IOTA ALPHA OMEGA CHAPTER HERSTORY
Iota Alpha Omega Chapter, of the Notable North Atlantic Region was chartered in Fishkill, New York, on December 6, 1969, becoming the sorority’s 375th chapter. The chapter began as a group of sorors seeking friendship, camaraderie and sisterhood in the spring of 1967. Barbara P. Battle was named the first unofficial president. The group called themselves ‘The Alpha Kappa Alpha Women of the Mid-Hudson Valley’.
After a couple of years, the focus of the group changed from a social one, to one that desired full affiliation with our international office. That vision came to fruition in 1969. The charter members include: Jacqueline Blount (Wilson), Jeanette Briscoe, Jeanne Buie (Holmes), Brenda Burney (Whitaker), Linda Epps (Browne), Patricia Davis, Kaitie Griffin (Gafford)*, Loretta Jenkins*, Vivian Love Jones, Linda Kittrell (Waldemar), Celestine Mickens (Campbell), Laura Mimms, Annette Morgan*, Lorraine Roberts* (1st official Basileus), Gwendolyn Glover Stephens and Marlene Watts (Gray). In 2019, Iota Alpha Omega celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. During its fifty years in the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Chapter has served Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties of New York, by bringing community service programs and scholastic enrichment to the area.
MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY
The Mid-Hudson Valley was home to Sophomore Founder Harriet Josephine Terry of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
On June 10th, 2021, a historical marker was unveiled in honor of Harriet Josephine Terry at 24 Idelwild Avenue, Cornwall, NY 12520.
Born: Feb 04, 1885 · Cornwall on Hudson, NY (Mid-Hudson Valley, New York)
Died: Aug 15, 1967 · Washington, D.C., United States
On October 30, 1908, Terry was elected treasurer of the sorority.