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Meet Eta Lambda Zeta Chapter

Updated: Jun 10, 2022

Eta Lambda Zeta Chapter was chartered Oct. 30, 1971 at Selfridge Air National Guard in Mount Clemens, Mich.. The chapter was started by a group of local sorors who were wives of the base airmen and schoolteachers.

The organizer was Josephine Crowell (deceased), a past Great Lakes Regional Director (1974-1980) and the first chapter Basileus. The charter members were Elsa Hill (deceased), Norma Holstein (deceased), Carol Howze (deceased), Georgia Parker and Barbara Steen (deceased).

Under the leadership of Grand Basileus Isabel Herson, Regional Director Effie Burford and Michigan State Director Marie Clifton, Eta Lambda Zeta began the journey that leads us to this day.

Eta Lambda Zeta hosted the 1982 48th Great Lakes Regional Conference under the leadership of Edna Metoyer, Basileus.

Over the years, Eta Lambda Zeta has held Finer Womanhood Celebrations and taken part in the Stork’s Nest program, Adopt-A-Road, Meals on Wheels and Rainbow Connection, among other community service projects.

Note: This is part of the Michigan State Organization’s online series "The MSO Great History Countdown! Our Centennial Journey to State Meeting" to leave a lasting gift to the state in honor of Zeta’s 100th anniversary. Histories from every graduate and undergraduate chapter in Michigan is being published in the month of September 2020 in the days leading up to the centennial state meeting. The project was approved under State Director Lynese Thomas’ administration, and overseen by MSO Epistoleus Earlene McMichael in partnership with MSO Historian Trudy Hale and Great Lakes Region Historian Norma Dartis.

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