​A B O U T   Z E T A   P H I  B E T A

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was established for the purposes of promoting the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promoting charitable projects on college campuses and within the community; fostering the spirit of sisterly love, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood.



The sisterhood was founded and nurtured by five young women on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. on January 16, 1920.  These exceptional ladies; Arizona Cleaver, Pearl A. Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, and Fannie Pettie, lovingly referred to as our “five pearls”,  chartered a course that continues flowing, growing, and flourishing steadily.

The founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority believed 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.

For more information concerning our organization on a broad level, we encourage you to visit our international website at zphib1920.org.

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Zeta Firsts

Zeta Phi Beta was the FIRST Black Greek Letter Sorority to:

  • have youth and adult auxiliary groups

  • organize a collegiate chapter in Texas                                            (Theta Chapter, Wiley College)

  • have all operations organized at a national headquarters              (1734 New Hampshire Ave. N.W. – Washington D.C. 20009)

  • charter a chapter in Africa

Zeta Phi Beta is the FIRST & ONLY Black-Greek Letter Sorority to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

SIGMA PHI ZETA  WELCOMES YOU!!!

Welcome to the virtual home of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter. Here you can find information and news about our chapter and beloved sorority. We welcome and encourage you to look around and learn more about who we are.

SPZ Celebrates Finer Womanhood in the Community!

Meet the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Waukegan, IL

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A Finer Woman is someone who epitomizes the true ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is seen by all as a leader and sets the example of a true woman of excellence. She is strong and principled and demonstrates great moral character. Finer women do not degrade other women yet seeks opportunities to uplift every woman to her true measure of brilliance. With this in mind, the women of Sigma Phi Zeta conduct themselves in a manner that represents the positive standards of the organization, and throughout the month of March, we will celebrate and showcase the women we feel exemplify the Finer Womanhood characteristics in the Lake County community, as well.

Bonnie Berger-Neel

Interested in Becoming A Member?

Contact us now for more information

Annual Lake County Poetry and Prose Competition

Lead the coordination of this event and key in attaining sponsorship to reward the winners with cash and awards, since 2012.  This outreach program is designed to give High School students in Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion communities, the opportunity to express themselves through poetry and prose. Pre Covid 19, the program attracted from 100 to 200 students annually.  Bonnie’s goal is to expand the program to other Lake County communities. High School students who are interested in this competition are encouraged to have their parent/ guardian email her at: BonnieBergnerNeel@Yahoo.Com for additional information, referencing Annual Lake County Poetry and Prose Competition.

Mentoring Youth Participating in Tenth Dem Internship Program

Co-chair of this Non-for-Profit organization and currently manages the Waukegan Office and has managed other satellite offices as well.  Her role includes, but not limited to, interviewing potential candidates, mentoring the interns and working with the Executive Committee for fundraising events.

Instrumental in Organizing and Raising Funds to Incentives the Youth

Spearheads the annual youth incentives and awards for First Baptist Church Christmas Program in North Chicago, IL, where youths from surrounding communities participate.   Raises funds for Back to School Events and is recognized as a strong supporter to the success of the program.

Coalition to Reduce Recidivism

Actively work with this committee to reduce the rate of convicted criminals to be repeat offenders.  The program is designed to address the needs of citizens while incarcerated, as well as, to help them when they are released. 

CONTACT US

P.O. Box 9028 

Waukegan, IL. 60079

Tel: 224-698-ZETA (9382) 

zetapublicrelations@gmail.com

2021 Finer Womanhood Schedule of Events

Finer Womanhood is defined as, “distinguishing characteristics of a woman, one superior in kind, quality, or appearance; marked by or affecting elegance or refinement.”

The ladies of Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter are excited to present to you the 2021 Finer Womanhood Month. While this past year has been nothing normal, our Fall 2019 Intake Class wanted to create a Finer experience that any "Finer" woman can enjoy and participate in throughout the month of March. From spirituality...to Fitness and Wellness activities, join the ladies of Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter on this Finer Womanhood Journey!

Take a moment to view the schedule of events below and click on the link corresponding to the event to join or register. For more information, please contact Brandy Johnson at bjohnson0927@gmail.com

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