Sorority grad chapter chartered in Hattiesburg celebrates 45th anniversary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A sorority graduate chapter chartered in Hattiesburg celebrated its 45th anniversary on Saturday.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Sigma Omega Chapter celebrated its journey with a public luncheon at Chesterfield's.  The chapter began as an idea in 1966 and two years later on November 16, 1968, it was chartered.

"Without the vision of the seventeen Alpha Kappa Alpha members that had the vision to see that we had the need here in this community for the graduate chapter, you know, then I don't know where we would be," said Theta Sigma Omega Chapter President Sonya Varnell. "I'm very happy that they did because since the chartering we've been about service, leadership and scholarship."

The graduate chapter started with 17 women, a number that has since grown and has made a charter member very happy.

"I feel great about that, because it shows that we are interested in service to the community and giving back, reaching out, helping young people achieve some of the goals they plan to achieve," said charter member Ruby Burkett Wilson.

Wilson was presented with a glass plaque during the event for her visionary achievements.

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