The Story of Omicron Tau Omega
On March 31, 1985, the Omicron Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered in Spring, Texas. Omicron Tau Omega became the
98th chapter in the South Central Region under the leadership of then International President Faye Beverly Bryant. The twenty-eight charter members immediately
embraced the programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha by serving youth, the elderly, those in poverty, and promoting the local and national programs of our organization.
Our first president, Carolyn W. Gaines propelled the infant chapter to full operational status and responsibility. The chapter awarded its first scholarship to pre-med
student Shawn Love, and contributed to her education until her graduation. In 1990, the chapter named its scholarship initiative in honor of Carolyn W. Gaines.
Ida Reid received the baton from Gaines. It was under Reid's presidency the first initiates of Omicron Tau Omega joined the ranks of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Rhonda Newhouse became the next president. She encouraged leadership training by hosting the first cluster educational conference. Newhouse instituted
strong membership bonds and outreach through the Precious Pearls, Omicron Tau Omega's mentoring program that was the chapter's signature in service.
Under Portia Talbot's leadership the chapter received its first national recognition at the 59th Boule for outstanding chapter program: The presentation of handmade pink
and green blankets to the residents of Hermann Park Manor nursing facility. Talbot formulated firm reporting and accounting procedures and established the
ON TRACK program at Gray Elementary in Aldine Independent School District.
Shirley J. Benn's leadership resulted in chapter membership doubling and growing the scholarship awards to $10,000 in annual giving. Omicron Tau Omega
was recognized as Chapter of the Year during the 71st Regional Conference. The Ivy reading AKAdemy was established at Gray Elementary in Aldine I.S.D.
Chapter members went to the campus weekly to tutor students. The Ivy Reading AKAdemy won regional and national awards and we are excited to have contributed to
the academic growth of the students.
Under Carolyn Hassell's leadership, the chapter continued to support the local, regional, and national directives of the sorority with excellence. During her tenure,
the chapter enjoyed sustained growth in membership, program development, and leadership. In March, 2007, the chapter awarded $14,000 in scholarships
and celebrated the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Spring, Texas.
Portia Talbot returned the the helm as President and continued the mandates set forth by our corporate office. Talbot encourages and motivates each member to
answer the charge of "Service To All Mankind." It is under her leadership that our chapter celebrated its 25th anniversary. As a charter member Talbot not only holds
fast to the spirit of the past, she embraces the vision of the future. She encourages new members to "get involved."
Kelly P. Hodges served as President of Omicron Tau Omega in 2011-2012 under the International Administration’s theme “Global Leadership through Timeless Service.” She often quotes Shirley Chisholm, "Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” Kelly works tirelessly for Omicron Tau Omega and the community
and exemplifies “Service To All Man-Kind.”
Angela M. Powell served as President from 2013-2014. Under her leadership we continued the International Programs of "Global Leadership Through Timeless Service." She exemplifies sisterhood and fosters a vision fair through commitment, service, and leadership. She implemented the New Members Orientation to assist new members to the chapter and encourages all members to reclaim inactive members.
Bonita Green Gambrell began her term in 2015 under the 2014-2018 Program theme of "Launching New Dimensions of Service." Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., through its 993 local chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in traditional and new target areas. The program features five
target areas, one Signature Program, and Community Service Days. The Five target areas are: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening,
Environmental Ownership and Global Impact. It is Bonita's commitment to lead with the same steadfast enthusiasm and spirit that each of her predecessors embodied.
Since its inception, Omicron Tau Omega has and will continue to be an asset to the community. The chapter is firmly committed to its mission of providing community resources to people in the North Harris County area. These resources will provide unity and support the Black family, increase academic knowledge and motivation in children and youth, enhance understanding of current health issues, the environment and global impact.