Our History

Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, is a professional nursing organization founded on October 16, 1932 at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington D.C., now known as Howard University Hospital. The organization adopted the Mission Statement: To elevate the plane of nursing and to increase interest in the nursing profession and the Motto: Service To Humanity. Thus Alpha Chapter was born.

Zeta Chapter History

Zeta Chapter was Chartered April 29, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia. Members of Zeta chapter are more than grateful to Members at Large of Alpha Chapter, Lillian Carter Thompson and Lottie Jones Howard; together with the assistance of eleven other nurses organized the formation of a Chi Club on November 1, 1945. The group focused on becoming a sisterhood organization in Richmond. April 29, 1946 marks the chartering of Zeta Chapter as the fifth graduate chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. Sorors Aliene Carrington Ewell (Founder) and Clara Beverly (Jewel) performed the ceremony at Slaughter’s Residence in Richmond, Virginia. The charter members were Sylvia Daily Hines, Ann C. Segar, Frances Cheatham, Dorothy Fultz Graves, Carolease B. Wallace, Lillian Hill, Ocean Taylor, Louise Harrison Blowe, Sadie Dunlap, Willie Green, Savannah Brown Sickles, Lottie Jones Howard and Lillian Carter Thompson. All charter members deceased.

Standing left to right: 1. Dorothy Graves 2. Sylvia Hines 3. Ocean Taylor 4. Louise Blowe 5. Willie Green 6. Savannah Sickles 7. Lillian Hill

Sitting left to right: 1. Carolease Wallace 2. Ann Segar 3. Aliene Ewell 4. Sadie Fields 5. Clara Beverly 6. Lillian C. Thompson 7. Lottie Howard

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