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, eleven vibrant women filled with faith and hope organized and applied for a charter from Grand Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. On June 20, 1936, a charter was issued for Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter. In November 1936, some younger chapter members requested a name change and the chapter's name was changed to Alpha Eta Sigma. Later, due to a modification in Delta's nomenclature, the chapter’s name was changed to the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter.
The New Orleans Alumnae (NOA) Chapter has notably been in the forefront of social change in its service area and beyond. The membership has grown from its modest and forceful eleven to over 500 informed and socially responsible members. The Chapter’s impact on the community is enriched by generation-friendly, creative, and award-winning programs, implemented through the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.
NOA members have been elected and appointed to state, regional, and national positions in the Sorority. NOA is the home of the first National President from the Southwest Region, Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, who also served as Southwest Regional Director. Oralee Baranco Mitchell served as National Vice President and Mattie Clarkson Braden was the first National Second Vice President from the Southwest Region; Gloria Bryant-Banks served as a National Secretary, and was the first NOA member to serve as a Southwest Regional Director; Pamela Moore Rogers is the immediate past Southwest Regional Director; Carolyn Lewis is a past National Treasurer and is currently President of Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF); Aromenta Evans served on the National Scholarship and Standards Committee; and Michelle Easton served as a Southwest Regional Representative.
In conjunction with collegiate chapters, NOA hosted Regional Conferences in 1947, 1968, and 1991. NOA proudly hosted the 35th, 44th, 50th, and 54th National Conventions. The first Ecumenical Service was held at the 35th National Convention.
During its 84-year history, New Orleans Alumnae has experienced progression and prosperity, enduring the challenges of Hurricane Katrina and remaining resolute throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The constructive development of members and public service will continue to a part of the chapter’s sterling legacy and reputation.