During the latter part of 1968, many meetings and discussions were held to establish a chapter. On February 15, 1969, 13 members of the sorority successfully chartered the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter and became the first black Greek organization in the area.
In its infancy, the chapter met community needs through efforts such as annual gift-giving to the state hospital and day care centers, volunteering to assist local public agencies, and financial assistance to worthy students whenever possible. Over the past five decades, our footprint and presence can be seen throughout the community as we remain committed to the Five-Point Program Thrust.
The Charter members were:
Vera Scott (President),
Ruby Hall (Vice President)
Thelma Zanders (Secretary)
Mary Alice Shy (Historian)
Anna Hill (Treasurer)
Members of the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter can be seen participating in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity African American Youth Leadership Conference, Partners in Housing Adopt-a-Family, MLK Day Observance and March, American Heart Association Heart Walk, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Department of Human Services Feed the Children Drive, the UCCS World Aids Day; and support to the Urban League, United Way, and United Negro College Fund.
We have also sponsored Financial Fortitude for Teens, Project LOGO (Literacy on the Go), Scholarship and Financial Aid Workshop, Thanksgiving Baskets for Seniors, Delta Sparkles and GEMS, Children Christmas Party @ Red Cross Shelter, “Read America” @ Adams Elementary School, Health Fair at Hillside Community Center, and more recently the Delta Open Golf Tournament, Hats Off Luncheon, Gospel Fest, Jabberwock, and numerous other balls and luncheons. Additionally, we’re proud of our annual scholarship fund, the Ruby D. Hall Memorial Scholarship, for deserving, needy high school students. We are especially proud of Deltas who have made a more visible, permanent mark in our local community in the form of the Ruth Holley Library on N. Murray and Vera Gang Scott Elementary School. The local membership continues to grow as its members strive diligently to follow through on national policies, applied on a local level.