Friends of Zeta














Zeta Amicae (Friends of Zeta) was the first national auxiliary of a collegiate sorority. As early as 1940, graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta began to realize the importance of the prestige, good will and cooperation of women who, for various reasons, were not members of any Greek-letter organization, but believed in the ideals of Zeta. The purpose of the Amicae is to lend assistance to the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. with various activities, to promote good public relations between Zetas and other women in the community, to make non-Greek women feel closer to the programming and goals of a Greek-letter group, and to assure more cooperation in community projects sponsored by Zeta.


During the initial 20 years of the Sorority’s growth, multiple graduate chapters continued organizing across the country. It was during this time that Zeta women had the foresight to involve other women from their families and friends in promoting the ideals of Zeta through service to their local communities. These local affiliates organized under many unofficial titles, and included women who were impressed with Zeta’s programs and objectives, but did not meet qualifications for membership at the time. These women were noted to be outstanding citizens, religiously oriented and conscious of the needs of their communities. In 1947 while on a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, National President Soror Lullelia Harrison, organized a group of women to assist Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members in whatever capacity they were needed. The term “Amicae” (meaning Friend) was chosen as the official name of the group. The appeal of this auxiliary gained momentum, and the second Amicae group was organized through Soror Harrison’s graduate chapter, Lambda Zeta in Houston, Texas. In December 1948, Amicae Auxiliaries were officially adopted into Zeta’s national structure, with the Houston Amicae auxiliary being the first to be granted a national charter. With the establishment of this charter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. became the FIRST sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group (For more about Zeta "Firsts" please click here).

Delta Lambda Zeta Chapter invited eleven community and service minded women to the home of Soror Jaunita M. Pertilla’s home with the purpose of gauging interest in beginning a local Amicae auxiliary. As a result of this meeting, the Tifton Zeta Amicae Auxiliary was charted on January 26, 1955. Friend Flora Mathis was Delta Lambda Chapter’s Basileus at the time, and Friend Katie Sinclair was the first Amicae Auxiliary sponsor.  Amica Carrie L. Tucker served as the auxiliary’s first president. 

Early in our history, Zeta Amicae supported the local PTA, and the black schools solicited and welcomed the assistance given by our auxiliary. This help was often in the form of financial drives, service rendered with school related projects and talents shared in pupil-parent activities. Zeta Amicae have given time, service and gifts to needy persons and families, the local hospital, nursing homes and blood drives. Zeta Amicae remembers our sick and shut-ins.


The most popular fundraiser has been the “Little Miss Zeta Amicae” contest. In recent years our activities include volunteer service to many charitable and organized groups such as the American Cancer Society, Hospice, American Heart Association, United Way, involvement in Black History Programs, health fairs, voter registration, soup kitchen and food bank, and community choirs.


Since its inception, our Zeta Amicae auxiliary has supported Delta Lambda Zeta Chapter in the form of financial drives, as well as service rendered in the local school system with related projects and talents shared in pupil-parent activities. Zeta Amicae have given of their time, talents and service to families in need, local hospitals, nursing homes and blood drives, assisting Delta Lambda Zeta Chapter in its efforts. The Zeta Amicae of Tifton, GA meet on a monthly basis, and attend conferences and meetings such as the Annual Amicae State Leadership Workshop in September. They have received numerous awards, including the "State Promptness Award" and the "Angeline Russ Members Award" presented by the Southeastern Region Zeta Amicae on November 27, 1993.


To learn more about the Tifton Zeta Amicae, or how to become a "Friend of Zeta" please  contact us




Tifton Zeta Amicae

Charter Members

(January 26, 1955)


Amica Hattie Asbell

Amica Tommie Collins

Amica Cleo Dixon

Amica Emma Jennings

Amica Sallie Knight

Amica Effie Mills

Amica Irene Mott

Amica Hattie Nixon

Amica Claudia Pertilla

Amica Essie Reeves

Amica Carrie R. Tucker




Deceased Tifton Zeta Amicae

Amica Ira Anderson

Amica Hattie Asbell*

Amica Tommie Collins*

Amica Cleo Dixon*

Amica Mabel Ezekiel

Amica Emma Jennings*

Amica Sally Knight*

Amica Melba McCrae

Amica Effie Mills*

*Charter Member

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