About Iota Epsilon Omega
On January 31, 1971, 17 women from Bergen County, New Jersey gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Saddle Brook, New Jersey for their chartering ceremony, thus becoming the first graduate chapter of any black Greek-lettered organization in the county. For more than 18 months prior to this date, these women met under the leadership of Gene-Ann Polk Horne, laying the foundation for this newly formed chapter, Iota Epsilon Omega. Mrs. Horne later became the first elected President.
The ceremony was conducted by Anne Mitchum who was the North Atlantic Regional Director during that time. Mrs. Davis was assisted by Esther Pollard, a past North Atlantic Regional Director. Over 60 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® women from around the region came to share good wishes for this long awaited event.
The 17 charter members continued to meet on a monthly basis in each other’s homes to set standards of procedures and by-laws that would govern the newly formed chapter. From the beginning, scholarships have been a major focus of the chapter. Over the years Iota Epsilon Omega has given over $400,000 in scholarships to deserving young men and women.
In addition to scholarships, the chapter has been a leader in community efforts to register voters, beautify neighborhoods, educate our youth, sponsor the arts, stroll to the polls, and sponsor programs and services related to health, economics, and education. We have advocated for literacy across all ages, helped build youth leaders, and planted trees.
The chapter is the sponsor of the undergraduate chapter Nu Kappa located at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck.
Alice L Benekin*
Ethel McGhee Davis*
Elizabeth (Graham) Early
Gene-Ann Polk Horne*
(*) denotes deceased
Gail Smith, President
Gwendolyn Larry, Vice President
Yolonda Pickett, Recording Secretary
Tanisha Russell Day, 2nd Recording Secretary
Alicia Henderson, Treasurer
Regina Ladson, Financial Secretary
Intisar Foster, 2nd Financial Secretary
Tiffany Lawson, Corresponding Secretary
Janiqua Green, Chaplain
Samantha Wilson, Ivy Leaf Reporter
Minnie Adams, Hospitality
Jeanelle Beach, Historian
Natalie Cureton, Graduate Advisor
Nellie Jenkins, Sergeant at Arms
Ingrid Green Jones, Parliamentarian
Intisar Foster, Web Mistress