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Kanita Tyler-Smith - Basileus


Xi Phi History

Upsilon, the very first Texas chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., was formed in Dallas in 1959. For some reason, the chapter lost its momentum and folded. The next Texas chapter, Zeta Chi (Houston), was not formed until four years later, November 1963. Other chapters began to emerge and grow to become the MiddleSouth Region: Rho Chi (New Orleans), Theta Eta (San Antonio), Lambda Eta (Dallas-Ft. Worth), and Upsilon Eta (Oklahoma).

Several Lambda Eta members had an insight for the need to re-establish a Dallas chapter. They worked diligently at recruiting self-directed, strong Black nurses from various specialties within a cross-section of health care settings. Three of these nurses, who had the insight, were: Soror Carol Cole (President, May 1995-May 1999), Soror Doris Foreman, and Soror Fayrene Tolbert (Dean of Pledges, May 1995-May 1999).  The first meetings were held in Westcliff Mall (Rosa Parks Mall) at the School of Training for Nursing Assistants owned and operated by Soror Foreman. Some of the earliest documented records are dated, November 9, 1994, which reflects communication with the National Organization.

With sheer determination and perseverance, the Xi Phi Chapter was chartered May 6, 1995. The Inaugural Celebration was at the Ramada Hotel (downtown Convention Center), from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. The thirteen Charter Members are:

Soror Jackie Brown
Soror Velma Caldwell
Soror Carol Cole
Soror Lizzie Ferguson
Soror Doris Foreman
Soror Linda McClellan
Soror Jacqueline Nickson-Young
Soror Brenda G. Summers
Soror Fayrene Tolbert
Soror Shirley Turner
Soror Eunice Warren
Soror Freddie Williams
Soror Bernice Willis

The goals, mission, and vision of the Chapter continue to reflect those of the Regional and National Organizational level to:

  • Identify the health care needs of the Black Community
  • Educate the Black community on health care prevention and of early detection
  • Promote wellness
  • Recruitment and retention of Blacks in the health care profession
  • Collaborate with the health care community and professional organizations