ZETA AMICAE (FRIENDS OF ZETA)
As early as 1940, graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta began to realize the importance of the prestige, good will and cooperation of women who, for various reasons, were not members of any Greek-letter organization. Under the administration of 12th National President Lullelia Harrison, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.
Today, these auxiliaries have rendered invaluable services to the sorority and their communities. They are located in areas wherever there are active chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Each local Amicae Auxiliary is a member of a state-wide Zeta Amicae Conference in which rules, regulations, policies and procedures apply to the state as a group. This structure is also applicable to Regional and National levels within the organization. These larger bodies provide an excellent forum for networking with Amicae from other auxiliaries, a chance to garner successful programming ideas, and stay current with your knowledge of information and activities on a broader scale. The ultimate value is that you develop relationships that last a lifetime.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has a long history of auxiliary organizations. In 1940, graduate chapters began to realize the importance of the prestige, good will and cooperation of women in the community with the same ideals but for various reasons, were not members of any Greek-letter organization because they did not attend or finish college. Adhering to this need the sorority formed the Amicae auxiliary group, which means “friends” in Latin. The purpose of the Amicae is to lend assistance to Zeta activities, to promote good public relations between Zetas and other women in the community.
Under the administration of Soror Lullelia Harrison, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.Membership into this auxiliary group is open to family members, friends and women recommended by chapters throughout the United States. Amicae are very active in their community. They not only assist and support their affiliated Zeta chapter, but they plan and execute their own community service projects as well.
In 1971 many chapters in the Eastern Region did not have an Amicae Auxiliary. Amicae and their sponsors from Washington, DC attended the regional conference in Raleigh, North Carolina and Friend Ora Middleton, Regional Amicae coordinator and Amicae sponsors Friend Ruth Long and Friend Lillian Battle appointed Amica Ardahlia Mack of Washington, DC as the first Amicae president of the Eastern Region.
The 1972 the Eastern Regional conference was held in Pipestem, West Virginia and Amica Daisey Williamson of Bluefield was elected Vice President and Amica Joan Johnson of Washington, DC was elected as treasurer. In 1973, the conference was held in Richmond, VA and Amica Inez Taylor was elected as treasurer. The Eastern Regional Amicae treasury was started by assessing each member $2.00 and asking each local auxiliary to raise funds for the next regional conference. When the Eastern Regional Conference was held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1974, additional auxiliaries from Salisbury, North Carolina (1970), and Greensboro, North Carolina (1972) were in attendance. By 1975 when the conference was held in Goldsboro, North Carolina, nine auxiliaries were in attendance: Bluefield, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, and Winston-Salem. The conference motto was: “Unity, Commitment, and Involvement through Service”.
Zeta Amicae of the Eastern Region are dedicated to nurturing and preserving love, friendship and service with Zetas and to supporting and implementing programs, projects, and activities in support of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. The goals are to promote and develop lasting friendships and provide programs and services that support Zeta’s national programs. With the support of Friend Valerie Sinclair, Eastern Region Amicae Coordinator, the Zeta Amicae of the Eastern Region are proud to be part of such a hard working community conscious organization.