Lynell E. {Zeta Phi Beta}

“ My name is Lynell E. Everett, Esq. I crossed into Zeta Land (became a member) October 25, 2002 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. I was inducted into the Omicron Delta Chapter with 10 other women and we were given the ship name, Z.S.S.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 

When I chose Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I wanted to be part of an organization that truly valued community service. I had been quite active in community outreach programs within my own home community throughout junior high school and high school, and I wanted to continue to do so. On my university campus, Eastern Illinois University, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Omicron Delta Chapter was dedicated to being a positive force in our campus community and throughout the city of Charleston and State of Illinois. They organized and hosted numerous community service events and programs throughout the campus. Additionally, and more importantly, the chapter members were dedicated to helping and serving on an individual level through tutoring students, providing clothes and other necessities, and mentoring incoming students new to the campus.

The benefits of pledging are incalculable and defy true explanation. Nevertheless, the best benefit is the worldwide sense of community, sisterhood, brotherhood (with the men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. - the fraternity we are constitutionally bound to), and inclusion. Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma have chapters throughout the world, which means you have brothers and sisters virtually anywhere you go. We support each other by nature of the sorority and fraternity alone, so when we see a sorority sister or fraternity brother, that person is welcomed as a family member rather than regarded as a stranger. Another benefit is the opportunity to be positive forces within our varied communities and throughout the world through our national programs (i.e. Z Hope - Zetas Helping Other People Excel - a program that focuses on helping others develop health promoting lifestyle choices, etc.) and through the individual programs designed, developed, and deployed via each local chapter. For example, while on campus at EIU, my former chapter began a program initially called "Clean Up the Campus" where we gathered and cleaned the litter and debris from the campus. We eventually expanded that throughout the city. Additionally, there is the professional development whereby we develop leadership skills, hands on opportunities to learn and hold executive positions (President, Treasurer, Committee chair, etc.). And so much more. I learned how to organize and manage my business, Bleu Anchor Entertainment, as part of the professional development I experienced with Zeta. 

Without hesitation, what separates Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. from other sororities is the Finer Womanhood. Finer Womanhood is one of our founding principles and is defined as, "distinguishing characteristics of a woman, one superior in kind, quality, or appearance; marked by or affecting elegance or refinement." The Finer Womanhood principle's purpose is to hold us to a higher standard in all aspects of our membership and our lives. Finer Womanhood is the idea that we approach and engage in all of our personal, professional, private, and public endeavors with the utmost respect for ourselves and that we move as leaders and women of excellence. All of the other organizations focus on and were founded upon scholarship, sisterhood/brotherhood, and service. However, Zeta Women approach each of those principles with a sense of elegance, refinement, and excellence.”