Honoring Our Chapter's History

Past Chapter Presidents, Carolyn Williamson-Martin, Hughette Clarke, Cheryl Goodridge, Jayashri Srinivasan Cuffey, and Pleshette N. Shelton

Sigma Psi Omega Chapter was chartered, June 23, 1990 in Hauppauge, New York on Long Island by past North Atlantic Regional Director Idell S. Pugh.  The twenty-seven charter members were: Gwenetta Batchelor, Sadie Boone, Pamela Boswell, Patricia Brown, Hughette Clarke, Naomi G. Clarke*, Miriam D. Couch, Rachel Lee Davis, Jacqueline Fludd, Michelle Harris, Alber Joy Jones, Denise Lane, Joelyn McIlwain, Alicia McIlwain-Marks, Lorna Martin, Monica Miles, Gladys G. Merritt, Constance Nichols, E. Sacia Pandley, Dorcas Rogers, Minnette Stevenson, Myrna F. Taylor, Lizette Washington, Charlotte Wickliffe, Beverly Williams, and Carolyn Williamson-Martin

 

The chapter's early achievements included the "Youth of Distinction Program" with an emphasis on African American Heritage which was implemented in the Huntington community, sponsoring political forums, fundraising for the Long Island Diabetes Foundation, and Economic Empowerment.

 

In keeping with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's purpose, the Ivy AKA-demy opened in the Wyandanch community in 1991.  The program focused on making a positive impact on our youth socially, educationally, and economically, as well as to serve as role models, while forging alliances with parent support groups, community leaders and the business community.

 

In the New Millennium, Sigma Psi Omega has contributed countless volunteer hours to "Serving All Mankind."  The Chapter's contributions include, but are not limited to:

      • Supporting Suffolk County Youth through scholarships, incentive awards and recognition programs totaling over $50,000
      • Partnered with the Town of Babylon's Summer Minority Internship program
      • Participating with the Witness Project of Long Island and Making Strides to Breast Cancer to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer upon all Long Island women
      • Collecting daily necessities for homeless Long Island residents through the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network)
      • Conducting seasonal wrap drives for adults and children
      • Collecting non perishable food items and making sandwiches for Long Island soup kitchens for weekend distributions
      • Partnering with the Town of Babylon’s Summer Minority Internship program
      • Supporting Suffolk County youth through scholarships, incentive awards, and mentorship of our Emerging Young Leaders Program for middle school girls
      • Donating School Supplies, book bags and toys for children of incarcerated parents with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (LICADD)

 

Under extraordinary successful purposeful leadership our programs are tailored and customized to follow our international administration-Launching New Dimensions of Service while at the same time meeting the needs of communities across Long Island, NY.


* Ivy Beyond the Wall