Sorority and auxiliary give back to community

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 From left are Sonja Hall, Kimberly Davis Smith, Amica Sedonia Lyons, Carisa Davis, Doll Drive Coordinator, Carletta Jones, Candance Grayson, Sandra Williams, Linda W. Howard, Sontonia Helaire, Amica Doryce Polk and Josephine Winder. 

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Mu Omega Zeta Chapter and Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches Auxiliary continue to uphold the founding principles of the sorority by giving back to the community providing service through various projects under the International Service Initiative: Z-Hope: Zetas Helping Other People Excel.

Z- HOPE is an interactive, holistic and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. It builds on the Sorority’s legacy of service by offering a service initiative that addresses the mission-critical needs of a shifting population. Sorority members and members of the Natchitoches Amicae donated 50 dolls to the 6th Annual Dolled Up Doll Drive.

Mu Omega Zeta Sorority and Amicae have participated in this event for six years. Dolled Up promotes positive mentorships for girls. Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches was originally chartered in 1990, but due to unforeseen circumstances the auxiliary ceased to operate for several years and were reactivated in 2007.

Since reactivation the members have been constantly on the move working hand in hand with the sorority and giving back to the community. Zeta Amicae Auxiliary, or “Friends of Zeta,” is comprised of non-degree women who have participated in and contributed to charitable and educational activities.

The Zeta Amicae were the first national auxiliary of collegiate sorority. In the 1940’s, the graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated began to realize the importance, prestige, goodwill, and cooperation of women, who for various reasons did not have a college degree but believed in the ideals of Zeta. In 1947, under the administration of Lullelia Harrison, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska, making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group.

Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.