Last weekend, I spent my time in Pullman, WA – Home of Washington State University, my Alma mater. We were celebrating 150 years since the founding of Pi Beta Phi, the sorority in which I am a member.
Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Our 12 founders had the vision to form the first secret society for women patterned after men’s groups at a time when only five state universities admitted women. These courageous women set the stage for a thriving organization continuing to enrich the lives of many during their collegiate years and beyond.” – Pi Beta Phi Website
It’s hard to imagine how the visions of these women who were in a very small minority of women even admitted to state colleges and only 2% of the college population as a whole, were able to create an organization of this nature. Think for a moment about what was going on in the world at this time, it was 1867, women had very few rights. The pledges they took the evening of April 28th, 1867 were nothing short of spectacular. They had to road map of how to create a Greek women’s organization and faced mounting opposition for their university, Monmouth College.
What would they think of Pi Beta Phi now with more than 200,000 initiated members and a vastly different college experience than what they experienced 150 years ago.
For me, when I pledged Pi Phi in the summer of 1991, I knew I had joined a very special sisterhood. Not only would my college sisters at WSU become lifelong friends, but my commitment to the organization would only deepen as the years passed.
This past weekend in Pullman beyond special. I was able to stay at our chapter house with 4 other members of our AAC team and even had the opportunity to sleep on the sleeping porch. Whoa. Did that bring back memories. This will sound funny but it even smelled the same. I was immediately transported to a world 25 years ago when my biggest concerns in my life were studying for exams or picking out an outfit to wear. Take me back! 🙂 With the knowledge I have now of course.
I have had the unique opportunity of meeting Pi Phis from all over country and Canada. Some of my best friends are Pi Phis that I met “later in life”, we all hold a special bond in the wine and silver blue. When I pledged, I didn’t know how much this organization would impact my life. It’s taught me that by living our core values has made me a better person through:
- Lifelong Commitment.
- Honor and Respect.
- Personal and Intellectual Growth.
- Philanthropic Service to Others.
- Sincere Friendship.
I am so proud to be a member of this premiere Greek women’s organization for so many reasons but the greatest of them is sincere friendship. Onward —>