Our Story
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.

Local Story :        

A History of the Omicron Beta Chapter of Chi Omega: Until 1918 William and Mary had been solely for the collegiate instruction of men. In that year it was opened to women and twenty-four enrolled. This number has increased to almost two hundred by 1921. And it was in that year that Chi Omega entered the College as the first national fraternity for women on the campus. Omicron Beta, gave Chi Omega its third chapter in Virginia. Omicron Beta was installed by Vesta Lockwood Watson on May 30, 1921. The charter members of the group were as follows; Mary Peebles Wadsworth, Hortense Lewis, Theima Conley, Julia Green, Suzanne Garrett, Mrs. Dorothy M. Geiger, Mrs. Harriet Nichols Garrett, Elizabeth Margaret Smith, Martha Flippo, Charlotte M. Shipman, Margaret Bridges, and Bertha Brooks. Chi Omega's first house, used for meetings only, was a very , very old one, a small two-story brick house in which Patrick Henry was accustomed to stop during his attendance at the Virginia Legislature. The chapter now resides in a spacious home in Sorority Court across from Old Campus.