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Rooted deep in the community of Baltimore, connected by sisterhood

It all began with a desire to do more for Baltimore…

On December 3, 1988, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Xi Omega Chapter was chartered by 80 dynamic women. They believed Baltimore would be better served with the establishment of a second graduate chapter. The chartering was completed under the leadership of Soror Idell Pugh, the North Atlantic Regional Director. Our chapter was grounded in a need, a desire to expand the reach of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Baltimore. This foundation has guided our chapter growth, execution of programs of service, and sisterly spirit since 1988.


Dr. Scheherazade W. Forman
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Xi Omega Chapter President

Throughout the Baltimore community Rho Xi Omega has a 29-year history of service and has been an example of the legacy of the vibrant and visionary women who founded our sorority 110 years ago. Chartered in 1988 by 80 committed women, Rho Xi Omega continues to be an example of “Service to All Mankind”. The chapter’s current membership is close to 300 and represents women of diverse ages, professions, and talents who are committed to providing service to the city of Baltimore.

In 2017, we impacted the lives of families, children, schools, and the community through more than 2,163 hours of community service and 63 programs. As an award-winning chapter, Rho Xi Omega’s current service initiatives focus on our International Signature Program, “Launching New Dimensions of Service”.

In 2018, we intend to continue engaging the community through service and programs. Please feel free to visit our Program Initiatives page. The chapter members are committed to life-long membership and dedicated to impacting the lives of others through teaching, learning, and discovering while continuing the legacy started by our Founders.

In 1990, our chapter established a charitable nonprofit organization, Cultured Pearls of Service, Incorporated (formerly known as Rho Xi Omega Charities, Incorporated), as its public service arm to more effectively manage its programs of service and expand funding opportunities.

Since inception, Rho Xi Omega Chapter has served the Baltimore community in numerous capacities through its education, health and family initiatives. The chapter has raised thousands of dollars by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and during the early years in the AIDSWalk.

Rho Xi Omega Chapter has awarded well over $125,000 in scholarships to college bound students. In 2005, our chapter finalized a $10,000 scholarship endowment at the Baltimore City Community College. We were the first fraternal organization to finalize an endowment at BCCC.

Past Presidents

2013-2016, Tracey Barbour-Gillett

2009-2012, Sheryl L. Nelson

2007-2008, Alison Riddle-Fletcher (Ivy Beyond the Wall)

2003-2006, Helen Griffin Anderson

1999-2002, JoAnn C. Jolivet

1995-1998, Karen C. Barland

1991-1994, Vivian V. Braxton

1988-1990, C. Yvonne Holt-Stone

Members At Large

Irma Johnson

Tina Dixon

Patricia Lowe Gould