Sorority and Auxiliary Gives Back to Community

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Mu Omega Zeta Chapter and Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches Auxiliary continue to uphold the founding principles of the sorority by giving back to the community providing service through various projects under the International Service Initiative :Z-Hope: Zetas Helping Other People Excel. Z- HOPE is an interactive, holistic and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. It builds on the Sorority’s legacy of service by offering a service initiative that addresses the mission-critical needs of a shifting population.

Sorority members and members of the Natchitoches Amicae donated cleaning supplies and toiletries to M. R. Weaver Elementary. This included: Belinda Turner and Sandy Irchirl, Z-Hope Coordinator, Ametrice Williams, Principal, Charmine Williams, Paraprofessional, Doryce Polk, Amicae President, and sorority members Sandra Williams and Tara Sapp.

The Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches donated Easter baskets to 11 Kindergarten Classes at L. P. Vaughn Elementary. Principal Natalie Ducote, Asst. Principals Carissa Davis and Shondrika Robertson accepted the baskets for the students. COVID restrictions prevented us from presenting the baskets to the students in person so teachers passed them out to them and had students write thank you notes to the Auxiliary. Doryce Polk serves as President of the Auxiliary, other members are Danyelle Talley, LaTanya Toliver, Sedonia Lyons, Glenda Richard, Debra Holmes-Walls, Annetta Miller, Brenda Roberson Sarpy, Willie Lee Taylor, Barbara Smith and Loria Jackson. Amica sponsors are Jessica Askew and Mary Calhoun, both members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter. Zeta Friends Linda W. Howard and Mary Calhoun assisted in the delivery and set up.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C, by five women affectionately known as “The Five Pearls”. The five coeds chose the name Zeta Phi Beta. Phi Beta was taken from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated to “seal and signify the relationship between the two organizations” thus making Our founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. Our motto is: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization. Our mission statement is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff, community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches was originally chartered in 1990, but due to unforeseen circumstances the auxiliary ceased to operate for several years and were reactivated in 2007. Since reactivation the members have been constantly on the move working hand in hand with the sorority and giving back to the community. Zeta Amicae Auxiliary or “Friends of Zeta” is comprised of non-degree women who have participated in and contributed to charitable and educational activities. The Zeta Amicae were the first national auxiliary of collegiate sorority. In the 1940’s, the graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated began to realize the importance, prestige, goodwill, and cooperation of women, who for various reasons did not have a college degree, but believed in the ideals of Zeta. In 1947, under the administration of Lullelia Harrison, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.