tearte-profileIt is a privilege to greet you in this our Centennial year on behalf of the “World-Class Service” administration which served from 1992 – 1996. With pride, I acknowledge the many members who joined during that time in our storied history and those who served the sisterhood as an example of professional and passionate leadership fulfilling the ideals of our GREAT Sorority.

On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, I reflect upon indelible footprints established during the administration including the Pearlettes affiliate for girls 4-8 years of age; The Male Network affiliate; the Zeta Legacy Club; the Reaffirmation Ceremony with Zeta and Sigma; the chartering of the chapter in South Korea; and, the 75th Anniversary Celebration in 1995.

Thanks to each member of the Centennial Commission, in particular, those who served in the administration, for giving of your time, talent and treasure as we delivered to the promise of “honoring our Founders” in 2020 with lasting footprints. I charge each member of the sisterhood to determine the legacy you will leave for Zeta that will transcend time so that generations to come will reap the benefits of our actions to commemorate our 100th Anniversary.

Quoting the words of Founder Fannie Pettie Watts in 1995 translated to 2020: “During this time of celebration, I do encourage everyone to renew and enjoy friendships, reflect and reminiscence about the past 100 years and explore the potential for this great sisterhood for the next 100 years. Our ideals of service, sisterly love, scholarship, and finer womanhood are needed now more than ever before. Let us be faithful and vigilant to our cause.”
Happy Centennial to all my Sorors… and THANKS for entrusting me to lead the sisterhood as the 20th International President and as the Chair since 2013 of our journey to our Centennial!


Jylla Moore Tearte, PhD
20th International President
2020 Centennial Commission Chair


  • The Centennial Challenge
  • 2015 Maryland Centennial Launch – Five for the Founders
    (MD State Donation – Press Release)
  • 2015 Eastern Regional Conference
    Centennial Launch
  • 2015 Midwestern Regional Conference
    (MWR Amicae)
  • 2015 Great Lakes Regional Conference
    (GLRC Centennial Launch)
  • 2015 Southern Regional Conference
    (Southern Centennial Launch)
  • Atlantic Regional Conference
    (Atlantic Region Centennial Launch)
  • 2015 South Central Regional Conference
  • 2015 Pacific Regional Conference
  • 2015 ZOL Conference
  • 2017  and 2019 Sigma Conclave
  • Founder Stemons Commemorative Marker
  • 2016 Boulé
  • 2017 Global Day of Service – Abu Dhabi United Arab emirates
  • 2018 Boulé
  • 2018 Atlantic Region Executive Board Meeting
  • 2018 Southeastern Regional Conference
  • 2019 Midwestern Regional Conference
  • 2019 Eastern Regional Conference
  • 2019 Great Lakes Regional Conference
  • 2019 Southern Regional Conference
  • 2019 Atlantic Regional Conference
  • 2019 South Central Regional Conference
  • 2019 Pacific Regional Conference
  • 2015-2020 National Executive Board Meeting

Centennial Launch Party
January 9, 2015
Houston, TX

Five for the Founders: Countdown to 2020
January 16-19, 2015
Linthicum, MD

Great Lakes Region Centennial Launch
April 23-26, 2015
Chicago, IL

Southern Region Centennial Launch
June 11-13, 2015
Baton Rouge, LA