In May of 1993, Omicron Omicron Zeta was chartered in Gloucester County, New Jersey, becoming the seventh graduate chapter in the state. The chartering ceremony was conducted in September of the same year. At that time Omicron Omicron Zeta was the only graduate chapter in the state to hold a county charter. Geraldine Johnson, the 8th New Jersey State Director served as the chapter’s first President. Geraldine Johnson along with Dr. Wilma Farmer, Vanetta Kersey-McDonald, Maria Reid Stephen, Deloris Solomon and Rev. Mildred L. Stanford are the chapter’s charter members.
February of 1995, the chapter chartered the Zeta Amicae of Gloucester County the women’s auxiliary with Rev. Mildred L. Stanford as their first Sponsor. March of 1995, the first Zeta line was inducted: Tuwanda Anderson, Myra Bryant (Soror Rev. Mildred Stanford’s daughter), Michelle Baynes, Dr. Stephanie Branch and the late Arlene Wilson. April of that same year, the chapter hosted the State’s Conference in Bridgeport, NJ.
In the fall of 1995, the Archonettes youth group was organized with Michelle Baynes and Arlene Wilson as Advisors.
At the 2003 State Conference the chapter was selected Chapter of the Year by the State Director for outstanding scholarship awards, highest membership recruitment and outstanding Z-HOPE Activities.
October 2004, Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter and the Zeta Amicae of Gloucester County partnered with the March of Dimes to establish a Stork’s Nest in the city of Woodbury (It is presently inactive). In 2006, the State Director selected the Amicae as the State Amicae Auxiliary of the Year. The chapter expanded the youth program in 2007 to include the Amicettes and the Pearlettes.
In February of 2014, the Zetas and Amicae identified Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in Woodbury, NJ. as a low performing school in our community. The chapter provides ongoing assistance to enhance the educational experience and increase test scores.
The Chapter chartered the Zeta Male Network in August of 2021. The Zeta Male Network (ZMN) is the chapter’s second auxiliary open to men in the lives of Zetas, Amicae and Youth.
The chapter’s commitment to the principle of service is evident in the many state and regional Z-HOPE honors awarded to the Zetas, Amicae and Youth. It was noted at the Spring 2016 State Conference that the chapter made the greatest impact on their community by conducting the most service projects in the state. In the fall of 2016, the chapter was the State’s highest donor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In 2022 the chapter was listed third in the State.
As the chapter begins its 30th year, the Zetas, Amicae, Zeta Male Network and Youth of Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter are committed to serving the communities in Gloucester County empowered with the ideals of Service, Scholarship, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood.