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  • Phi Sigma Sigma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

     

    On November 26, 1913 the Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma was founded at Hunter College in New York. Its 10 founding members; Lillian Gordon Alpern, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Fay Chertkoff, Estelle Melnick Cole, Jeanette Lipka Furst, Ethel Gordon Kraus, Shirley Cohen Laufer, Claire Wunder McArdle, Rose Sher Seidman, and Gwen Zaliels Snyder had a very clear vision about the type of sorority they wanted to establish. They wanted to establish a nonsectarian sorority and welcomed women of all faiths and backgrounds. In fact, Phi Sigma Sigma was the first collegiate sorority of this kind. The founding members were definitely pioneers of their time.

     

    According to the official Phi Sigma Sigma website, their core values are:

     

    Lifelong Learning
    As new members, as collegiate members and as alumnae, learning is a priority and we encourage our sisters to make the most of educational opportunities at our colleges and in our communities. Through education and challenging ourselves to reach new goals, we become women of influence and substance.

    Inclusiveness
    An inclusive sisterhood prepares its members for a world filled with diversity. By embracing our differences, we become a stronger organization that benefits not only our members, but those around us. We seek out and include women of various races, cultures, levels of ability, socioeconomic origin, backgrounds and perspectives.

    Leadership through Service
    Phi Sigma Sigma believes that a woman who serves is also a woman who leads. By serving others, our members become more valuable citizens, students, parents, workers and community leaders.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As stated in the Phi Sigma Sigma core values, philanthropy is exceptionally important to teaching leadership. The official philanthropy is the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. This foundation provides scholarship and educational grants among other assistance for the members and alumnae. The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation also contributes to the National Kidney Foundation. It's members also work hard to raise funds and donate their time to local organizations as well.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Omicron Pi

     

    Alpha Omicron Pi ~ AOΠ

     

    Open Motto: “One motto, One Badge, One Bond and Singleness of Heart.”
    Mascot: Panda
    Jewel: Ruby
    Colors: Cardinal
    Flower: Jacqueminot Rose

     

     

     

    Alpha Omicron Pi is a women's fraternity founded on January 2, 1897 -- at Barnard College for women on the campus of Columbia University in New York. Alpha Omicron Pi is a known as a women's fraternity -verses a sorority - because it came into being before the term sorority was commonly used, so it is officially considered a "fraternity for women."

    The four founders Stella George Stern Perry, Helen St. Clair Mullen, Elizabeth Hayward Wyman,  and Jessie Wallace Hughan all met at the Columbia Law library to begin the women's fraternity. The badge was designed by Stella George Stern Perry who would later become Alpha Omicron Pi's president. Within one week of its founding, Alpha Omicron Pi initiated it's very first member, Anne Richardson Hall. These women were friendly, determined and fiercely devoted to one another and their purpose. As noted on the AOΠ website Stella Perry wrote:

     “that which makes our bond is promise certain of success. Let us follow our ensign devotedly, utterly and bravely. For our purpose cannot fail.”

    There are now 189 chapters and 389 alumni chapters in the United States and Canada and it is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. One of the main priorities of Alpha Omicron Pi is to be of service to others. Their official philanthropy is arthritis, juvenile arthritis and related diseases. It was chosen because arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation. It's international foundation has donated over a million dollars to arthritis research and it's members have donated countless hours to local community projects that benefit children the elderly and the less fortunate.

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