It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each Sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.
The Lambda Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega as installed at the University of Missouri- Kansas City on December 9, 1961. Lambda Zeta's twenty-two charter members were former members of the local sorority named Cho Chin which was founded in 1933, the same year the University was founded. Cho Chin's goal was to affiliate with a national sorority. After Chi Omega Nationals recognized and approved the Cho Chin Chapter, Miss Elizabeth Dyer conducted the installation. Among other prominent University representatives, Dean Bloch, Dean of Students, welcomed Chi Omega to the campus. This list of charter members can be found on the Charter displayed in the dining room.