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Greetings from the President



Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ® was founded January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. 16 college-educated women, led by our founder and Ivy Beyond the Wall Ethel Hedgemon (Lyle), came together with the purpose of providing a place of togetherness and support for black women navigating the largely uncharted territory of higher education.  Then, on January 29, 1913, led by Ivy Beyond the Wall Nellie May Quander, four members of the sorority led the charge to have the organization incorporated to ensure its longevity for years to come.


As Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s ® original founders traveled and moved across the nation, so too did the interest in becoming affiliated with such an eclectic group of women.  We now have chapters worldwide.  The Kappa Rho Omega Chapter was chartered in Central Virginia March 6, 1976 under the leadership of the 8th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Janet J. Ballard and the 19th International President Bernice L. Sumlin.  Our members currently reside in Amelia, Charlotte, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.  We come together monthly to discuss the business of the sorority.  Then, during our various committee meetings and sisterly relations activities we strategize for how to best impact our various communities.  


Embracing the sorority’s well-known motto of “service to all mankind” Kappa Rho Omega works within our national standards and mandates to focus on specific targets within our community.  The sorority was recently introduced to its 2023-2026 international program initiatives.  The Foundation Initiative is Strengthen Our Sisterhood.  In addition, there are five programs:


Program 1: Empower Our Families

Program 2: Build Our Economic Wealth

Program 3: Enhance Our Environment

Program 4: Advocate for Social Justice

Program 5: Uplift Our Local Community


Be on the lookout for programming focused on the family, how to build generational wealth, how to sustain our environment, and advocating for social change.  We hope to partner with other community groups in order to maximize the positive impact we can have for our people.


Since its inception in 1976, Kappa Rho Omega has been a pillar in our community.  Our members are trailblazers and standard bearers.  Our unique backgrounds and experiences allow us to offer many different perspectives and talents to our community.  


Thank you for visiting our website.  Please contact us if we can be of assistance in continuing to uplift our communities. There is much to offer and we are excited about the possibilities.




Valarie W. Harris

Chapter President

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