Upsilon Eta Omega: By Merit & Culture
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter shares the same beliefs as our founders. As a result of this belief, the Valley Pearls Interest Group was formed in the summer of 1994, in Fairfield, Alabama. On April 29, 1995, Upsilon Eta Omega chapter was chartered with nineteen members: Diedre Crawford, Maria K. Hawkins, Carla Huntley, Gaynelle Adams-Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Rosetta T. Jones, Vanteal Jones, Auther Jean Kimbrough, Michelle Sallie Lee, Jamiese A.S. Mims, Tracey Morant Adams, Cynthia Moss Pearson, Carolyn R. Shields, Barbara K. Silas, Mildred O. Simpkins, Lynda Snow, Margo Stone, Marguerite J. Stone and Venita Wesley.
Always certain to keep with the sorority’s international theme, the chapter has networked with several civic and community organizations. Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter has adopted Robinson Elementary School as it's adopt-a-school where they have the Ivy Book Club, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha African American History Derby and numerous other projects. Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter has partnered with the City of Fairfield’s Department of Parks and Recreations to sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Carnival for the youth of the city, and also performs services with the Greater Birmingham Ministry and Salvation Army located in Birmingham, Alabama.
Each year Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter hosts a Scholarship Workshop that presents interviewing, resume writing, etiquette and appropriate business attire to high school students. Additionally, exercising the right to vote is important to the chapter, therefore, Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter has several voter registration drives throughout the year in hopes of dispelling voter apathy by making it easy for people to become registered voters. Through the Economic Empowerment Committee, Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter has held a number of workshops, teaching people about finance, taxes, annuities, and entrepreneurship. Empowering the black female towards economic independence is another of the Chapter goals. A portion of each workshop is designated to equip them with the tools needed to become entrepreneurs.
The Valley Pearls Service Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter, has provided over $75,000 in scholarships to deserving high school students. It is the belief of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Upsilon Eta Omega Chapter, that through diligent commitment and a burning desire to give back to the community, the Chapter can truly "be of service to all mankind."