MICHIGAN STATE ORGANIZATION HISTORY

For in the beginning, it was Omega Alpha at Wayne State University, in 1941. Soror Mary Watson Stewart of Detroit became the Central Regional Director in 1943. The Great Lakes Region was established in 1947 which included Michigan.

 

Our Legacy of Leadership started with Soror Ione Gibson of Beta Omicron Zeta, as Associate Director from 1955 to 1960. The next Associate Director was our Zeta Dove, Soror Frances Faithful of Zeta Beta Zeta from 1960-62, both were appointed by Great Lakes Regional Director, Soror Margaret Irby. The Michigan State Organization was eventually born under the leadership of Soror Ione Gibson as the State Director. It was Soror Gibson who initiated the first State meeting in 1967, with four chapters, Beta Omicron Zeta, Zeta Beta Zeta, Zeta Nu Zeta, and Zeta Omega Zeta. 

 

Our Magnificent list of Trailblazers of former State Directors, include Sorors:

Ione Hartley Gibson* (1955-1960)

Francis Faithful (1960-1962)

Ione Hartley Gibson*(1962-1969)

Marie Clifton*(1969-1974)

Annye Roberts (1974-1984)

Jeffrey P. King (1984-1992)

Mary Reid Gray*(1992-1996)

Mary Crew Lester (1996-2002)

Cassandra Bronson*(2002-2006)

Valeriah Holmon (2006-2008)

Elner Taylor (2008-2014)

Tonia Jenkins (2014-2018)

Angela Philmore (2018 to 2020)

 

We are strong in Zeta by having 16 graduate chapter 12 undergraduate chapters, 9 Amicae Auxiliaries and 14 youth affiliate groups. The Michigan State Organization is the essence of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.