WICHITA ALUMNAE CHAPTER OF
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of
college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.
Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of:
International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
Wichita Alumnae History
The Wichita Kansas Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was established March 9, 1935 at the home of Dorothy Odell Terrell on North Water. Soror Naomi Cherot, a national officer from Kansas City, KS established the chapter with assistance of Soror Beatirce Penman, also a national officer. This chapter was given the Greek name “Alpha Phi,” a mixed chapter composed of graduates and undergraduates.
The principal aims of Alpha Phi, were cultural, intellectual and moral standards among its members to foster high goals, establish a closer union among college women and assists its members in every way possible. The first president of the chapter was Soror Pauline Beatty. Writers of Alpha Phi’s Constitution and By-Laws were Sorors: Carrie L. Burney, Chairman, Edna Sweich, Katherine Geeder, Dorothy Odell Terrell and Pauline Beatty.
Wichita Alumnae Chapter
Executive Committee and Executive Board
Internal Audit Chair
Immediate Past President
Alpha Phi Charter Members
Carrie L. Burney Karla
May 11, 1967 Alpha Phi Chapter became “Wichita Alumnae” Chapter. Also at this time, Soror Lorene McConnell of Denver, CO, established Zeta Beta, a campus based chapter. The Wichita Alumnae Chapter conducted the initiation for Zeta Beta.
Minnie Zell Brown
Carrie L. Burney