On June 8, 1931, Alpha Sigma, a mixed chapter of graduate and undergraduate Sorors was organized in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the first Black Greek organization in the state. Late in 1943, the graduate Sorors of the mixed chapter applied to establish a graduate chapter. The Delta Beta Omega Chapter was instituted on April 15, 1946 and the chapter was chartered on April 19, 1946, the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Veora E. Johnson was the first president of the chapter.
Delta Beta Omega has evolved as a chapter endeavoring to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, however the focus on scholarship, health, and the advancement of human and civil rights has stayed the same. The chapter’s moral and civic contributions continue even to the present. The members strive for a better tomorrow by giving of ourselves through timeless service.
Charter Members of Delta Beta Omega *denotes a charter member of Alpha Sigma
*McFraddie Robinson Martin
* Louise Phillips
Charlesetta Favors Banks
Juanita Favors Curtis
Bobby Lewis Griffin
Madeline Houston Hardy
Elgie Batteau Mike
Mattie Hackett Moore
Crystal Townsend Grant
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally impactful organization of over 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.
Danette Anthony Reid currently serves as our International President and her administration theme is "Soaring to Greater Heights of Sisterhood and Service."
Chapters are grouped by the Boulé into Regions. Regions are divided according to geographical location and density of population. Currently there are ten regions; each under the supervision of a Regional Director. Delta Beta Omega is a member of the Far Western Region and Mrs. Shelby Boagni is the current Far Western Regional Director.
The Far Western family of sister friends is proud of our 95-year history. This region has grown into nearly 100 graduate and undergraduate chapters spread across nine states; Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. We are a sister network of unbelievably talented and caring women who routinely give of themselves and their resources in service to all mankind.
Supreme In Service
Delta Beta Omega is blessed and privileged to have two former Far Western Regional Directors in our chapter. These two dynamic women have blazed trails in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Far Western Region and right here in the greater Phoenix area.
Mrs. Grace Strauther served as the 20th Regional Director from 1996 to 2000 and Dr. LaVern Tarkington served as the 23rd Regional Director from 2008 to 2012.