On November 23, 2012 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter celebrated its 10th year. Chartered in 2002 by the Honorable Shirley Fisher in Plano, Texas the establishment of the Chi Zeta Omega Chapter marked the chartering of the first Afro-American organization in Plano and the 125th chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The chartering group consisted of 26 extraordinary women from Plano and the surrounding areas: Kayla Adams, Monique Barber, Sandra Barber, Ava Pierce Bell, June Boswell, Monna Bratton-Davis, Dianne Gauthier, Tayari Floyd Hickman, Diane Hodge, Vanessa Johnson, Marva Jones, Deborah McRae, Michelle Meeks, Chandra Isby-Melancon, Sharon Osborne, Robin Pollard, Linda Reed, Gwen Sanders, Victoria Stevenson, Nyanza Davis Thomas, Cynthia Trigg, Kimberly Watson, Rochanda Williams, Rosalind Williams, Artisha Wilson, and Diana Wynne.
Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha came together out of mutual interest and shared experiences that began as four women, through conversation, found that they shared membership in the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha. That group, the nucleus of which was at Shiloh Baptist Church, determined that there were many other members of the sorority in the church who shared their interest and hosted a tea to determine if there was enough interest to formally organize an interest group.
A Tea was held at the home of Mrs. Vanessa Johnson on December 13, 2001 with 16 members of the sorority in attendance with spirit and commitment to form a chapter. In January, after receiving formal permission to form an interest group the name, Pearls of Service, was chosen.
The group eagerly took on community service programs reflecting the national service agenda of Health, Black Family, Education and Economic Empowerment and the Arts were implemented. From inception there was a collaborative spirit to become a positive force in the Plano community in general, and the Douglass Community in particular.
Some of the projects included:
- Collaborating with the Douglass Community Council and the City Plano on the Juneteenth celebration
- Staffing a Voter’s Registration table
- Walking in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- Tutoring Students at the Douglass Center
- Teaching Vacation Bible Class at Shiloh
- Forming and sponsoring a Girl’s Clinic for girls in grades 7 through 12 to teach etiquette and prepare for college
- Creating and awarding 2 Community Scholarships
- Supporting the Afro-American Museum by taking a group of children from Plano