Delta Xi Omega, under the leadership of South Atlantic Regional Director Soror Clarissa K. Dillard, was chartered in Salisbury, NC as the 112th graduate chapter of the sorority on April 19, 1947. The charter members, Tillatha M. Brooks, Beatrice R. Hall, Anne E. Drew, Lucille M. Satterwhite, Julia B. Duncan, Carrie M. Shute, Permilla F. Dunston, Eloise M. Simpson, Marion E. Gunn and Lavolia W. Vails, were Livingstone College professors, staff and associates. In 1953, after the restructuring of the regions, the chapter became a member of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
In collaboration with the Susan G. Koman Foundation, the chapter secured a grant that provided free mammograms, blood pressure checks and health information to the community. Chapter members have partnered with Novant Health, YMCA, Cancer Society and the local nurse’s sorority (Chi Eta Phi) to give blood pressure checks, heart health and stroke seminars. Caregivers were recognized with gift baskets and a certificate. Healthy snacks were provided for Night Crawlers, an organization committed to bring light to at-risk neighborhoods through presence, praise and prayer. In 2003, the chapter received a grant from RIF/Coca-Cola Partnership to purchase a 120 hardcover book multicultural library. This library, valued at approximately $1,700, was presented to the Miller Recreation Center’s after school program that served at-risk youth in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. The Mayor and the Salisbury City Council recognized the chapter for their contributions to the community. Partnering with Time Warner, Livingstone College, Isenberg Elementary School and Jerusalem Baptist Church, the chapter members identified and tutored students in grades three through five who failed to meet grade level proficiency. As an incentive to achieve, using the lottery system, a laptop computer was given to four students who met the attendance requirement. Eighty-five percent of the students in the program passed the State End-of-Grade tests. To support student’s needs, the chapter donated 450 backpacks to local and area schools. Twenty-five middle school girls received leadership development skills through EYL. Our environmental projects included renewing and restoring playground equipment, the picnic area and the kiosk flower bed at the Geneva I. Oglesby Community Center. The chapter donated a picnic table and playground game equipment to Kiddie Land Kindergarten. We also promoted recycling newspapers, plastic containers and cans. Delta Xi Omega members participated in the Heifer initiative, and collection of eyeglasses and cell phones. The chapter members hosted a workshop, “This is Africa: Culture, Challenges and Future” that highlighted Nigeria and Ghana. Building economic legacy, the chapter hosted workshops on credit repair, common money mistakes, purchasing a home, financial planning, and knowing your economic worth. Other programs that the members of the chapter supported: the annual Book Fair at Livingstone College, The Arc of Rowan Christmas Festival of Trees and “Food for Thought”, a program that provides food to underserved elementary students to take home on the weekend.
To support the Excellence program targets, Delta Xi Omega sorors served 142 meals at Rowan Helping Ministries Shelter; recognized and patronized 14 minority businesses; 72 people attended our health fairs/seminars; donated 68 pillowcase dresses and shirts to Haiti; financially supported HBCUs; co-sponsored a free mobile mammogram unit where 24 women were served; adopted a healthcare facility; donated 56 eyeglasses and 211 pair of shoes; and served 10 students in the Signature Program, #CAP.