The mission of New Orleans Alumnae Chapter embodies a commitment to public service and the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter proudly uses its collective resources to recover, restore, and rejuvenate the community in which it resides.
In keeping with the precepts set forth in January 1913, by the visionary Founders of the sisterhood, the chapter works to provide exemplary services and outstanding programs.
In 1936 in the midst of the Federal government’s “New Deal” implementation eleven women “filled with faith and hope” organized and applied for a charter from the Grand Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. On June 20, 1936, a charter was issued for Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Some of the younger chapter members requested a name change, and in November 1936, the chapter’s name was changed to Alpha Eta Sigma. Due to a change in Delta’s nomenclature, Alpha Eta Sigma became the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The members of the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter have been at the forefront of social change in the greater New Orleans Community. In the past 83 years, the membership has grown from its humble and forceful eleven members to over 480 informed and socially responsible members. The impact of the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter on the Greater New Orleans community is enhanced by the creative, collaborative and award-winning programs which are the implementation of the Five Point Programmatic Thrust of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
New Orleans Alumnae has contributed to the 106 years of service on the National level on numerous commissions and committees. New Orleans Alumnae is the home the 24th National President, and first National President from the Southwest Region, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre. Additionally, Oralee Baranco Mitchell served as National Vice President; Mattie Ruth Clarkson Braden was the first National Second Vice President from the Southwest Region; Aromenta Evans served on the National Scholarship and Standards Committee; Gloria Bryant-Banks was the first of three chapter members to serve as Southwest Regional Director, she also served as National Secretary; and Carolyn E. Lewis served as National Treasurer and currently is the President of Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF). Pamela Moore Rogers is the immediate past Southwest Regional Director.
During its 83-year history, New Orleans Alumnae has experienced growth and prosperity even amidst the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The chapter has risen above obstacles and other challenges to continue the development of its illustrious history of public service, while serving with "Joy in Our Sisterhood, Power in Our Voice, Service in Our Heart."