On an evening in 1936, Brothers of Omega from Winton and Ahoskie, North Carolina, South Hampton and Isle of Wight Counties and the cities of Franklin and Suffolk, Virginia gathered at 205 Welton Street in Suffolk, at the home of Bro. Sidney and Elaine Estes. Some of those in attendance were Brothers: S. P. Morton, Shirley Booth, Dr.(s) William M. Hoffler, Harvey M. Diggs, A. B. Harriston and host Sydney Estes. This group along with several others in attendance with memories of their undergraduate days in their hearts and minds, gatherered to establish a regional chapter of our beloved fraternity. Out of this gathering of professional men of like ideals and common commitment to the cardinal principles of their beloved fraternity, arose the birth of the regional chapter that came to be Alpha Iota.
From that beginning and as time went on and more and more brothers began living in these various areas, the chapter grew. Chapter meetings would be held in the different locations at the homes of brothers where the business of the fraternity would be carried out and afterwards they would fellowship as long as time would permit.
As the life of the fraternity grew and the membership expanded in the region, the brothers of Alpha Iota decided the time was right and the numbers strong enough that seperate chapters covering each area could be established. Out of this collection of foward thinking and action driven professional men two new chapters were born, Rho Rho Chapter in the Winton/Ahoskie, North Carolina Area, now part of the 6th District and Lambda Nu located in and serving The City of Franklin and The Counties of South Hampton and Isle of Wight in the Western Tidewater area. Alpha Iota continued then and today to serve as the home chapter of the brothers of Omega in the city of Suffolk and now some of those located in the city of Chesapeke. What started over 73 years ago continues to live and thrive as Alpha Iota keeps going and growing today.