HISTORY OF ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INCORPORATED
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, Washington, D.C. by five coeds who envisioned a sorority which would directly affect positive change, chart a course of action for the 1920s and beyond, raise consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to address fully the societal mores, ills, prejudices, and poverty affecting humanity in general and the black community in particular. Our organization was founded on the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. The names of the five collegiate students of Howard University who charted Zeta were Arizona Cleaver (Stemons), Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler (Faithful), Viola Tyler (Goings), and Fannie Pettie (Watts). Our founders of Zeta Phi Beta are also affectionately known as “the five pearls”. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is an international organization with over 800+ chapters, in the USA, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Zeta Phi Beta is the only NPHC sorority that is constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Like our brothers, our colors are royal blue and pure white. Read more at www.zphib1920.org .
HISTORY OF KAPPA ETA ZETA
Kappa Eta Zeta chapter of Camden, South Carolina was chartered on August 8, 1980, by seven women from all over the Midlands region. The work of Zeta was seen, heard and felt for years as the chapter impacted the community with its diligent work and loyal service. As the years progressed, members had to part ways for various reasons, unhappily ending the good work of the chapter in the community. As a result, the Kappa Eta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated held an inactive status.
On November 13, 2005, with the help of 13 Sorors/Members from the Columbia, South Carolina area, Kappa Eta Zeta was reactivated and was more than prepared to continue the legacy of carrying the light and prestige of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated into the homes, hearts, and communities of people in the Kershaw-Fairfield county area.
Today, Kappa Eta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated continues to create new experiences all over the Midlands Region. Participating in local events such as The Palmetto Health Women at Heart, Belk Charity Day, Adopt-a-Highway, March of Dimes/March for Babies, The Camden Christmas Parade, and other locally sponsored events supporting small businesses, combating social justice, education and women's rights, Kappa Eta Zeta chapter is known as a chapter of service. Following our motto "Five for the Founders", we exercise our due diligence in the community through collective and collaborative support and commitment.
With over 20 active, financial members, Kappa Eta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is committed to the principles of Zeta and welcomes prospective women with notable accomplishments and achievements who are willing to volunteer their time and efforts to carry out the mission and calling of our illustrious organization.
In the last six years, Kappa Eta Zeta chapter of Camden, SC has not only increased membership by at least 75%, but have excelled at participating in over 200 community service projects, averaging approximately 20-25 service projects each sorority year. In 2012, we hit the ground running adopting two schools and an elder care initiative where we continue to nurture strong relationships and partnerships in our respective communities serving youth and the elderly. Furthermore, in 2013, Kappa Eta Zeta was awarded and recognized at the Southeastern Regional Conference and South Carolina State Leadership Conference for Z-HOPE efforts with only 5 active members. Also, in 2015, Kappa Eta Zeta was the first chapter in the state of South Carolina to participate in the new initiative with the U.S. Wildlife and Refugee Centers taking over 20 youths ages 4-16 to learn more about our nature’s wildlife. For our efforts, we were recognized at the Grand Boule 2016 as one of many chapters in Zeta to support our Grand Wright’s vision of creating celebratory firsts. Presently, Kappa Eta Zeta has over 20 financially active members and continues to create a lasting legacy in the rural and metropolitan areas of Kershaw County. In the current sorority year, we have completed over 10 Z-HOPE projects spending an average of 1-3 hours at each event and reaching anywhere between 75-200 people per event. In summary, Kappa Eta Zeta strives to continue creating lasting impressions in Kershaw County community and surrounding areas as well as supporting and enriching the national programs and initiatives that we hold dear to our hearts. Kappa Eta Zeta is a small, but mighty chapter whose love for service, scholarship, sisterhood and finer womanhood shape our interactions with each other, with the community, and most importantly, with our illustrious organization. In closing, we leave you with a quote we strongly believe in and that summarizes our continued participation in Zeta: “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
Quick Stats: Three elected and appointed South Carolina Executive Board members, National, Regional and State Recognition at Leadership Conferences, South Carolina State Conference Registration Team for 2-4 years, Three Certified Zeta Organizational Leadership Participants.