Chapter History

Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, was chartered on Saturday, October 7, 1972. The chartering ceremony took place at the George Bragg School in Catonsville, Maryland, and was conducted by the North Atlantic Regional Director at that time, Anne M. Davis. Twenty-three members of the Sorority were the charter members of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Since Iota Lambda Omega Chapter was chartered, it has continued the tradition, “service to all mankind” of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, in Howard County. In the county the Chapter has provided and sponsored a broad range of service oriented programs for children and adults. The programs include: oratorical contests, careers assessment program for high school girls, tutorial, mentoring and leadership programs for girls in middle school, an annual talent show for youth, black history programs and celebrations for children and adults, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, clothes, food and funds for families in need, meals for the homeless shelters, voter registration drives, art shows for black visual artists, and economic, financial, safety, and disaster preparedness workshops.

To enhance its ability to provide quality programs of service in the community, in 1998 the Chapter established The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated. This Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the form of a public charity. Funds raised by the Foundation support scholarships and Chapter programs. Annually, scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who live in Howard County and have been accepted at a university or college. One scholarship is awarded to a senior who plans to attend a historically black university or college. Most of the funds needed to support the scholarships are raised at the Foundation’s annual fashion show.

Since its chartering in 1972, Iota Lambda Omega Chapter has grown from twenty-three members to almost two hundred members. In 1978 the Chapter became the sponsor of Lambda Phi Chapter, the undergraduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Catonsville, Maryland. Over the years, the Chapter has continued the tradition of the Sorority, serving the needs of the community. “Service to all mankind” is the goal and commitment that continues to motivate our sisterhood.

Charter Members

  • Barbara BrayIota Lambda Omega, Incorporated Charter Members
  • Roberta Briscoe
  • Barbara Brown
  • Jacqueline Ellis-Brown
  • Grace M. Scott Dixon
  • Lillian Dorsey
  • Sandra Edgecombe
  • Dorothy Greenfield
  • Elsie Hardwick
  • Joan Harris
  • Ethel B. Hill
  • Rosa Holland
  • Fredericka Matthews
  • Ann McIver
  • Elaine Mitchell
  • Edith Myers
  • Jacqueline Pelzer
  • Ruby Polley
  • Mary Reed
  • Jessie Simpson
  • Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
  • Lula Wade
  • Elizabeth Williams