For 45 years, Iota Xi Omega has lived up to service to mankind by helping children, adults and the elderly. The chapter has truly made a lasting impression on the Albuquerque community.
Iota Xi Omega Chapter was conceived and nurtured by the vision of eight Sorors who came together on April 7, 1972 in the home of Jacquelyn Williams. These eight Sorors were Essie Abbott, Dolores Anderson, Genevieve Garcia, Katheryn Lawson, Edna McIver, Jacquelyn Williams, Laverne Williams, and Charlene Wilson. The Sorors were brought together through the initiation of Jacqueline Williams.
On May 27, 1972, the group submitted a formal application for chartering a chapter in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The summer presented two challenges for the fledging group: to become financial and to develop the closeness and unity necessary for a newly formed group. The challenge was met through several Flea Market Sales –an idea presented at a meeting, adopted, and carried out by Edna McIver acting as Chairperson` of the Committee.
Fall 1972, Iota Xi Omega application for chartering was approved by the 1972 Boule. Immediate preparation started for a successful, memorable Chartering Day and “Coming Out” reception.
On December 9, 1972, the ladies were officially charted as Iota Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There were 17 chartered members. Sorors Faye Bryant, immediate past South Central Regional Director, officiated at the Chartering Ceremony. Her warm personality, sincere dedication, and honest enthusiasm set the tone for the day. Her reading of “Desiderate” challenged a consciousness and brought forth an inspiration to reaffirm the ideals of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.