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Pi Pi Omega Chapter History


In the fall of 1984, several members of Epsilon Pi Omega chapter who resided on the North Shore of Nassau and Suffolk counties were charged with the responsibility of coordinating all of the printing for the December 1985 Calendar Girl Pageant. These members mostly lived in Westbury. At the meetings, as the members worked on the printing of the tickets, pageant program, and the journal, there were continued discussions concerning the need for service in the Westbury community.


In April 1985, several members attended the North Atlantic Regional Conference in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. While in attendance the four members agreed that the first step would be to gather information relevant to chartering a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Westbury, New York. During the conference, Carol Dodson spoke to Soror Ruth Easley who was the North Atlantic Regional Director about the procedures for chartering a chapter. Soror Easley informed the four members that the procedures would be forthcoming. By the first meeting, the interest group had grown to include members from Westbury and other nearby communities. Meetings were held on a regular basis at various members’ homes. Concurrent with our organizational activities were the development and implementation of community service projects in the Westbury and New Cassel area. The interest group focused on literacy projects with the senior citizens and students in Westbury.

Pi Pi Omega Chapter was chartered on March 14, 1987. Twenty-six charter members participated as the North Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Idell Pugh, conducted the chartering. Since our chartering, the women of Pi Pi Omega Chapter have proudly provided community service in the Westbury and New Cassel communities. 

In identifying the needs of the community, Pi Pi Omega has worked diligently over the past several years. Some examples of our efforts to address these issues as we strive to abide by our mission to be of…Service to All Mankind can be found on our programs page. We encourage you to click and learn more about our programs.

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The charter members are: Earnestine Bivens, Millie Brown, Kathy Butler Matthews, Anne Carter, Verdelle V. Crider, Gertrude Curry, Coletta P. Deering, Carolyn Dodson, Cheryl Durant, DeLoris Greene, Esther “Kitty” Hayes, Bernice Hill, Irene “Betty” Hylton, Katie Ingram, Elizabeth Middleton, Dorothy Moore, Janett Murrell, Mary Neal, Myrna Payne, Jacqueline W. Ray, Joan Shands, Valerie B. Taylor, Nannie Walls, Lavilla M. Watson, Annie Williams, Donna Wyatt.

The past chapter presidents are:

1987 Carolyn Dodson

1988-1991 Verdelle Crider

1992-1995 Bernice Hill

1996-1999 Cheryl Durant

2000-2003 Janice Paula Smith

2004-2007 Joan M. Shands

2008-2011 Irene Betty Hylton

2012-2013 Patricia Y. Mack

2014-2017 Vashti N. Burke

2018-2021 Theresa Sanders

2022-Current Andrea Irwin-Moore

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