Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A ribbon cutting ceremony in May marked a historical event as members of the Delta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority opened the first sorority house in Williamsburg County. The grand opening was attended by Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pasley, Williamsburg County Councilmembers and members of the sorority.
The dream of purchasing a house of their own came true after years of planning, hard work and determination said Soror and Co-chair Mildred Douglas. “This is such an important event,” said Douglas. “Sororities do so much to help the community by participating in many activities.” The house, which is located at 25 Gausetown Road, is the former home of famous R&B singer Maxine Brown. The exterior is painted in the organization's colors of blue and white.
The members are engaged in many projects such as providing scholarships to graduating seniors, working with community youth, and donating baskets and gifts to Williamsburg County Disabilities and Special Needs, the Kingstree Nursing Facility and to many needy families. The organization also works with the March of Dimes and sponsors several Zeta Phi Beta Sorority components.
The sorority charter house will serve as a meeting place for fellowship and where ideas can be born. “Having our own house means that we are well-founded, we are organized and really doing things,” said Douglas. “Something else that is unique about Zeta, as a sorority is that Zetas are the only sorority that is affiliated with a fraternity. Our fraternity brothers are the Sigma, they are Greek brothers of the Zeta.”
Delta Tau Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. of Kingstree was chartered in March 1968, although its roots go back to 1920 when the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Five co-eds of the sister organization of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity chose to depart from the traditional and charter an organization that encourages the highest standards of studentship as well as promote campus and community service projects and foster sisterhood while celebrating finer womanhood. The Kingstree Chapter currently consists of a diverse group of 37 members who are graduates of various colleges.