Graduate Chapters of Iowa Overview
As Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated quickly approaches her 100th year of service, it is a humbling experience to recognize that this great legacy was started by Five young Undergraduate women at Howard University whom then transitioned their talents to a graduate chapter to furhter serviceing the communoty. The State of Iowa has the privilege of being the home to four graduate chapters located throughout the state.
Pi Delta Zeta
Iowa City/Coralville/Cedar Rapids Iowa
The Pi Delta Zeta chapter was chartered in Iowa City, Iowa on April 10, 1995. For over 20 years, Pi Delta Zeta has been a community conscious, action-oriented organization in the Iowa City community. Some of our initiatives include supporting the local March of Dimes and Salvation Army, creating care packages for Veterans, and encouraging community involvement in local elections.
Xi Pi Zeta
Xi Pi Zeta chapter was chartered in Davenport, Iowa with the following members: Artena (Tina) Webb, Lillian Warren, Janet Johnson, Wendy Tripplet, and Deb Berryman. Xi Pi Zeta was reactivated on October 30, 1995 with the following members: Lillian Warren, Tina Webb, Danielle Conrad, Vera Stokes, Anita Pegram, Janet Johnson and Deb Berryman.
Xi Pi Zeta is proud to be the home chapter of the Midwestern Regional Director Janet Johnson that served from 2008-2014. Our chapter is a staple in the community. Our contributions are but are not limited to providing scholarships to area seniors, March of Dimes, serving Thanksgiving dinners, volunteering the for annual Children Christmas parties, King Day Celebrations and parades, book drives, Pre-Maturity Awareness, providing supplies for Veterans and homeless women shelters. In 2016, our chapter raised money and collected 26 wigs for Wigs for Awareness for cancer survivors.
Xi Pi Zeta Chapter was first chapter in the state of Iowa to start a Youth Auxiliary with both Amicettes and Archonettes in 2011. Also in 2011, we started out signature annual event “Black Girls Who Rock” where we honor women and young ladies that continue to be the unsung outstanding leaders in the Quad City community. Xi Pi Zeta Chapter was awarded the 2016 State of Iowa chapter of the Year.
Nu Mu Zeta
Des Moines, Iowa
Nu Mu Zeta was chartered October 4, 1986 at Corinthian Baptist Church, Des Moines, Iowa. Nu Mu Zeta has two life members: Joyce Bruce and Frances Hawthorne. In past years Nu Mu Zeta sponsored the Zeta Blue Review which involved youth from fourth through sixth grade performing acts. The Zeta Blues Festival which featured local jazz and blues musicians who donated their time and talent to raise money for Nu Mu Zeta’s scholarship fund named in honor of Ms. Irene Myles, jazz pianist memory. Nu Mu Zeta also participated in non-profit causes Adopt-A-Family, sponsored activities at the Willkie House Community Center and the Tiny Tot Day Care Center where young people were taught reading and dancing skills. Nu Mu Zeta supported Parent University at King Elementary School where Soror Marlene Doby was principal by providing music scholarships.
Nu Mu Zeta has continued being active in the community through implementation of National’s ZHOPE projects, Stork’s Nest and March of Dimes programs.
Sigma Epsilon Zeta
The Sigma Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has been an active and engaged chapter since its inception March 2001. We continue to be recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for the work that we do in our communities. We are a chapter that believes in getting the work done; mostly in silence as there’s greater satisfaction in knowing that we are making a difference be it big or small.
We spend our time working on the national initiatives of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in addition to finding local initiatives where we have passion such as Reggie’s Sleep Out, Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, and March of Dimes Walk for Babies to name a few. Our Elder Care project is “Letters of Love”. This project is where we spend time writing letters of encouragement and/or making cards to brighten an elder’s day. We engage our youth auxiliaries to help in the endeavor which fosters them caring and giving to others.
Our Women projects vary, but this past year we decided to work in collaboration with our prematurity awareness initiative and create gift baskets for new mothers in the maternity ward of a local hospital. The baskets are a small token to help them with their stay at the hospital in addition to providing a little love to their day. We work very closely with our Youth Auxiliaries making sure that we are helping to enhance their engagement around leadership, being good community stewards, giving back, helping others, caring for one another, and scholarship. They have participated in events and initiatives such as Meals from the Heartland, Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast, Blankets of Love, Christmas Angel, and hosting their own fundraisers.
Our chapter is consistent in our membership, participates at all levels of the organization, and are champions of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood.