewood communities in Essex County, charter member Joan B. White, formed the interest group and became the chapter’s first president. After one full year of hard work in the community, it was on September 6, 1987, Rho Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. was chartered to service the Oranges and Maplewood communities. As community statistics began to change, 33 charter members saw a need to service for the community at large. Rho Gamma Omega has benefitted by the leadership of nine former presidents; Joan B. White, Barbara O’Neal, Barbara Harston Griffa, Anita S. O’ Neal, Hazel Lockett, Zaundria Mapson May, Pamela S. Nash, Melani Wilson Smith and Vonda K. Johnson. The current president, Recia Howard provides noteworthy leadership to a group of committed, motivated, hard-working membership. Each president has served diligently and through careful effort and guidance, has led this chapter to become stronger and more responsive to the needs of our communities.
Throughout the years, the chapter has received recognition in many areas including Program, Membership, Standards, Connections, and EAF. The chapter’s community service efforts earned an award from the Essex County Education Association. Rho Gamma Omega's efforts have also been publicized in The Ivy Leaf as well as local news media. The Rho Gamma Omega Chapter continues to serve the communities in various areas of concern including health initiatives, economic empowerment, voter registration, education, and cultural awareness. The chapter supports and collaborates with community organizations, educational and religious institutions, senior citizens, social agencies, health facilities, and correctional facilities. Our services have extended to Africa and the Caribbean. The chapter continuously follows the lead of each International President. Our current International President, Dr. Glenda Glover's 2018-2022 International Programs will focus on Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service℠. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 300,000 members and 1,018 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas: HBCU 4 Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts! and Global Impact. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature program, #CAP℠, which stands for College Admissions Process. One of the major endeavors over the years has been to award scholarships to aspiring, academically motivated graduating seniors who reside in our service areas. The chapter’s accomplishments attest to our continued commitment to serve “all mankind.”
After 32 years, Rho Gamma Omega now consists of 62 dedicated, motivated, and hard-working members. The membership includes 7 life members, 6 Golden members and 8 Silver Star members. A noteworthy percentage of the membership consistently attends and participates in Boules, Leadership Seminars, Regional Conferences, cluster events, and the local Essex County Pan-Hellenic Council. Rho Gamma Omega continues to “hold high the torch” as we pass it on from generation to generation.
The Rho Gamma Omega chapter is a part of the Notable North Atlantic Region, led by Regional Director, Mary Bentley Lamar. Please visit the North Atlantic Region website for more information: