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Rho Tau Omega Chapter History

Charter Members
  Bertadean Baker Rosiland Christine Gilliam* Patricia Ann Jones
  Margaret Bullock Patsy T. Hargrove Dorothy Lee McNair
  Eva M. Clayton Z. Mae Fenrick Harrison Faye Yvonne Spence
  Constance A. Davis Eva G. Howell Amanda West
  Jennie A. Johnson Franklin Princine O. Jefferies Robin S. Williams


Fourteen members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had a dinner meeting in November 1988 at the Rafters Restaurant in Warrenton, North Carolina to discuss the possibility of forming a Warren County, North Carolina chapter.  On December 6, 1988, an organizational meeting with fifteen members present was held at the home of Jennie A. Johnson Franklin.  Members received copies of Procedures for the Establishment of Alumnae Chapters, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, (Revised July 28, 1986). An interest group was formed, officers were elected, and activities that addressed community needs were decided upon.  Projects focused on drug abuse, support for foster children, support for the Adult Mentally Retarded Group Home located in Warren County, and support for a needy family (a single mother and three children).

The Alpha-Ka Interest Group remained in close contact with Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Marye J. Jeffries who monitored the club’s progress and its activities in the community. On Sunday, March 19, 1989, Rho Tau Omega Chapter was chartered by Regional Director Jeffries assisted by the following members of Zeta Pi Omega Chapter, Fayetteville, North Carolina: Sisters Rosetta (Pat) Darlington, Melba J. King, and Helen Pierce. Sisters from chapters throughout North Carolina and Virginia attended the chartering ceremony and luncheon. In April 1989,  Jennie A. Johnson Franklin (President) and Rosiland Christine Gilliam (Vice President) were delegates to their first Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference where Rho Tau Omega Chapter was recognized as the Mid-Atlantic Region’s newest chapter.

Rho Tau Omega Chapter hosted the North Carolina Cluster in 1991 and 2012. Members have attended International Bi-annual Membership Meetings, Leadership Conferences, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences and Northern Carolina Clusters. We have chaired and/or served on national and regional committees. Members have served as workshop facilitators and recorders, made presentations at North Carolina Cluster meetings, and collaboratively planned, participated in, and hosted Joint Founders’ Day Celebrations.

One of the chapter’s first international projects was to support an African school with educational supplies (books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, pencils, pens, paper, etc.). Rho Tau Omega members mentored high school seniors who participated in Project Teach (an initiative under the direction of the North Carolina Education Forum and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction) and provided high school juniors and seniors with Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) test-taking strategies. Members also gave students guidance on completing college applications, provided practice sessions for interviews and chaperoned students to college campuses. Not only was this an accomplishment for the chapter, in later years, members mentored female high school students who were participating in Upward Bound/PRAISE as potential first generation college students.

The Warren County community benefited from the chapter by being able to recognize African American Males, Women, Elders, Youth and Female Entrepreneurs at special luncheons (entitled Salutes to...). The chapter supported Shoebox Initiatives for foster children; sponsored needy families in the community; supported the former AKA Job Corps Center (Cleveland, Ohio) and the Kittrell Job Corps Center at Kittrell, North Carolina; provided activities that focused on senior citizens and their health issues, as well as their social needs; provided winter Coat and Clothing Give-Aways for children and adults; and participated in Relay for Life Weekends (Walk-a-thons for the American Cancer Society).  Toiletries were provided for clients in local nursing home facilities.  In addition, school supplies were given to children of incarcerated parents and Christmas gifts were given to youth through the local angel tree.  Healthy snacks were provided by the chapter to youth at a summer enrichment program also.

Education and cultural activities are the forefront of Rho Tau Omega Chapter's initiatives. Thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants are given to area high school seniors and college students.  The Ivy Reading/Mathematics AKAdemy was an educational experience for elementary-aged students who were not only tutored by sorors, but who also engaged in science and other cultural activities. Our chapter assists youth with SAT prep and interviewing skills during with Target Teach program. We mentored Upward Bound/PRAISE females also.  The chapter hosted On-Track and Ivy Reading/Mathematics AKAdemies also.  Members reviewed business plans developed by high school students as a first step on the route to entrepreneurships.  Presentations were critiqued and students were offered suggestions.  In 2004, Little Miss Fashionetta - Pearls of Promise, an activity for elementary school-aged girls (six to ten years of age) was introduced and became the chapter's major scholarship fundraising effort.  This event occurs every two years and includes training in etiquette, health issues, grooming and modeling.  Activities conclude with a mother/daughter brunch or a trip to a play at a regional theater.  Annually, the chapter sponsors a team of sorors who participate in the Warren Education Fund’s Community Adult Spelling Bee.  On the first Sunday in February the Chapter hosts the African American Read-In.  Also we participate in local Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations and have a service project for MLK Day of Service each year.  We also have made yearly contributions to organizations such as the Warren County Community Center, Warren County Chapter of NAACP, Warren Family Institute, Helping Hands, United Negro College Fund, and Heifer International. Sisters are encouraged to support Black-owned businesses and annually hosts a dinner to commemorate its chartering. 

Past Presidents and Term of Office
  Past Presidents Term of Office
  Jennie A. Johnson Franklin March 1989-December 1991
  Rosiland Christine Gilliam January 1992-December 1993
  Margaret Woods-Bullock January 1994-December 1995
  Robin Scott Williams January 1996-December 1997
  Constance H. Davis January 1998-December 1999
  Roberta Smithwick Scott January 2000-December 2001
  Jennie A. Johnson Franklin January 2002-December 2003
  Kendra A. Davis January 2004-December 2005
  Jaycynthia S. Robinson January 2006-December 2007
  Linda T. Mason January 2008-December 2009
Magnolia Clanton January 2010-December 2011
Chelsa Jennings  January 2012-December 2013
Frances M. Robertson January 2014-December 2015

Members who distinguished themselves locally, regionally and internationally are:

Bertadean W. Baker, Chairman, Warren County Board of Commissioners

Margaret Woods-Bullock, Chairman, Warren County Office, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services; recipient of Distinguished Service Award (state and national); recipient of Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award, Coalition for Youth Empowerment

Magnolia W. Clanton, president of local Links, Inc., Warren County Library Board of Directors

Eva M. Clayton, Past Chairman, Warren County Board of Commissioners; Outstanding Commissioner for the State of North Carolina; Assistant Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources; First Black Woman Elected to the United States Congress from the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina; Assistant Secretary-General, Food Agriculture Organization, United Nations, Rome, Italy; Black Female Entrepreneur; recipient of numerous honorary doctorate degrees and service awards

Kendra Davis, National Board Certified Teacher, County and District Missionary, Warren County Volunteer Leaders Association, Dr. Martin Luther King Young Adult Service Award

Jennie A. Johnson Franklin, member, Warren County Board of Elections and Warren Education Fund Board of Directors; President and Executive Scholarship Chairman, John R. Hawkins Alumni and Friends, Incorporated; presenter, NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and National Staff Development Council

Rosiland C. Gilliam, Presenter, NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and National Council for Black Studies

Patsy T. Hargrove, Member, Warren County Board of Commissioners and Warren County Board of Elections

Chelsa Jennings, Principal and National Board Certified Teacher

Irene S. Kearney, Master Gardener; President, District Nine Federation of Garden Clubs; Recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Science; member Board of Directors, Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA); president, Warren County Chapter, Retired School Personnel; member, Board of Directors, Warren County Emancipation Proclamation Committee

Linda T. Mason, Assistant Superintendent of Warren County Schools System, Doctor of Education, Progress Energy Leadership Institute Participant, Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow

Wadie Ryan, Educational Consultant, Recipient of the Women of Warren Award for her volunteer service and Warren County Missionary Union President and District Secretary

Roberta Smithwick Scott, member, Warren County Board of Education

Carolyn Spain, Friends of the Warren County Library, Links, Inc, President of Warren Family Institute non-profit organization

Members in Rho Tau Omega Chapter continue to foster active participation in community-sponsored activities that demonstrate service, educational advancement and scholarship. Members extend themselves to address the needs of youth as well as senior citizens. It is the chapter's goal to continually address international programs developed by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and do all that is within their power to strengthen the bonds of sisterhood.

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