Chi Tau Omega: Journey of Excellence
In August of 2000, three members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority came together to implement a chapter in the Covington and Conyers, GA area. Dorothy Moore, Darlene Smith and Melanie Griggs realized the area would benefit from programs that address the black family, health, education, the arts and economic empowerment.
Griggs, Moore and Smith identified 48 members living in the area who, in November 2000, convened at their first meeting to discuss financial reactivation, reclaiming members and service projects for the group. The women continued to meet and plan for official recognition as an interest group and on January 8, 2003, received a letter from then South Atlantic Regional Director, Irene McCollom, revealing that the group had been sanctioned as an official interest group titled The Pink Pearls of Covington.
The charter for the Pink Pearls of Covington was approved on November 4, 2004 and the interest group officially became the “Chi Tau Omega” Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on December 12, 2004.
Chi Tau Omega has continued with a variety of service projects and programs including the Ivy Reading AKAdemy, programs with the American Cancer Society, and Warm Hearts…Open Arms. Through fundraising efforts, such as the annual China Affair Luncheon and Legends Ball, Chi Tau Omega has provided scholarships to local high school seniors to pursue their dreams of attending college.
Chi Tau Omega members attend international Boules, Regional and Cluster Conferences, Founders Day activities and local Chi Tau Omega retreats. While hosting several round-ups and reactivation teas, Chi Tau Omega has grown to almost 180 members since her charter.
For more information on the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, please visit our international website.