Welcome to the website for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter. We are honored that you have taken time to learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Upsilon Lambda Omega and the work we do in our community.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was established January 15, 1908 as the first African American Sorority on the campus of Howard University. Under the leadership of our 30th International President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, we have over 300,000 members in over 1,000 chapters across the country. Our international program theme is Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service with a focus on our Signature Program #CAPSM and the following five program targets: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women’s Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts!, and Global Impact.
Upsilon Lambda Omega serves Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, Glenn Heights, and Waxahachie. Since our chartering, January 11, 1997, we have remained focused on our sorority’s mission of “Service to All Mankind.’’ As Upsilon Lambda Omega’s 13th Chapter President, I am excited to execute Transformational Excellence Through Passion, Purpose, and Perpetuity as we continue to carry out sisterhood and service.
Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby
2021-2022 Chapter President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter
Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter was chartered in DeSoto, Texas, January 11, 1997, under the direction of 24th International President Eva L. Evans and South Central Regional Director Polly Sparks Turner.
The idea of a graduate chapter came from Mrs. Sheila Kyles, past International Undergraduate Member-At-Large, who recognized the need to service the southwest community of Dallas. Ms. Kyles, with the assistance of Ms. Adrienne Thomas, gathered with eighteen other excited members and were encouraged to organize a new chapter that would expand the presence and services of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. within the DFW Metroplex.
The first meeting of the The Pearls of the Ivy Pride Interest Group was called to order October 14, 1995, 12:45 PM at the home of Ms. Adrienne Thomas. Members discussed requirements for starting a new chapter and ideas for upcoming community service projects. The community service projects that were completed were: Voter Registration Drive, Salvation Army Angel Tree and the Adopt-a-Student Mentoring Program.
On January 11, 1997, The Pearls of the Ivy Pride Interest Group became the Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter. These twenty women re-pledged their hearts, minds and strengths to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and rededicated their continued service to all mankind.
The following members are certified charter members:
Adrienne Thomas (1st Vice President)
Valerie M. Sanders (2nd Vice President)
Esta Ayanna Palmer
Deanna M. Wilson
Sharon Workman (Parliamentarian)
Adrienne P. Lofton-Davis
Katrina Vance (Ivy Leaf Reporter)
Shelby Onic Paula Ogden-Mason
Programs and Initiatives
Upsilon Lambda Omega is successfully implementing the 2018 – 2022 International Program which consist of five target areas, one signature program, and specifically targeted community service days!
Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action: We are mentoring and providing high school students with leadership skills, civic awareness, character education and educational enrichment opportunities continue its focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
- We are assisting high school juniors and seniors as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application, financial aid, scholarships, and enrollment process.
Target 2: Women's Healthcare and Wellness: We are bringing awareness to breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers!
Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy: We are emphasizing financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit!
Target 4: The Arts!: We are exposing students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers and various other artists!
Target 5: Global Impact: We are engaging in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority!
Upsilon Lambda Omega Initiatives: Through this initiative, we are assisting with the emerging needs of the community.
As you peruse our website you will see evidence of the hardworking members of Upsilon Lambda Omega where we strive to give our 100%. We are a chapter where our members are focused on the international goals of our great sorority and our quest to make a lasting impact on the Best Southwest cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, Glenn Heights, and Waxahachie, Texas!
Again welcome to the official website of Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.
2021-2022 ULO Chapter Officers
President Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby
1st Vice President Donna Whitehead
2nd Vice President Cheryl Sims
Secretary Donna Allen
Assistant Secretary Carla Willis
Financial Secretary Angela Butler Lewis
Assistant Financial Secretary Tiffany Waters
Treasurer Shronda Whitfield
Assistant Treasurer Armetrice Johnson
Corresponding Secretary Umeka Wright
Chapter Hostess Tiffany Nicole Brown
Sergeant-at-Arms Nicole Robinson
Parliamentarian Yasmin Barnes Jones
Public Relations/Ivy Leaf Reporter Jonya Watts
Historian Kameisha Choice
Custodian/Curator Natoyia Harris
Chaplain Shay Cathey
Business Manager Melissa Gholston
Member-at-Large Elma Goodwin
Graduate Advisor Angela L. Davis Henry
Graduate Co-Advisor Angela Jacobs Butler