Pat Summitt, Cardinal and Straw and UT Orange

Pat Summitt, an initiate of the Chi Omega chapter at the University of Tennessee-Martin, passed away early today at the age of 64. Summitt was coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974-2012 during which she coached the team to eight NCAA national championships. She is the only coach in NCAA history with at least 1,000 victories. She won a Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame. The graduation rate for her players who completed their eligibility at Tennessee was 100 percent!.

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She played on the first Olympic women’s basketball team and has a silver medal to prove it. She also coached the 1984 gold medal team.

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In 1971, while a student at the University of Tennessee-Martin,, Summitt became a member of the  Xi Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega. According to a Chi Omega press release, Summitt “remained involved with the Fraternity during her 40-plus years of membership, speaking at local and national events for Chi Omega and inspiring Sisters all over the country.” In 1988, she was awarded Chi Omega’s Malinda Jolley Mortin Woman of Achievement Award.

In 2014, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved the naming of one of the four new sorority structures being built on the UT-M campus. The Chi Omega lodge will be called the Pat Head Summitt Chi Omega House. 

Pat Summitt and her Chi Omega sister Lyn Harris, Chi Omega's Archivist.

Pat Summitt and her Chi Omega sister Lyn Harris, Chi Omega’s Archivist.

Founders’ Day greetings to Sigma Chi and Sigma Tau Gamma. Sigma Chi was founded on June 28, 1855 and Sigma Tau Gamma on June 28, 1920.

Sigma Chi was founded at Miami University in Miami, Ohio. It is one of the Miami Triad. Sigma Tau Gamma was founded at Central Missouri State Teachers College, now the University of Central Missouri, in Warrenton, Missouri. Warrenton is where the fraternity headquarters is located. 

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A Rotary Club Year in Pictures

This past Tuesday marked my last time hitting the gavel at the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast meeting. Except for opening the year-end changeover dinner tonight and writing a report or two, my term is over. A year-end report is required and here is mine.

Rotary International began on February 23, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois (see http://wp.me/p20I1i-22E). It grew to the west coast first and later to the east coast. My friend Eric Drumheller (see http://wp.me/p20I1i-1Gl), Phi Gamma Delta’s representative to this year’s Fraternity and Sorority Archivists Conference, is a member of the Lincoln, Nebraska Rotary Club, founded in 1910 as the 14th Rotary Club in the nation. He spent the year as secretary of his club, checking the 300+ members in to each week’s meeting. My club has a tenth of his club’s membership. In Champaign, for the conference at the beginning of June, we both had started our countdown clock to the end of our respective terms.

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Eric in a Rotary polo shirt, the sale of which was a fundraiser for his club. Eric found his way to Rotary through taking part in a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Sweden.

My year as Club President started in July 2015, after I returned from the Pi Beta Phi Convention. I agreed to step up a year early because the woman who was to be President before me asked if we could switch. With 20-20 hindsight, I should have declined, but I didn’t and luckily I lived to tell the tale (barely!).

The RCC-B sponsored several high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) which took place at the end of July. We helped sponsor a CommUnity Dinner for students interested in joining the Rotaract Club at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and we provided a scholarship for our outbound exchange student who was off to spend a year in France.

The club has adopted a spot to clean up. It’s along the route most people use to come to SIUC, so we planned a clean up just before the semester started. It was a hot August Sunday morning, but I was able to get some help from visiting family members by promising to take them to a restaurant for breakfast after we were done.

Adopt-a-Spot Clean Up Crew

Adopt-a-Spot Clean Up Crew with a few extra Becques.

One of our fundraisers, coordinating a Community Yard Sale at the SIU Arena, took place on September 12. It was followed by a mum sale, the proceeds of which were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale.

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Mum delivery from the grower, 7 a.m. on my lawn.

In  late October, with support from the Friends of Carbondale Public Library, we distributed nearly 400 dictionaries to all the third graders in the elementary schools which feed into the Carbondale Community High School district. The students love to get a book of their own and the club members delight in distributing the dictionaries. The Friends gave each student a coupon for three free children’s books redeemable at its fall book sale.

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A third grader enjoying his new dictionary.

On Halloween, the club held Great Pumpkin Race. Participants use pumpkins, adding wheels and decorations, and then they are raced down a hill. The event netted $2,400 which was given to the Women’s Center. A 50/50 raffle at the event brought in $200 for the Good Samaritan House.

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The Women’s Center Executive Director Cathy McClanahan accepted the $2,400 donation, the net proceeds from our Pumpkin Race. On the left is Marcia Sinnott, a charter member of the club, and Chairman of the Pumpkin Race.

Another $200 for the Good Samaritan House was raised at our Holiday Social on December 15. The gift exchange had a twist this year. A fee was charged to “steal” gifts.

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Happy Holidays!

A Club Assembly took place on Saturday, February 12, and it lead to a restructuring of the club and a by-laws revision which I think will serve the club well as it nears its 30th birthday.

A Pay It Forward day at the S&B Burger Joint in the University Mall in early April gave members the opportunity to talk to diners about the club and ask them to tell their server that a percentage of their bill could be donated to the club. The proceeds will help the club sponsor high school students to the 2016 Rotary Youth Leadership Academy this coming July.

The Beautiful Southern Ride took place on April 9. While it was a little colder than usual, the participants thought it was a great ride.

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The Beautiful Southern Ride starts out with a tour of the SIUC campus.

In late April members had the opportunity to help out at the Murdale Spring Carnival for Boys and Girls Club and at a booth at the SIUC Civil Service Council Yard Sale.

At each weekly meeting, a pig is passed around to collect contributions to the scholarship fund. Members can opt to go “whole hog” and feed the pig just once at the beginning of the year or “half hog” at the middle of the year. In May, three scholarships were awarded to Carbondale Community High School graduates.

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The CCHS scholarship winners with club members Bob Fox and Tessie Ojewuyi.

The club was awarded a District 6510 grant to help install bike racks at the new Splash Park. Due to circumstances well beyond our control, the bike racks (and the entire Splash Park) were casualties of the quagmire that is Illinois state politics. Instead of opening as planned on May 31, 2015, the Splash Park was not completed and opened until a year later. The bike racks were installed and the paperwork for the grant were completed days before the absolute final deadline. I have it on good report that the bike racks are being used.

The bike racks after they were delivered but before they were installed.

The bike racks after they were delivered but before they were installed.

 

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Removing the packaging was harder than it looked. Past District Governor Jack Langowski accepted the challenge.

 

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The trees which were purchased will be planted in the fall.

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The bike rack signage

There are some other items I’d like to add about my year. There is the memory of DeMarcus Huddleston (see http://wp.me/p20I1i-2jE) attending a business meeting with the intention of becoming a member and without me having the opportunity to talk to him about Theta Xi.

There’s the excitement of our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Juliette, who is going to Slovakia for the year. Her mom is a Gamma Phi Beta and a new member to our club.

There are thanks to the members who attend our fifth Tuesday potluck socials, with special gratitude to Joyce Hesketh for her decorating skills.

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I would be remiss if I did not mention two very special women, both charter members of the club. They are pictured below, a few months ago, at a Saluki Women’s Basketball game. On the left is Marcia Sinnott, a mentor extraordinaire and one of the first women to be a Rotary club president, since our club was chartered just as women were allowed to join Rotary. On the right is nonagenarian Blanche Carlton Sloan, the first female District Governor in our district. She is a graduate of Huntingdon College and she earned a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is also a P.E.O. She encouraged me to join Rotary even though our Monday night P.E.O. meetings and the Tuesday at 7 a.m. Rotary Club meetings could present a bit of a challenge.

Marcia Sinnott and Blanche Sloan

Marcia Sinnott and Blanche Sloan

If you are in the market for a new swivel rocker and don’t want to pay $1,100, we have one we’d be happy to sell to you for $450 with all proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast.

This swivel rocker is new and has not been used. Purchased for $1,100+. Selling for $450. Pickup in Carbondale, IL and all funds will help the RCC-B with its programs.

This swivel rocker is new and has not been used. Purchased for $1,100+. Selling for $450. Pickup in Carbondale, IL and all funds will help the RCC-B with its programs.

As I end this tome, I’d like to thank those members I knew I could count on week after week. Your loyal support sustained me and I appreciate it beyond words.

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Green With Envy – Sorority Conventions and a KD Blog Post

“Kappa Delta Wasn’t For Me” is a blog post written by Heather Burke, Kappa Delta’s Communications and Technology Manager. It begins, “I didn’t want to be a sorority woman. When I took a job at Kappa Delta National Headquarters in 2012, I walked in the door with a lot of stereotypes in mind. I believed sorority women were a very specific type of woman, and I was definitely not that type.” It is a very worthwhile read about what happened when stereotypes met reality. The post is at http://www.kappadelta.org/kappa-delta-wasnt/.

Many of my Panhellenic friends are at their respective conventions as I write this and I am green with envy. There is nothing like a fraternity or sorority convention to get the official family and the rank and file members excited about the beginning of another year.

Kylie Towers Smith on stage at Kappa Kappa Gamma's convention in San Diego. I suspect she is playing a Kappa song.

Kylie Towers Smith on stage at Kappa Kappa Gamma’s convention in San Diego. I suspect she is playing a Kappa song or maybe she is serenading her Monmouth Duo friends.

For those P.E.O.s reading this, Kylie will preside over Ohio State Chapter during P.E.O.'s sesquicentennial year.

For those P.E.O.s reading this, Kylie will preside over Ohio State Chapter during P.E.O.’s sesquicentennial year.

The facebook feed of Lyn Harris, Chi Omega’s Archivist, is filled with pictures of the Chi Omega festivities at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

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Chi Omega’s convention. I know Lyn Harris is having a fabulous time and I am sure her owl shoes are a bit hit with the attendees.

Kappa Alpha Theta delegate chairs for the Grand Convention.

Kappa Alpha Theta delegate chairs for the Grand Convention in Phoenix.

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Two sisters who read this blog are attending two different conventions – one is at the Kappa Alpha Theta convention and the other is at the Gamma Phi Beta convention.

Crescent Corner is excited to welcome everyone to Convention 2016! We have a monogram machine available for items that you would like to personalize. Stop by the boutique downstairs in Chicago ABCD for all your Gamma Phi Beta fashion needs! #MakingOurMark

“Crescent Corner is excited to welcome everyone to Convention 2016! We have a monogram machine available for items that you would like to personalize. Stop by the boutique downstairs in Chicago ABCD for all your Gamma Phi Beta fashion needs! #MakingOurMark”

Another friend is at the Alpha Sigma Tau convention. Congratulations to Dave Westol who was honored at the Alpha Sigma Tau Convention. My twitter feed tells me he was just honored at AST’s convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

Congratulations to our McCrory Order of Interfraternity Excellence Award recipient: Dave Westol, J.D!

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Alpha Phi’s convention is in session. Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Gamma are opening their conventions and I await pictures and news of those events. Best wishes to all the convention attendees. Have a great time!

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P.S. Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Sigma Delta Tau are having leadership seminars, in the off year of convention. And Tri Sigma’s convention was a few weeks in Chicago. And I suspect there will be some more conventions and off-convention year activities happening throughout the summer.

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A Cuba Connection as Delta Kappa Epsilon Turns 172

Today is the day on which Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded 172 years ago. There are many people, places, and things which have DKE connections. I’ve learned about many of them through This Day in Deke History posts on social medials (see https://www.facebook.com/TDIDEKEH/)

Here is today’s post:

June 22, 1844
The Fraternity is founded at Yale in Room 12, Old South Hall when 15 men of the sophomore class came together to form our great Fraternity. Some in their number had been offered membership in Psi Upsilon but declined to be initiated as others associated with them had not been chosen. The 15 formed Delta Kappa Epsilon to compete with Alpha Delta Phi and Psi Upsilon which, until then, had monopolized junior year Greek-letter society interests at Yale. Only 15 men were chosen each year to join each Junior Society. That is why 15 brothers became the Charter Members of the Fraternity. Initially, it was not anticipated that the Fraternity would expand beyond Yale and that is why the Phi designation was not chosen at the first meetings. The badge was designed by the Charter Members and resembles that of Psi Upsilon, except that in the center of the black field, the gold letters of Delta Kappa Epsilon appear upon a white scroll.


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The fifteen founders of Delta Kappa Epsilon are William Woodruff Atwater, Edward Griffin Bartlett, Frederic Peter Bellinger, Jr., Henry Case, George Foote Chester, John Butler Conyngham, Thomas Isaac Franklin, William Walter Horton, William Boyd Jacobs, Edward VanSchoonhoven Kinsley, Chester Newell Righter, Elisha Bacon Shapleigh, Thomas DuBois Sherwood, Albert Everett Stetson, and Orson William Stow.  Bartlett later wrote about the founding and the ideal DKE man, “one who combined in the most equal proportions the gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow.”

Although, at the very beginning, it was founded with the intention of being only an organization at Yale, a second chapter was founded at Bowdoin College a few months later in November 1844. The chapter at Yale took on the Phi designation and the Bowdoin chapter became Theta. The first convention took place in 1846 in New Haven.

Grant Burnyeat, DKE History and Archives Committee Chair, wrote about another memorable DKE convention.  On December 26, 1920, “The New York Times, under the headline ‘DKE Men off for Cuba’ reported that 150 members and officers of Delta Kappa Epsilon left Pennsylvania Station in New York in a special train to visit Cuba and attend the 76th Annual Convention of the Fraternity.  The article also stated:  ‘All the trains will meet at Savannah, where there will be a reunion of members as guests of Mayor M.M. Stuart [Stewart] and other City officials.  Part of the entertainment for the visitors an old-fashioned barbeque.  President Menocal of Cuba is a graduate member of the Cornell Chapter of the Fraternity.  He heads the committee arranging for the visit of the Americans [and Canadians], and will provide a Cuban warship to convey the delegates and officers from Key West to Havana.  Steamers are to be provided for others and airplanes are to make round trips with passengers.  The convention banquet and the President’s annual ball and reception at the palace are to conclude the visit.’”

On December 30, 1920, “the first American College Fraternity Convention held off the North American Continent was held in Havana, Cuba under the auspices of President Menocal of Cuba (Delta Chi-Cornell University).  The special train that had left Pennsylvania Station on December 26, made stops in Philadelphia, Savannah and Key West, before setting sail on the ship ‘Governor Cobb’.  The Convention souvenir was an inlaid box containing 25 Cuban cigars.  300 of the boxes were made and one is available for viewing at the International Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Another box is housed at Cornell University.”

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For a post about my visit to the DEKE Shant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, see http://wp.me/p20I1i-2dz.

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6/20/1919 Mother of 3, a Kappa Kappa Gamma, Wins Tennis Title #amazingsororitywomen

On this day, 98 years ago,  June 20, 1919, Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beat Marion Zinderstein (6-1, 6-2) in the 33rd U.S. Women’s National Tennis Championship.

Hazel Hotchkiss 1910 while a student at UC-Berkeley

Hazel Hotchkiss (Wightman) 1910 while a student at UC-Berkeley

Wightman, a initiate of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at the University of California-Berkeley, won the title four times, 1909, 1910, 1911, and 1919. The time between the 1911 and 1919 wins was taken with marriage and the birth of three children. After her marriage to George Wightman, she gave birth to two children in quick succession. With her husband’s support and encouragement, she resumed playing tennis again. At that time, no woman had ever come back to competitive tennis after having children. In 1915, she returned to the U.S. Open and reached the finals in the women’s singles. She won the women’s doubles and mixed doubles for the fourth time each. 

Her 1919 win was after giving birth to her third child. After this singles championship, she chose to concentrate on doubles play. 

While a student at Berkeley, she was a member of the tennis team and president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter. She also influenced another young tennis player, who became a star in her own right, Helen Will Moody. They met at the Berkeley Tennis Club in 1920 when Helen Will was 14. Years later, in a Reader’s Digest article, Moody credited that chance meeting with Wightman as life changing. While a student at Berkeley, she, too, became a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter, just as her mentor had done. Moody would go on to win 31 Grand Slam titles and two Olympic Gold medals.

Wightman also mentored and coached Helen Hull Jacobs, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta chapter at Berkeley.

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Before Rushing Into Sorority Recruitment

The “Rushing Question” was the subject of an entry in the October 1898 Arrow of Pi Beta Phi. It read

It has been very forcibly borne in upon the minds of fraternity women, at least in the larger colleges and universities, that a radical reform is needed in one direction, and that is in methods of rushing. With the growth of colleges and the multiplication of fraternities, the rushing season has resolved itself into a wild scramble, a two or three weeks’ mad whirl of gaiety, which, with the accompanying emotional wear and tear, sends both rusher and rushee into their college work quite exhausted.

From the moment when the bewildered freshman is met at the train by excited delegations of rival Greeks, until she dons the pledge-pin or colors of her chosen fraternity, she is allowed not one waking moment to herself, but is so beset with calls, invitations and engagements, that she sometimes follows the example of the girl who married a man to get rid of him, and finds, perhaps, that she repents at a leisure which lasts through her entire college course.

Now, this is not fair to the freshman. She is not given time or data to form a cool judgment nor allowed to exercise it if she has. Surely it is not unreasonable to allow her space to look about a little before deciding a matter which is going to effect at least four years of her life very materially. If she is a stranger in college she needs time to become acquainted, while if she is already biased, by connections of family or friendship, in favor of some one fraternity, there can be no harm in waiting for her a little.

But the present system is not quite fair to the chapter either. All that glitters is not gold, and the most captivating freshman may lack solid qualities of scholarship and character, a lack which only time will disclose. Worst of all, this hasty rushing and pledging is unfair to the whole fraternity system. It is hardly an edifying spectacle to see one or more of the great national fraternities metaphorically on their knees each begging a totally untried, albeit charming, little maiden to make them perfectly happy by consenting to be theirs. This is a reversal of the proper relations. It is the maiden who is to feel honored and chapters which insist on this point are going to save themselves the trouble of ridding a popular freshman of some undesirable conceit.

As plans were being made for the 1902 meeting which resulted in the formation of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), a Kappa Alpha Theta from Nebraska wrote her magazine. She noted:

Rushing is very violent here in Nebraska and every one would like to see it modified at least. First, if we could only stop rushing, that is, rushing in the full sense of the word that violent round of social affairs which still takes place every year with many of our chapters. Of course, we must become acquainted with new girls but we can do it with dignity. We can talk to them sensibly instead of trying to see how much fun we can make them have and show them the serious and beautiful side of Theta life, not the frivolous. Girls who would not care more for this side would not make good Thetas.

Within the last several decades, there has been a concerted effort to lose the term “rushing” and replace it with the word “recruitment,” and to make the recruitment process one of conversing with the potential new members and less about entertaining them.

Old habits die hard, but long gone are the days of meeting a woman at the train station and “rushing” her until she agreed to join your organization. 

Oklahoma State University was once Oklahoma A&M. Congratulations to the women who are now wearing new member (pledge) pins at Oklahoma State.

My advice to those who are going through recruitment this year.

Be prepared. If recommendations are strongly encouraged on your campus, make the effort to obtain recs from as many of the NPC groups on your campus as is possible. Ask teachers, family friends and acquaintances, co-workers, etc. if they are members of NPC organizations. The proper forms are available from the respective NPC organization from their magazine, website or headquarters. Alumnae Panhellenic organizations often offer sessions to guide the new college student in this task.

Be open to all organizations. The badges, songs, colors, and mascots vary, but the experience of being a member in any of the 26 NPC organizations is essentially the same. The values and basic tenets of the organizations are very similar. 

Be yourself and be true to yourself.  Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be the very best version of yourself that you can be. Just because your mom, sister, grandmother, or cousin twice removed belonged to XYZ, it doesn’t mean that you need to follow suit. Being a legacy does not mean an automatic bid;  some chapters have two, three and four times the amount of legacies going through recruitment than the number of women (quota) to whom they can offer bids.

Be hospitable and gracious. Do not talk up or down any organization with the other women going through recruitment. When talk turns to gossip, be the one who stops it. Remember that golden rule; if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.

Be at Bid Day. See the process to the end. If you are not invited back to the chapter you had your heart set on, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and visit the chapters which invited you back. Don’t just drop out because the scenario did not play out the way you wanted it to. Sometimes things work out for the better despite the fact that they aren’t as we had anticipated them. I could fill a book with stories of women who could never have envisioned themselves in VWX chapter and yet, on graduation day, they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

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“My Grief and Heart Are With You”

“The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love – love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.” This quote, attributed to Tennessee Williams, has been making the rounds of facebook. I haven’t been able to find a citation for the quote, so I’ve been debating whether to use it or not.

I chose to use it. Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, III was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega chapter at the University of Missouri.

Tennessee Williams - Photo courtesy of the 1930 Savitar

Tennessee Williams   Photo courtesy of the 1930 Savitar

Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse, the scene of Sunday morning’s tragic events, is a Pi Beta Phi from the University of Central Florida chapter. She issued a statement on Pulse’s website, “Like everyone in the country, I am devastated about the horrific events that have taken place today. Pulse, and the men and women who work there, have been my family for nearly 15 years. From the beginning, Pulse has served as a place of love and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. I want to express my profound sadness and condolences to all who have lost loved ones. Please know that my grief and heart are with you.”

As trite as it sounds, I, too, offer my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of the victims of the Pulse tragedy. 

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Ginny Carroll, founder of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, spent yesterday at the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C.

This is a busy summer for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. Sorority women have contributed funds to complete six new schools this summer. It’s great work that the Circle of Sisterhood is doing. Help support the cause at https://www.circleofsisterhood.org/give-now/.

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The Flowers of the National Panhellenic Conference Organizations

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the umbrella organization for women’s fraternities and sororities, was founded on May 24, 1902. Eleven of the first twelve NPC meetings took place in Chicago. The 1911 NPC meeting was held in Evanston on the Northwestern University campus. 

Patten Gymnasium

Patten Gymnasium

A Panhellenic luncheon at Northwestern’s Patten Gymnasium was one of the highlights of the meeting. There were 350 women in attendance. The table decorations were the flowers of the different fraternities, each delegation being seated near its special flower.

The Panhellenic Luncheon at Northwestern University's Patten Gymnasium, October 1913.

The Panhellenic Luncheon at Northwestern University’s Patten Gymnasium, October 1913.

The composition of NPC in 1911 was a little different than it is today. The members in rotation order were

Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Delta Pi, and Delta Zeta.

The flowers of the 26 organizations that today comprise NPC are:

Alpha Chi Omega – Red carnation

Alpha Delta Pi – Woodland violet

Alpha Epsilon Phi – Lily of the valley

Alpha Gamma Delta – Red and buff roses

Alpha Omicron Pi – Jacqueminot rose

Alpha Phi – Lily of the valley and the blue and gold forget-me-not

Alpha Sigma Alpha – Narcissus and aster

Alpha Sigma Tau – Yellow rose

Alpha Xi Delta – Pink rose

Chi Omega – White carnation

Delta Delta Delta – Pansy

Delta Gamma – Cream colored rose

Delta Phi Epsilon – Lovely purple iris

Delta Zeta – Pink Killarney rose

Gamma Phi Beta – Pink carnation

Kappa Alpha Theta – Black and gold pansy

Kappa Delta – White rose

Kappa Kappa Gamma – Fleur-de-lis

Phi Mu – Rose colored carnation

Phi Sigma Sigma – American Beauty rose

Pi Beta Phi – Wine carnation

Sigma Delta Tau – Golden tea rose

Sigma Kappa – Wild purple violet

Sigma Sigma Sigma – Purple violet

Theta Phi Alpha – White rose

Zeta Tau Alpha – White violet

The graphic that Delta Gamma posted on May 24, the date NPC was founded.

The graphic that Delta Gamma posted on May 24, the date NPC was founded. 

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Sorority Women Competing in Miss USA 2016

Congratulations, Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 

1st Runner Up, Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii USA

2nd Runner Up, Emanii Davis, Miss Georgia USA

 

 

Sorority women in the Final 3:

Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna Barber, Sigma Gamma Rho, Virginia State University

 

Sorority women in the Final 5:

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown, Chi Omega, University of Alabama

Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna Barber, Sigma Gamma Rho, Virginia State University

 

Sorority women in the Final 10:

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown, Chi Omega, University of Alabama

Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna Barber, Sigma Gamma Rho, Virginia State University

Miss Missouri USA, Sydnee Stottlemyre, Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Missouri

 

Sorority women in the Final 15:

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown, Chi Omega, University of Alabama

Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna Barber, Sigma Gamma Rho, Virginia State University

Miss Missouri USA, Sydnee Stottlemyre, Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Missouri

Miss South Carolina USA, Leah Lawson, Zeta Tau Alpha, Presbyterian College

Miss West Virginia USA, Nichole Greene, Alpha Xi Delta, Marshall University

 

On Sunday, June 5, Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, an Alpha Phi, will crown her successor. Will it be one of the sorority women who are competing? Miss USA 1996, Ali Landry, Kappa Delta, and Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart, Delta Sigma Theta, are two of the judges.

Miss 52 USA, Alexandra Miller, Chi Omega, University of Oklahoma

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown, Chi Omega, University of Alabama

Miss Colorado USA, Caley Rae Pavillard, Delta Delta Delta, Southern Methodist University

Miss D.C. USA, Deshauna Barber, Sigma Gamma Rho, Virginia State University

Miss Delaware USA, Alexandra Vorontsova, Sigma Kappa, University of Delaware

Miss Florida USA, Brie Gabrielle, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pepperdine University

Miss Mississippi USA, Haley Sowers, Phi Mu, Mississippi State University

Miss Missouri USA, Sydnee Stottlemyre, Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Missouri

Miss Nevada USA, Emelina Adams, Gamma Phi Beta, University of Arizona

Miss New Jersey USA, Jessielyn Palumbo, Zeta Tau Alpha, College of New Jersey

Miss South Carolina USA, Leah Lawson, Zeta Tau Alpha, Presbyterian College

Miss Tennessee USA, Hope Stephens, Kappa Delta, Tennessee Tech University

Miss West Virginia USA, Nichole Greene, Alpha Xi Delta, Marshall University 

 

Sorority women who have won Miss USA (and Miss Universe):

Miss Universe, Miss USA 1956 – Carol Morris, Kappa Alpha Theta, Miss Iowa USA (second Miss USA to win Miss Universe)

Miss USA 1958 – Eurlyne Howell (later Arlene Howell), Zeta Tau Alpha, Miss Louisiana USA

Miss Universe, Miss USA 1967 – Sylvia Hitchcock, Chi Omega, Miss Alabama USA

Miss Universe, Miss USA 1980 – Shawn Weatherly, Delta Delta Delta, Miss South Carolina USA

Miss USA 1982 – Terri Utley [Amos-Britt], Alpha Sigma Tau, Miss Arkansas USA

Miss USA 1988 – Courtney Gibbs, Pi Beta Phi, Miss Texas USA

Miss USA 1991 – Kelli McCarty, Gamma Phi Beta, Miss Kansas USA

Miss USA 1994 – Frances Louise “Lu” Parker, Alpha Delta Pi, Miss South Carolina USA

Miss USA 1996 – Ali Landry, Kappa Delta, Miss Louisiana USA

Miss USA 2003 – Susie Castillo, Kappa Delta, Miss Massachusetts USA

Miss USA 2008 – Crystle Stewart, Delta Sigma Theta, Miss Texas USA

Miss USA 2015 – Olivia Jordan, Alpha Phi, Miss Oklahoma USA

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W&J, a Wedding, a Rotary Dinner, a Walk in the Cemetery, and a P.E.O. B&B

This past weekend was a fun one for us. The Becque5 clan gained another +1. Officially we are the Becque5 +2 after last fall’s wedding of our daughter. I made the hotel reservations in early January and didn’t think more about it until we left home last week. Things have been so hectic and planning a rehearsal picnic for 70 from afar had me deep in decisions. The wedding was in Western Pennsylvania where the couple met. It wasn’t until we checked into the hotel that I realized where we were. It was Canonsburg, a place that has a role in the history of Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Kappa Psi. When it was time to decide where to have dinner on our first night in town, the vote was for Primanti Brothers, a favorite of some of our crew, at a new location in Washington, Pennsylvania.

The family indulged me with a walk on the Washington and Jefferson campus before dinner.

 

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Old Main at Washington and Jefferson College

 

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A gift from Phi Gamma Delta

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This Beta Theta Pi gift was likely moved to the spot where the Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Gamma Delta gifts are located.

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The most recent gift from Phi Psi

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A gift of Phi Kappa Psi

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Side view of Phi Kappa Psi’s gift

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The bench and fountain were erected in 1909.

My Fiji brother-in-law and his lovely wife, my husbands youngest sister.

My Fiji brother-in-law and his lovely wife, my husband’s youngest sister, in front of the barn in which the ceremony took place.

As soon as we got home, I had to get ready for the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast’s Fifth Tuesday potluck. We were hosting 22 Panamanian teachers who are studying at SIUC. Have I mentioned that there are four Tuesdays left in my term, one of which I will be out of town?

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On Wednesday morning, I headed up the highway to one of my favorite places, the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois. After a day of research, I visited the newly rebuilt Phi Kappa Psi chapter house for a tour. I spent several months writing a history of the chapter for the Society for the Preservation of Greek Housing, so it was fun to see what has been done to the house. I only wish I had the chance to see the house before it was rebuilt.

A fireplace from the house built in the 1900s was incorporated into the newly rebuilt house.

A fireplace from the house built in the 1900s was incorporated into the newly rebuilt house.

After I left the Phi Psi house, I headed over to the Mount Hope Cemetery. I was on a quest to find the grave of Frances Haven Moss, Gamma Phi Beta founder, and daughter of Erastus O. Haven, who served at the helm of the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Syracuse University.

Finding a gravestone isn’t as easy as it sounds. I knew the size of the cemetery, so I knew I had a fighting chance. I quickly came across a Moss, but it wasn’t the one I was after. So I walked and walked. About 35 minutes in, I saw one with the name Stoolman on it. Finding that made me feel better about my trek in the cemetery. I found someone and if I couldn’t locate Frances Haven Moss, at least I found Lois Franklin Stoolman, who served several terms as Pi Beta Phi’s Grand Treasurer. Her husband A.W. Stoolman built many of the fraternity and sorority houses in Urbana and Champaign, among them the original Phi Kappa Psi house.

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Lois Franklin Stoolman’s gravesite. Her daughter Elizabeth Stoolman Julian was also a Pi Phi.

I was contemplating a second tour of the cemetery when I happened upon what I came to find.

The gravestone of Frances Haven Moss and her husband Charles.

The gravestone of Frances Haven Moss and her husband Charles.

I capped the night off with a stay in a P.E.O. Bed and Breakfast. And now it’s on to meet my people, the Fraternity and Sorority Archivists, at our biennial conference.

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