Chapter History

Chapter History

The Delta Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter (DOS) was chartered July 20, 1975 in Columbus, OH by eight magnificent women seeking to make a difference in the Greater Columbus area through community service and education. These women were: Cheryl Copeland, Goldean Gibbs, Wilma Hall, Barbara Lundy, Mable Mixon, Bessie McGhee, Marcia Sheppard and Cynthia Winchester.

As a leading national service organization, it was important to our Chartered members to address the day-to-day challenges of the community through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.

The members of DOS embrace the principles of servant leadership. These principles continue to be the driving force for the execution of quality programs which addresses national body initiatives within the greater Columbus community such as Project Cradle Care, the annual SIGMA Youth Symposium and Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness & Health Program.

For more than 40 years, Delta Omicron Sigma has become synonymous with excellence, leadership and youth development. Our Chapter exudes talent of more than 50 members ranging from educators to mental health counselors, family physicians, business managers to non-profit directors and more. We advise three Undergraduate Chapters at The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Wilmington College. We mentor girls ages 12-18 through the national Rhoer Club and advise the newly chartered Philo Affiliate known as “friends” of the sorority.

Chapter Accomplishments

In recent years, we proudly hosted the 75th Central Region Diamond Conference in Columbus, OH where we donated $7,500 to local community-based organizations, such as Godman Guild Association – by granting swimwear and supplies for under served youth, the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland and Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio.

We were the leading collaborators of the city’s first women-led Townhall Meeting:  Know Your Rights with the other Divine Nine Sororities. The forum was inspired by the legacy of our fallen Soror, Sandra Bland. Soror Bland’s name made national news in 2015 for her unanswered death during a routine traffic stop in Waller County, TX. Soror Bland was known for her community activism, leadership and passion for communities of color.

Additionally, alongside the other Divine Nine sororities, we were acknowledged by the Columbus City School Board for serving Columbus City Schools students through signature programs such as the Rhoer Club, SIGMA Youth Symposium, SWIM 1922, Operation Big Book Bag and Girl Scouts.

We were the only African-American sorority featured in the inaugural Girls Book, a subsidiary of the Columbus Women’s Book, for our outstanding Rhoer Club mentoring program.

We are committed to the sorority’s slogan, Greater Service, Greater Progress by increasing quality services and programs to Columbus residents and families.