The making of Iota Nu Omega Chapter in Syracuse, NY
The original Charter Members of Iota Nu Omega, 1972
On Friday November 11, 1972, a charter was issued to Iota Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Seventeen enthusiastic, dedicated Alpha Kappa Alpha women joined hearts and hands to become charter members of Iota Nu Omega Chapter under the leadership of Regional Director Eva Evans. The establishment of the Syracuse Graduate Chapter was inspired by a young Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, Kathy Espy. Mrs. Espy was instrumental in organizing members of Alpha Kappa Alpha residing in the Syracuse area. The group possessed a desire to actively participate and fulfill the objectives for which Alpha Kappa Alpha was created.
Iota Nu Omega became a moving force in the Syracuse community. The chapter formulated goals and objectives which promoted the bonds of sisterhood while working to solve existing problems of our society. The goals were 1) To demonstrate that sisterhood works. 2) To utilize combined talents to provide the community with programs of service.
Since the chapter's inception in 1972, Iota Nu Omega Chapter has continued to demonstrate commitment to the improvement of lives through service to others. The members of Iota Nu Omega have continued to work diligently to implement educational, cultural, and civic activities that are reflective of Alpha Kappa Alpha's International Program Targets. Seventeen Trailblazers paved the way for women to utilize their skills and talent by providing service to all mankind. More than 30 years later, through the combined efforts of nurses, physicians, educators, lawyers, social workers, administrators and journalists, Iota Nu Omega has endured and continues to impact the community.
Past Presidents Charter Members
Joan Mitchell Martha Bryant
Sherry Myers Shirley Coppock Benning
Martha Bryant Doris Gilbert
Audrey Anderson Eleanor C. Hardy
Josephine McCall Marie Linton
Ann Felton Joan Mitchell
Corene Richardson Corene Richardson
Jacque Randolph Erma Thompson
Jessie Stallworth Jacqueline Whitehead
Karen Patton Patricia Young
Iverna Minor Lillie Fields
Sandra Holmes Margaret Graves
Wanda Hines-McGriff Anna J. Johnson
Carol Robinson Clarice Mims
Lorraine Coleman Sherry Myers
Grace Mukupa Gwendolyn Smith
Lisa D. Alford Frankie White
Selina Lazarus Yvonne Young