First President of the Northeast Region Organizer and President Emeritus
Mary Elizabeth Carpenter June 1902 - July 2001 First President and founder of the Northeast Region Council of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc. Soror Mary Elizabeth Carpenter held that position and formulated a stylized of leadership and service until 1970.
In 1964, Soror Mary Elizabeth Carpenter led a delegation of fifteen women in the National Convention of Alpha Pi Chi Sorority in Chicago, Illinois, seeking permission to organize a third Region in the Sorority. The National Executive Board granted her permission on July 26, 1964. Two chapters in Pittsburgh were transferred from the Midwest Region giving her seven Chapters by the end of her Presidency.
Thus inspired; the tenacious soror organized the Alpha Zeta Chapter where she was a member since its inception in February of 1963. She served as the first President of the Alpha Zeta Chapter and the first and second Vice President of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority. As first President of the Northeast Region, she was given the honor of President Emeritus and was made a Life Member on the Executive Board. By this time in her tenure, our distinguished soror had received numerous awards and acknowledgments for her endless and untiring service to her Sorority. In 1970, after many years of unselfish and dedicated service, she was presented a plaque for her leadership by Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority.
Her success in organizing Chapters demonstrated her outstanding leadership, dedication, and perseverance. She structured the Northeast Region Council in accordance with the National Constitution. A number of her programs are still in existence today. Soror Carpenter polished the Alpha Pi Chi Protocol Manual. She led many workshops on the importance of protocol.
Soror Carpenter attended public school in the District fo Columbus, Minor Normal School for Teachers, Cortez Peters Business School, and Howard University. She married her high school sweetheart and raised six children. Soror Carpenter was employed by the United States, Selective Board from 1940 - 1959.
As a pillar of the community, she was always active and exemplary in her personal sense of duty and dedicated civic responsibility. She was instrumental in forming a Neighborhood Block Club in 1989. A member of the DC League, she received honors by the Mt. Pleasant Unit of the DC League. During this ceremony, she was recognized for her long service to the League and many other groups such as: Dunbar High School graduating class, St. Gabriella's Roman Catholic Church and Howard University Women's Club where she served as Vice President for many years.
Soror Mary Elizabeth Carpenter has been an inspiration in the lives of those that she has met. She has truly been a sister, a friend, a teacher, a mentor and a "Leader".