The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the chartering of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Xi Omega Chapter began on Saturday, January 26, 2013 with their Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast. Four hundred twenty-five guests joined the members of Rho Xi Omega Chapter to commemorate the founding of the sorority at Howard University in 1908. The theme for the event was Rho Xi Omega Silverbration: We've Come This Far by Faith Honoring God and Providing Service to All Mankind.
Guests had an opportunity to hear a spirit-filled sermon from Dr. Lisa Weah, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Members of Rho Xi Omega Chapter highlighted their service and commitment to the Baltimore community by honoring chapter members who have been members of the sorority for 50 years.
During the event, chapter awards were handed out to members with exemplary service to the sorority. Award recipients include: Letitia Royal and Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher for Excellence in their Professional Careers; Janeen Jackson for New Member of the Year; Martina Washington for Unsung Member; Dana Davison and Linda Jones Coxson for Outstanding Leadership; Donna Robinson for Outstanding Community Service; and Robin Ott for Cultured Pearl, Member of the Year.
Throughout the chapter's 25 years of service to the Baltimore area, Rho Xi Omega has worked collaboratively with a number of nonprofit organizations including the SEED School of Baltimore, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Morgan State University, Baltimore City Community College, the American Cancer Society, and Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank, Our Daily Bread, and The Children’s Guild. During the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service weekend, the chapter partnered with the eight area undergraduate and graduate chapters for “Keep the Promise to Our Veterans,” a day of financial empowerment and community service activities focused on local veterans. Sorority members delivered financial fitness workshops to veterans transitioning out of homelessness and into employment at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training; played games, and raised the spirits of veterans at the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center; and honored the Montford Point Marines at a panel discussion where the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was also discussed.
Special guests at the prayer breakfast included Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's North Atlantic Regional Director Constance Pizzaro; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's former North Atlantic Regional Director Erma Barron; Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt; State Senator Delores Kelly; State Delegate Adrienne Jones; and Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, the Honorable Vicki Ballou-Watts.
Rho Xi Omega Chapter's Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast was truly a celebration of sisterhood and service. As the chapter continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary, information about upcoming events is available at the website: http://rhoxiomega1988.org/.