Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded in 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five collegiate ladies at Howard University in Washington D.C. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization – Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood.
Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts. Zeta Phi Beta was the first African-American, Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa; to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Zeta's national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given countless hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities and promote legislation for social and civic change. Over the years, Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters and inducted thousands of women around the world. Zeta has continued to thrive and flourish while adapting to the ever-changing needs of the modern era.
Phi Iota Zeta Chapter
The Phi Iota Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was established in 2007. The Chapter was chartered by eight Zeta alumni members who saw the need to bring the Sorority's mission and programs to the as yet un-serviced area of Montgomery County, Texas.
The Chapter serves the Montgomery County community through various civic, social and philanthropic programs and projects. Phi Iota Zeta Chapter supports local needy families through its yearly Adopt-a-Family project and assists the Montgomery Women's Shelter through active volunteerism and donations. The Chapter supports local educational achievement with its annual scholarships and awards to deserving students. Phi Iota Zeta's signature programs include its Casino Night and Finer Womanhood Brunch fundraisers, support of Zeta's Stork's Nest project and participation in the March of Dimes' annual March for Babies walk.