About Us

Beta Gamma Omega Chapter (BGO), chartered in 1934, has awarded scholarships for post-secondary education and has implemented programs to address health and wellness, voter registration, economic empowerment, childhood hunger, art appreciation, college admission preparation, global impact, and the well-being of the citizens of Lexington and Central Kentucky. 

BGO’s current membership is over 100 women of color who are business women, physicians, lawyers, educators, dentists, government employees, college/university professors, and others.  For over 80 years, the BGO Chapter has donated thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars promoting service that positively impacts a large variety of organizations, individuals, schools within the district, and Kentucky State University, as well as numerous women and girls of color who have received scholarships to colleges and universities. 

BGO funds and implements its service and charitable programs through its 501(3) (c) nonprofit organization, Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated (POS), whose purpose is exclusively to implement the programs of BGO Chapter of AKA. 

The international Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® program theme for 2018-2022 is “Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service.”  The international program theme includes five program targets for BGO to implement that are designed to advance the mission of AKA and underscore our commitment to service.


The five program targets for 2018-2022 which are conducted throughout the year are:

Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action – Committee members conduct a variety of activities on the campus of Kentucky State University (Kentucky’s HBCU) to support students.  


Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness – This committee offers a variety of programs promoting self-care and wellness for women. 


Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy – This committee focuses on: 1) Personal financial planning, including workshops to provide information about saving, investing, credit repair and improving credit scores, and retirement planning.  2) Entrepreneurship – to highlight and promote African-American owned businesses and provide venues for black vendors and entrepreneurs (especially women) to sell to the community; encourage support of black restaurant owners by the community.  3) Operation AKA assist – Programs directed to the homeless, homeless children, & homeless veterans.


Target 4: The Arts – The Arts Committee sponsors and supports activities that present black arts—music, theatre, art—to the community, including to children in the schools.


Target 5: Global Impact – This committee makes and collects pillow case dresses for Africa, and collects eye glasses and shoes for the Lions Club of Lexington.

Previous BGO Presidents

Alberta Robinson

Susan Garr

Ethel Payton

Marietta Hunter

Sally Moore

Grace Harris

Lillian Delaney 

Janice Didlick 

Mae L. Cleveland

Evelyn Livisay

Dorothy Bottoms

Doris Brown

Katye Jenkins

Emma Butler

Charles Jones

Doris Brown

Katherine Rollins

Anna Conners

Teresa Searcy

Pauline Gould-Gay

Ida Nell Finch

Yvonne Fluker

Doris Brown

Joyce Owens

Valeria Swope

Mae L. Cleveland 

Yvonne Fluker

Joyce Owens

Zelia W. Holloway

Eugenia Johnson-Smith

Francene Botts

Dana S. Branham

Martina Martin

Miranda Scully

Lillian Bland

Bridgett Rice

Glenda George

Kim Parker-Brown

When life’s hills become too steep to climb on my own, my sister takes my hand and reminds me that I didn’t have to climb it alone to begin with. Unknown
Valinda Livingston
pearl member

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