The Beginning of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc.
In 1962, a group of nine dynamic women previously associated with Alpha Gamma Chi Sorority, met to form a democratic and lasting sisterhood.
The Midwest and the Southeast Region's Presidents of the predecessor sorority, Hazel Carr, and E. Gertrude Thompson provided leadership. They called a meeting in Chicago, Illinois, with Julia Washington, Helen Harris, Lula Brown, Cedella Bradford, Marion Green, Carrie Miller, and Ruth Lewis Henderson were in attendance. After much discussion and planning, it was decided to organize a new sorority.
On January 7, 1963, after all of the necessary procedures, a new Sorority known as Alpha Pi Chi emerged and incorporated in the State of Illinois. The temporary officers were: Julia Washington, President; E. Gertrude Thompson, First Vice President; Hazel Carr, Second Vice President; Lula Brown, Recording Secretary, Ruth Lewis Henderson, Corresponding Secretary, and Odeal Steadman, was unable to serve as Treasurer. Lillian Adams served as the Treasurer.
First Northeast Regional Convention National Executive Board From left to right: Seated: Helen B. Harris, Coordinator Julia M.Washington, National President Lula M. Brown, Recording Secretary
Standing: Lillian Adams, Treasurer Helen Carr, Second Vice President Gertrude Thompson, First Vice President Ruth Lewis, Corresponding Secretary
Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., had it Founders Day Luncheon January, 1971 at the Sonesta Hotel, Washington, D.C. A gavel was presented to Soror M. Elizabeth Carpenter for her six successful years as President on the Northeast Region.
Shown in the pictures from left to right is M. Elizabeth Carpenter, National Director of Expansion; Magoline O. Ramsey, First Vice President; Dorothy Avent, Founders Day Chairman; Veryl Martin, Speaker; and Lottie Canty; President of Zeta Chapter
"WHERE THERE IS UNITY, THERE IS STRENTGH"
Seated left to right: Helen B. Harris, National Cooridnator, Julia M. Washington, National Presidnet; E. Gertrude Thompson, National First Vice President, Standing, left to right; Lillian H. Adams, National Treasurer; Ruth L. Henderson, Corresponding Secretary; Hazel Carr, National Second Vice President; and Mary Elizabeth Carpenter, Acting Third vice President
A wealth of written correspondence and long distance telephone calls took place between the women who met on June 9th,1962. The outcome was the formation of a temporary national organization with plans for a national meeting, structural procedures and the unanimous election of temporary officiers.
NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS - MEETING IN CHICAGO, April 1970 Sheraton-Chicago