Chapter History

Chartered: December 19, 1925

Location: Bricks Junior College, Bricks, North Carolina

Charter Members: Anna Easter Brown, Thelma Black, Zenobia Coleman, Valley K. Redding, Mable Robinson and Jessie Thornton

Anna Easter Brown, a founder of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, was deputized by International President L. Pearl Mitchell to organize and direct the chartering service of  Chi Omega Chapter on the campus of Joseph K. Brick Junior College, Brick, North Carolina where she was employed as a teacher.  When Brick Junior College was closed, the chapter was moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Anna Easter Brown was employed as a teacher at the Booker T. Washington High School in Rocky Mount until her retirement in 1952.

Founders’ Day has been observed each year.  A major focus of the observance is the placing of a special wreath at the grave of Anna Easter Brown in Unity Cemetery.

On the 25th Anniversary of the chapter, the public speaker was International President Edna Campbell, also in attendance were Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Zatella Turner and Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, who was a special guest of Anna Easter Brown.  The 50th Anniversary of the chapter was observed with the establishment of the Anna Easter Brown Award. This award is given to the undergraduate chapter with the largest number of members in attendance each year at the Regional Conference.  The 75th Anniversary was observed with International President Norma S. White in attendance and special recognition of “Golden Members”.  Clara Hines, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director also attended.

Undergraduate Chartering

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, Chi Omega hosted the chartering of Tau Gamma Chapter, an Undergraduate chapter at North Carolina Wesleyan College, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

The signature program of the chapter for the past eleven years has been the association and partnership with the Rocky Mount/Edgecombe Community Development Corporation (RMECDC).  RMECDC is the developer of the Thorne Ridge Apartments, a 72 unit apartment complex.  Since the complex was developed, Chi Omega has provided many community services and programs for its low-to-moderate income families.  These services consist of on-going projects:   Summer Education Camp, Tutoring Services, Field Trips-Museums and Historic Sites, Mentoring, Passport to Manhood, Rites of Passage, and Emerging Young Leaders.

October 1, 2011 was a remarkable and memorable day in the city of Rocky Mount.  The citizens of Rocky Mount celebrated “Anna Easter Brown Day” with the unveiling of the North Carolina State Historical Marker at the entrance of Unity Cemetery, the final resting place of our founder, Anna Easter Brown.  There also was a City Marker placed in front of Brown’s residence, 236 Atlantic Avenue.  The International President, Carolyn House Stewart, International Vice President, Dorothy Buchannan Wilson, Secretary, Susan Simms Marsh, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Linda Gilliam were in attendance.  Former Mid-Atlantic Regional Directors in attendance were Lucille Piggott and Clara Hines.

 Past Presidents of Chi Omega Chapter

1925 – 1928        Anna Easter Brown
1929 – 1930        Valley K. Redding
1931 – 1932        Mable Robinson
1933 – 1934        Zenobia Coleman
1935 – 1938        Jimmie R. Edwards
1939 – 1940        Ethel Wyche Greene
1941 – 1942        Ernestine Davis
1943 – 1946        Illa K. Bellamy
1947 – 1948        Onelia Davis
1949 – 1950        Althea W. Avent
1951 – 1952        Illa K. Bellamy
1953 – 1954        Rosa Arrington
1955 – 1956        Martha B. Townsend
1957 – 1958        Maude B. Hubbard
1959 – 1960        Mabel C. Williams
1961 – 1962        Pettye Brown
1963 – 1964        Ethel Wyche Greene
1965 – 1966        Melva W. Costen
1967 – 1968        Ruth A. Smith
1969 – 1970        Mildred Hines
1971 – 1972        Bessie S. Tyson
1973 – 1974        Illa K. Bellamy
1975 – 1978        Helen Hines Hunter
1979 – 1980        Mary Edge
1981 – 1984        Bettye Payne
1985 – 1993        Julia Congleton-Bryant
1994 – 1995        Macie Riddick
1996 – 1997        Gloria Wiggins-Hick
1998 – 1999        Barbara Vick
2000 – 2003        Josie Davis
2004 – 2007        Karen Gatling Clark
2008 – 2009        Terry Anderson
2010 – 2011        Lorene R. Woodard
2012 – 2015        Nell Burwell