Rho Upsilon Omega History

In 1988, several members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., developed a desire to have a chapter to provide programs of service in Contra Costa and Southern Alameda Counties. These sorors went on to form the “Foothill Interest Group”.

After many months of meetings, working on national requirements and recruiting sorors, on May 6, 1989 the 25 dynamic ladies of the Foothill Interest Group became the Rho Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Newark, CA at the Hilton Hotel. Archalene Amos-Martin, who served as the Far West Regional Director, led the chartering ceremony.

Charter members of the Rho Upsilon Omega chapter included:

  Thelma Bataille

Mercedes Boles

Joy Bryant

Julie Bryant

Larmon Buckner

  Alicia Chapman

Wilda Colbert

Helen Finks

Cheryl Hightower

Phyllis Hunter

  Alisa Jackson

Ruth Jones

Vickie Kelly

Angela Knight

Ruby Lucear

  Connie Mack

Glorious Pulliam

Rosalyn Reese

Laura Saunders

Barbara Shaw

  Letitia Shelby

Linda Spears

Linda Walls

Karen Wilson

Connie Young


At the chartering luncheon following the ceremony, Dr. Barbara Solomon from the University of Southern California served as keynote speaker and charged the members of the new chapter with the responsibility to strengthen the Black family and reach out to others in their time of need.

Armed with that directive RUO, implemented programs and service projects that perpetuated the continuation of the traditional programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in literacy, health services, leadership seminars, and academic reinforcement programs.  Past programs and projects included:

  •  Partnership with the Castro Valley Fire Department to help victims of Hurricane Katrina
  •  Participating in Kwanzaa celebrations in Union City/Fremont
  • Black History Month celebrations in Hayward
  • Assisting the local library in San Ramon
  • Participating in the March of Dimes bicycle race
  • Drug Prevention Awareness during Red Ribbon Week in San Ramon
  • Collecting toiletries for women in shelters
  • Sponsoring a Father’s Day Luncheon to celebrate men
  • Volunteering at the Tri-Valley YMCA Healthy Kids Fair
  • Forming an Each One Reach One project affiliated with the East Bay Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute
  • Supporting the Hayward Emergency Shelter and adopting a family

Since its inception, Rho Upsilon Omega has continued to fulfill its purpose in the San Ramon/Hayward service area.  The chapter continues to carry on the tradition of community service, fundraising, civic contributions, youth mentoring and financial empowerment through its current service projects:

  • A mentoring program for high school girls;
  • A leadership and academic enrichment program for middle school girls;
  • An annual toy drive to donate gifts to children in need;
  • Preparing Thanksgiving Baskets for needy families within our service area;
  • Raising and donating money to the United Negro College Fund;
  • Donating books to children with incarcerated parents;

RUO remains committed to effective chapter operations through chapter management, implementation of national and local Sorority programs, chapter growth, and maintaining an exciting, active, and sisterly chapter.