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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. by Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts. Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally. Now, the Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter was founded on September 15, 1955 in Wilmington, Delaware. The charter members of Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter were: Katherine B. Ross, Hannah Hall, K. Joy Moore, Loretta Wilson, and Marion Woods. Since its founding, Epsilon Rho Zeta has become to staple of greatness in the Wilmington area.
Just recently, I was blessed to meet the newly incoming president of Epsilon Rho Zeta, when I attended the Chapter retreat on August 2, 2014. It was amazing to see a group of women come together for not only the betterment of Zeta, but to actually take the time to learn their Sorors. Tami Stewart had us doing interactive activities and team-building assignments, while reinforcing our love for Zeta. But it wasn’t until Tami shared with me that the chapter were the recipient of the Service to Youth in the Community Award, given by the NAACP for their focus on community service, mentoring, and empowering youth that I knew they needed to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. I recently had the chance to the meeting up with Tami Stewart to further discuss Epsilon Rho Zeta, her new leadership, and what’s new in this Electrifying chapter for the upcoming year.
Now you are the incoming Basileus for the 2014-2016 sorority year, what are your goals in moving Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter forward.
My goals are in alignment of our International Grand Basileus Mary Breaux Wright, “Building on the Principles of Zeta While Blazing New Paths”! Epsilon Rho Zeta will continue to do the work in which we were founded on by giving back to the communities in which we live in through community service, scholarship, and meaningful partnerships. As Basileus, I will continue to support our youth auxiliaries, Pearlettes, Amicettes, and Archonettes because our young girls are seeking positive women to learn from, look up too, and gain standards from and my sorors are women who are qualified to provide such requirements.
Now with the many incidents of hazing, what steps is Epsilon Rho Zeta taken to ensure membership without causing harm to candidates?
First, I would send my condolences and heartfelt apologies to the children and families who were affected by recent incidents. For the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. each member has to undergo training before they can participate in any membership activities. In addition to our training, each prospective member is advised in writing that membership in Zeta does not require subjecting oneself to hazing. My First Vice-President is diligent and always making sure that all members are properly trained and knowledgeable on the Anti-Hazing policy set forth. I am proud to say that my chapter and the undergraduate chapter, we sponsor, has been excellent in following this policy.
What charity events do Epsilon Rho Zeta chapter do?
Relay for Life ~ We raise money for Cancer Research.
Making Strides against Breast Cancer ~ Breast Cancer Walk in Delaware every October.
Z-Pack it up school Supply Drive ~ We collect school supplies and donate them to Thomas Edison Charter School.
Sojourner House ~ We collect products and give to the women and men of this homeless shelter as they transition back on their own.
UNICEF Wrap ~ We go to the malls and wrap holiday gift, and the proceeds of our work go to UNICEF.
Salvation Army ~ Ring the bell for donations outside of stores.
Zumba with the ZETAS ~ We collect food for the William Penn High School food pantry. They give to their students who are in needs for the holidays.
Kings Table in conjunction NPHC of New Castle ~ We serve the less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day.
Jeans for Girls ~ The youth auxiliaries of Epsilon Rho Zeta, along with members collect gently used or new jeans and they donate them to the Friendship House Clothing Bank of Delaware.
The Stork’s Nest program promotes early and ongoing prenatal care for expectant mothers. Zeta’s national partnership is with the March of Dimes and Epsilon Rho Zeta has 2 Nest locations: Westside Family Healthcare-Northeast office and Wilmington Hospital. The Amicae “Friends of Zeta” of Epsilon Rho Zeta chapter volunteers their time at Wilmington Hospital running and maintaining the Stork’s Nest. In addition, the Amicae have their own scholarship that they give to graduating seniors to help with college.
What are Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter signature Scholarship programs?
Finer Womanhood High Tea ~ is an event to raise money for the Katherine B. Ross Scholarship. This scholarship is named in honor of one of Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter’s founding member- Katherine B. Ross. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist college students and graduate students pursuing a degree in education. Applicants must have a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a college or university granting a four-year degree or post-graduate degree. The scholarship targets under-represented minority students (African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans) who are residents of New Castle County, Delaware or students matriculating at a Delaware college or university.
R.O.Y.A.L Miss Blue Revue ~ This is our Bi-annually event. It is Epsilon Rho Zeta’s leadership and mentoring program for young ladies in high school. These young ladies are empowered through workshops, community service projects, and mentors. We teach them everything from self-esteem to college readiness. The one thing that my chapter does to celebrate the girls that go through this program is cover the cost of their dress to wear to the formal event. Our prior group of young ladies, participated with habitat for humanity as their way to give back to the community and for their hard work and dedication they all received a scholarship to college.
What organizations would you like to partner with to ensure successful and rewarding events?
We welcome partnership with organizations that are focused on our youth empowerment and prenatal care to help us reach more people to improve our neighborhood. We would also like to continue our curent partnerships with the March of Dimes, St. Jude's and other local organizations within the state of Delaware. We welcome media coverage and national support from Cable News Network, Black Entertainment Television, and Radio One, and Comcast Corporation. It is time we air and promote some positive footage about our children and neighborhoods and the Epsilon Rho Zeta chapter has just the programs to get the ball rolling.
There are a lot of women who are interested in becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter, what kind of woman qualifies to become a member?
A woman who is intelligent, innovative, fearless, courageous, community service oriented, humble, bold, and definitely Finer. If you are interested and believe you possess these characteristics, you can contact us http://www.zphib1920epz.org/
You can also visit:
Epsilon Rho Zeta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeta-Phi-Beta-Sorority-Inc-Epsilon-Rho-Zeta-Chapter/144729045572345
Epsilon Rho Zeta Youth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Auxiliary-of-Zeta-Phi-Beta-Sorority-Inc-Epsilon-Rho-Zeta-Chapter/161203660564732