On November 6, 1999 Six dynamic Ladies, Letitia Henderson, Amelia Eldeen Cepeda, Elise Mason, Chrislyn Turner, Nicole Deas, and Dionne Lyne, came together to charter Rho Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Kennesaw, GA. Their mission was twofold, first being to expand the Zeta principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood to Northern Cobb County and the surrounding area. Secondly, create an environment where the expertise and skill of each Soror was appreciated and utilized for the greater good of the chapter. They believed in their success because they were committed to each other and the mission. In turn they set forth to blaze a trail that could only be describe as REMARKABLE!
The Ladies of Rho Xi Zeta Chapter wasted no time in making their presence known to the community. Their service projects included partnerships with local women shelters, toiletry drives for homeless teenagers, working with the March of Dimes, March for Babies, and participating in Sorority initiatives such as Stork’s Nest and Z-HOPE. The work of these women did not go unnoticed by their peers. In fact, within six months of chartering the Ladies received recognition for their community service efforts at their first State Conference in 2000.
This award was just the beginning. The Ladies of Rho Xi Zeta would go on to win numerous awards including:
In addition to the chapter accolades, Rho Xi Zeta members served the Sorority on the National, Regional, and State levels. This includes:
In addition to their community service activities the Ladies of Rho Xi Zeta Chapter sought to spread the light of Zeta. Their first step towards this task was chartering the Gamma Rho Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in March 2000. This was considered a bold move as previous graduate chapters tried without success to establish a chapter at Georgia Tech. In 2006 the Omicron Nu Chapter at the University of West Georgia came under the guidance and care of the chapter. However, the Ladies did not stop at undergraduate chapters. They also established youth auxiliaries such as Archonettes, Amicettes, and Pearlettes.
In our 20 years, Rho Xi Zeta Chapter has grown from Six to over Sixty Sorority Sisters. Our service projects now include the adoption of Title I schools in Cobb County, partnering with senior living facilities, and the awarding of scholarships to college bound Cobb County girls through our Not-for-Profit, the Z.E.A.L Foundation. We sponsor two undergraduate chapters and three youth auxiliary groups.
We, the Ladies of the Remarkable Rho Xi Zeta Chapter are proud of the scholars we mentor, our service to the community and our Sorority, the bonds of our Sisterhood, and the Finer Womanhood we exemplify. But as proud as we are about our past and accomplishments, we are excited for our future as we continue to blaze this REMARKABLE path.