OMEGA DELTA ZETA
CHAPTER HISTORY
  On September 12, 2011, under the able guidance of its chartering Basileus Maxine Moore-Allen, 32 members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated established a chapter in Friendswood, Texas.  The goals of the new chapter were to continue the principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood, while extending the image of Zeta into a previously unserved area (by Zetas) between Houston and Galveston, Texas. Current Basileus, Tondra Thompson, is building on the foundation laid.  

While the first year was spent organizing the chapter, in 2012 its efforts really kicked into high gear with signature programs, as well as Z-HOPE activities and scholarship funding.  Since 2012, in cooperation with the Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center which provides shelter for women victims of domestic abuse (Webster, TX), the Friendswood Zetas have supported their annual “Fill-the-Truck” drive by providing invaluable assistance with loading and unloading trucks, inventory, and stocking pantries of donated food supplies to stock local “safe houses”. 

For five consecutive years, the Friendswood Zetas have participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program of the Texas Department of Transportation. The Chapter has adopted a well-traveled 2-mile stretch of highway between the towns of Friendswood and League City.  For cleaning the section four times per year, a formal road sign prominently displaying the chapter name and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated are placed at each end of the 2-mile section.

 In 2012 - 2015 school supplies were provided to Dickinson and Texas City high schools and beginning in 2015 the Dickinson High School was adopted.  In addition to annual school supplies and clothing drives, numerous Z-HOPE activities were conducted and families were selected for Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gift-giving.

In 2014, its signature scholarship fundraising program was launched.  Each year the highly successful “50-Shades of Blue” event is held and guests are feted with comedy and live music entertainment.  The program has enabled annual scholarships to area students to increase from $500 to over $3000.
The Friendswood Zetas currently support many of Zetas National programs and projects, including: Z-HOPE, Eldercare (Friendship Haven and Park Manor of Friendswood), Adopt-a-School, Prematurity Awareness, and Military Appreciation.  In 2015 they hosted the East Texas State (Region IV) Area Workshops.  In 2017 a Youth Auxiliary program was introduced.
Over its short life, Omega Delta Zeta has spent 2012-16 Blazing New Paths in the Bay Area for Zeta.