Kappa Rho Omega Herstory
Our Chapter Founders
Chartering of Kappa Rho Omega Chapter-1976
Standing l-r #5 Soror Janet Ballard, 8th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Front Row (l-r): Mary W. Redd*, Rachel Byrdie, Elizabeth H. Washington, Letha Mayfield*, Jacqueline T. Downs, Jacqueline Armwood*
Back row (l-r): Helen R. Stiff, Mamie Morris*, Connie M. Rawlins*, Barbara W. Toney, Janet J. Ballard*, Grace Forrest, Pernella Mosley,
Adelaide Griffin*, Marbella Johnson*, Ortygia Carnette
Our Chapter Herstory
Kappa Rho Omega Chapter is a rural chapter in Farmville, Virginia comprised of members from various counties. Charter members were Sorors Letha Mayfield, Mamie Morris, and Elizabeth Washington, Jacqueline Armwood, Connie Rawlins, Helen Stiff, Mary Redd, Ortygia Carnette, Adelaide Griffin, Barbara Toney, Pernella Mosley, Rachel Brydie, Jacqueline Downs, Marbella Johnson and Grace Forrest. The chartering was conducted by Soror Janet J. Ballard on March 6,
1976, at Longwood College. Following the chartering of Kappa Rho Omega Chapter, Sorors Mayfield and Washington were elected Basileus and Anti-Basileus respectively.
Community activities include an annual adopt-a-family project from one of the representative counties, annual donations of canned goods to F.A.C.E.S. in Farmville, residential home visits and donations during the holiday seasons, coat drives for donations to Madeline’s House women’s shelter, monetary donations to Meals on Wheels and area libraries, financial workshops, employment fairs, and voter registration drives. Chapter members have donated backpacks to various churches, schools and AKA conferences. Sorors participated in the Virso playground beautification project where flowers were planted and a memorial bench was placed. A bench was also donated to Ellis Acres Memorial Park in Buckingham County. Educational activities include an early tutorial and mentoring program which emphasized reading and mathematics for students at Buckingham County Middle School. The “Ivy Reading AKAdemy” worked with students at Prince Edward County Middle School. Sorors gave students the reading time, support, and guidance that enabled them to read at or above grade level upon their promotion from the middle school grades. The “Emerging Young Leaders” program was conducted at Amelia Middle School from 2010-2014 where chapter members worked with 6th through 8th grade girls in the areas of leadership development, educational enrichment, civic engagement and character building. The chapter achieved EAF Platinum Level at the 2011 Mid- Atlantic Regional Conference. Each year Kappa Rho Omega awards $500 scholarships to two deserving students from the representative counties. Chapter health initiatives include health fairs, participation in annual blood drives, and a mobile mammography unit which came to Buckingham County as a result of a women’s health grant to the University of Virginia. The chapter previously donated monetary funds to AFRICARE and Heifer International. Chapter members donated supplies and prepared over 20 backpacks for refugee families in Afghanistan and over 100 dresses to the Pillowcase Dress Project.
Kappa Rho Omega members donated to the One Million Dollar HBCU initiative and locally to Virginia State University. Kappa Rho Omega Chapter partnered with Longwood University to host a College 101 Bootcamp in 2019 where over 200 high school students learned about the college admissions process and were offered fee waivers for Longwood applications. HCBUs were invited to attend. The chapter sponsored trips to Virginia State University for high school juniors and seniors. The chapter hosts a “Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day” each February where the community is invited to a Zumba session and heart rates and blood pressures are checked during the event. Kappa Rho Omega has donated numerous pillowcase dresses, shoes for “Soles for Souls” and eyeglasses to the Lions Club.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was founded on a mission comprised of five basic tenets that have remained unchanged since the sorority’s inception more than a century ago. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind".
The members of Kappa Rho Omega Chapter are charged to uphold the vision and mission of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® sisterhood by executing impactful programs and community service in central Virginia.