ΙΠΩ Chapter History

The high mobility rate of sorors in the area made earlier attempts to form a graduate chapter difficult. A permanent nucleus of sorors in Brevard County managed to keep in touch, thus advancing the means by which a graduate chapter could be chartered. Iota Pi Omega received its charter on December 16, 1972, by the presiding Soror Homie Regulus South Atlantic Regional Director.

Iota Pi Omega established itself within the community through a variety of programs that

addressed issues facing women in general and teenage girls. The chapter continued to expand and be a force in the community through active engagement in health, reading, mathematics, science and career programs. Local programs that have aligned with the international programs over the years included: Reading One-to-One, an after school program, Young Author’s Program involving elementary students in book writing and publication competition and the Arts.  

The Chapter sponsored the Ebony Fashion Fair for many years as one of its fundraisers and still sponsors the biennial Calendar Girl and Little Miss Fashionetta pageants. Iota Pi Omega has awarded over $200,000 scholarships to Brevard County seniors.

Charter Members

Willie R. Austell*         Ella P. Grant

Myra J. Banks*            Jacqueline Scott

Rosalyn M. Blake*      Roberta P. Scott*

Marion P. Blocker       Eartha Simmons

Joy Byron                     Delores Singleton

Mary Catchings           Eva P. Slaughter

Melvina Croskey         Robyn W. Tucker

Audrah T. George*    Dorothy K. Williams

 *Deceased                   Shirley Williams*

Photo of Iota Pi Omega Charter Members, 1972

Past Chapter Presidents

Shirley Williams *1973-74        Altamese Davis     1996-97

Marion Blocker    1975–76       Bernice Jackson *  1998-99

Elsie Bryant          1977-78        Lakye Waldon         2000-01

Roberta Scott *   1979-80        Charlotte Owens    2002-03

Barbara Diggs *   1981-83        Selena Atchison     2004-05

Verlie Campbell *1984-85        Charlotte Owens    2006-07

Bernice Jackson* 1986-87        Rochelle Bookhart 2008-09

Lakye Waldon      1988-89        Vanessa Brown      2010-11

Carrie Tucker        1990-91        Charlotte Owens    2012-13

Johnnie Riley        1992-93        Robbin Porter          2014-15

Rhella Murdaugh 1994-95        Clara Davis               2016-17

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