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Psi Omega Zeta Chapter Commemorates Anniversary, Remembers a Sister

Staff report

Psi Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is marking its 10th anniversary. Provided image

In memory of their sister and to commemorate their own growth over the past decade, members of Psi Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., scheduled a tree-planting ceremony for 10 a.m. June 26 near Genesee Waterways at Genesee Valley Park to mark 10 years since its charter.

“We wanted to do something different for the community so we’d have something to look back on and have the community even more strengthened.” said Carla Facey, immediate past president of the chapter and chairwoman for the 10th anniversary event.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is a community-conscious, action-oriented organization established on the campus of Howard University on January 16, 1920. The sorority was founded on the principles of scholarship, community service, sisterly love and finer womanhood.

Psi Omega Zeta Chapter was chartered in Rochester on June 24, 2011 by charter members Shawndel Tavolino, Carla Facey, Roshelle Walker, Joyce Akwaa, Ayana Williams, Jameelah Hood, Nina Shevon Steverson, Caroline McClendon (Akwaa), Andrella Hurley and Millicent Akwaa. They held the belief of “taking steps towards a brighter future” and were committed to empowering and uplifting others and serving as agents of change for Rochester and surrounding communities.

Among its community work, Psi Omega Zeta Chapter has provided scholarships to high school seniors; is part of adopt-a-school program; donates food and snacks to frontline workers; provided over blessing bundles to Hillside Family Services; established partnerships with community organizations; maintains cleanup of I-390 south between Ridgeway and Lexington avenues; organized events for the community. Since its chartering, the chapter has grown to more than 45 members.

The chapter bought a blue spruce from the city, which planted the tree.

Facey said the ceremony also will honor the memory of Patrice Cummings, who died four years ago.

“It’s the significance of the tree, with growth and strength and life,” Facey said. “We can know that’s a part of us we planted in Rochester.”

The ceremony will be near the waterways complex. Use the the sports complex/swimming pool entrance on Elmwood Avenue and follow the blue and white balloons.