"A Community-Conscious, Action-Oriented Organization"
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. Five
women, also known as our Five Pearls, Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal, 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. It was the ideal of our Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.
Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa (1948); to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national
headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
For more information please visit our National Headquarters website
Rho Eta Zeta Heritage
The Anne Arundel County Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Rho Eta Zeta Chapter was founded April 10, 1999. The charter members were Sorors: Donna Y. Alston*, Lesa R. Jeanpierre, Lauren Fowlkes, Paulette McCoy, Monica Parrish, Roxanne Parson, and Cheryl Raigns.
(* Triumphant soror as of March 31, 2001)
Since the chartering, the chapter has participated in various community service projects over the years, such as:
Donating school boxes for children in Ghana, West Africa
Look Good, Feel Better Project – American Cancer Society
Relay for Life – American Cancer Society
Walk America – March of Dimes
Z- HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) Projects
Stork’s Nest- Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Community Involvement and Accomplishments:
• Awarding Scholarships to Anne Arundel County High School Seniors
• Providing assistance and donate toiletry items to Happy Helpers to help the homeless in AA Co.
• Providing holiday meals and gifts during Thanksgiving and Christmas to a disadvantaged family each year.
• Partnering with local churches to empower the community on Health Issues, Economic Issues, and other social issues.
• Providing products and services to Heritage Harbor Senior Center, Sarah’s House, and the Lighthouse Homeless Shelter.
• Mentored the young women at Waxter’s Juvenile Detention Center
• Donating to the Haiti Relief Fund