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  • Pi Beta Phi ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

    Pi Beta Phi ~ ΠΒΦ

     

    Mascot: Angel
    Symbol: Arrow
    Colors: Wine and Silver Blue
    Flower: Wine Carnation

     

     

    On April 28, 1867 the women's fraternity of Pi Beta Phi was founded at Monmouth college in Monmouth, Illinois. It was found by 12 very innovative and intelligent women; Clara Brownlee Hutchinson, Libbie Brook Gaddis, Emma Brownlee Kilgore, Margaret Campbell, Rosa Moore, Ada Bruen Grier, Nancy Black Wallace, Jennie Horne Turnbull, Jennie Nicol, Inez Smith Soule, Fannie Thomson,and Fannie Whitenack Libbey. They were admired the benefits that collegiate men belonging to secret societies enjoyed and wanted the same for them and for other women as well, so they decided to form Pi Beta Phi. During this time in history, there were very few universities that even allowed women on campus, so the women who blazed the trail for all who were to come after, needed the support and sisterhood that a women's fraternity would provide both on and off campus.

     

     

     

     

    The core values of this women's fraternity, according to the official Pi Beta Phi website are:

     

    Core Values

    • Integrity
    • Lifelong Commitment
    • Honor and Respect
    • Personal and Intellectual Growth
    • Philanthropic Service to Others
    • Sincere Friendship

     

    Philanthropy is a HUGE part of Pi Beta Phi life and always has been. They were the first to support a Canadian philanthropy and they have partnered with a number of literacy organizations to donate their time, money and resources to help support this important cause. According to the Pi Beta Phi website, their involvement in literacy "...dates back 100 years  to the founding of a Settlement School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Pi Phi was solely responsible for all education in Gatlinburg until the 1940s and continued to provide educational and financial assistance until 1967."Once the community of Gatlinburg took over the operations of the settlement school Pi Beta Phi moved onto focusing their efforts on other literacy programs. Their foundation helps their organization to grow, assists other Pi Beta Phi sisters and provides scholarships.

     

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

    Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ ΚΚΓ

     

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Owl
    Symbol: Fleur-de-Lis, Key
    Jewel: Sapphire
    Colors: Dark Blue and Light Blue
    Flower: Fleur-de-Lis

     

     

     

     

    On October 13th, 1870 Kappa Kappa Gamma women't fraternity was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It is said that in the late 1860's two friends Mary Louise Bennett and Hannah Jeannette Boyd were frustrated that there weren't any women's organizations similar to men's fraternities.  At a time when very few women were encouraged to seek higher education, the women who were at these colleges and universities needed the support and sisterhood that a women's organization could provide.  Soon after their initial discussion the recruited 4 other women; Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Martha Louisa Stevenson and Susan Burley Walker. As noted on the official Kappa Kappa Gamma website:

    "Kappa's six Founders were exceptional young women who believed they could take on the world and create something totally new. Taught to love learning and literature, these educated ladies not only originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma but wrote its constitution, planned its motto and chose its badge and name."

    There are strict regulations regarding the Kappa Kappa Gamma badges, which since it's founding have been golden keys. Member are discouraged from loaning their badges to those who are not initiated members because they represent membership. As noted on the KKG website, it is strongly recommended that badges be returned to the main headquarters upon a member's death. This is to help ensure that only initiated members are in possession if these keys.

     

     

     

    Currently there are 138 chapter and over 240,000 collegiate members nationwide. They are all strong women who support each other through their endeavors and they also active members in their community through their philanthropy. In addition, these caring women have also partnered with RIF - Reading is Fundamental. They share their time, treasure and talent to help young people discover the joys of reading.

     

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