Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
P. O. Box 23292, Savannah, GA 31403
Gamma Sigma Omega History
Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered May 29,
1943. There were seven charter members although only six are listed in the charter: Irene Pope
Alexander, Frances Clarke Dye, Juanita Fogg Jennings, Mattie Beverly Payne, Mayme E. Hubert
Russell, and Martha Wright Wilson, first President of the chapter.
The chapter immediately began to seek a project, a way to be of “Service To All Mankind.”
In June of 1943, a well-known Savannah white woman, Adeline Graham, died and the local
newspaper announced that the deceased woman had left property and funds “to whomever
might start a movement to establish an Orphanage for Negro Children.”
At the September 1943 chapter meeting, Frances Dye, told the other members what she
had learned from the announcement and the members of Gamma Sigma Omega did what was
required to found what is now called Greenbriar’s Children Center. Thus for many years,
Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Greenbriar Children’s
Center, Inc. were almost synonymous. In addition to Gamma Sigma Omega’s other service
projects, Greenbriar was the chapter’s primary project, which included fundraising, leadership,
personal involvement, and service from the beginning until approximately 1966 when Federal,
State, and City funding became more readily available to the Center. Today, the Center is viable
in the Savannah community meeting the needs of all races of children and Gamma Sigma
Omega Chapter makes yearly donations to ensure its continued progress.
|Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated