Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter
Who We Are
The Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Soroity, Inc. was organized May 15, 1948 at 67 Highland Avenue, Tuckahoe, NY, the home of Estelle Gillman. A brief business meeting was held, at which time the chapter’s constitution was read and discussed. Regional Director, Soror Dorothy T. Payne had charge of the organizing. She was assisted by Sorors Theresa Gauldin and Alberta Alston of Epsilon Chapter. The Charter Members are Sorors Stephanie Davis, Daisy Alexander, Estelle Gillman, Evelyn Hunt, Louise Sills and Shirley Williams. A partial election of officers was held. Soror Stephanie Davis was elected Basileus, Soror Evelyn Hunt, Anti-Basileus and dean of Pledgees. The remainder of the officers were to be elected on May 23, 1948. A pledge service was then held, at which time Nora Bates, Pauline Flippens and Barbara Mason were accepted in the Pledge Club. It was agreed by all Sorors that the next regular meeting of the sorority would be held on May 23, 1948 at 2:00 pm, at which time the three pledgees would be initiated in the Sorority.
Since then, the Gamma Xi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has grown to include members throughout Westchester County, Northern Bronx and Southern Connecticut.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations – to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day.
The five founders, also known as the Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.
Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say “In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish.”
What We Do
Scholarship • Service • Sisterhood • Finer Womanhood
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is affiliated with and supports the following organizations: