Omicron Chi Omega - Herstory 

In the beginning...

On August 26, 1984, following the 51st International Convention held in Washington, DC, five Prince William County women met at the home of Alice Taylor with an interest in starting a local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®  Attending this meeting was Rosyln Dunn, Venus Miller, Jannette Smithson, Alice Taylor and Mary Williams. The five women discussed the potential impact such a chapter would have on the community and the necessary procedures for organizing a new chapter.  

As an official interest group of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the group named themselves the Princesses of Pearls.  Alice Taylor was elected President; Venus Miller was elected Secretary, and Jannette Smithson was elected Treasurer.  

On May 19, 1985, under the leadership of Barbara W. Davis, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, the Princesses of Pearls Interest Group officially was chartered Omicron Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

The following chapter officers were installed: Alice Taylor - President, Vivian Oliver - Vice-President, Ervinia "Venus" Venus Miller-Secretary, Mary Porter - Assistant Secretary, Glorine Gholson - Correspondence Secretary, Jannette Smithson-Treasurer, Winifred Gilmore - Financial Secretary, Mary Williams–Parliamentarian, Earline Spillers - Doorkeeper, Patsy Smith - Hostess, Elma Clancy - Ivy Leaf Reporter, and Roslyn Dunn - Historian.

Throughout the 30 plus year history of Omicron Chi Omega, the chapter has received many local community awards as well as recognition from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated regionally and on the national level. The chapter has received recognition in the Greater Prince William county as well as by the state of Virginia for its involvement in the Back to School/Stay in School Program, its support of SAVAS (Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocacy Services), its support of ACTS (Action in the Community Through Service), and its support of the American Heart Association.

Charter  Members

Joy Ballentine  Ervinia Miller*
Elma Clancy  Vivian Oliver
Roslyn Dunn*  Mary Porter*
Glorine Gholson  Patsy Smith 
Winifred Gilmore Jannette Smithson*
Dorothy Harrington  Earlene Spillers
Joyce Holmes  Alice Taylor
Debbie Hopkins  Addie Whitaker

Karen Hundley 


Mary Williams



Former  Presidents

Alice Taylor 1984*
Alice Taylor 1985 - 1987
Vivian Oliver 1988 - 1991
Ervinia Miller 1992 - 1995
Gwynne McCathorine 1996 - 1999
Leona Johnson 2000 - 2003
Winifred Gilmore 2004 - 2007
Cynthia Ragland 2008 - 2011
Addie Whitaker 2012 - 2013
Marguerite Taylor 2014 - 2017
*1984 - Princesses of Pearls Interest Group


Current       Committees

Target 1: HBCU For Life Fundraising Awards
Target 2: Women's Healthcare & Wellness Membership Gospel Fest
Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy Nominating  Leadership Development
Target 4: The Arts! Protocol Scholarship
Target 5: Global Impact Sisterly Relations African-American Festival
Connection Standards Youth Summit


Current  Officers


Anika Harris      

Vice President                        

Marcia Leftwich     


Andrea Bailey

Assistant Secretary  

Carol Patterson

Corresponding Secretary  

Sonya Long        


Debbie Sykes 

Financial Secretary

Millicent Stakehouse          

Assistant Financial Secretary

Cheryl Lamar       


Winnie Gilmore                         

Ivy Leaf Reporter  

Veronica Green         


Beverly Howell


Arleen McCallum-Graham                       


Addie Whitaker                                    

Sergeant of Arms    

Brenda Jackson-Sewell