History of Kappa Theta Omega Chapter
Kappa Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered on October 26, 1985 at the Easton Fire Hall in Easton, Maryland. Soror Ruth C. Easley, the North Atlantic Regional Director at that time, conducted the chartering ceremony.
Jennifer Dashiell Reed - President
Alfreda Foster - Vice President
Yvonne Cotton Dashiell – Recording Secretary
Deborah E. Foster Wooden – Corresponding Secretary
Gilbrina G. Payne – Treasurer
Pamela Brown Clay - Financial Secretary
*Grace Gates Chancey- Ivy Leaf Reporter
*Barbara Dashiell Jeffries - Parliamentarian
Charlene Caldwell DeShields - Historian
Phyllis A. Hubbard - Hostess
Wanda Crumble Molock
Jo Ann Asparagus Murray
Joan P. Wilmer
Stephanie Murray Chester
Cheryl Hazzard Vauls
The primary geographic area served by the chapter is the five-county area ofTalbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne's, and Kent Counties of the upper EasternShore of Maryland. The vision of Kappa Theta Omega was not only to bring the sorors in this area closer together in the bonds of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisterhood,but also to unite in "service to all mankind" by making substantial contributions to the communities they represented.
Over the years, the chapter has been active in a number of service projects andactivities that support the sorority's national programs and are responsive to localneeds. The chapter actively supported the Cleveland Job Corps and Africare throughvarious donations, the Veterans at Perry Point, MD with Christmas gifts, andhurricane and disaster relief efforts for Hugo, Katrina, Rita, and Haiti withmonetary and product donations.
In 1990, the chapter sponsored its first banquet honoring successful and talentedBlack business persons in Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester Counties.Annually the chapter awards scholarships to deserving high school students in thecounties the chapter serves. Through the Young Authors Program; the chapterdonated The Voices of Young Authors to area elementary schools.
Each year the sorors conduct nursing home visitations and/or sing-a-longs atCorsica Hills and other locations, participate in Project SHARE and communitydrives, collect and distribute food, clothing, and other items to seniors and lowincomeresidents in local communities; and promote the arts by assisting schools, thelocal museum, and community groups. Since 2008 the chapter has sponsored aCommunity Health Fair that has included giving local students much needed school supplies.
Through collaboration and partnerships, the chapter participates in the Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. Day service projects, The Annual Talbot County MulticulturalDay, The Salute to Middle School Youth Achievements, cancer and other healthcareawareness programs, NAACP Education Projects, and voter registration/votereducation/get-out-the-vote campaigns. Routinely, the chapter makes churchvisitations, contributes monetary donations and personal support to select charities,and participates in sisterly relations with our sister chapter, Delta Sigma OmegaChapter in Salisbury, MD.
To fund our community service activities, the chapter has sponsored functions suchas Kalendar Kid, AKA Dances/Galas, Fashion Shows and Luncheons, afternoonteas, discos, radio-thons, Meet the Author’s, and most recently a “Sweethearts”dance in celebration of Valentines Day.
Annually, the chapter observes Founders Day with an observance hosted by thechapter or held in collaboration with other chapters. In 1990 the chapter hosted itsfirst Founders' Day Program celebration, with Soror Regina Humane of CampSprings, MD as speaker and North Atlantic Regional Director Soror Idell Pugh inattendance. Also, in 1990 the chapter hosted the North Atlantic Region's FourthCluster II Leadership Conference at the Tidewater Inn. In 2005 the chapter held itsTwentieth Anniversary Celebration also at the Tidewater Inn, with Former NorthAtlantic Regional Director Soror Ruth C. Easley as keynote speaker. In 2008 thechapter once again hosted the Cluster II Leadership Conference in Dover, Delaware.
The local communities have honored the chapter for the effectiveness of its serviceswith recognitions such as the UMOJA Award presented by the KwanzaaFoundation of Easton in December 2003, Certificates of Participation in theNational African American Read-In to promote literacy presented by ChesapeakeCollege in 2005 and 2006, and the State Excellence for Minority AchievementAward given by State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick, Maryland StateDepartment of Education in 2006. In 2009 the chapter received regionalrecognition from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for its Community Health Fairand the Community Service Award from the Talbot County Branch of the NAACP.In 2010 the chapter received Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Citation foroutstanding work in the support of youth.