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Beta Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is one of 96 chapters located in the “Great,” Great Lakes Region with chapters in Michigan, Ohio, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Located in the Southern Ohio Cluster in Dayton, Ohio, Beta Eta Omega hosts an active membership of over 200 women and serves as the graduate chapter for Epsilon Chi, the undergraduate chapter at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. We are honored to be the home chapter of the late Ms. Bernice I. Sumlin, 19th International President and Mrs. Charlene Truitt-Nelson, 27th Great Lakes Regional Director.

Beta Eta Omega Chapter was chartered on June 8, 1934, by Great Lakes Regional Director, Mattie L. Jackson and International Secretary, Margaret Davis Bowen. The five trailblazing women who envisioned an organization committed to providing service to the Dayton metropolitan area included Jessie Hathcock and Lucie Taylor of Rho Omega Chapter, Carrie Shaw and Roberta Yancey from Alpha Chapter, and Ruth Wright from Omega Omega Chapter. Now, over 80 years later, Beta Eta Omega remains a stellar organization, still committed to that same vision of “Service to All Mankind” promulgated by our National Founders on January 15, 1908.

The 2022-2026 program focus of our International President, Danette Anthony Reed, focuses on “Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood.” Beta Eta Omega continues our current programs of service, some of which are the Al-Ka-Pals Youth Group, support of the Mary Scott Nursing Center, Susannah B. Ross/Hattie B. Wills Eighth Grade Recognition Program to honor the academic, leadership and civic accomplishments of our youth and the Linda Vista Project to assist and empower women suffering from abuse. We are proud of our sisterhood, our legacy, and our unwavering dedication to assist and support the many civic and community organizations in the Dayton area.


Former Beta Eta Omega Chapter Presidents

Jessie Hathcock* - 1934

Lucie L. Taylor* - 1935

Louise Clark McBain* - 1937

Zella R. Watkins* - 1938

Viola L. Waiters* - 1939

Laura R. Jones* - 1944

Ethel Steward* - 1947

Ruth Findlay Scott* - 1949

Marjorie Duiguid* - 1952

Geneva Brisbane - 1953

Lucetta Tanner* - 1954

Esther Ewing* - 1956

Ruth Findlay Scott* - 1957

Bernice Irene Sumlin* - 1958

Rosa Means* - 1960

Geneva Sumlin Ruffin* - 1962

Grayce Toles* - 1964

Lula Lang Jeter - 1965

Lorraine Shyne Caldwell* - 1966

Kay Motley* - 1967

Elizabeth Ryan* - 1968

Birta L. Henderson* - 1969
Marion Sweeney - 1971
Phyllis Walker Mitchell* - 1972
Jayne Brame* - 1974
Jamesetta W. Lewis - 1978
Doris Jean Worth - 1980
Inez T. Nunley - 1980
M. Loretta Gray* - 1985
Carolyn Fairfax Day - 1989
Shirley A.L. Porter - 1993
Charlene Truitt Nelson
 - 1995
Gail P. Forest - 1999
Joné L. West* - 2003
Valerie N. Jones - 2005
Stephanie Norwood - 2007
Darlene E. Wright - 2009
Rosalind R. Harper - 2011
Dora Carson - 2013
Cheryl Williams - 2015

Yvonne Wilson - 2019

*Deceased    †Served as 19th International President    Served as 27th Great Lakes Regional Director

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®

Beta Eta Omega Chapter

PO Box 24242

Dayton, OH 45424

(937) 235-2129

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