Phi Nu Omega Then, 2000-2001
Chartered on January 29, 2000, the anniversary of the incorporation of the great sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Nu Omega greeted the suburbs of Washington, D.C. armed with a new energy and vision. Twenty-six charter members worked for two and one half years to meet the demands of the community and Alpha Kappa Alpha for chapter approval by the Directorate in November 1999. The ceremony, conducted by Mrs. Clara M. Hines, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, was held in the chapel of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, and witnessed by many Sorority members from across the nation. Of special note, was the presence of Dr. Mary Shy Scott the 23rd International President, and the following members: Wilma Holmes Tootle, International Regional Director; Anne Mitchem-Davis, Chairman of the International Archives Committee, and Past Executive Director and Past International Secretary; and Lula Lang-Jeter Past International Treasurer.
One of the unique aspects of Phi Nu Omega was the professional capabilities of its members.The chartering group included eight government and private sector attorneys, six corporate management and technology consultants, six corporate senior managers and officers, four educators, two civilian federal employees, two public policy officials, and one military officer.
Within one year of its chartering, Phi Nu Omega’s chapter members began achieving “…service to all mankind…” through partnerships with The Shelter House in Falls Church, Virginia and the Alexandria Public Schools. International Program Targets were also developed for implementation in the Northern Virginia community. The Chapter’s partnership with The Shelter House enabled personal involvement with families who were really in need of a helping hand. The Shelter House is a temporary housing facility for families who are in transitional status as they seek employment, education, and homes. One of the Chapter’s projects for The Shelter House included AKA Coat Day. Additionally, Phi Nu Omega supported the National Race for the Cure. Other initiatives with The Shelter House included educational tutorials in the areas of computer literacy, reading, and mentoring. A highlight of Phi Nu Omega’s inaugural year was its presentation of a Personal Financial Management Seminar. The seminar included such basics as managing checking and saving accounts, as well as participation in 401(K) programs, home buying, and retirement planning. Recognizing the need to ensure that everyone understands the importance of participation in the democratic process, Phi Nu Omega chapter members organized a Voter Registration Drive in September 2000 in coordination with Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Elections, and in partnership with the Safeway Grocery Stores.
Further, Phi Nu Omega also became a Buckle Up America Campaign partner and a sponsor of Step Afrika!, a dance troupe with performers from the United States, Europe and the Soweto, South African Dance Theater. The purpose of Step Afrika! is to highlight the African-American sorority and fraternity art of stepping and its links to dance traditions around the world.
As the year of 2000 drew to a close, the members of Phi Nu Omega, while filled with a sense of accomplishment for all that they had achieved during their inaugural year, knew they had much more work to do in carrying out the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Phi Nu Omega Today
The moto of Phi Nu Omega is, “Small enough to know you, but large enough to serve you!” Phi Nu Omega is a small Chapter that prides itself on providing service. Since its chartering over a decade ago, Phi Nu Omega has continuously and tirelessly provided service to the residents of Alexandria, Virginia. Phi Nu Omega has strengthened its partnership with The Shelter House. Two members of Phi Nu Omega have proudly served as President of the Shelter House Board of Directors. Throughout the year, Phi Nu Omega services the families residing at The Shelter House by sponsoring Mother’s Day, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day programs and workshops. Additionally, each August, Phi Nu Omega hosts a Back-to-School party for the children of The Shelter House during which each child receives a backpack filled with school supplies. Phi Nu Omega has also established a lasting relationship with Alive! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically). Alive! is a non-profit organization that amongst its many services provides its clients with nonperishable food items. Phi Nu Omega assists Alive! by sorting and packing donated canned goods. Every December through the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services, Phi Nu Omega adopts a family for the holidays, provides winter coats for youths in foster care, and gift cards for the elderly. Phi Nu Omega also participates annually in races and walks that raise funds for organizations that promote breast cancer awareness. Phi Nu Omega has received several awards for its work in the community.
In addition to partnering with area non-profits, Phi Nu Omega actively works and partners with other members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and other Washington, D.C. chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Furthermore, Phi Nu Omega supports Alpha Kappa Alpha’s national program initiatives as well. For example, Phi Nu Omega annually hosts a Pink Goes Red event that benefits the American Heart Association and has an active Emerging Young Leaders program. To fund its ambitious program agenda, Phi Nu Omega annually hosts its signature fundraising event, a Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction. Through the money raised, Phi Nu Omega makes contributions to various scholarship funds and national and international organizations dedicated to values that Alpha Kappa Alpha holds dear.
In 2013, Phi Nu Omega established the Pearls of the Potomac Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, that will raise funds in order to provide Service to All Mankind.
As our National Hymn says, “…with hearts that are loyal and hearts that are true. By merit and culture we strive and we do. Things that are worthwhile and with a smile. We’ll help each other for we know there’s no other like our sisterhood. Alpha Kappa Alpha.”
Sharon Worthy President
Kirstin Riddick Vice-President
Aliya Wong 1st Secretary
Marva Scott 2nd Secretary
Angelia Farnell Treasurer
Essence Mitchell Financial Secretary
Patricia Woltz Sargent-At-Arms
Yvonne Jones Historian
Danielle Bridgeforth Chaplain
Karen Davis Miller Leaf Reporter
Essence Mitchell Member-At-Large
Kim Kendrick Social Secretary
Ursula Snead Parliamentarian